C Sharp Video Productions is proud to have contributed it’s skills and expertise in live event videography to cover the 5th Annual Festival of India, which was held in August. From a small organization of five thousand people, the festival has garnered attention from its host city of San Jose, CA, and has even expanded its activities beyond the South Bay, hosting a parade in the city of Fremont, CA.
There were several highlights to this year’s festival. The involvement of San Jose politicians in recognition of the festival was something to behold. San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed made a statement in honor of the festival, stating that many of today’s accomplishments for the city could not have been done, “without the the contributions of the sons and daughters of India.”
The Festival of India places high emphasis on Indian entertainment and culture, and this year was no exception. Various filmmakers, actors, and artists from the Indian/Bollywood scene and the American/Hollywood industry, as well as other artists and filmmakers from around the world came together to connect and promote their craft in the beautiful California Theatre in the heart of downtown San Jose. The guest of honor, Hollywood commedian Eddie Griffin (Undercover Brother, Malcom and Eddie) shared a few words on the importance of what the Festival was doing. He stated that, through creativity, we can touch the very fabric of sociology.”
Perhaps the largest and most exciting highlight was the FIA parade. Held in Fremont, CA, the highlight not only included parades celebrating Indian culture, but also emphasized the huge cultural diversity of the Bay Area. though Indian culture was the predominant emphasis on the parade, with celebrities from Indian cinema appearing at the parade, floats representing Mexican and Asian-American cultures were spotted as well. The parade was a true testament to the effect of modern globalization and how, especially in the Bay Area, cultural diversity is such a commonplace phenomenon in today’s world.