For 10 years, Hampton Roads has been fortunate enough to be graced with a cultural event like none other.
Editor’s note: This post is a collaboration with Taste of India, the sponsor of this feature
The Taste of India is one of the largest Asian Indian Festivals in Virginia and attracts close to 10,000 people each year. The event is a way for hundreds of Indians living in Hampton Roads to share their heritage and educate the community about their ethnic nature.
The event is three-fold in nature, tying in Culture, Food, and Shopping. Culturally, Taste of India introduces classical dances and the popular Bollywood dances that are colorful and entertaining. There will be non-stop shows by participants of all ages on stage throughout the day. This year, the event will be engaging students from area colleges and universities for the Bhangra dance competition; a very energetic colorful and lively folk dance from Northern India.
The organizers also seek to educate the community on the practice of Yoga – a well-known gift from India to the Western world. Dr. Dilip Sarkar, an award-winning Yoga instructor, will be present for this year’s event and will be demonstrating on the ancient practice.
Food, for many, is a huge draw for this international event. This event showcases the variety of herbs and spices used in Indian cooking as a direct reflection of the diversity of the culture as a whole.
Opportunities for shopping will also be available where vendors from all over the country will be displaying jewelry, clothing, spices, and more. This year the event also includes a Kids Corner with carnival games, face painting, Henna painting, and more making this a truly family affair.
“I hope and wish that Taste of India would be able to grow twice in its offering and attendance,” said organizer Dr. Vishnukumar Lakdawala, when asked about how Taste of India could look in five years. “Currently we are doing it for one day… hopefully, this can go for two days.”
What many don’t know is that this event, as a non-profit, also seeks to fund to a number of charities and organizations during natural disasters. The organization has an annual $5000 scholarship that is distributed to graduating high school seniors in the area.
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The 11th Annual event will be held Saturday, April 22nd from 11 am to 8 pm at the Ted Constant Center at ODU. Admission and parking are free. For more information, click here.