Gandhian Society Holds Interfaith Prayer Meeting and Khadi Fashion Show in New Jersey — The Indian Panorama


American Indian children who participated in the Khadi fashion show.
Dignitaries at the interfaith prayer meeting organized by the Gandhian Society.

PARSIPPANY, NJ (TIP): The Gandhian Society, in partnership with the Rotary Club and the Zakir Husain Foundation, hosted an Interfaith Prayer Meeting and Khadi Fashion Show in Parsippany, New Jersey on June 26, 2022. The event was organized to pray for peace, understanding and the spread of love/brotherhood among all human beings and also to show the cause of the national fabric of India – Khadi in a modern way for the young generation of Indian d ‘America. Khadi represents the Indian thought of a simple life with elegance and dignity. The event was attended by most elected officials from District 11/Morris County/Parsippany, including District 11 House of Representatives Candidate (Republican) – Paul DeGroot, Mayor Jamie Barbierio, Council Speaker – Michael dePierro , Councilor Loretta Gragnani, Ponnala Lakshmiah (Indian Politician who previously lived in Parsippany). The event started with the singing of the national anthem for the United States and India and continues with devotional songs that Mahatma Gandhi used to have at his prayer meetings. Religious leaders of many diverse faiths like Christianity, Hindu Islam (Iskcon), Jewish (Hebrew), Jain, BAHA’i and many faiths prayed for peace, understanding and betterment of the world .

This was followed by Khadi fashion designed/conceptualized by designer Sonal Gadhavi and choreographed by Bharat Gadhavi. Sonal held a workshop with the children before the fashion show to explain to them the importance of Khadi and the designs on display. The fashion show saw many Native American children participate and display Khadi in a modern and stylish way. Charkha Boutique sponsored Khadi clothes for the fashion show. Gandhian Society founder Bhadra Butala was instrumental in sponsoring the show with support from the sponsors. The Gandhian Society also honored Dr. Satish Aanchan and Ramesh Maganti for their community service and also honored them with a special certificate and a statue of Gandhian. Ponnala Lakshmiah has been recognized for his role in helping rural India with his previous role as a major irrigation minister where he helped irrigate thousands of acres of land which helped millions of farmers in southern India.

The Interfaith and Khadi event was mainly organized by Balaji Jilla, Rajender Dichpally and friendly supported by Santosh Peddi (members of Rotary International Club of Parsippany). The Gandhian Society team consisting of Mahesh Wani, Shravan Natyakala, Varsha Joshi, Dr Deepak Naran, Asha Sawant, Shiv Kumar, Hasmukh Patel, Vijaya Nadella and others. A simple Gandhian lunch was offered to the attendees and devotional songs that Mahatma Gandhi used to listen to were sung at the event. Free biographies of Mahatma Gandhi were distributed at the event to attendees.

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