INDIANAPOLIS: More than 3,000 guests showed up for the family-friendly Asian festival and more than 300 performers and artists captivated the guests with their dynamic cultural activities, including dances. Thirty volunteers did their job with dedication. Besides culture, arts and music, there were free health fairs and fun activities for the whole family. The venue for the 2022 Asian Festival was the spacious Global Village Welcome Center 4233 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.
After the opening ceremony was performed by AAAI President Rupal Thanawala and Judith Thomas, the immediate focus was on the 15-minute ICCCI Dragon Dance. At the end of the dragon dance, the stage was occupied by the oriental martial arts performance of ICCCI Ling (China).
Internationally acclaimed Danish-Punjabi singer Anita Lerche sang the Sikh devotional anthem “Simran” and other heart-pounding Punjabi songs. A large number of guests, including world famous artist Kanwal Prakash KP Singh (KP Singh Designs) – Indianapolis, joined the room.
Little Masters and Bollywood Dance Group (India) and individual dance performances to Bollywood songs drew repeated cheers. Afghan artists also made their presence felt. There were exciting performances from Chin Community Cultural Dance (Myanmar/Burma) and the Philippines Barangay Club dance troupe.
Mayor Greg Ballard and his wife Winnie Ballard, International Center Founder and Indiana India Business Council Chairman Raju Chinthala, International Progressive Taekwondo Federation Founder Grandmaster Javed Khan, Center for Interfaith Cooperation Executive Director Charlie Wiles, Maria R Manalang were among those who graced the occasion.
Meanwhile, Sankalp Srivastava and Vishnu Iyer were among eight outstanding servant leaders from local high schools who received the Asian American Youth Leadership Award from Chief Guest Mayor Joe Hogsett during the Asian Festival.
Aya Wiles, Jasmine Zhang, Mang Tial, Naheed Sherzad, Tuchin Par and Yuefan Ma are other commended outstanding servant leaders.
The award recognizes young Asian Americans who have demonstrated civic leadership and academic achievement in memory of former board member and president Young-Hee Yednik.
The Indiana Historical Society was proud to partner with the Asian American Alliance in supporting the Asian Festival.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb proclaimed “May Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in the State of Indiana and urged all citizens to take due note of this occasion”. Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and join us in discovering Asian culture, arts, music and food.
India’s booth displayed important information regarding its Independence Day, tricolor, banknotes and tourist attractions including the Taj Mahal. The mission of the Indian Association of Indianapolis is to foster cultural exchange between the peoples of India and the United States and to conduct educational and charitable activities.