The South Asian Times

21 May 2019 12:57 PM

Surati's Holi Hai draws 2,000 people to Jersey City

Surati's sixth Holi event was a resounding success again with over 2,000 people enjoying it.  Based in Jersey City and India, Surati for Performing Arts’s  annual Holi Hai festival event on March 22 was held at Exchange Place, Jersey City. It has come to be known as the biggest Holi celebration of its kind in the Tri-State area, brought to the community by Surati founder and artistic director Rimli Roy.

The attendees had a rocking time throwing colors on each other, savoring the delectable food, dancing alongside live performers. Surati company dancers and musicians, including local artists, performed for an audience that included the Indian Consul General in New York, Dnyaneshwar Mulay, NJ Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia and many other community and business leaders. City Council President Rolando Lavarro presented a Proclamation to Rimli Roy and Surati for their contribution to the cultural diaspora of the community, on behalf of Mayor Steven Fulop and the City Council.

This year Surati presented two guest artistes from India - Sumit Roy (better known as India's Calypso King and the "Nat King Cole of Kolkata") who also happens to be Rimli's father, and Rachit Tiwari (Kathak / contemporary dancer, choreographer).
Ambassador Mulay, Assemblyman Mukherji congratulated Surati for bringing Indian culture to an international platform, celebrating the festival with the diverse population in Jersey City.

Sponsors included the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and The South Asian Times.

Update: 04 April, 2014