University of Pittsburgh
August 12, 2009

Pitt's Indian Room Committee to Celebrate India's 62nd Year of Independence With a Parade and Festival Aug. 16

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh's Indian Nationality Room Committee will celebrate India's 62nd year of independence Sunday, Aug. 16, with a parade around Pitt's Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland, followed by a flag hoisting and festival in the Cathedral's Commons Room. Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg will deliver welcoming remarks.

Marchers will assemble at 11:45 a.m. on the Bigelow Boulevard side of the Cathedral for the parade on the streets surrounding the building. Patriot songs will be sung and played, and an Indian youth group will perform the Bhangra dance on Fifth Avenue.

Revelers will move into the Cathedral, and at 1 p.m. the group will hoist the American and Indian flags and begin the cultural gala in the Commons Room.

The committee, along with Pitt's Intercultural Exchange Program, the Pittsburgh Indian community, several local organizations, and the general public will participate in this day of culture with performances of traditional folk dance, spicy food, henna hand painting, and an opportunity to purchase genuine Indian artifacts from local vendors and Pitt's Gift Shop on the first floor of the Cathedral.

For more information, contact Saroj Bahl at 412-828-2911 or