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"India Association of Los Angeles" celebrate India's Republic Day, 2009

Los Angeles, Jan 26, 2009
Inder Singh

India Association of Los Angeles hosted India's Republic Day on Jan 24th, 2009 at Punjab Palace in Northridge. It was dinner and dance event funded entirely by IALA committee for its members, supporters and sponsors.

The entertainment program included classical dances by the local artists. Avtar Chadha, a well known singer who specializes in singing Moh'd Rafi songs, repeatedly received thunderous applause at his renderings. There was an overflow of attendees, many sat outside the retaurant in the cold to be part of the Republic Day celebration.

Inder Singh was introduced as the founder of the India Associtaion of Los Angeles (San Fernando Valley). He gave brief history of the organization, saying that there was no Indian community function in the San Fernando Valley, except religious celebrations in temples, although there has been a concentration of over 50,000 Indian Americans in the Valley and adjoining areas. Nine years ago, he organized the first Independence Day celebration in Pierce College, Woodland Hills, with the help of Kumar Jawa and some others volunteers.

The participation of the community in many activities that have been organized since the first celebration of India Independence Day in August, 2000 clearly demonstrates that the community continues to appreciate the efforts of volunteers of India Association of San Fernando Valley who willingly devote countless hours to organize the events and thus maintain the annual tradition. Looking back, I can say that the once sleeping San Fernando Valley has become a regional center for the Indian American community activities, in Southern California.