FIA Celebrates India’s Republic Day Celebration with “Dance Pe Chance 2014″
The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of the tristate (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) celebrated India’s 65th Republic Day with FIA’s annual traditional show “Dance Pe Chance” (DPC). The 34th edition of the show was held on Saturday, February 15 at the State Theater in New Brunswick, N.J. FIA is the largest non-profit umbrella organization of the Indian community.
The grand sponsor of the show was TV Asia, which will also air the show in a multi-series episode format. Other sponsors included Air India, Make my Trip, Indus American Bank, Star Ledger and Royal Alberts Palace. Media partners for the show included Saavn, India Abroad, Ebc Radio, Radio Asia, Radio Zindagi, Parikh Worldwide Media, Radio Dil, Akila and TV9. Magicbus (www.magicbususa.org), a nonprofit assisting under privileged children was the event partner for the event with FIA with Mr. Bipin Patel donating $2500.00 to the organization along with unwavering support and promotion given by FIA to Magicbus during the event.
Television celebrities like Kamya Panjabi of the “2013 Big Boss” fame, Amir Ali, winner of “Nach Baliye 3″ and Nishat Shaukeen of “Choti Bahu” fame, added glamour to the show. The celebrities also promoted Magicbus and also displayed a copy of the FIA Souvenir book.
The event started with the national anthems of the U.S. and India after which a total of 27 dance performances portraying a blend of diverse dance forms were presented with precision, grandeur, coordination and talent, and were spread among three categories – Minor, Junior & Senior. Every performance presented a unique blend of art and heritage along with the signatures dance patterns of their respective choreographers. The spectacular entertainment amazed the attending spectators at the same time promoting their talent and the Indian culture to viewers across the America.
The event included honoring the chief guest, Guest of Honor and VIP Guests and the traditional ceremony of oath for the FIA’s incoming executive committee of 2014 - Ankur Vaidya, president; Anand Patel, executive vice president; Srujal Parikh, vice president; Nishol Parikh, general secretary; Alok Kumar, treasurer; Sanya Amin, immediate past president and Chhavi Singh, joint secretary.
The oath was adminsitered by Consul General of India in New York Dnyaneshwar Mulay with New Jersey Assemblyman Chivukula on hand acknoweldging and welcoming the incoming FIA Executive team.
In his address, Consul General Mulay praised FIA’s attempt to maintain and portray the Indian community and the diversified culture at display by means of large community events like these. He also forwarded an incentive to all three categories first prize winners to come and perform during the 2014 year at various events planned at the consulate. He also mentioned that as done in the past, he will continue to work and partner with FIA on various community events and issues that come as we move forward.
Dignitaries in attendance included Ramesh Patel, H R Shah, Dr. Sudhir Parikh, Anil Bansal, Albert Jasani, Shobhna Patel, Bipin Patel, Andy Bhatia & Yash Paul Soi.
Ramesh Patel, chairman of FIA congratulated Sanjay Amin, the outgoing president and welcomed Ankur Vaidya, the new president of FIA. He added, “FIA is a distinctive organization that celebrates India’s Republican Day in a gala entertainment destination and with a unique style. As Americans of Indian origin we are very proud to celebrate Indian Republic day and be part of this showcase.” He commended both the outgoing as well as the incoming Executive Committee along with the entire DPC 2014 team for working diligently to bring a show of this magnitude together with the best of the dance groups from tri-state performing on stage.
FIA has been one of the premium organizations to promote Indian culture in America through their activities and events.
Vaidya, introduced his new 2014 Executive committee and emphasized that FIA has gone above and beyond in proving that the event in precisely a family oriented, not for profit event. He went on to applaud the DPC 2014 Chair Daxa Amin along with the entire DPC 2014 team for putting together a show of repute and grandeur with the best talent, design and concept, in a time frame of 12 weeks.
“Magicbus was the preferred choice of non-profit for this event as it portrays and identifies a need that our community has to fulfill by helping the less fortunate to the best of our ability,” stated Vaidya concluding his speech. He thanked Mr. Andy Bhatia for his direction and guidance in making the Magicbus-FIA partnership a success for the betterment of the underprivileged children.
Multiple winning contestants took to stage to receive their respective trophies and checks. Prominent dance schools included Deewakar Performing Arts, Aatma Performing Arts, Arya Dance Academy, Aum Dance Studio, Dancing Shiva & Kalanjali School of Dance. Arya Dance Academy highlighted the evening by winning in all categories and the loudest cheers that filled the auditorium in applaud to their performances.
Participants were judged by an array of talented personalities including Arti Datta, president of Mudra Foundation; Megha Kalia, dance entrepreneur, Gayathri Higashide, artistic director of the Shiva Tala Institute of Bharatanatyam, Saroosh Gull, founder of Desiclub and Pooja Narang, actress and artistic director of the BAX Dance Company.