Celebration of India’s Republic Day with NBA & LA Clippers
January 26th, 2009
Los Angeles, Jan 31, 2009
By Dilip Butani
On January 26th, 2009, the NBA & the Los Angeles Clippers commemorated
India's Republic Day with a tribute game between the LA Clippers
& the Portland Trailblazers at the Staples Center, Los Angeles.
For the 1st time ever an Indian National Day was celebrated by
the NBA with close to 14,000 spectators filled in the magnificent
stadium. This celebration and collaboration with the NBA & Clippers
was initiated by FOSAAC Entertainment & Media, a venture that
specializes in creating high-profile & unforgettable events
that bring the South-Asian & American Communities together.
Portions of the gate receipts were distributed to the victims of
the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Discounted ticket specials
from $16-$65 were provided by the LA Clippers for the South-Asian
On this historic occasion, Nauzad Sadry, Founder & President
of FOSAAC Entertainment & Media, said “This type of event
considerably raises the profile of our community. The level of positive
recognition being given to the contributions of South-Asians in
America by the NBA and the Clipper organization, demonstrates real
The festivities began with the Armed Services Honor Guard during
the National Anthem, sung by Rukus Avenue recording artist Sandeep.
The players then took the court in a lively Fan Tunnel of children
from Dr Jay Amin's Do Right Things organization.
The halftime performances were preceded by an acknowledgment of
India Republic Day, to roaring applause. Rukus Avenue's Sandeep
kicked off the show with the first single off his debut album, From
the Outside, entitled Just Breathe. It was a highly styled performance
that blended traditional Indian dance forms with modern hip-hop
choreography, choreographed by the team of Janet Roston & Bosco.
Sher Foundation followed with a Bhangra medley of remix tracks
that brought the crowd to their feet & dancing in the aisles.
This Punjabi element presented a different side of Indian dance
culture to the audience in attendance and was well received.
Bollywood choreographer Yogen Bhagat and his vibrant Bollywood
Step Dance troupe took center stage as the final act. The audience
was in awe of their brilliantly choreographed routine that was accompanied
by members of Dhol Nation.
The post-game festivities featured an uproarious vocal performance
of "Om Shanti Om" by the sensational brother-sister singing
duo of USA - Nauzad & Khushi. The American mainstream audience
loved the energetic performance by the duo & gave them a wonderful
ovation as they closed the evening's program.
Upstairs on the terrace, representatives from a wide variety of
organizations, including: FOSAAC, Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches
(A3M), Rukus Avenue, Beta Chi Theta, Madhu's Impressions, Desiclub
Swimsuit Calendar model Ridhi Patel, Be the Cause, Indian Film Festival
of Los Angeles, Bikram Yoga, Dr Jay Amin's Do Right Things, &
the Downtown Independent Theater created a diverse, cultural experience.
This historic celebration of India’s 59th Republic Day at
the Staples Center with the NBA & Los Angeles Clippers was presented
by FOSAAC Entertainment & Media in association with Rukus Avenue.
The presentation was coordinated by Nauzad Sadry, Kevin Kaul, Anchal
Chand & Sammy Chand. Photographs courtesy Surendra Prakash.