From the Desk of the President:
Happy Shri Krishna Janam and Independence day to everyone! What a beautiful day of celebrations today. Community’s engagement and celebration is at such a great level of energy that it makes me extremely happy and proud to be a part of our community.
This (Sun, Aug 17th) morning I attended one of the best Independence Day celebrations that I have attended. Celebrations were hosted by Abhay and Vandita Prasad. Dr Nagi Naganathan, interim President of University of Toledo was the chief guest and many community members performed patriotic songs and dances. There was so much patriotic fervor that for the duration of the program lot of us forgot that we were not in India. Attached is Dr Naganathan’s beautiful speech for those who may have missed it.
I just (Sun, Aug 17th/Mon, Aug 18th 1 a.m.) came back home after attending the Shri Krishna Janam celebrations hosted by Anand and Sanjana Brahme. Again, I have to say that it was one of the best Shri Krishna Janam celebrations I have attended. Our classical bharatnatyam dancers, trained by Mrs Bina Joe, performed beautiful Krishna Leela, this was followed by Bhajans by our community members and such a fun Dahi Handi celebration with all the kids. Panditji created so much excitement of the Krishna Janam towards the mid-night with the lights switched off that all the devotees became ‘bhav –vibhor’. When I left about an hour ago, it was looking celebrations will go on the entire night.
Given so much energy and enthusiasm in the community, I can’t wait to see the Ganesh Chaturthi, Durga Puja, Garba and Diwali celebrations.