The Boston Chapter of the Indian American Muslim Council held an India Republic Day celebration on Jan. 28 in Westborough, Mass. The almost five-hour event included music, speakers, food, competitions and Indian fare.
Host and IAMC President Amin Zama gave the opening speech and in it he honored the late Dr. Omar Khalidi who was a key supporter of the IAMC and its team members. There was also a moment of silence for Mahatma Gandhi.
After the speech, the emcee of the event and treasurer of the IAMC, Mohammed Azhar Siddiqui spoke about the three awardees that were being recognized. These included Khalidi whose award was received by his wife Nigar Khalidi; Farukh Ansari for outstanding community service and support to the IAMC; and to Umang Kumar for his activism in many groups and on many issues.
IAMC Vice President Aslam Merchant led a quiz competition following the popular "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" format, only titled "Who Wants to be an Informed India."
The last entertainment was provided by DJ Bunty Singh on the sarangi, who played Punjabi, Saudi and Classical Indian tunes.