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Rajasthan Speaker & Bappi Lahiri honored

October 14
03:04 2010

Dr. Vanilla Singh, Dr. Romesh Japra, Bappi Lahiri, Leela Mathur, Anu Natarajan & Deependra Singh Shekhawat

FREMONT: On October 6, over 200 people attended RANA (Rajasthan Association of North America) and the Fremont Sister City Organization reception at the residence of Lalit and Leela Mathur in Fremont, California.  Dressed in a lovely purple Rajasthani sari, Dr. Vanilla Singh was the emcee for the evening.  The reception was in honor of Deependra Singh Shekhawat, Speaker of Rajasthan State Assembly, Jaipur, India.  Internationally renowned singer and composer Bappi Lahiri was a Chief Guest at the event.

Mr Shekhawat was there to promote the relationship and cultural business between the City of Fremont and the City of Jaipur.   The purpose of the Sister City Program is to foster international goodwill through people-to-people activities.  Jaipur has been part of the program since 1993.   FIA’s Dr. Romesh Japra, the Mathurs, Dr. Vanilla Singh, along with representatives from both hosting organizations welcomed and honored both dignitaries.

City of Fremont Councilwoman Anu Natarajan and City of San Jose Councilman Ash Kalra presented a commendation to Deependra Singh Shekhawat and Bappi Lahiri.  Joe Cazenave from Congressman Pete Stark’s office also presented commendations along with Jeevan Zutshi, Chairman of the Indo-American Community Federation. Yogi Chugh presented a commendation to the dignitaries on behalf of California State Assembly member, Alberto Torrico.

Bappi Lahiri was dressed as usual in his signature bling, bling style with gold jewelry and a golden cream pajama kurta.  A very down to earth and happy Bappida was a pleasure to interact with.  Several folks received an autographed copy of Bappida’s new album ‘World Peace Love and Harmony’ and he happily posed for pictures with many guests.  Bappida said, “We should stop the violence, we have such a beautiful world, we should enjoy our world, and we should live in peace.”

RANA’s mission is to preserve and promote Rajasthani culture, values, heritage and traditions and for the past 20 years, RANA has continued to grow and now serves the Rajasthani community in the Bay Area. 

Kavita Arora is Anchor & Co-Producer of Sitaarre TV

Kavita Arora
India Post News Service

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