Festival of India offers workshops, dinner, performances
Offering an afternoon of dance and yoga and an evening of food and cultural entertainment, the 25th annual Festival of India will be held on Saturday, October 13, at the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH).
The festival, presented by SHAMA Inc., provides fundraising to support education for India’s women and children, with all proceeds benefitting SHAMA Inc.’s support of programs that empower the impoverished in India.
The free dance and yoga fair will be offered from 3–6 p.m., featuring several different types of yoga, a Reiki and energy healing session and a panel discussion of spiritual traditions of India. Workshops will be held at 4 p.m., including Indian cooking, Bollywood dancing and sitar music. The festival will also include an Indian Boutique, Garba dancing with guest participation, Indian music, sculpture carving, palm reading, dream interpretation and numerology.
The buffet dinner (meal ticket required) from 5–7 p.m. will feature tandoori chicken tikka, chana masala, basmati rice biryani, naan (flatbread), aloo sabzi (potato curry), nav korma (mixed vegetable curry) rayta (cucumber salad), chutney and achar, mango ice cream and beverages.
The free stage performances begin at 7 p.m., with Gil Halstead of Wisconsin Public Radio as the emcee. Performances will include a Ghandi sculpture presentation, an update on SHAMA projects, classical Indian vocals, sitar music and Kathak, Bharat Natyam and Bhangra dances.
Tickets for the dinner are $14 for adults, $9 for college and high school students with ID and for children (ages 6-12), and free for children ages five and under. 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.; and in the area at Motel 6, 911 Huntington Ave., Wisconsin Rapids; and the Days Inn, 4700 Rib Mountain Drive, Wausau. Online tickets are available through PayPal and 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, and the South Asia Society. Other sponsors and supporters are the SPASH administration, General Federation Women’s Club/Stevens Point Junior Women’s Club, TravelGuard, Fox Valley Interfaith Association, IndUS–Fox Valley, India Association of Fox Valley, Sikh Temple Society (Fox Valley), Suvani Dance Group, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Network of Peace & Justice, and the Point Dance Ensemble.
For more information, contact UW-Stevens Point Diversity and College Access at 715-346-3829 or go online at www.uwsp.edu/multicultural/Shama.

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