IACA celebrates Republic Day
Cold dreary morning notwithstanding, attendees gathered in large numbers at the ICRC auditorium to celebrate the 74th Republic Day of India on Jan 21 hosted by India American Cultural Organization (IACA).
Chief guests of the event included Madan Ghildiyal, Consul from Indian Consulate, and Jerica Richardson, Chief of Cobb County Board of Commissioners. Guests included Prof. S. Rashid Naim, Principal Senior Lecturer, Political ciences at GSU; Ayub Khan, veteran Wing Commander, and Dr. Indran B. Indrakrishnan, Gwinnett Digestive Clinic, PC.
[Photos] IACA celebrated Indian Republic Day with flag hoisting and cultural performances.
“On January 26, 1930, the historic ‘Poorna Swaraj’ declaration was officially promulgated, beginning the final phase of India’s freedom struggle where the goal would be complete independence from British rule,” Consul Ghildiya explained.
The program kicked off with the hoisting of the American national flag by guests followed by a rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner by Ananya Muni.
“I’m honored to coordinate this event,” Geetanjali Talukdar, EVP, IACA, said. As per Indian tradition, Talukdar applied the ceremonial “teeka” on the forehead of all the guests and welcomed them to the event.
Kaushal Tripathi, President, IACA welcomed all the guests and gave an introduction and the goals and objectives of IACA followed by the Anurag Agnihotri, Chairman, BOD, IACA, who highlighted the accomplishments of IACA in the last few years.
“We are celebrating something that we all hold precious in our hearts and beyond the Constitution - the idea of a republic that each person has a role to play in our society. One that connects us. We must continue to celebrate the republic, to stay connected, to build friendships, to strengthen them, so that we can ontinue to thrive and our families,” Richardson said.
“The very strength of the Constitution allows a very diverse group of people to work and function together. And I think that is the genius of the people who put the constitution together,” Professor Naim said underlining the importance of the constitution.
Anchored by Sneha Gupta, the event featured dance performances by Nupur Dance Academy, Kalashram School of Kathak Dance, Nritya Natya Kala Bharati, and Garima’s School of Dance.
Talented singers of Atlanta: Prithvi Bhorali, Lavanya Muni, Atanu Das, and Arunabha Majumdar delighted the crowd with their renditions of patriotic songs.
“It is gratifying to see an in-person Republic Day Celebration at IACA with participation from young dancers and singers,” Chand Akkineni, BOD, IACA, said.
Concluding the program, IACA thanked all the performers, the audience, and the whole team who put up this beautiful program, especially Anamika Pol, Secretary of IACA, Executive Committee and requested all the guests to proceed to the dining hall for a sumptuous lunch arranged by IACA for all the guests.
—By Jyothsna Hegde
Photos by Hemant Shah, Magic Dust Photography
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