World Brahman Federation- (Mid-Atlantic Chapter)
2012 – Deepavali Celebration
Press Release

Deepavali celebration’s organized by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the World Brahman Federation on Saturday Dec 1, 2012 at the community center hall of “The Gentry” in Plainsboro, NJ, was attended by about 60 people.  Tri-State area residents from different professional, age group and linguistic backgrounds participated enthusiastically.  The Chapter President, Shri Shambhu Pandey and other members of the organizing committee put together a wonderful sequence of events.

In keeping with the WBF objective of preserving and practicing Brahmin traditions, Dr. M. G. Prasad conducted the main events beginning with blowing of the conch followed by organizing Lakshmi Puja among 16 children explaining the significance and importance of rituals along the way.  The audience was then treated to precise recitation of sections of the Vedas for about 40 minutes by Dr. Prasad, Dr. Dathatri and Dr. Jayaram.  The audience witnessed superb performances from children on the Viola, Trumpet, Sloka recitation, stories/poems on Deepavali, Carnatic vocals etc.  Keynote speaker Dr. Jayaram (Brigadier US Army) treated the audience to nuanced stories from the Ramayana and Puranas which were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.  Chapter President Pandey thanked everyone for participation and making this event so enjoyable. A special thanks to Dr. Dathatri who had traveled from Stoneybrook, NY to participate in the Vedic chanting program that made the event truly memorable.  The Chapter plans to celebrate Holi next year. 

The World Brahman Federation is a Not-For-Profit organization registered in New York with affiliated organizations in several countries.  For more information and upcoming events, please visit  For additional information please contact:

Rajesh Kota Chapter General Secretary (
Shambhu Pandey Chapter President (
Nirmal Choubey WBF President (609-792-5927;


President's Letter


Dear fellow organizers:

Here is the press release that was sent out by Rajesh Kotaji.  This should give you some idea about the kind of program we had last week. Hope you are proud of the work done by the MAC and encourage them so that they continue with the mission. Attached please find some photographs as well which was not mailed to the newspapers.

Please join me in thanking Shambhuji and his team.  A very special thanks to Dr. Prasad, Dr. Dathatri and Dr. Jayaram for introducing Vedic Chanting at Chapter events. Hope we record that next time and put that on the youtube so that the Hindus at large can also benefit. We are also working on a pilot program to introduce chanting to the community members who may be interested.  If you are one of them, please get in touch with Dr. M G Prasad. Thanks to Anoop Bhai for his selfless service to the WBF. We can not do anything major here in NJ without him. He has been with me since day one. I want to thank Atul Mishra for sharing photos with us.

Thank you all,




Back to Deepaavalee Celebration Description