India Day 2014: Miss America 2014, Bollywood, Dances, Samosas, and an Orlando Magic Win
The day commenced with a news conference with the guest of honor, Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri. Personable and charming she engaged her audience with her own personal story. Her platform ‘celebrate diverstity by cultural competency’ was especially meaningful, and her message to her fans was ‘be true to yourself.’ On a less serious note she confessed, that while she loved the sari, having grown up in America, she found Western attire more comfortable.
The tremendous success of the event must be shared by the management team of India Day 2014, Mr. Tino Patel (President), Dr. Amish Parikh, Dr.Varesh Patel, Mr. Jay Shah, Mr.Yog Melwani, Dr. Beena Parikh and “It’s so exciting to feel the positive energy towards the Indian culture and see people participating in the street fest activities. We are such a loving and colorful culture, and it’s important that people see some type of aspect of that. Hope this will encourage others to be curious and look into more on what being Indian means. As one of the dance performers for today, you really appreciate the warmth the Orlando Magic and the community are showing!”
– Nirali Chokshi
“The street fest show was amazing! The turnout was phenomenal and the performances were incredible.I have never seen so much culture represented so smoothly in a big event until India Day 2014. From turban tying to henna tattoos to a flash mob filled with Indian-style dancing, this event was definitely one I will never forget and I’m blessed to say I got to be a part of it.”
– Sara Kalwar
Mr. Sanjay Srinivasan, The Leadership Committee Chairs Neal Patel, Retu Jahan, Sara Kalwar and Prashant Patel and the dedicated volunteers. The IACC hopes to keep its warm relationship with the Orlando Magic and the other sponsors who made this event possible. As the Magic ended the night with a win, it seemed apropos to hold up the placards that read ‘JAI HO MAGIC’ and ‘INDIA IS MAGIC.’