Thousands gathered to experience excitement and joy of Diwali at Times Square
Thousands gathered to experience excitement and joy of Diwali at Times Square

NEW YORK CITY (TIP): Diwali at Times Square 2016 is over but the memory of it will last a lifetime for many. Creating history third time in a row, it was a celebration unlike any other. It showcased the rich and diverse elegance of the Indian culture with credibility, creativity and celebrity. It honored the tradition of this happy holiday, which symbolizes the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

Diya Lighting Ceremony. (Left to Right): Mr. Chuck Schumer, Mr. Ravi Batra, Mrs. Neeta Bhasin, Ms. Carolyn B. Maloney, Mrs. Brijbala Suri, Mrs. Ranju Batra, Mr. Syed Akbaruddin, Mrs. Reva Ganguly Das, Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Mr. Sudeep Parikh and Mr. Harish Bhasin
Diya Lighting Ceremony. (Left to Right): Mr. Chuck Schumer, Mr. Ravi Batra, Mrs. Neeta Bhasin, Ms. Carolyn B. Maloney, Mrs. Brijbala Suri, Mrs. Ranju Batra, Mr. Syed Akbaruddin, Mrs. Reva Ganguly Das, Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Mr. Sudeep Parikh and Mr. Harish Bhasin

The event had performances by young artists, differently abled kids, well-known celebrities, regional cultural dance performances from various states of India, a spectacular digital Diya lighting on one of the biggest Times Square screens followed by a special message from the Indian prime minister Mr. Narendra Modi and the launch of the U. S. Postal Service commemorative Diwali Stamp.

Dignitaries from India and US, Senator Chuck Schumer, US Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Indian Ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin, Consul General Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das and former Indian representative to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri, graced the event with their presence and conveyed their Diwali greetings.

International voice sensation Arjun rocked the stage. Television celebrities Kumkum Bhagya fame Shabir who plays Abhi and Sriti who plays Pragya greeted fans. Saregamapa 2016 winner Kushal Paul and soulful singer Jyotica Tangri mesmerized the gathering with their music, So You Think You Can Dance fame Kanchi Shah and Dance India Dance fame Siddhesh Pai gave all their energy to the stage, and heartthrob Karan Tacker stole the affections of many.

Morning Diya Lighting Ceremony. (Left to Right): Veda Murthy Sarvothaman, Stephanie Judal from WU, Michele Rinn from Prudential, Sharmila Fowler from McDonalds, Elizabeth Riemersma, Dimple Malhotra from Sling Int, Neeta Bhasin, CEO Event Guru, Mrs. Brijbala Suri, Gajendra Suri, Esha Raja, Akhilesh from &TV, Vandana Sharma, Maharaja, John Massey from AirIndia.
Morning Diya Lighting Ceremony. (Left to Right): Veda Murthy Sarvothaman, Stephanie Judal from WU, Michele Rinn from Prudential, Sharmila Fowler from McDonalds, Elizabeth Riemersma, Dimple Malhotra from Sling Int, Neeta Bhasin, CEO Event Guru, Mrs. Brijbala Suri, Gajendra Suri, Esha Raja, Akhilesh from &TV, Vandana Sharma, Maharaja, John Massey from AirIndia.

People from many ethnicities were seen shaking their legs to Indian Bhangra tunes. Selected audience members even enjoyed the opportunity to dance on stage with their favorite celebrities, but the stand out act came from Sparsh Shah, a young singing sensation who performed “Jai Ho” to everyone’s delight. The event, hosted by the handsome Karan Tacker and local host Monty, showcased the rich traditions of the Indian culture. It was showered with love and blessings from across the world.

The Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi's message for Diwali at Times Square Oct 16, 2016.
The Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi’s message for Diwali at Times Square Oct 16, 2016.

Event Guru’s CEO, Mrs. Neeta Bhasin, said, “Diwali at Times Square is not just a grand celebration of the festival of lights but also a beautiful display of our community and its roots. Our main focus this year was to give a platform to young Indian talent, both from India and US, as they represent our future and will carry forward our culture for years to come.”

New York’s largest South Asian ethnic event, Diwali at Times Square 2016, was presented by &TV and was powered by Air India and Sling International.

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