Download Pictures from 01-28-2024 Federation of Indian Associations (FIA)-Chicago IL 501 (C) (3) celebrates India’s 75th Republic Day with Rafi Sahab’s Legacy of heartfelt romance [1200 pictures]

Asian Media USA © Download Pictures from 01-28-2024 Federation of Indian Associations (FIA)-Chicago IL 501 (C) (3) celebrates India’s 75th Republic Day with Rafi Sahab’s Legacy of heartfelt romance [1200 pictures] Click on the following link https://photos.app.goo.gl/uqru5NbVuYLffum48 Suresh Bodiwala Chairman Asian Media USA Bus: 847- 679-8583 Cell: 847-420-4789 E-Mail: bodiwalasuresh@gmail.com

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The Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago (FIA), hosts USA’s Largest Republic Day Celebrations

Asian Media USA © Chicago, IL: The Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago (FIA), elevated the celebration of India’s Republic Day to new heights on January 28th, at the prestigious Matrix Club in Chicago. This momentous occasion, dedicated to honoring the adoption of the Constitution of India, transcended expectations through a symphony of grand celebrations, patriotic fervor, and a vibrant tapestry showcasing the rich cultural diversity of the nation. The 2024 Republic Day festivities orchestrated by FIA were a testament to the organization’s unwavering commitment to excellence, featuring a diverse array of events, impactful community service initiatives, and a spectacular grand show that unequivocally underscored India’s profound unity in diversity. A noteworthy highlight of the evening was a breathtaking performance by acclaimed artists from India, led by the talented Shahid Rafi, the son of the legendary Padmashree Mohammad Rafi, revered as the Greatest Voice in Indian Cinema. The evening not only celebrated the heritage of the Indian Republic but also served as a beacon of cultural brilliance and artistic prowess. The inaugural moments of the event unfolded in the timeless Indian tradition, symbolizing the illumination of knowledge and wisdom through the ceremonial lighting of the lamp. Standing as custodians of this […]

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Federation of Indian Associations of Chicago (Est 1980) and Consulate General of India office, Chicago organized an OCI / Passport Camp

Asian Media USA © Chicago, IL: FIA, Chicago in partnership with the Consulate General of India Office in Chicago organized an OCI camp at Manav Seva Mandir, Bensenville, Il on Dec 10 th, 2023. The camp was attended by more than 500 people of Indian descent families. The camp had focused mainly on two issues faced by the Indian diaspora – OCI Card and Passport issues. Consul General Hon. Mr. Somnath Ghosh was magnanimous enough to extend all the support from his office and more than six consulate staff members manned the inquiry and processing desk to answer and process the paperwork for OCI Cards. The event, aimed at providing comprehensive assistance to the Indian diaspora and OCI cardholders, witnessed enthusiastic participation from the community. The collaborative efforts between the Federation of Indian Associations and the Consulate General Chicago Office once more highlighted the commitment to fostering strong ties and enhancing support for the Indian community abroad. Unprecedented Interest: The overwhelming response from the community, as evidenced by more than 1000 telephonic phone inquiries, showcases the high demand for OCI services and assistance. Community Engagement: The Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago initiative, and full support from the Chicago Consulate Office, […]

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Successful Health Fair, Coat and Blanket Drive organized by Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago 

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: On Dec 03, 2023, Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago (FIA) organized a Health Fair and Coat and Blanket donation drive at the Golf Maine Community Center in Niles. This event was attended by more than hundreds of folks from Chicago land. The event was supposed to end at twelve noon, yet people continued to walk-in. Excellent arrangements were made for the guests by providing them early morning breakfast, tea, and coffee as many of the people came for the testing and the blood work, fasting. This event was based on the core values of FIA of servicing the community in which we all live. There were more than 40 volunteers from the FIA team to ensure everything went with precision. Doctors from different specialty provided their services free on a Sunday morning, and they all said ‘time well spent’. The registration desk was taken care of by special multi-lingual volunteers who ensured all the details were captured, including the HIPAA release forms. This made the senior citizens who did not know English very welcome. The key question that was never ever asked during the six hours was ‘Do you have insurance? as everything was […]

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The Fabulous Full house Diwali Celebration

