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71st India Republic Day

71st India Republic Day
Embassy Suites - Rockside
February 1, 2020

Federation of India Community Associations 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. Each year they host several events including a celebration of Republic Day.

According to Wikipedia, Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect on January 26, 1950 replacing the Government of India Act as the governing document of India. The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country's transition towards becoming an independent republic. 26 January was chosen as the Republic day because it was on this day in 1929 when Declaration of Indian Independence was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime.

A sell out crowd of 450 attended FICA's Republic Day event on Saturday February 1, 2020. The evening began with the singing of the national anthems of the United States and India.

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Tanmayee Dixit Singing the national anthem at Republic Day event

Tanmayee Dixit Singing the national anthem


Singing the national anthem at Republic Day event

Pallavi Chavan & Harsha Rane singing the Indian anthem

Singing the national anthem at Republic Day event

Singing the national anthem at Republic Day event

Singing the national anthem at Republic Day event


FICA Board of Trustees Chairman Sudarshan Sathe spoke about the projects - past, current and future - of the organization such as Project Seva, Shiksha Daan, India Cultural Garden and others.



Sudarshan Sathe

Sudarshan Sathe

FICA Helping Hands - Project Pallu

FICA Helping Hands - Project Pallu


FICA President Ritu Mahna introduced Cleveland Clinic Dr. Atul C. Mehta who introduced the Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker for the event, Dr. Samir Kapadia, MD. Dr. Kapadia is the Cleveland Clinic Department Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine.



Ritu Mahna

Ritu Mahna

Dr. Atul C. Mehta

Dr. Atul C. Mehta


Samir Kapadia, MD was the Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker. Dr. Kapadia is the Cleveland Clinic Department Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine. He gave some facts about Republic Day and also offered advice about how to stay heart healthy.



Samir Kapadia, MD

Samir Kapadia, MD


Before dinner several talented dance groups performed a variety of Indian dance. Here is a medley of some of the performances. (We have complete videos of all the performances. If you are interested let us know.)



See photos of all the performances at Republic Day

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*** Enjoy these images from Republic Day 2020 event.

Ramesh and Jaya Shah

Ramesh and Jaya Shah

Ramesh will join his wife Jaya in the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on April 21, 2020. The first husband/wife to be inducted


Dr. Atul Mehta, Dr Gita Gidwani and Mrs. Shuva Mehta

Dr. Atul Mehta, Dr Gita Gidwani and Mrs. Shuva Mehta


Swati Sathe, Key Bank representative and Sangita Bafna

Swati Sathe, Key Bank's Karen White and Sangita Bafna


Sudarshan Sathe and


Sikhs at FICA Republic Day event


People at FICA India Republic Day event


People at FICA India Republic Day event


People at FICA India Republic Day event


People at FICA India Republic Day event


Sarvanthi Vallampati  at FICA India Republic Day event - First half MC

Sarvanthi Vallampati


Swati Desai at FICA India Republic Day event - MC 2

Swati Desai


People at FICA India Republic Day event


People at FICA India Republic Day event


People at FICA India Republic Day event

Mrs Sarayu Mehta and Dr. Gita Gidwani


People at FICA India Republic Day event


Swati Desai and Kalpesh Shah at FICA India Republic Day event

Swati Desai and Kalpesh Shah


People at FICA India Republic Day event


People at FICA India Republic Day event


People at FICA India Republic Day event


See photos of all the performances at Republic Day




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