27th Annual Indo-American Friendship Dinner

India Forum Inc hosted a very successful 27th Annual Indo-American Friendship Dinner on Oct 13th 2012, at the Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore, MD.

The dinner was attended by a number of national and local leaders including Senator, Benjamin L. Cardin, Congressman John Sarbanes, Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, MD Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, House Majority leader Kumar P. Barve, Deputy Secretary of State of MD, Rajan Natarajan and Economist, Anirban Basu. In addition a number of local business owners and leaders participated representing the following corporations:

McCormick & Company, Inc.

AECOM

Allied Contractors, Inc.

A S Architects, Inc.

ATI Inc.

Dhillon Engineering, Inc.

E2CR, Inc.

EBA Engineering, Inc.

Phoenix Engineering, Inc.

JALS Systems, LLC

Sidhu Associates

Lalit H. Gadhia – Attorney at Law

Kathy Stone – KCS Search Group

Capital Strategies

This year’s Dinner main theme was “Culture and Nation Building” and a number of delegates and guest speakers highlighted how the Indo-American community continues to play an important role in the growth and advancement of these values in US and India. The Board of Trustees of India Forum Inc. also presented a Public service award to former MD attorney general Mr. Joseph Curran Jr. and community service award to Mr. Sachinder Gupta of E2CR for their lifelong and continued contributions to the Indo-American community in support of the core principles of India Forum Inc. There was an excellent A Capella performance by the young talented students the University of Maryland, College Park students, as well as a fusion dance performed by Nrityaki Dance Academy. India Forum released a Souvenir magazine to mark this event.

Since 1975, India Forum Inc has been serving the cultural and community needs of the Indian Community. As a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, the goals of India Forum are to promote Indian Culture, Tradition and Heritage in this part of the world. We make this happen by facilitating high quality events at top notch venues for the Indian Community in Maryland/Baltimore area. These events celebrate the festivals important to the immigrant community and provide them an identity in the society that helps them thrive. These events also help in involving the local citizens of this area and increase their awareness of our rich culture and heritage. India Forum Inc is organized and run by a team of dedicated voluntary board members.

Upcoming Key events organized or being proposed by India Forum:

  • November/December 2012 - Movie Night and A Capella performance for the community

  • January/February 2013 - Yoga Day

  • March 2013 - Sport Day (all or any India traditional Sports/Games organized by youth)

  • April 2013 - Holi Dance Competition: Indian dance schools from MD, VA, DC compete at all age levels.

  • July/August 2013 - Dinner Cruise and India Day Celebration - July/August 2013

  • October 2013: Indo-American Friendship Dinner –An event with a 27 year heritage celebrating the friendship of the two largest democracies in the world. Attended and honored by Senators, congressman and other delegates. Sponsored by the local Indian businesses in Maryland.

  • November 2013 - Diwali: A premier year-end event Celebrating the Festival of lights

 

Some pictures below capturing the participation of the delegates and the colorful Indian dresses.

 
    
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