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Valley Celebrates India Independence Day With Enthusiasm

Van Nuys, CA – On August 17th, thousands of people flocked to the beautiful ground of Birmingham Charter High School here in the San Fernando Valley to celebrate India’s 73rd Independence Day, organized by India Association of Los Angeles (IALA). This is 20th years of celebration by IALA. This Heritage and Cultural Celebration is a showcase of the mini India, where its rich heritage and culture from different regions of India were presented by local talents on one platform.

The event graced by Congressman Sherman, Consulate General of India Ambassador Sanjay Panda, State Senator Henry Stern, representative of  Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, LAUSD Board member Scott Schmerelson, and many community leaders

One of the IALA’s founders Inder Singh highlighted the contribution of Indian diaspora in America. Chairman Vineet Puri termed IALA as an idea and idea never dies. IALA president, Sunil Agrawal welcomed the audience in his address and said: “India is unique and oldest living civilization in the world, and we are celebrating Independence Day of such civilization.” He highlighted the importance of the event and said, “this community event allows the business community to broaden their network and provide a platform to young talent to perform on the stage.” The Guest of honor Congressman Sherman presented US flag to IALA president Sunil Agrawal. Congressman talked about Indian Prime Minister’s upcoming visit to Texas where 50,000 people will attend the event. Consul General of India Ambassador Sanjay Panda praised the community and highlighted their contribution in strengthening Indo- US ties.

This year, IALA started giving awards to Southern Californian artists, heroes, and achievers. Due to Rajiv Satyal’s extra ordinary contribution to performing arts, award committee chose him for “Pride of the community” award. He received this award from Consul General of India,Ambassador Sanjay Panda.

Consul General also presented plaques to sponsors, Grand sponsor Turkish Airlines, Debra Jawa, Ranjit Joea, Nidhi Tomar, Iqbal Samra, , HAB Bank, DJ Scorpio, LA City Department of Cultural Affairs, Falguni Zala, Yogi Patel, Nina Bawa, Dr Kalpesh Patel, and Media partner TV Asia.

The event featured a grand cultural show presented by VP cultural affairs Aishveryaa Nidhi and her team. Indian songs, dance, and other forms of Indian arts by little ones, grownups and talented artists mesmerized the audience. Kathak dances,  Bharatnatyam, Folk dances, Bhangra, and many Bollywood numbers by various groups stole the heart of the audience by powerful performances.

Kathak Kala Academy group performed on Sufi song, and Tarana. Monica Sarin choreographed a group dance performed by small children wearing traditional costumes of various states of India. It presented the diversity of Indian perfectly.  Master Sharron’s EB Bollywood/Hip Hop Dance School brought Bollywood flavor to the event and presented the grand finale of the program.

There were 60 booths with lots of variety including fashion, food, Non-profits etc., put up by Parmesh Shah, Manmohan Chopra, attracted thousands of visitors where they shopped, eat and enjoyed the colorful fair.

Event’s major attraction free health fair put up by VP health Deepi Singh and Dr. Bama Sridhar, visited by thousands of valley resident to check up their health parameters and take guidance on their diet and nutrition. Health fair greatly assisted by Shukla Sen, Malini Chetty, and young volunteers Yashvi Agrawal, Darshan Zala.

This year IALA’s magazine ran cover story dedicated to Indian Election 2019, “India: Largest Democracy Successfully Conducted the biggest election.” It highlighted mesmerizing statistics about election.

The event was a great success, thoroughly enjoyed by thousands of audience with awe and appreciation and will be remembered by many.

The IALA 2019 Executive Committee is comprised of 20 members: Sunil Agrawal, Ouseph Poulose, Pramesh Shah, Prem Seem, Rajni Thakkar, Kanaksinh Zala, Aishveryaa Nidhi, Navdeep Singh, Nalini Natarajan, Sunil “Bobby” Prabhakar, Dr Bama Sridhar, Deepi Singh, Hema Chopra, Ram Bali, Falguniba Zala, Jugal Kishore, Dr Aakash Ahuja, Ashish Khamkar, Manjeet Wahi, and Yogi Patel.

