Letter from the president
Dear Sanskriti members and guests,
On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to wish you and your family a Happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year.
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Sanskriti. What started out as a local organization launched by a handful of passionate individuals with a desire to retain and promote their culture, has now grown into an organization of thousands that spans across Northern New Jersey and has made a lasting impact not only on our Indian youth and community but also the broader communities that we live in.
In the last few years, we’ve made groundbreaking progress in establishing our Indian community as a recognized constituency and raising awareness, tolerance and acceptance of our culture. In 2017, Livingston Township for the first time ever, held an India Independence Day Celebration with a flag hoisting ceremony that was attended by over 300 members as well as the Livingston Township Council. The Independence Day Celebration has now become an annual tradition. And this year, we embark on another first for our organization. On November 7th, with the support of Livingston Township, we will be celebrating Diwali outdoors, together with patakas and mithai!
We also continue to deepen our impact through Sanskriti School and summer camp, and our Holi, Ugadi, India Fest, Garba, Diwali and Sports Events which continue to grow in attendance year after year. In 2016 we established Samvaad, the classical musical group of Sanskriti and this year we launched Sambandh. Sambandh is a club for our seniors and aims to bring seniors together to socialize, learn and transfer a wealth of knowledge and culture to the younger generations. The response to this initiative has been overwhelming and we are proud to see the amazing impact it has had on our senior citizens.
However, all of these accomplishments could not have been possible without our dedicated initiative leads and volunteers. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for the countless hours and efforts it takes to successfully run all these initiatives. Please be sure to read about each of these initiatives in detail in the program and the volunteers who make them happen.
As we continue to work on our mission of building a stronger community, we can only do so with your help.
Thank you for participating, helping, supporting Sanskriti. For without you, we would not be able to flourish.
Lastly, I wanted to share some wonderful conversations I’ve had with members that have really impacted me personally. From finding supportive groups in a new township to making lasting friendships, so many have shared their Sanskriti experience that has enabled them to give back. Some have even helped others find a job or consulted each other on tricky work and health situations. Its outcomes like this that make our communal bond that much stronger. The Sanskriti impact and education have extended beyond celebrations and kids education….and that will continue to bring us all closer. Our hope is that this impact grows exponentially.
Sonal Batra President, Sanskriti of NJ