As per tradition, the newly elected officials of the Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of the tristate (NY, NJ &CT) took the oath of office during India‘s Republic Day celebration on January 28th at the auditorium of Plainfield High School in Plainfield, New Jersey.
Deputy Consul General Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra administered the oath of office to the new officials. The new officials of FIA are: Andy Bhatia(President); Srujal Parikh (Executive Vice President); Alok Kumar (Vice President); Chhavi Dharayan (Secretary); Jatin Patel (Joint Secretary); Himanshu Bhatia (Treasurer). FIA Chairman Ramesh Patel felicitated the outgoing and incoming officials. TV Asia Chairman HR Shah, who was named Padma Shri awardee by Government of India, was also felicitated during the event.
The event had its annual signature show, the ‘Dance Pe Chance,’ a dance competition for children. This year the competition was attended by 11 dance schools. It was an amazing sight to see 450 dancers in vibrant costumes on stage at the auditorium of Plainfield High School in Plainfield, New Jersey, on January 28th 2017. Children as young as five years old showcased their talent while the choreographers displayed their creativity.
Dr. Manoj Kumar Mohapatra congratulated the new officials and appreciated the dance presentations characterizing them as charismatic and enchanting.