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The India Association was formed on October 30, 1965 by 36 Indian nationals who met at the residence of Dr. Atish Maniar for celebrating Diwali. At a general meeting on December 11, 1965, constitution of the India Association of Manitoba was accepted by the members present and Dr. Maniar was elected as the founding President. To carry out the programs, India Association was given a room without any charge at the International Centre. According to the constitution, a committee was formed to promote Indian Dance and Culture.

The first Folklorama Festival was started in 1970 to commemorate the 100th birthday of the Province of Manitoba. The festivity of Folklorama was so successful that the Folk Arts Council decided to continue this event for the coming years. India Association also took active part in 1970. The East Indian Community came under one umbrella to promote India’s culture and music. The Folklorama India Pavilion now attracts almost 10,000 visitors every year.

India Association was incorporated on October 28, 1976 and various cultural groups were appealed to join and participate in the activities of India Association.

Rangbirangi – Spring Dinner and Dance festival became very popular. In 2002 a committee was formed to establish a Board of Custodian and in 2003 the assets of India Association were transferred to the Board of Custodians. On February 11, 2007, at the AGM meeting, the Constitution was duly amended to apply for charitable society number. India Association currently boasts of more than one hundred members. In 2013, the India Association partnered with the University of Winnipeg and formed the India Centre for Academic, Business and Community Excellence.

About INDIA

India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west, China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east and Burma and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In addition, India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

Home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history.Four world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, whereas Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also helped shape the region’s diverse culture. Gradually annexed by and brought under the administration of the British East India Company from the early 18th century and administered directly by the United Kingdom from the mid-19th century, India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was marked by non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi.
The Indian economy is the world’s eleventh-largest by nominal GDP and third-largest by purchasing power parity. Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the fastest-growing major economies; it is considered a newly industrialised country. However, it continues to face the challenges of poverty, corruption, malnutrition, inadequate public healthcare, and terrorism. A nuclear weapons state and a regional power, it has the third-largest standing army in the world and ranks eighth in military expenditure among nations. India is a federal constitutional republic governed under a parliamentary system consisting of 28 states and 7 union territories. India is a pluralistic, multilingual, and a multi-ethnic society. It is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.

Indian music ranges over various traditions and regional styles. Classical music encompasses two genres and their various folk offshoots: the northern Hindustani and southern Carnatic schools. Regionalised popular forms include filmi and folk music. Indian dance also features diverse folk and classical forms. Among the better-known folk dances are the bhangra of the Punjab, the bihu of Assam, the chhau of West Bengal and Jharkhand,Garba and Dandiya of Gujarat, sambalpuri of Odisha, ghoomar of Rajasthan, and the lavani of Maharashtra.

Traditional Indian dress varies in colour and style across regions and depends on various factors, including climate and faith. Popular styles of dress include draped garments such as the sari for women and the dhoti or lungi for men. Stitched clothes, such as the shalwar kameez for women and kurta–pyjama combinations or European-style trousers and shirts for men, are also popular. Use of delicate jewellery, modelled on real flowers worn in ancient India, is part of a tradition dating back some 5,000 years; gemstones are also worn in India as talismans.