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April 4-5

For three years in a row, Nuv Yug India Fest is held in Raleigh and Charlotte. In 2017, for the first time the total number of stage performers are Raleigh and Charlotte exceeds 3,200.

3rd Annual Charlotte Nuv Yug India Fest
Saturday-Sunday, March 25-26, 2017

14th Annual Raleigh Nuv Yug India Fest
Saturday-Sunday, March 18-19, 2016

Nuv Yug partners with several local organizations to grow community participation. Both locations also host Nuv Yug IDOL singing competition.

For two years in a row, Nuv Yug India Fest is held in Raleigh and Charlotte. This year, the Raleigh event moves to a new venue at the Exposition Center at the State Fairgrounds.

2nd Annual Charlotte Nuv Yug India Fest
Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13, 2016

13th Annual Raleigh Nuv Yug India Fest
Saturday-Sunday, March 19-20, 2016

Thousands of performers shared the stage at Nuv Yug events during 2016. Nuv Yug partners with several local organizations to grow community participation. Torsha Sarkar and Rakesh Maini headline both Raleigh and Charlotte festivals. Raleigh also starts Raleigh Indian Idol Singing competition.

In addition, the Charlotte chapter also organized the following community events:

November 6: 5K Run to raise awareness on the benefits of walking and running in promoting a healthier lifestyle in the community.

July 23: Teen Volunteering at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte. Volunteering is a great learning experience for children. Getting our youth excited in volunteering not only enriches their life experience, but also makes a positive and significant impact to the community. On the 23rd of July 2016, a group of enthusiastic young men and women coordinated by Nuv Yug participated in a volunteering activity at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte. From these efforts, the Food Bank saved around $1000 in staff costs. The Nuv Yug team was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and dedication shown by our young group of volunteers.

February 20: Sandwich Project for the Homeless. Participants of all ages, from school children to adults, gathered at the Hindu Center on Nuv Yug Charlotte audition day on the 20th of February, 2016 for a humanitarian cause. The team made 500 sandwiches, that were subsequently donated to the Men's Shelter of Charlotte. The Men's Shelter of Charlotte provides safe emergency shelter to the homeless in the community.

During 2015, Nuv Yug helps start the Charlotte edition of India Fest.
The inaugural event in Charlotte draws over 900 stage performers!

Inaugural Nuv Yug India Fest in Charlotte
Saturday-Sunday, March 14-15, 2015

12th Annual Nuv Yug India Fest in Raleigh
Saturday-Sunday, April 11-12, 2015

Over 2,600 performers share the stage at Nuv Yug events during 2015. Nuv Yug continues to work closely with other communities who express interest in bringing a similar festival to their city based on Nuv Yug's successful processes and system.

11th Annual India Fest 2014 - Your Gateway to India
Saturday-Sunday, March 22-23, 2014

This year, Nuv Yug India Fest included 1,526 performers on stage during the festival. It has become the largest such production in the United States of America. On Saturday, famous Bollywood singer Shalmali Kholgade entertained the audience.

During the 2nd half of 2014, community members from other large cities such as Atlanta, Charlotte and Tampa learn about Nuv Yug India Fest and express interest in bringing a similar festival to their city. Local committees are being organized to host a Nuv Yug India Fest based on Raleigh's successful processes and system.

10th Annual India Fest 2013 - Your Gateway to India
Saturday-Sunday, March 23-24, 2013

Nuv Yug's India Fest included 1,266 performers on stage during the festival. It now boasts of being the largest such production in the United States of America. On Saturday, Darshana Menon and Jeffrey Iqbal of SaReGaMaPa fame entertained the audience. On Sunday, Diwakar Dance Productions provided a dazzling dance show. Both days witnessed a variety of non-stop dance and music presentations.

This was the first year, participants were selected by a group of Community Judges in addition to Nuv Yug's Committee of Judges.

Vendors from as far as Chicago, Florida, New Jearsey and Georgia completed the exhibition Indian Traditional Crafts. Area's four top restaurants provided a variety of culinary delicacies.

We look forward to presenting the 11th annual India Fest during the weekend of March 22-23, 2014.

India Fest 2012 - Your Gateway to India
Saturday-Sunday, March 24-25, 2012

Meiyang Chang of Indian Idol, India's Got Talent and Dancing with Stars headlined India Fest on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The rocked the arena and electrified the audience by jumping into the crowd.

India Fest stage show continues to grow significantly year over year. This was the first year when participants learned their audition results before they left the audition venue. An online judging system made was utilized to track and display performers' score on a TV screen.

Meiyang Chang

India Fest 2011 - Your Gateway to India
Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27, 2011

This year, the number of stage performers has grown to almost 1,200. The mega production utilized leading edge technology to manage and schedule over 100 performances during the two day festival.

