NEW YORK CITY (TIP): The Association of Indians in America, NY Chapter (#AIA-NY) is celebrating its 29th Annual #Deepavali Festival at the South Street Seaport in New York City on Sunday October 2nd, 2016 from 12 noon till 7pm, culminating with a spectacular display of Live Fireworks.
This event is one of the largest in the tri-statearea, attracting approximately 75,000 – 100,000 people from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Deepavali meaning ‘A row of lamps’ is also popularly known as Diwali, or ‘Festival of Lights’ and signifies thetriumph of ‘Good over Evil’. The event will be a full day extravaganza celebrating tradition, culture andoneness with numerous food & clothing vendors, corporate booths, a children’s area, health kiosk,performances and activities for the whole family including a live grand display of fireworks illuminating theNew York City skyline.
North America’s biggest Urban South Asian star Mickey Singh will be performing LIVE alongside DJ Ice. Withover half a million fans online and releases under some of the biggest labels such as Eros International, TSeries,Zee Music & Speed Records to name a few, Mickey Singh is definitely a treat to watch on stage.
Hollywood’s newest and youngest star, Neel Sethi of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” will be meeting andinteracting with audiences at the Children’s Area. The highly sought after inter-collegiate dance competition, Naach Inferno enters its 3rd year as it showcases dances fusing both East and West cultures. Presented by LifeOK & Star Plus, the competition will be telecasted globally. USA’s premier and largest Indian dance academy, Arya International will make sure the entire audience learns some Bollywood moves and participates in ourOpen Dance Floor! Numerous local performing arts schools and academies will also be showcasing theirtalents on both of our stages throughout the day.
This year, Deepavali also marks the birthday of MahatmaGandhi. There will be a special tribute for Gandhiji along with an Essay & Drawing Competition for the youthto showcase the importance and meaning of Peace. The event culminates with a VIP Hour which has in thepast been attended by the Governor & Mayor of New York and many other dignitaries. Live Fireworks fromthe East River illuminating the New York City skyline will serve as the Grand Finale.
This year, support from sponsors such as CheapOAir.com, Qatar Airways, Toyota, Pepsi, New York Life, SwanClub, MoneyGram, Kotak Mahindra, New York Life, HAB Bank, Navika Capital, Star Plus, Sony Entertainment,Jus Punjabi, TV Asia amongst many others have helped made this event possible.
The Association of Indians in America (AIA) is one of the oldest not-for-profit organization of Asian Indians inAmerica founded on August 20, 1967. It is the grassroots national organization of Asian immigrants in theUnited States. With chapters and membership spread across the United States of America, AIA represents thehopes and aspirations of those immigrants who are united by their common bond of Indian Heritage andAmerican Commitment.
For more info, visit atwww.theaiany.org.