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BTV: #EmbracingIndia week - August 1, 2015 BTV caught up with EFC's Indian Media Co-ordinator about the #EmbracingIndia week.

Scores of Essendon fans and members of the Indian community have turned out for ‘Super Saturday’ at the True Value Solar Centre.

Fans braved wet and cold conditions to watch the Bombers make their final preparations ahead of tomorrow’s clash against the Western Bulldogs.

As #EmbracingIndia week continues at Essendon, spectators were treated to some traditional Indian customs.

There was Indian music, a special cricket net hosted by the Melbourne Renegades and ‘The Curry Truck’ supplied some Indian cuisine.

There was also a demonstration of ‘Kabbadi’ with guest referee Jake Melksham.

"It's a football game without the football," Essendon's Indian Media Coordinator Amandeep Singh said.

"It is very physical and particularly popular in the north of the country.

"You can say it's an Indian version of wrestling."

Amandeep will form part of the Indian commentary team that will broadcast tomorrow's match between the Bombers and the Bulldogs in Punjabi.

"It is very exciting and we are all looking forward to it," he said.

"Essendon has gone to India to understand the culture and continues to promote the game to the Indian community.

"Hopefully this week has paved a pathway for them to get in to football.

"You never know you might just find the next Indian Jobe Watson or James Hird."