Iali Celebrates Holi

IALI celebrates Holi

Amid splash of gulaal and exchange of goodwill, IALI Holi Utsav March 13 at Asa Mai Temple, a resounding success

In the spirit of sharing and renewing our purposein life, the India Association of Long Island (IALI) held its annual Holi celebrations on March 13, 2022, ahead of the official observance at the Asa Mai Temple in Hicksville, where a wide cross-section of the Indian community crammed into the hallowed ground to rejoice and rekindle their love and friendship. The program was studded with greetings, entertainment and food.
IALI president Bina Sabapathy delightfully appreciated the turnout of over 200 guests at the event, partly dedicated to Indian and community personalities Lata Mangeshkar and Uma Sengupta, both of whom passed away recently, saying, “we forgive and forget our enmity and embrace the entire world and make it the most beautiful place.”
A special welcome was offered to NYS senator Kevin Thomas and chief guest A.K. Vijaya Krishnan, community affairs officer at India Consulate.
With an air of festive excitement and a heightened feeling of togetherness, everyone in attendance at the IALI Holi celebrations in Long Island felt like one family, irrespective of their social, religious, cultural, educational, spiritual status and financial standing.
Apart from two honored guests, other notable personalities included Dr. Bobby Kalotee, human rights commissioner and Friends for Good Health; Zahid Syed, executive director for Asian American Affairs; community leaders – Deepak Bansal, President IDP; Dr. Ravindra Goyal, chairman Indo American Festivals and president of Hindu Center; Vibhuti Jha, host of Jaipur Dialogues USA; and past presidents of IALI – Dr. Sharwan Bagla, Geetanjali Anand, Dr. Bhavani Srinivasan, Dr. Anila
Midha, Satnam Singh Parhar and Lalit Aery.
Dr. Prabhakar Kale, one of five founding members of IALI and wife Jayashree also graced the event. Besides President Sabapathy, other IALI current executive council members attending, included vice president Hargovind Gupta, secretary Pradeep Tandon and EC members Dr. Neeru Bhambri and Gary Sikka.
Membership chair Vimal Goyal and socio-cultural chair Veena Lamba also showed up.
IALI past president and executive member of AAPIQLI Dr. Sharwan Bagla made a charitable contribution of $1000 to IALI for
promoting its services to the Indian American community.
Veena Lamba had splendidly resented an entertaining sequence, amply bolstered with separate performances by Manek Malhotra and his students as well as vocal items by Shilpa Jhurani, Angel Shah, Kulbhushan Sharma, Gautam Chopra and Anil Dua.