February 14, 2020

On February 14, People celebrate love and friendship by exchanging cards, flowers, and candy. Although the origins of Valentine’s Day are murky, ancient Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, on the fifteenth of February.
The origin of Valentine’s Day is riddled with myth. What we do know is that February has long been a month of romance.Valentine, who later became St. Valentine, was a priest who sent the first “valentine” greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed “From your Valentine“.

This year February 14 falls on Friday, making the fun double for the romantic weekend that follows, making it perfect for the Valentine’s Special Magical Night Party.

About the Organizer

Navrang Dance Academy (NDA) is an established Dance academy in New Jersey since 2010. With hard work and dedication, we created a different definition of Dance. Our Biggest achievement is choreography and directing Musical Dance drama “Ramleela” performed for Indo-American Festivals, Inc. Grand Dushahra Festival celebrated in 2013 which was attended by TEN Thousands community audience. Among various other recognitions, we recently won ‘Public Choice Award’ at the NJ’s biggest dance competition ‘Naya Andaz 2014’.

About the Venue - Akbar in Edison, NJ

 provides Banquet facilities for Weddings, Graduations, and Sweet Sixteen’s, Anniversaries, Baby Showers and other special events. Akbar can provide Banquet facilities and service for up to 600 People.

  • The Star Ledger says: Akbar scene is soothing and the savories snappy.

  • Decent Parking space available.

Dance USA Day: 2017 A cause for "Acid Attack"

Raising the issue of acid attacks in India, Varsha Naik of Navrang Dance Academy and Bollywood celebrity choreographer Sandip Soparrkar organized and conducted “USA Dance Day – Dance for Cause”, in Edison, New Jersey, on October 14.                  

                        USA Dance Day had around 15 performances, where varied dance forms like ballet, Bollywood, Garba, Kuchipudi, Bharatnatyam, Chinese, Hip-hop, contemporary, jazz and many more were showcased.

                 The Chief Guest of the ‘USA Dance Day – Dance for a Cause’ was Monica Mahendra Singh, an acid attack survivor. She is a successful fashionista and an UN Women Global Youth champion, speaking out against gender-based violence and using fashion to empower and encourage survivors to pursue their dreams.

Speaking on the occasion Singh said: “Thank you Sandip and Varsha for taking an initiative on a sensitive topic like acid attack and taking the first dancing step to make the community here in United States more aware toward this raising global issue. I am glad to see so many people come forward to support.’

Guests at the meet included H. R. Shah, CEO, TV Asia, Antonio N. Sabas, Megumi N. Sabas (founding member of Freedom of Choice USA), Gulshan Chhabra, Dr. Daniel Sussot (M.D., MPH, Specialist on General Preventive Medicine & Public Health), Prakash Patil (Mr. India United Nations), Promila Suri from United Nations, Jyoti Singh from Atijeevan Foundation, Haleh Darabnia (a renowned social activist), and Madhu Valli (Miss India Worldwide 2017).

The Mayor of Edison township, New Jersey, Thomas Lankey honored Soparrkar with a Proclamation for his contributions to the art of dance and humanitarian efforts on behalf of the less fortunate.

A musical drama performed by Soparrkar and Naik moved the audience.  Varsha Naik said, ‘Navrang Dance Academy promises to continue Dance for a Cause every year and we promise that each year we will try n bring to light various causes that are prevalent in the society.’

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