On 9 April 2014, The Textile Association (India) (TAI) has celebrated its 75th birth anniversary - The Platinum Jubilee, at Emperor Hall, Hotel Kohinoor Park, Mumbai, during which a befitting programme was chalked out under the able leadership of the National President of TAI, DR Mehta.
TAI is the foremost leading and largest national body among other several professionals of textile in India, striving for the growth of India´s largest single textile industry for over seven decades. It is established before 75 years on 9 April 1939 and as on today the association has more than 23,000 strong memberships with 26 affiliated chapters, spread throughout the length and breadth of the country. Platinum Jubilee celebration began with invocation of Saraswati Vandana presented by two students, College of Home Science, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai and Platinum Jubilee Powada presented by Vijay Choudhari. Further it was followed by traditional lightening of lamp by guests and dignitaries.
At the inaugural session, the Chief Guest was RK Dalmia, RD Udeshi, and Dr Chadan Chatterjee were the Guest of Honour. Also SK Khandelia, recipient of Industrial Excellence Award was the special invitee. As well DR Mehta, National President, Dr Anil Gupta, National Vice President, KD Sanghvi, TAI Chairman and VD Zope, TAI Hon. Gen. Secretary were present on the dais.
Platinum Jubilee Celebration of TAI was great success by all standards. Very largely attended, hall was full, venue was jam packed. Nearly more than 350 members were gathered from all corners of India and overseas to participate in this celebration. All participants enjoyed great fellowship and exchange of information´s for mutual benefits. Many old stalwarts, members, friends met after many years and reviewed old acquaintances. It was great to note such a mammoth turnout-and one is tempted to glance back into history.
DR Mehta, National President, TAI, opened the conference with his powerful welcome address and mentioned that TAI will continue with various objectives and will draw very large programme for years to come.
Mehta expressed that the ´glorious journey of last 75 years is indeed a landmark occasion for TAI and it has given yeoman service to all important textile industry and trade. It will be our sincere effort to celebrate this Platinum Jubilee very joyfully by remembering all our founding fathers who were instrumental in establishing this association.
Dr Anil Gupta while supporting the programmes of Mehta, narrated the success story of the Textile Association and so far. He briefed about TAI and its activities. JB Soma did beautiful and informative Power Point presentation on glimpses of the glorious 75 years of TAI with memorable photographs. It was a need very great to know Prime Minister´s, financial minister´s and many top dignitaries visited functions of TAI. Further, a Coffee Table Book, which was documenting the journey during last 75 years of association, was released by the worthy hands of Chief Guest. JB Soma was instrumental in designing and conceptualising this book with information and photographs.
TAI has felicitated their past presidents BA Shah, MK Mehra, RK Dalmia and Dr MS Mathivanan with TAI RATNA Award and memento for their continuous services to the TAI and building an image and growth of association. TAI RATNA Awards with the Tutari added a very lively touch to the celebrations.
After the introduction of Chief Guest by Sanghvi, Chairman, RK Dalmiaji, Senior President, Birla Century, shared his experience with TAI and he also shared his knowledge about the current event in the textile industry. He also narrated challenges and new opportunities emerging in recent times. However, he felt that youngsters should be given more and more opportunities.
While celebrating the Platinum Jubilee, TAI felicitated SK Khandelia in recognition of his significant excellent contribution for the grow