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Celebrate India January 6, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Culture.

The Garden State Discovery Museum begins 2007 with a two-month salute to multiculturalism. “Since the museum started, we’ve been looking for a way to celebrate our diverse community,” says program director Paul McElwee.

The celebration begins this weekend with Bollywood-inspired entertainment by an Indian dance troupe under the direction of Ritu Pandya. Dressed in saris and other traditional clothing, the group will perform dance fusing traditional choreography with modern elements. Guests will learn the history of henna, an ancient Indian art, and can get a henna tattoo.

Italian, Irish, Chinese and African events are planned for January and February, which McElwee hopes will “stress the idea that we are one community even though we come from varied backgrounds, and provide kids with exposure to things they’ve never experienced before.”

Indian Festival and Henna Workshop, 1 p.m. Saturday at the Garden State Discovery Museum, 2040 Springdale Rd., Cherry Hill. Admission: $9.95; $8.95 seniors; free for those under 1. Information: 856-424-1233 or www.discoverymuseum.com.

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