New Brunswick, NJ: The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) of the Tri-state (NY, NJ and CT) celebrated the 64th Republic Day in the form of FIA’s annual traditional show “Dance Pe Chance” (DPC), which marked the 33rd edition of the show this year. The show was held on February 2, at the State Theater here. The Federation of Indian Associations of the Tri-State (NY, NJ and CT) is the largest non -profit umbrella organization of the Indian community.
The event started with the inaugural lamp lighting ceremony by the DPC Committee as well as FIA Executive Committee, Trustees and dignitaries in attendance. The dance performances followed suit and a total of 23 dance performances portrayed a blend of diversified themes presented with precision, grandeur, co-ordination and talent. The performances were held in three categories — Minor, Junior and Senior. Every performance presented a unique blend of art and heritage along with the signature dance patterns of their respective choreographers. The spectacular entertainment amazed the spectators and promoted the Indian culture.
The conclusion ceremony included honoring Consul General of India Prabhu Dayal and the traditional oath taking by officers of FIA’s new Executive Committee of 2013. They included: President: Sanjay Amin; Executive Vice President: Sudhir Vaishnav: Vice President: Anand Patel; General Secretary: Srujal Parikh; Joint Secretary: Mangesh Bhil; and Treasurer: Ankur Vaidya.
The Consul General hailed the important role FIA had played in efficiently representing the Indian community in the Tri-State as well as improving and enhancing the Indo-American relationship. He added: “The relations between two countries have seen unprecedented success but the best is yet to come.”
Prabhu Dayal announced his upcoming retirement and said: “The joyful moments I have experienced will remain with me forever and the credit for such experience goes to each and every Indian staying here who are all the true ambassadors of India.”
Ramesh Patel, chairman of FIA, congratulated Kanubhai Chauhan, outgoing president of FIA, and welcomed Sanjay Amin, its new president.
Sanjay Amin addressed the attendees and commended the Kanubhai Chauhan and his team. He applauded DPC chair Daxa Amin and Chhavi Dharayan along with the entire team for putting together a grand show.
Multiple winning contestants took to stage to receive their trophies and checks.
The general consensus was that the competition was intense between Deewakar Performing Arts and Aatma Performing Arts, both won prizes in different categories. All dance schools including Arya Dance Academy, and Aum Dance Studio won prizes in various categories.