South Asians of Indian descent are now the largest Asian ancestry group in Georgia. This is a population that grew 231% between 1990 and 2000, yet its vibrant and growing cultural life is virtually unknown to the rest of the population. In the autumn, the Hindu community observes Diwali,--also known as the Festival of Lights. This program focuses on the 2003 Diwali observance in Perry. Special thanks to all the members of the BAPS religious community from throughout Georgia who contributed to this program. The Sounds of South Georgia is made possible with support from Valdosta State University, and from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Photos by Laurie Kay Sommers.