Desi Talk – that’s all you need to know IAICC Launches New Chapter In Massachusetts By a StaffWriter he New England States Chapter of the Indian American International Chamber of Commerce (IAICC) was launched at the Northeastern University campus on December 6th in Boston, Massachusetts. Indian Ambassador to the US Harsh V Shringla, the Chief Guest at the event, lauded the work of the Chamber and its President & CEO KV Kumar for playing a vital role in promoting India-US trade rela- tions. He also thanked all the community leaders and partners for supporting the launch, where the Consul General of India in NewYork Sandeep Chakravorty was also present. At the launch, Kay Khan, State Representative and House Committee Chair on Disabilities honored the Chamber with a proclamation, which was accepted by Kumar on behalf of the Chamber. Kumar said that the primary role of the Chamber would be to promote and foster economic development of the United States and India together with the rest of the world for the benefit of all. IAICC Co- Chairman, New England States, Rajat Bhatnagar, said that he is confident that more entrepreneurs will be able to benefit through the Chamber’s expertise and activ- ities. During the launch, IAICC office bearers, including Glen Falcao, National Vice President, Kanchan Banerjee, NE Region Chairman, Sanjeev Yadav, Vermont ChairmanVijay Konda, Massachusetts Co- Chair, and Suresh Sharma, Connecticut Chairman, were also present. Both Shringla and Chakravorty later joined a dinner reception organized by the India Association of Greater Boston (IAGB), Northeastern University, IAICC, and Boston Center of Excellence for Health and Human Development where nearly 150 leaders from regional and local community organizations from the New England States were present. Notably, for the first time ever, IAGB brought together 20 Indian-American community organizations from the New England States and jointly welcomed Shringla during his visit to Boston. IAICC also launched its CAWestern Regional Chapter on December 10th in San Francisco where Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis was the Honored Guest and Robyn Denholm, Chairman Board of Tesla Inc., Ambassador Sanjay Panda, Consul General of India, San Francisco, and KV Kumar, President & CEO, Executive Board, IAICC, were the Special Guests of Honor. IAICC launched its Arizona Chapter on December 20th where the Mayor of Phoenix, Kate Gallegos, was the Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker. T President & CEO of the IAICC, KV Kumar, receiving the proclamation from Kay Khan. Indian-Americans Celebrate Maithili Tradition In Princeton, N.J. By a StaffWriter he cultural legacy of renowned 14th century poet of Mithila region, Mahakavi Vidyapati, was celebrated on December 14, 2019, in Princeton, N.J. The renowned poet is more popularly known as “Mithila Kokil”, meaning Cuckoo of Mithila. The soiree was organized by the organization ‘Maithils of North America (MoNA)’ and Association of Nepal Terrain in America (ANTA). This was the first time that the Maithili speaking community came together to organize ‘Vidyapati Samaroh’ in North America, the press release said. However, across India and Nepal is it has been a common cultural event bringing to the forefront the rich cultural legacy of Mahakavi Vidyapati as well as eons of poets, litterateurs and artists of all hues including folk- singers, performers, stand- up comedians, organizers said. The Dec. 14 event in Princeton was envisioned by Aprajita Mishra, president- elect of ANTA, and the core group of vol- unteers from both MoNA and ANTA organ- izations. It was patterned on other Vidyapati events organized around the world. Chief guests Dhirendra Premarshi and Rupa Jha, the renowned husband-wife artist duo came to attend all the way from Nepal to perform. They were joined by many local artists and Maithil community members who presented their own ver- sions of songs of Vidyapati and other poets and composers. Sudha Jha , Aprajita Jha, Gauri Pandey, Shaily Jha , Meenakshi Mishra, Pushpa Mishra, Shravan Jha and Arya Jha performed many of the soul-stir- ring songs written and composed by Mahakavi Vidyapati that are ingrained in Mithila cultural folklore. Prabha Jha, led the events on the stage. Pallavi Mishra conducted a quiz for the kids based on Mahakavi Vidyapati’s life and works, which saw some very spirited participation, the press release said. Several leaders of Indian and Nepalese communities in the U.S., attended the event including Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) president Alok Kumar, current President of ANTAVijay Singh, Treasurer of ANTA Mukesh Karna, and ANTA’s DC Chapter President Anil Dwivedy. Hemkant Mishra, was posthumously awarded the first ‘Mithila Ratna Award’ for his outstanding contributions over the last two decades to further the culture and tra- ditions of Mithila. His wife Vidya Mishra, accepted the award. Authentic Maithil cuisine was served at the event including maach bhaat (rohu fish cooked in mustard oil and with a curry made of mustard paste), Dalna (a gourmet vegetable curry preparation with over half a dozen vegetable fried and cooked in tan- dem to perfection), olak sanna (mashed yam or jimikand spiced with mustard), aloo bidiya (potato fritters fried in a spiced-up batter of rice and chick pea flour) and Makhaan kheer (pudding made of puffed lotus seeds seasoned with dried fruits). Others involved in organizing the event included Rita Mishra, Priti Kashyap, Arbind Jha, Alok Kashyap, Vikash Jha, and many other volunteers. The cultural impact of Mithila region (in North Bihar) and its native language Maithili has spread over the centuries not just in Bihar and other parts of India, but also in Terai region of Nepal, where majori- ty citizens speak Maithili as their second language, a press release from organizers said. T Photo:courtesyorganizers The Maithili tradition of north India and Nepal was celebrated in Princeton, New Jersey, Dec. 14, 2019 was organized by the organization ‘Maithils of North America (MoNA)’ and Association of Nepal Terrain in America (ANTA). Photo:organizers India’s Ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardhan Shringla speaking at the launch of the New England States Chapter of the Indian American International Chamber of Commerce (IAICC), which was launched at the Northeastern University campus on December 6, 2019, in Boston, Massachusetts. 14 January 3, 2020 CITY VIEWS