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Out & About - Photos and Event Recaps

2017

68th Republic Day Celebration

Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) hosted their annual event to celebrate Republic Day on Saturday January 28, 2017 in the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Rainforest.

The theme of the Republic Day event was Ahimsa. Ahimsa is a term meaning 'not to injure'.

The evening included cultural performances, informative presentations, a chance to make an origami swan of peace and, of course, delcious food and drink and dancing in an interesting and fun setting.

Naga Nrityam Snake Dance

Naga Nrityam Snake Dance


See photos and videos from the event


2016

Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio Medical Yatra

Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization of physicians of Indian origin in Northern Ohio. With a membership of over 300 physicians who meet regularly for educational, charitable and social events, the organization provides an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the local community and to make friendships that last.

AIPNO also provides service and aid to undeserved areas and disaster affected sites. The Medical YATRA Mission is to Educate, Prevent and Save Lives!

Wathc this short video to learn more about the great work these physicians and other volunteers do for the neediest of people.




Mother Teresa of Kolkata Canonization Ceremony

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, ethnic Albanian, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Missionaries of Charity who dedicated her life to helping India's poor, was canonized as Saint Mother Teresa by Pope Francis. "We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop" - Mother Teresa

Asim Datta was born and raised in Calcutta (Kolkata) India. He spoke about Mother Teresa of Calcutta and sang a song that was sung at her canonization in Rome earlier in the day.

Asim Datta

Asim Datta

See photos and videos of the Mother Teresa ceremony


Indian Cultural Garden at 2016 One World Day

The Cleveland India Cultural Garden and Indian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. The group celebrated India Independence Day in the Garden.

India Cultural Garden on One World Day


They then participated in the Parade of Flags.

India in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Indian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Indian Cultural Garden and shared Indian culture.

Sujata Burgess teaching yoga India Cultural Garden on One World Day

Sujata Burgess teaching yoga on One World Day


See photos and videos of the Indian community on One World Day


Indian Cultural Garden at 2016 Kid's Day

The India Cultural Garden was one of 4 Gardens featured on the first annual Kid's Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Kids (of all ages) learned about India and Indian language, culture, history, geography and more. They heard stories about Mahatma Gandhi and learned some basic yoga and Bollywood dance moves.

Posing in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue

Posing in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue


See photos and videos of the Indian Garden on Kid's Day


Cleveland's Asian Immigrant Communities
August 10, 2016

On Wednesday, August 10, 2016, Global Cleveland hosted a panel discussion at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage titled: Begin the Conversation: Cleveland's Immigrant Communities Today: Pan-Asian Community.

Four members of the Cleveland Asian community spoke and answered questions from moderator Jeffery Allen: Gia Hoa Ryan who came to the US from her native Vietnam in 1971, Asim Datta who came from India, Johnny Wu who has lived in Panama, Taiwan and other places and represented the Chinese community and Nupur Goel who is in the 11th Grade at Gilmour Academy. Her parents emigrated from India 20+ years ago.

Jeffery Allen, Asim Datta, Nupur Goel, Johnny Wu and Gia Hoa Ryan

Jeffery Allen, Asim Datta, Nupur Goel, Johnny Wu and Gia Hoa Ryan


Photos/videos of the Asian community panel

Here is a sample video of Asim Datta telling why the Indian population never settled in one central area in Cleveland.




Art and Stories from Mughal India - Cleveland Museum of Art

Art and Stories from Mughal India presents the story of the Mughals — and stories for the Mughals — in 100 exquisite paintings from the 1500s to 1800s.

Art and Stories from Mughal India is on view in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Hall from July 31, 2016 through October 23, 2016, and is free to the public in celebration of the museum’s centennial year.

Kneeling Holy Man Mughal India painting at CMA

Kneeling Holy Man painting


More information and Photos of Art and Stories from Mughal India


Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio at Rotary

Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization of physicians of Indian origin in Northern Ohio. With a membership of over 300 physicians who meet regularly for educational, charitable and social events, the organization provides an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the local community and to make friendships that last. AIPNO also provides service and aid to underserved areas and disaster affected sites. The Medical YATRA Mission is to Educate, Prevent and Save Lives!

Ramesh Shah led a group of Indian physicians from AIPNO at a meeting of the Cleveland Rotary Club.

AIPNO group at Rotary of Cleveland

AIPNO group at Rotary of Cleveland


Photos and videos of the AIPNO Rotary event


67th Republic Day of India

Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) hosted the annual Republic Day celebration on January 23, 2016. The theme was Solidarity in Diversity.

Indian-American children in costume

Celebrating Republic Day


Photos and videos of the Republic Day event


2015

Traditional Indian Clothing

A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.

Models Mr. Indrajit Mukherjee, Mrs. Nilanjana Mukherjee and 3 year old son Rick. Anjan Ghose and Kathy Ghose

Nilanjana os wearing a traditional Bengali saree called a Swarnachari silk saree. Indrajit and son Rick are wearing traditional Bengali style menswear.

Anjan is wearing a Sherwani suit consisting of pants and a long coat. the father and son will be wearing traditional Bengali style menswear that is hand stitched and Kathy is wearing an outfit called Anarkali Salwar suit worn by women in Northern India. Length of Salwar top range from floor length to above the ankle and worn with slim fitting pants

Fashion of India

Fashion of India

Fashion of India

Videos and photos of the International Fashion Show


AIPNO Medical Yatra

Some of the volunteers of Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) attended the 2015 Philanthropia event at Landerhaven.

AIPNO volunteers at Philanthropia

AIPNO volunteers at Philanthropia


See more about the 2015 Medical Yatra efforts


Project Seva Blanket Distribution

On October 25, 2015, Project Seva with support from Sewa International and AIPNO has delivered 1,000 Blankets to 18 Shelter Homes in Cleveland area.

Volunteers from the community helped achieve the goal.

Project Seva blanket volunteers

Great job Project Seva and volunteers.


Nritya Geetanjal School Dancers at Cleveland Museum of Art

Young ladies from the Nritya Geetanjal School of Dance performed in traditional costumes at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum on October 4, 2015.

Young ladies from the Nritya Geetanjal School of Dance


See photos and video of the Nritya Geetanjal dancers


Indian clothing - Paramjit Singh

Paramjit Singh explained the Indian clothing he was wearing at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum. Paramjit is a Sikh and explained about the turban too.




India Cultural Garden 10th Anniversary

The India Cultural Garden is one of the 30 or so gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. The India Garden is now 10 years old and the anniversary was celebrated with a special event and look to the future by FICA. Soon the statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be joined by a 24' tall Torana (Monumental Gate).

