India Republic Day 2024

India Republic Day 2024
FICA Celebration
February 3, 2024
Lotus Banquets - Great Northern

FICA is an organization dedicated to serving the needs of the Asian Indian Community in Northeast Ohio. They hosted a celebration of India's 75th Republic Day at Lotus Banquets with cultural performances, awards, dancing, music and food.

FICA Republic Day schedule 2024

Thanks to Ambassador Deepa Rao for the content.

Amit Jain and Mitesh Bhandari served as MCs.

Amit Jain and Mitesh Bhandari

Amit Jain and Mitesh Bhandari

Solon Mayor Edward H. Kraus was honored.

Solon Mayor Edward H. Kraus

Solon Mayor Edward H. Kraus

FICA presented the winners of the Essay Competition: Rohit Jain 1st, Siddharth Godbole 2nd and Aryan Ghosh 3rd. Essay judges were Dr Naveen Uli, Dr Gopal Nadkarni, Mrs Ela Kulkarni, Mrs Pushpalatha Venkataraman

Essay Competition Winners

Essay Competition Winners

The FICA Student Achievement winners were announced. First place went to Rohit Jain, Shreya Bangalore and Arya babu. Ishita Mannar was 2nd and Nehal Jategoankar was 3rd. Judges were Swati Sathe, Sanjay Garg, Sangita Bafna and Sumita Kedia.

FICA Student Achievment Awards

FICA Student Achievement Awards

FICA Past-president Mrs. Ritu Mahna received the Community Award.

Mrs. Ritu Mahna

Mrs. Ritu Mahna

One of the presentations was a Fashion Show featuring stunning ladies who showcased a few states of incredible India with their beautiful attires.

Introduction - Fashion Show

India is a country renowned for its diverse cultures, languages, and traditions, all of which are beautifully reflected in the traditional clothing worn by its people. Each state in India has its own distinct style of traditional dress, representing a unique expression of culture, history, and social customs. These traditional dresses not only showcase the rich heritage of the country but also instill a sense of pride and identity among its people.

Traditional clothing holds immense cultural and social significance in India, serving as a powerful tool for expressing cultural identity and is deeply rooted in the daily lives of its people. The traditional clothing of India varies from region to region, with each state boasting its own unique style and design. These traditional dresses not only possess aesthetic appeal but also serve practical purposes. The choice of fabrics such as lightweight cotton, silk, and wool reflects the local climate, while intricate designs and embellishments showcase the craftsmanship and artistry passed down through generations, symbolizing the heritage of families.

FICA Fashion Show Ladies - Republic Day 2024

FICA Fashion Show Ladies

Uttarakhand- Mrs. Priyanka Sharma

Uttarakhand-popularly known as (Devbhumi) the land of gods. Uttarakhand's name is derived from the Sanskrit words uttara meaning 'north', and kha??a meaning 'land. Most of the northern part of the state is covered by high Himalayan peaks and glaciers. Where two of the most important rivers in Hinduism originate the Ganges at Gangotri and the Yamuna at Yamunotri. These two along with Badrinath and Kedarnath form the Chota Char Dham, a holy pilgrimage for the Hindus. They are fed by myriad lakes, glacial melts, and streams in the glaciers of Uttarakhand. Divided into Kumaon and Garhwal region, major regional languages of Uttarakhand are Garhwali and Kumaoni. Uttarakhnad is known for it's Rich mythology, traditional ethics and simplicity of nature. Uttarakhand is a travelers paradise, with Breathtaking Himalayan peaks, Serene lakes and falls, majestic oak, deodar and pine forests and home to many writers, the most well-known being Ruskin Bond, Sumitranandan pant, Mahadevi Verma and Padma Shri recepient Shivani.

Gujarat - Mrs. Jyothi Shah

Gujarat, located on India's western coast, is renowned for its vibrant culture and rich history. Known for its diverse landscapes, from the Rann of Kutch to the Gir Forest, Gujarat is also the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi. The state embraces a variety of traditional arts, including Garba dance during Navratri, and boasts a delectable cuisine featuring dishes like dhokla and thepla. Gujarat's cultural tapestry is woven with festivals, handicrafts, and a warm hospitality that reflects the essence of this dynamic Indian state.

