The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) led Orlando’s official India Day Celebration in Downtown Orlando on January 31st. The day-long line up of excitement showcased the Indian culture and community including a well-attended Street Festival in front of the Amway Center. Through the IACC’s ongoing partnership with the Orlando Magic, the Indian American community contributed to the first sold Magic game of the season (Magic versus the Boston Celtics); which also featured in-game cultural dancing and several private events. This cultural tradition was officially recognized by the NBA as the “Best Heritage Night in the NBA” in both 2014 and 2015.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer officially proclaimed January 31, 2016 as India Day in Orlando, recognizing the fourth annual India Day event as a celebration of Indian-American heritage, culture and music in Central Florida and in commemoration of India's Republic Day, which honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force. The proclamation was delivered by Orlando District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill at the Amway during the India Day celebrations.
The IACC hosted Madhuri Dixit, an award winning Bollywood actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, who was the guest speaker at the IACC Fireside Chat entitled “Powerful Indian Women.” Madhuri was interviewed center-court at the Amway Center by Beena Parikh, PhD at 2pm. The event was televised LIVE from the Amway Center to one million US viewers on TV Asia, an information and entertainment channel for the South-Asian community in North America.
Thank you for your participation at the 4th Annual India Day with the Orlando Magic. The Indian American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) led Orlando’s official Indian Republic Day celebration at the Amway Center with the bollywood star Madhuri Dixit and Orlando Magic.
Thank You to all the sponsors for their support. Thank you to our Live media coverage partner TV ASIA for broadcasting Fireside Chat with Madhuri Dixit. Thank you to all the groups that performed at street fest namely Malyalaam Oruma, Gujarati Society of Central Florida, Muthamizh Sangam of Central Florida (MSCF), Bengal Beauties, Maharashtra Mandal, C-Studios, LTR Dance Academy, Bollywood Dance Academy, Natyatharu Dance Academy, Chote Sitare, Geeta Raj, Apni Shaan Apni Pehchaan Bhangra & Mastane Raas.
A special thank you Commissioner Regina Hill who delivered Mayor Dyer’s India Day Proclamation; the Lieutenant Governor of Florida, Carlos Lopez-Cantera; the Honorable Rick Singh, Orange County Property Appraiser; Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson; Orange County Commissioner Ted Edwards; Osceola County Chair Viviana Janer and former State Rep. Ricardo Rangel for your support and attendance to the India Day events.
Thank you all for making this such a GREAT great event. Indian American Chamber of Commerce would like to GREATLYappreciate all of the volunteers that helped make the INDIA DAY 2016 a great experience for everyone!
It was so great to see so many members being a part of this event and we hope to see them more involved at all future events. We appreciate everyone who came out and had a great time with us. And thank you, once again, to ALL of the volunteers, and participants who made our event such a great success. It could not have been done without them.
Jai Ho Magic, Jai Ho IACC, Jai Ho India Day.
Indian Chamber of Commerce