IANH Celebrates Spring Festival 2008
There was much to applaud in the performances offered at the Spring
Festival celebrated by the India Association of New Hampshire on
Saturday, May 17, 2008 at the Nashua High school North, Nashua, NH.
About 500 attended the show to witness 27 variety programs by talented
young performers. Former AAPI President, Dr. Jay Jayasankar, the chief
guest for the evening, presented trophies to the NSF Education Bee
winners and certificates to the IANH youth volunteers. The association
also presented t-shirts to the youth volunteers in recognition of their
Dr.Jay delivered a morale boosting speech in which there was a message
for everyone. He said, "True learning includes ethics, character,
morals, and values that continue throughout life. It is very important
to realize our responsibilities -- to participate and to utilize every
opportunity and be a role model and mentor to all the people around us.
We must believe in ourselves and never give up."
The celebration was inaugurated by Prithvi Kumar, President of IANH
with a welcome address, followed by the cultural events that included
classical music, Bollywood dance, dance fusion, medleys and karaoke
singing. Vineeth Raghuraman, IANH volunteer, emceed the evening with
apt introductions and comments, when the participants appeared on stage.
The eminent dance teachers, Neha Parikh and Jasmine Shah, choreographed
most of the dance performances of the evening. Both were thoroughly
helping their students wear the costumes and accessories and giving
them tips that boosted the confidence of the performers to give their
best on stage. There was an overwhelming response from the audience
when little kids sang and danced.
A carnatic vocal presentation by Madhumitha Sriram, student of Valli
Bhamidipati, a dance duet by Pranav Gopan and Sahaja Surapaneni,
Karaoke singing and dance by Tarang Saluja and a Bollywood group dance
by junior students of Neha Parikh for the song "Yashomati Maaiya Se",
mesmerized the audience.
A popular carnatic song "Bho Shambo" sung by Meghna Chandra, a student
of Aparna Balaji, was fabulous. Earlier, Meghna also had a great
opportunity to sing this song in front of vidwan O.S. Thiagarajan and
received appreciation for her rendition.
The Bollywood group dances for the songs, "Little Heroes",
choreographed by Mani Eapur, "Sparkling Angels" and "Lockwood
Stars",choreographed by Lahari Venuthurupalli, Yahaswini and Siddhartha
Moparthi, "Lakdi ki kaathi" choreographed by Preeti Mahey and a dance
medley choreographed by Padma Dabbi were very entertaining .
Karaoke singing by Rajesh Saluja was notable as he encouraged all the
kids to dance for his song, which made the stage very colorful and
The event was well organized by Prithvi Kumar, Dr.Tej Dhakar, Karthi
Chandra, Usha Dwarakanath and the youth volunteers of IANH. Many adult
and youth volunteers of IANH very ably supported the organizing
committee in organizing the festival.Usha Dwarakanath, executive member
of the IANH cultural committee, offered the closing address.
Food, snacks and beverages were sold by Gurnam Catering Service,
Merrimack,NH, and Food and Fashion of India. Suresh and Janet Masand
sponsored t-shirts for IANH youth volunteers.
Kumon Center of Nashua, NH, sponsored trophies to the Education Bee
winners.Shashank Dubey, the owner of the Nashua Kumon franchise said,
"It's a very special year for Kumon as we are celebrating the 50th
anniversary this year." He also declared that IANH members will be
given a 50% discount for enrolling in Kumon.
Beautiful costumes, interesting choreography, and talented performers made this a remarkable event.
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