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Have you ever thought why IACA is called India American Cultural Association and not Indian American Cultural Association?
IACA is one of the oldest and secular Indian American Cultural Organizations in the US created in 70′s from our visionary leaders. Back then if some one mentioned “Indians” perhaps it only meant native American Indians, hence they may have coined the name India American Cultural Association.
Today after 40+ years, every American will recognize who “Indians” are but we need them and our own next generation to understand what we “Indians” stand for and how we can “stand up” for each other at good times and at times of crisis. We may have come from any number of subcultures of India and may have left “India” for a long time, but “India” has never left us. With the heritage of “diversity” we grew up with, we do have pride in our culture, our values, work ethic and yet have a open mind for camaraderie and successful co-existence with everyone. It is very important to become a IACA member to help preserve our 5000+ years of heritage and wisdom we brought from India which has made us resilient and strong in the pursuit of American Values of freedom, liberty and justice for all. We are the most successful immigrant community. We need to enhance this perception and strive for our share of political, economic and social acceptance. It can only happen through representation from a larger association and when every Indian kid in US can proudly stand up and say yes I am an “INDIAN”.
New IACA executive committee is doing everything possible to enhance this “brand” and create value for your time and for the annual membership dues you pay in support of IACA. We thank all the life members and request new members and current annual members to renew their membership through this online member registration & renewal link today.
After starting his political career as the youngest state senator at the age of 28, Mr. Casey has compiled an excellent track record of public service in the state of Georgia. Not only was he named one of the 100 most influential Georgians but has also been one of four public servants in the country to be honored by the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools with the Champion for Charters Award. In 2006, Mr. Casey made history of sorts when he became the first Republican to ever hold the office of Lt. Governer.
Please join Iaca to give Mr. Cagle a big, warm Indian welcome !!
Click here to download Festival of India 2012 Celebrations – Day2 on Aug 25th at Gwinnett Center agenda.
|Exciting Booths – Vendor booths and Food booths||11am to 7pm; lots of shopping|
|Seminars – General & Youth: 1pm to 7pm
Innovation to & From India – A Panel discussion by TiE Atlanta; Moderator : C N Madhusudan, Chairman TiE Atlanta
Tax & immigration Forum – By Chugg Firm, Shailesh Patel : Exec Director, Avani Patel : Attorney, Kapil Handa : CPA
Art of Living/ISHA/SAHAJ MARG – Abhay Joshi
|Health – Type 2 Diabetes among Asian – Indians & Prevention; Dr. Venkat Narayanan, Ruth and O.C. Hubert Professor, Global Health, Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, USA
Engaging Men – By Raksha
Youth Panel – Sarung Tripathi & Chetan Hebbale
|Kids Activities||11am to 7pm|
|Art competitions – coordinated by Global Art:
2pm to 4pm
Theme – India in 2047 (Imagine Independent India in its 100th year)
On the spot competition: Show your creativity and win prizes
Note: Contestants are required to bring their own drawing and coloring material
|4 to 6 year olds ——— Color the pre-drawn picture
6 to 9 year olds ———-Color the pre-drawn picture and add some elements relevant to the theme
10 to 15 year olds——–Draw and Color based on the theme
|Special Invitees||Lt. Governor Casey Cagle & Consul General of India Mr. Ajit Kumar|
|Awesome Cultural Program||11am to 7pm|
|Cultural Session 1: 11am to 2pm|
|National Anthems & Ganesh prayer||Suma Yellamraju|
|Radha Krishna bhajan: Organized by Gaudiya Vaishnava Association USA, Vivek Shanbhag||Krishnadas, Siddhanth, Amrut, Aditi, Nivedita, Lavanya, Karthik Ji, Rajesh Ji, Pramodh Ji, Shrikala Mataji, Sitadevi Mataji, Shashimukhi Mataji, Anantapriya Mataji|
|Patriotic Songs by students of Sujatha Rayburn||Organized by Prashanthi Jella: Satya & Nitya|
|Made in India dance; Organized by Radhika Vangapally||Akshara Varaganti, Snigdha Vangapally, Shrida Venkatesh|
|Sare Jaha se accha song; Organized by Usha Mocherla,
Priya Chandrasekharan on Keyboard
|Varsha, Navya, Karthik, Manasvi reddy, Sanvi Kankipati, Sarvani Vinakollu, Vaibhavi Kotireddy, Akhila K, Anagha Kollapur|
|Song with live instruments;
Organized by Vijaya Lanka; Choreography by Mrs. Prasuna Vempaty:
Instruments: Yasasvi Tadavarti on Tabla; Yagnik Tadavarti, Aarti Eechampati, Siddharth Satuluru on Violin; Debasri Dutta on Harmonium
