The US Consulate General in Mumbai marked 180 years of diplomatic presence in maximum city with a grand celebration at Consulate grounds on February 15, 2019. The event was hosted by the US Consulate General and Namaste America and began with a moment of silence for the tragic loss of life in the terror attacks in Kashmir.
Prominently present during the occasion were US Consul General Edgard Kagan and Namaste America president Atul Nishar along with a host of other dignitaries and celebrities, including Bollywood actor Ishaan Khatter.
180 years ago, US President Martin Van Buren sent the first American Consul, Philemon S Parker, to what was then Bombay. Reflecting on the United States’ shared history with Mumbai, Consul General Kagan said, “We believe the United States and India are closer friends and partners than at any other time in those 180 years. We are truly intertwined in all areas, including strong trade and economic ties, a shared vision for a prosperous and secure Indo-Pacific region, shared values, and genuine interest in each other’s cultures.” He added, “We carry on the spirit and ambition of those that came before us, confident that we will bring the United States-India relations to new and greater heights.”
Namaste America is an Indo American Association of Art and Culture is committed to promote and foster goodwill between the people of the United States of America and India by providing a platform for cultural and trade exchange particularly in the areas of Education, Media, Entertainment, Science and Sports.
Atul Nishar, President, Namaste America said “For the last eight years, Namaste America has played a very effective role in building cultural ties between The United States and India. The US Consulate has been an integral part of Mumbai city facilitating stronger bonds between our great nations. We cherish this association and are privileged to join hands in this celebration of 180 wonderful years.”
One of the highlights of the evening was an exclusive performance by famed choreographer Shiamak Davar and his troupe. A presentation by the members of Davar’s Victory Arts Foundation, which gives a platform to the differently abled and underprivileged, won the audience’s hearts.
Reliance Industries was the presenting sponsor of the event.