The event included a keynote address from Chief Guest Rev Dr. Otis Moss Jr and performances from students of the Nupur School of Dance as well as a tabla performance from Joe Culley.

Two sisters from the Nupur School of Dance performed a Bollywood Dance

Sisters from the Nupur School performed a Bollywood Dance


3 pages of Photos and Videos of the event begin here


Consul General of India Mulay in Cleveland

Radhika Reddy and Ariel International Center, in association with the Consulate General of India, New York hosted a reception with Honorable Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay, Consul General of India, New York and Honorable Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Deputy Consul General of India, New York to hear about the latest opportunities for US Companies interested in investing or doing business with India.

Radhika Reddy and Consul General Mulay

Radhika Reddy and Consul General Mulay



Photos and Videos of the Consul General's visit


India Independence Day 2015

Federation of India Community Associations (FICA)hosted their annual celebration of Independence Day on August 15, 2015.

The day began in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the India Cultural Garden on MLK Blvd and a march to the Rockefeller Greenhouse for a ceremony that included songs and dances - both Kathak and Bollywood.

Happy India Independence Day

CWRU Grad students at Independence Day


Photos and Videos of 2015 Independence Day Event


Om Julka remembers India Independence Day

Lt. Colonel Om Julka has been called the doyen of the Indian Diaspora in Cleveland, Ohio. He is perhaps the oldest living Asian Indian in Cleveland, having immigrated here in 1978. He was an eye witness to many of the events leading up to and after India's independence.

In this short video Om Julka, a week shy of his 97th birthday, explained the difference between Republic Day and Independence Day.




Library for poor in Tamil Nadu

The Jared Scott Miller Library will be built in the small village in Tamil Nadu India to serve the 5000 residents of the village of Edayanchavadi.

It is a tribute to Jared by his parents Cheryl and Paul Miller. Jared tragically lost his life in 2013 due to a severe asthma attack.

All donations are welcome.

Please visit facebook.com/jaredscottmillerlibrary




Shiv K. Aggarwal inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Though born in India, 2015 Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductee Shiv Aggarwal worked with Hungarian, Slovak, Italian, Slovenian, African, Appalachian & Indian Students and started the Collinwood Youth Association during the riots in the 1960's in Cleveland.

Shiv Aggarwal was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame by Michael Sreshta.

Shiv K. Aggarwal

Shiv K. Aggarwal


Read more about Shiv Aggarwal

Over 500 people attended the induction ceremony on April 29, 2015 at the Marriott at Key Center.

Learn more and order tickets for the Cleveland International Hall of Fame


66th Republic Day of India

Federation of India Community Associations (FICA)hosted their annual celebration of Republic Day on January 24, 2015. The event included cultural performances form students from the Hindu Heritage School in Solon and Kuchipudi dances, Bollywood dancing and a guitar trio of U of Akron grad students.

FICA president Asim Datta and FICA Trustee Dr. Ray Gehani presented the Outstanding Service to India Community Award and Friend of the Indian Community Award to Sanjay Garg and Dan Hanson (respectively).

Kuchipudi dancers

Kuchipudi dancers Srinija Adibhatla and Archana Poota


3 pages of photos and videos of Republic Day


2014

Doing Business with India

Ariel International Center, Consulate General of India, NY and Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) hosted a reception to meet with Honorable Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, Deputy Consul General of India, New York to hear about the latest Opportunities for US Companies interested in Investing or Doing Business with India given the liberalized business climate with the recent landslide election victory for the business minded Prime Minister, Mr. Modi.

Radhika Reddy and Dr. Mohapatra

Radhika Reddy and Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra


More from the Doing Business with India event


Indian Dance and Fashion at Cleveland Multicultural Event

Mahima Venkatesh performed the traditional South Indian Karagattam Dance at the International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network's (ICC-WIN) 5th annual multicultural holiday celebration at the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.

Mahima Venkatesh performs a traditional South Indian Karagattam Dance

Mahima Venkatesh

More photos and videos of Mahima at the event

Then Mahima's parents Venky and Sowmya Venkatesh participated in the International Fashion Show which featured traditional costumes of dozens of countries including India.

Fashions of India - Venky and Sowmya Venkatesh

Venky and Sowmya Venkatesh

Photos and videos of the International Fashion Show


Indian Christian Association of Northeast Ohio Christmas

Members of the Indian Christian Association of Northeast Ohio have been gathering to celebrate Christmas for over 30 years. At the service, the group sings hymns in both English and native Indian languages. The 2014 event was at the Church of the Savior in Cleveland Hts. Ohio.

Songs were sung in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and English.

Singing Andala Tara in Telugu

Singing Andala Tara in Telugu



See more from the Christmas Service


Philanthropia 2014

The Cleveland Indian community was well represented at the 2014 Philanthropia at Landerhaven. AIPNO Medical Yatra 2014, Project Seva of FICA and Rita Singh's Elite Women around the World were all Diamond Donors.

Over 100 Cleveland area charities will receive funds from the $143,954 dollars that were raised at the event bringing the Philanthropia total to 1.7 million dollars!

Leon Bibb and Paramjit Singh

Leon Bibb and Paramjit Singh

AIPNO Medical Yatra 2014 group

AIPNO Medical Yatra group


See more from the 2014 Philanthropia


Kala Art Show

The Indian community rallied around eight of their finest artists in the 2nd Annual Kala Art Show held Sunday, November 16th at the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood.

Artists with Mona and Poonam

Artists with show organizers Poonam Punwani and Mona Alag


See more from the Kala Art Show


Sewa International

In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, Sewa means Service - a unique concept of Service - Selfless Efforts for Welfare of All. Sewa International USA is a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit service organization. Their vision is to increase civic engagement of the communities in the United States to volunteer and promote volunteering.

On November 15, 2014 a sold-out crowd attended an event in Cleveland to learn more about Sewa International, recognize super volunteers and to support the cause - specifically the Family Services project.

Dr. Sree Sreenath

Dr. Sree Sreenath, President of Sewa International



Photos and videos of the Sewa International event


Deepavali - The Festival of Lights

The Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) hosted Deepavali (Diwali), The Festival of Lights, in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on October 24, 2014. Deepavali is a five-day Hindu festival which falls between mid-October and mid-November.

The celebration included speeches, entertainment, socializing and food.

Chittaranjan Jain and Mohan Bafna

Chittaranjan Jain and Mohan Bafna


2 pages of photos and videos of the 2014 Diwali event


Indians at Cleveland Asian Catholic Gathering

About 1000 people celebrated the Annual Mass and Gathering on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 12 noon at St. Clarence Church. This is the 17th year the event was hosted by the Asian Ministry of the Diocese of Cleveland. It was an afternoon of family celebration of Asian culture and spirituality beginning with the celebration of the Mass with the Most Rev. Roger W Gries, OSB along with priests from the different Asian Catholic communities.

