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India Association of Los Angeles (IALA), San Fernando Valley celebrated the 20th Annual India’s Independence Day Heritage and Cultural celebration on Saturday August 17. A free community event, it was attended by thousands of residents from the area.

The event included a cultural show, a free health fair as well as a mela that featured booths that sold food and clothing to the interested viewer. The five hour long program featured 23 performances and about 200 performers who showcased their talent. There was a mix of Classical, Semi-Classical, Folk, Bollywood, Bhangra and Zumba dancing. All age groups from 3-4-year-olds to 56 years old took part this evening. The performances featured Patriotic and Bollywood songs.

An act that showcased small children (four to nine years old) wearing traditional costumes of various states of India was choreographed by Monica Sarin. The children looked adorable and it was much appreciated by the audience.
LA’s favorite Master Sharron’s EB Bollywood/Hip Hop Dance School performed as the grand finale. A big troup with performers of all age groups, it ended the show with a bang – and left an energized audience wanting more.

Kavita Ramchandani sang Lata Mangeshkar’s iconic song Ae mere vatan ke set the mood for Flag Hoisting and the National Anthem.

The highlight for the evening was a stand-up comedy Rajiv Satyal. This was an initiative by IALA President Sunil Aggarwal to involve the young generation in these celebrations. It was a resounding success!

Overall the IALA team put together a very interesting evening for the diaspora, replete with a patriotic theme, celebrating the 73rd Independence Day of India.
Pictures and videos courtesy: Bharti Desai and Dr Jitendra Desai.