The Asian American Alliance celebrates the AAAPI
Heritage Month with a beautiful Asian Fest
Los Angeles, May 20, 2023
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THE 17TH ASIAN FEST: A JOYFUL AND SPECTACULAR CULTURAL SHOWCASE AT THE ELEGANT INDIANA HISTORY CENTER
Here are a few highlights of the family-friendly 2023 Asian Fest:
A joyful feast of superb cultural textures greeted the eyes and senses;
an amazing opportunity to learn about the arts, cultures, traditions, and experiences of the participating Asian countries.
A wonderful, accomplished, and delightful Mistress of Ceremonies:
The WRTV's Megan Shinn
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett opened the 17th Asian Fest and paid
a very welcome and generous tribute to the Asian Americans and
the international community for their talents, cultures, and many contributions
to the City of Indianapolis. Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb sent a beautiful
video message declaring May as the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Colorful cultural displays highlighted national attractions, fabulous fashions,
and iconic heritage. The representatives greeted everyone with a joyful spirit
and with much pride, encouraged the visitors to interact, try jeweled crowns,
and shared their cultures. There were also several educational displays providing
information and promoting consideration to future prospects.
As in each year, several high school students were awarded special plaques
for the outstanding scholastic achievements and excelling in many areas.
Continuous entertainment - Music, Dances, Orchestras and Traditional ethnic
and classical dances: Chinese Dragon and Lion Dances; and Indian performances -
Jenny Bhupatkar Chakrabarti's Bollywood Beats and Anindita Sen's Nrityangan -
An Institute Of Kathak Dance's were among the showstopping dances, and many
others rocking the place with fun and excitement. The rich diversity of entertainment
enriched the spirit with their beauty, surprises, and beautiful presentations.
Many Asian Fest guests were enjoying the ethnic food in outdoor setting by the
Downtown Canal as Swan-shaped Paddle Boats packed with families taking
a leisurely ride on the Canal.
We saw a happy multicultural and multi-generational crowd of over 2,000 fans
and friends enjoying the cultures and colorful performances and a friendly welcoming
spirit throughout the festivities.
The Asian Fest is the signature event of the Asian American Alliance, Inc., supported
by many passionate supporters and sponsored by many businesses and organizations.
We thank the Indiana Historical Society leaders especially President and CEO, Jody
Blankenship, and staff as our terrific partners, and the IUPUI for the free parking for
Asian Fest patrons.
Indianapolis and Indiana leaders tireless efforts to make Indiana a welcome
and a favorable destination over the past fifty years, and of the various ethnic, faith,
business, and nationality organizations, are shaping an international cultural renaissance
adding once unimagined vitality as they together create a rightful place for all talents,
cultures, and cherished experiences, and new investments to advance this promising
vision. An enchanting and memorable aura of the 17th Asian Fest at the Indiana History
Center was on display to carry home and share with family and friends in Indiana,
across the USA, and beyond.
Congratulations and thanks to AAAI President, Rupal Thanawala, dedicated AAAI
Board members, sponsors, volunteers, friends and fellow Hoosiers who made this
success possible. The attached photos highlight and confirm that pride, and Hoosier
Asian promise as partners to our shared future.
- Kanwal Prakash KP Singh
(KP Singh Designs) - Indianapolis, Indiana USA