Asian Media USA ©  Chicago IL: The Diwali party presented by Pratibha Jairath and Ashok Potdar was held at Ashyana Banquets and was once again a full house event and a melodious celebration of joy and happiness. Beautifully decorated Ashyana ceilings and jazzy, vibrant colors of the outfits of the audience brought life to a quiet and dreary fall evening. The lamp lighting ceremony included the Guests of Honor and sponsors including Anil and Sweety Loomba, Sunil and Rita Shah, Bhupinder & Anita Beri, Pinky & Dinesh Thakkar, Mayur Ganger and partner Ashok Potdar. Mrs. Rita Sunil Shah recited Shree Sidhivinay prayers beautifully during Lamp lighting. Mr. Sunil Shah presented Diwali Greetings to all. Ms Jairath reminded the audience of the significance of Diwali such as victory of knowledge over ignorance, which turned into her recent initiative, a Not-for-Profit organization ‘Vidya Jyoti’s. She mentioned the accomplishment of being able to help 1015 students thus far. Mr.  Mayur Ganger, who had opened his heart as a great sponsor was presented by Mr. Anil Loomba and Dr. Bhupinder and Anita Beri.  The singing trio Pratibha Jairath, Raju Bankapur, Pradeep Sood kept the audience on their dancing feet throughout the celebration. The program […]

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ISKCON Chicago Celebrates Govardhana puja and Diwali.

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: Diwali is one of the most celebrated festivals across the globe. It marks the return of Lord Ram after killing Ravana and spending fourteen years in exile. The residents of Ayodhya welcomed him by lighting the entire city with lamps. However, a lesser-known event that also happened on the day after Diwali was Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhana hill to protect his devotees. The residents of Vrindavan were conducting a sacrifice to honor Indra. Indra is the demigod responsible for showering rain and rain nourishing the vegetation. Lord Krishna approached his father, Nanda and asked him to offer the sacrifice Govardhana hill because the hill also provided grasses for the cows to graze, beautiful waterfalls and springs. When Indra found out that his sacrifice was stopped, he became very angry and sent the most devastating rainfall to drown the residents of Vrindavan. To curb the pride of Indra and to protect his devotees, Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhana hill for seven days and seven nights on his left pinky finger. “How could a seven-year-old boy lift a mountain on his pinky finger?” This pastime depicts the omnipotent powers of Lord Krishna and is celebrated […]

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Senior Friendship Group Chicago Hosts a Dazzling Diwali Celebration

Experience of Culture, Spirituality, and Community Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: The Senior Friendship Group Chicago marked the joyous occasion of Diwali with a vibrant celebration on Sunday, November 12, 2023 at Golf Maine Park District, 8800 W Kathy Ln, Niles, IL . The festivities, which spanned from 9 am to 4 pm, brought together members and guests for a day filled with cultural delights. The event commenced with a delightful breakfast featuring an array of Diwali delicacies, including Ghooghra, Cholafli Mathiya Farsi, Puri Chawanan, tea, and coffee. The beautifully adorned venue, embellished with exquisite depictions of Ganapatidada and Lakshmi Mata, was a testament to the meticulous efforts of Meghna D Vora, who orchestrated the enchanting decor. President Harshadbhai Parekh extended heartfelt Diwali and New Year wishes to all attendees, outlining the day’s program. A collective Aarti of Ganapati Dada and Lakshmi Mata, performed by both members and guests, set a spiritual tone. Smita Parekh presented prayers of Sarva Dharma and Mayurashtakam, adding a divine touch to the celebration. In a special segment, November birthdays were celebrated, including the festivities for Sunilbhai Shah. The entertainment quotient soared as Jeetendraji, Amitbhai, Pratibhaji, and Ritaben Shah showcased their musical talents, creating […]

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American Red Cross Blood Drive By Sai Mandir

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: In a heartwarming display of compassion and community spirit, Shri Shirdi Sai Mandir , Rolling Meadows, IL hosted a blood drive in association with American Red Cross Society on Sunday, October 15th, 2023 which left an indelible mark on the local community. The event drew participants from all walks of life who came together to make a difference in the lives of those in need. The sacred halls of Sai Mandir became a sanctuary not just for spiritual solace but also for the noble act of donating blood. The drive, organized by the temple volunteers, saw an incredible surge in participants, showcasing the unwavering commitment of the community to saving lives. Sai Mandir’s blood drive is a testament to the potential for goodness with humanity and the difference that can be made when we come together for a common cause. As the event concluded, smiles and gratitude filled the air and the temple’s premises resonated with the collective hope for a brighter, healthier future. Photographs and Press release by: Staff writer Suresh Bodiwala Chairman Asian Media USA Cell: 847-420-4789    E-Mail: bodiwalasuresh@gmail.com Disclaimer: Asian Media USA Asian Media USA press releases are event oriented and published after careful review and examination of the […]

