No, 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.
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.
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.