Maheshwari Mahasabha Of North America Welcomes Youth Of Rajasthani Abroad Young Samaj
A warm and hearty welcome was what the youth of RAYS (Rajasthani Abroad
Young Samaj) received from MMNA (Maheshwari Mahasabha of North America
(New England Chapter) and the Rajasthanis in New England. A grand
dinner and dance night was hosted for the youth recently at the VFW
hall in Needham.
RAYS had its first convention in a city of
youth, Boston, which has so much to offer, intellect, diversity and
non-stop fun. The youth came from various parts of the US as did many
other members from various chapters and the National Committee of MMNA.
They joined together under one roof to mingle and live the Rajasthani
culture from the past to the present and to experience the rich
heritage of Rajas and Maharajas.
The evening started off with
registration and a social hour and appetizers. The decor set the mood
for celebration; vibrant colors decorated the hall, as did traditional
fabrics like lehariya and bahdhini drape the walls. The message was
loud and clear on the stage with kites, LET RAJASTHAN SOAR HIGH.
The program started off with kids doing a Ganesh Vandana. There was a
brief message from the New England Chapter President, Mrs. Rekha
Palriwala and that was followed by an address from Dr. Seema Rathi, the
President of MMNA, National Chapter. She applauded the youth for
putting together this convention and also encouraged them to uphold our
rich culture. RAYS representatives Jay Gattani and Roochita Jaju
thanked the New England chapter and the National committee for hosting
them and shared their experience as they mingled with other youth their
age and from similar backgrounds. They were enlightened by the time and
knowledge that they shared at the Karm Yoga Conference held earlier
during the day at Mass Bay Community College. SAMAR an organization
that has Bone Marrow drives for Asian groups then spoke briefly and
encouraged all present in the room to register for bone marrow
The MC had various prizes up her sleeve that she
gave away for a variety of quick action things like a person carrying a
foreign currency in their wallet. There were three young girls and boys
chosen from the audience and the best dressed amongst them were
presented with a prize. The crowd was entertained by the voice of Mr
Bhatia, who thrilled the crowd with a mix of old and new songs.
Folks in their dancing shoes could hardly wait to move to the Dandiya
beats of DJ VJ, the tempo picked up right away and people from all
ages, 5 to 70 could be seen with sticks, moving with the rhythm. The
youth didn't even want to take a dinner break and the DJ led them right
into Bhangra and a great mix of new songs. The food was delicious and
there was a variety to please everyone, and the desserts were
mouth-watering. The crowd couldn't move away from the dance floor and
kept the DJ going until 12 mid night.
The evening came to an
end all too soon, but the memories are with us to stay for a long time
to come. The rich culture and traditions pass on from one generation to
the next and we hope that the youth will uphold the pillars of our
culture which is epitome of Royalty and pinnacle of valor, in a place
we call homeland, RAJASTHAN!!
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