Over Six Hundred Attend 2017 IANH Diwali Festival
is a festival of spreading light, love and joy, and 2017 IANH Diwali
and Dandiya Festival did exactly that - it brought smiles on the faces
of all those who attended this community celebration which was held on
Saturday, 14th Oct 2017 at Nashua High School North. Great teamwork of
all the volunteers who put in their labor of love and the performers who
rehearsed for weeks to give their best made it a grand success. There
were many highlights that gave a festive touch to the event and made it a
very pleasant experience for the attendees. Close to 200 participants
came together to show their talent in dance, music, skits and fashion
flare with their friends and family. Amidst the dazzling stage, colorful
costumes and exhilarating music, the festival of light was celebrated
in its true spirit by over 600 attendees!
the first time, IANH presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr.
Prithvi Kumar, the current Treasurer and Ex-President of IANH under
whose leadership the organization grew manifold to attain the stature
that it has today. It was a humbling moment to felicitate Mr. Prithvi
Kumar for his tremendous contribution towards the growth of IANH for
over 2 decades. He was very keen on serving the community and was
closely involved in service at Nashua Soup Kitchen for the past 17
years. He also played an important role in helping immigrant
organizations as well as in resettling the refugees. He firmly believes
that he is God's instrument and serving humans is like serving God. He
has led an exemplary life by his selfless way of life to serve the
community and has inspired many who have known him.
The invited guest artists added a wonderful touch to the entire program by their performances. Ms. Neha Parikh,
one of the well-known Indian classical dance Guru and the Director of
Chidambaram Dance Academy in Nashua, gave an uplifting performance in
which she presented two acts "Pushpanjali", a devotional depiction and
"Rusli Radha", an act based on Marathi Poetry. The audience also
experienced some hilarious moments witnessing a short comedy skit
presented by the artists of SETU, directed and written by Mr. Subrata Das.
spectacular stage decoration was provided by Ms. Ambika Mangtani, Ms.
Kruti Shah and their team from Gatim Decorators of Nashua while the
outside decorations by Ms. Sunitha Srinath, Ms. Suma Anand and Ms.
Lakshmi Rajagopal from Spatik Enterprises of Nashua added a festive
touch at the main entrance and cafeteria.
dances were performed by the students of Neha Parikh's Chidambaram
Dance Academy, Jasmine Shah's Aangikam Dance Academy, Nikita Rao's
Bollywood Dance Academy, Randell Dsouza's Araya Dance Academy, Himanshi
Patel's Kathak Dance Academy and Padma Dabbi. In addition, there were
other young emerging choreographers who brought in their students as
well to perform. Students of Jyoti Sharma, presented a classical segment
of Shiva Stuti in Raag Yaman while there were other Bollywood vocal
music performances by the local artists who added a musical touch to the
entire show. Last but not the least, the fashion show was like a cherry
on the cake! Many participated with their friends and families to be
part of the fashion flare to flaunt their best festive attire. It gave
them an opportunity to bond with the community as they walked the stage
and greeted the audience while experiencing the glamourous moment filled
with fun and fashion!
volunteers of IANH led by Mr. Prasad Dabbi carried on the Hurricane
Relief Fund raising drive, where they collected a sum of $3500 to be
donated for the recent Hurricane victims in Houston, Miami and Puerto
During the social hour, everyone enjoyed the delicious North and South Indian cuisine by the Gurnam Catering Service and Udipi Nashua Restaurant, which was followed by Dandiya dancing with DJ Jay Patel of Midnight
Productionz, along with live Dhol. Everyone got an opportunity to hit
the dance floor and do the dandiya with their friends and families
amidst colorful lighting!
The event was generously sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Kay Pee Jewelers and Trupti Patel and Associates.
were over a dozen vendors who brought with them fancy clothing, jewelry
and other festive goods that were very well received by the community.
The precious moments were captured by Mr. Narendra Sharma and Ms Kruti
Parekh of Reflection Photo Services from Nashua.
Association of New Hampshire (IANH) is a 501 c(3) tax-exempt,
non-profit organization that serves the local community in many ways
including but not limited to cultural events, NSF education bees, public
service including service at local soup kitchens and Nashua Children's
home. The youth wing of IANH is also very active in fundraising efforts
for various charities. The current executive committee consists of Mr.
Balaji Radakrishnan (President), Mr. Manoj Chourasia (VP), Dr. Tej
Dhakar (Secretary), Mr. Prithvi Kumar (Treasurer), Ms. Jyoti Sharma
(Cultural Chair), Ms. Barinder Ahluwalia (Public Service Chair), Mr.
Nagendra Bhanu (PR Chair), Ms. Vandana Dhakar (Membership Chair), Mr.
Prasad Dabbi (Education Chair), Mr. Arvind Patlolla (Web & Social
Media Chair), Mr. Anand Thippeswamy, Mr. Ashish Bharadwaj, Ms. Parvathi
Rao, Ms. Sushmita Korvi-Anand, Ms. Urvashi Gupta and Mr. Subramaniam
Karedla. IANH provides numerous opportunities for the community members
to volunteer. For more information, please visit www.IANH.org.
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