The Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago (FIA) celebrated the 75 th India Independence Day Azadi Ka Amrit mahotsav with patriotic fervor during the day and a gala concert featuring prominent Bollywood Singer Javed Ali with his team in the evening on 7th August, 2022 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.
The FIA led by Founder chairman Sunil Shah, and Current President Hitesh Gandhi, Past President Neil Khot, Founder and Past President Onkar Singh Sanga and the entire board of directors created an atmosphere of patriotism with an India centric program during the afternoon hours. The program started with a prayer Bharat Natyam dance by Board member Bharatnatyam exponent and choreographer Pika Munshi. This was followed by the Indian and American National Anthem. and Lamp Lighting by the FIA Leadership and the entire Board. Chairman and Founder President Sunil Shah Current President Hitesh Gandhi, Past President Neil Khot, Founder and Past President Onkar Singh Sanga in their brief speeches invited all those Present to the event. The Program keeping in view the importance of the day and to teach the children about leaders of the Independence movement the FIA organized a dress up segment for kids who marched on the stage providing a glimpse of their favorite leaders of the independence movement. Dances set to patriotic songs were presented by SR
Dance Academy. Jitendra Bulsara and Minoo Vasudevan regaled the sucience with their singing. The finale was a Beauty Pageant with mothers and kids showcasing different dressing styles from India.
In the Evening the FIA organized a Gala Concert featuring prominent Bollywood Singer Javed Ali. The concert was well attended by about a thousand people including the who’s who of the Indian Community led by Consul General Amit Kumar and his spouse Surbhi Kumar, congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, State Representative Mussman, Cristina Castro Senator- 22nd District, Rodney Craig Village President Hanover Park, William Duncan McLeod – Mayor off Hoffman Estates, Gopal Lalmalani – President Oakbrook Village, Tom Dailly – Village President Schaumburg, Dr. Suresh Reddy – Trustee Oakbrook Village. FIA felicitated– Anil Loomba : Guest of Honor, Grand sponsor : Rita Sunil Shah, Dr. Santosh Kumar, Deepakant Vyas, Dr. Asha and Anil Oroskar, Dr Sreenivas Reddy, and Pinky Thakkar. The FIA also felicitated other sponsors -Dr Parag Doshi, Chicago Cardiology, Manish Gandhi : Dr Prakash Shah & Sona Shah, Ketu Amin, Dr Bharat Barai, Brij Sharma, Ajeet Singh, Barrington Bank & Trust Co, Kuwait Airways, Dr Bhupinder Beri, .Hitesh & Kim Bhatt, .Jasbir Suga , Hitesh Gandhi : FIA President, Neil Khot : FIA Founding Member & Past President , Dhitu Bhagwakar: FIA Founding Member & Past President, .Vinita Gulabani : Executive Vice President , Richa Chand : Gen Secretary, Harry Sidhu, Pratik Deshpande, Harry Mohan, Sushma Bhanot, .Hemant Shah, .Dr Ajit Pant & Vasavi Chakka. .Prajesh Patel, Hiten Gardi : Gardi.
Javed Ali singer par excellence and his team took to the stage and enthralled the audience present for three hours belting his songs and melodious old songs. He kept the audience on their feet wanting to hear more of him. Singing along with him, dancing to his songs.
The FIA would like to thank all the vendors who set up booths during the day and Jigar’s Kitchen for providing the food. The Emcees to the event were Richa Chand and Suchitra Kukreja. The FIA further thanks the Media for their attendance and support.