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Town Officials Dance At IAB Diwali

Ranjani Saigal

The Indian Americans for Burlington hosted their 5th Annual Diwali on the Commons event on Sunday, September 26th, 2021. The event was in a Mela style with food, cultural programs and stalls showcasing the culture of different Indian States. 

The theme for the program was “Healing for Humanity”, a befitting title for a program that marked the beginning of a healing period as people gathered at the joyous celebration. Over 500 people attended the event. The center piece for the event was a beautifully decorated Gazebo, that reflected the vibrant colors of India. Decorator Raksha Soni included a very cute Photo Booth in the Gazebo for young children. 

“We had to do the program virtually last year. It feels really good to have the program in person this year” said Shital Bhammar, the President of Indian Americans for Burlington. The cultural program coordinated by Tanu Basu was a beautiful mix of classical and popular music and dance.  Ganesh Vandana in Odissi style by students of Mouli Pal was the opening number. An adorable fashion show - Gurus of Peace - A Kids Fashion Show by children as young as 4 led by Navneet showcased the styles from different parts of India. A young high schooler Anuprabha warmed the hearts of the listeners with her brilliant vocal performance. A Kathak presentation by students of Moumita Banerjee followed. This was followed by special recognitions presented to town officials and Senator Cindy Friedman. The Burlington Public Library was recognized for its contribution to the community. 

The highlight of the program was a dance along with Ranjani Saigal where all the attendees learned a little Bhangra. Prerana Patil, student of Ranjani Saigal taught a few Bhangra steps and all the town officials and Senator Cindy Friedman danced to the Bhangara tune. Ranjani Saigal then introduced the members of the executive committee to the the Tune of Om Shanti Om. Dipa Agrawal, Khushboo Goel, Menka Jethra, Dr. Anil Saigal, Gini Datta, Indra Deb, Shweta Mathur and Shital Bhammar were applauded for their hard work. 

The second half of the program featured, Akash Pradeep, Shiva Vandan by students of Mona Mitra, Mila Jo Sang Tera by Swasti and Aanvi, Ek Jindari by Navneet’s group, DFD Academy Bollywood Medly by Devika Dhavan & team and a musical Yoga demonstration by Tara Rachel. 

The event also featured stalls by highschool entrepreneurs. Treasury had a food stall at the event. 

“I look forward to this event each year,” said Senator Cindy Friedman. IAB team appreciated the support of the town and Senator Friedman and looks forward to the next years event on the last Sunday of the month of September. 

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