By Geetha Patil
LOWELL, MA– US Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA) and Lowell Mayor William Samaras kicked off Indian Heritage Festival in Lowell, MA. The event, organized by Gujarati Association of New England (Gurjar) at the Heritage Park on Sept. 7, was attended by about 5,000 people.
Rep. Trahan addressed the crowd and recognized the impact and involvement of Gurjar over 40 years.
“You may be a first generation dreamer or came a generation ago to plant their roots. This district is rich and contributes so much to our community. Your impact and your contribution is such an asset not only to our community but also our country,” said Rep. Trahan. “This is what makes our country great.”
Lowell Mayor Samaras addressed the crowd with great enthusiasm. He said: “I want to thank Gurjar Association for bringing Gujarati Culture to the city of Lowell and also the great work done in hurricane relief, and education. This is an organization that thinks of other people and makes us so proud.”
During the celebrations, various dances from classical and semi-classical to Bollywood were presented and made everyone to swing along with the tunes and the artists on the stage. Soulful singing by Juhi Lalwani and Sarju Patel, Yoga demonstration by Smita Apte, bhangara by Sonal Bali, Inderpreet Singh and group made the audiences happy and joyful. Ice cream trucks, Henna tattoo, and a bouncy house kept youngsters engaged.
More than 45 retailers’ booths exhibited colorful clothing, accessories, and glittering jewelries. Several charitable organizations like Indian Circle of Caring, Shishu Bharati, Akshay Patra and Ekal Vidhiyalay were hosted at the event.
Gurjar President Saroj Madhani thanked everyone for coming and making the event a grand success. She recognized with much appreciation the generous sponsorships received from Grand sponsor Tufts Healthcare, and silver sponsors Laer Realty (Darshana Shah), DCU, Leader Bank (Sushil Tuli), Desai Foundation (Samir Desai) and Tanna Insurance (Dinesh Tanna).