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UFICA celebrate 'The India's Independence Day at Lakewood (LA) on Aug. 22, 2009


Manisha Koirala & Gulshan Grover, movie stars participated at the celebration of India's Independence Day on Aug. 22, 2009

Los Angeles, Aug. 22, 2009
By Ashok Pat Patnaik/

Excelsior Union High School grounds based in the City of Norwalk was the scene of a colorful India's Independence Day Mela when more than 8000 people congregated on Saturday, August 22, 2009. The celebration was replete with cultural programs, songs and dances performed by the local artists and talent.

The excitement reached peak high when famed Bollywood stars, Gulshan Grover and Manisha Koirala were brought on the stage via the grounds. This led to added excitement and proved to the residents of Southern California that we (UFICA) do what we say and say what we do - means: UFICA's tradition is to always have Bollywood stars.The entire ground was adorned with booths that included restaurants, jewelry items, clothing items, non profit organizations and service companies such as the banks, insurance and escrow. According to the organizers the number of booths exceeded 80 despite the recession and the economic down turn. The crowd witnessed young artists perform on the huge stage. Performances included music artists, Bhangra, Garba, South Indian dances and items from Eastern part of India. Two giant screens helped people to see the program with clarity.

Both Gulshan Grover and Manisha Koirala regaled the audiences with speeches and short dialogues from their movies. Anaheim council member, Harry Sidhu , pro-tem mayor, Joseph Cho along with the representatives from the Congresswoman's office, Linda Sanchez and Tony Me4ndoza handed over the congressional certificates to the UFICA members and also to the Bollywood stars.

According to the organizers everything was put together in a record six weeks time and the program was unanimously hailed by each and everyone present at the grounds that the Mela was of the highest quality.






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