FICA is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Asian Indian Community in Northeast Ohio. From its humble beginnings as a student association in 1962, it has grown to be the voice of a diaspora of over 20,000 and on the increase. FICA helps Asian Indian families assimilate into the mosaic of greater Cleveland.
FICA hosts an annual event to celebrate India Independence Day.
The day began in front of the Gandhi statue at the India Cultural Garden on MLK Blvd.
Michael Sreshta on sax and Priyanka Pai and Rhea Pai on violins
The US and Indian national anthems were performed by Michael Sreshta on sax and Priyanka Pai and Rhea Pai on violin.
The crowd sang along with Jana Gana Mana. Cleveland is the only city in the world with a large statue of Gandhi on a street named for Martin Luther King.
Of course everyone wanted to pose in front of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.
After a brief ceremony, the participants marched to the Rockefeller Greenhouse for the rest of the festivities.
Om Julka and Chittaranjan Jain led the march
Independence Day 2014 - India Cultural Garden (this page)
Deb Roy, Jack and Mary Ellen Schron
Sanjay Garg and Giri Guruswami
Page 2 - Independence Day 2014 - Rockefeller Greenhouse
Page 3 - Independence Day 2014 - More from the Greenhouse
Page 4 - Bharata Natyam style dancers from students of Nritya Gitanjali School
Page 5 - Faces in the crowd at Independence Day 2014
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