ANDOVER, MA—Chinmaya Mission Boston hosted a sold-out Diwali gala dinner on Saturday in Andover, MA. Packed with music, entertainment and attended by area’s philanthropists and entrepreneurs and the organization’s supporters and volunteers, the event was also filled with fun, food and professional fireworks.

Dr. Shashikala Dwarkanath, MD, a physician at Lowell General Hospital and a trustee and Bala Vihar (Children’s Program) coordinator at Chinmaya Mission Boston, welcomed the audience. Desh Deshpande, a philanthropist and chairman and founder of Deshpande Foundation and a trustee of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, addressed the audience and talked about brining harmony in life.

Chinmaya Mission’s annual Diwali gala was held at Wyndham Hotel in Andover. Bala Swaranjali, coached and choreographed by Laxmi Ramesh, provided invocation and devotional songs, and Aparna Balaji and team entertained the audChinmaya-2015ience with live light music. A group dance by Chinmaya Kids was choreographed by Archana Gorur. Chinmaya songs were sung by Metrowest Kids and were coached by Padmini Nagarajan. A magical entertainment was provided by Phil Smith, a professional master magician who was funny and witty.

Dr. Gopala Dwarakanath, MD, a trustee of Lowell General Hospital and founder Chinmaya Mission Boston, led a fundraising campaign. Chitra and Kumar Subramanyam served as emcees of the event. The food was provided by Soul of India.

“The sold out 2015 CMB Diwali Banquet turned out to be a fantastic evening of Fun, Food and Fireworks. We had 360 people attend the event, melodious light music from Aparna Balaji and ensemble, uplifting dance and music by chinmaya kids and adults, magical entertainment from Phil Smith, delicious food catered by Soul of India of Sudbury and professional fireworks to top the evening,” said Chitra and Kumar Subramanyam. “We thank all our guests for their participation and support. Diwali is about counting your blessings and looking to the next year with hope and aspirations. At Chinmaya Mission Boston, our community of members, donors, teachers, volunteers, patrons, supporters and well-wishers are our blessings and we look forward to their continued association and support to keep the mission financially strong and vibrant for the communities we serve.”