LONG ISLAND, NY (TIP): Over 3000 people from various Indian Communities gathered , Sunday April 19, at the SUNY College in Old Westbury to celebrate Rajasthan Mahotsav -Festivals of Festivals. The colorful and musical scene resembled the fabled Festivals of Rajasthan -complete with a grand parade featuring elephants, horses and camels to various dance & musical performances showcasing the variety and depth of Indian culture.
Speaking on the occasion, Naveen Shah, President of RANA said that – “The objective of the Mahotsav was not just limited to entertaining ourselves, but to enrich from the talent & wisdom which we all bring to this part of the world. We wanted to share our rich culture & heritage and the experience of diversity with others, to integrate communities and lay the foundation of culture for future generations”.
Home Minister of Rajasthan, Gulab Chand Kataria was the Grand Marshal of the parade and TV star Shailesh Lodha was the Master of Ceremonies. At a glittering ceremony held in the evening, noted Industrialist and Chairman of Vedanta Resources Plc, Anil Agarwal was honored with Rajasthan Ratna Award. Doyen of Indian Diamond & Color Stone Association Haridas Kotahwala was presented the Jaipur Ratna Award and renowned physician and pediatrician Dr. Ajey Jain was presented with the Rajasthan Shiromani award.
Vice – President of RANA, Kanak Golia said that “An event of such magnitude has never been done before in the tri – state area. Celebrating festivals together will not only help members of the Community in integration into their country of adoption, but also in promoting rich cultures, traditions & heritage of India”.