Valley Celebrates India Independence Day With Enthusiasm

On August 25th, thousands of people flocked to the beautiful ground of Birmingham Charter High School in the San Fernando Valley to celebrate India’s 72nd Independence Day.

Independence Day Celebration is a showcase of the rich heritage and culture from the different regions of India presented on one platform.

 

The grand event, which has been organized by the India Association of Los Angeles (IALA) since 1999, attended by Congressman Sherman, Consulate General of Sri Lanka Ms Swarna Gunaratne , representative of Consulate General of India Asit Datta, LAUSD Board member Scott Schmerelson, AJC LA Interreligious-Intergroup Committee Co-Chairs Enid Lieber, many community leaders and thousands of people.

One of the IALA’s founders, Inder Singh,  welcomed the audience and talked about the growing friendship between the two great democracies of the world. IALA President Manmohan Chopra said, “India Independence Day celebration is a great way to thank our motherland India where we born, and the mother in who’s lap we are nurturing our dreams.” The Guest of Honor Congressman Sherman presented a US flag to Manmohan Chopra  and praised the Indian community’s contributions. He emphasized that India is the most important strategic and geopolitical partner for the United States and he is proud to work towards strengthening this relationship. Executive VP, Sunil Agrawal said “This event offers a family gathering where next generation of Indians learn, see, express, and feel their culture and tradition.Board of Director Raman Chadha and Executive VP Sunil Agrawal emceed during the plaque ceremony to honor the sponsors. Congressman Sherman presented a plaque to the grand sponsor Turkish Airlines and gold sponsor Sundam Solar’s Asif Ansari, who served in Barack Obama’s Energy Council. Congressman Sherman also presented plaques to other notable sponsors Sunil Agrawal, Vinod Manchhani, Robin Paik, Ranjit Joea, Satish Tomar, Iqbal Samra, Mukhtiar Khamboj, Wallis State Bank, HAB Bank, DJ Scorpio, Navdeep Singh, Prem Seem, LA City Department of Cultural Affairs, Kanaksinh Zala, Yogi Patel, Harbans Bawa, and Media partner TV Asia.

The event featured a grand cultural show presented by VP Cultural Kavita Puri and her team. Indian songs, dance and other form of Indian arts by little ones, grown-ups and talented artists mesmerized the audience. Kathak dances,  Bharathnatyam, Folk dances, Ghoomar, Ras-Garba, Lavani dance, Bhangra, and many Bollywood numbers by various groups stole the heart of the audience by powerful performances.

There were 65 booths featuring fashion, food, Non-profits etc, organized by Parmesh Shah and his team, which attracted thousands of visitors as they shopped, ate and enjoyed the colorful affair.

The major attraction was the free health fair organized by VP Health Deepi  Singh and Bama Sridhar. Thousands of residents got a free check up of their health parameters and got guidance on their diet and nutrition. Free eye check by Lion’s Club was another popular event. Health fair greatly assisted by Shukla Sen, Malini Chetty, and many more volunteers.

Congressman Brad Sherman and CG Sri Lanka Ms Swarana Gunaratne  sent their congratulatory messages to IALA, which was published in IALA’s annual booklet edited by Executive VP, Sunil Agrawal. This year IALA’s magazine ran a cover story, “India: Excelling in All Directions”, which highlighted the accomplishments of India in the last few years.

The event was a great success and enjoyed by thousands of folks who attended.

 

The IALA 2018 Executive Committee is comprised of 17 members: Manmohan Chopra, Sunil Agrawal, Aishveryaa Nidhi,  Manjeet Wahi, Raj   Thakkar, Kanaksinh Zala, Ramesh Bramharouthu, Kavita Puri, Nalini Natrajan, Robin PaikSunil Prabhakar, Parmesh Shah, Hema Chopra, Prem Seem, Yashpal Guru, Deepi Singh and Dr Bama Sridhar.