movie stars participated at the celebration of India's Independence
on Aug. 09, 2008
Los Angeles, Aug. 11, 2008
Fifteenth of August is round the corner. NRI organizations in major
cities of the world have scheduled events to commemorate India Independence
Day in the month of Aug. Independence Day is an occasion to rejoice
in our freedom and to pay collective homage to all those people
who sacrificed their lives to the cause.
As usual, this year, United Federation of Indo
American of California (UFICA) chose a Grand Master (from among
Indian celebrities) actor, Upen Patel and Mahima Chaudhry, Indian
Actress as a guest.
Chaudhry, 2nd year in a row, was part of India's
Independence Day celebrations at Artesia High School, California,
USA. Mahima Chaudhry was a model before she became an actress.....Read
Patel, who himself hails from the NRI community in Britain,
said, “It’s a privilege and an honour to be part
of the Independence Day celebration. I am lucky to be invited as
the Grand Master by UFICA and the Indian community
& Upen Patel with Dr. Vinod Vineet and his wife Vinita
The ceremony was held at Artesia High School Ground,
Lakewood, near Indian Bazar, 20 miles from Los Angeles. It started
about 5.30 pm and ends 10.30pm. The audience were absolutely spellbound
for the complete length of this program.
Gurpal Singh Sood, organizer, said, more than 100 colorful booths
participated and attracted 12000-15,000 people in this event. It
looked like mini Indian Bazaar. The booths were selling Indian arts,
crafts, jewelry and apparel. The Indian Restaurants offered a mouth-watering
selection of delicious Indian cuisine. Insurance, insvestments,
banks and car dealers also booked booths to make awareness about
Surinder Mehta, 72, who was with his grand children, enjoying Indian
music and eating Indian food, said, "I think we are in India."
Volvo dealer, Power-Volvo, Cerritos displayed cars to attract NRIs
market. The manager, Edie Abbas said, "His company offer NRIs
competitive vehicle purchase, lease financing, and protect their
purchase such as Service Contracts, Pre-Paid Maintenance, Theft
Protection, Gap Protection, etc."