presidency of Ramesh Parmar was marred by his tragic accident and the
serious injury to his eyes. Our savor, the ever reliable Mr. P.D.Patel
who was the Vice president took over and acted as the president and
performed the duties of the president as well as the vice
president.Thank you Mr. Patel, for your selfless devotion to the Samaj
that we see even today.
1993 Nikunj Patel was the President, the Samaj was thriving to uphold
and improve the quality of the functions the Samaj continued to host
successful cultural and religious events.
Bay community’s good old dream came true in August 1996, with the
completion of the India Cultural Center. Under the presidency and
leadership of Dr. Kiran C. Patel a Center aimed to inspire purer, fuller
and better life that speaks of Love and Unity was born.The community’s
desire to have its own facility was finally fulfilled. The center is
aimed at providing us to practice the laws of Dharma, Karma, and Giving.
The trustees of The India Cultural Center (ICC) urge both young and
adults to actively participate in the cultural events and also to
support ICC and the community as a whole in every way you can.
is my hope that ICC and its Trustees will be playing the vital role of
bridging the gap between the generations and providing a platform and a
vehicle with which the rich culture and heritage of our community will
be maintained for generations to come.”-Dr.Kiran Patel.
president for Gujarati Samaj for 1996 was Dr.Nandkishor Shah.The Samaj
now hosted its events in the new facility, ICC at 1511 Lynn Road, Tampa
FL. With the passing of each year the annual events of India Festival
expanded to the level of acceptance where people came all the way from
Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia to share this great family affair. Year
after year the event of India Festival promised family fun for all with
exotic Indian Foods, Folk Dance, Raas and Garba Competitions.
“Suwarna Jayanti” (Golden Aniversaty) of India’s Independence from the
British Rule, India festival marks the completion of a Decade.This year
Dr. Vijay Patel presided over the Gujarati Samaj. And under the
Chairmanship of Dr.Kiran Patel and P.D.Patel as the Co-chairman Gujarati
Samaj hosted the 10th India Festival and FOGANA a national compettition
of Folk Dances. The Samaj not only successfully organised this 2 day
event but also provided food and accomodations to the participants of
Fogana. On the third day was a live Musical show by Kumar Sanu and
Kavita Krishnamurthy which was a huge success.
Mukesh Kapadia presided over the Samaj in 1998, keeping the traditions
of the Gujarati Samaj alive. This past year the Samaj very sucessfully
organised Diwali, Navratri, and the 11th annual India Festival along
with lots of other cleebrations of Indian festivals and cultural events.
This year The Samaj reached new heights by launching its own website on
the World Wide Web.