|Vocal: Sandeep Kowtha, Mihika Lanka, Jayasri Tangirala, Keerthana Chennubhotla, Aditi Talkad, Aparna Pothukuchi, Bhanusri, Manjusha Mocherla, Shanti Medicherla, Kruthi Pillay, Meghana Pothukuchi, Sadhana Durbha, Theja Chennubhotla, Shruti Medicherla, Saket Medicherla, Pranav Mocherla, Pranav Tangirala, Adarsh Vavilikolanu, Pushan Dutta, Supraja Satuluru|
|Bollywood songs on Keyboard by students of Studio! Organized by Archith Seshadri & Ashwin Seshadri||Rohit, Samhitha, Hrishikesh, Ananya, Riya M, Aman, Rhea S, Krithi A|
|Telugu folk dance, Organized by Radhika Vangapally||Akshara Varaganti, Snigdha Vangapally, Shrida Venkatesh, Anish Guntreddi, Manish Chakka, Akul Sangam|
|Dance to Aaja Nachle, Organized by Ruchi Lodh, Directed by Kriti Lodh||Rhea Singi, Nikita Roy, Natasha Roy, Kriti|
|Dance by Nrupatuga Kannada Koota; Organized by Rekha Pradeep; Choreographer: Nisha Kashyap||Nisha Kashyap, Naksha Kashyap as Krishna,
Anushka Madwesh, Vishruta Arun,
|Jugalbandi – Drums & Dance; Organized by Sreedevi Dadithota||Ankitha Vayalapalli, Amoolya Vayalaalli, Sreedevi Dadithota|
|Matrubhoomi Maku Nandanam Telugu song;
Akash Ganga Surya Chandra Tara – Marathi song,
Organized by Usha Mocherla;
Priya Chandrasekharan on Keyboard
|Mahesh Nukala, Sweya Surapaneni, Harini Chenchalavahi, Pranusha Bethi, Swathi Budarapu, Meghana Madduri, Amrutha Kotlure, Naga Kotlure, Theja Chennubhotla, Keerthana Chennubhotla, Aditi Thalkad, Mihika Lanka, Pranav Mocherla|
|Karaoke Singing along with Dance for the “Chan Ke Mohalla” from movie “Action Replay”||Organized by Usha Mocherla: Sirisha Dara, Ratnamanjusha Mocherla, Sreedevi Dadithota|
|FOI segment: Special Invitees||IACA- Lt. Governor Casey Cagle & Consul General of India Mr. Ajit Kumar|
|Cultural Session 2: 2pm – 5pm|
|Assamese Dance; Organized by Swapnali Das||Sohini Gupta, Prioska Baruah, Anisha Das Srivastava|
|Dance by Asha, Organized by Asha & Anjali||Asha, Anjali, Neha|
|Patriotic Dance: The song for this dance has been composed by Sri. Rabindranath Tagore. Organized by Natyanjali Academy of Dance;
Choreography & Direction By: Chandrika Chandran
|Trisha Dalapati, Pragya Banerji, Pallavi Ekbote, Nidhi Kethineni, Priti Dutta, Adiva Dutta, Riya Gokhale|
|KA Academy of Indian Music & Dance is proud to present the KA String Ensemble. The String Ensemble will perform a composition in Raagam Kalyani, whose Hindustani equivalent is raag Yaman. The composition is in praise of Lord Krishna and combines a bhajan phrase along with the basic building blocks of Carnatic Music – the Jantais and then the Kalpana swarams - raga improvization within a specific tala (rythm) in which the musician improvises in the Indian music solfege – sa, ri, ga, ma, pa, da, ni||Kirti Subramanian, Harini Sridhar, Gowri Sudhir, Malu Nedumpurath, Keerthika Chavali, Kaushik Chavali, Nandhith Karthikeyan, Nikhil Kasaghatta, Rohit Khanna, Siddharth Kuppa, Pranav Murali, Pranav Nedumpurath, Gautam Krishnan, Rohan Shirur, Akshay, Jagan Santhanam, Karthik Kasaghatta, Karthik Srinivasamurthy, Arvind Shirur, Prasanna Rajagopalan, Padmanabhan Raman and Raja Rangarajan|
|Bollywood dance by Asura dance team from University of Georgia; Coordinated by – Kishore Vedala||Samir Gala, Parin Patel, Shruti Patel, Dilreet Kaur, Kishore Vedala|
|Disney Make Your Mark Dance Competition kids||Janeisha Cambridge & Kaylan Mary. They are multi-talented and they entered the Disney Make your mark dance competition|
|Fitness session by Aarti Patel|
|Odissi Dance – This particular one is the “Mohana Pallavi” , an abstract dance with the movements reminding one of a peacock||Organized by Bikhipta Panda, Directed by Bikhipta Panda: Sapna Sarangi, Purbasha Mohanty, Monalisa Mishra, Monalisa Mohapatra, Ankita Das, Smita Mohapatra, Neeta Nayak, Bikhipta Panda|
|Special Patriotic item for FOI: The Program “LEGENDS OF INDIA” portrays our Indian National leaders and inspiring personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh, Jhansi Lakshmi bai, Jawaharlal Nehru, Swami Vivekananda, etc
Organized by Gopal Turaga, Directed by Aparna Turaga;
|Sesha Lakkakula as Gandhi, Ram kumar Yedavalli as Nehru, Raza Shah as Sri Krishna Devarayalu, Gopal Turaga as Alluri Sita Rama Raju, Sohini Ayinala as Sarojini Naidu, Prathima Dhumal as Jhansi Ki Rani, Revathy Lakkakula as Sucheta Kriplani, Kartheek Enaganti as Swami Vivekananda ,Karthik Yedavalli as Bhagat Singh, Deepti Sharma as Bharat Maata and Prajin Dhumal as guest appearance|
|Talent Show Finals: Organized by Navin Tyagi & Namrata Dewan||Hersh Mathur, Mihir Joshi, Preity Chavan, Nitya Jella, Rishi Gowda, Riya Manchanda, Mansavi Reddy Gaddam, Vansh Sharma, Rachita S Iyer, Krithi Ariga, Nikita Lokhande, Sonya Dannenberg, Ananya Terala, Satya Jella, Aman Garlapati, Yamini Chavan, Pooja Mayur, Aditi Bellur|
|Bollywood dance: Organized by Ekta Patel||Ekta Patel, Maanu Mansuria , Marika Shahid|
|Aslam Pervez – Nelaam Ghar (quiz show)|
|Bollywood patriotic dance: “Des Rangeela” from the movie FANAA. This dance portrays the unity in diversity of our great Nation, Mother land – INDIA.
