ORLANDO, FL – The Orlando Magic, which has hosted Noche Latina Night and Black History Month activities in the past, will join with the Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) on Jan. 19 for the second annual India Day.
This season’s India Day, which coincides with the Magic’s Jan. 19 home game against the Boston Celtics, will feature an appearance by 2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri, who will share the story of her rise to fame and her platform on racial diversity with fans. There will also be a special ticket offer and a street festival that will include henna tattoo artists, Indian dances and cuisine, nba.com said.
Last year’s event, which included a street festival and the Magic Dancers being trained to perform several popular Bollywood dances, was such a hit that the Magic were eager to continue the tradition on a yearly basis. The success in Orlando also caught the eye of the NBA and several other India Nights are being planned this season throughout teams in the league.
The IACC executive committee includes President Tino Patel, Varesh Patel, Yog Melwani, Jay Shah, Beena Parikh and Sanjay Srinivasan. The overall goal of India Day, is to broaden the awareness of a thriving culture growing every day in Central Florida. More than 30,000 Indian Americans live in Orange, Seminole or Osceola Counties and Orlando has one of the fastest-growing Indian communities in the country.