Los Angeles, Nov. Feb 10, 2015
Photograp by Ripinder Dhillon/DhillonVideo
Valley Celebrates India Republic Day
San Fernando Valley, CA - India Association of Los Angeles (IALA) celebrated India’s Republic Day on February 7th at Royal Delhi Palace, Canoga Park with great enthusiasm and pride.
Prior to start of the event, Consul General of India, Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok was received and addressed the gathering of the Board of Directors, and Executive members. CGI shared his plan to restart Visa camp in Southern California. He also asked to take advantage of Visa on Arrival facility. His simplicity and willingness to work for Indian community touched everybody’s heart.
The show started with American National Anthem sang by twin sisters Rama & Rucha Kelkar and followed by Indian national Anthem sang by Riya Puri & Pragya Gupta. Chairman Iqbal Samara and President Vinod Manchhani welcomed all in their opening speeches.
IALA provides a platform to the kids to showcase their talent. VP-Cultural, Nalini Natrajan, along with Kavita Puri, Nishi, and Kiran Khamboj emceed the program. The culture program started with a dance performed by Parishi, Kiran, Rachael, & Sara. Oher beautiful dances performed by Thalam School of fine arts, EB Bollywood dance school, and Shingari’s school of Rhythm. Kamini Natrajan sang few songs on Karaoke in her melodious voice.
A small video presentation was presented by Sunil Agrawal, VP – Public Relations, to show the history and significance of the India Republic Day. It was full of historical information about Republic Day, and showed highlights of this year’s India Republic Day Parade, where president Obama was the Chief Guest.
Various dignitaries graced the occasion and enjoyed the cultural program. Mr Scott Abrams, District Director from the honorable Congressman Brad Sherman’s office, Oscar Garcia, District Director from the office of Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh, and Poonam Narewatt, Central Area Representative from the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti were present. They were welcomed and honored by the President Vinod Manchhani, Executive Vice President Manmohan Chopara, and Secretary Arvind Gupta. Invited dignitaries addressed the audience and presented certificates to the association.
Event ended with open dance floor where everybody enjoyed dancing. Event thoroughly enjoyed by the audience and they appreciated organizers to put such a wonderful event.