GOPIO hosts Diwali with Stamford Muticultural Council and Public Library

Mehendi and a rangoli exhibition were part of the festivities

Pooja Dance by a dance school from Connecticut / GOPIO-CT

The Connecticut chapter of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO-CT), in collaboration with the Ferguson Library and the Stamford Mayor's Multicultural Council (MMC), recently hosted Diwali celebrations at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut.

The event featured traditional music and dance, presented by 75 artists as well as local dance schools. Mehendi (henna), and a rangoli (floor art) exhibition were part of the festivities after which Indian delicacies were served to the attendees.

Organizers from GOPIO-CT, Stamford Multicultural Council and the Public Library at the event /

Executive vice president of the GOPIO-Connecticut chapter, Mahesh Jhangiani, informed the audience that GOPIO operates as a non-partisan, secular, civic, and community service organization with a registered 501(c)3 status. 

“We seek to strengthen partnerships and create an ongoing dialogue with local communities,” said Jhangiani, highlighting that the organization’s mission is to raise awareness about Indian culture, customs, and the contributions of individuals of Indian descent through various means such as community programs, forums, events, and youth activities.  


Audience at the houseful event /

Prachi Narayan, vice president of GOPIO-CT, introduced the Stamford Mayor’s multicultural council team; Chair Eva Weller, Secretary Ana Gallegos and members Sandra and Sonal, as well as Yelena Clompus, who is also the cultural programs manager at Stamford’s Ferguson Library.