The cultural and ethnic diversity of the Asian Catholic communities assembled at the Mass was reflected throughout the celebration. Members of the various Asian communities came together with their own traditions, dressed in colorful ethnic clothes: shimmering saris, kimonos, karawangs, hanboks, barongs, and ao dai. The entrance procession included Vietnamese drums. During the Mass there was an incense ceremony by the Vietnamese, and the Indian aarti. Hymns were sung by the choirs in various Asian languages: Tagalog (Filipino), Korean, Vietnamese and Hindi (Indian). The readings and the prayers of the faithful were also said in various Asian languages.

Offertory at Asian Catholic Mass in Cleveland

Offertory at Asian Catholic Mass


2 pages of photos and videos of the Asian Catholic Gathering


Medical Yatra Breakfast Fundraiser

Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization of physicians of Indian origin in Northern Ohio. With a membership of over 300 physicians who meet regularly for educational, charitable and social events, the organization provides an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the local community and to make friendships that last.

AIPNO also provides service and aid to undeserved areas and disaster affected sites. They held a fundraiser breakfast on September 7, 2014 with proceeds going to the upcoming yatras to Guyana and India.

AIPNO leader Ramesh Shah holds a sign showing the number of cataract surgeries that were sponsored that morning.

AIPNO leader Ramesh Shah holds a sign showing the number of cataract surgeries that were sponsored so far that morning.


More from the AIPNO Medical Yatra event


Shiksha Daan Update

One of the community projects of Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) is Shiksha Daan, the Gift of Education. Just over a year old, the Shiksha Daan project led by Sanjay Garg has had great success. A gathering was held at the India Community Center on August 23, 2014 to share the success stories, opportunities to volunteer and future plans.

Sanjay Garg

Sanjay Garg


Photos and videos from the Shiksha Daan event


India Independence Day 2014

Asim Datta, president of the Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio (FICA), spoke at a FICA celebration of the 67th anniversary of India's Independence. He gave some of the history of the creation of India and Pakistan and explained the difference between India Independence Day and Republic Day. He then explained some of the many activities of FICA including their community service projects such as Project Seva and Shiksha Daan.

The day began in front of the Gandhi statue at the India Cultural Garden on MLK Blvd.

FICA group in front of the statue of Mahathma Gandhi


This was followed by a march to the Greenhouse.

Om Julka and Chittaranjan Jain led the march

Om Julka and Chittaranjan Jain led the march


Entertainment and performances were held at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.

Bharata Natyam style dancers


5 pages of photos and videos from Independence Day begins here


Asian Heritage Day Celebration

Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
May 28, 2014
The City of Cleveland Community Relations Board, led by Asian Liaison Chia-Min Chen, hosted an Asian Heritage Day Celebration on May 28, 2014 in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.

Over 60 Asian community groups and organizations participated. Chia-Min Chen called them up to the stage one at a time and each gave an elevator speech explaining their organization. The following Indian groups were represented:

  • Anga Kala Kathak Academy

  • Asian Indian Catholics of Northeast Ohio

  • Asian Indian Heritage Project in Cleveland

  • Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio

  • Association of Asian Indian Women of Northeast Ohio

  • Cleveland Coalition for Peace and Non Violence

  • Indian Christian Association of Northeast Ohio

  • India-Ohio Chamber of Commerce

  • Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio

  • Indian Classical Music Association of Cleveland

  • Kerala Association of Ohio

  • Marwari Association of Ohio

  • Northeast Ohio Telugu Association

  • Project SEVA

  • Undergraduate Indian Student Association from Case Western Reserve University

Learn more about the Indian organizations (and the other Asian groups) including photos and videos of the group leaders at the Asian Organizations in Cleveland pages.


Only 2 communities have had an inductee in every class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. The Indians and the Irish.

  • Paramjit Singh was inducted in the inaugural class in 2010.
  • Vijaya Emani was inducted posthumously in 2011.
  • Dr. Jaya Shah was inducted in 2012.
  • Ratanjit Sondhe was inducted in 2013.
Monte Ahuja was inducted into the 2014 class of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in a dinner ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center on Monday May 12, 2014.

Inductee Monte Ahuja and UH CEO Tom Zenty

Inductee Monte Ahuja and UH CEO Tom Zenty


Photos and videos of Monte Ahuja's induction


Musical Journey along the Silk Road - Indian Musicians at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Students of the Anga Kala Kathak Academy performed at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History at a special cultural event for the Traveling the Silk Road exhibit. Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) is one of the sponsors of the exhibit.



Sugata Chatterjee was born in Calcutta, India. This classic Hindustani vocalist has cultivated a systematic and disciplined training from her childhood days under the able guidance of Guru Satya Ranjan Chatterjee. Her versatility now includes Hindustani Khyal, Bhajan, Thumri and Ragpradhan.



Salar Nader began studying with the legendary tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain at seven years of age. He explained the different parts of the tabla and told and demonstrated the different sounds it makes.



More from the Museum performance


Kathak Dance at Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Antara Datta performed an Indian Kathak dance at the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition grand opening at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Kathak is one of the eight leading forms of Indian classical dance and its named is derived from the word 'storytelling'.

Antara Datta Kathak Dance

Antara Datta

More from the Museum performance

Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) is one of the sponsors of the exhibit.

Ray Gehani

Ray Gehani


More from the Silk Road exhibit and event


Medical Yatra - AIPNO and Rotary team up to Save Lives in Gandevi, India

Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization of physicians of Indian origin in Northern Ohio. Thye partnered with Rotary clubs and Rotary Foundation in a Global Grant #1412348 to make a huge impact in training the trainers and save the lives in remote corners of Gandevi, Gujarat, India.

The aim was "To improve the quality of life of the rural and tribal community by performing the life saving surgeries of Cancer and Coronary diseases as well as by increasing awareness regarding early detection and prevention of Diabetes and to increase the capacity of local health professionals by training and Education."

Ramesh Shah with Sanjeevani Rath-Mobile Van-equipped with Mammography Sonography and MRI for Early Cancer detection

Ramesh Shah with Sanjeevani Rath-Mobile Van equipped with Mammography Sonography and MRI for Early Cancer detection


More from the 2014 Yatra


Holi Celebration

Cleveland State University
March 29, 2014

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.

Kalyani Veturi Kuchipudi dance

Kalyani Veturi Kuchipudi dance



Photos and Videos of Holi


Republic Day

Embassy Suites
January 25, 2014

FICA hosts an annual event to celebrate Republic Day. The event, dinner and performances took place on Saturday January 25, 2014. Hopefully we will have video soon.

