FIA celebrates Indian Republic Day & 10th anniversary
The Federation of Indian Associations of Chicago hosted a grand celebration of Indian Republic Day on January 26 at Waterford Banquet in Elmhurst, a south side suburb of Chicago, bringing gratitude and cheer on this somber occasion.
It was also a great kickoff event for the 10th anniversary of FIA. A cherished colorful program brought warmth to the hearts of many in the severely inclement weather.
The Gala Dinner Banquet started off with the rendition of the American national anthem by Nishi Daftari and the Indian national anthem by Rram Tasildar and Bhavna Chawla followed by a spectacular opening dance by Mankruti Performing Arts on a medley of patriotic songs, choreographed by Manisha Patel.
The ceremonial lamp was lit by the Chief Guest, Indian Consul General Mrs. Neeta Bhushan, who congratulated the different Indian groups for their involvement and influence in the Indian community life here observing that India is a concept consisting of several values. Sunil Shah Founder President of the FIA, Onkar Singh Sangha, Past President, Neil Khot President and Ninad Daftari, current president addressed the gathering. The Guest of Honor was Brij Sharma of Power Volt.
The program was attended by Chicago elites and many dignitaries including Raja Krishnamoorthi, the Congressman and member of the Intelligence Committee; Laura Murphy State Senator 28th District; Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison; President of Oak Brook Village Gopal G. Lalmalani; Amit Jhingran, CEO of State Bank of India Midwest: Syed Hussaini of Wintrust Bank and Ms. Malini Vaidyanathan, Manager Air India in the Midwest.