The Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society (BIACS) came into
existence in 1988 through the dedicated efforts of people of
Indo-American heritage residing in the Bluegrass area of the
Commonwealth of Kentucky. As a non-profit organization, BIACS provides
a forum for cultural, educational, civic, charitable, and social
activities among its members and other interested persons and groups of
the Bluegrass region.
** 2013 India Day **
BIACS is holding the first city-wide India-centric event --- India Day 2013 --- on October 5th 2013 from 3 PM to 7 PM at Moondance Amphitheater at Beaumont Center.
This will be a fun evening filed with Indian music, dance, food, yoga demonstration and a host of other activities. The event is OPEN TO ALL, and as always admission and parking are FREE. See the banner for details.
The event is lawn seating so bring your own chairs/blankets.
** Health Fair 2013 **
The 2013 annual BIACS Health Fair will be held on Saturday Sept 21st, 2013 from 9 AM to 12 PM at HealthFirst Bluegrass (650 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY).
The event is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.
Find details here.
** CCL - BIACS Indian Charity Cricket Tournament **
BIACS is thrilled to partner with Cricket Club of Lexington to host The CCL - BIACS Indian Charity Cricket Tournament on September 21st, 2013 from 8 AM to 10 PM. The tournament will be held at Shadybrook Park, 740 West New Circle Road Lexington KY 40511 and proceeds donated to an Indian charity organization. We invite you to attend the event with your families and enjoy cricket matches, food and music.
** Uttarakhand Relief Fund **
Our heart goes out for those unfortunate visitors and local residents who were trapped in the major floods and landslides in Uttarakhand / Garwal hills. This is such a large scale disaster that just government alone cannot do much, unless Indians from all corners of the globe come together and help.
Some of you may be wondering if it's too late to offer any help. However, rebuilding and rehabilitation from this unprecedented tragedy will be a long and drawn out process. After the initial search and rescue efforts are over and the spotlight is out, the local residents will need all the help the can get to survive the coming winter and sometime thereafter until they can stand on their own. They lost everything and have nowhere to go. These are good, honest people who have fallen upon bad, tumultuous times.
Please join us in this rebuilding process.
You can donate through Uttarkhand Mandal of America by following instructions at their website, www.umaus.org or by sending a check to BIACS, P.O. Box 910666, Lexington, KY 40591. All donations made through BIACS are tax exempt.
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BIACS Annual Awards Banquet 2013:
scholarships were awarded at the 2013 BIACS Awards Banquet held on May 5th at the Embassy Suites, Lexington, KY. The event was graced by Chief Guest Dr. Michael Karpf, executive vice president of health affairs at the University of Kentucky, Keynote Speaker Mr. William North, executive director HealthFirst Bluegrass, and a host of noted community leaders including former Mayor Teresa Isaac and State Representative Brent Yonts.
Names of scholarship winners.
Check out pictures.
BIACS Annual Awards Banquet 2012:
scholarships were awarded at the 2012 BIACS Awards Banquet held on May
20th at the Embassy Suites, Lexington, KY.
Names of scholarship winners.
Check out pictures.
BIACS Health Fair 2012:
The 2012 Health Fair was conducted on September 22nd, 2012 by BIACS in collaboration with HealthFirst Bluegrass. The event brought together 14 volunteer doctors ranging from physicians to surgeons and dentists to provide free on-site screening and health advice to over 100 patients.
BIACS Annual Awards Banquet 2011:
In year 2011, thirteen (13) scholarships were awarded at the banquet for the academic year 2011-2012. The event was held on May 22nd 2011, at the Embassy Suites, Lexington, KY. You can see 2011 Scholarship receipts on our Scholarships page.
Check out photos from BAICS participation in Spotlight Lexington 2010.
October 8, 2010 - Folk-arts of India, featuring folk dances, the art of Rangoli and Mehendi
BIACS will be participating at the Lexington Spotlight Lexington Festival during World Equestrian Games. Please contact Ms. Sushasini Bhapkar (email@example.com) if you want more information about BIACS participation in this event. 2pm - 6pm at The Family Arts Paddock at the Triangle Park, Downtown Lexington. View the flyer in PDF.
Free Health Fair - September 18, 2010 - 9AM - 1PM - Hosted by BIACS & Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. Location: 650 Newtown Pike, LFCHD Primary Care Center, Lexington, KY. Please contact Dr. Anita Kamineni if you want
to volunteer or need more info for the Health Fair. Her Email is firstname.lastname@example.org or
the BIACS president at email@example.com
View the flyer English Version (PDF) Spanish Version (PDF)
Check out photos from BIACS Annual Banquet 2010. Scholarship recipients can click here to view their pictures.
BIACS Annual Banquet 2010
This year BIACS combined its Annual Scholarship banquet with the Community Banquet to honor India's 11th President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. It was held on April 17th 2010, at the Lexington Civic Center. Sri Hardeep Singh Puri, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, and Kentucky's former governor, Ms. Martha Lane Collins were special guests. BIACS awarded 11 scholarships to High school graduates from around Kentucky and recognized several graduating students of Indo-American heritage.
Dr. Kalam's inspiring address at the BIACS banquet can be found here.
Dr. Kalam wrote a poem, “Blossomed to give” during his visit to the Bluegrass region and read it at the BIACS banquet. This can be found here.