August 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Metro Detroit Indians plan 'whole day celebration' of independence

Dancers from the India League of America demonstrate various routines at the Novi Christian Community Center in Novi on August 6, 2014. The group will perform at this Saturday's India Day. (Brandy Baker / The Detroit News)

As India prepares to celebrate 67 years of independence from British rule, the Metro Detroit Indian community will come together in a celebration of the diverse culture and customs of their home country.

The India Day parade and fair is Saturday at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Admission is free to all attendees and will feature food, vendors, dance and other performances.

Its a whole day celebration. In the past, weve had 25,000 people attend, said Rashmi Upadhyaya, a board member for the India League of America Michigan, which is hosting the event.

India Independence Day is commemorated every year on Aug. 15 as the day the country won independence from Great Britain. The fair and parade in Novi provides a chance for people to share the culture, language, food and customs of the diverse states in India.

Its a chance for all the different states to show unity and diversity in the parade, said Upadhyaya.

More than 400 children and adults will perform various dance styles, from Bollywood to Bhangra.

Its the third time the event has been held, but the floor space has doubled since last year.

More than 100 exhibits will sell Indian jewelery, arts and crafts, clothing and other traditional items, including Indian cuisine.

Its good food they can try, good shopping they can do, said Upadhyaya. They will get a complete taste of India.
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Bollywood Spirits Owner/Choreographer Reshma Das, parents Seema Pirani and ... (Brandy Baker / The Detroit News)