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Our Indian Culture, a Southern California-based community organization, celebrated the 71st Indian Independence Day Aug. 19 in Irvine, Calif. Indian American children are seen singing at the event. (photo provided)

The 71st Indian Independence Day, celebrated Aug. 19 in Irvine, Calif., attracted more than 450 attendees, a majority of whom were Indian American, according to a press release.

The event, which was put together by Our Indian Culture, celebrated the spirit of patriotism by bringing together the Indian community from various cities of southern California.

At the event, Akshita K. Sharma, founder of Our Indian Culture, along with other team members, felicitated Farrah N. Khan, executive director of the Newport Mesa Irvine Interfaith Council.

OIC is an initiative by Indian American professionals to celebrate the rich heritage, traditions, diversity, and culture of India, and to bring the community together.

The highlight of the event was a fashion show, “Incredible India,” in which the diversity of the traditional attires across India was showcased. The outfits were sponsored by Hina Patel and Shilpa from Shri Rangoli Fashions.

Many Indian dance schools across southern California participated in this event, including Swapanthi Dance Academy; Desi Jackson; Prance n Dance; Andaz Dance Academy; Adaa Dance Academy; Sunder Kala Kendra; Ritu Vaish Dance Group; and Supreeti Performer Academy.

The dance performances ranged from the classical dance forms like Kathak and Bharatanatyam to Bollywood-inspired fusion dances.

The program also included a children’s fancy dress show, the theme of which was patriotic and Krishna Janmashtami. Kids also showcased their singing skills.

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