“So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.” –Mark Twain
With the world’s second largest tract of arable land, India has been feeding countless generations for millennia and today, the popularity of Indian food has spread around the globe and is valued for its delectable flavours which you can sample in our pavilion.
Though savagely looted some 26 times for the vast riches produced by her agriculture, India’s unshakable optimism has triumphed over all incursions to produce unparalleled cultural riches to nourish both the mind and the senses.
Home to some 2000 ethnic groups and more than 1600 languages, India is truly a land of magnificent diversity unmatched anywhere else in the world.
Through 8 classical and countless folk-dance traditions, India celebrates life through stunningly exuberant dance movements amidst dazzling whirls of colour.
Indian music comes in a bewildering variety of styles ranging from stirring popular movie compositions to classical music that demands a mature and thoughtful audience that can appreciate its great beauty and virtuosity.
Long a world fashion leader recognized for its ancient and continuing expertise in luxury fabrics, the ever popular 5000-year old sari can be seen in our pavilion in a profusion of colours, fabrics, and draping styles. Not to be outdone, the stylish lehenga-choli (skirt and blouse ensemble) and the more casual shalwar-kameez (pants and shirt ensemble) offer every bit as much variety of fabric, colour, and design.
Despite its diversity in all that it does, Indian culture greets you with the unmistakable language of hospitality, for in India it is said, “Atithi Devo Bhava” (A guest is a god).