BOSTON—India Association of Greater Boston, one of the nation’s oldest Indian-American community organizations, will present its annual flagship India Day event on Sunday at Boston’s Hatch Shell located along the scenic Charles river. The non-profit organization is also getting ready to hold elections for a new president, executive committee and board of directors as current committee’s two-year term expires this fall.
IAGB President Jaya Voruganti told INDIA New England News that all the preparations have been made to celebrate India’s Independence Day which falls on August 15.The theme for the celebration this year is “Unity in Diversity.” The event is free to all attendees and will be held on Sunday, August 2oth, from 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Food will be available for purchase from One World Cuisine group of restaurants.
Syed Ali Rizvi, a member of the IAGB Board of Directors, said India Day is the second largest event held at Hatch Shell after 4th of July celebrations that mark the Independence Day of the United States. About 300 dancers, singers, musicians and artists are scheduled to perform this year at India Day.
For more details about IAGB and India Day celebrations, please click on the link here to watch a full video interview with Voruganti and Rizvi.
Voruganti said that IAGB is also getting ready to elect a new president, officers and members of the executive committee and board of directors as the two-year of the current committee comes to an end this fall.
She said the date for elections has not been set yet, but IAGB has already appointed a three-member nominating committee. All three members of the committee are former IAGB presidents: Kaplesh Kumar (Chair), Shiva Sheel and Rajani Kant. Dates for the elections and nominations will be announced after India Day.
Talking about the last two years, Voruganti said that her team has accomplished what its originally had set out to do two years ago. She said that IAGB, which had been known for hosting two annual events—India Day in August and Republic Day in January, has diversified and added more events such as plays and community outreach events. IAGB has also launched a monthly newsletter for its members, set up an advisory committee and got more involved with charitable activities.