Chittaran Jain, Mohan Bafna, Mayor Frank Jackson, Ronald Berkman, Asim Datta and Mohan Bafna, Asim Datta and Ray Gehani

Chittaran Jain, Mohan Bafna, Mayor Frank Jackson,
Ronald Berkman, Asim Datta and Ray Gehani


3 pages of photos of attendees of the big event


2013

Indian Community at Philanthropia

Landerhaven
December 9, 2013

phil·an·thro·pi·a is Executive Caterers’ Annual Fundraising Luncheon at Landerhaven designed to benefit non-profits throughout Northeast Ohio. The Indian community has always been a strong supporter of this event.

A very special part of the 2013 event was the participation of the Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO). AIPNO leaders Ramesh and Jaya Shah were called to the stage by Leon Bibb and Harlan Diamond and explained Project Sewa, AIPNO, medical yatras and more.

Leon Bibb, Harlan Diamond, Ramesh and Jaya Shah

Leon Bibb, Harlan Diamond, Ramesh and Jaya Shah


There was also a very special announcement from Devo Bavishi owner of Ace Taxi Service.

AIPNO Group

AIPNO at Philanthropia 2013


See more from Philanthropia


Indian Kuchipudi Group Dance at WIN event in Cleveland

Students of Kalyani Veturi performed a traditional Indian Kuchipudi Group Dance at the 4th annual Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN) holiday celebration of global diversity at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland.

Indian Kuchipudi Group Dance



Indian Kuchipudi Group Dance

See other performances and more from the WIN celebration


Why and when Indians (and Sikhs) came to Cleveland

Mona Alag, past president of the Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) in Cleveland Ohio spoke at the Cleveland Food Adventurers event at the Saffron Patch. Mona was asked why and when Indians came to the US and to Cleveland.

She asked Shiv Aggarwal to answer and he said many came around 1962 and 1963. Paramjit Singh told why and when many Sikhs came here.

Members of the Food Passport program visit different authentic ethnic restaurant and learn about the cuisine and culture.



See more from the Food Adventure to the Saffron Patch and learn about Indian food, spices and customs.


Deepavali - The Festival of Lights

An Indian Celebration for the World
Cleveland City Hall
November 8, 2013

The Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) hosted Deepavali, The Festival of Lights, in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on November 8, 2013. The event included traditional and modern Indian music and dance including Kuchipudi, Kathak Dance, a classical ensemble and some Bollywood dances.

Asim Datta and Chittaranjan Jain

Asim Datta and Chittaranjan Jain


Photos and Videos from the celebration


Be sure to visit the Faces in the Crowd Diwali 2013 page - Who do you recognize?

Sujata Burgess and Pavithra Simh

Sujata Burgess and Pavithra Simh



Radhika Reddy - Adjusting to US after leaving India

October 29, 2013
Union Club

The Engaging Women's Committee of The Union Club presented "Women Changing Cleveland and the World" How Diverse Female Professionals are Thriving and Contributing to Our Economy and Community. The panel included 4 successful women from 4 different countries and 3 continents. Panelist Radhika Reddy of Ariel International was born in India and told of some of the differences in culture between Indian and the US.




Tagore poem danced and sung in Bengali

October 10, 2013
Cleveland Museum of Art

A poetic composition by Nobel Prize winner Rabindranath Tagore about the beauty of monsoons and the rain was performed in the Bengali language and danced by students of the Nritya Gitanjali School of Dance and Music.

They performed at International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the Cleveland Museum of Art.



Indian table at Art Museum

Indian table at Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Museum of Art Indian dancers



Monthi Feast (Bandra Feast) celebrated in Elyria

St. Agnes Church in Elyria - September 28, 2013

The Asian Indian Catholic Community celebrated the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Agnes Church in Elyria. Fr. Albert Veigas, Pastor, is from India and said that in India the Feast is one of the most celebrated and revered days of the Church calendar. It coincides with the Harvest Festival and the two are combined to make Mary's birthday even more special.

The Feast is a major celebration in Mangalore, where it is known as Monthi Fest (or Monti Fest) and in Bandra, Mumbai (Bandra Feast). In Bandra, the focal point of the Festival is The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount or Mount Mary Church.

Indian American children bring flowers to the statue of Mary

Children bring flowers to the statue of Mary


Photos and Videos from the celebration


India Festival USA 2013

Our Children Our Future
Independence Middle School
September 14, 2013

India Festival USA is an annual event that attempts to bridge cultures, generations and communities through one-day of togetherness. It is a day when visitors are encouraged to participate in a thematic display of the rich culture and diversity of two of the greatest nations on earth – India and USA.

One highlight was the Indian Hindu Myth of Shakuntala told with giant puppets from the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The Indian Hindu Myth of Shakuntala was told with giant puppets from the Cleveland Museum of Art at the India Festival USA


The day featured singing, dancing, shopping and other activities and performances.

Photos and Videos from India Festival USA


Indian community at One World Day

Cleveland Cultural Gardens
August 25, 2013

The 2013 One World Day was held throughout the Cleveland Cultural Gardens in Cleveland on Sunday August 25, 2013. The Indian community was represented in the Parade of Flags as Raj Pillai carried the Indian flag down MLK Blvd.

Parade of Flags as Raj Pillai carried the Indian flag down MLK Blvd

Parade of Flags - Raj Pillai


There were also activities and performances at the India Cultural Garden.

Photos and Videos from One World Day


India Independence Day

Solon Community Center
August 18, 2013

Over the weekend of August 18, 2013 FICA hosted special events to celebrate India Independence Day. This included Cricket and Tennis Tournaments, cultural performances and presentations.

Tamil song from the State of Tamilnadu

Tamil song from the State of Tamilnadu


3 pages of Photos and Videos from Independence Day


Indian Food and Culture - Passport Program

Saffron Patch
July 24, 2013

The first ClevelandPeople.Com Passport Adventure was Wednesday July 24 at the Saffron Patch for an evening of Indian cuisine and culture.

Mona Alag explained Indian cuisine to the sold out crowd and answered questions (with help from Paramjit Singh, Shiv Aggarwal and others).

Harjit and Mona Alag with owner George Stamos

Harjit and Mona Alag with
Saffron Patch owner George Stamos


A special treat was a performance by Arvind, an Indian student who played traditional Indian music (seated and barefoot) on a violin.

Arvind playing Indian violin

Arvind

More from the Saffron Patch adventure


Indian Folk dances at 2013 International Folk Festival

Wade Oval
June 23, 2013

The 2013 International Folk Festival was held at Wade Oval in University Circle in Cleveland. Asim Datta served as Master of Ceremonies along with Ken Kovach.