Directed and Organized by Shiva Turlapati
|Nithya Rajanala, Nithya Kasaraneni, Srishti Singh, Shriya Kantipudi, Akshita Surapaneni, Sarah Thangamani, Riya Chada, Rhea Nichani, Gargee Sathe, Sathvika Koduri, Meghana Menon, Divya Yendapally, Pritika Maddi, Neha Gulrajani, Suvarsha Reddy, Moulica Reddy|
|Cultural Session 3: 5pm – 7pm|
|Pull You Through – Contemporary dance by The Royal Academy: Choreographed by
|Hannah Cyr, Haley Hebenstreit, Samantha, Skinner|
|Medley dance: Organized by Sunita Thaliath||Jasmine Anickat, Tiffany Makkanal, Tanya Makkanal, Christine Makkanal, Maria Parayil,
Sharon Mathew, Tagel Wilson, Anita Augusthy, Monisha Mammen, Sunita Thaliath, Juanita Joseph, Abel Augusthy, Austin Thomas, Cyril Lukose, Joel Joseph, Mathew Karivelil
|Stand Up Comedy by Tushar Singh|
|KINGSMEN- Hip hop dance by The Royal Academy: Choreographed by AJ Paug||Haley Jenkins, Song Li Yu, Paul Nguyen, AJ Paug, Kari Twyman, Deinard Wilson|
|Best Looking Couple|
|Punjabi dance: A celebration of Indian Bollywood with culturally relevant selections from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond!||Directed and Organized by Geeta Khanna, Sonia Thakare, Asheem Khondker: Asheem Khondker, Sonia Thakare, Geeta Khanna, Kelly Reese, Trishul Mallikarjuna, Sukanya Bhattacharya|
Organized by Victoria Kesler,
Choreography by Ranjana Rathi with ALL STARS Performing Arts Academy
|Angela Agudelo, Emily Farmer, Sohia Farmer, Karina Gonzalez, Alyssa Gutierrez, Aili Sayles|
|Recitation of mantras by the youth group||Organized by Greater Atlanta Vedic temple’ Anup Chandora, Angad Joshi, Anila Kodukula, Havishkrit Arya, Rishi Bagga, Rohan Bagga, Sumita Hughes, Nilesh Hughes, Shruti Mishra, Siddhant Singh|
|Art competition winners announcement|
|Talent show winners announcement|
|TV winner announcement|
|Best looking couple winner announcement|
|Open dance floor|
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Earlier you buy, greater the chances of winning an IPAD! Attendance at the festival required and it is open to people who book online only. Click here to book your tickets NOW!
We are making it easy to buy the tickets ahead of time and help you improve the experience in visiting this premier community event. In its 15 years of history, the event has proven to attract 10-15,000 people as it is the only event representing all groups of the Indian subcontient. As an umbrella organization in Atlanta for last 41+ years, IACA is making special efforts this year to get every organization and community within the larger South Asian Diaspora to be part of this grand event.
If you have a retail business, a non-profit, a community association or wish to help the community through your connections please book bulk orders through this link. We will create publicity opportunity through table top displays, online banner, community sponsor listing, logo display in souvenir, print ad mentions and other ways to include your message before, during and after the event. For these options please contact Mr. Narayan Swamy at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his phone 404-663-8183 for more details.
We need volunteer support for the Festival of India from community youth and families all across Gerogia.
Altair Prep is offering one $1800 scholarship for a student or a family member who volunteers to help IACA and sell most number of tickets for the upcoming Festival of India event. Festival tickets can be sold to individuals or through bulk ticketing to retailers and other groups.
Altair Prep will be offering 20% off coupon for their SAT Prep course to any volunteering student or the family. It is their way of giving back to the community.
Become part of IACA Youth forum today by registering first on www.iacaatl.org/register. To volunteer for ticket sales send an email with your name, phone and the city you live to email@example.com. You will receive specific instructions and training on how you can volunteer and get involved in the community.
We look forward to your active participation.