India Day Flag Raising on Aug 15th

India’s 70th Independence Day


When: Monday, August 15th 2016, Noon – 1:00 pm

Socialize and meet dignitaries 11:30 am – 12:00 noon
Flag Raising Ceremony 12:00 noon – 12:30 pm
Light Lunch and socialize 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Allentown City Hall, 435 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101 Tel: (610) 439-5999

All Are Cordially Invited To Join In the Celebration

To pay tribute to the most populous democracy of the modern world!

August 15th, 1947, India became an independent nation.
Seventh largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people.
Home to the over 5000 years ancient Indus Valley Civilization.
Four world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, and Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and shaped its’ diverse culture.
India is a Federal Constitutional Republic governed under a Parliamentary System consisting of 29 States & 7 Union Territories.
India is a pluralistic, multilingual, multi-religious and multi-ethnic society.
India has general elections every five years.
2014 General Elections for 543 members (8,251 candidates contested) of parliamentary constituencies of India were conducted by the Election Commission, an independent Governmental body. It spanned over 35 days, with voter turnout of 66.38% with 814.5 Million registered voters making it the largest-ever election in the world.

Come join us to salute the Flag of India. For more information, please contact:

Contact: Shikha Sood:

Folks, since 1989, The Mayor of City of Allentown has been by us on this day giving the Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans the privilege of hoisting the Indian flag at the Allentown City Hall. Come join us in honoring our birth country in our adopted country.

– Team IAALV

Foods of India 2016


Foods of India 2016
Foods of India 2016

What to Expect?

Major restaurants from Lehigh Valley will be showcasing their foods:

  • Aromas of India
  • Bibi’s Grocery
  • Biriyani City
  • Mayuri Indian Cuisine

Delicious home cooked food from few Lehigh Valley locals.

Indian Jewelry, Saree, Chudidaar, and other fashion items.

Get Mehndi/Henna on you palms and hands from the finest artists from around Lehigh Valley.

How does it work?

Pay cash and buy coupons (each coupon is worth $1) at the venue gate to pay to our vendors. We only accept cash at this time. Only food vendors accept tickets. Non food vendors accept cash.

Pictures from our previous foods of India event.

Click here to view.

This is a fundraising event.

Foods of India is one of IAALV’s popular annual event. We are very excited to continue the trend and present you the same this year. This is also one of our major fundraising event. The dollars that we raise, help us undertake other projects on your behalf, meet operating expenses, publish our newsletters and also we support other charity organization around the Lehigh Valley by making donations to them.


Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township, 4100 Green Pond Rd, Easton, PA 18045

A letter from the IAALV President


I am Aparna and I am the new president of IAALV. As you probably know I have been with the association for the last two years as a Program Manager and also as Program Director. It is with great humility I have accepted this position with the association. I will strive to do my best to the association and also to the community we live in.

To do my best, I will need all the help and support I can get from the Indian community. That is why I am reaching out to you. Me and my newly elected team are open to suggestions to get our association more in the fore front. I know that you have the right ideas and I will work hard to get it implemented should it help in our overall goal.

As of now, IAALV is known for the Diwali, Independence day, Foods of India etc. Our association is a lot more than just those functions. That is the fun side of IAALV. We have a serious side as well. We do a lot of community service in the local area which have gone unnoticed. We have a wing that educates Lehigh Valley prisoners. We provide help to the senior citizens in the valley. We do food drives for the needy. There is plenty more which we do, which we need to bring to the limelight.

What I want to do during my tenure is to get the association’s name out. Not just as an association that does cultural programs, but one that truly works with the local American community. This is where I need help from you. Come and become a part of the association. We here work as a family. We all have full time jobs which we have to take care of, but any help you can give, be it in terms of volunteering or donations or becoming a member of the association will all help. I know it may be asking too much. I understand everyone would love to spend time with their families, which I love to do as well, with my husband and my 5 year old daughter, but being a part of IAALV has given me exposure to so much more that I truly enjoy. I am able to now proudly say that I am a part of a group which does not stop at promoting the Indian culture to our American friends, but also be able to give back to the community that has helped us thrive.

With that being said, I look forward to your help and assistance in any which way you can. You can visit our website at to learn more about who we are and what we do and that, will give you an idea as to where you can help!

If you want to know more about how you can help or what is it that we do, send us an email to . Let us talk and let us make this association attain its true glory!!!

President – IAALV

Republic Day of INDIA 2016 Celebration

Team IAALV Cordially Invites You to

67th Republic Day of India Celebration

in the Valley

January 31, 2016

1PM to 5PM

Alumnae Theater, Cedar Crest College (New venue)

100 College Drive, Allentown, PA18104

Cultural Program: 1PM to 2:30PM -::- Quiz: 2:30PM to 4PM -::- Social & Snacks: 4PM to 5PM

Quiz online registration is open now. Visit:

On 26 January 1950, world’s largest democracy adopted the constitution. Republic Day honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the GAC (Government of India Act) 1935 as the governing document of India. The Constitution was adopted by the INDIA CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY (ICA) on 26th November 1949, and it was come into effect on just after 2 months i.e. on 26th January 1950 with a democratic government system.

Election of IAALV Executive Committee 2016-17


A lot will depend on the leadership and management skills of The TEAM RUNNING the organization for the next two years! 🙂


Dear Esteemed Members of our Community:


All are cordially invited to IAALV Annual General Body (GB) Meeting and Election of 2016-17 IAALV Executive Committee (EC) are convened as per the schedule below.


Date: Saturday, Dec 19, 2015

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (GB Meeting and Election of 2016-17 IAALV EC)

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon (EC Meeting)

Venue: Hindu Temple Society, 4200 Airport Rd, Allentown, PA 18109, Phone:(610) 264-2810


Kindly make it convenient to attend the meeting as it is important for us all.




