Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Marches Proudly
in Camellia Festival Parade
Hindu Youth of Los Angeles March for First Time in the Famous
Even a cold winter day, with slight drizzle could not stop the
enthusiasm of the Hindu community members gathered in Temple City,
which is a beautiful community located about 20 Kilometers North East
of downtown Los Angeles. There was much excitement in the air for
about 100 members belonging to Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS).
Some of them had driven 80 miles to cheer their fellow community
members marching for the first time in the Camellia Festival.
The Camellia parade is an annual event organized by Temple City,
California since 1944. This is being done with the intention of bringing
the diverse communities of their city together. The event for year 2020
was held on Saturday, February 22.
Mr. Ravi Chilakamarri, one of the team member who coordinated HSS’s
participation in the event, said the preparation started right away
when they received confirmation from the city last month. HSS
volunteers from both Los Angeles north and south divisions came
together for the event. The band primarily comprised of teenagers
with some pre-teens and adults. In total 38 volunteers participated in
“Due to the geographic distances involved, the band members had to
travel very long distances for their practice sessions. The HSS spirit of
selfless service and motivation made it easy for them. Some had to
start by 5 AM and travel 80 miles (one way) to practice with the group”
said Mr. Chilakamarri.
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh Marching Band (Ghosh Gana)
Temple City, California – February 2020
The band had drums (Aanak), trumpets (Shankh), recorders (Vamshi)
and bass drum (Panav). They played the following rachanas in order:
Kiran, Kedar, Bhoop, Tilang and Tilakkamod. The march took about 30
minutes to cover a distance of one and a half kilometer.
HSS marching band, Las Tuna Boulevard, Temple City, California – February 2020
The teenagers shared that while few of them felt anticipation for first
few minutes of the parade, it was overall a fun and enjoyable
experience. The presence of family, friends and community members
along the route gave them much delight. HSS volunteers left the venue
with a sense of pride, honor and joy of coming together to represent
and create awareness about Hindu community. The volunteering
activities of HSS was announced over loud speakers when the band
approached the area where the honorable Mayor and panel of judges
After the event, HSS thanked the city officials who in turn requested
HSS to continue to participate in future Camellia festival events.
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