Charlotte’s Got a Lot – Festival of India

Charlotte’s Got a Lot – Festival of India

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in partnership with the NC Blogger Network.

My family and I moved to the Charlotte area about 18 months ago. Aside from a few school events, and some lunches Uptown, we haven’t really ventured out much in the area. And what a shame that is because Charlotte’s Got a Lot to offer, whether you are a singleton or a family of 7!

I was thrilled when I was approached by NC Blogger Network to cover the 21st Annual Festival of India on September 12th and 13th! Especially when I saw the lineup of activities: Yoga, Mehndi (henna tattoos), saris, dancing, music, and so much food! Something for everyone to enjoy. The tickets cost only $6 (under 10 were free) and I will say they were worth every penny.

Festival of India

When we arrived we walked through Bank of America Founders Hall where the festival showcased artists of Indian heritage from the local Charlotte community. The use of vibrant color was spectacular! Although my girls were excited to get to the festival itself, we spent quite a lot of time meandering through the art.

Festival of India - Founders Hall Art Exhibit

Festival of India - Founders Hall Art Exhibit

Festival of India – Founders Hall Art Exhibit

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When we entered the main floor of the Belk Theater to get our wrist bands, we were blown away by all the gorgeous saris, kurtas & pathani suits.

Festival of India main floor

Festival of India main floor

I briefly met with Toni Sawhney, one of the Festival of India sponsor liaisons, who explained there were three floors of exhibits in the theater, plus the main stage which would have shows going on throughout the day. Then outside we would find another stage with performances, as well as food and souvenir vendors lining the street.

Mr. C. Lal Vishin

Mr. C. Lal Vishin, President of the India Association of Charlotte, and co-founder of the festival.

Toni then introduced us to Mr. C. Lal Vishin, President of the India Association of Charlotte, and co-founder of the festival 21 years ago. He welcomed us to the festival and we chatted for a few minutes discussing what the festival had to offer.

After visiting the Food Lion, Bank of America and Belk sponsor tables we headed upstairs to check out the exhibits.

The first thing my girls wanted to do was visit the Mehndi tables. There where several artists to help pick your design and apply the henna tattoos. The girls were so happy with their results we came back on the second day and they all got another one!

  Then, for just $2.00, the girls were able to rent a sari for the day.  They had so many beautiful saris to choose from it was a difficult decision to pick one. Charlotte’s Got a Lot – Festival of India Over one billion people live in India’s numerous regions. Because of the size of the country, it would be a formidable task to present it within the constraints of space and time. So the main exhibit was broken down into four broad regions of India to give a glimpse into the country.  Charlotte’s Got a Lot – Festival of India Over the two days inside the theater and outside on the stage more than a thousand artists performed Indian Traditional Dances, Bollywood Dances and on Charlotte Idol–“an adaptation of the popular American Idol format for giving a platform to budding singers”.

Outside the theater there were several blocks of souvenir and food vendors. The sights and smells were just amazing.

Charlotte’s Got a Lot – Festival of India

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If you missed the Festival of India, don’t worry there are plenty more events happening in Charlotte! As I said #CharlottesGotALot! Be sure to check out the Charlotte calendar of events to see what is up for next weekend!

Personally, after sampling all the amazing food at the Indian festival, I’m dying to check out A Culinary Trip through Uptown – Tour De Food.

Who’s with me?

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in partnership with the NC Blogger Network.

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  1. This seems like such a great educational day, too in addition to fun. So much to learn about the culture and I love how it was divided up into parts. We have so much to offer in North Carolina, and Charlotte is a great example of what you can find in our largest cities. I was there briefly for a wedding this past weekend and checked out the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. It was so neat. I hope you get out more. Leigh

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      We had so much fun at the festival! We are now making plans to take advantage of more fun things to do in Charlotte. I was really surprised how many events are going on in the city. Love the Charlotte’s Got A Lot calendar! We found so many great new places to visit this month and looking forward to all the amazing fall festivals next month!

  2. It’s important to teach your kids to understand and appreciate different cultures! They need to know that every group of people has their own traditions that are just as important as our own!

  3. I just love local ethnic festivals like these! It is such a great and fun way to learn about other cultures. 🙂 This one looks amazing! Indian culture is so beautiful and bright and colorful! And don’t get me started on Indian food… delicious! So jealous- wish we had something like this near us.

  4. I am so glad I came across your blog. Here in Burlington, there isn’t much in the way of cultural activity. Raleigh and Greensboro are close enough, but I don’t have a car.

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