Mar 012017

By Claire Byun

Now that Mardi Gras celebrations have come and gone, the New Orleans Museum of Art invites you to experience the sights and sounds of Indian culture.

The India Fest, held at NOMA at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, offers visitors a taste of the multifaceted subcontinent’s food, fashion and art. New this year will be a series of scholarly lectures in the Stern Auditorium on subjects ranging from Indian philosophy to the peopling of India.

Highlights include a traditional lamp lighting ceremony, classical and Bollywood dance, sari demonstrations, henna applications, yoga and meditation, lectures, children’s activities and a cricket match on the meadow.

Food booths in the sculpture garden will serve curries, samosas, vindaloo and other specialties. Organizers are also hosting Bollywood and classical dances during the festival.

The festival is Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a guided tour of the new Indian Art Gallery at 12:30 p.m. Admission is $5, or free for NOMA members and children under six.

For a complete schedule, check the NOMA events calendar listings.

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