India Day Parade Curtain Raiser Warms Up FIA

India Day Parade Curtain Raiser Warms Up FIA

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NEW YORK CITY(TIP): Federation of Indian Associations held a Curtain Raiser for its upcoming largest India Day Parade at the Consulate General of India on   Thursday June 28, 2018.

To bring India into this American soil 
and at the venue, green-white- and orange colors were seen all around 
with the American and Indian flags side by side.

The event started with Dr. Kusum 
Punjabi’s welcome speech and the singing of the national anthem. Dr. 
Kusum Punjabi stated that since FIA
 was founded 48 years ago on the promise of promoting ethic solidarity 
though various programs and events along with community services and 
cultural activities and various outreach programs, everyone at FIA 
believes to preserve India’s cultures and ethics. She also congratulated
 all the leaders by adding that no organization can succeed without its 
strong leaders. As she emphasized on FIA’s prevalent motto from Indian 
Vedic verse, “wherever women are respected, God resides there” will come
 true as FIA is committed to bring all cultures on one stage by strongly
 believing in “vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” meaning “world is one family.” Dr.
 Kusum then invited FIA president Srujal Parikh on stage for welcome 
speech by adding that Parikh is not only a visionary president of FIA 
but is dedicated to NYPD and a trustee of NYPD Indian police officers 
organization since a decade.

A view of the gathering

President Srujal Parikh said they take 
great pride in not only working together at FIA to bring diverse 
cultures on one stage but also women empowerment initiatives are taken 
to make difference in the lives of girls and women. He then added that 
here at FIA we strongly believe in gender equality. As a community, we 
must strive to foster an environment so there is no gender 
discrimination and women will have equal opportunity of independent 
decision making. Parikh thanked all the committee members, board of 
trustees and all who work shoulder to shoulder in making FIA a 
successful organization.

Srujal Parikh invited Consul General of 
India, all the committee members, this year’s Grand Marshal, and very 
bright and beautiful HollywoodBollywood
 actress Ms. Pooja Kumar, representative from Ripley’s believe it or 
not, on stage to unveil official upcoming India day parade’s invitation.

​As consulate General of India took 
stage to address the audience, he said he felt so close to motherland in
 American soil by working so closely with FIA and its members. He gave a
 brief history of making FIA a successful organization of 48 years. He 
remembered FIA’s early stages when late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru 
was invited to lead parade and merely 300 persons were on New York’s 
streets. He urged everyone to bring friends and family members to be a 
part of this epic event and make it more successful this year on August 

​Others who addressed included Chairman 
Ramesh Pate, Media Chair Ankur Vaidya, Padma Shri H.R. Shah, Vidyadhar 
Garapati, Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Chintu Patel, and Andy Bhatia

Dance performance by Dancing Shiva
Photos / Paresh Gandhi

Performers from Dancing Shiva gave a dance performance which was choreographed by Jenny Beri.


A Raffle draw followed, and winners were gifted radio 5000 series.

Dr. Kusum Panjabi extended appreciation 
on behalf of everyone at FIA and all the guests to Albert Jassani for 
sponsoring delightful appetizers and dinner.


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