The Indian diaspora celebrated Pravasi Bhartiya Divas at the Consulate General of India at New York.
The celebration commenced two days prior to the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas event, a day chosen to mark the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India in 1915. It is observed annually on Jan. 9 by India to recognize the contribution of the overseas community towards the development of India.
At the Consulate General of India at New York event, Shahana Bagban and Daxa Amin welcomed all the guests and invited newly appointed president of the Federation of Indian Associations Srujal Parikh.
Parikh spoke to the event-goers and took the opportunity to welcome dignitaries on stage for the ceremonial lamp lighting.
K. Devadasan Nair, the consul community affairs official, then addressed the guests and echoed the same sentiment as Vajpayee.
FIA past-president Ankur Vaidya then addressed the gathering and sought support of the Indian American community to make the 2018 India Day Parade — held annually in New York Aug. 15 — a huge success.
The program also featured a Ganesh Vandana performance by dancers Mithali, Manasvi and Kangana from Surati for Performing Arts. Additionally, a Kathak dance was performed by Himani from Surati as well as other entertainment.