TWO INDIAN ASSOCIATIONS CELEBRATE REPUBLIC DAY AT ARTESIA, CALIFORNIA
Artesia, California, USA, Jan 26, 2014
NRIpress-Club, S. California /R.Srinivasan/D.Butani/K.Khare
It was 65 years ago Sunday when India, the world's largest democracy, adopted its constitution, and Republic Days are celebrated around the world. India celebrates 26 January as the republic day as the constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950. The Constitution was passed by the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949 but was adopted on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country’s transition toward becoming an independent republic. India achieved Independence from British rule on 15 August 1947.
Several hundred people attended the festivities at the Haveli Restaurant, Artesia, California on Jan 26th 2014 with social hour that gave all the guest time to mingle with all friends while trying many delicious snack dishes and no host bar. In spirit of unity IASC & FIASC joined hand and organized 64th Republic Day of India with full support of Indian people.
Around 7.30 pm, founder member of India Association of Southern CA (IASC) Kamini Khare came to the podium and welcomed the entire guest and introduced other members of celebration committee. Kamini khare said, America is land of opportunity and we all enjoy freedom and equal opportunity to explore our own potential to make better life.
The program started with national anthems of USA and India followed by light lamping. Pandits Siddharth Pathak and Ramesh Bhatt chanted mantras. Thereafter guests of honor were introduced by Dilip Butani, Amrit Bhandari, Ramesh Mahajan and Manu Patel.
The guests of honor included Business Tycoon Sunil Tolani, Cypress Mayor Dr Prakash Narain, Artesia Mayor Tony Lima Artesia Past Mayor Sally Flowers, Anaheim past Mayor pro tem Harry Siddhu and Dr Krishna Reddy.
Next, Dilip Butani, Chairman of Federation of Indian Communities of Southern California (FIASC), invited Sunil Tolani. In his speesh, Sunil said “I would like to thank you all for coming today to share this exciting honor with me. From my heart, this prestigious award really means a lot to be recognized for what’s most important to me, and that truly is to connect with people in our community and try to inspire others to do the same. My humanitarian, charitable and philanthropic work has been evolved and inspired from my family. I have dedicated my life to serve the least, the lost and the last of mankind. For those who dare to dream, there is a whole world to win."
"As a citizen of India we must honor and protect the flag and work for secured and prosperous India as well as work for peace around the world," As a Vedic tradition pujari Mr. Siddhart Pathak narrated few slokes and said.
All NRIs worships the flag with flowers and arati. Shank was blown by pujari Mr. Siddhart Pathak before people sang Indian National Anthem Jan Gan Man Adhnaik.
Cultural evening started by Ganesh vandana dance item by Anishka and followed by duet folk dance by students of Savitri Arts Academy Sreeza and Anishka.
Mr. Ramesh Mahajan and Manu patel introduced other guest Sally Flower, Mayor of city of cypress Dr. Narain Prakash and Anaheim city council Harry Sidhu. All the guest spoke with one theme that all the Indian people should unite and take part in political process for our voice to be heard.
Event was co-sponsor by Sunil Tolani and owner of Rasbhog/Ambala Cash &Carry and Surati, Mr. Munish Makker. It was delightful evening with lot of emotional national sentiments
A poetry was recited by Kamini Khare in Hindi title Kamini Ki Pathshala------ In my school students are taught 2 times 2 is four and 4 times 2 is eight but there is a teacher in Delhi who is teaching 2 times 200 million and Indian banks are not enough so she is keeping the money in foreign bank. She has become 3rd richest lady in the world and her picture appears in the newspaper. I have been working so hard but I have not reached at number 50 even. At the suggestion of her friend she called the teacher at Delhi and asked your salary is only fifty thousand RS and how your 50000.00 multiply in 50000 carores. Please tell me your secret is it a Kali Vidya or Gori Vidya and I swear to every piece of the broom with big applause that your name will be recommended for noble prize in Kali vidya math multiplication. Main problem of corruption was well explained in short poem without taking any name.
After all the inspiring speeches, the song sessions began with the popular patriotic song ‘Ai Mere Watan Ke Logo’ by Veena Singh. The dances were presented by Tanisha and Shreeza, students of Dr Sinduri’s Savithri Arts Academy. The floor was taken by live singer Subhas Tolia,Veena Singh, Ami and Ketan Mehta, Dr. Sadani and Dr. Kothari. They all entertain the audience with old and new filmy song.