Monday, March 28, 2011

India Fest

IMG_3095No, the picture on left is not from India but it definitely reminds street markets of Mumbai and Delhi. Confusion, congestion and chaos give an impression of India but it is an experience of India right here in Raleigh, North Carolina. While shopping and eating, the viewers supposedly enjoyed two day long live performances of locals and special performances by Indian Idol Sreeram. The music equipment in the shopping stalls is meant to rock the squeaking speakers in this sport stadium with atrocious acoustics.

Yes, the shopping stalls are in sports stadium with seating and a stage.

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Performances included singing, classical, semi classical, Bhangra and Bollywood dances on new and old songs. Though children dominated most of the performances, some adults also showed their skills. Learning and in turn performing Indian dances provide good opportunity to children to realize some Indian culture. But this year, ultra modern ‘Shiela Ki Jawani’ and ‘Munni Badnam’ were also played on several dances.

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India Idol Sreeram indeed stole the show with his mature, melodious, professional and trained singing. Unlike CD player and his companion Tia, Sreeram sounded perfect despite far from perfect speaker systems. May be it is his experience or his god gifted voice, India picked a deserving Indian Idol. Just like shining light, he has shining singing future.

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30 comments:

Whirlwind said...

Nice pics!!

BK Chowla, said...

Your posts are a result of some serious research on a given subject.

shuchita said...

seems fun and nice clicks. shiela ki jawani and munni badnam is being played everywhere here also including weddings in which all aunties do their version :)

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

Aww now I know why your ears were hurting.
But seems like lot of fun. Shopping...wow!! Wish i could experience it all.

Insignia said...

Hope you had good fun!

Neeha said...

I am glad he is the Indian Idol..
Do you know he is from our city:)

rama said...

I always love pictures of streets with lots of colourful shops displaying colourful clothing, toys or other knick knacks etc.
You are right all such places look the same, it could be anywhere from Mumbai,Delhi, Madras to Thailand.
I remember taking beautiful videos of the streets in Ajmer, which was so colourful.
Nice walk down the memory lane , thanks to your blog.

chitra said...

That definitely looks like an Indian market scene.
seems you also enjoyed the festivities

Renu said...

Liked the pictures..looks good fun

Smita said...

Sreeram is a superb singer!!! and that 1st pic really looks as if it has been taken in India :D

Shobha said...

Wow!
How I wish I was in Raleigh to see Sreeram perform.

Destination Infinity said...

I know Shiela ki jawani, but not Munni badnam! That shows how much I am in touch with latest bollywood songs! I am off to listen to it now. Thanks for the lead :)

Destination Infinity

IRFANUDDIN said...

on the first look it does look like from India.

NRIGirl said...

Did you attend? What did you buy from those "street vendors"?

Alka Gurha said...

Wow...good fun.... Sreeram was a well deserving Indian idol...my fav too.

Tanvi said...

Great shots! Really does look like India :)

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....Petty Witter said...

How I wish I'd been there, it sounds and looks wonderful.

raji said...

you must have had fun..sreeram really rocks.He is a good singer with a perfect hold on classical music too.

Harman said...

A..it looks like kumb ka mela..hilarious..pichas are good..
ya...I have been to these kinds of fairs..they are awesome!jus a little more careful you have to be..
(Lol)

suruchi said...

goes to show people everywhere love to shop and shoppers love to lure them in any which way:-)

Sreeram was my favourite too...absolutely soul stirring voice:-)

hope you had fun A:-)

Stranger said...

Nice writeup and pics too...

rads said...

Loved Sreeram and never missed the indian idol episodes...lucky me, it aired when i was in India...i kept on sending sms like crazy :D ... looks like u had a gr8 time..nice pics...

Geeta said...

I used to love Indian fests when I lived in the mid-west. Not here in Dallas. Never heard of Sreeram, will youtube him.

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Rachna said...

wow, lovely pics. I do agree -- congestion gives an impression of Indian markets, but my impression of the flea markets in US is one of equal congestion.

sm said...

nice pics
yes look like Indian street market

Anjuli said...

If I had seen the first pic without explanations- I would have indeed thought it was somewhere in India. What great pics- amazing festivity.

baili said...

,first of all congratulation for semifinal victory ,and hope you had lot of fun in the festival , Indian cinema and music has huge effect on people's mind and heart whether they belong to India or somewhere else,

i hope Sony will bring a new season of indian idol soon.
gave a great day god bless

Tanishka said...

Can't believe the pics are not taken in India... :D I' am sure you had lots of fun... :)

Vaish said...

That seems like a great fun out there...