Posts Tagged ‘India’

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.


Mithila Paintings

Exhibition: March 8 through April 9, 2010
Reception: March 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Inside the Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony, 3rd floor in the Library is a beautiful collection of photographs about the artists of Mithila who live in northeastern India. 

Madden Library

For centuries the rural women in northern Bihar and the adjacent southern Nepal have decorated the walls and floors of their humble dwellings on the occasions of the birth of a child, Yagyopavitra (the thread ceremony to initiate spiritual learning), and marriages, among many other festivals.

joan sharma

 joan sharma    

joan sharma

About the artist: Joan Sharma received a Master’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a BFA degree from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. During her junior year at Temple University, Sharma studied In Rome, Italy. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and India. These experiences have contributed to her awareness and understanding of the interconnectedness of our global community. She teaches color theory, photography, and two-dimensional and three-dimensional design as an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at California State University, Fresno.
Sharma’s oil paintings reflect her passion for the subtleties of color and light. She recently installed fourteen 9’ x 3’ acrylic paintings on paper in the windows of the Warnors Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Fresno as part of a CCAC public art project. The most recent body of photographs was taken during her Spring 2009 sabbatical trip to visit the artists of Mithila in the Madhubani region of Bihar State, India.

International Coffee Hour: India

When:  October 20, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Where:  USU
Presenter:  Tryphena Persis