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.
Kavita Ramchandani sang Lata Mangeshkar’s iconic song Ae mere vatan ke logon...to 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!