India: The Land of Diversity
The focus of IncredibleIndia@60 is on cherishing democracy and celebrating a diversity that stems from its rich religious heritage. While Hinduism is religion for 80% of the people, today India has the second largest population of Muslims in the world. It was home to one of religion’s most enduring and beloved figures, Lord Buddha, and always a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists from all over the world. Sikhism and Jainism are some of the other religions that took birth in this country. These diverse beliefs have each added to the rich compendium of India’s art and architecture, music and dance, crafts and cuisines.
The Best of India
IncredibleIndia@60 has been conceptualized as a complete experience to showcase India’s economic dynamism and highlight its growth and vibrancy. Between September 23 and 26, New York will experience the incredible energy and extraordinary cultural diversity of India. The celebration comprises the finest of India art, culture, dance, food music, fashion and Bollywood films. A sand sculpture of Taj in Manhattan, cultural performances from the different regions of India, demonstration and display of Indian handicrafts, handlooms and textiles, fashion shows, music concerts, art exhibition, and Indian food festivals, are part of the exhibition.
Indian Diaspora Day
An India Diaspora Day or “Pravasi Bharatiya Divas” was also held in New York on September 23, 2007 as part of the India@60 event – the first of its kind to be held outside of India, during which hundreds of Indians living in America came together.