Indo-American Cultural Foundation of Central New Jersey (IACFNJ), a non-profit organization in central jersey organized India’s 70th Independence Day celebration on Sunday, August 21, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shree Swaminarayan Temple, (old SB YMCA) 329 Culver Road, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. Approximately 200 people attended this outdoor fun-filled patriotic event which was free and opened to all public.

After last six years’ grand success and overwhelming community support, the organizers and executive committee of IACFNJ once again organized 2016 patriotic celebration of India’s Independence Day event with fun-filled entertainment and cultural activities, dance performances, traditional Indian dances, patriotic dances, recital of songs, live music and authentic food sampling which was attended by local residents, community leaders and local and state public officials. The program kicked-off with welcome address by Vice-President Dr. Tushar Patel and introducing IACFNJ Committee members followed by wonderful signing of the American and Indian National Anthems followed by the local and state public officials and dignitary’s addresses and fun filled patriotic, cultural and classical dances and singing from the young and talented kids from the renowned dance groups of Bina Master, Vandana Aiyar, Divya Jain, Latika Jethani and Meghana Goradia. Mac Shah, Treasurer provided brief introduction of the public officials to bring them on the stage. Boogie Woogie kids championship winner Mahin Master and his talented sister Aditi Master served as the master-of-ceremony and did an excellent job throughout the program and kept the audience engaged with their talents. The live DJ and music entertainment with live patriotic songs were provided by DJ Darshan of North Brunswick.

South Brunswick Mayor Frank Gambatese, Councilman Charles Carley and Joe Camarota, Commissioner of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and former State Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, South Brunswick School Board members Deven Patel, Harry Delgado and Azra Baig were among the dignitaries who attended the celebration to wish all participants their congratulations on India’s 70th Independence Day. In his address, Mayor Gambatese said “I am proud to be a Mayor of the culturally diverse town where Asians Americans resides and events like these will bring community together”. Mayor added “Indian community is a huge part of our towns and you all should be proud of your contributions in education and political systems”. Councilman Carley and Camarota and Mr. Chivukula also congratulated all participants on India’s Independence Day and their contributions political systems in South Brunswick. Deven Patel, Secretary extended his appreciation to all for coming out and support this event and provided vote of thanks to all sponsors and supporters to make this event a huge success. The food sampling was provided by Chutney Mary Restaurant in South Brunswick and

Rajbhog Foods in North Brunswick. Free henna tattoos were enjoyed by all ages and was one of the highlights of the program.

IACFNJ dedicated Executive Committee under the leadership of President Hitesh Patel, Vice-Presidents Mahesh Patel and Dr. Tushar Patel, Treasurer Mac Shah, Chairman Murthy Yerramilli, Secretary Deven Patel, Joint Secretary Deep Shukla, Joint Treasurer Rajesh Patel and their board of trustees and their hard-working committee members with the support from their dedicated volunteers and supporters once again organized this successful event for the seventh consecutive year. South Brunswick is ethnically diverse township with highly populated Asian Indians in surrounding towns of North Brunswick, East Brunswick, Franklin, Somerset, Monroe, Princeton, Princeton-Junction and West Windsor who attended this fun-filled event. IACFNJ has been a leader in promoting South Asian culture and values to newer generation by organizing many activities for the past 17 years in Central Jersey.

IACFNJ also organizes cultural events to raise funds to support the local organizations and holiday celebrations. The next IACFNJ mega event will be Navratri Garba in South Brunswick on October 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2016, at Crossroads South Middle School. Further details of the Garba will be announced in the near future.
For Further information on this celebration and future events, please visit IACFNJ website at www.IACFNJ.org or send an e-mail at iacfnj@yahoo.com.

Press Release & Photo CreditDr. Tushar Patel