Federation of Indo-American
CELEBRATES INDIA’S 62ND INDEPENDENCE
DAY SATURDAY ON AUGUST 15, 2009 .
FIA, SC, CELEBRATES 62ND INDEPENDENCE DAY
on August 15, 2009
NORWALK, CA, Aug. 19, 2009
Vandana Ranjan/ Raj Grewal
The program started at 7:00 PM. Before the program all the committee
members , politicians and guests took the stage to congratulate
the community on the 62nd Independence Day at an event arranged
by the Federation of Indo-American Associations of Southern California
at the Excelsior High School ground on the evening of August 15,
Earlier the event commenced with Executive VP Anju Garg welcoming
the audience followed by the lamp lighting ceremony and broadcasting
India’s Prime Minister’s Independence Day Speech.
The US national anthem was sung and then ‘Jana Gana Mana’
by everybody present.
Before presenting a Certificate of Special Recognition to the
organization, Cypress City Mayor Pro Tem, Dr. Parkash Narain appealed
to the members of the audience to participate in local level politics
to make the changes they desired and to give back to the community
and gave away the certificates of appreciation to the executive
Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu remarked that all the remarkable
progress and the spectacular improvement in the standard of living
in India was on account of the opportunities that the country
provides by protecting the freedom and liberty it accords to its
citizens. He also had proclamations for FIAA members from the
City of Anaheim and he also presented certificates of appreciation
to community leaders.
In the opening speech by President FIAA, Mr.Ajmer Singh, walked
through the independence movement and saluted the many who had
sacrificed their lives protecting the country including during
terrorist attacks and wanted the authorities to usher in stricter
laws to prevent such crimes.
The entertainment for the evening contained several cultural
items by youngsters from the community, coordinated by VP Cultural
Harjit Bhogal and Vandana Ranjan.Nauzad Sadry, Dipali Singh, and
DJ Zubin entertained the audience.
Different dance schools had participated in the event the folk
dance of Haryana was performed by Nidhi Mehta. Rangashree Dance
School had performed dances from Kerala and Gujraat. Ganesh Vandana
and Tarana was performed by Nupur Dance Academy. People had enjoyed
the different styles of dancing. Bhangra was danced by People’s
Bhangra and Bhangra regiment. Hilli and Celina (mother daughter
team) performed a folk dance of Assam. Kamana, Aisma did the solo
dancing on songs from movie Kaal and Hum dil de chuke sanam. Three
group dances, contemporary and Bulle Shah’s songs were performed
by the students of Vandana Dance School. Contemporary dance was
performed by Ananya Ranjan dance was based on the real story of
Kargil Shaheed captain Jintu Gogie. Dances were choreographed
by Vandana Ranjan.
More than four thousand people attended the event. The program
ended around 10:30 PM. It was indeed an event to remember.