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D.C. India Fest under way at Kennedy Center

People view "Hi! I am India," an interactive

People view "Hi! I am India," an interactive play space for children in the Nations Gallery as part of the Kennedy Center's "Maximum India" exhibit in Washington, D.C. (March 2, 2011) Credit: AP

The Kennedy Center in Washington has been converted into a palace to showcase India's arts, precious gems and diverse culture through March 20. The $7-million festival is one of the largest U.S. festivals ever devoted to the South Asian country of 1.2 billion people.

Exhibits include a collection of traditional saris, an installation featuring words from a historic speech by Mahatma Gandhi, and colorful crafts from various Indian streets. All the center's restaurants converted their menus to creations by master chefs from various regions of India.

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