Pravasi Bhartiya Divas at consulate in NY
NEW YORK, NY — The Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) is observed January 9 by the Republic of India to recognize the contribution of the overseas community toward development of India.
This year, the PBD was held on January 7 at consulate general of India in New York in the presence of invitees, guests and dignitaries. Newly appointed president of the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA, NY-NJ-CT), Srujal Parikh, lighted the traditional lamp, followed by Ganesh Vandana performed by beautiful dancers Mithali, Manasvi & Kangana from Surati For Performing Arts.
Those who spoke on the occasion included K. Devadasan Nair, who holds the position as Consul, Community Affairs, Ramesh Patel, chairman of FIA, Padmashree H R Shah of TV Asia, Dr. Neeta Jain,District Leader Assembly (Dis 25, Part B) Queens, NY, Jenifer Rajkumar, who holds prestigious position as Director of Immigration Affairs, and Special Consul in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.
Riya Pawar sang "Viashnav Jana To Tene", one of the most popular bhajans from the 15th century by Narsinh Mehta which was also included in Mahatma Gandhi’s daily prayers.
The Indian community flooded New York streets to enjoy colorful floats, rich costumes, invited guests from different areas of political parties, Bollywood actors, and local dignitaries.
The celebrations ended with a delicious lunch, sweet memories and promises to give a little extra and contributing to serve community and build a stronger bond with India and Indian heritage.