India Day celebrated in Indianapolis

Aug 21, 2017 19:10 | Feature & Viewpoint


Raju Chinthala receives Sagamore of the Wabash Award 

Despite two more international events,  Gen Con Convention at the Convention Center and Cultural Journey: India presented by Heartlandfilm and Lilly at the Indiana  Historical Society,450, W, Ohio Street, Indian Association of Indianapolis celebrated the Annual India Day at Monument Circle with enthusiasm and the turn out was also impressive.
Gen Con Convention and Cultural Journey: India commenced with fanfare on August 17 and the curtains fell down on Sunday. Attendence at all the three events were impressive. The Cultural Journey: India featured a culturally inspired opening night event with Bollywood dancers and a world premiere film screening. Seven films were screened in the four-day schedule. Entertainment, food and beautiful Indian attire were at display in the Cultural Journey: India  as well as India Day. Gen Con is the original, longest-running gaming convention in the world
On this occasion, Raju Chinthala was honoured with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award by Indianapolis Mayor Hogsett for his valuable contribution in various fields for the communities and econimic development of Indianapolis. This ward was created during the term of Governor. Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949. 
In a message Raju wrote "Words are powerless to express my gratitude to Citizens of Indiana and Governor Eric Holcomb Eric J. Holcomb, Mayor Joe Hogsett City of Indianapolis - Government, Maggie A. Lewis Maggie Lewis Mary Clark, Secretary Jim Schellinger Indiana Economic Development Corporation, India Association of Indianapolis Indianapolis Hyderabad Sister City Indiana India Business Council."
Raju Chinthala, who hails Telengana (India) also extended 'special thanks' to Ajay Ponugoti, Bharat Patel, Chandrashekhar Krishnamaneni, Ramu Chinthala, Sravan Patharla. Bharath Gali, Paparao Krishnamaneni, Sumeeta Bhatia and many more.
The stage was decorated with Indian, USA and Indiana flags. Indian dances, including Bollywood Beats entertained those who thronged the Monument Circle. The flawless performances by the artists, including kids, kept the spectators entertained. Bhangra by kids and dances by professionals displayed rich Indian cultural.
Jenny Bhupatkar Chakrabarti and Anindita Sen had well prepared their participants. Aparna Satheesan along with her colleague drew applause from the crowd. Indian food which included biryani and dosa, were available at two stalls.
World renowned artist and community leader K P Singh, Rupal Thanawala of Asian American Alliance, Danish Punjabi dancer and singer Anita Lerche, Mary Clark of International Marketplace Coalition, Bharat Patel, Denise Gilbey Moe, Sumeeta Bhatia, Bharath Gali, Sukhdev Samra, Sabina S. Santana and Parveen Kumar were among those attended the function.