‘Ask-a-monk’ part of joyful festival

Photo by Arun Sharma

Experience the sights, sounds and flavors of India at the fifth-annual Festival of Joy this Saturday, April 27 at Klyde Warren Park. Celebrating Indian culture and spirituality, the free event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a welcome ceremony followed by a festive parade at 11:30 a.m. throughout the Dallas Arts District. And new this year, don’t miss the evening concert by popular Indian artist Gaura Vani (GARR-ruh VAHN-nee) at 7 p.m. who will perform a lively mix of Asian fusion music. Presented by Kalachandji’s, the family-friendly festival brings together thousands of people for a full day of bright colors, culture, beautiful flowers and a free vegetarian feast. Guests can enjoy folk dances, yoga, kids’ crafts, face painting, an ethnic clothing bazaar, vibrant entertainment, ask-a-monk and other activities and exhibits that reveal the spiritual heart of India. — Taylor Mayad