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Florida’s largest India festival comes to Tampa

Saturday’s India Festival at the Florida State Fairgrounds will have a vibrant mix of live entertainment.
From left, Swapna Chackravarthy, 48, Koruna Pathak, 60, Sapana Amin, 43, Toshina Sethi, 49, and Rama Subramanian, 47, with Academy of Odissi Dance, perform at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in front of  Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in Tampa on Thursday. The dancers gave a sample of the performances that will be showcased during the 33rd annual India Festival on Saturday.
From left, Swapna Chackravarthy, 48, Koruna Pathak, 60, Sapana Amin, 43, Toshina Sethi, 49, and Rama Subramanian, 47, with Academy of Odissi Dance, perform at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in front of Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in Tampa on Thursday. The dancers gave a sample of the performances that will be showcased during the 33rd annual India Festival on Saturday. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Nov. 3

Visit Tampa Bay and the local nonprofit Gujarati Samaj of Tampa Bay showed a sample of the kind of elaborate performances that will be found at the 33rd annual India Festival, Florida’s largest festival of Indian culture.

The festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Florida State Fairgrounds, celebrates the area’s vibrant Indian community with food, Bollywood dancers and live entertainment. Organizers expect 12,000 people will be drawn to the festival of arts and dance.

At a celebration Thursday, Visit Tampa Bay and the heritage organization Gujarati Samaj showed some of the performances that visitors can expect Saturday. The organization, which promotes youth education and Indian heritage, makes use of more than 1,000 participants to put on the annual festival.

Admission Saturday is $12, $10 for ages 5-12 at the fairgrounds at 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. See indiafestivaltampabay.com.

From left, Nihar Maddina, 18, Tejas Kar,18, and Divyesh Nana, 19, of the Academy of Odissi Dance perform at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in front of the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in Tampa on Thursday. The dancers were there to give a sample of the kind of performances that will be showcased during the 33rd annual India Festival, a cultural arts and dance celebration that will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
From left, Nihar Maddina, 18, Tejas Kar,18, and Divyesh Nana, 19, of the Academy of Odissi Dance perform at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in front of the Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in Tampa on Thursday. The dancers were there to give a sample of the kind of performances that will be showcased during the 33rd annual India Festival, a cultural arts and dance celebration that will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Sindhu Katipalli, 18, of the Academy of Odissi Dance, performs at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in front of Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in Tampa on Thursday. She and other dancers gave a sample of performances that will be showcased during the 33rd annual India Festival on Saturday.
Sindhu Katipalli, 18, of the Academy of Odissi Dance, performs at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in front of Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in Tampa on Thursday. She and other dancers gave a sample of performances that will be showcased during the 33rd annual India Festival on Saturday. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Sindhu Katipalli, 18, left, and Ambika Rautray, 28, with Academy of Odissi Dance, perform at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in front of  Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in Tampa on Thursday. They and other dancers will be showcased during the 33rd annual India Festival on Saturday.
Sindhu Katipalli, 18, left, and Ambika Rautray, 28, with Academy of Odissi Dance, perform at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in front of Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center in Tampa on Thursday. They and other dancers will be showcased during the 33rd annual India Festival on Saturday. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Swapna Chackravarthy, 48, left, and Sapana Amin, 43, with Academy of Odissi Dance, perform at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in Tampa on Thursday. They were there to promote Saturday's India Festival which will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Swapna Chackravarthy, 48, left, and Sapana Amin, 43, with Academy of Odissi Dance, perform at One Tampa City Center's courtyard in Tampa on Thursday. They were there to promote Saturday's India Festival which will be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
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