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India Society Of Worcester Celebrates India Day

Nirmala Garimella

The tricolor of India’s flag is strikingly beautiful and is symbolic. The orange symbolizes courage and sacrifice The white stands for peace, unity and truth. The green stands for faith and fertility. The blue symbolizes the sky and the ocean. This symbolism was fully evident in the vibrant and festive India day celebrations organized by the India Society of Worcester on August 10th at the Worcester State College.

Dr Sahdev Passey who has been here since it first began comments “This event was started 15 years ago and it has only grown to be more fun and popular. This is an occasion to unite together. We have been here since Friday, working with all these dedicated volunteers for this Sunday event. There is so much of camaraderie and teamwork. We have been fortunate to have some major sponsors also”. Mr Pradeep Sharma, President of the Association feels that more than 2000 to 3000 people attend the event every year. The guest of honor was Honorable Timothy Murray, Mayor City of Worcester.

Cultural items ranged from folk, film and Indian classical dances like Bharathanatyam and Kuchidpudi from the students of Jasmine Shah, Pandit Chitresh Das Mithali Biswas and Ranjani Saigal and Darshana Jani. Songs by Vittal Bhakta and group, Navin Jain and group and students of Neelima Chaturvedi kept the audience entertained and riveted to the stage at all times.

Renuka Garg , the Eamcee for the day did a fine job of not only controlling the crowd but running the cultural show on time. This is a commendable task since many Indian shows fall short on this aspect. The 40 minute gap in between events gave the crowd time to scout around, grab delicious food from the variety of stalls and partake in a free medical screening. The children’s room had clowns and other entertainers. There were also various booths for shopping and browsing with items of Jewelry and clothing, and wedding consultants and ISW’s own membership and India Center Information

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