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President's Note

Hello!

It’s my pleasure to welcome you all as the President along with the new IAGB team. Over the past years, we have embarked on a journey to establish close community relations and bring meaningful initiatives to the community. Your IAGB Team believes that there’s nothing unattainable when a community comes together. The goal of this new team is to empower the local Indian American community in civic matters; engage and reconnect our community through enriching activities; be resourceful for our seniors; and establish community level connections with our youth.

Your current IAGB team is just as eclectic as the community we represent. They are eager to serve and carry forward IAGB initiatives. See below a word bubble of our collective thoughts on what IAGB means to the greater Indian American community.
Keep an eye out for our newsletters to find the upcoming

activities and join in wherever you can. We also encourage and invite you to ask questions, share your knowledge, and continue to be an integral part of this community.

~Vaishali Gade

A Big Thank You to all of you who made

IAGB India Day Festival 2021 a spectacular and hugely successful event!

An estimated 7000+ strong crowd (DCR Hatch Shell estimate) came to the event despite the pandemic times. Huge crowds thronged the food stalls, vendor booths and hundreds of youngsters and adults danced merrily to the lovely throbbing music by the Berklee Indian Ensemble. Seven dazzling cultural performances enthralled the audiences.

It was the celebration of freedom, democracy, unity, diversity and the values of people and their spirit, where our minds and hearts were decorated in tri-colors – joy and pride shared amongst all of us.

It was perfect summer weather, with nice breezes from the Charles River. Also, in honor of Independence Day, the Boston City Hall Plaza was lit with tricolor from August 13 to 15th for 3 nights. Leading to the Hatch Shell celebration, IAGB held formal flag-raising ceremonies in over 50 towns, spreading the independence celebration across local towns and communities we live in.

Live in concert by Berklee Indian Ensemble was a memorable one as the sounds of ‘Vande Mataram vibrating through the Esplanade and the Charles River. Berkley’s music concert captured everyone’s spirit and patriotism – thousands in the crowd swayed and danced to the mesmerizing performance. . Also, IAGB recognized over 30+ organizations for their support and partnership with IAGB and community service & contributions during COVID 19 pandemic in the last 20+ months. This celebration was even more special as it was IAGB’s 35th India Day celebration at the Hatch Shell, which started in 1987 at the same location.

Celebration of this scale wouldn’t be possible without support and participation from all corners. IAGB would like to take this opportunity to thank:

  • Our sponsors – Pelmeds, AcceptU, ICC, Cuemath, New York Life Insurance, and over 30 exhibitions and advertisers.
  • Berklee Indian Ensemble and its founder Annette Philip for the fantastic live concert – magical voice and sounds with super energy and splendid musicianship.
  • Talented choreographers, performers, musicians, and artists for the amazing and captivating cultural and band performances.
  • Over 30+ community organizations for their support, partnership, and being part of the celebration.
  • Food vendors – Maya Indian Bar & Grill, Home Kitchens and Mela restaurants for serving delicious Indian Cuisine throughout the day.
  • Community Youth Excellence 2021 award winners – Arnav Bhakta, Sachi Badola, and Archita Neemlikanti.
  • SRAVEO for Photography and Videography and Fotu Duniya for Photography.
  • All the volunteers who joined us to pitch in for every effort all day long (Raghavendra Nanjaiah, Samhita Gowda, Angel Patel, Heny Patel, Sanchita Gowda, Esha Shinde, @Aditi Manjrekar, Kishan Angadi, Jayanth Angadi, Srinathan Gade, Anees Buxamusa, Swasti Bhargava, Shourya Gupta, Vasudha Kudrimoti, Dhriti Motwani etc)
  • Niren Chaudhary, CEO – Panera Bread for being our chief guest on this occasion.
  • DCR Hatch Shell staff and rangers for planning and managing the entire day operations so smoothly and efficiently.
  • Boston City Hall for lighting up the CHP with tricolor for three days.
  • MA state police for supervising and supporting the event, keeping everyone safe.
  • Our media partners – Lokvani, INE, MeraSangeet, and Boston city news outlets.
  • TV Asia – Jharna Madan for covering the event.
  • 50+ towns (select board, mayor/council board, town administration) for flag-raising ceremonies.
  • Community members – DCR Hatch Shell estimated 7000+ community members who came to celebrate India’s pride. IAGB team couldn’t thank you enough for the excitement, energy, and participation.

Thanks to the IAGB team – a dedicated, passionate, and dynamic team that kept the community busy in the last two years with innumerable events and activities and memorable India Day and Republic Day cultural celebrations.

IAGB promises to keep up the momentum built with this huge event and bring you many such programs and events in the days to come.

Thank you again,

IAGB Executive Committee

India Day 2021 3 - 7pm(Open to public from 2pm) August 15, Hatch Shell, Boston

With COVID 19 restrictions lifted off, we are very excited to bring back in-person India Day 2021 celebrations. It will be on August 15th from 3 to 7 pm at the Hatch Shell, the iconic Boston landmark that unites and enriches the Boston community with vital arts, culture, and sprawling open space on the bank of Charles River.

The event will have a variety of cultural performances and a concert by talented choreographers, performers, and artists from the New England region. There will be local exhibitors and vendors from various corners of our community with your favorite shopping bazaar. Exhibitors/vendors, please iagb.org/sponsorship for more details and sign up. Also, we will have a Food Mela, with multiple restaurants bringing mouthwatering cuisines from all parts of India.

