Bharathanatyam Classical dance at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
A new state-of-the-art destination at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is called Asian Highlands and is home to Amur and snow leopards, red panda and a new species to the Zoo, takin. The architecture of the structure is designed with elements representative of central China, the region these species are native to. To celebrate the grand opening of the new Asian Highlands destination there were several Asian performances including a Bharatanatyam dance from Tamil Nadu in southern India by 7th grader Deepa Manikandan.
Performing in front of a bear habitat, Deepa began by balancing and dancing on a mudpot and then told the story of the 10 avatars of Vishnu and three animals - deer, peacock and snake - in her dance.
The Confucius Institute at Cleveland State University hosted a Chinese New Year Celebration for the Year of the Dog on Saturday February 24. An Indian Kuchipudi dance on brass plate was performed by Srinija Adibhatla.
Indian Kuchipudi dance on brass plate by Srinija Adibhatla.
Fashions from India at Cleveland multicultural party
A highlight of the 8th Annual ICC-WIN Cleveland Multicultural Holiday Celebration on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland was the International Fashion Show featuring almost 100 models from about 30 countries.
Parul Parikh, Vimmi Jain, Sarla Venna, Neelam Jagetia, Rehana Fatteh and Sarita Nath represented India.
India is a land of colors and diverse cultures. Traditional clothing in India varies with region, religion and community. However, one thing that remains very true to the culture is its beautiful and vibrant colors of the clothing. Models are wearing Sarees, Lehengas, Anarkali Suits, and Ghagra Choli.
A Ghagra Choli or a Lehenga Choli is the traditional clothing of women in Rajasthan and Gujarat. The lehenga is a long skirt, which is embroidered and pleated. A choli is a midriff-bearing blouse is tailored to tightly fit the body with short sleeves and a low neck. Finally, women wear a dupatta to finish the look.
The saree (sari) is a long unstitched cloth from 4 to 9 meters in length, usually intricately patterned, which drapes around and over the body. It is worn with a tailored blouse. This is considered to be the staple of Indian women clothing.
The Anarkali suit is mostly worn in Northern parts of India and it consists of the Churidar - narrow trousers worn under the kameez (a long shirt or tunic). The anarkali suit varies in many different lengths and embroideries including floor length anarkali styles. This has become very popular and is worn at many Indian events.
Dr. Mohanlal Bafna, husband of the late Kamla Bafna, passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on November 25, 2017. He was surrounded by his family.
Dr. Mohan Bafna
A deeply loving and generous man, his legacy will live on for generations to come. He is survived by his children Suresh (Guniya), Kala (Nikhil), and Dinesh (Sangita); his grandchildren, Neha (Raj), Nikhil, Kunaal, Kurren, Akshay; as well as his great-grandchildren, Aria and Ayan.
A gathering will be held at Busch Funeral Home, 7501 Ridge Road, Parma, on Wednesday, November 29th from 10 AM to 12 PM. Friends are also invited to a memorial service which will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Shiva Vishnu Temple in Parma.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Breakthrough Schools (memo Mahatma Gandhi Campus), 3615 Superior Avenue, #3103A, Cleveland OH 44114.
The Ohio Asian American Economic Summit took place November 14, 2017 at Ariel International Center in Cleveland. Ariel International and Margaret Wong & Associates LLC were the event sponsors. Ariel CEO Radhika Reddy had worked toward this event for years and with the support of Margaret Wong was able to fill the room with people interested in doing business in and with Asia and a stellar group of speakers and panelists including the Consul General of India who flew in from New York and the Consul General of Japan who came in from Detroit.
Radhika Reddy and Consul General of Japan in Detroit Mitsuhiro Wada
Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India
Vinita Mehra, Partner, Kegler, Brown Hill + Ritter
Monica Verma of Baker Hostetler spoke on Protecting Intellectual Property when doing International Business.
Members of the Indian community with Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty, Consul General of India
Lisa Wong, Mona Alag and Ritu Mahna
Rita Singh, Honorable Sandeep Chakravorty and Mona Alag
Congratulations to Radhika Reddy for creating this important event.
Bharata Natyam Classical Indian dance from Nritya Gitanjali School
Students from the Nritya Gitanjali School of Dance and Music in Cleveland Ohio performed the ancient classical Indian dance form Bharata Natyam at International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Click on the white arrow in the image below to watch the video of Mona's speech. Make sure your speakers are on and you can make the video full screen once it begins by clicking the icon in the lower right corner.
A 'Yatra' is a holy pilgrimage. For years, Dr Jaya Shah and Ramesh Shah have led an AIPNO Medical Yatra to tend to the needs of the poorest in different areas of India. Many of the people that the team of doctors see and treat have never had any contact with a medical professional.
New to the 2017 Cleveland Asian Festival was a demonstration of Asian cooking. Anjan Ghose assisted by his wife Kathy presented two dishes.
Anjan prepared Cucumber Raita (Cucumber in Yogurt) and then a Sweet and Sour Strawberry Snack.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Sisters from the Nupur School performed a Bollywood Dance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Srinija Adibhatla and Archana Poota
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.
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.
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.
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!
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, President of Sewa International
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.
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.
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 so far that morning.
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.
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.
This was followed by a march to the Greenhouse.
Om Julka and Chittaranjan Jain led the march
Entertainment and performances were held at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
There was also a very special announcement from Devo Bavishi owner of Ace Taxi Service.
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.
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.
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.
Radhika Reddy - Adjusting to US after leaving India
October 29, 2013
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 Cleveland Museum of Art
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.
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 day featured singing, dancing, shopping and other activities and performances.
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 - Raj Pillai
There were also activities and performances at the India Cultural Garden.
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
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.
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.
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
A variety of presentations and performances took place including Indian Bollywood dances performed by Cleveland State University students led by Venkat Raj.
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.
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 little brother
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CMA Director David Franklin, Director, Education and Public Programs Marjorie Williams and Curator Sonya Rhie Quintanilla
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 with Awards Committee members Hira Rane, Sujata Burgess and Venky Venkatesh
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 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 proud father Venky Venkatesh
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 in Euclid
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 sang the Indian Anthem at India Festival USA
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 and (visiting from India) Shobhna Jain at the Mother Teresa event
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.
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.
Mahesh Humchadakatte and his son Maneeth.
Vagesh and Keerthi Rajashekar and their son Karan.
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."
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
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 with the Singing Angels
Paramjit Singh speaks about Project Seva at Philanthropia
Mathangi Sridharan, Sujatha Srinivasan, Shriya Srinivasan and Mahima Venkatesh
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, 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.
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.
The Kerala Association of Ohio (KAOH) is a non-profit cultural organization that brings together the Malayalee community of north eastern Ohio. The association operates in the Greater Cleveland area, which boasts a strong legacy in manufacturing & healthcare and is known for its cultural diversity.
KAOH's mission is to be a regional organization for the Malayalee community to meet, socialize and develop partnerships with other similar organizations in pursuit of community cohesion and social inclusion. Towards this goal, the organization arranges cultural gatherings that are open to all. Welcome to the official website of KAOH (Kerala Association of Ohio). One of the major contributions of the association has been to create awareness in those who are unfamiliar with the richness of language, literature, art, music, dance and culture of Kerala.