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Dave Wallis, Published November 06 2011

Portraits: Tanmayi Vaidya

“It’s always nice to show your culture and get to know other cultures, and the Pangea is the greatest way to do that,” says Tanmayi Vaidya, who is one of about eight to 10 dancers in her group that will perform during their half-hour segment in the annual event Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Vaidya, who moved to Fargo from the western part of India in 2000, wears a traditional sari dress. She also wears a bindi on her forehead. “The bindi was a Hindu symbol for a married woman, but these days it is more of a fashion,” she adds. Having been a part of the Pangea for the past four years, she now organizes the fashion show and choreographs dances for the Indian segment of the event. “We spend about seven or eight months planning the event that involves people of all ages,” she says. Food is also part of the event that will involve about 10 different nationalities. “We try to stick with one item that people always like and then change up the other items on the menu. There will be more variety this year,” she explains, adding, “We try to make it a little less spicy so people will try it.” The event is free; the food is extra.