India: Discovered

Last Saturday we celebrated Discover India Day with over 1,000 of our closest friends in attendance! From 10:00 am to 5:00 we saw 531 adults and 523 children learn about the culture, customs, and art of ancient and modern-day India. We added a few new activities to our list of returning favorites and all were a resounding success. Representatives from the Science of Spirituality talked about the neurochemical changes our bodies undergo and the health benefits of meditation. Guests were encouraged to practice mindfulness at a few meditation sessions throughout the day as well. Bharatanatyam dancers from Kala Nivedanam School in Nashville provided a demonstration of traditional South Indian Dance. Later in the afternoon, guests were encouraged to hone their Bollywood skills in our Wii dance studio. As always, we encouraged guests to walk through the Murfree Spring wetlands on our annual Gandhi walk to learn about Mahatma Gandhi and his role as an activist and teacher. Lastly, we had an array of artistic activities in Creation Station including a collaborative rangoli design on the chalkboard wall and paper lotus flowers.

We owe a big thank you to Kalpana Gowda and Lingaiah Chandrashekar for their continued leadership and support of this event. When Kalpana proposed this event in 2012, we could only hope that it would grow to become something our guests would look forward to attending year after year. Additionally, we appreciate the support of the Nissan Foundation for underwriting this event.

Our next free event will be Hispanic Heritage Day on Saturday, September 15 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.