ARTESIA,CA-Commemorating one of the many significant days in Indian history, the day India gained its independence from Britain on August 15, 1947,The United Federation of Indo Americans of California (UFICA),celebrated their eleventh annual Independence Day event at...
The program began with a “Unity Walk” in which all of the UFICA members walked on to the stage waving Indian flags to patriotic music. Continuing the festivities for the evening audience members were asked to stand for the national anthems. Astha Sahoo came to the stage to sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, while the Indian national anthem, was rendered by Dr. Rangesh Gadasalli.
Following this was the traditional lamp lighting ceremony and unfurling the Indian flag.
UFICA Chairwoman Alka Patel came on stage to say a few words. “We are here to celebrate our nation,” said Patel.
UFICA President Vinod Dudheker addressing the gathering said “The United States of America has become our second home. We want to celebrate both nations and their respective cultures.” Royce spoke about the relationship between the United States and India, highlighting how the Indian- American community has helped to build this relationship.
“The partnership between the U.S. and India is very important and has a bright future,” said Royce.
Lima,wished the audience a Happy Independence Day and presented a Certificate of Recognition to UFICA President, Vinod Dudheker. Vinita Vineet, winner of the ‘Women of the Year award’, was called on stage by Ashok Patnaik to be presented with a bouquet and a certificate. Then all of the sponsors in attendance were called on stage as a form of appreciation and gratitude. The non-UFICA speakers and sponsors were given a bouquet as well. Dr. Gadasalli addressed the audience and the said that it is important to celebrate the independence days of both countries,India and the US on August 15 and July 4.
The entertainment segment consisted of a variety of performances by youngsters which included classical dance and Bollywood medley performances .At the tender young age of three, Mishka enthralled the audience with her adorable dance moves.
Six girls came together in the finale piece. The night came to an end with the deejay, Vivek Arya, and his partner, Sujatha Padmanabhan, singing an assortment of generational songs to entertain the audience as they ate dinner.