Festival of India at Gwinnett Center

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Each year, the Gwinnett Center in Duluth is transformed into everything Indian. From music to food to performances, hundreds of people participate in the event that helps celebrate¬† the anniversary of India’s independence from Great Britain. Now in its 19th year, the festival has grown in size and draws even more people than in previous years.

Vandana Bhandari (left) holds up a traditional lehnga as she shops during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Vandana Bhandari (left) holds up a traditional lehnga as she shops during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Mithra Raghavan (right) crawls through an inflatable obstacle course during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Mithra Raghavan (right) crawls through an inflatable obstacle course during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Pratima Ulagadde (left) performs during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Pratima Ulagadde (left) performs during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Samrajyamma Rachakulla (center) watches the performances on stage during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Samrajyamma Rachakulla (center) watches the performances on stage during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Sayli Deshmukh (left), Pranoti Savadi and Kirti Raodeo perform during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Sayli Deshmukh (left), Pranoti Savadi and Kirti Raodeo perform during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Rakesh Devarala (right) and Siva Kilaru serve up authentic Indian food during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Rakesh Devarala (right) and Siva Kilaru serve up authentic Indian food during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Mayuri Ray (center) looks at jewelry during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Mayuri Ray (center) looks at jewelry during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Pranot Bhosala (center right) and Sachin Sangole (center left) perform during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Pranot Bhosala (center right) and Sachin Sangole (center left) perform during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Prithvi Veliyath (center) has two Indian flags held to his head by Kailish Sreekanth during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Prithvi Veliyath (center) has two Indian flags held to his head by Kailish Sreekanth during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Pratima Ulagadde (left) performs during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Pratima Ulagadde (left) performs during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Yumin Shivdasani (left), Keya Parikh, Pallavi Eranezhath, Aarushi Vadhula and Linda Jawahar watch a video of their performance during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Yumin Shivdasani (left), Keya Parikh, Pallavi Eranezhath, Aarushi Vadhula and Linda Jawahar watch a video of their performance during the Festival of India at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth on Saturday, August 22, 2015.