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Indian culture showcased at VA Medical Center’s Diversity Fair

September 2009
Indian culture showcased at VA Medical Center’s Diversity Fair

People of all backgrounds enjoyed Indian arts, culture and cuisine at the Diversity Fair on Aug. 12 at the Atlanta VA Medical Center on Clairmont Road. The fair was presented by The Asian American Pacific Islander Committee with a focus on the Indian sub-continent.

The EEO Diversity Board worked tirelessly for weeks to put together a booth with display boards on Indian dance, specifically Bharatanatyam.

The fair, aiming to raise awareness about India among the veterans and the VA staff, lasted more than five hours and featured dance, music, poetry, educational information, exhibits, and Indian sweets and snacks.

By reaching out and educating the veterans and the staff, the VA Center hopes to provide equal opportunity to the various ethnic groups in Georgia.

To illustrate the depth of Indian arts, the Diversity Board invited Preeti Shah, a local Bharatanatyam dancer, to speak about Indian dance, music and culture. Preeti’s academy, The Narasimha Academy of Arts, was commissioned to perform a repertoire that emphasized the story-telling and rhythmic aspects of Bharatanatyam.

Supriya Shridharan and Kritika Subramanian, senior students from the dance school, performed for the 150-plus attendees, including war veterans, doctors, nurses and administrative staff from the VA Center.

Other committees, including Native American, Black Employment, Hispanic Employment and Minority Veterans, also had booths and displays.

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