The winner of Indian Idol 5, Sreeram and a finalist Tia Kar enthralled the audience on Saturday evening. The show went on until late and young and adults were dancing and humming to their tunes.

Indian Idol 5 - Sreeram and finalist - Tia

Sreeram Tia

India Fest 2010 - Your Gateway to India
Friday-Sunday, March 19-21, 2010

Indian playback singing queen, Shreya Ghoshal rocked the Dorton arena on the evening of March 19, 20010. Over 100 dance and music groups presented a cultural program during the three day festival. Traditional crafts vendors from Florida to New York and Chicago provided a wide array of selection for visitors. The cultural cuisine was served by the best local restaurants.

Professional pictures from Henry Nguyen

Pictures by Vanita Sehgal

India Fest 2009 - Your Gateway to India
Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29, 2009

Indian Idol winner Prashant Tamang entertained and mesmerized the audience at India Fest 2009.

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A record breaking number of stage performers registered for India Fest 2009. On February 7, they auditioned to be selected for the stage performance. As a result, an unprecedented one thousand stage performers including auditioned and invited artist presented over one hundred dance and music performances at India Fest this year. This year, for the first time, we introduced an online paperless system for many aspects of the festival.

In spite of the wet weather on Saturday, India Fest attracted 8,000 visitors during the weekend. Indian Idol Prashant Tamang entertained the audience as hundreds got on the stage with him and danced to his songs.

India Fest 2008 - Your Gateway to India
Saturday-Sunday, March 8-9, 2008

India Fest 2008 attracted 8,000 attendees. A band from Mumbai entertained the audience on Saturday and Indian Idol star Amit Paul rocked the arena on Sunday. The audience danced with Amit and many stood in line to get his autograph.

This year's India Fest set new heights with approximately 800 performers sharing the stage during the two day festival. Vendors from New York to Florida provided a variety of traditional crafts and cuisine choices to visitors.

India Fest 2007 - Your Gateway to India
Saturday-Sunday, March 17-18, 2007

India Fest 07India Fest 2007 was the biggest ever in the history of Raleigh. On a cold and windy weekend, people from all descend poured into Dorton Arena in Raleigh to view splendid performances from local artists of Raleigh. India Fest attracted more than 6500 viewers, 570 participants and 85 different performances. And one world famous artist from India. It was Saturday evening and the House was full because it was time for Usha Uthup with a live band.

Usha Uthup and her troupe visited all the way from India for a special showcase at India Fest 2007. She mesmerized spectators by her Scintillating and Spicy Songs in English, Hindi, Bangla, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, Gujurati & many other Indian Languages at Grand Finale of India Fest 2007. Usha Uthup

NuvYug, the organizers of India Fest, has been organizing India Fest for the past four years. Every year, India Fest has increased attendance at a steady pace. This year's theme of "Scintillating Spices" was well arranged and enjoyed by all visitors. Liz Colt, publisher of Carolina Parent, quoted “It was a lot of fun - performances were great, food delicious and lots of shopping opportunities for music, books, clothes and jewelry”.

Thanks to Dave Horne for excellent photography at India Fest. For High resolution pictures from Dave Horne, Click here

India Fest 2006 - Your Gateway to India
Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12, 2006

India Fest 06India Fest 2006 attracted 6000 people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Over 450 performers made over 700 stage appearances during the two day festival. Vendors and attendees from as far as Florida and New York participated in this grand celebration of Indian Cultural Arts.

Based on several hundred survey forms received, it is estimated that over 30% of attendees were non-Indians.

The next India Fest will be held during the weekend of March 17-18, 2007. Mark your calendars now!

Antakshari Muqabala
Sunday May 15, 2005


An afternoon filled with music, rhythm and pulse rising excitement.

Nuvyug presented, first ever at this scale in the Triangle area, the grand Antakshari Muqabala at Milan Banquet Hall on May 15th, 2005. This, one of the most popular Indian pastimes, was custom made for our participants. We bent the rules, added new rounds and altogether spiced it up to make the experience an unforgettable one.

A total of sixteen teams registered for the competition and had to go through two preliminary knock out rounds to secure one of the six spots in the grand finale.  The rounds consisted of audio-visual clips, dhun, actor-singer and other exciting movie trivia in addition to the standard Antakshari. An interesting twist was added via dumbsherads and pictionary rounds. Live musicians provided accompaniment. Buzzer rounds ensured a thrilling, nail-biting finish.

The audience was kept involved throughout with continuous audience rounds and prizes. A brief survey after the event indicated that the attendees were more than satisfied with the event, with some comparing it to similar events in the Bay area and others going on to the extent of comparing it to Zee TV Antakshari.

