‘The Future of Brahmanism’ Discussed at Convention
The Brahmin Samaj of Georgia held their fifth "All Brahmin Convention & Matrimonial Introduction" at Ramada Inn in Atlanta on July 4th and 5th. Over 460 delegates from the U.S., India, the U.K., Canada, the Netherlands and several African countries attended the convention. The focus this year was on the future of Brahmanism and the celebration of the Indian Independence Day. Guest of Honor, Congresswoman Denise Majette, expressed her solidarity and friendship with these delegates of Indian origin. She spoke about her role on various committees and the bipartisan Indian Caucus. A plaque and a medal were presented to her.
Pujya Sharadbhai Vyas, a Vedanta scholar, was the religious guest of honor. He also received an award from a member of the BSOGA. A total of 145 matrimonial candidates registered at the convention. The speakers on this year's theme included Mr. Soneji (Yoga expert), Dr. Niranjan Dave, Mr. Chittranjanbhai Jyotishi and Mr. Sharadbhai Vyas. This year's convention was unique in that it was completely organized by the ladies. Dr. Amitaben Dave was the chairperson. Also, all the attendees over age 65 were registered at no charge. Over 40 seniors attended and some of them were recognized for their contributions to the community.
There was a variety entertainment and cultural program, which featured several young and senior artists. It included Bharatnatyam dances, a mono-play and song recitals. The BSOGA convention was inaugurated in 1999 with a goal to "connect, create, celebrate and continue." All in all, it was a great success. Next year's convention will be held in Chicago. For more information, please call (770) 662-8628.
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