Committee Members




Chair – Dr. Raji Kaloji


The Taste of India Executive  Committee is responsible for  oversight and coordination of  all Taste of  India activities. The Executive Committee develops and establishes policy, provides guidance  and coordinates with all other Committee Chairs.


Chair – Sanjay Patel


The Sponsorship Committee is responsible for obtaining Event Sponsors,  advertisements for publication in the event souvenir, and fund raising .


Chair – Pallavi Sappati


The Cultural  Committee is responsible for  managing and coordinating the entire cultural program  activities for  the event. The committee works with the  Hampton Roads community members,  choreographers,  professional dance troupes, and  competitive college dance teams from across the nation to showcase their talent  at the event.  The Committee  develops an exciting day-long  cultural program  to presents a diverse mix  of performances covering  all styles of Indian dance including  classical ( like Bharatnatyam and Kathak ), folk ,  Bollywood, College Bhangra Dance Competition,  fusion dance., yoga demonstrations and singers.


Chair – Kavitha Sri Hathwar


The Decorations Committee is  responsible for  managing all decorations for the event,. The Committee develops a decorations theme for each event,  selects and procures a  professional decorator,  coordinates with the professional decorator , obtains volunteers from the Hampton Roads community to assist with the decorations and provides oversight and coordination for all decorations related activities.


Chair – Jigisha Reddy


The Contest Mania Committee is responsible for  developing , managing and coordinating  all Taste of India contests  for children and adults. The  committee creates and holds various competiions, for example, Art, Quiz, Essay, Carrom, etc.   before the event for which  the winners are announced  during the  Taste of India event.  The committee organizes  various competitions during the event – e.g.,  Rangoli ( colored sand art), Science Fair, Lego, etc.   The committe agrressively engages with the community and the school systems from all areas of Hampton Roads  to encourage young kids, teens and adults  to participate in the competitions. The participants  learn Indian culture, sportsmanship, creativity,  teamwork and a good work ethic. They also  have fun while competing for recognition and well deserved prizes!


Chair – Devendra Kumar


The Audiovisual committee is responsible for  managing and coordinating all  audio and visual  equipment and arrangements for the event. The committee determines the audio visual requirements in consultation with the Cultural Committee, selects the audiovisual equipment providers, anprovides oversight  and coordinates  all stage nsound and lighting during the event. This committee works closely with the Cultural Committee. committees.


Chair – Pradip Patel


The Food Committee is responsible for managing all the food and drink preparation and sales for the entire event. The Committee develops the  food and drinks menu and prices,  coordinates with all Hampton Roads area Indian restaurants, other food vendors, and the numerous volunteers who assist with the food preparation and serving. The committee assigns food booths and ensures the quality and  quantity of all food and  drinks for consumption during the event. Please contact the Chair  to participate in this committee, volunteer to prepare or serve food, offer menu suggestions or  discuss any food related issues/questions.


Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel

The committee is responsible for all Photography activity and Works closely with all of the other committees.


Vishnu Lakdawala


This committee is responsible for the publications of the Event Souvenir,which includes the SPONSORS advertisement, messages from VIP’s, PICTURE GALLERY from previous events, articles related to Indian heritage, lists of ASIAN INDIAN professionals in the Hampton Roads area.

Public Relations

Vinod Agarwal


This committee manages all public relations relation activities for the event including media relations, outreach to community and event advertising. The committee also manages invitations, scheduling, coordination and hosting of elected officials, sponsors and VIPs.


Chetan Patel

Chetal Patel

This committee is responsible for managing the event operations and providing all supplies required for the event. This committee provides significant support to the Food Committee


Harish Patel

Harish Patel

This committee is responsible for the selling of food tickets during the event and door prizes. The sale of food tickets includes helping customers make decisions, the use of a credit card for a transaction, and keeping track of the number of tickets sold. The door prize jobs include obtaining prizes, giving out prize tickets, and announcing winners of the prizes. The staff should be helpful, charismatic, and quick-thinking


Devin Patel

Devin Patel

This committee is responsible for managing all exhibition and vendor booths – including booths for all retail vendors, services vendors, civic organizations, charities, sponsors and volunteers. The committee manages the booth sizes/cost, booth layout, booth contract, vendor solicitation and registration, booth assignments, and all booth related arrangements. Note that Food/drinks booths are managed by Food Committee and Ticket Booths are managed by Tickets Committee




The committee is responsible for all volunteer activity and Works closely with all of the other committees.

Web Content Management

Mayank Jain

Mayank Jain

The committee is responsible in maintaining and updating the TOI website. Works closely with all of the other committees

Youth Committee

Vishal Reddy, Neel Kaloji

Vishal Neel

Formed in 2010, the youth organizational committee is tasked with running the door prize operation, operating a ticket booth, and Facebook advertising and integration. They also organize many of the youth volunteers for Taste of India.