Hempstead, NY and Indian American Forum celebrate Diwali

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Nassau County, NY Diwali honorees at an event in Hempstead, NY in October 2022. Photo Indian American Forum

The office of Asian Community Affairs, Anissa Moore Nasssu County Deputy County Executive Jennifer Desena, Supervisor, Town Of North Hempstead, Director of Asian American Affairs in Nassau County Arooj Islam, along with Indian American Forum Founding Member Dr. Bobby K. Kalotee and Chairperson Indu Jaiswal, recently celebrated Diwali, and also honored Indian American community leaders.

Emceed by Flora Parekh, the event highlighted the accomplishments of Gurumaa Jyotishan and Saraswati (Vedic Heritage of India), Jasbir (Jay) Singh (Board Member – Asian American Advisory Board of Nassau County), Meena Shah, (Vaishnav Mandir – VTNY), Dr. Bharathi Reddy (Internist), Madhu Pareek (Blue Host Hospitality), Hargovind Gupta (Vice President, IALI) and Dr. Neeru Bhambri (Member- At-Large IALI).

County officials Hosts committee members and volunteers contributed to the success, a press release from Indian American Forum said. They included Dr. Kalotee, Chairperson Jaiswal, Vimal Goyal, Bina Sabapathy, Veer Mukhi, Deepak Bansal, Jasbir Jay Singh, Beena Kothari, Flora Parekh, Jyoti Gupta, Anju Sharma, Nilima Madan, Shashi Malik, Indu Gajwani and Suhag Mehta as well as several volunteers and supporters.

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Starting with the American and Indian National Anthems by Angel Shah, the event followed a traditional Diya Ceremony.

Diwali dances and performances by young girls and women were the highlight of the evening. The venue was traditionally decorated by Jyoti Gupta, Anju  Sanju Sharma and Team. Mouth-watering dinner and Prasad boxes were served, the press release said.

Several Indian American Forum Board members and community leaders namely Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori, Deepak Bansal, Mukesh Modi, Dr. Urmilesh Arya, Past Presidents of IALI, Vibhuti Jha, Anil Shah, Dr. Kunjbala Shah also attended.

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