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Newton Celebrates Ethnic Heritage Festival

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Newton Ethnic Heritage Festival
Sunday, May 8, 10am – 5pm
Newton City Hall Grounds, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue (rain location: inside City Hall)
Craft Vendors; Indian, Thai and Mexican food; henna; face painting; Tai-Chi and Chinese calligraphy demonstration, fun games and activities. (Free admission)

Enjoy a special Mother’s Day, come watch exciting performances by multiple ethnic groups, including Indian, Chinese, Ugandan, Vietnamese, Italian, Jewish, and even some Flamenco dance!

For Indian entertainment: Traditional dances will be showcased by dancers from three prominent schools in the New England area including Newton’s own Sunanda Narayanan’s  students of Thillai Fine Arts Academy performing Bhartanatyam,  Odissi by Mouli Pal’s Upasana School and a folk dance by Jasmine Shah’s  Aangikam Dance Academy. Looking for verve and vigor join MIT’s Bhangra and the  Bollywood-inspired Zumba dancing by Param Roychoudury.

Enjoy the brilliance of young South Indian violinists from Tara Bangalore’s Anubhava school of music, Indian beats by students of Gaurish Chandrasekhar and Rajesh Pai Kalsanka in a Rhythmic Ensemble. Appreciate the talent of Newton’s Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble singing a special composition by Smt. Sujatha Vijayaraghavan and  the enthusiasm of Newton Bal Vihar’s  chorus.
All are welcome to join the Indo American Youth Group volunteers and families from the city of Newton to celebrate India’s colorful and vibrant culture by painting and coloring spectacular Indian folk art murals welcoming spring to Newton.

If you are a sari-wearer or have been gifted one by a relative, come and audio record the story of your saris or you may want to just share your special regional sari wearing style at the same booth “Journeys with your saris”.

These two projects are conceptualized and directed by Lakshmi Narayan Kadambi in collaboration with the Mayor’s office of Cultural Affairs, City of Newton, as a launch for her program Thinkfolk, connecting communities through the arts.

For the sports enthusiast, IAYG volunteers will also help run Indian carrom games and cricket. 

Newton is celebrating three months of Arts and Culture through the Festival of the Arts. Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org/festival for a full schedule.

The Outdoor Festival Schedule consists of:

10:00 Ugandan Women’s Association International in conjunction with Radio Uganda Boston
10:30 Jewish Musical theatre Firelech
11:00 Young Talent Studio Lucky 10
11:30 Newton Chinese Language School
12:00 American Chinese Art Society
Sunanda Narayanan's "Thillai Fine Arts Academy"
Mouli Pal''s "Upasana" school for Odissi dance
Jasmine's Shah's "aangikam Dance Academy"
MIT Bhangra Team
1:00 Newton Balvihar Singers, Newton Vocal and Instrumental Ensemble, Tara Bangalore's Anubhava Music School, students of Gaurish Chandrashekhar and Rejesh Pai Kalsanka
2:00 Param Roychoudhury - Zumba Bollywood dance
2:30 Kahol Lavan - Israeli Dance Troupe
3:00 Pazzi Lazzi - Italian Renaissance music
3:30 Vietnamese American Community Network at Thanglong
4:00 Yosi Karahashi - Flamenco
4:30 New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble - Hankus Netsky

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