FIA to host gala Republic Day celebrations

Dhitu Bhagwakar
Dhitu Bhagwakar

CHICAGO: For over two decades, members of Indian community have been celebrating India’s Republic Day in January and keeping up that tradition, the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) has scheduled a gala event on Sunday, January 24 at Ashton Place in Willow brook, a southwest suburb of Chicago.

Ditu Bhagwakar, the newly elected president of FIA, said that his organization has chalked out a very entertaining program involving local artists and other cultural bodies for this event. He said that he wants FIA to take up a few other lively activities in the course of this year along with its usual ones.

Specifically, he would have the Holi event done on a grander scale this time. Last year, the Holi celebration had brought huge kudos and Bhagwakar said that this year “We would try to outshine” the last performance.

“But my main thrust,” he added, “would be to get second-generation Indians getting more and more involved in our affairs. The start will be this year’s Republic Day celebrations. We shall have young ones render Indian and National anthems. Also, we may include a couple of performances by them besides presentations from other cultural organizations.”

In this context, the FIA has invited community leaders to attend a preparatory meeting to outline the programs and solicit inputs from them. The FIA leadership outlined the cultural programs from several Indian States and invited cultural groups from across Chicagoland to come and join the celebrations, Dhitu added.

Surendra Ullal

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