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Basketball and India

List of Indian heritage nights during the 2019-20 NBA regular season

The 2019 Bollywood night hosted by the Sacramento Kings was the sixth edition of this annual event.
The 2019 Bollywood night hosted by the Sacramento Kings was the sixth edition of this annual event. (NBA)

The NBA and its franchises have always been about celebrating different cultures, races and nationalities. Especially over the past few years, multiple franchises have dedicated home games to celebrate the Indian heritage and culture.

Heading into the 2019-20 regular season, the league's 74th, here's a schedule of all the Indian/Bollywood nights to look forward to:

Day Date & Time [IST] Fixture Culture/Heritage
Tuesday Jan. 7 - 8:30 AM Warriors @ Kings Bollywood Night
Sunday Feb. 2 - 5:30 AM Heat @ Magic Indian
Saturday Mar. 21 - 5:00 AM Wizards @ Hawks Indian
Monday Apr. 13 - 3:30 AM Knicks @ Raptors Baisakhi

There's an obvious connection between the Sacramento Kings and India - Vivek Ranadivé, the Kings' Indian-born co-owner and chairman.

MORE: NBA.com's exclusive with Vivek Ranadivé

The 2020 Bollywood Night at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento will be the seventh edition of the event hosted by the Kings. Last year's event included performances from the Bhangra Empire, Anaam Singh with the national anthem and Indian-American singer Mickey Singh with Anjali "Nani" Ranadivé.

MORE: Recap of Kings' 2019 Bollywood night

India Day is an event hosted by the Indian American Chamber of Commerce and the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. The event on Feb. 2, 2020, IST will be its 8th edition.

The festivities in 2018-19 included cultural dances, pregame and halftime performance celebrating the Indian heritage while the postgame celebration featured a Mickey Singh conert.

In 2017, popular Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty was present at the event while in 2016, it was Madhuri Dixit.

The defending champions - the Toronto Raptors - have dedicated their final home game of the 2019-20 season to celebrate Baisakhi, one of the major festivals of Sikhs.

The day marks the time for the harvest of rabi crops. It also carries a lot of religious significance. It is considered to be the day Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, laid the foundation of the Khalsa.

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