NEW YORK (TIP): The Maharashtra Tourism sponsored Diwali will be celebrated at Times Square on September 20, 2014. This announcement was made at a press conference held at the Consulate General of India, May 22. Making the announcement, Consul General Mulay said, “It is wonderful to see this event come back to Times Square this year again.

It’s a glimpse into India’s largest festival and we are going to celebrate it with the world right here in New York City!” Managing Director of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) Dr. Jagdish Patil stated “We are pleased to be back again to be part of this festival.

A view of the gathering

This year Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation will showcase to the world Maharashtra’s rich culture, cuisine, pristine beaches, historical and natural heritage preserved for thousands of years”. Mrs. Neeta Bhasin outlining the program said, “Diwali festivities will begin at noon and will include a wide variety of Indian food, dance classes, Indian arts and crafts, a fashion show, photo booths with ethnic outfits, celebrities and much more.

In the evening, Event Guru will be bringing a “Light up Times Square” Concert”. Event Guru and ASB Communications, the masterminds behind “Diwali at Times Square”, are organizing and managing the event. Neeta Bhasin, President and CEO of Event Guru and ASB Communications, said “We want to show to the world how rich Indian culture and heritage are and how diversified India is.

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Jackson Heights Indian Merchants’ Association Chairman Shiv Dass (extreme right), Mohinder Verma (second from right) and Subhash Kapadia (extreme left) presenting to Mrs. Neeta Bhasin a Congressional proclamation on behalf of Congressman Joseph Crowley.

We couldn’t think of a better place than the center of the Universe – Times Square!” On the occasion, Mrs. Bhasin was honored with a Congressional proclamation from New York’s 14th Congressional District Congressman Joseph Crowley who also cochairs the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans.

Neeta was recognized for her efforts and dedication to further the Asian Indian community in the United States as well as her invaluable contributions to the South Asian community in greater New York City.

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