Festival of India offers workshops, dinner, performances

Explore the culture of India through music, dance, fashion and food at the 26th annual Festival of India, held Saturday, October 12, at Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH).

The festival, presented by SHAMA Inc., raises funds to support education for India’s women and children, with proceeds benefiting programs that empower the impoverished in India.

Free workshops held from 3–6 p.m., and free stage performances from 7-8:45 p.m. will feature Indian cooking, music, fashion, dance and spiritual traditions, as well as yoga, alternative health topics and an update on SHAMA projects. The festival will also include an Indian boutique, Garba dancing with guest participation, sculpture carving, games, instrument demonstrations and henna painting.

A buffet dinner is offered from 5–7 p.m., including tandoori chicken tikka, chana masala (chickpeas), basmati rice biryani, naan and papad (flatbreads), aloo sabzi (potato curry), nav korma (mixed vegetable curry) rayta (cucumber salad), chutney and achar (pickles), mango ice cream and beverages.

Tickets for the dinner are $14 for adults, $9 for college and high school students with ID and children ages 6-12. Children ages five and under eat for free. Advance tickets may be purchased in Stevens Point at the Stevens Point Area Co-op, 633 Second St.; Kindred Spirit Books, 1028 Main St.; and the Point Motel, 209 Division St.; as well as at Motel 6, 911 Huntington Ave., Wisconsin Rapids; and the Days Inn, 4700 Rib Mountain Drive, Wausau. Online tickets are available through PayPal. Tickets at the door are an additional $2.

Sponsors from UW-Stevens Point include the Diversity and College Access Office, College of Fine Arts and Communication, South Asia Society and Yoga Meditation Club. For more information, go online at www.uwsp.edu/multicultural/Shama or contact UW-Stevens Point Diversity and College Access at 715-346-3829.

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