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Belfast's Festival of India 2011: Dazzling festival of culture is a feast for the senses

By Lesley Houston

The tastes, sounds and sights of India were brought to Belfast yesterday for an annual celebration of Northern Ireland's Indian community.

The glitz and glamour of Bollywood mingled with the more traditional face of India as Custom House Square filled with eastern promise for the Festival of India 2011.

Offering a veritable feast of Indian fare, festival goers were treated to a spectacle of both the old and new face of Indian dance, drama and culture.

Foodies had the chance to savour the delights of Indian cuisine including everything from best-loved offerings and take-out favourites to some lesser-known and traditional delicacies.

Dancers of all ages, bedecked in dazzling costumes and saris of bright silks, demonstrated the beautiful arts of dance in both the traditional style and that popularised by the global Bollywood phenomenon.

Organised by the Indian Community Centre in Belfast, the festival is the embodiment of the local Indian community's attempts to build relations with the wider Northern Ireland community.

A voluntary organisation established in 1981 in the Carlisle Methodist Memorial Church Hall, the community centre works towards the promotion and greater understanding of Indian culture and traditions in Northern Ireland.

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