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63rd Annual celebration of India’s Independence

“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom. A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.”
— Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India
India, the world’s largest democracy, with more than a billion people, achieved its independence on Aug. 15, 1947, from the British Colonial power, which ruled India for more than 200 years. It was a birth of a new sovereign nation, dawn of freedom for teeming millions, realization of a dream of thousands of martyrs from all backgrounds who sacrificed their lives.

The 63rd Indian Independence Day was celebrated at California State University, Fresno’s Satellite Student Union Hall. It was a great show of Indian origin living in and around the Fresno area 10,000 miles away from “home.” In a show of solidarity, Indians with origin from different parts of the nation, west, east, north and south Indians, organized, performed, sang, mingled, and enjoyed the celebration together. The whole event was very well organized and a special congratulation goes out to The Independence Day Celebration Committee for their tireless effort.
There were nineteen local organizations, predominantly of Punjabis, who all rallied together for the occasion. Almost all of the various Indian organizations in the central valley channeled their differences in language, regional ties, and religions, and focused on the unifying factor: Being Indian and celebrating this fact together.

There were great speeches from all of the guests which included mayors, assembly members and senators from all over California. The speeches, one after another, genuinely conveyed their admiration of how the Indian community has made a difference by their positive contribution to American society and how proud they were in having us here.

The most powerful speech was by Mrs. Susmita G. Thomas, Consulate General of India, who traveled by road from San Francisco to attend this celebration. She dedicated a large part of her speech to the true Heroes in Indian Independence movement, a fact rarely mentioned by politicians. The speech session was continued by Dr. John Welty, Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Assemblyman Michael Villines, Congressman Jim Costa and many other local dignitaries.

The celebration included classical Indian and folk dances, a short patriotic play, release of a souvenir and light refreshment. It was celebrated with the growing diversity of the Indian community in the Valley.
The event sponsors are the Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute at Fresno State and State Bank of India, Fresno.

Diversity Awareness Week 2010

Opening Ceremonies

Music, dancing and the stepping….  A beautiful day for celebrating and enjoying the entertainment.

Indian Student Club :Garba Rass Event


‘Garba Rass’, an event hosted by the Indian Student Club on October 4, 2009 was a celebration of the Indian festival ‘Navaratri’. It was fun filled evening with dance, music, food, exciting prizes and much more. The event was amazing to watch and more exhilarating to be a part of!

The event started at 7 pm at 4918 N 9th street, Parkwood Recreation centre. The hall was decorated with dupattas (scarfs) and beautiful paintings all around the wall. The Organizers tried to combine our ancient culture with modern Navratri. The Emcee first introduced the new committee members to the audience and then everybody introduced themselves. Then special Indian food from the most renowned Indian restaurant was served. The special gulab-jamun (sweet item) added the flavor to food and crowd enjoyed it.

Finally the emcee announced “Let’s do it” and thus it began, the garba practice. To the uninitiated, garba is a Guajarati folk dance performed during the festival of Navratri. Men and women dance in a circle around a lamp or statue of goddess Amba. It was precisely this art form which our crowd was trying to master.

The group then began. The DJ was rocking with excellent typical garba songs. At first, the group was unsynchronized and there was much hilarity. But soon, under emcee’s guidance, the dancing became more graceful. The ease with which the participants picked up difficult steps was astonishing. They performed a lot of different steps while dancing. At the end, the kind of coordination and mastery which was on display was simply unbelievable. Men and women in traditional colorful dresses danced to their fullest enjoying every moment of the festival on Sunday. Not only Indians but many Americans as well as guests danced and enjoyed to their fullest!

At the end, the emcee announced a future event such as Diwali Night and everyone was excited about it. To sum it up, Garba Raas was a mesmerizing event to watch as well as to participate in.

Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month. 

Did you know that the celebration of women’s history in this country began in 1978 as “Women’s History Week” in Sonoma County, California?  Yes and it was only in 1987 when Congress expanded the celebration to a month that March was declared Women’s History Month.  

Interested? Read the History of Women’s Suffrage

From Anne Bradstreet, the first published woman writer in the United States, best known as America’s first poet to Hilary Clinton, the first First Lady to develop her own substantial political career, there have been many female trailblazers since the inception of this nation. 

March is the time to think back on them, and give thanks for the equality and diversity they have endeavored to bring about.For instance, did you know that was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature? And that Marie Curie was the first woman to win the Nobel prize? What about the story of Frances Perkins, who was the first woman appointed to the presidential cabinet? Or the story of Shirley Chisholm, who became the first black woman U.S. representative?

If all of those stories don’t inspire you, what about the life of Madeleine Albright, who was appointed as Secretary of State in 1997 and become the highest ranking female official in the executive branch? So, to all the women who have acted as mavericks and gone where no woman ever went before, the Multicultural Program at Madden Library, thank you. 

And don’t forget Fresno State’s Sixth Annual Women’s Studies Brown Bag Series
Peace train to Beijing
Monday, March 9, 2009

Methods of Our Lives
Thursday, March 12, 2009
USU 309

The World of Ascension: a musical translation
Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Meet Women’s Studies
Thursday,  March 26, 2009
USU 311

Women’s History Month has not gone unnoticed on Fresno State’s campus. Two exhibits celebrating great women have been displayed this month, the first being “A Tribute to Women in the Military,” housed in the North Gym outside of room 110.

It includes a brief background along with some true tales of women in the United State’s military. Check out the pictures below, but be sure to check it out if you get the chance.

Women in the Military

A Tribute

In addition to the exhibit concerning the armed forces, the Women’s Resource Center on campus has filled their office with a display: “Fascinating Women of California.”

Pictures of all sorts of notable women hang on the office furniture, which is cool on its own, but the Resource Center creates an interactive environment by encouraging women who come into the center to write down their thought about the women that came before them. Take a look at how interesting that makes the exhibit!

Fascinating Woman

Fascinating Woman2

Celebrate Amerasia Week



Amerasia Week is a week-long event, which takes place every spring during the first week of March. Each night of the week is given to an Asian club/organization on campus to utilize in showcasing various performances from their culture.

The week ends with the grand finale, the Amerasia Festival Night. The Amerasia Festival Night showcases a rainbow of performances from various Asian cultures from both campus clubs/organizations and community organizations.

Lets celebrate!  Admission is Free.