Indo-American Community Federation celebrates 30th anniversary with gala dinner

Jeevan Zutshi, founder, Indo-American Community Federation (IACF)


The Indo-American Community Federation (IACF), founded by San Francisco Bay Area community leader Jeevan Zutshi, marked its 30th anniversary with its annual Unity Dinner. This year’s theme was ‘Unity through Diversity: Breathing Life into Education’. Zutshi said the theme focused on the “importance of social and emotional learning to improve our education system, and better equip our youth for the challenges of today’s world.”

The evening, held at India Community Center in Milpitas, California, included Bollywood dance performances from Aerodance and renditions of both the American and Indian national anthems, sung by Tania Gupta. A presentation honoring 30 years of IACF was followed by another highlight of the evening, an engaging and artfully crafted presentation by nine-year-old Shyla Zutshi, entitled ‘Understanding Yoga.’

A panel, moderated by attorney Anjali Zutshi, highlighted the SKY Schools program, which has been training teachers and youth in the US and abroad for over 20 years to manage mind, emotions, and stress using wellness techniques such as yoga and meditation.

According to Zutshi, since 2008, the methods have been taught in the West to over 200,000 young people and their teachers including South America, Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia, and it is expected to spread to many other countries in Europe and the Middle East.

The panel featured the SKY Schools Director Bill Herman and a principal of a school who has implemented the program, Kasturi Basu. Other panelists included founder of Home of Hope, Dr. Nilima Sabharwal, Fremont Unified Board of Education Member Vivek Prasad, and Alameda County Board of Education member, Elaine McDonald.

Other speakers included Alam Khydeeja, Executive Director, California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs (APIA), while the chief guest was H.H. Acharya Dr. Lokesh Muni Ji, the Founder President of Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti.

The keynote was delivered by Assemblymember Ash Kalra, who spoke on the theme of unity in diversity.

The event was attended by over 350 members of the community, including the mayors of Fremont, Milpitas, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara; Councilmembers from Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara; Alameda County Supervisor (CA-1), David Haubert, Santa Clara County Supervisor Otto Lee,
representatives from Attorney General of California, Congressman Ro Khanna and many others
representing Chamber of Commerce, Boards and Commissions.

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