The Association of Indo American’s (AIA) and Bolly 92.3 presented the annual Dussehra & Diwali Dhamaka on Oct 19 in San Jose, California. More than 35 Indian-American organizations from the Bay Area came together for the event. Over 25,000 people attended the event, organizers said.
The daylong festival included dance competitions, diya making, Rangoli, flash mob, DJ Junction, Ravan Dahan, Rath Yatra, Desi Food Festival and fireworks. Over 60 vendors displayed booths spanning clothing, jewelry, mehndi, real estate, after schools, IT training & health services.
Elected officials who attended the event included Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Santa Clara county Sheriff Laurie Smith, Santa Clara county Supervisor Dave Cortese, Fremont Vice Mayor Raj Salwan, District officer Swapanthi Mandalika from Congressman Ro Khanna’s office, District officer Anurag Pal from Assemblymember Kansen Chu and District officer Eric Crouch from Assembly member Evan Low office. Consul General of India in San Francisco Sanjay Panda also attended.
AIA commendation awards were given to Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champion Rishik Gandhasri U.S. figure skating champion Anugraha and Vincent Varkey for exhibiting courage &patriotism.