Talented Little Champs & Upcoming India’s Independence Day Celebrations
Society with Ruchi
It’s Hot! But that did not hold back the tiny tots from exhibiting their talents on Saturday August 6, 2011 at India House. India Culture Center hosted Little Champ Singing Competition and Auditions and three final winners were selected to perform during IFest India’s Independence Day celebration on August 20th at George R. Brown Convention Center.
With more than thirty candidates, the competition took off to a great start with kids ranging from age 6 to 12. It was exhilarating to witness the little ones bearing the torch of their rich cultural heritage who enthusiastically and without any inhibitions sang in their regional language in front of a large gathering.
“We are so happy that ICC offered this platform for the little ones to showcase their talent. This gives them an extra boost to learn more about their Indian culture and heritage,” says a parent who was eagerly waiting for her 7 year old to perform.
Past ICC President Swapan Dhairyawan informed that the purpose of the competition was to create awareness and confidence amongst the younger generation. “This is the first time that such an audition has been hosted and the results are overwhelming or should I say too cute,” says Swapan with a grin.
The winners were declared the same day. First winner was Vinitha Sridhar, second was Apoorva Das, and Akhila Mazumdar bagged the third prize.
Come August and it’s time for Indians to celebrate their Independence! On August 15, 1947 India got its independence from British rule. Celebrations are at full swing in Houston. As the number of Indo-American organizations in the Greater Houston area continues to rise so does the community involvement. The events are getting bigger and better and party animals keep begging for more.
Bring on the celebration: If you are looking to party like there is no tomorrow head on to the Masala Mixer Independence Bash at Moghul Lounge on Saturday August 13 from 10pm to 2am with DJ Scoop in the Mix.
Meanwhile India Culture Center an organization of over 38 years of existence that has been promoting India’s culture and traditions through events like India Fair and India Fest will be hosting the India-Fest 2011, celebrating India’s 65th Independence Day celebrations. This year’s theme is ‘Amazing India at 65’.
The day-long celebrations include a grand cultural segment highlighting ‘Ekta ki Awaz’ being choreographed by Sangeet Natak Akademi winner Rathna Kumar. The celebrations will also have a formal flag honoring ceremony led by the Chief Guest Hon. Consul General Sanjiv Arora who will give his Independence Day message. Other activities inlcude Li’l Champs contest, Miss Teen Texas USA Pageant, an elaborate commercial Bazaar, International Food Court and the Award Ceremony.
Admission to the event at the George R. Brown Convention Center is nominal and all information can be found on www.icchouston.org. Please call Event Chair Harshad Patel at 832-259-2178 or Col Raj Bhalla, President ICC at 281-265-4650 for further details.
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