Nearly 400 people from across the nation of Bihar and Jharkhand origin came together at the Crown Plaza, Monroe, New Jersey on November 21st, 2015 to celebrate Bihar and Jharkhand Association of North America’s 40th Anniversary and annual Diwali.
Bhawesh Choudhary, BJANA president, welcomed BJANA members and thanked everyone, including all committee members who, he said, had put in a wonderful teamwork to make the event a success and inspirational one for the younger generation and help the younger generation to showcase their talents and get involved. Choudhary talked about BJANA that came into existence four decades ago when, he said, most from current committee members were not even born.
Pramatma Sharan, a founder of the organization, handed plaque of honor to members of the founding committee from 1975 represented by Indra Nand Jha, Ranjit Sinha, Dharmatma Sharan, Rajendra Prasad. They all thanked BJANA members for bringing this organization to its current state and stature and promised to take it forward.
The celebrations concluded with the dinner gala along with glittering cultural programs presented by local talents comprising ladies and children of BJANA community and professionals, including dance artists from Nritya Creations.
Choudhary told reporters after the event about the resolution passed by the committee to congratulate newly-elected chief minister Nitish Kumar on winning the trust of citizens of Bihar once again, and offered best wishes to his administration. He expressed the hope that the development work Kumar initiated about a decade ago, will continue and benefit the people of Bihar in the days to come.
Concluding the evening, trophies were given to outstanding achievers in the fields of art, craft, and language and creative skills. “Vaishali” – a half yearly souvenir was published, with important information about the community, and was distributed among the members.