Mayor Adams celebrates Diwali in Times Square

New York: NYC Mayor Eric Adams inaugurated Diwali celebrations in Times Square on October 15. The festival of Diwali marks the beginning of the Indian New Year. Deepavali – the Festival of Light, this year falls on Oct 24 but the celebrations started a week before, in Times Square.

Mayor Eric Adams, Senator Charles E. Schumer, India’s Consul General in New York Randhir Jaiswal, NY State Assemblywoman Jennifer Rajkumar – the first Indian American Assemblywoman, and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine attended the event along with hundreds of Indian American community members.

Renowned Oncologist Padmashree Dr. Dattatreyadu Nori was recognized and honored for his lifetime excellent services to Health and Medicine. Seen in the photo, Left to Right: Rajendra Dichapalli, Dr. Nori, Mayor Eric Adam, Neeta Bhasin, and Harish Bhasin

“We acknowledge the Diwali, and we need to acknowledge the power of women and the significance role women play in our country, in our city. Let’s continue to lift our women as we lift up our country – our city,” said NYC Mayor Adams.

Consul General of India Randhir Jaiswal said, “Every year, we celebrate Diwali in Times Square but this year, it is somewhat different. It happened to be part of India’s 75th year of Independence.”

From Left to Right: New York State Assemblywoman Jennifer Raj Kumar, Senator Chuck Schumer, Neeta Bhasin, NYC Mayor Eric Adam, Consulate General of India in New York Amb. Randhir Jaiswal, and Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine

Renowned Oncologist Padmashree Dr. Dattatreyadu Nori was recognized and honored for his lifetime excellent services to Health and Medicine by Mayor Eric Adam. Robert Vadra was also seen at the event along with many dignitaries, honoring Dr. Nori.

Times Square witnessed huge participation of members of Indian American community, Americans and others dressed up in traditional outfits from different states of India, showcasing India’s rich art, culture, and diversity. The Diwali Bazaar provided a variety of traditional Indian cuisines and sweets and merchandise for Diwali festivities.

Lead sponsors of Diwali at Times Square lighting the lamp, inaugurating the Colors of India presentation

The variety of traditional performances and lively acts by world-renowned artists like Jay Sean, Arjun, and Rimi Nique, and Social Media fame artists Kiran + Nivi and Hrishi kept the audience glued for hours. 100s of students of Arya Dance Academy and Shiamak Davar School of Dance presented dazzling dance shows at the event.

“We love our community, our Indian community, and we love that we all come together here in New York with our diversity,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer. He has been celebrating the festival of Diwali with the Indian American community in New York for many years.

There were over 60 dance performances by students of Arya Dance Academy and Shiamak Davar School of Dance

“The Hindu, Sikh, and Buddhist communities, you are so important to the city, and I wish you a holiday of light, prosperity, happiness, health, and a wonderful year ahead,” said Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine in his address.

Jennifer Rajkumar, the first Indian American NY State Assemblywoman was introduced by Mayor Eric Adams on the stage. “On the street, they call him – Mayor Eric Adams – a Hindu Mayor. Plant-based diet, meditation, he does it all. I am honored to be the first Hindu elected to be in the NYS office. The first Indian woman but defiantly, not the last one,” she said.

Jay Sean enthralled the crowd with his singing and musical performances

Take in Blurb Highlight: Attendees were encouraged to take the advantage of Bivalent Vaccines at nearby COVID Clinics with the partnership of the “We Can Do This” campaign of, a Health & Human Services initiative. The campaign was frequently promoted via fliers distributions, stage announcements, and AV projections at the stage screen and Times Square Tower.

“We appreciate the support and cooperation from the authorities of the City of New York, NYPD, FDNY, Heath Department, Times Square Alliance, and other Government organizations to create yet another successful event at Times Square,” the organizers said in a statement.

Heena at Diwali Bazaar

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