In Photos: Thousands Celebrate India Day in Novi

Thousands of people fill a showroom in Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi Sunday for the India League of America's annual event.

A showroom at in Novi was filled with the colors, smells and sounds of India Sunday for the India League of America's India Day celebration.

The cultural event is the largest Indian festival in the state. Approximately 25,000 people attended throughout the course of the day, according to chairperson Vayu Chennadi, who lives in Jersey City, NJ.

India Day is a commemoration of India's Independence Day, which is Aug. 15. The day also celebrates India's history and culture.

Vendors selling traditional Indian clothing, jewelry, mehndi henna tattoos and art filled the showroom for the event Sunday, transforming the space into a marketplace offering all things Indian.

Shahana Thakurta of Ann Arbor and friends sifted through a booth flowing with saris adorned with embroidery, sequins and beading. 

"These are very, very pretty," the women exclaimed, adding that the prices are far more affordable than in India.

"This is like what the celebrities wear," Thakurta said.

Area restaurants served traditional Indian fare, including many vegetarian dishes, and permeated the venue with a rich aroma of curries and spice.

The day was highlighted with an ongoing line-up of entertainment, including an array of regional dance academies showcasing traditional costumes, dance and music of India, as well as more modern fusions of hip-hop and Indian culture.

Ten-year-old Shruti Tamhane of Farmington Hills was hugged by family, including her grandparents Priya and Subhash Tamhane, following her performance. The couple are visiting Shruti and family for the summer from their home in Mumbai, India, and said they are proud to see their granddaughter keeping the culture of her heritage alive.


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