Mrs.Nasrin Ahmad, Town Clerk of Town of Hempstead presented a citation on behalf of Town Supervisor, Town of Hempstead to Padma Shri Dattatreyudu Nori
Mrs.Nasrin Ahmad, Town Clerk of Town of Hempstead presented a citation on behalf of Town Supervisor, Town of Hempstead to Padma Shri Dattatreyudu Nori

HICKSVILLE, NEW YORK (TIP): India Association of Long Island (IALI) celebrated the Indian festival of colors- Holi on Sunday March 8, 2015. The event, which had an overwhelming turnout of more than 200 guests, was celebrated in style, with lots of fun and Holi spirit. As guests arrived, they were welcomed with Gulal Teeka and served Thandai which is traditional drink of Holi. They were also served delicious snacks and sumptuous lunch by Antun’s.

President of the association Satnam Singh Parhar in his welcome note requested all members to donate generously to IALI to help pay for renovation and maintenance of IALI Home (India Center) which was purchased recently.

Women members of IALI  making Holi colorful with their dance performance
Women members of IALI making Holi colorful with their dance performance
Donors' generosity  recognized
Donors’ generosity recognized
Movers and shakers of IALI
Movers and shakers of IALI

His speech was followed by lighting of the lamp by the IALI Past Presidents and IALI officers. Padma Shri Dr. Dattatreyudu Nori was the guest of honor and was recognized for his accomplishments in the field of medicine. He was presented a plaque by Satnam Parhar and honored with a citation by
Mrs.Nasrin Ahmad, Town Clerk of Town of Hempstead. Satnam Parhar acknowledged and presented Certificate of Appreciation to Bronze donors who donated up to $2000 for the purchase of IALI Home
(India Center).

An entertainment program followed, with lovely performances by students of Ms. Shilpa Jhurani, presentation by Ms. Teen USA, dances by Arya Academy, Holi song  by Parth Merai and an energetic folk dance performance by Ms. Preya Patel.

Holi atmosphere was captured by elegant and enchanting dance performance by Ms. Gunjan Rastogi & Ms. Garima Bhatia to the melodious singing of Holi songs by Ms. Jyoti Gupta. The performers were showered with  rose petals and confetti manifesting the colors of Holi. IALI Secretary, Ms. Rekha Valliappan proposed a vote of thanks.