Love was in the air that evening: STICA celebrates Diwali 

(by Sanchita Sengupta)

     There was a riot of colors and festivities inside Corning Painted Post middle school on a generally grey November evening. STICA community had come together to celebrate Diwali/Deepavali.

     It started with delectable snacks and the most satisfying cup of hot chai.  Audience was most loving and engaging in a way that only a small, yet a strong community can.

     Classical Bharatnatyam dance performers both opened and closed the event. In between, it was all a riot. Our very own Blazing Star boys and Dancing Divas stole the show with Bollywood energy, Masakalies wearing their beautiful Rajasthani ghagra-choli wowed us with an out of the world rendition of Ghoomar, the young ones on piano and violin mesmerized us, the sultry singing took us down the memory lane and sizzling Sridevi tribute warmed our hearts. The ladies’ group brought about a paradigm shift to come up with outstanding choreography and captivating performance on Swalla Jathi and Carnatic version of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You.  

     STICA thanks all Participants, Volunteers, Sponsors and Attendees for making this an evening to remember.  Please visit Gallery Page to see the memories captured from the event. 


We welcome Souma Chaudhury, Achari Kondapalli, Sneha Sasikumar and Meenal Soni to 2024 STICA Board.

We thank outgoing 2023 Board members, Jaya Mangalagiri, Apoorva Sonavani and Sandeep Viswanathan for their dedicated service to the community. 

Please visit STICA board page to meet 2024 STICA Board members.  


STICA is pleased to announce the date and details for Diwali 2023 celebrations.

Please visit Diwali page for more details.


STICA's signature event, INDIA DAY 2023, was held on Aug 12, 2023 (Saturday) in Downtown Corning. 

In spite of the rain & thunderstorms, the show went on and turned out to be one of the most memorable events for the community. 

Thank you to everyone who participated, contributed and attended the event.  Please visit gallery page to relive some of the captured moments.  If you have any photos from the event and would like to share with the community, please send them to

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