We all know that this year’s Edmonton Heritage Festival has migrated online. At World FM, we wanted to help raise excitement for the release of the online Heritage Festival experience on August 1st. Click HERE to check out the website and read more about what they have planned.


We want to take this week to introduce our audience to some of the different cultures we show on World FM. Today we’re going to learn about India straight from Raj, the host of Hukamnama And Viakhia From Golden Temple and Mornings With Raj Monday – Friday mornings on 101.7 World FM.


Without further ado, here are words from Raj herself: 


Let me introduce my home country – India

India, officially the Republic of India is a country in South Asia. It is the second-most populous country, the seventh-largest country by area, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west, China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north; and Bangladesh and Myanmar of the east. From the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, it’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.


State Emblem


Capital: New Delhi. It is situated in the north-central part of the country on the west bank of the Yamuna River, adjacent to and just south of Delhi city (Old Delhi) and within the Delhi national capital territory.

Population: The total population in India is estimated at 1.366 billion.

Ethnic Groups: Indo-Aryan 72%, Dravidian 25%, Mongoloid and other 3% (2000)

Religions: Hindu 79.8%, Muslim 14.2%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.7%, other and unspecified 2% (2011 est.)

Languages: The Eighth Schedule of the Constitution consists of the following 22 languages

Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telgu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithili and Dogri.


Culture of India: The culture of India refers collectively to the thousands of distinct and unique cultures of all religions and communities present in India. India’s languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food, and customs differ from place to place within the country. Indian culture, often labeled as an amalgamation of several cultures, spans across the Indian subcontinent and has been influenced by a history that is several millennia old. Many elements of India’s diverse cultures, such as Indian religions, philosophy, cuisine, languages, dance, music, and movies have a profound impact across the Indosphere, Greater India, and the World.



Hindu Kandariya Mahadeva Temple



Jain Palitana Temples


Buddhist Mahabodhi Temple


Sikh Golden Temple


Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal in Agra is widely considered to be the best example of Indo-Islamic architecture and is one of the most well-known monuments in the world.




Head to heritagefest.ca between August 1st and 3rd to explore the virtual map and choose a pavilion to visit. Each country page is unique, and you’ll find performances, recipes, photos, history of the culture and their association, and more! Visit the Multicultural Market to shop for unique items submitted from pavilions. It is important to note that we as people have more in common across various ethnicities than differences.


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