India’s consul general in San Francisco, Shri N. Parthasarathi, will speak at a San Joaquin Valley celebration of India’s 66th Independence Day at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union (Maple and San Ramon avenues, south of Barstow avenue).
The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:00 p.m.
The celebration will include performances of popular Indian folk and classical dances such as giddha, garba and bhangra. Indian sweets will be served.
Guests of honor include Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno.
Parthasarathi has been the consul general in San Francisco since October. He was India’s ambassador to the Republic of South Korea (2005-08) and has been a diplomat posted to Belgium, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, Syria and Senegal since joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1981.
He is also a published author whose works include “The Reluctant Assassin” (2005) and “Bi Dan Hwang Hoo (Silk Empress)” (2007).
The celebration at Fresno State is co-sponsored by the university’s Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute and Indian Students Club, the State Bank of India in Fresno and about 20 local Indian Organizations and groups.
For more information, contact Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor, professor emeritus of social work education, at 559.435.2212, or the Central Valley Cultural Heritage Institute at 559.278.6946.
(Copy prepared by University Communications news student assistant Alejandra Garcia.)