IACA Celebrates Vaisakhi and Founding Day Anniversary
The India American Cultural Association (IACA) celebrated Vaisakh as well as its founding day anniversary, on Sunday April 22nd at the IACA temple. The enthusiasm from the volunteers and participants made it a fun packed event with stellar performances by the members of the community. President, Dr. Gouranga Banik, talked about the history of IACA and its contribution to the Indian-American community in the greater Atlanta area. He asked those present to work together for the greater benefit of the community, and also talked about the status of ongoing projects like the Sanatan Mandir and the India Center.
The event emceed by Jagruti Phadke, began with a prayer song by Archith Seshadri, Deepa Sreetal and Ajay Upadhayay. It was followed by a performance by 28 children dancing to three popular songs choreographed by Smita Doshi. Anjani Laskar, a student of The Academy of Indian Dance and Music performed "Alaripu" in Bharathanatyam style, choreographed by Usha Kadaba.
The Sangeetkar group, headed by Amitava Sen, presented a North Indian classical set of compositions including folk tunes from India, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. The Indian Music Academy presented two dances choreographed by Banhi Nandi. Kriti Nandi and Suparna Chowdhury performed a dance depicting the love of Lord Krishna and Radha, which drew a thunderous applause from the audience. Their graceful moves and poignant expressions captivated the audience's attention.
This was followed by a rendition of Durga Bandana performed by Nikita Agarwal, Rupal Khaitan and Ria Shah. A Bollywood dance piece from the movie, Fanah, was performed to the song ‘Des Rangila,' with the girls dressed in saffron, white and green outfits to depict the patriotic essence of the song. Mrs. Padmaja Kelam's students performed Jatiswram, a bharatnatyam classical dance as the finale piece for the first half of the show.
The second part of the program, Founding Day Anniversary, started with the audience observing a one minute silence and praying for the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre. This was followed by an introduction to the past IACA presidents and the board chair members. Majority of them spoke about their contributions to the community and reflected on the changes that they have seen.
Dr. Prakash Desai, a former president, talked about the Sanatan Mandir project and thanked all for the contributions towards the projects. Vir Nanda, also a former president, talked about the Indian Center Project and asked for inputs from the audience. Other past presidents Dr. Paddy Sharma, Raman Patel, Ani Agnihotri and Amitava Sharma also spoke on the occasion. The evening concluded with a melodious Bollywood medley of semi-classical chart busters including songs by A. R. Rahman, performed by Archith Seshadri, Deepa Sreetal and Ajay Upadhyay.
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