After 23 increasingly successful editions of the India Fest, few people in Utah County are ignorant of the fact that, once a year, you can go to India without spending a lot of money. You can have India right in the middle, of all places, … Spanish Fork!
Over 4,000 people attended last year’s celebration, and India Fest 2009 could be the biggest one yet, thanks to the enthusiastic increase of promotional efforts on the part of the organizers, the majestic, overlooking presence of the Krishna temple at the festival site, and a natural amphitheater which can accommodate thousands.
Set around the Rajastani style, multi domed temple, the eight acre festival site will feature world class entertainment, cuisine, a gift shop, art, photography, cultural exhibits on India, a gala pageant of the epic Ramayana, the burning of a 20’ high ten-headed demon named Ravana, and spectacular fireworks.
5:30 pm Rasika Kumar and dancers from the Abhinaya Dance Company (Madhav Vissa, Anjana Dasu, Priya Patel, Divya Patel, and Pia (Priyanka) Mishra ) will grace the India Fest with their presence. Abhinaya’s Founder and Artistic Director, Mythili Kumar, will also be appearing in a special performance.
Delicious hot multi-course meals of Indian curry with home made cheese (paneer), blueberry hallava, spicy Bengali rice, and giant lentil chips (papadams) will be served throughout the evening. There will be Indian drinks such as Peach lassi, and Nimbu pani, as well as sweets and pizza for the less adventurous.