The office of Asian Community Affairs, Nassau County Executive Laura Curran & Executive Director of External Affairs Farrah Mozawalla along with Indian American Forum Founding Member Dr. Bobby K. Kalotee & Chairperson Indu Jaiswal, celebrated Diwali honoring distinguished Indian American Community leaders. Hosted by Beena Kothari & Emceed by Flora Parekh, the event highlighted the accomplishments of several prominent Indian American community leaders like Jasbir (Jay) Singh (Board Member – Asian American Advisory Board of Nassau County), Anil Shah, (Trustee VTNY & Dunkin Donut Franchise Owner), Roopam Maini (BCB Community Bank), Uday Dommaraju (President – TLCA), Harish Thakkar (President – AIA), Dilip Kumar (Regional Representative – TANA), Dr. Ravindra Goyal (Trustee & President – Hindu Center Inc. Flushing), Harshad Patel (President – Gujarati Samaj of New York), Mayur Parekh (JSLI & IDP), Manik Malhotra (SaReGaMa Desi Beats) & Krish Rudra (Mortgage Consultant).
The tireless efforts of the county and founding members along with a dedicated Hosts committee of Dr. Bobby K. Kalotee, Chairperson Indu Jaiswal, Beena Kothari, Flora Parekh, Jasbir (Jay) Singh, Mukesh Modi, Shashi Malik, Sunita Manjrekar, Deepak Bansal, Indu Gajwani, Anju Sharma and several volunteers and supporters, contributed to the success of the event keeping up the spirit of Diwali.
Starting with the American & Indian National Anthems by Abigail Varghese & Anjani Patel, the event followed a traditional Diya Ceremony. Beautifully choreographed Bollywood performances by young girls Yashswini, Sia and Sana were the highlights of the evening. The venue was traditionally decorated by Anju and Sanju Sharma. Mouthwatering dinner boxes were served by Sheetal Talati from Rajbhog.
Several Indian American Forum Board members and community leaders namely Mohinder Taneja, Rizwan Qureshi, Suhag Mehta, etc. were in attendance. Indian American Forum has been instrumental in showcasing the Indian tradition in NY for several decades. Additional information can be found at www.indianamericanforum.org.