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Hindi Diwas celebrated locally

11/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of Anoop Kapoor
COPLEY — International Hindi Association’s (IHA) North East (NE) Ohio Chapter celebrated Hindi Diwas Oct. 13 at Kingsbury Recreational Center. The event took place in conjunction with the 12th Annual Conference of the North East Ohio Chapter of IHA.

Anoop Kapoor, president of IHA NE Ohio, presided over the board meeting before kicking off the celebrations for Hindi Diwas. The meeting was followed by a tour of a Hindi exhibition, which highlighted the contribution by IHA toward the promotion of Hindi.

During the meeting, Kapoor presented the report and accomplishments of the association so far in this year. He highlighted a successful Hasya Kavi Sammelan organized by IHA earlier in the year in April in Bamboo Garden in Cleveland. Several poets from India were invited in that Kavi Sammelan. The event was sold out and was attended by more than 300 people.

Kapoor also highlighted the Star Talk 2013 event held in the Akron/Cleveland area for the first time under the IHA NE Ohio banner. Kiran Khaitan lead the efforts and acquired a federal grant under the National Language Security Initiative instituted by then-President George W. Bush.

Kapoor also presented the financial report stating the revenue in the past year exceeded the expenses, resulting in a positive cash flow.

Office bearers for 2014-15 were elected as follows: Ajay Chadda as president, Ashok Khandelwal as vice president, Padam Bansal as secretary and Veena Bhan as treasurer. Chadda later presented his plans for next two years.

Participants in the day’s events are shown above.

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