GOPIO New York celebrates global Holi, virtually

The special feature of this global Holi celebration was performances by artists from different parts of America and the world.

New York: GOPIO New York chapter, with the support of the Indian Consulate New York, organized the colorful celebration of Holi on March 28. Hundreds of members of the Indian diaspora witnessed the rich, colorful and vibrant traditions of India showcased with mesmerizing music, scintillating dance performances and inspiring speeches. The special feature of this global Holi celebration was performances by artists from different parts of America and the world.

In his address, Consul General Randhir Kumar Jaiswal greeted participants from around the world, and said that Holi has several connotations – social, religious, political and nature-rhythmic.

Beena Kothari, GOPIO New York President, poetically narrated the importance of Holi and served as an emcee of the event. Shruti Bekal – Mrs India USA (2019) – elegantly coordinated the celebration with performers from around the world.

Lal Motwani, the main organizer of the global Holi celebration, in his address said,  “Holi  represents the uniqueness of Indian culture as we, from all backgrounds stand united to welcome Spring, as Mother Nature breathes freshness into our lives and that of every living creature on Earth.”

Three little children adorably shared with the audience their perspectives, experiences of celebrating Holi and what it meant for them.

A live Bollywood medley by Anwar Hussain and his Bollywood Maharajah group from Jaipur representing a family of 12 generations serving the royals, was much appreciated and loved by all. His mother, Begum Batool from Jaipur, a famous singer who is the first woman from her community to perform publicly, mesmerized the audience with her beautiful voice.

Mamtha Putaswamy, Mrs India USA from Connecticut, performed a medley of Bollywood dances from popular Hindi movies. Aparna Sreedhar from Paris sang some of the very popular numbers from evergreen Hindi movies.  Lasya Komirisetty, 11, of South Africa, Guinness Book record holder for maximum performances, presented a Kuchipudi dance.

A Holi group dance depicting the dalliance of Lord Krishna with Radha and Gopis was performed by Pandit Charka’s School of Dance.

Miss Teen India Sidhya Ganesh from Washington state, presented a Holi dance. Shristi Belwaria, software engineer from New Jersey, sang classical numbers while playing sitar. Renu Kundem, an IT consultant from Canada, delighted the audience with her melodious voice.

Dr. Thomas Abraham, Chairman of GOPIO International, pointed out how Covid has transformed our lives while also according an opportunity like this Holi celebration to interact and meet virtually with people from all over the world.

GOPIO (Global Organization of People of Indian Origin) represents 32 million strong Indian diaspora and has over 100 chapters spread over continents.

Emcee Shruti Bekal – Mrs India USA (2019), Beena Kothari, GOPIO New York President, and (right) Begam Batool and Anwar Husain from a famous music family of Jaipur.

Image courtesy of (Photos: GOPIO New York)

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