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Holi Celebration

Holi Celebration
Federation of India Community Associations (FICA)
Cleveland State University
March 29, 2014

FICA is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Asian Indian Community in Northeast Ohio. From its humble beginnings as a student association in 1962, it has grown to be the voice of a diaspora of over 20,000 and on the increase. FICA helps Asian Indian families assimilate into the mosaic of greater Cleveland.

FICA, Cleveland State University Center for International Services and Programs (CISP) and Indian Student Association (ISA) hosted a Holi celebration in Cleveland at CSU on March 29, 2014. The "Spring Festival" was greeted with a surprise blizzard of more than 5" of snow but people braved the elements for the good food, camaraderie and especially the performances - both traditional and modern.

Meera Chatterjee served as MC and explained what Holi is to the crowd.

Meera Chatterjee

Meera Chatterjee



Raj Venkat explained how it came to be that the event was held at CSU and not the Indian Community Center. He thanked FICA president Asim Datta, CSU's Harlan Smith and the event volunteers.

Raj Venkat

Raj Venkat



The first performance was by Tejasvi Sanka who sang a devotional song.

Tejasvi Sanka

Tejasvi Sanka



Next, Monica Allamudi sang a Bollywood song.

Monica Allamudi

Monica Allamudi



Kalyani Veturi and students performed two traditional Kuchipudi dances.

Kalyani Veturi students Kuchipudi dance



Kalyani Veturi students Kuchipudi dance

Kalyani Veturi Kuchipudi dance



Kalyani Veturi students Kuchipudi dance

Kalyani Veturi students Kuchipudi dance


The next performance was a dance by Shampa Paul.

Shampa Paul

Shampa Paul



Shampa Paul


Antara Datta performed two traditional Kathak dances.

Antara Datta

Antara Datta



Antara Datta



Antara Datta


Asit Biswas and Debasish Mukhopadhyay performed a familiar song for the Holi celebration.

Asit Biswas

Asit Biswas



Then Debasish Mukhopadhyay performed "The Sounds of Holi" singing several popular songs from movies, the last of which had people dancing.



Debasish Mukhopadhyay

Debasish Mukhopadhyay



Popular song from the movie Bombay to Goa



The final performance was dances by Bhargavi and Group.

Bhargavi and Group

Bhargavi and Group



Bhargavi and Group



The last dances brought the house down.

Bhargavi and Group


Bhargavi and Group


Bhargavi and Group


Bhargavi and Group


Bhargavi and Group


Bhargavi and Group


Bhargavi and Group screenshot




Enjoy these other images from the Holi event.

(If we made a mistake with a name or you can help ID someone please let us know.)

Chittaranjan Jain and Asim Datta

Chittaranjan Jain and Asim Datta


CSU's Harlan Smith and FICA's Piya Roy

CSU's Harlan Smith and FICA's Piya Roy


Kalyani Veturi dance students

Kalyani Veturi dance students


CSU Students

CSU Students


Asim Datta and Ken Kovach

Asim Datta and Ken Kovach


Mother and daughter


Piya Roy and Atul Verma working the door

Piya Roy and Atul Verma working the door


FICA members at Holi


Dancers ready to go on

Dancers ready to go on


FICA members at Holi


young girls at Holi


FICA president Asim Datta

FICA president Asim Datta


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