Nov 28, 2013

Asian Indians celebrate Diwali at Cleveland City Hill

Dr. Chittaranjan Jain and Asim Datta of FICA
FICA, Cleveland and Cleveland Community Relations Board host Asian Indian Festival Diwali at Cleveland City Hall

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson gave brief remarks at the Asian Indian Festival of Lights celebration held in the Cleveland City Hall Rotunda.  Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindu Asian Indians in Cleveland and Akron.  It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in Cleveland and Akron areas in Northeast Ohio.

During this Asian Indian festival, Hindus worship their Goddess Lakshmi. This event celebrates the rich cultural heritage and traditions of one of Cleveland’s many diverse communities, and included music, dance and delicious cuisine.

The members of the Federation of India Community Association of Northeast Ohio FICA and the Cleveland community, particularly Asian Indians, enjoyed a social evening filled with cultural and educational activities.

Hira Rane, Michael Sreshta and Venky Venkatesh at Cleveland City Hall
Hira Rane, Michael Sreshta and Venky Venkatesh at Cleveland City Hall

Harsha Rane at Cleveland City Hall
Harsha Rane at Cleveland City Hall
Kalyani Veturi Cleveland
Kalyani Veturi, Kuchipudi dancer at Cleveland City Hall

Sri Pasumarthy Sreekrishna
Sri Pasumarthy Sreekrishna, Asian Indian Flute player

Mayor Frank Jackson Cleveland
Mayor Frank Jackson at Diwali function

Geeta Limaye
Geeta Limaye on violin at diwali at Cleveland City Hall

FICA is one of the many community organization representing Asian Indians in Northeast Ohio.  Community Relations Board is an outfit of City of Cleveland.  Its members represent Cleveland's racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse population. Members include Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Reverend. Dr. Charles Lucas.  Blaine Griffin is the director of the Community Relations Board.

The Asian American outreach contact is Le Nguyen 216-664-2319.  Youth  outreach contacts are James Box and Pastor Grady Stevenson.  Hispanic liaison are Lucy Torres and Theasha Dainely at 216-664-6248. 

Photo credit: Ruggero Fatica; URL of media gallery City of Cleveland dated Nov 8, 2013:

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