India Cultural Association of Antelope Valley Gathers In Spirit Of Amity, Joy
India-West Staff Reporter
ANTELOPE VALLEY, CA – The India Cultural Association of Antelope Valley (ICAAV) which strives to amplify the voices and highlight the contributions of Indian Americans in Southern California led a gathering on December 2 to reconnect and rejuvenate community members.
Billed as a Diwali celebration, several hundred people gathered at the Solomon Aghai banquet hall & event center in Lancaster thrilled to be together and in holiday spirit.
The event began with the introduction of Mayor Pro Tem, Andrea Alarcón of Palmdale, by Maj. Gurjeet Singh. Alarcón spoke highly of the community and presented certificates of Recognition to the ICAAV and community members for their contributions to commercial and social life in the Antelope Valley.
Dr. Pradeep Damle, past president of ICAAV, and Raj Nangia, the current president, provided brief introductory remarks on current activities and future plans. Invocatory prayers were delivered by local children studying Indian heritage and culture at Bala Vihar, conducted by Chinmaya Mission in weekly temple meetings.
Musical entertainment was provided by Charenjeet Singh and his band, adding joy and danceable numbers to the celebration. DJ services were handled by Sanjay Syal DJ Scorpio. Mayor Pro Tem Alarcón actively participated in enjoying the music and dancing.
The dancing, partaking of the elaborate dinner and the mood of joy continued late into the night.