The Indian SCENE joined Detroit institutions and community groups in welcoming Sudhakar Dalela, India’s recently appointed Consul General in Chicago, during his recent visit to Michigan. Dalela was honored at a reception dinner hosted by the India League of America (ILA), June 19.
ILA President Dr. Yash Lakra delivered an introduction and remarks, in which he stressed to the consul general the communitywide interest in a Michigan-based consulate. George Vannilam and Rashmi Upadhyaya delivered additional remarks, which were followed by two dance performances.
Dalela confirmed that his office is exploring the idea of hosting “Consular Camps” in Michigan to alleviate the burden of traveling to Chicago to resolve issues with passports and visas. The goal, Dalela said, is to hold these events multiple times a year — with the support of ILA and other community organizations — beginning September 2019.
The Detroit Institute of Arts invited Dalela to tour the museum’s new South Asian Arts gallery with Indian-American community members and patrons Hema Rachmale and Anita Rajpal.
“Art and culture are an important part of our Indian society and the gallery should be visited by all,” said Dalela at the conclusion of a gallery tour led by curator Katherine Kasdorf.
This was Dalela’s third visit to Michigan in two months and his first to the Detroit area.