AIA, Bolly 92.3 Host India’s 75th Independence Day ‘Swades’ Celebration in California
Many Indian Americans and notable dignitaries attended “Swades,” India’s 75th Independence Day celebration in Milpitas, Calif., which included a flag-hoisting ceremony. (photo provided)
India-West Staff Reporter
The Association of Indo Americans and Bolly 92.3 presented “Swades,” a celebration of India’s Independence Day Aug. 15 in Milpitas, Calif.
Supported by over 35 Indian American organizations in the Bay Area, this year’s event, celebrating India’s 75th Independence Day, was titled, “Amrit Mahotsav.”
At the five-hour event, which began at 3 p.m., attendance was limited due to the current Covid pandemic.
One of the key mottos of “Swades” is to showcase and propagate Indian culture and art forms, noted a press release. As such, a host of dance forms, from Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam to Kathak, Bollywood and classical dances (by kids and adults), were presented at the event. The BATA karaoke team also presented patriotic and peppy songs.
The flag-hoisting ceremony was graced by notable dignitaries, including Consul General of India Dr. T.V Nagendra Prasad; Assembly members Ash Kalra and Alex Lee; Fremont Mayor Lily Mei; Milpitas Mayor Rich Tran; Supervisors David Haubert and Otto Lee; Councilmembers Raj Salwan, Raj Chahal, Sridhar Verose, Karina Dominguez; and community leader Jayaram Komati, among others.
Following the flag-hoisting, the dignitaries addressed the gathering, conveyed their wishes on India’s 75th Independence Day and expressed their happiness at seeing the participants’ patriotism. They also applauded AIA’s efforts in preserving India’s heritage and culture, added the release.
The Association of Indo Americans is a non-profit organization providing a forum to explore the rich and diverse heritage of the Indian American community living in the United States. The mission of AIA is to foster and promote cultural and social interactions among its members, facilitate cultural events and educational programs pertaining to the Indian subcontinent, celebrate the diverse cultural heritage of the Indian subcontinent and share this rich culture with the community.