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India Society Of Worcester Marks 50th Anniversary

Ashish Cowlagi

The India Society Of Worcester marked its annual celebration of the Indian Independence day with a gala celebration in Worcester. According to the organizers between 1500 and 2000 people enjoyed the cultural festival at the Mount Carmel Church auditorium.

Cultural performances from amateur artists in the community were the highlight of the program as dances set to Bollywood rhythms and classical music set the audience abuzz.  Young performers displayed their prowess with instrumental performances. Set against this lively musical backdrop was the richly decorated auditorium. Local restaurant Bollywood Grill served up mouth watering Indian delicacies, and several vendors sold Indian jewellery and apparel. Various local community organizations were also in attendance in the 'meena baazaar'

There was a reason every detail of the celebration seemed to have a special touch. "This year, the India society celebrates its 50 year anniversary" said society President Rajiv Dayal. " Its a remarkable achievement by any measure and its a testament to the strength of our community that not only has ISW sustained for so many years but it has flourished and grown" As evidence of the India Society's broad appeal, Dayal pointed to the wide range of  activities  ranging from the Language and Cultural school, India Youth group for teenage members, and a seniors networking group called Humrahee, as well as community focused activities like the  weekly Free Health Stop in partnership with IMANE and its crisis assistance committee.
"This India Day is a part of ISW's Summer of Celebration" said Dayal, " We have an event in the India center each weekend in July and August, with events such as a Bollywood nite' where we introduced the local community to Indian Dance, food and culture, An antakshari singing competition, a standup comedy show with second generation Indian American comics"  More events are planned in August with a concert by classical music maestro Rahul Deshpande, and a seminar on enterprenurship in partnership with TiE Boston.

The society also presented a plaque commemorating the event to the City of Worcester. Worcester Mayor Joe Petty was in attendance to accept the award.  

(Ashish Cowlagi is Vice President for the India Society of Worcester. )

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