About Us Contact Us Help




IARI's Shades Of Holi

Smriti Gupta


India Association of Rhode Island celebrated Virtual SHADES OF HOLI “An Arts Festival Celebrating Diverse Cultural Artists” on 14th March, 2021. The event showcased ~200participants with 26 Master Artists across all age groups, making it IARI’s biggest & most diverse virtual celebration” according to the Secretary Ms. Smriti Gupta

The event was an extraordinary cultural Journey that started with opening prayer by Art of Living, Boston. IARI’s First Arts Festival presented reverberating Music Ensembles across all age groups. The curtain raiser performance- “Harmony” was an adult musical band where master artists from diverse Indian & non-Indian organizations played together. Vocals & Composition was managed by Dhruvit Shah, Amit Kavthekar (NESOM) contributed on Tabla & Rohan Chander played the keyboard who also Produced & directed this piece. 7yr.olds playing the foot tapping “Humma” under the supervision of master artist Mr. Daniel Jebaraj from KutKut studios, took the audience with surprise.

Event was curated into 5 segments, presented by 4 emcees and comprised of dances, story narratives, poetry & a musical. Past President’s narrative, Pre-show & poetry by “Eligible for Best Pic Race for Oscar nominee” Ms. Sunayana Kachroo resonated with many.

Storytelling was presented by Ms. Valerie Tutson, founder RI Black Story Tellers & Ms. Julie Yang, Secretary, HMONG RI Association; Puppetry was presented by Anna Sobel, Puppet Speaks

Participating Dance Groups included Ghanshyamsinh Chavda’s Shrusti Performing Arts, Neha Swroop’s Dancing Divas & Starz Kids, Anu Surendarn’s Layaa School of Performing Arts, Bina Morparia’s Dance Spirits, Sayani Banerjee’s Dream Catchers & DFD Academy

President Nikhil Shah addressed the community. VP Parul Shah, Advisor Santosh Behera & Secretary Smriti Gupta invited messages from Senator Jack Reed, CGI NY Mr. Randhir Jaiswal & Secretary of State, RI Ms. Nellie Gorbea, respectively.  Event ended with sensational singing by Boston Sargam/One Heart Boston followed by American & Indian Anthems sung by Ms. Pooja Fitzsimmons & Ms. Anona Joshi.

Participation by multiple cultural organizations & Artists in RI & MA, depicted multiple Shades of Arts & Artists & a true reflection of this festival.

The beautiful mosaic of celebration completed with the launch of IARI’s first Digital Booklet. Click below to enjoy.


This concluded the 3-month Journey from conception to celebration of “Shades of Holi”- An Arts Festival.
Click the link below to “Meet the Team who created the event from the ground up.


For those who missed, click the “Event Link” below-


Bookmark and Share |

You may also access this article through our web-site http://www.lokvani.com/

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Copyrights Help