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India booth at Dunwoody AAPI festival showcases diversity

BY MOHUA MAITY

Atlanta, GA, May 28, 2023: Since 1990, the U.S. government has designated the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States.

This year Dunwoody, Georgia (USA) celebrated AAPI heritage month on April 30 at Ashford Lane. There were different booths representing countries and celebrating their culture. The pleasant, sunny day attracted many people around the county to enjoy exciting shows by different Asian countries.

The India Booth had its diversity on the table showcasing different ethnic wears, the instrumental show (Dhol Tasha), Puppet show (kathputli), culture, food, chess and provided information about the inventor of the number Zero (Aryabhatt).

 It was an honor for India to inaugurate the show with Dhol Tasha (Varsha Patil, Ashwin Patil, Meena Lad). The kathputli show (Swati bhavsar zingade, Sarita Soni) was so mesmerizing for everyone that there was a special request to perform on stage. The team of volunteers also showed a few dance steps which people enjoyed participating in. 

Deepanjali Sahoo and Suchi Garg along with Kid volunteers (Rajdeep Sahu, Aditya Mirchandani) engaged a lot of people by playing a game of chess and providing information about the origin of the game in India. They also shared information regarding the number Zero which was discovered in India and that surprised a lot of the audience. This idea was planned and sponsored by Mohar Chess.

The yummy food samplers were sponsored by Madras Chettinaad and Bombay Lounge. It was served by the volunteers (Tushar Manna, Pranil Patil, Rajesh Sahu). 

It was a fun-filled afternoon celebrating various cultures and ethnicities.

The organizers thanked Ashish Shubham and Rosemary for giving all the volunteers the opportunity to represent India.

Consul Rajib Bhattacharya, the Mayor of Dunwoody Lynn Deutsch and Rep. Long Tran were some of the invited guests at the event.

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