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Hindu Parade “Granth Dindi” takes over Downtown Grand Rapids

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI

If you meandered in downtown Grand Rapids, MI last Saturday morning, thinking you’d get a quiet cup of coffee someplace, you were in for a big surprise.

Instead you would have encountered a kaleidoscope of color, music, dancing, drumming and happy spirits as the members of a  Bruhan Maharashtra Mandal of North America conference took to the streets with a Granth Dindi.

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI

Wow. It made my heart sing.

I love all things India and this Hindu celebration honoring the religious and literary figures from the Indian state of Maharashtra was pretty cool. It’s not only a first for GR, but it may be the first Granth Dindi held in all of the United States.

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI–Decor at the DeVos Convention Center

If it weren’t for the signs indicating The Chop House or a backdrop of the Amway Grand Plaza, I could have thought I was back in Delhi where I kicked off a two week photography tour last March. Instead Monroe Avenue was filled with Hindus from all over the  world.  You will find several blog posts about that India trip on this site and more to come.

Typically Western Michigan festivals revolve around wooden shoes (Tulip Festival in Holland) or beer since we are frequently named the beer capital of the world. We’re also known for ArtPrize, the multi-week art extravaganza held every September.

This celebration of several thousand people was part of the Granth Dindi, a happy event enjoyed for more than 700 years in India.

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI

Here are some images of what you might have seen if you were downtown in Grand Rapids as the city came to life on Saturday morning.

Drumming

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI

Dancing

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI

People from all over the world

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI

Colorful Decor and Inspiring Messages

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI

The Basket of Books being celebrated

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI

Lots of picture taking with all kinds of cameras including a Drone

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
A drone flies above the Granth Dindi
A drone flies above the Granth Dindi taking photos of the festive celebration.
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI

 

Wonderful People Watching Opportunities.

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI

 

The purpose of the conference was to increase partnerships between Indian-owned businesses and the American market, but it also gave attendees the opportunity to take part in the traditional parade and celebrate other aspects of their culture.

Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
Granth Dindi, Grand Rapids, MI
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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.

Comments

12 Comments
  1. posted by
    RB
    Jul 10, 2017 Reply

    This is wonderful! Such lovely photos and what a cool thing for GR. We need such positivity right now.

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Jul 10, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for your nice comment. I agree that this was really a positive and happy event in Grand Rapids.

  2. posted by
    Marie Preston
    Jul 11, 2017 Reply

    Fantastic! Wished we could have been there!

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Jul 12, 2017 Reply

      Marie, I know you would have enjoyed it.

  3. posted by
    Sunila
    Jul 12, 2017 Reply

    Thanks Susan for a wonderful writeup and the wonderful, enthusiastic and ecstatic images. Glad someone captured my emotions and positive vibes through their lens. In gratitude and thank you so much

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Jul 12, 2017 Reply

      I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog post and that it captured your feelings. Thank you so much for your nice comment.

  4. posted by
    Raj
    Jul 13, 2017 Reply

    What an awesome coverage! Thank you, Susan! You have meticulously covered each and every aspect of the Dindi. I played the drums in this parade and it was an out of the world experience. Loved every bit of it. Our gratitude to the people of Grand Rapids. They were so loving and friendly. Thank you for having us.

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Jul 23, 2017 Reply

      Thank you so much. I really appreciate your nice comment. I loved the drums. Great performance and celebration.

  5. posted by
    Yogen Deshpande
    Jul 14, 2017 Reply

    “Granth” means book. “Dindi” means procession. So this event is a celebration of books. Books enrich our lives in so many ways. This is a beautiful aspect of Indian culture to celebrate books, and in turn the importance of learning and being open to new ideas.

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Jul 23, 2017 Reply

      Thank you for clarifying the meaning of the words. Much appreciated.

  6. posted by
    Pradip
    Jul 14, 2017 Reply

    Hello Susan, I’m from Pune, the cultural capital of State of Maharashtra in India from where this culture originates. Very happy to see this literature festival being organised, recognised and celebrated by all in USA. Thanks for capturing this story. The photos are amazing.

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Jul 23, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Pradip,
      We loved having the celebration here. Really special to share in your culture. If you do any looking around on my blog you’ll see some posts about India. I was there five years ago on a trip and then in March on a Photography Tour. You have a beautiful country.
      I look forward to returning. I hope more people from India will come to Grand Rapids.
      Warmly,
      Susan

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