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Beauty Pageant in July 19, 2014, 5:30 PM


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65th Republic Day Celebration at IACA

January 20, 2014 in Email Newsletter, IACA News by Narayan

You are invited to the Republic Day event – Please click here or on the image below to RSVP
IACA Atlanta 65th Republic Day CelebrationIACA Republic Day
Please join us in celebrating India’s 65th Republic Day
on Sunday, January 26th, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Flag Hoisting at 2 PM
Cultural Programs
Snacks and Social Hour

Chief Guests: Greg Pideon and Hon. Consul General Ajit Kumar (invited)
Speaker: Ms. Kanchana Raman – BOD & President Elect, TIE Atlanta
Topic: “Growing Cross Border Entrepreneurship Between USA and India”
Speaker: Mr. Anand Bhika- President of NETIP Atlanta
Topic: “Rediscovering India in 21st Century – Perspective of the Indian Youth in America”
Entertainment: Variety of programs planned with talented artists
Refreshments will be provided


2:00PM:Traditional Welcome of Guests with Flowers, Kumkum.

2:05 PM: Flag hoisting by Greg Pridgeon ( We will do it outside if the weather permits, if not inside).
2:10PM :National Anthems by Suma Yellamraju and all ( American – Star spangled banner)
Suma Yellamraju and all (Indian – Jana Gana Mana)

2:15PM: Welcome : by Nivedita ( and introduction of EC members on stage).
2:20PM: Speaker: Kanchana Raman, BOD& President Elect TIE Atlanta

2:30PM: Cultural Program : Emceed By Vishwanath and Mohan Nair.
2:35PM: Prayer/ Bhajan by Sreevidya Rajesh and her students.
2:45M: Assamese Dance coordinated by Swapnali Das.
2:55PM: Patriotic Songs by Shubhadeep Roy.
3:05PM: Dance coordinated by Sreekanth Murugan.

3:15PM: Speaker: Greg Pridgeon, Friend of India, City of Atlanta
3:25PM: Speaker: Anand Bhika, President of NET/IP

3:45PM: Felicitation of Guests with Bouquets: Narayan Swamy.

3:50PM: Vote Of thanks by Salil Gulve
4:00PM: Refreshments: Pakodas, Tea, Cookies.

Let’s get together and celebrate…hope to see you all this Sunday at 2:00 PM!!

Happy Makara Sankranti

January 11, 2014 in Community News, Email Newsletter, Regional Flavors, Values & Culture Clash by Narayan

Sankranti (the day Sun enters the constellation of Makara, Capricorn Zodiac), in the month of Makara is celebrated as an auspicious day and the beginning of the Uttarayana Punyakala. In South India it is celebrated as the Harvest festival Pongal, where special Pongal dish is cooked. Sweets, sugarcane, sesame seed, coconut mixture is shared with friends and families. It is a joyous time for young moms and kids to dress up and meet all the relatives and friends.

Wish you all very Happy Sankranti and Pongal! Pongal or Sakranti event is celebrated by Indian associations and at homes across USA.

Significance and symbolism of the festival: by Jayaram Yeradanemane from Detroit
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Get Involved – IACA General Body Meeting on Dec 15th

December 10, 2013 in Email Newsletter, IACA News by Narayan

A general body meeting of IACA will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, December 15, 2013 at the IACA, 1281 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna, GA 30082; to go over the agenda items indicated below and to elect the following office bearers for the year 2014.
1. Executive committee: President, Exec. Vice President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer
2. Board of Directors*: Four members for three-year term each + one member for 1 year (vacancy)
3. Managing committee: Three members for a term of two years each, and three members for a term of one year each

As per the existing bylaws, the current President is automatically elected on the IACA Board of Directors for a period of one year. If the current President chooses to run again for the post of President, there will be an election for additional position of Board of Director for 1 year.

If there is no quorum at this GBM, the bylaws require that a second meeting be called. This second GBM meeting will be held on Sunday, December 28, 2013 2:00 PM with the agenda being the same as this GBM. Please refer to web site www.iacaatl.org for the election results or information about the second meeting.

Please bring picture ID and other supporting documents to enable the voting committee to establish valid membership. If the documentation as required by the IACA Constitution and Bylaws are not provided, you shall not be allowed to vote.

For more information please call Kaushal Tripathi Rallapalli, IACA President at 404-317-5474.

IACA 2013 Christmas Gala – Dec 14th

December 8, 2013 in Uncategorized by Narayan

Christmas Gala at IACA

Christmas Gala 2013

Welcome to Sanatan Mandir at IACA all 4 days of Diwali Celebration

October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized by Narayan

Welcome to IACA for the Diwali Celebration
Sunday November 3, 2013; 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Sanatan Mandir - Diwali Celebration 2013

Welcome to IACA and Sanathan Mandir Garba and Navaratri

October 11, 2013 in Uncategorized by Narayan

Welcome to IACA for the Navaratri festivities and Garba..

