The Bihar Foundation of USA (East Coast) hosted the “Bihar Diwas Celebration” on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, evoking memories of home for the Indian-origin community living abroad.
On the occasion, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sent a special congratulatory message, lauding the efforts of Bihar Foundation USA in promoting the state’s heritage and traditions in America and for supporting a wide range of voluntary and philanthropic activities.
Consul General of India in New York Randhir Jaiswal appreciated the contributions of the diaspora from the state in the U.S., and also noted their philanthropic activities. He said through their determination and eagerness to work for the betterment of their home state, the aim of Bihar 2.0 will be achieved and fulfilled in 2023.
“From the famous ‘Litti Chokha’ to the popular ‘Jhijhiya’ song and dance, traditional dialects, and textiles, the celebration was seeped in colors and vibrant traditions of Bihar and invoked among those present memories of their homes and childhood,” organizers said in a press release March 26.
Bihar Foundation of US (East Coast Chapter) Chairman and former President of the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) Alok Kumar said the foundation aims to act as a bridge to support and guide members of the diaspora who wish to take up development and social projects in their state. It also seeks to offer assistance to those coming from Bihar, including students, as they navigate in the U.S.
Vice Chairman Ranjeet Kumar congratulated and thanked the team, Secretary Chandan Trivedi, Treasurer Alok Kashyap, and Joint Treasurer Anand Gupta for their efforts in making the event successful.
Trivedi thanked executive committee members Santa Mishra, Rajnish Ojha, and Manish Kumar who drove from the neighboring states to participate in the events. He conveyed special thanks to Sanjeev Jha and Pramod Kumar who drove all the way from Boston.
Three individuals hailing from the state were honored with the ‘Bihar Vishwa Gaurav’ award for their achievements and contributions. They included Padma Bhushan awardee, renowned sociologist and social entrepreneur, founder of Sulabh International Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak; entrepreneur Ajay Singh who leads the Pokhrama Foundation and is the founder and CEO of Slayback Pharma, and Washington-based journalist and member of the White House Press Lalit Jha. In a special video message for the occasion, Super 30 founder Anand Kumar congratulated the honorees.