Two Major organizations of Los Angeles celebrate India Republic Day 2012
UNITED FEDERATION OF THE INDO AMERICANS OF CALIFORNIA - UFICA
FEDERATION OF THE INDO-AMERICAN OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - FIAsc
Los Angeles, January 28, 2012
Vasu Pawar/Gary Singh/ Karen
As the two Major organizations in California, UFICA and FIAsc, join hands again with unity and strength, to celebrate India Republic Day 2012, commemorating the Day on which the Constitution of India came into force as the Governing Document of India on January 26, 1950. It is hard to believe that this is the 62nd Year under India Leadership and completion at the transition towards becoming an Independent Republic. This Day was chosen as it was the Anniversary of 'Purna Swaraj Day'.
UFICA and FIAsc celebrated India Republic Day at the Golden Sails Hotel, Best Western, at Long Beach, California, USA, on January 28, 2012 with Grandiosity and Elegance. The super organizational skills of the talented and proficient members of both Organizations, with the only objective to wholeheartedly serve the community, led by the Executive Committee Members and the Senior Members, Founders, Trustees, Advisors and Past Presidents, played their Team Rolls setting a Platform and Brilliantly executing each and every phase of the event, including the Unity Walk which lit up the room and transformed the place, into memories of the past and bringing history back to life. Headed by the Presidents of the two organizations, Mr. Niraj Agnihotri (UFICA) and Mrs Aparna Hande (FIAsc), the UNITY WALK, was definitely the Hallmark of the Event. It was evident that the Spirit of Republic India still prevails and subsists in our hearts. Baljinder Tahim, the Executive Vice President of FIA, brilliantly utilized his injured leg and crutches to portray the 'Amar Jawans' of Freedom Fight.
The ambience, the friendly welcoming and enthusiastic smiles of the members, the presentation of innocence and unconditional loving nature, truly depicted India and the Indians as the heritage and culture stands for. This Unity Walk truly presented, Unity and Strength among the organizations and displayed the necessity for all Indians to be united at all times and help each other in the community as we have done in the past during Freedom Fight.
The invited Guests, were comfortably seated. The Function began on time, with the Lamp Lighting Ceremony, performed by the President Mr. Niraj Agnihotri (UFICA), and the President Mrs. Aparna Hande (FIAsc), the Chairperson, Mrs. Vinita Vineet (UFICA), and the Chairperson Mr. Rajinder Dhunna (FIAsc) joined in by the members of UFICA and FIAsc. This was followed by the Unity Walk, the singing of the American National Anthem and then followed by the Indian National Anthem, and Vande Mataram. Everyone Present, participated in singing along and joining in.
The UFICA and FIAsc members were introduced by:
UFICA - MC - Ashok Patnaik
President (Niraj Agnihotri), Chairperson (Vinita Vineet), Executive Vice President (Vinod Dudheker), Secretary (Vasu Pawar), Treasurer (Himanshu Raval).
Cultural Secretary (Charu Miglani).
Board of Directors:
Founder/Trustee (Harish Dhruv), Founder/Trustee (Rangesh Gadasalli), Trustee/Past President (Ashok Patnaik), Trustee/Past President (Dr. Vinod Vineet), Trustee/Past President (A. J. Dudheker), Trustee/Past President (Anil Mahajan).
FIAsc - MC - Kewal Kanda
FIAsc - President (Aparna Hande), Chairman (Rajinder Dhunna), Executive Vice President (Baljinder Tahim), Secretary (Venkat Gopalan), Treasurer (Ajay Tongire). Cultural Secretary (Navin Gupta).
Ishwar Deedwania, Ajoy Dube, Kewal Kanda, Ajmer Singh, Anju Garg.
- Tony Mendoza (Assemblymember), City of Cerritos.
He has helped the Indian Community to pass several Bills. He is currently in process of submitting a bill to declare Republic Day, a gazetted holiday.
- Dr. Prakash Narain (Mayor of City of Cypress).
He is always helping the Indian Community and always participates in such events. He honored the two presidents with a plaque from City of Cypress.
- KV Kumar (Served in the White House, under three presidents, Sr. George Bush, Clinton, and Jr. George Bush)
SBI Bank, Frontier Heritage, Avadhesh Agarwal, Vonnage, Sulekha.com, and Highglow Jewelers.
We thank all the sponsors who have helped in the success of this event and would love your continued support for events to come.
Mr. Ashok Patnaik (UFICA) and Mr. Kewal Kanda (FIAsc) did an outstanding job as usual, as the MCs for the Event.
At the Left Panel were seated, Executive Committee Members of UFICA and FIAsc along with Dignitaries. On the Right Panel were seated, Founders, Trustees, Past Presidents, and Senior Advisors of UFICA and FIAsc.
The Guest Tables were all set in the center giving them a clear view of the event, the Committee Members, and the Cultural Show. What could be a better place to hold such a fabulous event, than the Golden Sails Hotel (Best Western) in Long Beach?
The President of UFICA spoke about India Republic Day and the Unity and Strength of the two organizations that have brought success to the Events. He thanked all the members for their support and the hard work put into making this a memorable event. He brought our attention to the Republic India 2012, and its significance and importance for the Indian Community.
The President of FIAsc briefed us on her background and her presence during Freedom Fight. She was a nurse at the military base where she experienced a first hand visual and had even more reason to be a part of this event. It brought her memories back and she appreciated those who had lost their lives for our Freedom. She also thanked all the UFICA and FIAsc members for doing an outstanding job.
The Cultural Secretary of UFICA (Charu Miglani) & The Cultural Secretary of FIAsc (Navin Gupta) put up a memorable show and drew the attention of the crowd with applaud. There were special notes of approbation from our guests regarding the presentation of 'Glimpse of India' which truly described each state that participated, and a scenario of the gorgeous and distinctive costumes and culture of each state. We also received comments that their dance display of 30 seconds was excellent and definitely not enough and expected more.
The participants of the show were, Shivani Lamba, Shaily Shah, Aditi Parekh, Khushali Shah, Sneha Krish, Dilasa Panigrah, Tanisha Gupta, Punya Ekbote, Sweta Saravanan, Shreya kansal, Sanya Dhama, Gagandeep Sandhu, Sanam Chekuri, Jyotika Agnihotri, and Shreya Maharana. The Unity Walk and some of the cultural items were choriographed by Varsha Parekh (Noopur Dance Academy), V.President (FIA). Others did their own choriography.
I must recognize other well known guests among who were also present, like Mr. Harbhajan Samra commonly known as the “OKRA KING”.
We again thank all those who supported us to make this a very successful Event.