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Deepavali - Festival of Lights 2012

Diwali Celebration
Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
November 16, 2012
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The Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) hosted Deepavali, The Festival of Lights, in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on November 16, 2012.

After a networking and social hour (see photos from the event) the official program began with a welcome from FICA Board Chair Chittaranjan Jain.

Chittaranjan Jain

Chittaranjan Jain

Dr. Jain spoke about the tragedy this summer at the Oak Tree Wisconsin Gurudwara. He was followed by Ratanjit Sondhe who gave a brief explanation of the history and rational behind Sikhs and Sikhism.

Ratanjit Sondhe

Ratanjit Sondhe




Asim Datta, president of FICA, introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.

Asim Datta

Asim Datta




Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson


Sanjib Bhattacharya performed a Manipuri dance.

Sanjib Bhattacharya

Sanjib Bhattacharya


See the dance performance by Sanjib Bhattacharya

A group of talented students from Case Western Reserve University called Spartan Bhangra also performed.

Spartan Bhangra

Spartan Bhangra


See the dance and more from Spartan Bhangra

The festivities continued with a dinner and more socializing with the multicultural crowd.

Gita Gidwani and Mona Alag explain Diwali for TV-20

Gita Gidwani and Mona Alag explain Diwali for TV-20



Photos of attendees of Deepavali

Performance by and photos of Sanjib Bhattacharya

Performance by and photos of Spartan Bhangra


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