Ken Kovach and Asim Datta

Ken Kovach and Asim Datta

The Indian community was represented by Shri Kalaa Mandir students who performed traditional Indian Folk dances. Shri Kalaa Mandir Center for Performing Arts was founded by Bharathanatyam exponent Sujatha Srinivasan to propagate and promote the ancient classical dance and music of India.

Shri Kalaa Mandir dance students


Photos and Videos from the Folk Festival


Federation of India Community Associations (FICA)Dinner

India Community Center - June 14, 2013

On June 14, 2013 FICA hosted a dinner event at the India Community Center on Cedar Road which serves as its home. Along with the great food and camaraderie, attendees heard updates on various FICA programs (India Cultural Garden, Project Seva, Shiksha Daan, etc.) and honored a very special man.

Mohan Bafna and Chittaranjan Jain

Dr. Mohan Bafna and Chittaranjan Jain


More from the FICA Presentation

FICA ladies Durba Mukhopadahyay, Punam Punwani, Piyush Bhaiji, Gita Gidwani and Neelum Nagpal

Durba Mukhopadahyay, Punam Punwani, Piyush Bhaiji,
Gita Gidwani and Neelum Nagpal


More Faces in the Crowd at the FICA dinner


Indian community at Asian Pacific Heritage Day

Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
May 30, 2013

The annual Asian Pacific Heritage Day celebration was held May 310, 2013 in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall. Michael Sreshta served as Master of Ceremonies and Shiv Aggarwal gave the keynote address.

Michael Sreshta and Shiv Aggarwal

Michael Sreshta and Shiv Aggarwal


A variety of presentations and performances took place including Indian Bollywood dances performed by Cleveland State University students led by Venkat Raj.

Indian Bollywood dances performed by Cleveland State University students led by Venkat Raj


Photos and videos from Asian Pacific Heritage Day


2013 Cleveland Asian Festival


May 18-19, 2013

The 4th annual Cleveland Asian Festival attracted 38,380 attendees over the weekend of May 18-19, 2013. They spent over $2 million in the AsiaTown neighborhood. There were dozens of performances from local, regional, and national performing groups including headliner Cheesa from NBC's The Voice.

People enjoyed Asian cuisine from over 20 different restaurants and shopping in the World Market which was filled with merchants of Asian themed products while sponsors had informational displays at their tent.

Kalyani Veturi Kuchipudi Dance performances

Kalyani Veturi Kuchipudi dancers

10 pages of photos and videos of the Cleveland Asian Festival


Bhangra dance from Punjab at Namaste event

April 26, 2013

International Partners in Mission celebrated its 11th annual Namaste! One Night for One World event on Friday, April 26, 2014.

One Night for One World invites guests to immerse themselves in the various cultural identities of global communities through live music, dance, authentic food and beverages, decorations and education.

One highlight was the Indian Bhangra dance from Punjab performed by young siblings.

Gill family dancers - Simi, Jasleen and brother

Gill family dancers - Simi, Jasleen and little brother


International Partners in Mission 11th annual Namaste! event

Ambassador of India to the United States Nirupama Rao

Ambassador of India to the United States Nirupama Rao visited Cleveland in March. She met with local executives and leaders and also attended several events in Northeast Ohio's Indian-American community including a visit to the Indian Cultural Garden and a recpetion at the Ariel International Center.

Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao at the Ariel International Center - March 29, 2013

Raj Pillai, Radhika Reddy, Mayor Jackson, Asim Datta, Ambassador Nirupama Rao and County Executive Ed Fitzgerald

Raj Pillai, Radhika Reddy, Mayor Jackson, Asim Datta,
Ambassador Nirupama Rao and County Executive Ed Fitzgerald





Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao at the Indian Cultural Garden - March 31, 2013

Indian Garden delegate Raj Pillai shows the Indian Cultural Garden to Ambassador Rao

Indian Garden delegate Raj Pillai showing the Indian Cultural Garden to Ambassador Rao

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Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio 2013 Medical Yatra

Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization of physicians of Indian origin in Northern Ohio. With a membership of over 300 physicians who meet regularly for educational, charitable and social events, the organization provides an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the local community and to make friendships that last. AIPNO also provides service and aid to undeserved areas and disaster affected sites.

The 2013 Medical Yatra was to Santiniketan, W.Bengal, India.

Highlights and Photos of the tremendous work done by the group

The Team at Shantipur

The Team at Shantipur


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India Cultural Garden Virtual Tour

The India Cultural Garden is part of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. A highlight of the Garden is the statue of Mahatma Gandhi. Cleveland Ohio is the only city in the world that has a statue of Gandhi on a street named for Martin Luther King Jr. But there are other parts of the Garden of interest including the 7 pillars that tell about India's Diversity, History, Great Leaders, Art and Culture and so on.

The Indian Garden also has a new entrance path where the word 'Welcome' is spelled in 15 different languages that you would hear in India.

This second video is a short virtual tour of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Indian Cultural Garden.



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Asim Datta, president of the Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) has been a 7 year volunteer at the Diversity Center of Cleveland's Walk, Rock and Run event. In this short video, Asim told about the many upcoming events and festivals coming up in Cleveland including the Cleveland Asian Festival.



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Holi, Festival of Colors

FICA, the Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio, held a Holi celebration at their Community Center on March 16, 2013. Culture, food and performances - not to mention color - filled the evening.

Pouja Kumar Shyaum and FICA President Asim Datta

Pouja Kumar Shyaum and FICA President Asim Datta

See pictures and video from the FICA Holi celebration

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Indian and Southeast Asian Art Collection
Cleveland Museum of Art
February 27, 2013

At a reception on February 27, 2013 The Cleveland Museum of Art introduced Sonya Rhie Quintanilla as Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art. Dr. Quintanilla gave previews of the collection, including the Ganesh and Tantra in Buddhist Art, that will be featured starting in May.

David Franklin, Marjorie Williams and  Sonya Rhie Quintanilla

CMA Director David Franklin,
Director, Education and Public Programs Marjorie Williams
and Curator Sonya Rhie Quintanilla


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The Hindu deity Ganesha is featured in an exhibit in the new Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Ganesha bronze at Cleveland Museum of Art

Ganesha bronze at Cleveland Museum of Art

Hindu art text  at Cleveland Museum of Art

Ganesha sculpture at Cleveland Museum of Art


See more from the new world-class Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art

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Republic Day 2013

Embassy Suites
January 26, 2013

FICA, the Federation of India Community Associations of Northeast Ohio hosts an annual event to celebrate Republic Day. The event, dinner and performances took place on Saturday January 26, 2013 and over 300 attended.

