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                                 Indianapolis’s NRI Architect Engineer KP. Singh named                                   ‘2016 Interfaith Ambassador of the Year’

Indianapolis, USA, Feb. 24, 2016

Center for Interfaith Cooperation Honors Kanwal Prakash “KP” Singh Indianapolis, Indiana USA, February 21, 2016

The Center for Interfaith Cooperation (CIC) honored Kanwal Prakash “KP” Singh with the 2016 Interfaith Ambassador of the Year Award at a dinner attended by more than 300 people at the Columbia Club in Downtown Indianapolis on Sunday, February 21, 2016.

The interfaith invocation was led by Rev. Richard Hamilton (retired Methodist Pastor), Venerable Arjia Rinpoche (spiritual leader Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center), and Giani Pritam Singh (spiritual leader Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis).

Each presenter, the uplifting invocations, the sacred Buddhist Khatas and specially created Awards highlighted the evening. A Proclamation was delivered by Deputy Mayor David Hampton on behalf of Indianapolis Mayor Joseph Hogsett. Citations and special messages were received from U.S. Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly, Congressman Andre Carson and Congresswoman Susan Brooks; former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Carmel Mayor James Brainard; and other special thoughtful recognitions and greetings from Mercy Ships International, and several sponsors, faith groups, and friends. Anita Leche, the Danish-Punjabi singer and dancer gave a robust Bhangra and Punjabi folksongs performance. The young dancers of Bollywood Beats also entertained the audience.

“My acceptance remarks following the presentation of the Interfaith Ambassador of the Year Award acknowledged the expressions and honors showered upon me by dignitaries, family and friends, and people in the audience from across Indiana and USA, and around the world,” said KP.Singh. “I felt that these sentiments and blessings were reflections of their generous spirit and this night is one of the most moving moments of my life.”

“We were celebrating collective blessings that filled the space and our hearts. I felt the Interfaith Ambassador of the Year Award does not just belong to me, but to many who tirelessly contributed in shaping my life; in making our world a better place for everyone. Many are engaged in this endeavor of building a more hopeful future with their visions, innovations, and prayers for everyone,” KP Singh added.

“Many of you have guided and inspired me since I arrived in this blessed land: at The University of Michigan on August 25, 1965, and in Indianapolis on September 30, 1967 to make Indiana and the USA my future home,” KP said, adding that with a joyful heart and spirit of thanksgiving I accept this honor.

Gurinder Singh “Khalsa” of Indianapolis, is one of our top NRI young community leaders from across the country, said: “I must say that you (KP Singh ji) have inspired me. I deeply respect you for your dedication and hard work for the Interfaith Relationships. The optimistic energy you exude is something to admire and is a beacon for all those who follow your insightful footsteps. You have been part and parcel of Central Indiana for half a century and spreading the true message of Guru Nanak, which is message of Love, Compassion, and Interfaith Dialogue.”

Gurinder added: "With great pleasure , I congratulate  K. P. Singh Jee  on this wonderful honor of being Interfaith Ambassador of the year.”

The Center for Interfaith Cooperation was based on a number of existing interfaith initiatives in Central Indiana. From 2006-2011 it was a program of the Peace Learning Center called the International Interfaith Initiative, which began many projects that have continued with the Center for Interfaith Cooperation. Since its formation in 2011, the CIC has built up a large, robust and diverse network of partnerships with Central Indiana congregations, colleges and universities, and civic and community organizations. One of its most important assets in fulfilling this mission is CIC’s diverse and active board, consisting of forty religious and community leaders. “Religious communities are, without question, the largest and best organized civil institutions in the world today, claiming the allegiance of billions of believers and bridging the divides of race, class, and nationality.They are uniquely equipped to meet the challenges of our time; resolving conflicts, caring for the earth, the sick the needy, and promoting peaceful coexistence among all people.” – Religions for Peace