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help present these festivities.”
Calling on the Indian-American
community to “make this festival truly
exceptional,” he exhorted them to con-
tribute to “support the Center’s Indian
The community, he acknowledged,
had already committed considerable
contributions. But “there is more to
raise in order to reach our goal. If we
are successful with our fundraising
efforts, the Center would be thrilled to
host a Community Day on March 19,”
Some of the biggest commitments of
support have come from leading
Indian-American information technology entrepreneurs and venture
capitalists like Ranvir Trehan of Great
Falls, Virginia, and Romesh
Wadhwani of Palo Alto, California —
through the Trehan Foundation and
Romesh and Kathleen Wadhwani
Foundation, respectively — to the
tune of more than a half a million dollars, sources told India Abroad.
Romesh and Kathleen Wadhwani
are also co-chairs of the event along
with PepsiCo Chair and Chief
Executive Officer Indra Nooyi. The
cola giant is also a sponsor, along with
India’s Tata Group and Tata
The festival is being presented in
‘It’s after a long
cooperation with the Indian Council
for Cultural Relations and the Indian
embassy in Washington, DC. Indian
Ambassador Meera Shankar said the
event would “both entertain and edu-
cate, strengthening the ever-impor-
tant bridges of cultural appreciation
and understanding between India and
the US. The festival will cast its spot-
light across the broad spectrum of
India’s arts and culture in what prom-
ises to be a resoundingly popular cele-
Visitors, she continued, “will have a
unique opportunity to experience the
best of India’s extraordinarily diverse
and vibrant culture and also to share
in the many transformations that are
underway as India modernizes and its
economy gains momentum.”
She said the ICCR “will be sponsor-
ing eight performing groups for the
gap that we
such a big
festival of India
in the US’
Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar
festival. The groups that we are pro-
viding through the ICCR will give free
She pointed out that not since 1985-
1986, when the Smithsonian held a
Festival of India which ran for
months, has there been an India festi-
val of this magnitude.
Among the performers are India’s campus rock favorites
Parikrama, and Shillong-based blues band Soulmate, below
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