The Cultural Center of India hosted a few thousand guests over the weekend for the 9th Annual Taste of India. Cultural Director Bina Shah and associate directors Deepali Keskar and Simran Chiplunkar introduced the entertainment that included 34 acts of folk dances and Bollywood Fusion performed by children, teens and adults, including music and drum ensembles, rotating on the stage throughout the day and evening.
The market place included vendors with jeweled and beaded Indian dresses, everyday wear, scarves and jewelry. Several young folks lined up at the henna table to receive an artful design on their hands and arms.
Food tastings from 14 food vendors offered choices of several snacks and meals like Dhokla and Panipuri and Goat Biriyani; desserts from the Indian Pastry House; and specialty drinks like Fresh Ginger Lemonade from BAPS Mender.
Former senator and governor George Allen, who is campaigning to win his senate seat back, made an appearance and was introduced and welcomed on stage to say a few words.
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