Atlanta India Festival at St. Mary’s: medical camp, music, more!
The Atlanta India Festival serves as the largest annual community outreach program of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church located at 1950 Old Alabama Road in Roswell, Georgia. The festival was presented free of charge to the general public on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 11am to 7pm. Having successfully completed its fourth year, this one-day celebration has grown from its humble beginnings to a major event drawing over 1,500 attendees of all ages and backgrounds.
This year’s festival featured a free medical camp staffed by physicians and nurse practitioners with expertise in areas such as cardiology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, pediatrics, and rheumatology. Volunteer nurses from the Georgia Indian Nurses Association participated.
(Right) A dancer and her family.
The visitors at this festival enjoyed a memorable glimpse and taste of diverse cultures and traditions from India. There was an arts and crafts market, a volleyball tournament, a food festival, children’s activities, and a variety of cultural music and dance performances, including by the band Achaar, singer Rithu Hegde, hula dancer Anshula Pawar, and Minister Calandra Gantt.
The Atlanta India Festival is organized and led by a large group of volunteers from St. Mary’s Orthodox Church and was supported this year by over thirty sponsors comprised of local and national businesses and individuals.
“Amidst the growing landscape of the City of Roswell and the greater-Atlanta metro market, our parishioners enjoy many benefits from this vibrant community,” said Reverend Father Dr. Mathew Koshy, Vicar of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Roswell, Georgia. “Alongside this progress, we are pleased to preserve the celebrated tradition of community gatherings like the Atlanta India Festival and look to the future for continued opportunities to engage and serve.”
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