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article imageDesiFEST celebrates South Asian culture at Toronto city square Special

By Andrew Moran     May 28, 2011 in Entertainment
Toronto - DesiFEST, an annual celebration of the South Asian arts community within the city of Toronto and across Canada, took over the Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. The festival presented Torontonians with song, dance and food.
The weather may not prove it, but the season of sunshine, heat and the reinvigoration of life is right around the corner. This means that various festivals and events will take to the streets of Toronto for the next few months.
In one of the largest events of the year, the fifth annual DesiFEST South Asian cultural festival hit the Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto to highlight Indian, Pakistani, Afghani and Sri Lankan arts communities in the city.
This year’s line-up of concerts included Raang Dance, Sajid Ali Khan, Swaras, Roach Killa, The Bilz and Kashif and many others.
“From my country [India] we have so many talented artists, whether they create movies, or the music, or the clothes,” said one festival attendee who was holding a plate of samosas. “Since we live in a multicultural country, I’m glad we have festivals like this to present to the average Canadian of the wonderful stuff we have in South Asia.”
He added that if desiFEST is still around in the next few years that he wants his seven-year-old daughter to show off her specialty dances.
As part of its festival, various vendors came out to promote South Asian products, such as herbal teas, attire merchandise and meal ingredients. One of the biggest vendors Saturday was the food stand.
Dozens of event attendees lined up to get a taste of different curries, corn on the cob, naan filled with delicious stews and other light snacks, including samosas.
DesiFEST has become so successful that it has expanded to Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.
The other big Indian festival is Panorama India that comes to Toronto every August as part of India Day. It provides numerous Indian organizations to present India’s heritage, scientific achievements, art accomplishments and sports triumphs.
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