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21st Annual Festival of India

Saturday, 08 September 2007 / Published in Caru Das, Newsletters / 3,506 views

By Caru Das

21st Annual Festival of India
Saturday September 15, 4pm-9pm

Temple after dark w crowd

After 20 increasingly successful editions of the India Fest, few
people in Utah County are ignorant of the fact  that, once a year, you
can go to India without spending a lot of money. You can have India
right in the middle, of all places, … Spanish Fork!

Over 4,000 people attended last year’s celebration, and India Fest
2007 could be the biggest one yet, thanks to the enthusiastic increase
of promotional efforts on the part of the organizers, the majestic,
overlooking presence of the Krishna temple at the festival site, and a
natural amphitheater which can accommodate thousands. 

    Set around the Rajastani style, multi domed temple, the eight acre
festival site will feature world class entertainment, cuisine, a gift
shop, art, photography, cultural exhibits on India, a gala pageant of
the epic Ramayana, the burning of a 25′ high ten-headed demon named
Ravana, and spectacular fireworks.

Please note there are 200
parking spaces on the temple property. Parking is free (festival admission is $ 3.00 adult/$1.00 child). There is no
need to park on the road, and walk a long way to the event. It is also
advised to bring a blanket for sitting in the grass amphitheater and a
jacket against the slight cooling after 8 pm.


Saturday, September 15, 4 pm

India Fest has been celebrated for 21 years in Utah Valley,  with an average attendance of 3,500. Most dances and dramas focus on the Ramayana, the saga of Lord Ramchandra, which is India’s (and, indeed, all of Asia’s) most beloved and instructive epic.

Events will include a Sitar Concert, Indonesian Mask Dances, Dances by Rasa Lila and student from Los Angeles, and Five Students of Shreelata Suresh’s Vishva Santi School of San Francisco, further dances by Radhika and Shatakshi, a Musical Pageant of the Ramayana, Kirtans, Bhajans, Cuisine, and the after dark burning of a 25 foot high effigy of demon Ravan with flaming arrows and fireworks.

 

India Fest 07

Cast of the Ramayana
Starts 7:30 pm
(in order of appearance)

Keikeyi: Ganga Shibonis
Mantara: Divya Frasier
Dasaratha: Richard Franklin
Bharat: Jai Krishna Perry
Ramachandra: Rajiv Sharma
Sita Devi: Gitanjali Sharma
Lakshmana: Anand Rao
Suparnakha: Vishnu Priya Shibonis
Ravana: Richard Franklin
Marica: Anil Goyal
Jatayu: Zach Perry
Hanuman: Jai Krishna Perry
Ogresses: Ganga & Milda
Monkeys: Zack Perry and Julio Frazier



Contact Information

Krishna Temple
801 798-3559
801 787-1510
carudas@earthlink.net
www.utahkrishnas.com
Directions:
South on I-15, exit 253.
Follow signs (Krishna’s Lotus Temple),
3.7 miles

Raslila Thillana

Ravana

Schedule of Events

4:00 pm: Nam Hatta Band, talented musicians and vocalists from Utah, Colorado, & California.
4:30 pm: Radhika Narasinghani, student of Sudha Vasudevan, from Boise, Idaho.
4:45 pm: Shatakshi Goyal dances Bharat Natyam
5:00 pm: Sashi Kalaskar on sitar and & Ted Weiss on tablas.
5:30 pm: The Red Lotus Tibetan Temple will present scenes from the Ramayana with Indonesian masks, mime and dance.
6:00 pm: Featured Bharat Natyam Dance performer Rasalila. Rasalila will be accompanied to Utah by one of her students, 61 year old Al Heferkamp.
6:30 pm: Five students from Shreelata Suresh’s Vishva Shantih Dance School in San Francisco
7:15 pm: Drama, The Transformation of Valmiki – a robber becomes the author of the world’s greatest spiritual epic
7:30 pm: Main Event, Pageant of the Ramayana, climaxing in the spectacular burning of 25 ft. high effigy of Ravana with flaming arrows and fireworks.
9:00 pm Mantra Rock Dance at the Lake Stage

·hot meals available for sale thru evening for $ 6.00
·gift store open throughout: womens’, mens’, childrens’ apparel, brassware, CD’s, jewelry, books, art work, etc.

 

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