Women Who Dare to Soar – A Day to Remember
Michigan Indian Women’s Expo 2015 – A special coverage
The first annual Michigan Indian Women’s Expo got off to a great start. In spite of the inclement weather, people started flowing in to the elegant Farmington Hills Manor a little past 11:00 a.m. The event started with an invocation and a beautiful rendition of an assorted string of songs by 11 year old Sindhu Vasudevan followed by an amazing dance treat by Bhavish School of Arts. The uniqueness of the group included a dance performance by women who have never danced before, choreographed by the talented and expressive Vidya Sathish. The twist dance by the kid participants: Anika Sathish, Advita Sathish, Akshaya Kanda, Vyshnavi Narayan, Yashhika Rajput was full of energy and happiness.
Mitali Kapila, a registered Dietitian and an entrepreneur gave an insightful talk about the eating habits of the current generation. Speaking about the chemical imbalances caused by processed foods, Mitali’s interactive talk provided a lot of value to the women present in the audience. Mitali’s presentation was followed by a true story of a complete caregiver Aruna Chowdhry who took over the reins of the household when her husband Dr. Pradeep Choudhry (who is now a cancer survivor) was diagnosed with 4th stage Lung, Liver and Kidney cancer. Aruna spoke about turning her kitchen into a green house, growing herbs and sprouts as suggested by Dr. Swaroop Bhojani and how all this evolved into a beautiful journey of making some diet modifications to treat the worst disease. How inspiring!
The event was not about gender politics or feminism. This event focused on the achievements of the women who have sacrificed and struggled to make their lives a success in spite of repeated hurdles, constant challenges and limited resources in a country outside of India.
Shopping for jewelry and fashions was another notable attraction at the event. All day long shoppers had a fun day. Food and kulfi vendors were serving delicacies too.
Nadanta, under the tutelage of Chaula Thacker romped up the spirit of harmony and co-existence and kept the audience alive with some magnificent performances. Nadanta is one of the oldest dance schools in Michigan and Chaula’s repeated and consistent participation kept the crowd asking for more. An energetic and flawless performance by Anjali Alangaden, Roshni Desai, Sagar Mehta, Alisha Jain, Yashodhara Patil, Shrinali Patel, Jaya Thyagarajan, Sonia Desai, Deepa Patel, Nupur Vora.
Manisha Dongre’s Taal Academy spiced up the event with a Hichki and other popular numbers. The participants included Rimple Athalye, Namitha Kudpi, Shachi Abhyankar, Mugdha Ekbote, Sayali Shah, Shefali Dubey, Rasika Barve, Shruti Gondikar, Deepthi Rajan, Anagha Srivatsa and Nicole Hordynski. Lovely dancers and beautifully choreographed steps made this a winner as well.
The surprise package of the day was a very short theatrical performance by the team of Mai Family Services. Volunteers dressed in black with red stoles were vocal about their cause towards stopping domestic violence.
Dr. Shalini Modi’s inspiring talk about preventive cardiology provided a lot of information about what it takes to lead a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Shalini Modi is the Chief Cardiologist at Henry Ford Health Systems, West Bloomfield. Dr. Modi provided interesting life-saving tips.
Hindu Temple Rhythms under the guidance and mentorship of danseuse Sudha Chandrasekhar soulfully performed for a customized 'MahaShakthi' suite choreographed exclusively for the Women's Expo. Some of the themes presented were Kali Kauthvam , Ranjanimala, Akhilandeshwari and the finale of Mahishasuramardini.
The performances were breathtaking and flawlessly presented by the dancers. The expression and the mudra brought home the message of the powerful soul of a woman who in her varying avatars protects the family and the world. The names of the participating Nritya Sudha's Hindu Temple Rhythms dancers are: Campakalata Fiorentino, Kayal Muthuraman, Charanya Rengarajan, Sandhya Narayan, Vaishali Nambiar, Anisha Sharma, Shaili Nandyala, Anjana Pisupati, Shivapriya Chandu.
When women are around, can fashion and make-up be far behind? Mira Bedi who runs her fashion line “Chrysalis Fashions” spoke about the ever changing trends of the Indian fashion which is now gaining prominence in the west. Speaking about laces, georgettes and chiffons, Mira shared the latest in fashion along with quick grooming and make up tips. The fabulous part of the program was Mira picking a few volunteers from the audience to model some of her latest collection.
The highlight of the show was the awards function honoring the eighteen women achievers from various fields inducted into the miindia Hall of Fame. Miindia.com was proud to felicitate the inspiring women for their contributions towards making the community healthy and vibrant. Amidst Congresswomen Brenda Lawrence and Debbie Dingell, State representatives Christine Greig, Stephanie Chang and Kristy Pagan, the star achievers were given an exclusive award and a certificate of Congressional recognition from the office of Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence. Entrepreneurs Tel Ganesan (Kyyba Inc.) and Perry Mehta (FutureNet Inc.) along with seasoned broadcaster Narendra Sheth and Community Leader Ramesh Verma along with Shama Kenkre - President of MIADC shared the stage to acknowledge the success of women in the Indian community.
Anand Kumar, President – Miindia.com spoke about the relevance of the event in the community and how it is important to for the community to foster harmony and co-exist in demanding times. Congresswomen and the State representatives echoed a feeling of joy and content as they witnessed the women awardees working hand-in-hand with mainstream organizations, universities and corporate by showing their leadership and the cultural enrichment they brought with them. Anu Gopalakrishnan was the star emcee of the day.
Miindia.com thanks prime sponsors Kroger, Henry Ford Health Systems, Pinnacle Homes, Meade Lexus and Sistar Mortgage for their continued support and participation. A special thanks to DJ Naveen, Event for Less for the décor, Suman Raval for photography and all the vendors who participated and made this event a huge success. Thank you!
Michigan India Hall of Fame Awardees - 2015:
Our Sincere Thanks to our Sponsors & Advertisers:
Henry Ford Health System, Kroger, Meade Lexus, Pinnacle Homes, Sistar Mortgage, Neehees, Ram Creations, GM, Dr. Anil Kumar, Piyush Dave, Centennial Home Group, Anu George Realtor, Parashakthi Temple, Canton Bikram Yoga, Pratik Shah, and Priti Agrawal
I would like to thank Miindia for giving us an opportunity to perform at the WomensExpo. The entire show was so entertaining and informative. What I was really happy about it is, there were activities for all age group. Starting from my 4 year old daughter to my 75 year old Mother in law, every Girl/ every Lady had something to do/learn that day.
I have to tell you, the event was so well organized, for a public event like this , I have never seen anything go so smooth with no chaos!! Kudos to the organizers. The huge variety of stalls made shopping under one roof possible. We came to the show with no bags and returned home with 6 shopping bags.The beautiful ambience and Décor was making us feel we were in a classy place. I have to tell you the entire show was so relaxing, refreshing and informative. Recognizing the women folk and awarding the talented ladies was a very nice gesture. Excellent speakers, and Excellent performers. I must say, It was a very high quality show and the best thing was it was FREE Event!!! Those who didn’t make it for the show, truly missed it. We are one among the lucky people to enjoy the show and benefit out of it. Kudos Miindia for doing this to our community. Looking forward for many more shows!!