Celebrate India's Independence Day at Gwinnett Center


• What: Festival of Indian 2012

• When: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday

• Where: The Convention Center at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth

• Cost: $5

• For more information: Visit www.iacaatl.org

DULUTH -- India's actual Independence Day was Aug. 15, but this year Gwinnettians are celebrating the holiday on Saturday at the Convention Center at Gwinnett Center with the doors opening at 11 a.m.

The event, hosted by the India American Cultural Association, showcases Indian culture, food, fashion and more.

There will be thousands of people in and out of the Gwinnett Center, including special guests Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Consul General of India Ajit Kumar.

"IACA is extremely honored to welcome the Lt. Gov. of Georgia Mr. Lowell S. 'Casey' Cagle as the guest of honor for the freedom of India celebration," said the organization's website. "Please join IACA to give Mr. Cagle a big, warm Indian welcome."

Besides the guest speakers, the Festival of India will offer more than 100 booths with vendors selling Indian food, colorful clothing, hand made jewelry and more as well as educational cultural programs and seminars, and Bollywood style fitness classes, plus finales for its game show, fashion and talent competitions.

The seminars are appropriate for all ages with topics ranging from tax and immigration forum to Type 2 Diabetes among Asian-Indians and prevention to a youth panel.

Attendees have the chance to listen to music and watch traditional Indian dancing throughout the day, like a Telugu folk dance organized by Radhika Vemula, Bollywood songs performed on a keyboard by the students of Studio!, and a folk dance by Andhra Pradesh.

After 2 p.m., the fashion show starts, Asura dance team from University of Georgia presents the Bollywood dance and the final competitors face off in the 2012 talent show.

Winners are announce by the end of the event, which concludes at 7 p.m.