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Dance and music featured in Indian harvest celebration

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RICHLAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson's Indian community is celebrating the harvesting season with music, dance and fellowship.

Music and dramatic performances unfolded on the Richland Community Center stage Sunday afternoon.

Cultural dances paid tribute to the collection of crops in India where there is a population of about 1.2 billion.

Four hundred million people in India are harvesters.

Young women and girls dressed in colorful and elaborate costumes to perform various tributes during the festivities.

It featured authentic Indian food, song and dance.

"They are collecting all the crops and we are happy to have the money in their pockets now to spend for the rest of the year. So this is only a glimpse of what is happening in India," said Event Spokesperson Dr. K R. Rao.

"This is one of the most beautiful art forms in India, and it has such a rich cultural heritage and knowledge deep behind it. And these girls have put in so much time and effort into learning this, and I'm really proud of everyone of them," said Dance Instructor Mangala Maddali who performed with a troupe of 11 girls.

Participants in the event came from across the state.

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