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India's Republic Day Celebration

Chitra Parayath

The excitement is evident in his eyes as Ram Voruganti, President, IAGB talks about the upcoming India's fifty second Republic Day celebration. A rich and diverse cultural program is planned with classical and folk dances, songs and even a Fashion show. Different groups from around the region will participate in the show, which will be held in the Burlington High School auditorium on January 26, 2002 from 5-9 PM.

"These cultural programs are getting more and more popular each year" says Ram Voruganti, "People know they can expect an immensely entertaining evening as IAGB does have a reputation of organizing great shows" Talented children and adults have volunteered their time and effort and this show promises to be a lot of fun.

The event is free and open to the public and a large turn out is expected. Mr. James Rappaport, former state Republican Party Chairman will be the chief guest. IAGB, serving as an umbrella organization for the various regional groups around the New England area, hopes for more participation this year. " Our primary goal is to bring all these groups together, to pool our human resource and work together to serve our community better" says Mr. Voruganti. Ably supporting him in his efforts is the Vice President of IAGB, Ms. Usha Vakil and many executive committee members.

"We want to help and encourage these fine organizations to continue the great service they offer to the community, in turn they can help us the same way." IAGB has organized three visa camps to date and people have been very receptive to that service. The September 11 attacks prompted a candle vigil which was attended by over 400 hundred people, all showing up to offer support and prayers for the victims of the attacks. " We invite all to join our family of volunteers and friends that comprise IAGB. Come and make a difference" Ram and Usha, busy planning the event take time off to talk to lokvani and we thank them.

The India Association of greater Boston (IAGB) strives to serve the needs of the Indian Community in the New England area. Their activities include visa camps, legal seminars and cultural programs for major Indian Festivals and National holidays. IAGB , through CRG( Community Resource Group) and Saheli( a support group for women) provides emotional, economic, social and legal support to affected members of the community.

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