IAGB 2017-2019 Executive Committee’s tenure is now exactly at its mid point. The team feels proud of the milestones reached over the last year but also realizes that there are more issues to be addressed and more opportunities to explore. The team is not only looking at expanding its footprint on more facets of Indian American lives in New England, but is also finding ways to make these imprints deeper on their psyche. The Executive Committee strongly encourages IAGB members to attend the General Body Meeting scheduled for October 13th, 2018 at Burlington Public Library. This meeting is a good opportunity for the members to communicate their feedback and advice on what improvements can be made. We are hoping to see most of you at the GBM. Please RSVP.
IAGB celebrated India Day Festival at the Boston City Hall Plaza on Sunday, August 19th with great pomp and pageantry. The new venue turned out to be perfect in more ways than one. About 8,000 people attended the event. Starting with yoga and meditation at 11 AM followed by games for kids and adults, the first half set up the expectations for the rest of day to follow. The main cultural event started with a bang (Dhol taashe and lezim) and ended with a bang (Boston Bhangra and DJ hour) with literally no respite in the middle. Program after program was alive with energy and vigor. The crowds were wowed by a surprise flash mob in the middle with almost 50 participants dancing to choreography and music spanning the length and breath of India.
IAGB has more than doubled its efforts in its preparation of India Day celebrations set for August 19th. As this is the first time IAGB will be hosting this event at Boston’s City Hall Plaza, the entire team is stretching its imagination to anticipate the unexpected and at the same time is venturing out with some untried and untested but innovative ideas, so as to engage and make the experience of all the program attendees fun and memorable. See you all on August 19th and please do come and meet the Executive Board members and let us know how we are serving the IAGB community and what more we can do. We welcome all suggestions.
It takes a village…to build a village. This August 19th, 2018 IAGB community will showcase the splendor of Indian spirit at the Boston City Hall Plaza for the first time. The Plaza – Boston’s Living Room – will be transformed into a podium, a dance floor, a playground, a kitchen, a mega theater, a jazzy club…. all part of our mega annual celebration of India Day. You are encouraged to volunteer and become part of the celebrations. Please contact us and let us know how you wish to contribute. Activities will happen on stage and on the ‘field’. Activities are being planned for all age groups. This is our opportunity to not only enjoy our India spirit, but showcase the strength of the Indian-American diaspora in New England. So come join in on the celebrations!!
IAGB had huge success with the two college workshops that were organized over the weekends of May 5th and May 13th. Both the events were extremely well attended and well received by the community. IAGB thanks Dr. Anil Saigal for an excellent and insightful presentation detailing the steps, process, pitfalls and benchmarks in the college application process. IAGB also thanks our eight parent volunteers who shared their personal experience in getting their kid(s) into college with the workshop attendees.
IAGB is excited to a re-imagined India Day Festival on August 19th at the Boston City Hall Plaza. In addition to other traditional attractions, there will be a new interactive program which will launch in May. IAGB will be scouting for talent in individuals and groups through its “IAGB GOT TALENT” competition. Individuals and groups can submit their talent exhibitions as video recordings through platforms soon to be announced. A select few “performers” will be chosen and given a platform to perform at India Day Festival.
The Board of IAGB spent a busy month on preparing for the upcoming college application process workshop series, formulating the requirements for a revamped IAGB website and scouting venues for India Day – 2018. IAGB is proud to announce that for the first time in its history IAGB will host India – Day celebrations at Boston City Hall Plaza.
Happy President’s Day from the entire IAGB team! Fresh off the high from an extremely successful Republic Day Mela – 2018, the team dove right back to prep on its next activity – Healthcare Proxy & Living Will workshop series. Simultaneously other teams are working on planning the next event, College Workshop and on upgrading the website to name a few.
Happy New Year from the entire IAGB team! New Year is expectedly starting off with a bang! Presently IAGB is putting some final last minute touch ups to its program for the annual mega event – Republic Day Mela 2018 on Jan 27, 2018. A plethora of competitions and wide variety of cultural programs will highlight the annual celebrations!
Happy Holidays and we wish you all a happy new year from the entire IAGB team! Since coming on board, the new IAGB Executive Committee has had a busy few months. We had two extremely successful outreach programs, Consulate@Yourdoorstep on Nov. 18th and Cradles to Crayons Donation drive on Dec. 9th and a successful amendment of the Constitution. Presently IAGB is gearing up for the annual mega event – Republic Day Mela 2018 on Jan 27, 2018.