Dr.Darshan Mahajan

Dr. Darshan Mahajan with Awards Committee members
Hira Rane, Sujata Burgess and Venky Venkatesh

3 pages of photos and video from Republic Day 2013

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2012

The 3rd annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity was held in the City Hall Rotunda on December 12, 2012. Several groups representing different cultures performed including Venkat Raj with some Bollywood dancing.

Venkat Raj

Venkat Raj


See more from Venkat Raj at the WIN-NEO party


Deepavali, The Festival of Lights 2012
Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall - November 16, 2012

Manipuri Dance by Sanjib Bhattacharya at Deepavali
Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall - November 16, 2012

Sanjib Bhattacharya at Cleveland City Hall for Diwali

Sanjib Bhattacharya


Spartan Bhangra group - a modern take on traditional Bhangra from Punjab
Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall - November 16, 2012

Spartan Bhangra dancers

Spartan Bhangra - (Top Row) Kirtan Patel, Ishaan Taylor and Partik Singh
(Bottom) Sheetal Kotha, Nitasha Uppal and Sangeetha Natarajan


FICA at Ames Atrium Opening at Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) staffed a table at the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012.

Kathy Ghose, Asim Datta and Sujata Burgess of The Federation of India Community Associations (FICA)

Kathy Ghose, Asim Datta and Sujata Burgess of FICA


Sisters Mahima and Mahathi Venkatesh, with the strong support of their parents Sowmya and Venky, are almost singlehandledly exposing new audiences to beautiful and complex traditional Indian dances. They are also preserving the intricate movements for the entire world as these traditional performances become less numerous and remembered as time goes on.

Mahima and Mahati performed at the Atrium opening.

Mahathi Venkatesh and father Venky Venkatesh

Mahathi Venkatesh and proud father Venky Venkatesh


Kriyayoga Seminar on Truth & Non-violence
with Kriyayoga Master, Swami Shree Yogi Satyam

Euclid City Councilman Scott Lynch hosted Swami Shree Yogi Satyam of India along with Dr. Zena Bedessee and supporters of Truth and Non-violence on October 2, 2012, at the Irish-American Club East Side to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday, the "International Day of Non-Violence."

Kriyayoga Master, Swami Shree Yogi Satyam

Kriyayoga Master, Swami Shree Yogi Satyam in Euclid



Unveiling of Mother Teresa Statue
September 22, 2012
The formal dedication of the Albanian Garden and unveiling of the Mother Teresa Statue.

Mother Teresa statue covered before unveiling

Mother Teresa statue covered before unveiling

Michael Sreshta, Asim Datta, Pia and Deb Roy

Michael Sreshta, Asim Datta, Pia and Deb Roy


3rd annual NorthEast Ohio India Festival USA
September 15, 2012
The 3rd annual NorthEast Ohio India Festival USA took place in Independence on Saturday September 15, 2012. Over 4600 visitors enjoyed the festivities. The 2012 theme was “Education for Achievement“.

Dr. Chittaranjan Jain received the 2012 India Festival USA Education for Achievement Award, Dhamakapella, Case Western Reserve University’s premier South Asian Fusion music group, performed a mixture of music and hundreds participated in the spectacular You’ve Got Talent show.

The Tarang Group

The Tarang Group sang the Indian Anthem at India Festival USA



Karagattam and Kathak Indian dance and more
ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion
September 1-2, 2012

A highlight of the 2012 Ohio's Celtic and International Fest was the ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion which featured almost 20 different groups performing their culture's traditions in colorful native costumes. This included the Indian community with a Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) booth and dance performances by Mahima Venkatesh and Shweta Singh Kathak dancers.

Kathak Indian Dance from students of Shweta Singh

Kathak Dance from students of Shweta Singh



Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio (AIPNO) Medical Yatras
“NAR SEWA NARAYAN SEWA” - “Serving Humanity is Serving God”.-Vivekananda
Photos and videos from an AIPNO event recognizing Ash Chawla and Monte and Usha Ahuja for their support.

AIPNO President Elumalai Appachi, MD,  Dr. Gita Gidwani and Monte and Usha Ahuja

AIPNO President Elumalai Appachi, MD, Dr. Gita Gidwani
and Monte and Usha Ahuja



FICA Indian Festival
August 19,2012

Federation of India Community Associations of NE Ohio (FICA) hosted the annual India Independence Day celebration on August 19, 2012. The event included a Tennis Tournament and Cricket matches as well as traditional performances inside the Solon Community Center. Performers included the Bashi Group of Dancers and Bongra Folk Dance of Punjab.

Bashi Group of Dancers

Bashi Group of Dancers



Naren Bakshi in Cleveland
August 3,2012

Indian-American serial entrepreneur Naren Bakshi spoke at a special meeting at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland on August 3,2012 that included members of TiE Ohio and other area business leaders and entrepreneurs.

TiE Ohio Charter Members Harry Weller, Ratanjit Sondhe, Pradip Kamat, Naren Bakshi, Richard Herman, Radhika Reddy, Richard Eastburn and Raj Aggarwal

TiE Ohio Charter Members Harry Weller, Ratanjit Sondhe,
Pradip Kamat, Naren Bakshi, Richard Herman, Radhika Reddy,
Richard Eastburn and Raj Aggarwal



Cleveland is known as the 216 so when the 216th birthday of July 22, 2012 approached, Ohio Homecoming planned a huge party for the city and its people. There were performances, activities, food, music and camaraderie. The Indian community was well represented with a FICA booth and two performances.

Karagattam Dance by Mahima Venkatesh

Mahima Venkatesh performing the traditional South Indian Karagattam Dance


Bollywood Dance from IndiaFestivalUSA

Bollywood Dancers



Ariel International Center Ribbon Cutting
July 12,2012

Ribbon Cutting at Ariel International Center

Mayor Frank Jackson and Radhika Reddy


Subha and Brojesh Pakrashi Holi Celebration

Every year in later February or early March, India becomes awash in vibrant, bright colors as the Festival of Holi, (or the Festival of Color) is celebrated. Since it can be quite cold in Cleveland in March, this particular celebration was moved to June to allow for outdoor activities and, of course, colors.

People covered in Holi colors



On May 30, 2012, an intercultural group of people came together to raise funds for the Mother Teresa statue in the Albanian Cultural Garden as well as to meet new friends and have some fun. The event was created by immigration attorney and author Richard Herman, City Councilwoman Dona Brady and Federation Of India Community Associations of NE Ohio (FICA) president Asim Datta. FICA served as host of the event.

