NEW YORK CITY, NY (TIP):
Prominent members of the Indian American community gathered, August 12, at the Indian Consulate to celebrate and exchanged greetings on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr. Eid-Ul-Fitr is celebrated all over the world as an auspicious day after a month of fasting– a ritual meant for purification of the soul, developing self control and bringing us closer to God, an amazingly wonderful spiritual connection with ones self and the creator. Miss Sidra Fatima enlightened guests on the significance of Eid-Ul-Fitr.
This event and the festivities conducted at the Consulate General of India in New York is a continuation of its tradition of celebrating diversity of Indian culture and its Diaspora. Consul General Dyaneshwar Mulay addressed the gathering and expressed his best wishes to the community at large and also emphasized the peaceful co Existence of the diverse communities within India and the Indian Diaspora here in the US in harmony and peace.
He pointed out the capabilities of Indian Muslims to lead and be an example to the Muslim community of the world for peaceful co-existence and the solidarity with which various communities of Indian origin achieve common goals and synergies. This he reiterated will continue to lead us on the path of stronger, dynamic and vibrant India as depicted in the Indian constitution.
Ghazal maestro Sudhir Narain captivated the audience with his soulful ghazal singing
A true highlight of the night was the recognition of a few remarkable and accomplished individuals from the community who were honored at this event for their achievements. More importantly for the contributions they have made of time and resources towards the less fortunate within our communities here in the US and back home in our Mother Land India.
Honorees with the Consul General and Ghazal maestro Sudhir Narain
The assistance they provide has touched many in the area of Medical, Economic and Educational outreach amongst may other important matters affecting the Diaspora. The honored included Naim Dum, Dr. Sultan Khan, Ahmed Shakir, Saeed Patel, Dr. Abu Taher, Malik Zakaria, Dr. Syed Ali, Mohammed Azam and Amin Himani. The event was attended by many prominent members of the Indian Community, The celebration reflected a rare combination of social and cultural integration with an inclusive and secular gathering.
A view of the appreciative gathering Photos/ Gunjesh Desai-MasalaJunction/732-371-0013
An added attraction of the evening was the enchanting Ghazal recital by Sudhir Narain, a well known singer of Agra Gharana. The Master of Ceremonies was Mrs. Sabina Ali who was supported by Pankaj Mathur. The event was organized by Juned Qazi who is a promising young entrepreneur and New York based community leader.