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On February 25, 2017, a special event was held in New Delhi, India. The event was co-sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Culturally Active Delhiites (CAD) and was held in the Nehru Memorial Auditorim in Teen Murti, Delhi. The night was a celebration of the rich culture of India and how appreciation for culture can strengthen our families.
The evening began with the presentation of recognition awards from UNICEF India to LDS Charities (LDSC), the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and LDSC to Udayan Care, a Delhi area orphanage.
There were several dignataries in attendance for this auspicious event. These included Chief Guest, Ms. Sharon Lowen, a master of Indian dance and noted Odissi danseuse.. Ms. Lowen has been active in dance, culture and choreography for many years. Also in attendance were Ms. Priyanka Chaudhary, a Member of the Legislatve Assembly (MLS) for the Cantonement area of New Delhi. Professor Ashok Chawla, an advisor for the Ministry of External Affairs was also attendance. There were also several highly respected members of the Delhi academic community, area captains of business and representatives of other government and quasi-government offices.
Those in attendance were blessed to feast on the talents of Mr. Sanjeeb Sircar, noted Sitar player and disciple of Ustaad Shujaat Khan and Ms. Arupa Lahiry, disciple of Padmashree Smt Chitra, a star of Bharatanatyam style dance. Mr. Sircar has a musical career of more than four decades and has performed in presigious venures around the globe. Likewise, Ms. Lahiry is an internationally renoun and popular classical Bharatanatyam dancer who has thrilled crowds all over India, Europe and North America.
Brother Suresh RamaKrishna of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also gave a stirring speech about the importance of holding fast to our cultural heritage and how so doing can bind our families together toward the future as we remember and reflect on our past. "Who we were is who we are today and in the future".
At the conlusion of the event all participants enjoyed a tasty buffet of Southern Indian cuisine.
We are so grateful for the support and love shown by all in attendance. May old friendships be nutured and new friendships born from a night to remember. The phrase echoed by many attendees was, "We feel such a positive energy."