NASHUA, NH—About 1,200 people gathered to celebrate Spring at Nashua High School North in Nashua, NH, earlier this month. The event was organized by India Association of New Hampshire (IANS).
More than 400 performers joyously participated in the competitive dances and music performances as well as in the art competition. The event attracted a record number of crowd of about 1,200, IANH said in a statement.
“The spirit of celebration was very evident among the community members, guests and performers who drove from the far off places to be part of this unique celebration that lasted for the whole day,” the statement said.
The program started on time with the music segment followed by the dance segment. Tireless efforts of the entire IANH executive team as well as youth and adult volunteers was worth appreciating.
“This large-scale event was pulled together by the great teamwork effort of the entire exec team of the IANH officials, led by the IANH Cultural Chair, Jyoti Sharma along with the support of Mr. Balaji Radakrishnan – President, Mr. Manoj Chourasia – Vice-President, Dr. Tej Dhakar – Secretary, Mr. Anand Thippeswamy – Treasurer and other committee chairs: Mr. Prasad Dabbi – Education, Ms. Vandana Dhakar Membership, Mr. Nagendra Bhanu – Public Relations, Ms. Barinder Ahluwalia – Public Service, Ms. Sushmita Anand – Youth Affairs, Mr. Aravind Patlolla – Web & Social, Executive Members – Mr. Ashish Bhardwaj, Ms. Parvathi Rao, Mr. Subrahmanyam Karedla,” the statement said.
The Vasant or Spring themed stage had set the perfect mood for all the performers by its grand look that was sponsored by Aneesha Karoday of TaranaOm Creations and assisted by the IANH volunteer team. The participants in their colorful costumes and beautiful props exhibited the best of their talents in dance and music. The bright colors and decor flared the entire ambience – right from the entrance to the stage. The Vasant Bazaar attracted hundreds of buyers to dozens of vendors and info booths to admire their products and services. The art contestant awed the crowd with their colorful artwork which added a unique charm with the display of best of their creativity, making it challenging for judges to pick the winners.
The occasion was graced by accomplished Judges and Gurus – Prashant Soni, Rama Rao, Poopy Charnalia, Valli Amaravadi, Vaishnavi Kondapalli, Shiva Ramakrishnan, Vaijayanthi Gopalakrishnan, Padma Loganathan, Shikha Bajpai, Hema Iyengar, Sunanda Sahay and Gopika Narula – who all drove from far-off places to help judge the Art, Music and Dance competitions with all their dedications and enthusiasm.
“Kudos to Teachers, Parents, and Choreographers for working hard and teaching their students. The efforts, patience, and cooperation exhibited by performers during the event sure deserved a big round of applause,” the statement said.
Below is the full list of the winners in various categories of Music and Dance performances as well as for the art contest.
Art contest winners various levels:
Sub Junior: First place – Shreyas Satyavageeswaran
Second place- Rishab Rajesh, Third Place – Suneet Patel
Junior: FIrst place- Anshul Vinay Rastogi, Second place- Rithika Saravanan, Third place- Liya Liju
Senior: Saadhvi Raghav, Adult: Keerthi Allam
Winners of Classical Vocal Solo
First Place: Soumya Dharani, Second Place- Sachit Kurup, Third Place- Shrihan Yadav
Senior: Sarala Sharma
Winners of Non- Classical Vocal Solo
Junior:First place -Rayna Parikh, Second place- Soumya Dharani, Third place- Sunthriiwi Venkat and Jairaj Sharma
Winners of Instrumental
Junior: First Place- Ansh Khanna, Second Place -Jinen Gandhi
Senior: First place- Sameer Paranjape
Non-classical dance Sub-Junior category.
