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Various desi teams were set to participate in the Dragon Boat Race

By Suzanne Sen
October 2018
Various desi teams were set to participate in the Dragon Boat Race


(Left) The Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta ​placed well at the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival!

The 2018 Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival, held on September 8 at Lake Lanier, had several desi groups participating: Moksha’s dancers performed, and members of TiE Atlanta, Pratham Atlanta, and the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta were set to participate in the race. Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta staff and volunteers took part, with the slogan #voteforjustice, #rowforjustice. Other teams came from NAAAP Atlanta and other organizations and businesses.

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The annual Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is Georgia’s biggest Hong Kong cultural event of the year. Thousands of competitors and spectators join to cheer their favorite teams, witness cultural events during the opening ceremonies, and indulge in cuisine from around the world.

In the Recreational Division, the Islamic Speakers Bureau (in red shirts in the photo on the right), with Team Captain Talha Faruqi, placed 16th, coming in at 35th place overall. The Accenture Dragons with Drashti Patel and the Allscripts Dragons with Randeep Bassi placed 17th and 18th and came in at 38th and 39th overall.

In the Manufacturing Division, Kimberly-Clark Professional with Captain Divesh Bhatt came 42nd and placed 3rd while the McKesson Dragons with Nidhi Kharbanda placed 4th.

Next time, watch for the two teams from NAAAP Atlanta—they placed 5th and 12th overall!

Faraz Iqbal of the Islamic Speakers Bureau commented, “I enjoy the sense of community I experience when I am at the Dragon Boat Race--people with diverse backgrounds coming together to have fun and help one another--a refreshing atmosphere which is very much appreciated.”

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