India House Kicks Off New Year with Bash

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Attendees at the India House New Year’s Eve Bash
Photos: Vanshika Vipin

By Vanshika Vipin

HOUSTON: For those who wanted to start off the New Year with a festive and Bollywood mix, India House Houston hosted its first New Years Eve Bash on Wednesday, December 31. With live performances, delicious food and a dance floor, the event was well attended to full capacity.

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As a party for the entire family, all attendees dressed in fine clothing, jewelry, and in their dancing boots. Vipin Kumar, General Manager of India House and the main organizer of the event, kicked off the event by welcoming all the guests at around 8:30 pm.

The entertainment for the night included a live singing performance by Dipayan, who sang melodious and popular romantic numbers such as “Pee Loon” from the movie Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. The audience was so engaged and intrigued that several of the audience members came ahead to the stage and even sang a few numbers themselves. The evening then went ahead with engaging the guests with few interesting games, which followed by prize distribution for the winners. Mousumi Banerjee organized the entertainment and games. To get the rest of the attendees on their feet, the DJ played songs that gave the audience members no choice but to take advantage of the huge dance floor until night’s end.

With such a great attendance, Kumar said, “This can encourage more Houstonians to organize such events at India House. We are happy with more and more people organizing their community events at our venue, as our prices are much cheaper as compared to other venues, and I would like to thank Bhavila, a fellow guest, who supported us by bringing a huge group from the greater Katy area with her.”

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Live singing performance by Dipayan

Bombay Brasserie catered the event, with an array of food, from samosas, paneer tikka and chicken tikka served in appetizers alone, followed by other savory Indian foods. The organizers also allowed for BYOB and served alcohol at a very low cost.

Part of the evening was sponsored by Col. Raj Bhalla, one of the boards of directors of India House. Although Bhalla was not in attendance at the event, his contribution was well appreciated. Fellow Board of Directors/ Council Members Nagraj Eleswarapu, Ramesh Cherivirala, Virender Bansal and Mahesh Wadhwa, did attend the event to represent India House. Bansal also helped distributing the food at dinner.

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The delicious food catered by Bombay Brasserie.

As the countdown for the New Year winded down, all the attendees – young and old – enjoyed the food, partied on the dance floor and watched Time Square’s New Years Eve Ball Drop on the three giant screens provided in the hall.

For further information about India House and their upcoming activities visit: or contact 713-929-1900 /