As per constitution of IAALV, the term of office of the current executive committee has come to a close and elections are due for the selection of new executive committee for the two year term 2016-17 with their term beginning on Jan 1st 2016. 


Accordingly, nominations are invited for Election to the Executive Committee. As outgoing IAALV President, I have installed a nominating committee with the following members:


Chair: Surender Dayal 610-392- 5851

Members: Kamacharulu Ramoju 678-779-1606, Ashok Khandelwal 732-318-9418


who are entrusted to find few good people who have the leadership and understanding to take the association forward for the benefit of 7000 plus Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans 


We have several positions of program managers and members at large currently open, interested candidates are requested either to call members of the nominating committee or send their nomination

to the by or before the nomination deadline midnight of Sat Dec 12th.  All the eligible nominations received per the deadline indicated above, shall be placed on the slate by the nominating committee for election.


With best regards,

Ashim Bhowmick

President, IAALV 2014-15

610-966-5057 (Home)

610-457-4205 (Mobile)


Happy Gandhi Jayanti (2015)

Happy Gandhi Jayanti!

On 2015 Bapu’s Birth Anniversary – An Important Message


 Dear Esteemed Members of our Community:

 Let us all choose to rise above our differences and live together – as citizens of this world.  We must promote good human relations where we live and bridge the gaps between people of different cultures, language, race, age, background and beliefs, so that all citizens may participate fully in the life. This applies not just in the Lehigh Valley, but the world we live in so we can leave future generations a world full of peace, acceptance and inclusiveness.

 I strongly believe, to leave a legacy of love and passion in the world, we must raise our future generations to belong to this adopted country of ours and to be able to succeed as global citizens (if we groom them that way and they so choose).

 Broadened horizons give a perspective that broadens the mind and creates visionaries out of ordinary people. Our children deserve the opportunity to be recognized not as belonging just to any one State of any one country but as individuals and communities that the world wants to welcome as their own no matter where they go geographically. We must have the ability to envision that our next generation will relate to themselves as Americans and as World Citizens of Indian Descent not the 36 states and union territories that their parents have migrated from to these United States. 

 These are simple ways we Indian-Americans can improve race relations in America for our current generation and the generations to come. A lot has been done and lot has to be done on race relations. This is particularly important in the context of what has been happening lately in the United States.

 Team IAALV is proud of the work put in towards our and the larger community and wants to see the work continue and keep getting better with each new committee. IAALV needs many good people with altruistic sentiments to join as it continues to represent ‘Composite India’ as an ‘UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION’ in the Lehigh Valley making 7000 plus Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans relevant.

 Let us elect a new executive committee that represents diverse India and choose members with different backgrounds, perspectives and skills and a strong interest in serving our community. Diversity will make the committee stronger and continually improve our association.

 Ashim Bhowmick

President – IAALV 2014-15

Winner of 2003 Allentown Human Relations Award

610-966-5057 (Home); 610-457-4205 (Mobile)


New Milestone


Dear Esteemed Members of Our Community:

Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans have reached an important milestone in more than 50 years of their presence in the Lehigh Valley and achieved a new momentum in reaching a goal for second generation and generations to come.

A sign – Indian American Assoc. of LV – at the intersection of Rt 33 & Wm Penn Highway – has been installed by Penndot. IAALV adopted this intersection in 2014 to be a part of Great American Clean-up of PA.DSC03614

This was possible because of the alliance IAALV recently formed with the LV Kannada Group and the volunteer support of LV Gujarati Brahmin Samaj. We owe it to Prof Balakrishna Rao for his tireless service to make this possible on behalf of 7000 plus Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans.

We have established ourselves in this adopted country and now our community’s presence in the local scene through simple acts of altruism thus living up to our Mission Statement – “We care for the Community We Live In”

This is a moment of reflection for all Americans – being an integral part of local society, bridging the gaps between people of different cultures, language, race, age, background and beliefs, so that all may participate fully in the life and welfare of our home -Lehigh Valley – thus building a secure future for us all.

Look forward to have fruitful and meaningful outcomes from the various alliances that IAALV has recently formed. Let us continue to forge ahead.

Next Great American Clean-Up of PA is on Sat Oct 3.

A BIG Thank You to our regular volunteers for their ongoing commitment for this twice a year clean-up project. Last clean-up was on Sat May 23 and next Clean-up is scheduled for Oct 3rd. Please volunteer your time!

Please contact Prof. Balakrishna Rao IAALV Coordinator – Road Clean-up Project —

Ashim Bhowmick



Diwali 2015

IAALV Annual Diwali Celebration

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Springhouse Middle School 1200 Springhouse Rd, Allentown, PA 18104

3:00PM – 3:30PM Participants & Kids Snacks

3:00PM – 7:00PM Cultural Program and Music Band

7:00PM – 8:30PM Vegetarian Dinner

Gates open at 2:30PM

For Further Information, Please Contact:

Minal Patel, Payal Suratwala, Aparna Bharath, Shikha Sood, Bama Bhashyam at


Buy Tickets :

Adult (Age 16 and above): $25.00

Child (Age: 5-15): $12.00

One Complimentary Ticket worth $25.00, per 2015 Paid membership.

If you are not a paid member of IAALV, become a member today to take advantage of this offer. Offer not valid after the event is sold out.

We have also reserved few best seats in the house for 2015 Paid members.

We call it “Membership Advantage”. Ask us about it when you buy tickets.

Offer valid while reserved seats last.

Tickets are on sale starting Sept 15, 2015.

Visit to buy tickets or contact

Rajib Baruah at

Buy Early, Avoid Disappointment. Sells Fast!

Last Year was a ‘SOLD OUT’ Event and IAALV had to turn people away.


Please bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Second Harvest Food Pantry