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INDIANAPOLIS MAYOR DECLARES INDIA DAY ON OCTOBER 28 AS DIWALI DAY

October 29, 2017 09:38 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (BALBIR SINGH)

Indianapolis Mayor Joseph H Hogsett gave a fabulous 'Diwali gift' to the Indian American Community by declaring October 28 as INDIA DAY in City of Indianapolis and Mayor Hogsett made this announcement while participating in the India Association of Indianapolis (IAI) Golden Jubilee celebration, 50th Anniversary, and Diwali at the Old Natiional Center, Downtown, Indianapolis.

 
 
The announcement was loudly cheered by a packed house which included a number of big wigs -- elected representative, businessmen, artists and professionals.

The Proclamation reads:
....... Diwali, the festival of lights, is a day of forgiveness, festivities and friendliness. The most popular holy day, Diwali aims to dispel the darkness and light up lives, symbolizing the victory of good over evil. On this day, families and friends get together for worship followed by a sumptuous feast.

Today the City of Indianapolis joins the India Association of Indianapolis in celebrating Diwali and thanks them for their efforts to strengthen our community's ties with India.

"Now, therefore I Joseph H Hogsett, Mayor of the City of Indianapolis, do hereby proclaim October 28, 2017 as India Day in the City of Indianapolis and I ask all citizens to join me in this observation."

India Association of Indianapolis, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Mayor Hogsett and Governor Eric Holcomb for recognizing October 28th, 2017 as INDIA Day in City of Indianapolis and Indiana.
IAI Golden Jubilee Celebration Committee chairman Raju Chinthala, could not attend the function as he is touring as member of the high-powered delegation led by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. In his message Raju Chinthala said "I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and extend appreciation to the founding members that began this journey for us 50 years ago...... So on this 50th anniversary of IAI -- let us use the momentum, optimism, the memories and the lessons of the past half-century to guide us through the next. I wish everyone a wonderful and safe Diwali. God bless you all."

Minalbahen, Kanubhai Patel, Ushabahen, Ramesh Patel, Ansuya, Raman Patel, Ramesh Kuba, Veena, Jai Khanna, Rita Vermani, Saryu Garg, Dilip Kulkarni and KP Singh are the founding fathers of IAI.

In recognition of their contributions and dedication to serve the Indian community, Padma Shri Awardee in 1977 Rama Belagaje and Madhu Bhargawa were awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards. IAI chairwoman 2017 Sumeet Bhatia thanked for the 'immense support and guidance' she had received during her term as a chairwoman and as a board member from within and outside the organization. She wished mighty success and good luck to all 2018 committee members. Sun Development and Management Corporation CEO Bharat Patel is the new chairman of the IAI.

Kathak and Bharatnatyam Jugalbandi, a fusion of two different dance style was the inaugural classic dance. It was choreographed by Dr Anita Sen, Artistic Director of Nrityangan, Kathak Dance Academy and Anita Srikant, Artistic Director of Nrityanjali Dance School.

Jhanvi Bhatia, Rhea Bhatia, Sanika Javeri, Sapna Nakshatri and Meera Rao participated in Nrityangan. Participants of Nrityanjali were Sruthi Chintalacharuvu, Neha Garugu and Priyanka Subrahmanyam.

It was an evening for celebration of Diwali, IAI Golden Jubilee. display of rich Indian culture, which included dances, singing, sumptuous family-style dinner. Singeer Sandeep Batraa enthralled the audience. After welcome address. Mayor Joseph Hogsett lighted the Diya (lamp). It was followed by presentation of Lifetime Achievement Awares and sponsor recongnition, which included Mr Jay C Gagne, CIMA president Gagne Wealth Management. Bharat Patel and Jay C Gagne were the event sponsors. Dr Sumeet and Sumeeta Bhatia, Rajmaner CPA Corporation (Santosh Rajmane) were the Platinum sponsors.

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