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FIA – Chicago Celebrates Indian Heritage Night during the Windy City Bulls Basketball Game
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL, – The Indian-American community organization Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of Chicago, celebrated Indian Heritage Night for the 4th consecutive year, at the Sears Center Arena where the Windy City Bulls – the official NBA G League affiliates of the Chicago Bulls, took on the Lakeland Magic.
FIA Chicago is a 501 (c)(3) status, non-profit umbrella organization of other Indian Associations in the Chicago land and Mid-West representing in excess of 300,000 culturally diverse but united together Asian-Indians. FIA has been actively engaged in serving the Indian American community for the past 10 years and has been instrumental in promoting Indian culture.
Founder President of FIA Sunil Shah, along with the current President Gurmeet Singh Dhalwan, and Founder & Past President Onkar Singh Sangha, presided over the Indian Heritage Night celebrations. The event began with Ananya Ghosh singing the Indian National anthem, followed immediately by the American National anthem, sung by Nitya Nair.
Sunil Shah was presented a Certificate of Appreciation for celebrating four years of Indian Heritage Night.
Besides a very exciting game between the competing teams, and the Windy City Bulls finally winning in the end, the highlight of the evening was the exquisite dance performances showcasing the Indian Dance forms, during the quarter breaks that enthralled the audience.
There was a beautiful dance performance, ‘Ode to Lord Ganesh’, choreographed by Sridevi Ram Pandalai, presented by Team Ghunguru, under the auspices of the FIA Cultural Secretary Hema Shastri. ( Participants: Ashika Roshan, Diya Sumesh, Julia Stephen, Malavika, Gopal, Nishika Dubey, Mishika Hota, Nithya Menon, Meher Shetty, Parvana Sreejith, Pari Jain, Shloka Bomireddy, & Nayana Pillai).
And another very beautiful Dance performance, ‘Ghoomar’ choreographed by Anagha Naik Tambe, presented by Maharashtra Mandal Chicago, co-ordinated by FIA Secretary Varsha Visal, during the Half Time break.(Participants: Priyanka Parekh,Anagha Naik Tambe, Sneha Chaphalkar, Shraddha Samant, Kavita Purav, Manasi Thatte, Tina Kande, Dhavale, & Rachana Lad).
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented by FIA to the performers. Other FIA members who attended and supported the event were, Hitesh Gandhi, Vinita Gulabani, Mukesh Shah, Anu Malhotra, Pratibha Jairath, Richa Chand & Sonia Luther.
Also enjoyable was a fun zone with Windy City Bulls obstacle course and basketball hoops, one of the main attractions in the arena. Live mascots of Gus T. Bulls entertained the cheering crowds. The “Catch the t-shirt” act further energized attendees.
Last but not the least, FIA greatly appreciates its sponsors and supporters.