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
Srujal Parikh invited Consul General of
India, all the committee members, this year’s Grand Marshal, and very
bright and beautiful Hollywood–Bollywood
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
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.