MP Mitra Mandal Members Enjoyed Holi at Bear Creek Park

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Photos: Navin Mediwala

HOUSTON: Madhya Pradesh Mitra Mandal (MPMM) organized Holi Picnic on Sunday, March 15 at Bear Creek Park, in Houston, Texas.  It was attended by 200+ people who enjoyed delicious lunch prepared by several families, fresh made Thandai, Sev-Parmal, Masala Chai, performances from attendees and playing with colors during this daylong event.  The feeling of togetherness, the bonding between families & friends and the cordial atmosphere made this gathering fun & entertaining.

After introduction of new families, there were performances by kids and adults which captured one and all. Surprise package for audience was flash mob dance by the troop of Amit & Ruchika of Bollywood Shake with 20+dancers, which was so energetic and treat to watch. On audience demand, they had to do it once more.

After all mauj-masti and food, everyone played Holi with colors (Gulal), in the park in a fun and festive way. Kids, youth and adults, equally enjoyed playing with colors in beautiful outdoor weather.  Colors & Gifts were sponsored by Jhanvi Thakar.

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This event was organized by Ashish & Pallavi Jain, Gagan & Shilpa Pandey, Manish & Richa Sharma, Ashish & Mukul Kudaria, Gaurav Upmanyu, Nikhil Jain Jr & Devendra Sharma. Their Planning, hard work and execution made it best ever MPMM picnic by far. We also would like to thank Navin Mediwala for capturing stunning images of this picnic.

For the past few years, response to MPMM picnic has been so overwhelming that RSVP had to be closed 2 weeks before the event, to ensure that picnic is managed well by the volunteers.

MP Mitra Mandal is an informal community group made up of people who have come from Madhya Pradesh or Chhattisgarh to Texas. These states reflect “unity in diversity” in true sense which is visible amongst the people who attend MPMM events in Houston.  This group was started in Houston in the year 2001 by Ashish Bhandari and Nikhil Jain and has grown to over 225 families belonging to various cities like Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Bilaspur, Raipur, Gwalior Bhilai etc., who are also registered on the group’s website . Its events have been covered by various media groups in Houston as well as in leading news media in Madhya Pradesh in the past.