FTV News By Geetha Patil : The India Association of Greater Boston (IAGB) celebrated enthusiastically India’s 70th Independence Day at Hatch Shell in Boston on Sunday, 20th of August, 2017. The theme for the celebration of this year’s India Day in Boston was ‘Unity in Diversity.’ Many children from New England area showcased their cultural talents at the Hatch Memorial Shell in front of thousands of spectators who came with family members, friends and neighbors. Performances included some classical and folk dances from different states of India and many Bollywood dances.
Jaya Voruganti, President, IAGB, introduced the Executive Committee to the audience and spoke on the significance of India Day celebration in Boston from its inception. Zehra Khan, Director of IAGB gave welcome speech. The cultural program kicked off with dance and ended with dance. This program was generously supported by the Turkish Airlines. Turkish Airlines has generously offered two free round trip airline tickets to any of their global destinations through raffle prizes. IAGB presented Youth Excellence award to High school students. Asli H. Basgmez-Leyanna, Regional Marketing & PR Representative New England, stated to the audience, “Turkish Airlines is a global brand among the top-ten airlines in the world. It flies to 299 destinations across 120 countries. Our motto is “Widen Your World”: it is an appeal to discover the world.” Syed Ali Rizvi, Director held the raffle drawing and Avinash Patil, Secretary, IAGB proposed vote of thanks to all the sponsors, various committee members, volunteers for their dedicated time and support. He also proposed warm thanks for the enthusiastic spectators of the event who made the event a success.
Smt Jaya Vorunganti, in her inroducory speech emphasized the importance of both countries, India, the janam bhoomi and USA, the karma bhoomi. ” I am proud to stand here with you representing the two largest and biggest democracies in the world – USA and India. I am a proud Indian, celebrating 70 years of Independence of My Janma Bhoomi, My Mother Land, where I was born and grew up in a free country who taught me the meaning of independence and free thinking. I also stand here, very proudly, today as an American Citizen, in my Karma Bhoomi. I could literally say that I grew up here. Went to school, worked and raised my family watching baseball, football and singing “yanki ddodle went to town” with my two beautiful daughters……..The transition from my Janma Bhoomi to Karma Bhoomi was not hard at all since both the countries share the same democratic values, believe in social and secular freedom, and promise Liberty, Equality, and Justice for All. So, we must thank and congratulate both the lands on today’s auspicious day while Celebrating India’s 70th Independence Anniversary!” She went on to announce that this event marks the 30th Anniversary of Celebrating India’s Independence at Hatch Memorial Shell. IAGB celebrated India Day first time at Hatch Memorial Shell in 1987 under Dr. Bijoy Mishra’s presidency. IAGB came back to Hatch Shell in 1997 to Celebrate India’s 50th Independence Anniversary and has not turned back since then from this historical location!
IAGB’s India Day is the only Indian event held at this august location. Also, IAGB is the only organization in the greater Boston and New England area who organizes this Flagship Event of this magnitude and at this august, prestigious address.
In the spirit of India’s Independence Day, IAGB organized a fabulous program for entertainment of the community. An elderly lady participant expressed, “The program was very entertaining with fusion dances and music. We hope, in the coming years, both adults and youngsters spend their national holidays playing healthy games like Kabaddi, Hockey, Kho Kho, and flying kites and remember national heroes, freedom fighters, Jawans and farmers and also preserve our traditional and legendary folk and classical culture, music and dance in their real shape.”