One of the biggest festivals in the fall is the Memphis India Fest, where thousands of locals and tourists alike come together to celebrate the rich and diverse culture of India. You’ll get to experience everything from the food, clothing and jewelry to the art, music, and language! This year’s theme is “Incredible Journey to Culture, Traditions & Tourism” with performances by more than 500 local dancers and singers!
So, how much do you know about India? Before you go, here are a few quick facts to enrich your experience at the festival.
- One Nation, 29 States.
It’s easy to only think of India as the South Asian country home to 1.3 billion people, but zoom in on google maps, you’ll not only see the names of their different states, but some are written in different languages. 29 states = 29 different ways of life.
- Namaste, Namaskaar, Namasakaramu.
Okay, so, another neat thing about India and her 29 states is that there are 22 national languages. The word you use for hello, namaste, namaskaar or namasakaramu, can signify in which state you’ve lived.
- Bollywood! (or just my reason to talk about famous Indian actor, Salman Khan)
Do you love movies? I do! Especially action packed dramas that will make you laugh, cry and sing along to the soundtrack – you’d probably end up downloading it too! These films are the best part of Indian entertainment, particularly, when they star Salman Khan, who debuted on the big screen in the 1989 film, Maine Pyar Kiya “I Have Loved.”Fun fact for this fact list, Khan played a character named Prem is several Bollywood films directed by Sooraj Barjatya (he’s a big deal). These were separate story lines, often repeating actors in different roles except for the character Prem, always portrayed by Salman Khan.
India is a great country to be experienced in person, but since most of us can’t make the trip by the end of this year, the India Association of Memphis has put together the best of the Bharat for everyone in the Mid-South to enjoy. Grab your friends and families to learn about life across the seas…
10a – 9p Saturday, November 2
7777 Walnut Grove
Tickets are available at the door are are $5 for ages 13 and up.
Tickets for kids ages 5 – 12 are just $2 OR they can enter enter for FREE by bringing 2 cans of food to donate to Mid-South Food Bank.