West Bengal - Mrs Garrgi Chowdhury

West Bengal, in eastern India, is a land of cultural richness. Kolkata, its capital, is renowned for literature, arts, and Durga Puja celebrations. The state embraces diverse traditions, from Tagore's poetry to the vibrant 'Baul' and 'Chhou' dance. West Bengal's cuisine, with favorites like roshogolla and macher jhol, adds flavor to its cultural tapestry. This state is a harmonious blend of history, creativity, and warm hospitality.

Maharastra - Mrs.Meenal Surve

Maharashtra, a western state in India, is a captivating blend of tradition and modernity. Mumbai, its capital, is the country's financial hub. The state is known for its diverse landscapes, from the bustling city life in Mumbai to the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats. Maharashtra's rich cultural heritage is reflected in its festivals, literature, and performing arts, including the vibrant Lavani dance and Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. The cuisine, featuring iconic dishes like vada pav and pav bhaji, adds to the state's culinary allure. Maharashtra is a microcosm of India, embodying a mix of ancient traditions and contemporary dynamism.

Tamilnadu - Mrs. Pushpalatha Venkataraman

Tamil Nadu, located in southern India, is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, classical dance forms like Bharatanatyam, and ancient temples such as Meenakshi Amman Temple. The state boasts diverse cuisine, with popular dishes like dosa and idli originating here. Chennai, the capital, is a hub for the Tamil film industry, contributing significantly to Indian cinema. Tamil Nadu's coastal areas offer picturesque landscapes, while the language, Tamil, holds historical significance. Overall, the state is a vibrant blend of tradition, art, and scenic beauty.

Karnataka- Mrs. Deepa Rao

The capital, Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), is a high-tech hub known for its shopping and nightlife. It is also called Silicon Valley of India.Mysore - Mysore, also known as the "City of Palaces," The Royal City , The Silk City is a captivating city located in the southern part of India. With a rich history and a vibrant cultural heritage, Mysore offers a fascinating blend of tradition and modernity. its also famous for its magnificent palaces and temples to its bustling markets,, The Sandalwood Paradise, Yoga Capital of India, The Enigmatic Chamundi Hill, The Splendor of Mysore Zoo and not to forget Mouthwatering Mysore Pak. Can proudly say Mysore has something to offer to every visitor and will not disappoint.

Kerala- Mrs. Sushma Lohit

Kerala, known as "God's Own Country," boasts a rich cultural heritage. Its vibrant traditions are expressed through classical dance forms like Kathakali and Mohiniyattam, while its diverse festivals, including Onam and Vishu, showcase the essence of communal harmony. The state's lush landscapes, backwaters, and Ayurvedic practices contribute to a unique and serene way of life, making Kerala a captivating blend of tradition and natural beauty.

Andra Pradesh- Mrs. Swetha Chandru

Andhra Pradesh, a southeastern state in India, embraces a vibrant culture marked by classical arts, literature, and festivals. Kuchipudi, a classical dance form, originates from this region. The state's diverse festivals, such as Sankranti and Ugadi, are celebrated with fervor, reflecting its cultural richness. Andhra Pradesh is also known for its delectable cuisine, especially spicy Andhra delicacies. The historic city of Amaravati and the coastal charm of Visakhapatnam add to the state's allure, making it a fascinating blend of tradition and contemporary life.

Representing India FICA past president Mrs. Ritu Mahna and Current President Mr. Shekhar Ganore.

There was other entertainment such as this performance from students from the Nartanam Academy. The Nartanam Students participants were Chetana Kuruhuri, Yashwitha Bodepudi, Shresta Velma, Sriyani Tallapareddy, Manasvi Galgali and Sai Rachana Tallapareddy.

Nartanam Academy Indian Dancers at Republic Day event in Cleveland

Nartanam Academy Indian Dancers

Again, thanks to Deepa Rao for these photos and videos.

FICA Lotus newsletter Editorial Team

FICA Lotus newsletter Editorial Team



FICA Republic Day group

FICA Republic Day ladies

FICA Republic Day group with flag


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