A classical dance from Eastern India.

2nd Annual Indian Culture Fest at Pearland March 23

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A classical dance from Eastern India.

A classical dance from Eastern India.

The second annual Puranava INDIA Culture Fest with a highlight Chariot Parade will be held at the Pearland Town Center Pavilion on Saturday, March 23 from 4 – 8 p.m.

This is a free event and is supported by a City of Pearland Cultural Arts Grant program from the City of Pearland Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Honorable Mayors of both Pearland and Manvel, Mayor Tom Reid and Mayor Debra Davison, will attend the event.

The culture fest – which will begin from 4 p.m. onwards – will be an opportunity for families to experience Indian culture and India’s unique regional diversity. There will be exhibits from different Indian states and also regional music, dance and folk performances, both on stage and during the Chariot Parade, showcasing a variety of cultures and art forms within India.

A traditional chariot will also be pulled around the Pearland Town Center Pavilion in a gesture of universal harmony, amid music, dance and regional arts performances. A youth group comprised of children from 5 to 15 years will present a Song of Unity in 16 different world languages to commence the parade.

The festival will also feature Indian food booths and a bazaar with saris and Indian-wear, jewelry, artwork, Indian garden plants, books, crafts and more, and also kids’ activities.

Earlier in the day, from 9 a.m. onwards, competitions will be conducted for all ages of children/youth in art, chess, Indian classical music, Indian classical dance, and a unique “Heritage Vocabulary Bee,” at the same venue. These competitions are open to participants of all cultural backgrounds. To see competition guidelines and register, go to www.puranava-usa.org.

This event is also a commemoration of the 9th anniversary of Namadwaar Prayer House located in the Pearland/Manvel area. This anniversary celebration includes annually supporting various local service organizations by providing them with necessary supplies. This year the organizations being supported are Alvin ISD’s Youth Empowerment Team and Manvel Community Outreach pantry. Supplies donations of new board games/youth activity kits and non-perishable/canned foods will be accepted at Namadwaar Prayer House located at 3642 Bailey Ave., in Manvel any time until March 22 or at the Puranava Culture Fest event on March 23.

The Puranava INDIA Culture Fest is organized by Global Organization for Divinity, in collaboration with Love to Share Foundation America. The chariot parade is co-hosted by the Universal Shraddha Foundation.

Thank you to all the local businesses and restaurants who are participating in the festival and supporting the event through sponsorships and prizes. For a complete list of all sponsors, please visit their website or Facebook event page.

For more information about the Culture Fest, to reserve a vendor or booth space, or offer gift certificates as prize sponsorships, please call 281-402-6585 or visit www.puranava-usa.org or houston.godivinity.org.

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