He said part of the money raised from the event would go to help a village his organisation had adopted in Andhra Pradesh under India's new initiative for smart villages and cities. Despite heavy rain on August 15, over 2,500 people visited the event, which was addressed by Indian ambassador to Belgium, Manjeev Singh Puri.
On Sunday, bright weather enabled an estimated 6,000 people of various nationalities and walks of life to attend the festival.
Mahendra Kothari, an IT businessman and a long time resident of Brussels, said, “This is one of the biggest Indian events we have seen in Belgium in 15 years. I have never seen such a big and well organised event.” Manzoor Ahmad, hailing from Uttar Pradesh in India but living in Belgium for 33 years, said, “I have never seen such a big gathering at an Indian event here in Brussels.” He, however, said the organisers should next time learn to deal with long queues at token counters and different food stalls.