MSADA Lotus

MSADA is young, but it has some history.

There were some memorable and happy events that were organized by South Asian members of the ADIA (Association of Deaf Indian Americans). They have been working hard in accomplishing the mission in making the ADIA recognized over the years and the work had been passed over to next members who resumed continuing the mission. Unfortunately, the mission had been interrupted at least three or four times, because the members had moved on with their own lives and had lost the contact over the years. How incredible for the advanced technology, E-mail and the exciting event "Deaf Way II" of which Gallaudet University hosted in the summer, July 2002 that got the former and new members together. And they teamed up in planning the 2003 Diwali - Eid event, as it gave the opportunity to reunite with former and new members after many years.

It was decided to expand the base of our organization from India only to include all countries in South Asia. Thus, Metro South Asian Deaf Association was born on May 10, 2003.

This association now encompasses Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and India. The members do not have to be born in any of these countries-just have roots in of these and are living in DC metropolitan area. They are more enthusiastic to work together as team, in the present to the future. The benefit to join the MSADA community is to enjoy the cultural social and recreational aspects rather than political. Also, to educate each other the varieties of culture in each country we would be more enriched and knowledgeable. Non-South Asians and hearing people can be part of the club, too.

The MSADA members drafted the BYLAW, which were approved on April 1st, 2007.

The website www.msada-dc.org was developed; we've added photos of each type of our socal events and more recreational activities, and our newsletters.

MSADA hosted Mr Punjabi, director of the Indore School for the Deaf and his daughter Monica. They made a presentation about their school which was well received. Several members of MSADA expressed an interest in being involved with their school.

About 15 South Asian deaf and hard of hearing people gathered at the International Deaf South Asian Mela organized by Seattle South Asian Group and chaired by Vijay Advani, in Seattle, Washington during the week of July 16th - 19th, 2008.

MSADA celebrated its 5th Anniversary in a grand manner. Smitha Hanumantha and Karthik Sethuraman co-chaired the event on November 15th, 2008 at the Bohrer Park, Gaithersburg, MD.

MSADA is in the process in applying 501 (c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

For the first time, MSADA hosted two exciting events Aluth Avurudha (Sri Lankan New Year) and Holi Festival (the Festival of Colors). These events have turned out fascinating in celebrating the joys of unity and friendship and learning the different cultures of South Asian countries.

Two Gallaudet University students who received the $1,000 Scholarship award: Chaminda Hewapathirana and Sonam Jain. Since March 2011, MSADA is an organization officially recognized by the IRS as being tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, otherwise known as a non-profit.

MSADA had a wonderful Pakistan Deaf Cultural Presentation on April 1st. The guest keynote speaker was Ms. Zara Husain who received a PhD degree from Columbia University, NY. She shared her cultural background on Pakistan and its history of social progress from its conception in 1947, and parallel events within the Deaf Community of Pakistan.

Five Deaf Leaders from India

On July 7th, MSADA hosted a potluck dinner for the five Deaf Leaders from India who attended the one-week Grassroots Advocacy International Training workshop (Gallaudet University) with our Advisor Dr. Vasishta. The five leaders were A.S. Naryanan, General secretary of the National Association of the Deaf; TMK Sandeep, CEO of the Deaf Enabled Foundation in Hyderabad; Geeta Sharma, Women Division Secretary for the NAD; Mohammed Shafique, General Secretary of Youth Division of the All India Federation of the Deaf and Anuj Jain, Project Director for the NAD. All of them are well known deaf leaders in India and have accomplished a lot in the area of rights, education and employment of deaf people. They spent the week learning about lobbing, advocacy, networking, youth leadership and other skills that will help them expand their work upon return to India.

Deaf Nepali Cultural Festival

For the first time, the MSADA had a Nepali Presentation that took a place at SLCC - Gallaudet University on 21 October 2012. Mr, Arjun Shrestha and his Nepali folk entertained the audience with beautiful and colorful Deaf Nepali Cultural Festival.

The MSADA's 10th Anniversary Mela that took place at Hilton Hotel in Twinbrook (Rockville, Maryland ) on October 25th, 2013, was a success! It was a fantastic and fabulous event with great food, fun, dance and festivities! The co-organizers of the event, Shazia Siddiqi and Gaurav Mathur, opened the program with several dance groups representing different styles and cultures of South Asia: UMD Terrapin Bhangra, Maryland Dhoom, and Nomad Dancers. All of their beautiful dances were accompanied by loud, booming music from the DJ Minku Mahal. In between, the president of MSADA, Ramesh Mirchandani, gave a history of MSADA, with help from Tissa Peiris. Wow—everyone was fantastic! We started the evening with a bang and again ended the evening with a bang, which was just perfect for the celebration of MSADA's 10th anniversary! Thank you so much to everyone for your participation and support of MSADA

MSADA's 10th Anniversary Mela