This fun filled, enthusiastic and favourite game of all times, highlights the principle of picking up links and continuing. And Nuvyug hopes and plans to continue bringing many more such events and experiences to Triangle residents.

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India Fest 2004
Friday-Saturday September 17-18, 2004

SanchitaThis year's India Fest was the largest production of an Indian Cultural Show ever presented in the Triangle area. Over three hundred dance and music enthusiasts and professionals presented over fifty items during the two day celebration spanning over fifteen hours of nonstop entertainment!

This years theme was Indian Cinema - A Reflection of Indian Culture. An exquisite exhibition on this theme combined with an exuberant display of ethnic clothing mesmerized the people with its charm.

Top Indian restaurants offered their delicious cuisine. Other attractions included a variety of traditional crafts and clothing booths. Santoor Maestro Pt. Tarun Bhattacharya presented a Santoor Tabla Jugalbandi Concert with Abhishek Basu. Both artists traveled from India for this show.

Supriya Desai presented a Bharatnatyam Dance.. Kathak recital performed by Nandini K Mehta
. Sanchita Bhattacharya presented a Odissi Dance Show with her troupe. She also traveled from India for this show.

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Camp Nuv Yug
Monday - Friday, June 14-18, 2003Camp

This year's camp was directed by Mrs. Rama Pillai. She was assisted by youth counselors. Together they provided a unique opportunity for campers to learn about India in a fun-filled daily routine. Apart from regular indoors and outdoors games, arts and crafts, morning yoga lesson, campers also participated in storytelling, Indian History and Health Awareness among other activities. This year's camp had 45 children. Many parents have been asking us to extend the duration of Camp Nuv Yug.

Based on the popular demand, Nuv Yug is pleased to announce that four
weeks of camp will be held during the Summer of 2005. Registration begins in January.
First session- June 6-17
Second session - July 11-22

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Chitra Kala
Sunday, February 15, 2004

Chitra Kala

An art competition for children in grades K through twelve was held on Sunday, February 15, 2004. They were assigned topics ranging from your favorite place to visit in India to your dream house. Nuv Yug congratulates all participants.
Winners' List

Group A: 1st. Vatsal Parikh, 2nd. Shreya Gandhi , and 3rd. Sheel Shah

Group B: 1st. Pavithra Suresh, 2nd. Harish Podukodu, and 3rd. Sandhya Mahadevan

Group C : 1st. Tulsi Patel, 2nd. Siddharth Boddapati, and 3rd. Preetha Suresh

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India Fest 2003
Sunday, September 27, 2003

India Fest 2003

The first India Fest: Your Gateway to India was held at J.S. Dorton Arena, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh on Saturday, September 27th. It was a phenomenal success. It attracted 4,000 people to an all day celebration of multi-religious, multi-lingual and diverse Indian cultural arts.

Visitors enjoyed an array of scintillating dance and music from various regions of India which continued all day. The afternoon was capped by a breathtaking sequence of dance by various groups including a variety of Indian classical and folk dance forms such as Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Bhangra, and Dandia. The Alaap group started the evening with melodious songs from the 60's and 70's to 90's. Kalashri Supriya Desai and her graduate students presented the grand finale show consisting of Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi classical dance styles and ended with a beautiful modern folk dance.

The festival also consisted of a dozen traditional crafts vendors who provided a variety of clothing, home decor, and jewelry items in bazaar style. Highlights of the bazaar were the 22K gold and diamond jewelry show by Zaveri jewelers of Atlanta and a wide array of books and audio/video selection presented by Nataraj book store of Virginia.

The well appointed cultural cuisine area was represented by top four Indian restaurants of the Triangle area. Visitors enjoyed delicious vegetarian and chicken delicacies.

Nuv Yug thanks everyone for support in making India Fest: Your Gateway to India a truly magnificent event. We thank our sponsors for their generous contributions, our vendors for enthusiastic participation, and our volunteer team for their dedication and tenacity in taking care of all aspects of the show. We also thank Raleigh's Mayor Charles Meeker and Councilwoman Janet Cowel for attending the festival and addressing the audience.

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India Fest has been funded in part by City of Raleigh based on the recommendations of Raleigh Arts Commission.

Bhangra Dhamaka
Saturday, April 19, 2003Sukhbir

The first Bhangra Dhamaka has been a tremendous success. Around 300 children, youth and adults participated in a scintillating contest. Well coordinated upbeat Bhangra dance and music, breathtaking costumes and props with attention to detail, and above all uplifting spirit of dancers kept the audience spell bound. Nuv Yug's president, Ujjwal Srivastava, said "all contestants are winners tonight."

Bhangra Dhamaka The Ultimate Blowout has become the largest ticketed South Asian Cultural event in the Triangle area.

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