Pyaara Sindhi USA Inc., a newly established organization, held its first Sindhi Mela on Sunday April 30, 2023 at Asamai Temple Auditorium in Hicksville, New York to help connect all Sindhis in the tri-state area. In spite of bad weather, about 400 people attended the mela, organizers said in a press release.
Community leader and founder president of Pyaara Sindhi USA, Indu Gajwani said starting this organization was a dream come true. Gajwani, with the help of friends and community leaders, formed Pyaara Sindhi USA Inc.
“Every community except the Sindhis have their own exclusive events and melas,” organizers noted. Now the community has one of its own.
The other officeholders of Pyaara Sindh USA Inc. include President Harish Shahdadpuri, Vice President Jagdish Kakwani, Secretary Poojaa Makhijani, Treasurer Kishore Mulchandani, Director Ashok Chainani.
Indu Gajwani also thanked her husband Shyam Gajwani, “without whose support, guidance and help this would not be possible,” the organization said. Indu Gajwani welcomed everyone and introduced the committee members. A Sindhi prayer, Behrano of Jhulelal (Sindhi God), was performed by Sindhi Pundit Hemant.
It was a free for all event with Sindhi food was served including sindhi snacks like chola dabal, boondi singar, pattice, pakora , with milkrose and tea. Attendees sported colorful traditional Sindhi outfits.
The cultural program brought Sindhi Sufi songs sung by famous singer Mahesh Chander along with Gope Chander’s family – Aarti, Haresh and Anil. The group was supported by Vijay Kumar on the keyboard, Sammy on tabla and Nuncha on dholak.
Pundit Hemant rendered soulful music and Sindh kalaams. This was followed by cultural dances by children as well as adults. Indu Gajwani also performed a Sindhi dance.
The Emcees of the show were Indu Gajwani and Kishore Mulchandani.
Raffles were drawn and prizes were given. This event ended with sindhi delicacies for dinner – Sai Bhaji Pulao, Bhee Wadi Patata, Daal Pakwan, Sevaian kheer and gulab jamun. There were also cupcakes for children.
Pyaara Sindhi USA Inc thanked the nearly 20 sponsors who came forward to support the event and make it a success. Scores of volunteers stepped up to help organize the event and were recognized and thanked by Indu Gajwani.