FIA Hosts India’s Independence Day Gala Banquet

FIA Team with Guetrs & CG Amit kumar
FIA Team with Guetrs & CG Amit kumar
Rita Shah seen singing
Rita Shah seen singing

India Post News Service

CHICAGO: The Federation of Indian Associations [FIA] hosted a grand glittering 75th Indian Independence Day Gala Banquet marking a dazzling milestone celebrating Indian Independence day stuffed with traditional, patriotic and contemporary dance items of India matched only by the inspiring talks by guests at a grand ballroom of the Marriot on Friday, August 13, 2021 in Hoffman Estate, a Chicago suburb

The Independence Day “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” Banquet hosted on an impressive scale filled the Grand Ballroom with a display of the great spirit of India lifted by awe-inspiring remarks from guests:  Consul General of India Amit Kumar, U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Mayor Rodney Craig, Mayor Tom Daily and several other ranking elected officials each heaping praise on the 75th milestone celebrations.

The gala banquet reminisced the golden moments in the history of India and paid rich tributes to the vanguard of freedom fighters that accorded the Independence to India. Ms. Neetu Chandra Bollywood Actor, National Award Winner, International Taekwondo Player graced the occasion as the Grand Marshall. Angel Tetarbe World Peace Messenger Los Angeles 2019 and Miss Glamorous World India 2017 were also invited to be a part of the Gala.

The evening gala kicked off with lamp lighting ceremony led by FIA’s Founder Sunil Shah inviting the honored guest, Consul General of India Amit Kumar, State Senators Cristina Castro and Laura Murphy, State representative Michelle Mussman and Mayor of Schaumburg Tom Dailly, Village President of Hoffman Estates William McLeod, Mayor of Hanover Park Rodney Craig and Village President of Oak Brook Gopal Lalmalani, Dr. Umang Patel, Dr. Sreenivas Reddy and the FIA’s Founder & Past President Onkar Singh Sangha , President Dr Kamal Patel Past Presidents Rita Singh, Dhitu Bhagwakar, Mukesh Shah, Neil Khot, Gurmeet Singh, Ninad Daftari and Sunny Kular to the dais to mark the auspicious beginning of the evening celebrations.

FIA Team weith CG Amit kumar
FIA Team with CG Amit Kumar and Gala guests

Founder President Sunil Shah warmly welcomed the honored guests and the families; he specially thanked, recognized and acknowledged the ranking members of the FIA leadership team He saluted the vanguard of freedom fighters who sacrificed to extract India’s freedom. He observed “ it is my vision to see that FIA playing a more proactive role in the community and help in the causes that are significant to our Indian Americans.

FIA President Dr. Kamal Patel outlined the significance of Indian Independence and thanked prominent guests of honor Dr. Umang Patel and Dr. Sreenivas Reddy for praising their achievements in their fields as well as their philanthropic deeds during the pandemic. CG. Amit Kumar in his address outlined India’s triumphant journey since independence and the rapid strides it is making towards global eminence. He thanked the Indian diaspora for playing a significant proactive role as ambassadors in further cementing the ties between India and the United States and added that the trajectory of Indo-US relations is heading in the upward direction.  He also gave away the awards to several community and business leaders.

Past President Neil Khot introduced and welcomed Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi to the gathering. In his remarks, he commended Federation of Indian Associations for hosting such a grand India Independence Praising FIA and its leadership team, he that Indian Americans have made tremendous

Dr. Umang Patel and Dr. Sreenivas Reddy in their addresses to the gathering congratulated the FIA team for the Grand Celebration of the 75th India Independence Day broaching the subject of the progress India has made after independence in a relatively short time and the Indo American influence that the Indian Diaspora has in the same.

State Senators Cristina Castro and Laura Murphy , State representative Michelle Mussman and  Mayor of Schaumburg Tom Dailly, Village President of Hoffman Estates William McLeod, Mayor of Hanover Park Rodney Craig and Village President of Oak Brook Gopal Lalmalani in their address to the gathering each paid glowing tributes to the indomitable and enduring spirit of Indian democracy and the contribution the Indian Diaspora has made in the US and the Indo American relations that have been fast paced and improved over the years.

FIA Banquet Lamp Lighting
FIA Banquet Lamp Lighting

Deepakant Vyas, Dr. Umang Patel, Dr. Sreenivas Reddy, Syed Hussaini, Amarbir & Harry Ghoman, Brij Sharma, Asha & Anil Oroskar, Santosh Kumar, Pinky Thakkar, Ajeet Singh, Vijay Prabhakar, Keerthi Reevori were recognized presented a plaque  by the Consul General Amit Kumar and Ms. Neetu Chandra on behalf of  FIA for their service to the community

Earlier, the evening’s celebrations began with the beautiful rendition of the Indian and American national anthem led by Rita Shah & Mir Ali. Bharat Goradia a prominent National Promoter for US tours of Bollywood Personalities introduce Ms. Neetu Chandra. Students of SR Dance Academy a Founder Member and Past President Rita Singh’s company provided dance numbers that enthralled the audience. Beautiful Ideas, a Neelam Saboo concept showcased Indian Fashion at the gala with a India themed Fashion Show.

The Gala ended with Rita Shah, Mir Ali, Raju Bankapur regaling the audience with foot tapping Bollywood songs to live music. The dinner at the event was catered by Maharaja Restaurant Rosemont. Emcees Anu Malhotra & Sonia Luther were at their eloquent best in conducing the event with flair. FIA would like to thank all its Media Partners Adhbhut Media, India Post, Desi Talk, TV Asia, Asian Media, Hi India Divya Bhaskar and the Indian Eye for their presence and support.

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