CHICAGO, IL- That the enthusiasts of Holi don’t care about weather and month was proved on April 1at the FIA hosted Holi event in Hoffman Estates, where hundreds of fans and half a dozen elected officials show up to join the festivities.
“It was a phenomenal event,” said Sunil Shah, founder president of the Federation of Indian Associations “We brought India to the northwest suburbs.”
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi was elated to see the huge crowd. “Your enthusiasm inspires all of us,” he said.
FIA president Mukesh Shah welcomed the audience, dignitaries, and the elected officials.
Those present included Consul D.P. Bhati, representing the Indian Consul General; Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod, State Senator Laura Murphy, and State Representative Michelle Mussman.
The program started with the melodious Bollywood songs sung by Mahijit Singh Virdi, Geetanjali Maru, Bhupendra Singh, Sameer Saini, and Natasha Trikha. The singers regaled the crowd.
Dances by little kids were superb. Special appreciation goes to two dozen performers, their dance team–SSR Chicago, and their Choreographer Chinu Thottam.
Neil Khot invited all the guests and heads of numerous civic organizations to the stage for the traditional lamp lighting ceremony.
Noman Khan and Ravi Rawat entertained the audience with their masterful emceeing cues and jokes.
Through the Holi event, FIA promoted bone marrow donation drive for Kapil.
The live orchestra led by Sunny Jhadav and his team of “Man Pasand Music Masti” entertained the crowd to the fullest. Rita Singh, former FIA President, was highly impressed with the band’s performance. “This is the out of world’s presentation,” she thought.
Those who tirelessly worked hard to make the Holi event successful included Dhitu Bhagwakar, Neil Khot, Moon Khan, Payal Shah, Hitesh Gandhi, Shital Daftari, Ali Khan, Khaja Moinuddin, Ninad Daftari, Manjeet Bhalla, Jaimini Patel, Gurmeet Singh Dhalwan, Nirav Shah, Jatinder Singh Bedi, Vibha Rajput, Vibha Dave, Nambirajan Vaithilingam, Ila Patel, Mahijit S. Virdi, Shetal Shah, Abir Maru, Hirsh Shah, Syed Hussaini, Manish Gandhi, Asha Oraskar, Brij Sharma, Aishwarya Sharma, Neal Patel, Vipul Shah, Smita Shah, and Sunny Kular.
Onkar S. Sangha, founder and past president, appreciated the event’s major advertisers, and sponsors. Prominent among them are: Wintrust Bank, New York Life, Power Plant Services, World Money Exchange, Schaumburg Bank, Medstar, Direct Floors, PowerVolt, Vinakom, Orochem, Group, Big Suchir, Shree Restaurant, Sai Saffron Restaurant, AA Salon & Spa, Thumka Restaurant, Raag N Rock, Bamboo Garden, and Metropolitan Asian Family Services.