ICCC’s Annual Winter Gala Celebrated
THE ROYAL DARBAR
By A Correspondent
Indian Royalty is known to the world for its majestic life style, attractive Rajput and Mughal era architecture and delicious dishes. Royal families in India have been instrumental in creating a new cultural identity for India. Bollywood have been themed its movies on royal families; the one among them was ‘Mughal-e-Azam’. Apart from that there were immense number of stories on the royal families which we heard from our parents and grandparents.
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce celebrated Winter Gala 2014 with its theme ‘The Royal Darbar’. In keeping with the theme, over 500 guests that comprised the who’s who of the Indo-Canadian community and a number of dignitaries were treated to a veritable feast of Indian royalty that included songs, dances and memorable reflections of Royal culture.
Dignitaries at the event included several prominent political leaders such as Hon. Chris Alexander, Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Hon. Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Member of Parliament Parm Gill and Patrick Brown, Consul General Akhilesh Mishra, Mississauga’s newly elected Mayor Bonnie Crombie, and a number of MPPs, councillors from Brampton, Mississauga and other parts of the GTA. MPP Dipika Damerla read the message of Ontario Premier Hon. Kathleen Wynne.
The highlight of the evening was the release of ICCC report on “Unlocking the Potential of Canada-India Partnership: Present Initiatives and Future Agenda” by Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to The Minister of Foreign Affairs. The report is yet another initiative of the chamber to explore the possibilities of developing bilateral trade and commerce between Canada and India.
The Winter Gala - popularly known as the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC)’s Annual Holiday Dinner & Dance - is one of the Chamber’s marquee event and one of the most popular Indo-Canadian community events in the Greater Toronto.