The collection includes books on Indian art, political leaders, travel and books in Indian languages
Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut celebrated the Indian Festival of Lights, Diwali, with the launch of the Indian collection of books on Indian art, political leaders, social reformers and travel.
The collection comprising books in Hindi, Telegu, Gujarati and other Indian languages was donated by the Indian government through its consulate in New York.
The Connecticut chapter of the World Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO-CT) coordinated the launch program with the library on Nov. 14, according to a press release from GOPIO.
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Inaugurating the collection of books, Indian Consul General Randhir Jaiswal congratulated the Stamford Library on this new initiative and said the collection of books on and from India “will be a source of knowledge for many”.
Noting that 55,000 students have come to the United States from India this year, he said that “this opens up immense opportunities for us in this technology-driven world.”
The sharing of knowledge and discoveries have shaped the fate of mankind since the beginning of the world, said Jaiswal, highlighting how in the 1960s, India acquired sufficient food production with the sharing of knowledge from the States- United leading the Green Revolution in India.
In her welcome speech, Library President Alice Knapp praised the new initiative of GOPIO-CT and thanked the Indian Consulate for donating the books.
Welcoming guests to the Diwali celebration, Stamford Mayor David Martin described it as “a celebration of the victory of good over evil, the celebration of light over darkness and the celebration of knowledge over evil. ‘ignoring “.
“My whole life has been an expectation of increasing knowledge and the library is a place for us to obtain and share knowledge,” he added.
Stamford Mayor-elect Caroline Simmons said she “looks forward to continuing the many important efforts launched by Mayor Martin, where you, as a community, have made a significant contribution to the city of Stamford”.
Connecticut State Representative Matt Blumenthal said he was “grateful to the American Indian community for your great contributions and for making our state stronger and more vibrant.”
The launch event began with an invocation to Lord Ganesha and a universal prayer by GOPIO-CT Secretary Prachi Narayan and Yashasvi Jhangiani, which was followed by the lighting of the traditional lamp and diyas.
GOPIO President Dr Thomas Abraham said the celebration of knowledge rather than ignorance has greater meaning for people around the world as the pandemic still does not exist and there is resistance to it. vaccination by certain groups of people.
The library was decorated with Diwali banners and artifacts by GOPIO-CT volunteers led by Anita Mathur and including Shilpa Bhakta, Prachi Narayan, Jayashri Chintalapudi and Anju Simon.
The cultural program coordinated by Yashasvi Jhangiani began with a Kuchipudi dance from Layavinyasa, a South Indian classical dance school and Carnatic classical music and performed by its artistic director Sarada Nori.
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A Kathak dance by Rasika Sharma followed. Other dance schools performing classical, folk and Bollywood dances included Vani Natyalayam, Vaibhavi’s Dance Crew, Thirakte Kadam, Tinkle Toes Dance Company, and Dancing Divas of Bollyon.
The program ended with a vote of thanks from GOPIO Exec. Vice-president Prasad Chintalapudi.