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
Pallavi Chavan & Harsha Rane singing the Indian anthem
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.
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.
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
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.)
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Enjoy these images from Republic Day 2020 event.