With successful 4 editions under their name, India Day is one of the biggest cultural celebrations in Finland. The India Day festival is back this August with bigger productions and a stunning backdrop featuring a lineup of musicians and dancers paying tribute to Indian music, classical dance, and heritage forms. It is no news that Indians love celebrating with music and dance whether it be welcoming the spring or rain, harvesting of crops to seeing the full moon, every single occasion turns into a joyful celebration with splashes of colors, songs, and dance! 

In addition to famous Bollywood dance that has gained global mass appeal. here are some facts you may not be aware of, like the “Raga” the scale of notes and comprising of the 100 different melodies is one of India’s biggest contribution to the music world. Another amazing fact is that all traditional dances of India uses the body as the medium of communication to express the dance forms structured around the nine emotions: happiness (hasya), sorrow (shoka), anger (krodha), compassion (karuna), disgust (bhibasta), wonder (adhbhuta), fear (bhaya), courage (viram) and serenity (shanta). With a fine fusion of traditional folk and modern music, India day welcomes you with contemporary performances, spectacular dances, catchy tunes, bright lights, and a mood-lifting ambiance.

If you are willing to lose yourself in the rhythm, the India Day fest is the “must” place for you.

This year, the festival is jointly organized by Suomi -Intia- Seura ry, the Indian Embassy, and the Indian community with its various associations to promote a universal message of “Unity in Diversity” which will be conveyed in the language of this year’s art, music and dance. Each year several themes determine the design of the stage and compliment the lineup of music and dance and this year, is no different. Never have been lives of communities and gatherings been affected at the greater pace and speed of the previous year. This year, the “Living in uncertain times” theme talks about climate change and dealing with the pandemic during the COVID-era. This year, apart from Unity, we will focus on “India in Finland”, “Regional Festivals”, “Gratitude” celebrating the friendship between two countries throughout the years, and the “Vision for better India” focusing on women empowerment and digital advancement for the better future. This year, India day hopes to bring together the Indian and Finnish communities to share in something much greater and make healing connections with the thriving traditions of music, dance, and friendship. 

If you are a music enthusiast or with, just an intention to spend the best moments of your life grooving to the beat of the happiest people, mark your attendance for this year’s India Day fest on Sunday 22nd August 2021 at Rautatientori, the heart of Helsinki! We hope to have all dancers and associations join us for this adventure!

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Just as the dark winters bid adieu to Finland and spring is amidst, the air is filled with hope and happiness as we await summer this year with the biggest cultural celebration of 2021.  Yes! It is time for the fifth edition of India Day to be held this year in August at Rautetientori (in the heart of Helsinki), a massive space overflowing with the creativity of artists coming forward to showcase their talent and culture from different parts of India. From the music and dance to the intricately gorgeous stalls, the celebration invites all the people of Finland to be part of this vibrant and cultural experience.

Image Courtesy: Sudhanshu Verma

If you have ever seen Indian cinema, you would know how the Indians love music and dance and calling these an important part of any kind of Indian celebration would be an understatement!. Indian music, dance, art, and food are as diverse as our culture and, are two worlds apart between the North and South. With a population so proud of its diversity, it is only right that this celebration has stalls from different regions of India that are intricately decorated and ethnically showcases the crafts and food from various states of India. We also invite you to embark on this gastronomic adventure with your family and friends, where you savour the bits and bites from all over India.

This year we celebrate India @75 where we are counting down to India’s 75th year of independence. India is also one of the fastest developing countries economically and this India Day celebration is organized annually with Indian Embassy, Suomi-Intia-Seura ry, and other Indian regional associations to not only showcase Indian art and culture but importantly, to highlight the Indo-Finnish friendship and strong business relations. Finland is becoming an internationally attractive place to work, carry out research,  and invest. In recent years, bilateral relations have increased and acquired diversity with more than 100 Finnish companies operating in India.  India day is a mega event bringing the Finnish and Indian communities even closer and for Finnish businesses to explore areas to partner in the Indian market. India Day platform will offer Finnish companies a chance to explore investment, recruit talent and drive company growth and innovation in Finland.  Be a part of our story this year!

One of the best ways for you to know more about India is to experience India Day’s visually stunning celebration where we guarantee a great atmosphere, delicious food, of course, and where you can groove to the music while you witness the magical journey happening right in front of your eyes!. We can call it sort of a travel experience without having to necessary travel during these uncertain times!. Come and explore the land of India on India Day, this August 2021!

This event will follow the official Covid-19 regulations and recommendations owing to the ongoing situation and adhere to specific measures drawn up in cooperation with the authorities to ensure the safety for all!