On October 27, 2022 NYCHHC Lincoln Hospital celebrated the Diwali festival with pomp and show. Lincoln Hospital truly exhibits how accommodating and accepting it is in regards to cultural diversity. The program started with the singing of the American national anthem by Pitique Desruisseaux and the Indian national anthem by Tara Shajan and Sukhdeep Hayer.
The program was inaugurated and a lamp was lit by Chief Executive Officer Christopher Roker. In his speech he mentioned that Diwali is for him “a day of reflection as also about celebrations and happiness, positivity, bringing people together.”
Actor and filmmaker Tom George Kolath was the chief guest and keynote speaker. “Be the change for others through showing the spirit of Diwali and reflect the light in other people’s lives. That bigger picture of accepting and recognizing other cultures and festivals is always admirable.”
Kolath also thanked Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul for taking the initiative and recognizing the Indian festival of Diwali.
Davinderpal Hanjan did a wonderful job being the emcee. The hospital staff dressed in Indian clothes participated in a fashion show. It was very interesting to watch the different styles and dresses representing different states of India.
Roshin Mammen entertained the audience with his performance on drum beats to a Bollywood song. Sukhdeep Hayer, Tara Shajan, and others performed a catchy Bollywood dance and Indian fashion show. Dr. Usha Venugopal delivered the vote of thanks. The dance floor was opened with Bollywood music and staff enjoyed dancing to the catchy music. Staff enjoyed the Diwali sweets and food which was served thereafter.