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India Association of the Inland Empire Celebrates Independence Day
on Sunday, 24th August, 2008


Riverside, California, Aug 24, 2008
Gary Singh

India Independence Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and fanfare on Sunday, 24th August, 2008 (2pm-5.30pm) at California Baptist University, Riverside. The highlight of the annual celebration was the cultural program showcasing India's rich heritage of classical dances, the new wave of film song-and-dance and ever popular folk dance Bhangra. The program was made livelier by one of the emcees, Harvir Bhatti, introducing various items in his Americanized Hindi-Punjabi.

India Association of Inland Empire has been organizing India's Independence Day celebrations for the last 15 years. This year, Hindu Society of Inland Empire, Redlands High School Desi Club and Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Inland Empire also partnered the joint celebration.

India Association was founded by Raj Pakianathan who continuously has been supporting the succeeding presidents of the association. This year, President Suma hareesh provided able leadership in organizing the gala celebration with the help of her team including Baljit Toor who was president of the association from 2005 to 2007.

At this 15th anniversary of the association, founding president Raj Pakianathan thanked Inder Singh, currently president of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), an international body of NRIs/PIOs, for convening and chairing the first meeting and persuading him to start India association for the annual celebration of India's Independence Day and other national events. President Suman Hareesh also thanked Inder Singh and presented him a plaque for his continued support of the association for the past fifteen years.






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