|A group of young tabla students thrills the audience with a high-powered performance at the Dharma and Yoga Fest, Sept. 14, Pleasanton, CA (Pearl Driver/IndiaWest.com).|
|American Indian girls dressed in traditional saris with colorful ornaments|
The event was meticulously and thoughtfully organized, right down to the well-posted signs that guided one to a dedicated parking lot. The crowd spanned the generations, ranging from toddlers to grandparents, and several small businesses and local non-profits set up booths in the reception area.
Swami Vivekananda became famous in the West after coming to America and delivering a rousing speech on the timeless dharma at the Parliament of Religion in Chicago in 1893: