Celebrating culture; The 32nd annual Festival of India: Photo Album
By Taylor J. Hale
STEVENS POINT – Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) transformed into a nexus of cultural awareness and celebration during the 32nd annual Festival of India on Sept. 28.
SHAMA, Inc., an organization committed to “empower women and families, primarily in India,” spearheads the yearly event. Proceeds from the celebration support local and international aid programs.
Those in attendance enjoyed workshops based on a wide variety of Indian topics, such as Bollywood dance and Indian cooking. Live dance and musical performances were held in the SPASH auditorium during the event, featuring the traditional Rajasthani dance by students from the Aum Sygenery School of Dance. Musical pieces played on traditional Indian instruments like the sitar, table, and harmonium could be heard throughout the entertainment section of the day. Guests could also enjoy a buffet, bazaar, dancing, and more.
Proceeds from this year’s event will help support Indian villages and families through SHAMA, Inc. programming. The group is currently working on constructing a primary school in Jagatpura, India. Construction is scheduled to begin on Oct. 1.
The school is for children in their Slum Kids program. The organization also promotes local cultural awareness throughout Portage County and supports the CAP Services Family Crisis Center, located in Stevens Point.
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