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FIA Celebrates India’s Republic Day With Annual Dance Competition

The Federation of Indian Associations of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut celebrated the Republic Day of India with its annual dance competition – Dance Pe Chance. Eleven dance schools from the tristate area participated in the event held Jan. 28 at the Plainfield High School.

More than 450 students, some as young as five, showcased their talents, while the choreographers displayed their creativity in the dance sequences, costumes and techniques. Different themes including patriotism, worship of Lord Ganesha, and life at an American school were featured,a FIA press release said.

The contests were held in three categories – minor, junior, and senior.

Deputy Consul General of India in New York Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra, seventh from left, with FIA executive committee members.

The evening was kicked off with the opening remarks by Srujal Parekh, executive vice president, who introduced Mamta Narula, the master of ceremonies. Chhavi Dharayan, general secretary and chair of the Dance Pe Chance for the third consecutive year, introduced the DPC team. Past president Anand Patel formally welcomed all the participants.


As per tradition, the new officials of FIA took the oath of office during the event. Andy Bhatia (president) Srujal Parikh (executive vice president); Alok Kumar (vice president); Chhavi Dharayan (secretary); Jatin Patel (joint secretary); and Himanshu Bhatia (treasurer) took the oath office before outgoing president Anand Patel and Deputy Consul General Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra.

Ramesh Patel, chair of FIA, felicitated the outgoing and incoming officials and praised the team behind the event. H.R. Shah, recipient of the 2017 Padma Shri award was also felicitated at the event.

In his address Deputy Consul General Mohapatra noted the quality of the performances and saluted each team for their excellence. He announced that
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Jonathan Hollander, founder of the Battery Dance Company, and Dr. Kavita Gupta, were among the judges for the evening.

Desi Talk publisher and Padma Shri awardee Dr. Sudhir Parikh Albert Jasani of Royal Albert’s Palace, Rajeev Bhambri of India Abroad, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Yash Paul Soi and other prominent members of the community presented the trophies to the winners.


Complete list of winners:

Best Costume: Fusion Arts
Best Choreography: Aum Dance Creations
Creativity (renamed as technique): Arya Dance Academy
3rd place: Nirmiti School of Dance
2nd place: Aum Dance Creations
1st place: Arya Dance Academy

Best Costume: Nirmiti School of Dance
Best Choreography: Dance 4 Ever
Creativity (renamed as technique): Dancing Shiva
3rd place: Aatma Performing Arts
2nd place: Arya Dance Academy
1st place: Dancing Shiva

Best Costume: Aatma Performing Arts
Best Choreography: Aum Dance Creations
Creativity (renamed as technique): Arya Dance Academy and Nritya Creations
3rd place: Aatma Performing Arts
2nd place: Nritya Creations
1st place: Arya Dance Academy
Best of the Best: Arya Dance Academy