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65th Republic Day of India

65th Republic Day of India
Federation of India Community Associations (FICA)
Embassy Suites
January 25, 2014

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 Republic Day. The event, dinner and performances took place on Saturday January 25, 2014 with the theme A Look into Our Future". FICA Board Chair Chittaranjan Jain and President Asim Datta gave updates.

Congratulatory letters were received from Governor John Kasich and US Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown.

Updates were given on the Shiksha Daan program and Project Sewa as well as FICA in general.

The keynote address was given by Dr. Ronald M. Berkman, President of Cleveland State University.

Dr. Ramesh Gehani made introductions and special recognitions and two FICA Awards were handed out.

The Lifetime Grand Benefactor of FICA award was presented to Dr. Mohan Lal Bafna and the Friend of the Indian Community Award was presented to Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson.

The Feature Presentation was called A Look into Our Future" and was developed and performed by Asim Datta and Raj Pillai with the assistance of Jay Masurekar and Venky Venkatesh.

Thanks to Anjan Ghose and Michael Sreshta for these photos. As always, if you can help identify anyone in the photos, please let us know.

FICA Board Chair Chittaranjan Jain

FICA Board Chair Chittaranjan Jain


FICA President Asim Datta

FICA President Asim Datta


Ray Gehani

Ray Gehani

Anjan and Kathy Ghose

Anjan and Kathy Ghose


Awardees Dr. Mohan Bafna and Mayor Frank Jackson with CSU President Ronald Berkman

Awardees Dr. Mohan Bafna and Mayor Frank Jackson
with CSU President Ronald Berkman


Mohan Bafna, Asim Datta and Ray Gehani

Mohan Bafna, Asim Datta and Ray Gehani


Singing the national anthems

National Anthems


Mayor Frank Jackson and and Ray Gehani

Mayor Frank Jackson and Ray Gehani


Mayor Frank Jackson

Mayor Frank Jackson


Michael and Flavia Sreshta

Michael and Flavia Sreshta


Raj Pillai and Asim Datta

Raj Pillai and Asim Datta


Award winners

Award winners


Sujata Burgess, Gauri Wagle Masurekar, Kathy Ghose and Sowmya Venkatesh

Sujata Burgess, Gauri Wagle Masurekar,
Kathy Ghose and Sowmya Venkatesh


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


Sanjay Garg

Sanjay Garg


Valarie McCall, Chittaranjan Jain, Mayor Frank Jackson and Nisha Jain

Valarie McCall, Chittaranjan Jain,
Mayor Frank Jackson and Nisha Jain


Dr Shanta Kampani

Dr Shanta Kampani


Mayor Frank Jackson with Sowmya and Venky Venkatesh

Mayor Frank Jackson with Sowmya and Venky Venkatesh



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