First place- Nashua Kutties by Ananya Venkates
Participants- Yuvethi Kannan, Smrithi Srinath, Gowri Akkineni, Avni Nagaraj, Aatmi Shah, Rakshitha Sarvanakumar, Roshni Anand, Anya Challuri, Srushti Mandera, Ganya Gopinath, Sanvi Praturu, Aditi Vayyavur
Second place- Dancing Dolls by Suman Deshwal
Participants- Avighna Deshwal, Riya Liju, Mysha Saiyed, Isabelle Shiju, Khanak Baxi, S Neha Punnoose, Krupa Annie Vinu, Maanya Ravi Patel
Third place- Rasleela by Nivetha R
Participants- Kyathi Nannapaneni, Siyona Gupta, Eesha Gunda , Rashmi Konaparthi , Krutika Solanki, Rithvika Karri, Janya Varsani
Non-classical dance Junior category.
First Prize: Festive India, choreographed by Rani Umesh
Participants- Devnath Pillai, Ishaanvi Rajesh, Varsha Aravind, Sandhrika Gopal, Soorya Soorej, Cecilia Thomas, Dhwanisree Simon, Daivik Pillai, Parthiv Sreekesh, Neha Ninan, Arlene Chacko, Sharon Alex, Edwin Eldo and Madhav Girish – Choreographed by Rani Umesh
Second Prize: Bahubali , choreographed by Deepa Jacob – Participants – Matthew Alex, Sachit Kurup, Hrishikesh Dwaraka, Kritin Akkineni, Narayan Sajeev, Rohan Sehra, Navein Sribalaharan, Samya P , Arni Mola, Shreeya Menon, Isabel Rana, Aarushi Deshwal, Jahnavi Palarapu, Richa Rajesh, Saanvi Wadhwa, Mahi Pant, Kirti Das and Ishanvi Sharma
Third Prize: Supreme Girls, choreographed by Supriya Vempara Participants- Sudiksha Vedala, Akshaya Kolluri, Pranathi Kondoju, Srihamsika Tummala, Mahik Macharla, Hasini Vemparala
Non-classical dance senior category.
First place: Nagavalli Reloaded choreographed by Meena Unni. Participants- Devika Nair, Anna Mathew, Sithara Nambiar, Navya Sebastian, Jessica Raji, Paru Sreekanth, Neil Kachappilly, Rishikesh Girish.
Second place: Navadurga choreographed by Deepa Jacob.
Participants: Miriam Alex, Meenakshi Rajesh, Akanksha, Vasireddy, Nithya Arun, Adhithi Venkatesan, Shreya Kappala, Anavi Gadari, Saranya Sreebalaharan, Gowri Chandran, Yuvika Akkineni, Sreya Kethi Reddy
Third Place: Bahubali choreographed by Jasmine Shah
Participants: Alaya Shah, Rucha Dave, Krishna Dave, Kavya Dave, Shikha Patel, Pari Parikh, Neha Sharma, Stuti Adhikari, Alisha KC, Krish Bhut
The Winners of Classical Dance Junior Category
First place- Chidambaram Natesh Kauthvam By Neha Parikh. Participants – Hridya Eipe, Smrithi Menon, Anusha Chandrasekhar, Deetya Nagri
Second place- Ganesha Kauthvam by Neha Parikh. Participants – Teresa Mathew, Tara Kurup, Neha Kachappilly, Lashmirenuga Ganeshbabu, Dhwani Mandavia, Josephine Mathew
The Winners of Classical Dance Senior Category Sadaksharam by Neha Parikh. Participants Yuvika Akkineni, Aarohi Darisi, Damini Singh, Shreya Nagri
The complete list of Vendors for Vasant Bazar were as follows:
Food Fashion and lots of activities at our Vasant Bazar
Ekal – Education for Rural India
GlamHook Designs – Clothing & Jewelry
Infant Jesus School – Pre-K to 6th Grade Education
India Heritage Foundation – ISKON Books
JETUSA – Statue of Equality Project
Kumon Center – Math Education
LAER Realty Partners – Real Estate
New York Life Insurance Co. – Life Insurance
Radhika & Keshav – Clothing
Sailee Collections – Clothing
Sarla Sharma – Face Painting
Sunitha Mosurkal – Dulhan Mehandi
Srimai Designs – Clothing & Jewelry
TaranaOM Creations – Event Planning and Management
Usha Bheemanapalli – Silk Sarees and Silk Thread Jewelry.
Food by Ritus SPice Utsav and Gurnam Caterings.