Friday, Saturday and Sunday – October 11, 12 and 13:

‘Education Goes East’ – on Sat Oct 19th, 6:30 PM at IACA

October 1, 2013 in Uncategorized by Narayan

‘Education Goes East’ an address by Dr. Jonathan Long
Principal of Woodstock School (Mussoorie, INDIA) at

India-American Cultural Association, 1281 Cooper Lake Rd., Smyrna 30082

Saturday, October 19 6:30 PM (Light refreshments to be served)

IACA Musical Night

September 5, 2013 in Uncategorized by Narayan

IACA MusicalNight 2013 flyer

Recap on Diabetes Seminar at Festival of India

August 30, 2013 in Uncategorized by Narayan

Article by : Dr. Nazeera Dawood

Diabetes Seminar Picture with Sudha Reddy, Dr. Sreeni, Vicky Carnes, Dr. Nazeera

Sudha Reddy, Dr. Sreeni Gangasani, Vicky Carnes, Dr. Nazeera

On Aug 24, 2013 from 11:00 am to 1:30 am, it was heard loud and clear. Our topic for discussion was diabetes, the state of the epidemic and its impact in our community. The burden of this disorder is vast, owing to its increasing global prevalence, the devastating damage it can do to many organs of the body, and the direct and indirect costs. The only way to win the war against diabetes was to come together and spread the prevention message far and wide. The outstanding panelists discussed the ways to combat diabetes specifically in the Indian American Community.

Seminar: The seminar was structured and scheduled to focus on specific topics such as screening, diagnosing, nutrition, testing and prevention of Diabetes. Dr.Nazeera Dawood moderated the panel of diabetic experts to share their diabetic knowledge and wisdom on the issues with the audience through question and answer session and myth busters.

The seminar started with the participants taking a pre test which included 16 questions testing their knowledge on diabetes. There was an exam hall déjà vu feeling, as there was a pin drop silence while the audience took the pretest. After the pretest, the first question to the panel set the mood for the seminar which was “I have an ideal weight and almost 40 years old. I have never exercised until recently, my parents are diabetic, I have heard I can get diabetes, is it true and how can I prevent that?”

Dr. Neel and Shivari at Diabetes Seminar

Dr. Nazeera , Dr. Neel & Dr. Shivari

The panelists answered the first question by describing the types of diabetes and the risk factors associated with it. Vicki Karnes described the extent of the problem in the nation and worldwide, the effect on patients, the effect on disease management strategies, and solutions to consider for prevention of diabetes. Dr. Sharvari Rangnekar and Ms. Vicki Karnes answered questions on best practices to combat diabetes that work on our Indian community and shared experiences treating/ educating everyday patients with diabetes. Dr.Neel Neelagaru and Dr.Sreeni Gangasani discussed the cardiovascular complications on diabetic patients making references to their everyday patients. The panelists also stressed on preventative health care. Dr.Sivakumar

Jayabalan discussed the latest research developments and tips on managing diabetes. Last but not the least Ms. Sudha Reddy discussed the importance of diet and its relation to diabetes. Further discussion unveiled that a westernized lifestyle, which involves a high-energy diet and reduced physical activity, is indisputably linked to the rising obesity rates and type 2 diabetes. Rates of overweight, obesity, and diabetes rise sharply in populations that move from traditional Indian to urban environments. The appropriate management of established type 2 diabetes involves control of factors that cause complications, such as blood glucose and lipid concentrations, blood pressure, body weight, and smoking, as well as regular screening for and appropriate management of complications.Question and Answer Session: Other interesting question from the audience was, is there were policies that were being looked at to reduce the burden of diabetes.

The attendees said they came away with the experience with a sense of hope, already feeling empowered to make lifestyle changing as increasing their activity levels after mealtimes and watching the intake of carbohydrates.

Kids explaining healthy eating habits at Diabetes Seminar

Kalina, Raasi , Dr. Shiva, Corenlia & Neela

Break: During the break, the attendees had the honor of the presentation by young kids promoting health and addressing the crowd. Additionally they said how a broccoli smoothie can be as tasty and said watch the diet and increase physical activity.The second half of the seminar was a series of discussion to address a variety of topics on diabetes. A great deal of discussion centered on the amount of preventing diabetes with life style changes like diet and exercise. All participants were furnished several handouts on Diabetic basic information. It was decided that seminars like this need to be presented to the community in a continuous basis. We need to change the way people think and act when it comes to diabetes. We need to take this disease seriously, get tested and be on the lookout for symptoms.

Feedback from the seminar:
“All of the accomplished panelists were proficient, and efficient with the health and wellness discussion and exchange of ideas with the audience members. Please keep me informed on future events and initiatives so that I can share all of the great things you offer to the community.” – Mutima Jackson- Anderson

“ Looking forward to working for this Health awareness program.” Shiv K Aggarwal

“ The eminent panel you brought for the diabetes was very impressive. Ms. Cornelia from healthy heart coalition did a superb job with kids healthy cooking demonstration. Our community now knows about your vision to serve the people and how passionate, organized and capable you are in making a difference.” Narayan Swamy

We also would like to acknowledge the following members for their direct / indirect contribution to the success of this seminar event.

IACA organizers: Narayan Swamy and PR Subramanyam
Healthy Heart Coalition: Cornelia King, Leslie Magnum,
Fulton County: Hina Ahmed
Volunteers: Anushka Madhwesh, Anusha Gopali, Ooha Edugupanti

Follow Up:
South Asians in the South dLife Community Group has been created for continuous dialogue and blogs. Please join the group for more information specific to the South Asian community. Here’s the link: http://diabetescommunity.dlife.com/southasian

Festival of India in Atlanta on August 24th, 2013

August 25, 2013 in Email Newsletter, IACA News, Upcoming Events by Narayan

17th Festival of India was celebrated in its regular grandeur at the Gwinnett Center to commemorate 67th Independence Day of India. The 2 day festivities was well attended by both Indian and mainstream communities, culminating in a speech by Padmabhushan Anna Hazare, the most popular social activist who is crusading against corruption in India.

Photo Slide Show – by Mr. Girish Modi
Click here to see the slide show

See the video highlights of the event captured by Mr. Girish Modi.
Jaya Ho

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