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Hari Om Mandir Annual fund raiser dinner for Community Services, Growth & Future Expansion Projects

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: Hari Om Mandir, Medinah, IL hosted the Annual Fundraiser Dinner, at the Pearl banquet, Roselle, on Sept 16, 2023. Patrons, Founder Members, Devotees, Community Leaders from various Social Organizations, joined hands to raise Funds for the cause of Community Services, Growth & Development, Future Expansion Projects of the Mandir. The gala evening started off with a red-carpet Welcome for all the Guests who attended the Program. A huge Backdrop with the Mandir Logo was set up at the Entrance, and it was an honor to be clicked there for a memorable evening. Photographers were ready to roll their cameras and capture every guest who walked in…exhibiting their best attire and joyous mood! Very soon the venue became a hot favorite for friends and families to take pictures and make their presence at the function, a day to remember. The program formally started with an auspicious Diya Lighting Ceremony, amidst chanting of Mantras by the Mandir Priests: Acharya Ram Naresh Vajpayee & Shastri Dharmender Bhatt. Chaiman BOT, Brij Sharma, President EB, Vipan Wadhera, Chairman FundRaising Committee, Anil Saxena and Prem Salwan from Salwan Trading lighted the lamp and the program was kicked off with a […]

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FIA-Chicago Hosts A Spectacular Indian Independence Day Event With Poet Sahir Ludhiyanvi

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: The Federation of Indian Associations, Chicago (FIA) hosted a Spectacular and Grand celebration, “Ae Mere Watan” to commemorate India’s 77th Independence Day – Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav with patriotic fervor on 15th September 2023 at the most upcoming and sought after, state of the art banquet hall, The Matrix Club, at Naperville, IL. The FIA led by Founder President & Chairman Sunil Shah, and Current President Vinita Gulabani, Past President Neil Khot, Founder and Past President Onkar Singh Sangha and the entire Board of Directors created an atmosphere of patriotism with an India centric program that enthralled the attending guests during the first half, followed by a musical extravaganza, the Sahir Ludhianvi Show, Directed by Milind Oak and facilitated by Madan Kulkarni and produced by Niche’ entertainment during the second half, post a sumptuous and delicious dinner.  The program started with a Bharat Natyam dance by Board member Bharatnatyam exponent and choreographer Pika Munshi. Then Sunil Shah & Vinita Gulabani were invited for a welcome address. Then Larry Herman, Mayor Oakbrook was invited to speak and present awards, along with Sunil & Vinita at the FIA Team Recognition Ceremony where all the hardworking FIA Team […]

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Humble tribute to Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad ji,

भगवान श्रीकृष्ण के अनन्य उपासक, ‘श्रीमद्भगवद्गीता’ के ज्ञान को आधुनिक विश्व की चेतना से जोड़ने वाले मनीषी, इस्कॉन के संस्थापक श्रील भक्तिवेदांत स्वामी प्रभुपाद जी की जयंती पर उन्हें विनम्र श्रद्धांजलि! Humble tribute to Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad ji, Manishi, who connects the knowledge of ‘Shrimad Bhagwadgeeta’ to the modern world consciousness of ISKCON, founder of ISKCon! https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=948489639967858&set=a.549357189881107

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Illinois Celebrates the Launch of Redberri Innovation Center by Hon. K.T. Rama Rao Minister for IT

Illinois Celebrates the Launch of Redberri Innovation Center by Hon. K.T. Rama Rao Minister for IT, Industry State of Telangana – “Start-Up India & USA, Fostering Cross-International Entrepreneurship” T-Hub leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem Asian Media USA © Chicago, IL August 28, 2023 – In a landmark proclamation, Governor JB Pritzker officially declared August 25, 2023, as “Redberri T-Hub Innovation Center Day in the State of Illinois’. This proclamation celebrates the partnership between the Redberri Earth Foundation, a renowned Illinois non-profit organization Founded by Indian Philanthropist & Civic Leader Deepak Kant Vyas promoting social and economic entrepreneurship for over 30 years, and T-Hub, the world’s largest innovation ecosystem campus. The collaboration has led to the establishment of the Redberri T-Hub Innovation Center Foundation in Chicagoland, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at fostering startup ecosystems in the United States. Illinois Senate President Don Hormone Honored Redberri Earth Foundation in Senate Proclamation, Senator Laura Murphy, Dy. Leader Illinois Senate issued a Proclamation in honor of the Redberri Innovation Center. Illinois Deputy Governor Christie George and Illinois Secretary of Commerce Kristin Richards had a productive meeting with a visiting delegation led by Hon. K T Rama Rao – Visionary leader, Minister of IT & […]

