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NJ gears up for one more Gujarati mega event

  • In Community
  • 00:00, 4 Apr
  • By Sudhir Vyas

Edison: New Jersey is once getting ready to host the Global Gujarati conference titled Gatisheel Gujarat to be held at the Raritan Center here from July 1 to 3. The event is being held by Kirit Patel and his team which had organized Swarnim Gujarat and Bhavya Gujarat.

Giving this details, Kirit Patel said the event will once again try to build the gap between Gujarat ----the motherland and America the land of opportunity. He called upon the community to extend their hand in support of this event.

It is no secret that the two events organized by Kirit Patel failed to evoke any big response from the Gujarati community here. To overcome that flaw Kirit has sought the help of many organizations of senior citizens and other community organizations like the ICS and Gujarati Samaj of New York.

A number of artists from Gujarat are to perform at the three-day event but the organizers were not yet prepared to give out any details. Asked about the names of prominent artists to be present, Kirit said it has not yet been cleared as it all depends on the issuance of visas by the US consulate in India.

He however added that Achal Mehta and group have the visa and hence they would be entertaining the crowd with their melodious music and sound.

Asked to spell out the details of the three-day event, Kirit said while it will be star-studded, the event will have the usual dayro, Gujarati play, fashion show, Bollywood night, speeches by religious leaders and various seminars including health . Central Jersey Indian Lions Club is the only social organization which came forward and took the initiative to hold a medical camp at the event and guide Gujaratis of the evils of diabetes and related ailments.

Asked about the price of tickets for the events, Kirit said it has been decided to sell them at $ 30 for the three-day event and senior organizations would also be given discounts.

What is even more surprising is the fact that the organizers have yet to decide on the vendors, the rates for the stalls and other infrastructural issues. Nor has there been any discussion on the number of companies participating from Gujarat and how many from the United States.

When asked about the reasons for the poor show during the last outing and extremely poor attendance by the community at earlier events, Kirit said “it was due to poor marketing and poor publicity. It is for this reason that we have started it early this year”, he quipped.

The organizers said that they had the tacit support of the Gujarat government and that Chief Minister Anandiben Patel had endorsed the event. Incredible India has also extended their support for Gatisheel Gujarat.

However there is a huge gap between the cup and the lip and only time will be able to say whether it will be Gatisheel or just a limp to the winning post. Experience has shown and there are testimonials that much more was desired during the last two outings but Kirit failed to deliver then. Let’s hope it is not a repetation of the past.