On June 7th 2022 several members of the Indian American community attended an impressive event at the Capitol Building Rotunda in Lansing, MI.
Sam Singh, former State House Democratic leader welcomed the gathering and emceed the event. Representative Padma Kuppa, who was instrumental in promoting this annual event, addressed the audience and stressed the need for greater engagement and advocacy efforts from our community.
Representatives Ranjeev Puri and Shri Thanedar addressed the audience and expressed their appreciation for community's support.
Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, Chairman of the American Medical Association and MAI Family Services received special recognition for their contributions in the health and wellness field. Vatsala Upadhyay, President of MAI Family Services, accompanied by several Board members, accepted the award
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel acknowledged the contributions made by the Indian American community especially in the health care field.
Indian Consul General (Chicago) Amit Kumar spoke about US India relations and trade opportunities between the two largest democracies.
Michigan State University Spartan SUR a South Asian acapella team enthralled the audience with their performance.
Maya Kavikondala a recent Michigan State graduate spoke about her journey and shared her perspective of young Indian Americans and stated here goal to continue her career in public policy and creation.
A short video about the Michigan Indian community and its accomplishments was presented by Anand Kumar (www.miindia.com
The event provided an opportunity for our community members to interact with several elected representatives who stopped by. The event concluded with a delicious box lunch for all attendees and guests.
The event organization efforts were led by Vital Anne and Anu Gopalakrishnan. Organizing committee members included Anshu Varma, Dr. Prashanti Mynampally, Hema Rachmale, Dr. Anvita Saini, Anand Kumar, Rashmi Upadhyaya, Devi Dani, Savita Monroe and Chandru Acharya. The following organizations provided the financial support to make the event a success: ILA, SAAVI, miindia.com
, AIWA, MICS and DIWA.