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Anuttama Dasa, the Global Director of Communications for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, “Urged world leaders to take responsibility to bring the change” at Parliament of the World’s Religions.

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: Chicago hosted the largest gathering of the Parliament of the World’s Religions at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center, 2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL with a representation of 212 world religions and 95 countries. The convention was from Monday to Friday, August 14 to 18, 2023 drew a lot of religious leaders who discussed social issues that plague the planet. The convention has its historic roots tied to Chicago where it began in 1893 and then again reconvened in 1993. The parliament aims at bringing the world’s religious and spiritual communities to create a better world. The convention creates a unique platform for the most inclusive interfaith dialogue and draws the wisdom and richness of traditions to address world problems. This year’s theme was “A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom and Human Rights” and the program began with a colorful parade of faiths. Anuttama Dasa, the global director of communications for the International society for Krishna consciousness said, “The world Parliament of religions is a wonderful event because it gives a chance for people of all different religious persuasions, spirituality’s, different countries, different traditions to come together and learn from each other.” He also said, “A […]

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The message of Interfaith Actions

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: The message resonates with clarity and conviction: We must join hands, unite, and safeguard the religious rights of all faiths. The Parliament of World Religions (PoWR) has traversed a remarkable journey since 1893. The 1893 Parliament of the World’s Religions brought together 400 men and women, representing 41 diverse religious traditions. It was during this momentous gathering that Catholicism and Judaism gained recognition as significant American religions, and the luminous traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism were unveiled to the Western world. In the contemporary landscape, where the specters of religious fanaticism and state-sanctioned alienation loom large, the initial tableau of the plenary challenges our reality. The camaraderie among individuals from Mexico, China, and India on the dais extends a warm invitation to stakeholders of faith, beckoning them towards a realm of peace, harmony, and genuine discourse on pressing matters. Chicago’s atmosphere was electric, and Mayor Brandon Johnson astutely proclaimed, “In this moment, seeking refuge solely within scriptures and holy texts falls short; it is essential to exhibit the most magnificent creation and power of humanity – the act of love.” PoWR 2023 resounded as a summons to conscience. The central theme was the defense of […]

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The Hare Krishna’s bring 5000 year old tradition to Bud Billiken parade

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: The Bud Billiken parade is the largest Afro-American parade and the second largest parade in America next to the Rose parade. It is celebrated to honor black history and also inspire the youth to begin the next school year. Billiken is a guardian angel, a patron saint of children in Chinese mythology. The parade was initiated by Robert S. Abbott who is known as the father of black journalism. This year marked the 94th celebration of this parade. The Bud Billiken Parade is more than a procession of bands and floats marching down King Drive, it’s a commemoration of our past and a celebration of our future. Every summer since 1929, “The Bud” has united African-Americans throughout the city of Chicago in music, dance, food, and laughter. It’s one of the only spaces where we can openly and emphatically praise the historic roots that plant us into the South Side of Chicago. This year parade was on Saturday August 12, 2023 at   E 35th St & Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Chicago, IL 60653 Throngs of people flocked together as the floats paraded down Martin Luther King Jr. drive. The parade traditionally begins in […]

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ISKCON Chicago devotees bring Deity of Lord Jagannatha on the float at the India’s 77th Independence Day Parade on Devon Ave

Asian Media USA © Chicago, IL: The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA-Chicago), an esteemed organization with a rich heritage dating back to its establishment in 1980, proudly hosted an awe-inspiring India Independence Day parade on the vibrant streets of Devon Avenue on August 5th, 2023. This grand event marked the joyous commemoration of India’s 77th Independence Day anniversary, drawing a diverse multitude of thousands, each hailing from different corners of the Indian subcontinent, who converged along the parade route to bask in the resounding waves of patriotism. The event was graced by Kanishka Soni, an Indian actress and model from Mumbai. Joining in the celebrations was esteemed guests, including Consul General Mr. Somnath Ghose, Chicago Mayor Mr. Brandon Johnson, Mayor of Lincolnwood Mr. Jesal Patel, and Parade Chair Ms. Smita Shah. These illustrious figures joined their voices to wish one and all a jubilant Independence Day. President Dr. Rashmi Patel extended her warmest welcome and heartfelt gratitude to these distinguished individuals, underscoring the profound importance of their presence. India is celebrating it’s 77th independence day and among the other colorful floats with the colors of India flag – white, orange and green were the members of The International society for […]

