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Festival of India 2003 Promises Excitement

August 2003
Festival of India 2003 Promises Excitement

The India American Cultural Association (IACA) has been serving the Indian American community in Georgia for over 32 years. Its marquee annual event, Festival of India, has become a mega cultural event for the Indian Americans in Atlanta. First held in 1997 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of India's independence, the event now joins 30 Indian community organizations in Atlanta [and attracts over 10,000 people].

The 7th annual Festival of India will be inaugurated by Honorable Ambassador Andrew Young at the Gwinnett Civic Center at 7.00 p.m. on Friday, August 15. The inauguration will be followed by a cultural program and the screening of a patriotic movie on martyr Bhagat Singh. (Entry fee - $10, $20)

The Saturday, August 16th event at the Gwinnett Civic Center will feature seminars on topics related to India, many cultural programs, and an exhibition on the late Dr. Kalpana Chawla, one of the crew members on the Space Shuttle Columbia. Hon. Governor Sonny Perdue will be the Chief Guest; Dr. Kiran Bedi, the super Cop of India, will be the keynote speaker; film actress Nandita Das will be presenting; and Consul General S.K. Tayal and Hon. Rep. Denise Majette are scheduled to participate. The Indian Consulate of Houston will be holding a Visa and Passport Camp at the Festival, and a group of Indian physicians will be conducting a free health fair. Delicious Indian food from local Indian chefs will also be available. (Entry fee $3, free for children under 6)

On Sunday, August 17th, at 3.00 p.m., Hon. Mayor Shirley Franklin will introduce the Cultural program at the Atlanta Civic Center. "A Journey Through India" will highlight the music and cultural aspects of various regions in India. (Entry fee $10, $25, $50)

For more information on FOI 2003,

visit www.iaca.info, or contact:

Paddy Sharma

President IACA , 404-329-1444

Ani Agnihotri

Co-Chair FOI, 404-394-6678

Chand Akkineni

Co-Chair FOI , 404-915-0497.

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