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The MISSION of FIA is very simple. It is “unity in diversity and service to the community”. Despite our tremendous diversity, as Indian Americans we are so similar in terms of our heritage, culture, roots, values and our civilization. We at FIA promote this common bond, unity and proud “Indianness”. Call for unity at FIA is not just a slogan, but it has a purpose.
 
 
Our PURPOSE is to celebrate our common culture and provide “service to the community” as stated in the second part of the FIA mission. It is service to the Indian community as well as to the Tampa Bay community. We have an obligation to give back some to the community we live in. This is our mission and the ultimate goal of FIA. This can only be done effectively by all of coming together to create strength and adequate resources. Together we can.

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

FEDERATION OF INDIAN ASSOCIATION OF TAMPA BAY, INC

About FIA of Tampa Bay

Federation of Indian Associations Of Tampa Bay is an umbrella organization currently representing thirty six different Indian organizations in the greater Tampa Bay area. Since it’s inception in the year 2002 it has provided a forum to bring Indian Americans together in the Tampa Bay area to celebrate India Republic Day and Independence Day and organize community service events. FIA Of Tampa Bay is organized to bring together under one banner, all people of Indian Origin in Tampa Bay and surrounding areas for social, cultural, educational, religious and charitable purposes pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as amended.
 
66th Republic Day Celebrations, Jan 18 2015

FIA of Tampa is going to celebrate 66th Indian Republic Day on Sunday, 18th January from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The event will be held at India Cultural Center - 5511, Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624. The main festivities include:

Following Events are planned as part of the celebration:


1. FIA CRICKET CUP

Competitions between member organization teams Jan 3rd and 4th 2015.

Winners will be recognized during the Republic Day celebrations (Jan 18th 2015)

Coordinators: Prasanna Meenakshi, Nirmal Menon



2. FIA FAMILY SPORTS EVENT

Fun-filled full day event for the entire family on Saturday, Jan 10th, 2015.

Kabbadi, Kho kho and other team sports for women, children & families.

Winners will be recognized during the Republic Day celebrations (Jan 18th 2015)

Coordinators: Bhanuprakash, Jaimin Amin, Prasanna Meenakshi



3. FIA YOUTH ACTIVITIES

Provide opportunity to FIA member organization youth to improve their presentation skills, audiovisual medium, improvisation techniques, skits and essay writing, and painting for younger kids.

Winners will be recognized during the Republic Day celebrations (Jan 18th 2015)

Coordinators: Vijayn Nair with Sampath Narayanan



4. FIA REPUBLIC DAY EVENT

Sunday, Jan 18th 2015 at ICC Hall

Time: 9 AM to 6 PM



Competitions between member organization teams:
  • Cooking competition
  • Rangoli competition
  • Youth essay writing (Middle & High school students)
  • Art competitions for elementary students
  • Cultural programs
  • Workshop for middle & high school students: Chocolate covered strawberries, Fruit & vegetable carving and display
And Cultural exhibits from member organizations and Commercial exhibits.

Vendor coordinator:  Mahesh Modha

Printed souvenir:
    Editor:  Dr. Parimala Palani
    Associate Editor:  Vengat Sidheswaran

Souvenir ads coordinator:  Vijay Prakash

Youth coordinators:  Vijayn Nair & Sampath Narayanan

Cooking competition coordinator:  Nila Patel

Rangoli competition coordinator:  Bhavani Yalla

Event chair:  Dr. Swarna Lokesh

FIA President:  Dr. Kotha Sekharam


68th Independence Day Celebrations, Aug 17 2014

FIA of Tampa is going to celebrate 68th Indian Independence Day on Sunday, 17th August from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The event will be held at India Cultural Center - 5511, Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624. The main festivities include:
  • Essay Writing Competition (10:00AM - 12:30 PM)
  • Rangoli Competition (10:00AM - 12:30 PM)
  • Journey through India - Booths by Member Associations (10:30AM - 06:30 PM)
  • Seminars / Youth Education (11:00AM - 12:30 PM)
  • Flag Hoisting & Guest Addresses (2:30 - 3:30 PM)
  • Cultural Program (1:00 PM - 02:30 PM & 4:30 PM Onwards)


65th Republic Day Celebrations, Jan 26 2014

FIA of Tampa is going to celebrate 65th Indian Republic Day on Sunday, 26th January 2014 from 08:30 AM to 7:00 PM. The event will be held at India Cultural Center - 5511, Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624. The main festivities include:
  • Sports Competition for Kids (08:30AM - 11:30 AM)
  • Cooking Competion (11:00AM)
  • Flag Hoisting & Guest Addresses (2:30 - 3:30 PM)
  • Cultural Program (1:00 PM Onwards)
Please click here for the digital souvenir: Republic Day 2014




67th Independence Day Celebrations, Aug 11 2013

FIA of Tampa is going to celebrate 67th Indian Independence Day on Sunday, 11th August from 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM. The event will be held at India Cultural Center - 5511, Lynn Road, Tampa, FL 33624. The main festivities include:
  • General Knowledge Competition for Middle School & High School Kids (11:00AM - 12:30 PM)
  • College Admission Panel Discussion (12:45PM - 2:15PM)
  • Flag Hoisting & Guest Addresses (2:30 - 3:30 PM)
  • Cultural Program (3:30 PM Onwards)


Please click here for the digital souvenir: Independence Day 2013




64th Republic Day, Jan 27 2013

India's 64th Republic day was celebrated by FIA on Jan 27th 2013. Various cultural events were presented by local talents and the local Indian community participated in big numbers.

FIA Goes Green with first Digital Souvenir in the community

This year FIA decided to go with the first Digital Souvenir. More than half of the articles are written by high school students. We at FIA decided to go green to reduce the cost and provide more coverage for our advertisers.

Some of the highlights of the book include:
  • The theme of the book is about the Constitution (Republic Day is all about Constitution).
  • Articles about Indian Constitution, US Constitution and people behind both the constitution
  • Nicely designed cover page shows people behind Indian & US Constitution. Fine letters on the cover page is image of Magna Carta - a document created in year 1215 that became the guiding document for democracy all over
  • Lot of articles are written by High School Students


Here is the link of the digital souvenir: Republic Day 2013

Hope you will enjoy our digital souvenir. Please send your suggestions and feedback to fiatampa@gmail.com

Jacket Drive 2012 (Dec-2012)

FIA Sponsored Jacket Drive was very successful, thanks to all of you who actively participated in sponsoring/collecting jackets for elementary school students of B C Graham Elementary and West Tampa Elementary School.

We started with modest goal of 50 jackets. At the end of the three week drive, we handed off 230 jackets to B C Graham Elementary and another 80 jackets to West Tampa Elementary – total of 310 jackets.

We appreciate the enthusiasm with which the high school students pursued this cause and collected money for new jackets and usable jackets. Assistant Principal Ms. Stacie Kagel , Ms. Debbie Allan and Ms. Santana came to ICC on Sunday (12/16) for the handoff ceremony. They were all very appreciative of our effort. They have sent us a big card signed by students, the picture of which is enclosed here.

Past Events from 2012

List of events
 
 
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