October 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Annual Indo-American Friendship Day Dinner, Oct. 17

The annual Indo-American Friendship Day Dinner, hosted by the Friends of India Endowment at Ohio University and the Athens Rotary Club, is Oct. 17, 2015 in the Baker Center Ballroom. It’s a night of Indian celebration, with authentic food, traditional dancing, and cultural exchange.

Tickets are available: Adults $35, Children (under 10) $15, Students (limited quantity) $25. Reserve a table for 8 for $280. To RSVP, contact Raj Koshal at 740-592-3805 or

A dancer at the annual Indo-American Friendship Day Dinner at Ohio University.

A dancer at the annual Indo-American Friendship Day Dinner at Ohio University.

In 1986, The Friends of India Endowment was founded by Dr. Atamaram Gawande, Professor William Harlan, and Dr. Rajindar Koshal. The group’s main goal was to create a “better understating between two largest democracies in the World,” Koshal says.

Although they started with hosting free Indian meals, the Friends have partnered with the Athens Rotary Club, enabling them to collaborate on fundraising. The Indo-American Friendship Day Dinner is in its 29th year, working to raise money for different causes. Half of this year’s funds will go to travel grants that facilitate OHIO students’ work and research in India, while the other half will go to the Polio Plus Foundation, a charity that aims to cure polio internationally.

Other than fundraising, the main goal is to dispel “myths and misconnections” between American and Indian cultures in order to engage in an international conversation about the two countries.

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