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San Fernando Valley, CA, Aug. 24, 2016 Singh

Chatsworth, CA - On August 20th, thousands of people flocked to the beautiful ground of Chatsworth High School here in the San Fernando Valley to celebrate India’s 70th Independence Day.

The grand event, which has been organized by the India Association of Los Angeles (IALA) since 1999, attended by Congressman Sherman, representative from Mayor's office, many community leaders and thousands of people.
Ceremony started with national Anthems of the USA and India. Kevin Taylor from Mayor's office presented Certificate of recognition to IALA president Vineet Puri and praised hard work put up by IALA team to organize such a wonderful celebration.

One of the IALA Founder Inder Singh welcomed the audience and touched upon the subject of growing friendship between the two great democracies of the world. IALA President Puri said in his address “India’s Independence Day is a reminder of the values of freedom, the power of tolerance, and the benefits of prosperity”. He termed annual IALA mela is a “showcase of the real India.”

The Guest of honor Congressman Sherman presented flag, which was hoisted on Capitol Hall, to IALA president Vineet Puri and praised Indian Community's contributions in his address. 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.
Raj Nangia of TV Asia presented a commendation to the IALA team from Lancaster City Council member Rajprabhjot Malhi.

VP Public Relations Sunil Agrawal and board of director Raman Chadha emceed plaque ceremony to honor this year's sponsors. Congressman Sherman presented plaque to grand sponsor of the event Qatar Airways, which was received by Mr. Nathan on Qatar Airway's behalf.  Congressman Sherman also presented plaques to other notable sponsors Iqbal Samra, Vinod Manchhani, Satish Tomar, Jang Bahadur Sethi, Ranjit Joea, Mukhtiar Khamboj, Harbans Bawa, and Media partner TV Asia. 

The event featured a grand cultural show presented by VP cultural Nalini Natrajan and her team. Indian songs, dance and other form of Indian arts by little ones, grownups and talented artists mesmerized the audience. Kathak dances by Kathak kala Academy, Bharathnatyam by Thalam School of dance, and Bollywood numbers by EB Bollywood School stole the heart of the audience by powerful performances.
There were 60 booths with lot of variety consisting of fashion, food, Non-profits etc, put up by Executive VP Manmohan Chopra and his team, attracted thousands of visitors where they shopped, eat and enjoyed 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. Free eye check for Lion's club was another feature of the Fair.

On this occasion of celebration, Consulate General of India Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok, LA District Attorney Jackie Lacy, LA Mayor Eric Garcetty, and Lancaster Councilman Raj Malhi and IALA chairman Ravinder Grewal sent their congratulatory messages to IALA, which are published in IALA’s annual booklet edited by Sunil Agrawal.
Concluding the event, in his vote of thanks, IALA president Puri thanked all the dignitaries for their valuable time, sponsors for their support and contribution, and IALA executive team, Board of directors and volunteers for their hard work for making event memorable and successful. 

Event was a great success and will be remembered by many.
The IALA 2016 Executive Committee is comprised of 17 members: Vineet Puri, Manmohan Chopra, Manjeet Wahi, Kiran Kamboj, Ouseph Poulose, Harbans Bawa, Navdeep Singh, Nalini Natarajan, Sunil Agrawal, Ramesh Bramharouthu, Sunil Prabhakar, Robin Paik, Kavita Puri, Nina Bawa, Nisha Chetal, Deepi Singh and Dr Bama Sridhar.