Bihar Foundation (East Coast Chapter) celebrates ‘Bihar Diwas 2023’ at Indian Consulate, NY

Bihar Foundation of USA (East Coast Chapter) team members and awardees pose for a photo March 21, 2023, during the Bihar Diwas 2023 celebration held at the Indian Consulate in New York. Photo: Bihar Foundation USA

The Bihar Foundation of USA (East Coast) hosted the “Bihar Diwas Celebration” on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, evoking memories of home for the Indian-origin community living abroad.

On the occasion, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar sent a special congratulatory message, lauding the efforts of Bihar Foundation USA in promoting the state’s heritage and traditions in America and for supporting a wide range of voluntary and philanthropic activities.

Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar’s message for community was displayed at the March 21, 2023, Bihar Diwas held at the Indian Consulate in New York Photo: Bihar Foundation of USA

Consul General of India in New York Randhir Jaiswal appreciated the contributions of the diaspora from the state in the U.S., and also noted their philanthropic activities. He said through their determination and eagerness to work for the betterment of their home state, the aim of Bihar 2.0 will be achieved and fulfilled in 2023.

Journalist Lalit Jha being honored by India’s Consul General of New York Randhir Jaiswal March 21, 2023, on the occasion of Bihar Diwas 2023. Photo: Bihar Foundation of USA

“From the famous ‘Litti Chokha’ to the popular ‘Jhijhiya’ song and dance, traditional dialects, and textiles, the celebration was seeped in colors and vibrant traditions of  Bihar and invoked among those present memories of their homes and childhood,” organizers said in a press release March 26.

Ajay K Singh with Consul General of NY Randhir Jaiswal at Bihar Diwas 2023, held at Indian Consulate NY, March 21, 2023. Photo: Bihar Foundation of USA

Bihar Foundation of US (East Coast Chapter) Chairman and former President of the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) Alok Kumar said the foundation aims to act as a bridge to support and guide members of the diaspora who wish to take up development and social projects in their state. It also seeks to offer assistance to those coming from Bihar, including students, as they navigate in the U.S.

Vice Chairman Ranjeet Kumar congratulated and thanked the team, Secretary Chandan Trivedi, Treasurer Alok Kashyap, and Joint Treasurer Anand Gupta for their efforts in making the event successful.

Trivedi thanked executive committee members Santa Mishra, Rajnish Ojha, and Manish Kumar who drove from the neighboring states to participate in the events. He conveyed special thanks to Sanjeev Jha and Pramod Kumar who drove all the way from Boston.

Three individuals hailing from the state were honored with the ‘Bihar Vishwa Gaurav’ award for their achievements and contributions. They included Padma Bhushan awardee,  renowned sociologist and social entrepreneur, founder of Sulabh International Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak; entrepreneur Ajay Singh who leads the Pokhrama Foundation and is the founder and CEO of Slayback Pharma, and Washington-based journalist and member of the White House Press Lalit Jha.

In a special video message for the occasion, Super 30 founder Anand Kumar congratulated the honorees.



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