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About Namaste Indian Festival

The 21th Namaste India Festival, the biggest in Japan, will be held on 28nd and 29rd of September 2013.

Both the Asian Club Foundation and the Japan-India Business Co-operation Committee started Namaste India Festival hand in hand in 1993. In 2003, the Society to Promote India-Japan Cultural Relations (NPO-IJCR) took over the responsibility and has been active as a principal organizer since 2005. First the festival was held in Tsukiji-honganji temple and then moved to Yoyogi Park which has more space than the previous one. The festival has attracted many people and been growing from year to year. Since the business relationship between India and Japan has been increasing these days, we believe that it is our responsibility to make every effort to strengthen cultural exchange between the two nations as well.

In the Yoyogi Park Event Square, you can experience the whole world of Indian culture such as clothing, food, business and some intellectual stuff. We have many exhibition booths relate to India in the park---dance, music, lectures, movies, yoga, Ayurveda, sally wearing experience, Mehandi ( henna art body painting) books, bazaar, exotic spices, tea places, restaurants, touring information center, and so forth. Moreover, we have a popular Lottery event that you could win round trip air tickets to India.

At the seminar house in the Cultural Space in Yoyogi Park Event Square, we provide a variety of lectures and workshops such as yoga tabla sponsored by ICCR and the culture of Ainu-people. And more, we have a lot of popular events such as "the elephant plaza", "the folk art plaza", "the plaza for grown-ups and kids". Other than those, in "the sponsor plaza", even we had an eco-car (ecologically-friendly car) by Mitsubishi Motors exhibited last year. Anyway, you have many opportunities to get to know Indian culture in the festival.

On the stage there, you can enjoy interesting programs mainly provided by the ICCR
Dispatched Groups. For example, there are shows such as movie dance, the seven classical Indian dances including Bharatha Natyam, the classical Northern Indian music including Sitar, the classical Southern Indian music including Veena, and other kinds of folk music as well.

Indo-related organizations including the Japan-India Association, the Indian Government Tourist Office and companies including Air India, Bank of India, and State Bank of India will be participate the festival setting up their own booths and displays.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you on 28nd and 29rd of September. Please come to the Namaste India Festival 2013 with your friends and family members!

Organizers, Date, other details

Name
the 21th Namaste India, 2013
Date and Time
September 28 (Sat), 1000hrs~2000hrs
September 29 (Sun), 1000hrs~1930hrs

Venue
Event Square and Open-Air Stage, Yoyogi Park
Venue (Annex):Tabaco and Salt Museum, Shibuya
Admission
Free
visitors
Expected number of visitors are 200,000 for two days.
Co-organizer
Executive committee of Namaste India
NPO Society to Promote Indo-Japan Cultural Relations
Embassy of India
India Tourism
Supported by
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
Supported by
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Japan Chamber of Commerce
Tokyo Chamber of Commerce
The Japan-India Business Co-operation Committee (JIBCC)
Indo-Japanese Association
Others
Sponsors
Air India, Bank of India, State Bank of India, New India Insurance, Tabacco and Salt Museum, Rokko Saree, Indian Cultural Communication Center, Lotus Ltd., Cox & Kings Japan, Mithila Museum, Japan Guardian Angels,
Special support
Promotion
The Foundation for Research and Promotion of Ainu Culture "FRPAC"
All Japan Organization of Social Contribution
Produced by
Executive Committee of Namaste India
Pls. contact to
◆Secretariat of Executive Committee of Namaste India
C/o Mithila Museum, Oike, Tokamachi, Niigata, Japan 948-0018
TEL: 81-25-752-2396 FAX: 81-25-752-6076
E-mail: namaste-india@indofestival.com

ENJOY! NAMASTE INDIA!

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