Dr. Gita Gidwani, Nisha Jain, Neelam Nagpal, Meera Kansal, visiting from India Shobhna Jain

Dr. Gita Gidwani, Nisha Jain, Neelam Nagpal,
Meera Kansal and (visiting from India) Shobhna Jain
at the Mother Teresa event



Photos & Videos from the Mother Teresa Statue event at FICA


Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Tudor Arms Hotel - May 24, 2012
Congratulations to Shivangi Bhatia and Prateek Singh who were awarded Certificates of Accomplishment for 2012.

Sandhya Gupta, Judge Oliver, Prateek Singh, Shivangi  Bhatia and Demi Zhang

Sandhya Gupta, Judge Oliver,
Prateek Singh, Demi Zhang and Shivangi Bhatia



Traditional Indian Bharathanatyam Dance
Sujatha Srinivisan students from Shri Kalaa Mandir
Cleveland Asian Festival - May 20, 2012

Indian dance by Sujatha Srinivisan students from Shri Kalaa Mandir

Sujatha Srinivisan student dancer



Traditional Indian Kathak Dance
Shweta Singh dancers at Cleveland Asian Festival
May 19, 2012

Shweta Singh Kathak dancers

Shweta Singh Kathak dancers



Traditional Kuchipudi Indian dance
by Kalyani Veturi
Cleveland Asian Festival - May 19, 2012

Traditional Kuchipudi Indian dance by Kalyani Veturi

Traditional Kuchipudi Indian dance by Kalyani Veturi



Mother's Day Peace Party with Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks Cleveland Public Library - May 12, 2012
Featuring a performance of A Conversation between Icons written by Raj Pillai.

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks

Martin Luther King (Leon Bibb), Rosa Parks (Sherrie Tolliver)
and Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Pillai)



Dr. Jaya Shah

Dr Jaya Shah was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame on Wednesday May 9, 2012 in a ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott at Key Center. Ratanjit Sondhe gave the induction speech for Dr. Shah.

Dr. Jaya Shah in Cleveland International Hall of Fame



Photos and Video of Dr. Shah at the Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductions.


FICA at the Diversity Center 10th Annual Walk, Rock & Run
May 5, 2012

FICA walkers




Cleveland's Asian Indian Heritage Project (AIHP)
Presentation by Mr. Samip Mallick
President of South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA)
March 30-April 1, 2012

Raj Pillai, Stephen Sreshta, Samip Mallick and Michael Sreshta

Raj Pillai, Stephen Sreshta, Samip Mallick and Michael Sreshta



Dr. Maina Singh spoke at the annual Diplomatic Seder on March 28, 2012. Dr. Singh recited a few lines from the Indian Prayer for a Future about colonialism.




Holi Indian festival of colors
Laurel School - March 17, 2012

Holi dancers


Minister Vayalar Ravi, from the Ministry for Overseas Indian Affairs
Cleveland visit on January 23, 2012

Minister Vayalar Ravi and Mona Alag

Minister Vayalar Ravi and Mona Alag



Paramjit Singh and Raj Pillai received well-deserved awards at the Republic Day celebration on Jan 21, 2012

Paramjit Singh and Raj Pillai

Paramjit Singh and Raj Pillai

63rd Republic Day of India celebration
Hosted by Federation of India Community Associations (FICA)
Jan 21, 2012 - 3 pages of photos and videos

Representative Marcia Fudge, Asim Datta and Sangita Bafna

Chief Guest Representative Marcia Fudge
with Asim Datta and Sangita Bafna



2011

First Annual FICA Holiday Party - December 18, 2011
3 pages of pictures and video

Sanjay Garg

Sanjay (Santa) Garg



Project Seva have been serving the community in Cleveland for years. For example, Project Seva has been working with St. Colman's Church at West 65th and Lorain since 1999. Last year, Project Seva served over 125,000 pounds of food in 3 churches and the American Indian Education Center.

The meal was sponsored by the Kasturi Kanada Association. Volunteers included:

  • Girish and Mrunalini Rao, and their kids Nayan and Maya.
  • Vishwa Basavalingappa and his daughter Amulya.
  • Naveen Uli and his daughter Amala.
  • Mamatha Girish
  • Mahesh Humchadakatte and his son Maneeth.
  • Vagesh and Keerthi Rajashekar and their son Karan.
  • Satish and Hema Vartak and their daughter Esha.

Project Seva volunteers

Project Seva volunteers

See more from Project Seva at St Colman Church


The Project Love Gordon E. Heffern Award for Values, Ethics and Community was presented to Ratanjit Sondhe, the founder of Discoverhelp, at Landerhaven on November 30, 2011.

Ratanjit Sondhe

Ratanjit Sondhe


Ratanjit said that gratefulness is the foundation from which kindness and love comes.

See more from Project Love Rescuer of Humanity Awards


Project Seva was well represented at the annual Philanthropia at Landerhaven on December 5, 2011

Project Seva Table

One of the Project Seva tables - Seated are Dr Santosh Kalhan, Nisha Jain, Mona Alag and Jagdish Dhameja.
Standing are Mr Surinder Kampani and Dr Shanta Kampani


More photos and video from Philanthropia 2011


The late Vijaya Emani received the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor, in a ceremony at the White House on October 20,2011.

The White House said, "Vijaya Emani became a role model for victims of domestic abuse because of her strength and determination in overcoming domestic abuse in her own life, and by speaking out about the issue publicly, she broke a long held taboo in the Indian American community. Emani lived and breathed many causes including projects to aid the homeless and promoting diversity. Although she was killed in a tragic vehicle accident, her example and message live on. Emani posthumously receives the Citizens Medal for her courage in overcoming and speaking out against abuse."

See the induction speech by Raj Pillai of Vijaya into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame and the acceptance speech by her daughter Nirmala.

The Federation of India Community Associations (FICA) hosted a celebration of Diwali in the Rotunda of Cleveland City Hall on October 21, 2011.

Indian Peacock and Snake Dancers

Shobitha Sanjeevan, Mayura Umapathy, Esha Vartak, Mahati Venkatesh and Shivani Yerigeri performed the award-winning Peacock and Snake Dance


2011 Diwali photos and videos


The Indian community was represented at One World Day by Sujata Burgess and Ramesh and Asha Mirakhur. They marched in the Parade of Flags.

Sujata Burgess and Ramesh and Asha Mirakhur

Sujata Burgess and Ramesh and Asha Mirakhur


A group gathered at the Gandhi statue to support the modern Satyagraha against corruption

"We the well-wishers of India aspire to express our support for the modern Satyagraha movement against corruption launched by Shri Anna Hazare, by holding a silent sit-in."

