FIA celebrates Indian Republic
Day with dance
The Federation of Indian Association–New York,
New Jersey and Connecticut organized an Indian
Republic Day celebration at the State Theater in New
Brunswick, New Jersey, January 28.
A variety of dances were performed by 10 dance
schools, including Aum Dance Creations, Aditi
Dance School, Natraj Nrityalaya, Diwakar
Performing Arts, Navrang Dance, and Studio Mudra.
Ramesh Patel, the FIA’s chairman, congratulated
the outgoing president Bipin Patel and the 2011 FIA
‘As Americans of Indian origin we are very proud to
celebrate Indian Republic day and be part of this
showcase,’ Ramesh Patel said.
P K Bajaj of the Indian consulate in New York said
the consulate was ‘delighted’ to be part of the FIA’s
At the event, the ‘best of the best’ award went to the
Diwakar Performing Arts group. Along with the cash
award the group will also receive free admission to
the Remo & Rujuta Institute of Bollywood Dance, which has teamed up with New York’s Dance Amsterdam institute.
The Hyderabadi Cultural Association of
Greater New York was inaugurated at an
evening marked by mushaira (poetry),
ghazal music and Hyderabadi food in
Long Island, New York.
Over 50 people became charter members of the non-religious community
association of Hyderabad natives living
in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
and Connecticut. Quddus Mohammed,
an investment professional and charter
secretary of the Rotary Hicksville chapter, was elected the first president.
Hussain Baqueri, a pilot and owner of
printing and marketing Sir Speedy
Plainview, a firm involved in, was chosen
the executive vice president.
Members include Habib Ahmed,
member of human rights commission
for Nassau County; Dr Najma Sultana,
executive board member of the Indian
National Overseas Congress; Dr Raza
Mir, professor at Jefferson University;
Mohammed Ghouri, principal of IVY
Investment Management LLC; and
attorney Arshad Maajid.
Sabina Ali, vice president for media
and public relations, said, ‘The associa-
tion will build alliances… We have
already initiated contact with the Telugu
Literary and Cultural Association, the
Hyderabadi Association of Dallas and
will work with New Jersey-based associ-
ations promoting Urdu poetry and liter-
The HCA will join television host
Gurmeet Sodhi February 18 to serve
breakfast and help children of the
Helping Hand Rescue Mission of
Morganville temple to open July 1
The Hindu temple in Morganville, New Jersey, will
be inaugurated July 1. The rituals will start June
28 and the celebrations will conclude July 4.
Religious leaders from India and other parts of the
world will lead the event. Highlights are to include
showering of flowers from a helicopter, worship of
a cow and an elephant, a traditional nadaswaram
recital by musicians from India, and a ceremonial
car-festival with the image of the presiding deity,
Guruvaayoorappan, seated atop an elephant.
Besides Guruvaayoorappan, the temple will
house Ganesha; Balaji with Sridevi and Bhudevi;
Siva with Ambika; Subrahmanya with Valli and
Devasena; Ayyappa; Satyanarayana;
Kannikaparameshwari; Bhadrachalam Rama,
Krishna, Durga/Lakshmi/Saraswati; Gayatri;
Kalabhairava; Hanuman; and the Navagrahas. All
the statues are made of granite and sculpted by
traditional artisans from Tamil Nadu. The
Ayyappa sanctum will have the 18 steps, similar to
those seen at Sabarimala in Kerala.