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IANH Diwali Enlightens The Community Spirit

Jyoti Sharma

India Association of New Hampshire (IANH) hosted the Diwali and Dandiya Festival to mark the Indian festival season. This community event was attended by a crowd of approximately 650 people including over 200 participants. 

Diwali is celebrated by the people of Asian subcontinent to celebrate the triumph of good over evil as depicted in the various mythological stories. It marks the spirit of spreading joy and happiness among the community members. The kids as small as 4 and 5-year-old showed great enthusiasm to showcase their talent in music and dance performances. Hours of rehearsals and hard work put in the performances by the teachers and choreographers was very evident. The cultural show was followed by the second-part where people participated in the Dandiya dance to celebrate yet another festival of goddesses. 

The Nashua City Mayor Mr. Jim Donchess graced the occasion as a Chief Guest and was very impressed by the Indian cultural show. He appreciated all the participants and IANH efforts to organize this community event. He spent a couple of hours watching the performances and exploring the IANH activities. IANH also handed over the check of $3000 towards the Kerala Flood relief that was raised through the IANH membership. President of New England Malayalee Association (NEMA) Mr. Deeraj personally received the check from IANH along with NEMA officers Ms. Asha Manish and Ms. Jaya Arvind. Nashua based dance guru and choreographer, Ms. Sheetal Dwaraka, was invited as a guest performer who performed amazing Bharatnatyam pieces, enacting various short stories of Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna in the classical dance form. Another guest performer, Ms. Gunjan Kuthalia, founder of NRILife productions, who is the producer of soon to be released Netflix movie "Encrypted" presented a poetry that she wrote herself. Sugandha Gopal who recently got crowned as Mrs. Earth India also was invited to be part of the fashion show where she was a show stopper. Ambika Mantani and Kruti Shah of Gatim Creators did a great job putting together the grand backdrop that added a wonderful charm on the stage. Jay Patel and Mayur Shukla of Midnight ProductionZ were the official DJ's of the Dandiya segment. The food catering service was provided by Gurnam Catering and Unnati Cafe. Local photographer Narendra Sharma and Kruti Parekh of Reflection photo services captured beautiful pictures of the event.  Over a dozen vendors participated to display their products and services. The Grand sponsor of the event was Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the Gold sponsor was The New York Life. 

IANH is a non-profit organization that continuously works towards the betterment of the local community by their fundraising efforts while providing the cultural platform to Indian-American community in NH. They also are very active in organizing the education bees and recently their education bees coordinator Prasad Dabbi was nationally recognized by North-South Foundation for the excellent volunteering work due to which NH chapter ranks among the top five chapters in the entire country. 

Among the IANH officers present are Balaji Radakrishnan- President, Tej Dhakar- Secretary, Manoj Chourasia-Vice President, Anand Thippeswamy- Treasurer, Vandana Dhakar- Membership Chair, Jyoti Sharma- Cultural Chair, Shushmita Anand- Youth Affairs Chair, Barinder Ahluwalia- Public Service Chair, Nagendra Bhanu- PR Chair and supported by Subramanian Karedla, Parvathi Rao, Ashish Bharadwaj, Aravind Reddy. 

There are many opportunities available for volunteers to come join the IANH volunteering efforts. Please contact exec@IANH.org for more details or visit the our website www.IANH.org

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