Indian Garden group

Sudarshan Sathe and Michael Sreshta in front of Gandhi statue

Indian Garden group


Independence Day - India Fest 2011
August 14, 2011
3 pages of photos and video from the event.

Sudarshan Sathe and young men

Ashwin Rane, Ojas Sathe, Nirmal Krishnan,
Achyut Nair, Tejas Sathe and Sudarshan Sathe



Mahima Venkatesh at International Folk Festival
Karagattam


Mahima Venkatesh performed South Indian Folk Dances at Cleveland City Hall
Karagattam and Bharatnatyam

Mahima Venkatesh

Mahima Venkatesh


The late and much loved Vijaya Emani was inducted into the Cleveland International Hall of Fame in a dinner ceremony on Wednesday May 11, 2011. She was introduced by Raj Pillai.

Vijaya Emani's daughters and mother with Raj Pillai

Vijaya Emani's daughters Sujata and Nirmala and mother with Raj Pillai


See photos and video of Vijaya's induction into the Hall of Fame

62nd Republic Day of India
Mortal Men & Women and Their Immortal Words
January 22, 2011
3 pages of photos and video from the event including a terrific play which featured Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Jawaharlal Nehru, Rabindranath Tagore, Indira Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa.

Raj Pillai as Mahatma Gandhi

Raj Pillai as Mahatma Gandhi



2010

Philanthropia raised over $145,000 for local charities including Project Seva, the community service end of the Federation of India Community Associations of NE Ohio, or FICA. Kudos to Harlan Diamond and Executive Caterers team, The Singing Angels, Leon Bibb and all involved.

Dr. Shanta Kampani and Mona Alag sing along

Dr. Shanta Kampani and Mona Alag sing along with the Singing Angels



Paramjit Singh speaks about Project Seva at Philanthropia



Diwali Celebration at Cleveland City Hall Rotunda
3 pages of photos and videos from the October 29, 2010 event

Sumita Kedia at Diwali event

Sumita Kedia



First Annual India Festival USA 2010
4 pages of photos and videos from the September 11, 2010 event

Mathangi Sridharan, Sujatha Srinivasan, Shriya Srinivasan, Mahima Venkatesh

Mathangi Sridharan, Sujatha Srinivasan,
Shriya Srinivasan and Mahima Venkatesh



Indian woman at 2010 International Folk Festival


The Cleveland Indian community was well-represented at the 2010 International Folk Festival. Members of FICA perfomed a Dandiya Raas traditional folk dance and Shweta's Kathak students of Tarangini School of Kathak Dance performed a Guru Vandana Kathak Dance.

FICA members perfomed a Dandiya Raas traditional folk dance


See photos and videos of the performances.



Congratulations Anamika Veeramani

Congratulations to Anamika Veeramani who won the 2010 National Spelling Bee!

Spelling Champion Anamika Veeramani

Spelling Champion Anamika Veeramani

See photos and videos from the FICA dinner to honor Anamika

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Young Indian athletes compete
Cleveland Clinic Sports Health International Youth Sports Festival
John Carroll University July 1-4, 2010

Indian athletes march into Don Shula Stadium

Young Indian athletes march into Don Shula Stadium


The first annual city wide Cleveland Asian Festival was a resounding success! Over 10,000 people attended the event held Saturday May 22, 2010 at East 30th and Payne Ave.

Indian girl dancing


See many photos and videos from the first annual Cleveland Asian Festival

ClevelandPeople.Com is proud to be a media sponsor of the Cleveland Asian Festival.


The Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana
Largest Indian Classical music festival outside of India
Cleveland State University April 1-12, 2010

Cleveland Aradhana performers

Cleveland Aradhana performers

Indian Republic Day Celebration January 30, 2010
FICA Annual Awards and more

Nip and Rita Singh with Rita's Lifetime Achievment Award from FICA

Nip and Rita Singh with Rita's Lifetime Achievment Award


Indian Republic Day Celebration January 30, 2010
Entertainment - 6 Decades of Indian Show Biz Gems

Entertainment at Republic Day 2010


2009 and before

Billionaire Entrepreneur Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande
October 15, 2009 at CWRU

TiE Cleveland co-founder Baiju Shah, TiE Executive Director Reka Barabas and Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande

TiE Cleveland co-founder Baiju Shah, TiE Executive Director Reka Barabas and Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande


Indian Independence Day and FICA Picnic
August 15, 2009 at Squire's Castle

Children signing at FICA picnic


Introduction of the Indian Cultural Garden
and the unveiling and dedication of the Mahatma Gandhi statue
October 1, 2006

Mahatma Gandhi statue in Cleveland Ohio

Rajmohan Gandhi discusses his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi
Photos and audio from Rajmohan Gandhi's book tour at the Cleveland City Club

Rajmohan Gandhi at tree dedication at Indian Cultural Garden
Photos and video from Rajmohan Gandhi's visit to the Gandhi statue in the Indian Cultural Garden




Rajmohan Gandhi and new book about Mahatma Gandhi


Organizations and Resources for Asian Indians in Cleveland

Federation of India Community Associations

FICA logo


FICA, Federation of India Community Associations(FICA) is an organization that represents the People of India who have emigrated to US and living in Cleveland, NE Ohio region. It represents 11,032 Indian Families emigrated to Cleveland and surrounding suburbs.

Federation of India Community Associations, FICA Ohio Marker



Asha for Education works for the underprivileged in India. It was started at UC Berkeley in 1991 and now has 12 chapters in India and 48 in US. Asha Cleveland started in 1996 and dispersed about $20,000 in 2010.




Association of Asian Indian Women in Ohio

Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio

Bengali Cultural Society - Cleveland

Gurati Samaj of Greater Cleveland

Indian Classical Music Society of Cleveland

India Ohio Chamber of Commerce

Jain Society of Greater Cleveland

Kerala Association of Ohio

Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)

Embassy of India in Washington DC

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Business, Education and Employment Information

Submit your Cleveland Indian jobs, classes and other opportunities.


Cleveland Indian Feedback and Memories

Mahatma Gandhi's grandson Arun Gandhi
Listen to 2 short stories of Gandhi from when Arun Gandhi was in Cleveland


Indian History and Culture


The music, food, holidays, traditions, costumes, language and other qualities that make Indians so special.


Indian Food
Popular dishes described

Six Heritage Pillars
in the the Indian Cultural Garden


Religions of India

Religions of India

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Profiles of Indian Americans in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio

Sarojini 'Roji' Rao - ClevelandWomen.com profile
Bringing the Best of Two Cultures together

Rita Singh - ClevelandWomen.com profile
Building Relationships through planning, work and Karma

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please let us know.


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