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.
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.
Asim Datta, president of FICA, introduced Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
Sanjib Bhattacharya performed a Manipuri dance.
See the dance performance by Sanjib Bhattacharya
A group of talented students from Case Western Reserve University called Spartan Bhangra also performed.
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
Photos of attendees of Deepavali
Performance by and photos of Sanjib Bhattacharya
Performance by and photos of Spartan Bhangra
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