CUPERTINO: Bhubaneswar Sister City Initiative (CBSCI) organized a dinner event with city officials and community to share its projects together with cuisine from the east and collaborative dance performances at Cupertino City Hall on April 22.
The event was attended by Cupertino Mayor Barry Chang, Vice Mayor Savita Vaidhyanathan, Cupertino Council members Gilbert Wong, Rod Sinks, Darcy Paul, former Mayor Orrin Mahoney and representatives from other sister cities Copertino, Italy and Hsinchu, Taiwan, Toyokawa, Japan, Cupertino Rotary, SFO India Vice Consul K Venkata Ramana, Cupertino Chamber of Commerce CEO Anjali Kausar, TiECon 2016 Convener BJ Arun, Chandru Bhambhra and other community leaders.
Cupertino’s sister city partnerships have proven very successful in fostering educational, technical, economic and cultural exchanges. Over the years, there have been many delegations visiting both the cities as well as many local students participated in annual student exchange programs.
Apart from producing broad community benefit and creating an atmosphere in which international economic development and trade would be developed and strengthened, this program also fosters an environment in which community partnerships can be established to creatively learn, work and solve problems together.
CBSCI is one of the latest additions to Cupertino’s sister city organizations. To date the organization has organized annual events, trips to Bhubaneswar by Cupertino Mayor and Rotary and booths at the City’s Fall Festival, etc.
The CBSCI executive committee present at this event included Mahesh Pakala, Mahesh Nihalani, Rishi Chopra and Reena Rao. The event was sponsored by Janya Ham and supported by an active team of volunteers:
Namita Sripathi, Pradeep Joshi, Debashis Patnala Rao, Vivek Tummalapalli. CBSCI is supported by Guru Shraddha, Indradhanush and Sangeet Dhwani.
The evening opened with the santoor performance of Ustad Arshad Syed, accompanied by Shonali Srivastava on tabla. Odissi artiste Niharika Mohanty and Kuchipudi artiste Madhuri Kishore enthralled the audience with their perfect blend of two different dance forms.
The committee is planning to have an Odissi Workshop with Guru Sujata Mahapatra. Also a student exchange program and dance performance by students/groups visiting from Bhubaneswar.
India Post News Service