Auckland Indian Association Centenary Celebrations begin

Auckland Indian Association Centenary Celebrations begin

Kanu Patel
Auckland, December 11, 2019

Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Auckland (INL File Photo)

Excitement is mounting as Auckland’s Indian community prepares to celebrate 100 years in the City of Sails.

Year 2020 marks the centenary of the Auckland Indian Association Inc. (AIAI), and an inauguration dinner will take place at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre on Saturday, December 14, 2019 to officially launch the festivities.

More than 700 guests are expected to attend, as AIAI representatives unveil the dynamic line-up of exhibitions and events planned for the 2020 centennial.

These will include a religious programme (Katha) for ten days, cultural programmes and a Gala Dinner to conclude the celebration. 

“It’s going to be a fantastic night, and we are so excited to share our centennial plans with everyone,” AIAI President Narendra Bhana said.

Kanu Patel (INL File Photo)

A vital link

AIAI has played an integral role in providing Auckland’s Indian community with vital links to their culture and heritage, hosting more than 25 weddings each year, and delivering education to over 70 students at their free Gandhi Gruh Gujarati School.

The Association and its over 3500 members have also embraced and contributed to the greater Auckland community through building of iconic landmarks such as the much-loved Mahatma Gandhi Centre and Shri Radha Krishna Temple as well as extensive fundraising initiatives for a wide range of charities.

Gopal Krishna Gandhi (standing left with hands clasped), Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and Chakravarthy Rajagopalachari in front of Mahatma Gandhi Statue at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre on November 20, 2012 as the then AIA President Ashok Darji pays his respects. Mr Gandhi was a guest of Indian Newslink at Indian Business Awards 2012.

India has a very rich and diverse culture.

One of the primary objectives of the AIAI is to protect and preserve Indian culture in New Zealand. The centennial celebration in 2020 will be a great opportunity for us to showcase how we have achieved our objective over the last 100 years.

Kanu Patel is a stalwart of the Auckland Indian Association. He has held several positions over the past four or more decades. He is currently a Member of the Executive Committee of the Association. Email:
Indian Newslink has been involved with its activities for a little over 20 years. We will deliver a Special Commemorative article in due course.

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