CHETALI KHANNA - PRESIDENT
RITU BHATIA - VICE PRESIDENT
MANASI KHEDLEKAR - SOCIAL MEDIA/LOGISTICS
NEHA MALIK - TREASURER
Namaste Hoboken Association is a non-profit organization aimed at bringing the Indian community In Hoboken together and promoting cultural awareness through educational, and social programs. It seeks to provide a place for Indian families to celebrate and educate future generations of their unique cultural heritage, as well as contribute to diverse fabric of society. Namaste Hoboken is currently n the process of being recognized as a 501c3 non-profit organization.
FOUNDED AUGUST 1, 2019
All four founders of Namaste Hoboken come from different backgrounds, with some having been born in the U.S., while others emigrated from India at different points in their lives, however, all are now proud residents, moms, and active volunteers in the Hoboken community who have come together to launch this unique initiative. A large and growing number of Indian families have come to call Hoboken their home since the 1970s and each of the founders believes that it is time for the Indian-American community to become more active and make sure we are recognized as an integral part of Hoboken with the ability to add further depth to our community’s social fabric.
Chetali Khanna was born in New York, but raised in Pennsylvania. Growing up, she had many memories of her parents, who emigrated Gujarat, India, being active members of an Indian organization that brought their community together to celebrate traditions while actively promoting assimilation. “I made lifelong friends and was educated of our heritage when I was young. My parents are proud Gujarati’s who instilled our Indian culture and values in my brother and I while growing up and continue to do so today. Over the past years I have longed for my children and other children in our community to have the same experiences that I did and am extremely excited to be taking the next steps to make this a reality in Hoboken” -- Chetali Khanna.
Ritu Bhatia was born and brought up in New Delhi the capital of India, as part of a strong and proud Punjab family. Ritu loved growing up in Delhi where she was able to experience the rich diversity in cultures and food that all of India has to offer, in one place. “As a child we celebrated all festivals from all religions. Delhi is a city of food, fashion and music. All the senses are stimulated. Namaste Hoboken is the fruition of my dream to share my passion for my culture with all my friends in Hoboken, especially my Indian neighbors and friends from all regions.” -Ritu Bhatia
Neha Malik grew up in a small town in India where the community would gather together to celebrate different festivals. “I learned about other cultures by celebrating all the different festivals when I lived in India. In Hoboken, I have experienced a diverse community where different cultures are always welcome. Through Namaste Hoboken I want to bring all our Indian American families and our friends together to celebrate all the unique festivals and aspects of Indian culture, in part, because children learn from what they see and experience. Namaste Hoboken is a way to create a home away from home and a greater sense of community by melding an organization committed to Indian culture using an American concept - for the people, by the people.” -- Neha Malik.
“When I was in India, I was complacent about my cultural heritage being that I grew up with culture all around me and didn’t bother to learn more, which was my youthful shortsightedness. In the current political climate, I feel the need to assert my roots more than ever. I’m an immigrant from Maharashtra, India and I identify with the struggle of trying to find familiarity and holding on to the vestiges of your identity in a new place. Namaste Hoboken to me will be a lifelong process of learning and understanding my roots and passing on that knowledge to future generations.” -- Manasi Khedlekar
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Namaste Hoboken Association is a nonprofit organization recognized as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code.
Tax ID# 84-2567881
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