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July 2013

Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2013


     We are honored and humbled to be invited by the Smithsonian Institution again to take part in this year's Folklife Festival. It was in 1985 that I first came to this country from India to organize the Festival of India and it always brings back nostalgic memories. Since then my associates and I have been very fortunate to participate in several Folklife Festivals organized by the Smithsonian.

WHAT IS SMITHSONIAN'S FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL ?

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international exposition of living cultural heritage annually produced outdoors on the National Mall of the United States in Washington, D.C., by the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Read more....

When : June 26 - June 30
July 3 - July 7, 2013
2013 Festival Programs:
Hungarian Heritage
Roots to Revival
One World, Many Voices :Endangered languages and cultural Heritage
The Will to Adorn :African
American Diversity, Style and Identity
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AHAAR - A TASTE OF INDIA - at the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival is brought to you by Indique and Indique Heights Restaurants. The Menu is limited to five items as per the recent national Park regulations. Chicken Tikka Makhani platter, Veg Combo consiting of Saag Makai and Alu Chole served with Basmati Rice pilaf. The two street snacks on the Menu are Papri Chaat and Jhal Muri from the eastern region of India. To beat the heat we are also serving chilled Kingfisher Beer, plenty of Mango Lassi and Nimbu Paani (lemonade)
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Above : Saba Rahman
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Above : Rathi Vinod 
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Above : Mrs. Nisha Vinod
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Left to Right : Ms. Nandita Madan, Mr. Surfy Rahman, Mrs. Nisha Vinod, Mrs. Madhavi Rahman
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Above : My Mom Mrs. Pushpavathy Narayanan and Executive Chef S.Balamurugan
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Some of the Hungarian exhihits at the Folklife Festival
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Yours truly
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At the Cooking demonstration pavillion - Folklife Festival
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At the dance studio - Folklife Festival 2013
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Various Exhibhitors 
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Basket weaving at the Folklife Festival
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My mom trying out one of the Hungarian Hats.
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Rolling pins galore!
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The dance studio at the national mall - Folklife festival 2013
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My mom checking out the Folklife Festival.....
Come back here, for more pictures when the festival reopens on July 3rd. Come and see us at the Festival. Bring your families and show the kids around. It is always very interesting to learn about different countrries, cultures etc. Till I post again Adios!
Photographs : K.N.Vinod
source : Smithsonian Institution.
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