 
The bank of Charles River and the Hatch Shell are a perfect spot for a family picnic while being part of vibrant India Day 2021 celebrations. 
 
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to join in and celebrate the colorful and vibrant culture of India!! Any questions, send an email to iagb@iagb.org.

India Day Festival 2021
Date : August 15
Time : 3-7pm, Open to Public from 2 pm
Place : Hatch Memorial Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston

Logistics for the event

How to get Hatch Shell :
  1. The MBTA subway is a favorable alternative to driving and parking for the event. Red Line: Exit at the Charles/MGH stop and cross the Frances Appleton Bridge and a few mins walk to the Esplanade/Hatch Shell.
  2. If you’re driving, you can drop off your family and friends at the Hatch Shell. When you arrive closer to the Hatch Shell Auditorium, you will notice that the rightmost lane of the Storrow Drive is temporarily blocked for our event. Please keep moving slowly, until the nearest point of the Auditorium and you will see security/volunteers standing at the designated ‘drop-off’ location.
  3. Arthur Fiedler Footbridge is temporarily closed for updates. Please use Frances Appleton Bridge or Dartmouth Street Footbridge for Hatch Shell area access. 

Street parking is free on Sunday. You may have to find something closer to the above bridges. MGH is very close to the Frances Appleton Bridge and there are quite a few parking garages nearby. You may use the following apps to help find/pay for the parking.

ParkBoston – Pay for street parking
SPOT Parking – private parking with an Airbnb-like model
SpotHere – https://spothero.com/
COVID – 19 Precautions:
Please observe safety precautions for outdoor events. For more details visit https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-mask-requirements
IAGB will be providing free face masks and there are sanitizers stations all around the park at the Hatch Shell for your convenience. If you need help with anything, please approach IAGB directors or volunteers or visit the IAGB booth.

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IAGB Community Youth Excellence Awards 2021

India Association of Greater Boston (IAGB) is thrilled to announce the 2021 Community Youth Excellence Award winners, for the eighth year in a row!  We received an overwhelming number of nominations from the exceptionally talented and accomplished students in the New England area.

The 2021 Community Youth Excellence Award winners are: Arnav Bakta a rising senior at Phillips Academy Andover, MA and Sachi Badola, a rising senior at Chelmsford High School, MA. Also, Archita Neamlikanti, a rising junior at Hopkinton Highschool, will get a special Recognition Award. The winners will be recognized at India Day Festival 2021 on August 15th at the Hatch Memorial Shell.

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Raising the flags of India and USA, honoring India’s 75th Independence Day celebration

We have closely worked with town administration and will be raising the Indian and American flags in over 40 towns/cities across New England, to commemorate the momentous India’s 75th Independence Day celebration.

We will have these events starting August 1st through the 14th, culminating into the grand finale cultural event. “IAGB India Day” on August 15th, which is back to its core, at the Hatch Memorial Shell alongside Charles River.

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IAGB Community Youth Excellence Awards 2021 Call for Nominations

IAGB is pleased to invite nominations for the prestigious “IAGB Community Youth Excellence” award. Anyone, including parents, friends, and relatives, can nominate a student. Students can also nominate themselves. The deadline is July 21st, 2021.

SWATANTRATA KA JUNOON Independence Day

An Invitation to all of our New England Area Dance Performers to perform live at India’s 75th Independence Day Celebrations. 

We know you have been eagerly waiting to show off your dancing passion, dazzle the audience with your moves, and soak in that moment performing in front of a large crowd..  

So here you go …IAGB is delighted to bring you an in-person India Day Celebration. Location to be determined.We are now accepting entries for all types of Folk and Bollywood performances. 

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IAGB Memorial Day Tribute 2021 May 31, 2pm

Please join us for a virtual Memorial Day Tribute 2021, a celebration of our freedom as we honor those who have made sacrifices for us.

The list of speakers includes war veterans, elected representatives, dignitaries, and community leaders from the New England region.

IAGB is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: IAGB Virtual Memorial Day Tribute 2021
Time: May 31, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89692775090?pwd=QUhYU0ZTVDRwRkRVdHlhU3YvdXdhZz09

Meeting ID: 896 9277 5090
Passcode: 438060

The event will also be live-streamed on IAGB Facebook and Youtube channels.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Session Date: Apr 25th, Time : 10:30AM-11:30AM

Pfizer, Moderna, J & J (not available), Covaxin, Covishield – quite a lot of vaccines in a very short time. Are these safe? Why is there so much skepticism? Too many questions and the internet is not the most reliable source of information.
Why not ask the doctors who have the “accurate” information that will be shared with the community? Send questions prior to the panel discussion to sushil.motwani@iagb.org.

Our Initiatives

Create a visible presence and voice for the Indian-American community in New England.

Activate the organization’s strength and resources to serve the needy in our adopted land of USA and our motherland, India.

Garner opportunities for our young adults and next generation children to get involved in various activities.

Nurture a sustainable platform to unite our seniors to share knowledge and experiences.

Organize various cultural programs to keep our Indian American community connected with the culture of our motherland, India.

Organize various cultural programs to keep our Indian American community connected with the culture of our motherland, India.

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