‘Celebrate all things Indian’ at Celebration of India

Rwitti Roy, middle, and Vijay Raghunathan, left, joined Dustin Grove on News 18 at Noon on Tuesday to tell us more about this year's Celebration of India. (WLFI Photo)
Rwitti Roy, middle, and Vijay Raghunathan, left, joined Dustin Grove on News 18 at Noon on Tuesday to tell us more about this year's Celebration of India. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — We are just a few days away from a chance to enjoy a slice of Indian culture at Purdue University. The Indian Women’s Association will host this year’s Celebration of India this weekend.

Vijay Raghunathan and Rwitti Roy joined us on News 18 at Noon on Tuesday to tell us more about the event.

“Celebration of India is actually a celebration of all things Indian,” Roy explained. “It’s food, culture, music, art — the idea is when you land at the Purdue Memorial Union on October 23rd, you’re transported to a magical Indian experience.”

She said there’s going to be local and Indianapolis-based Indian restaurants, as well as merchandise available.

“Shop ’till you drop — clothes, accessories, jewelry,” Roy said. “You name it, it’s going to be there for you to buy.”

Roy explained the event will continue into Loeb Playhouse, where there will be an Indian concert put on for all to enjoy.

“When you enter Loeb Hall, you’ll have the most amazing, enchanting performances to entertain you,” she said.

This is the seventh year for the annual event, but Raghunathan said there is something new this year.

“This year we’re very excited to bring the Celebration of India to Purdue campus because it represents a coming together of three organizations [the Indian Women’s Association and two Purdue student organizations] with very similar missions,” he said.

The event is Sunday, Oct. 23, 2-8 p.m., at Purdue’s Memorial Mall and Loeb Playhouse. The event is open to the public.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased online.

All proceeds from the event will help the YWCA of Greater Lafayette.

Watch the full interview to hear Roy talk about the Indian classical music concert and who’s invited, as well as see Raghunathan explain which Purdue student organizations are involved in the event.