One of the world’s biggest gatherings of Indian Americans kicks off in New Jersey on August 31, promising 3 days of art, culture, music, theatre and shopping, with 500+ artists.
After their mega event Chaalo Gujarat in 2015, the spirited people behind the Association of Indian Americans in North America (AIANA) are ready to celebrate one of the biggest Indian festivals in the United States again. This time round, in its 5th edition, the festival has been renamed Chalo India 2018, in keeping with this year’s theme to touch upon not only Gujarati culture, but also have an overall theme of ‘Indian-ness’.
The three-day fiesta is from August 31 to September 2, 2018. The organisers are expecting large numbers of American Indian attendees, including luminous artists, dignitaries and performers from across India, at the massive New Jersey Convention & Expo Center in New Jersey. In its previous four editions the gathering has witnessed a consolidated participation of close to 100,000 attendees. This tells us how this event is a big draw.
Sunil Nayak, founder of AIANA and organiser of Chalo India 2018, said in a statement to the Times of India, “Chaalo Gujarat has not only become a marquee event, but also truly qualifies to be the biggest and the best gathering of NRIs outside India. Chalo India has been envisaged as a signature India event in the US.”
Film personalities like Sanjay Chhel, Manoj Joshi and Anu Kapoor, singers like Sonu Nigam, Sudesh Bhosle, Osman Mir and Kirtidan Gadhavi, and radio personalities like RJ Devaki and RJ Dhvanit are expected at this year’s event. Also on board are literati like Kumar Vishwas, Tushar Shukla, Saumya Joshi and Jay Vasavada, among the over 500+ artists who are expected to grace the occasion with their presence.
The mega event promises over a hundred programmes, spread across four themes. The Music Festival will see a blend of traditional folk music, including musical folk theatre, and fusion music. The Art & Culture Festival has lined up storytelling evenings, theatre and poetry. The Travel & Tourism Festival will offer glimpses into current tides in tourism. And the Shopping Festival & Expo will have collaborative tradeshows and a flea market lined up. This year’s event will also host an exhibition to mark Mahatma Gandhi‘s 150th birth anniversary.
To grab your tickets, log on to chaalogujarat.com. If you want to exhibit at the Expo, book your stalls by calling on +91 9898034567 (India) or +1(732)-419-3234 (USA).
Image source: Chalo India
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