Showcasing India's Art and Culture at the Kennedy Center

By: BRETT ZONGKER - Associated Press Writer
By: BRETT ZONGKER - Associated Press Writer

The Kennedy Center in Washington has been converted into a palace to showcase India's arts, precious gems and diverse culture over the next three weeks.

The "Maximum India" festival opened Tuesday night and runs through March 20. With nearly 100 performances, films and events, organizers say it's one of the largest U.S. festivals ever devoted to the country of 1.2 billion people.

The lead chef of Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace created menus for the center's restaurants. The Gem Palace of Jaipur, India is exhibiting millions of dollars worth of intricate jewels. And movie star Nandita Das curated a film series to feature portrayals of women in Bollywood.

For people who have never visited India, curator Adrien Gardere says the festival will give them a taste of its vast culture.

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