Diwali celebrations organized by the Telugu Literary and Cultural Association, New York lit up everyone’s hearts on November 14th at the Freeport Performing Arts Center, Freeport High School on Long Island, NY. More than 900 guests packed the auditorium and enjoyed the festivities with tremendous excitement, pride, joy, pomp and splendor.
The afternoon began with honoring all youngsters on the eve of Children’s day, followed by spectacular performances by record number of youth groups. Presentations included classical, semi classical and folk dances that enthralled the audience! The guests enjoyed a sumptuous elaborate dinner with authentic “Telugu Vindu Bhojanam” by Godavari, Hicksville.
The Performing Arts Center stage and the entrance were transformed into a wonder world with spectacular and colorful drapes, lights, and majestic statues by Glamorous Events, Hicksville. The entire atmosphere was just jaw dropping and the guests acknowledged that this was the grandest celebration that they have ever attended.
The prime time program began with a prayer, chantings, and an explanation of the significance of Deepavali presented by the renowned Sai Mandir Pandits – the Sharma Brothers. President Raji Kuncham welcomed the excited guests, extended warm Diwali greetings, shared the year’s highlights, and acknowledged the donors/sponsors. Prominent elected officials joined the festivities.