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Maneesh Media’s 50 Under 50: Honouring Today’s Indo-Canadian Trailblazers and Next Gen Leaders!

Asian Media USA © Global publishing house Maneesh Media has recently launched its latest compilation, 50 Under 50: Young and Aspiring Indo-Canadians in Toronto amid great fanfare. A resounding success, this exceptional book was presented to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at his visit earlier this week to BAPS temple in Toronto, followed by a gala event held in the honor of all remarkable achievements of dynamic young Indo-Canadians featured in the book. The grand event, on 30 June 2023 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Brampton, was held under the auspices of chief guest H.E. Sanjay Kumar Verma, the High Commissioner of India to Canada; guest of honor Hon’ble Apoorva Srivastava, the Consulate General of India; and distinguished guests, the illustrious Dr. Vaikuntam Iyer Lakshmanan, recently bestowed with Order of Canada; Dr. Sankar DasGupta, the Co-Founder & CEO of Electrovaya and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto. Dr. Lalita Malhotra, an eminent obstetrician and philanthropist from Prince Albert; Chandra Arya, Member of Parliament – Nepean; and Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament – Oshawa also graced the occasion with their presence along with other dignitaries like business leaders Kuldeep Sharma, Chairman & CEO of Crown Group of Hotels, and Norton Kothari, […]

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Celebration of the 9th International Yoga Day on the theme – Yoga for Wellness!

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: The 9th International Yoga Day (IDY) was celebrated by FIA-Chicago, GSA Global Eye Magazine & Mindful Meditation Yoga in collaboration with the Consulate General of India, on Saturday, June 24th, 2023 in the indoor Sports Complex of Naperville Yard in Naperville IL. The event was well publicized prior to its celebration which resulted in more than 500 yoga enthusiasts, practitioners, students, prominent members of the Indian diaspora/Associations and several local organizations attending, probably the largest yoga event organized in Chicagoland. The program was properly arranged to spread awareness of yoga in all aspects. Dignitaries in attendance were Consul General of India, Chicago Somnath Gosh, Congressman Bill Foster, First Lady of Naperville, Lynda Wehri, Councilman Paul leong along with his wife Artista Leong, Dr Vijay Prabhakar Chairman GSA Global Eye Magazine, Sunil Shah Chairman FIA-Chicago, Vinita Gulabani President FIA- Chicago, Anu Malhotra President Mindful Meditation Yoga, Esteem guests and Community leaders of Chicagoland. Participants received a warm welcome by showering rosewater sprinkles by the IYD Welcoming Team of 40 Yoga Ambassadors upon their arrival and were escorted to their seats.  Anu Malhotra started the program promptly at 10am. In her welcoming remarks, she stated “Yoga brings celebration and skill in […]

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ISKCON Chicago Sri Sri Kisora-Kisori Celebrating 50 Years

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: In the heart of Rogers Park, Chicago, The ISKCON temple, and home of the dear Sri Sri Kisora-Kisori (Radha Krishna) deities, is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this June 15th-18th, 2023. We welcome everyone to ISKCON Chicago’s 50th Anniversary of the installation of Kisora-Kishori, located at 1716 West Lunt Avenue in Rogers Park, Chicago. This four day event will honor all the members who have served in the ISKCON Chicago community during the last 50 years. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON, is a worldwide spiritual society based on the philosophy of Bhagavad Gita and Sankirtana or musical chanting, and was founded in America by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966. The movement has its roots from a spiritual tradition and the knowledge is accepted as being spoken by Sri Krishna 5000 years ago. Srila Prabhupada and his youthful disciples soon established temples in many cities around the world. ISKCON now has over 650 temples and centers, 110 restaurants, and a wide variety of community projects and still growing. Srila Prabhupada came to the United States on a cargo ship in 1966. He sacrificed the remainder of his time on earth and dedicated his life […]

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