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Massachusetts Celebrates Diwali 2020

Anil Saigal

Massachusetts celebrated Diwali virtually on November 13th in a grand fashion. The occasion was graced by Ambassador Randhir Jaiswal, 
Honorable Consul General of India, NY; Dr. Arjun Karki, Honorable Ambassador of Nepal; State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg; Massachusetts Senate President Senator Karen Spilka; Senator William Brownberger; Senator Jamie Eldridge; Representative Carolyn Dykema and numerous other dignitaries from various towns across Massachusetts.

The program featured presentations on the significance of Conch and Diya, Stories of Diwali, Commonality of Cultures in Southeast Asia, Sweets, Fabrics and Jewelry of India, Rangoli, Poems, Indian Classical Dances, Live Sparklers and Mahalakshmi Aarti.

The program was both entertaining and enlightening with the significance of Diwali being presented in a multi-dimensional manner. Many Asian Americans attended the program as did several Massachusetts State Senators and Congressman. 

The executive committee for the event consisted of Meena Bharath, Pralhad KC, Betty King, Sanjay Kaul, Anil Saigal, Sanjay Gowda, Ravi Dasari, Ashwini Chitnavis, Ye Zhang Pogue, Jeyanthi Ghatraju, Vijayesh Hassan, Sanketh Udupa, Vishnu Bharath, Ananya Sharma and Maanasa Dhavala.

Partners included: Shanmugham Bavanantham, Ashland Temple | K G Narayanan | Shova Sharma | Rakesh Kavsari | Jonjy Ananth | Dr. Dristi Neog | Bela Kaul | Dr. Manju Sheth | Jaya Pandey | Dr. Harpreeet Singh | Mary K.  Y.  Lee | Aditi Soni | Vijay Kamalakar | India Association of Greater Boston | World Hindu Council of America | Lokvani | Greater Boston Nepali Community | Kashmiri Overseas Association | GIBV | Sewa International | Hindu Swayamsevak  Sangh  |  Boston Sri Kalikambal Shiva Temple | Gunjan Radio | KAMS Charity | New England Multimedia | Telugu Association  of Greater Boston | Hopkinton Legacy Farms Families | Ashland Indians | South Asian Circle of Hopkinton | Hoysala Social and Sports Club | New England Cricket Club | National Cricket Academy America | India Society of Worcester | VietAID|  Chinese Americans of Massachusetts | Asian Americans for Equal Rights | Boston Forward Foundation | Brookline Asian American Alliance | Chinese Americans Citizens  Alliance Boston | Chinese American Heritage Foundation| Chinese American Civic Action Alliance |  National  Federation  of  Filipino American Association | Chai with Manju | Story Trails India | MeraSangeet.com & More.

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