Event Details


Join the Cornell Asian Alumni Association for our fourth annual Diwali festival, celebrated in hybrid format this year!

Diwali is the festival of lights, and one of the largest celebrations in India. The Cornell Asian Alumni Association is hosting Diwali, in two locations to allow more alumni to participate in this event.

Event Details:
NYC Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021
NYC Location and Time: 6:30pm ET to 8:30pm ET at Kapoor Galleries
34 E 67th St, New York, NY 10065
Entrance Fee: $30.00
Food, drinks, and artisanal chocolate included with entry.
Additional Gift Packages available for online purchase

Virtual Event Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021
Virtual Location and Time: 5:00 p.m. ET to 7:00 p.m. ET on Zoom
Fee: Free
Additional Gift Packages available for online purchase

Proceeds from the celebration will support the Asian and Asian American Center (A3C), with help from Michael Harney’77 and Harney and Sons Fine Teas. All sales from our tea packages will be donated to the A3C this year.

Holiday packages of artisanal chocolate are available for purchase from Tache Artisan Chocolate, and 2021 CAAA face masks as well.

Please check below for more information on each location’s activities and offerings.

Note: When registering, you’ll be asked to RSVP for the location you are planning to attend. You can choose to RSVP for one or both events if you so wish. RSVP’s to the NYC location are limited to the first 40 registrants, to abide by COVID-19 safety guidelines.

If your plans change, just let us know! There will be a waitlist available for the NYC location.

Note: Under the Key to NYC guidelines, cultural institutions and museums are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination and ID at the door.


Location 1 (Upper East Side, Manhattan)
Date and Time: Saturday, Nov 13, 2021, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET

Kapoor Galleries, 34 E 67th St, New York, NY 10065
Entrance Fee: $30.00, with food, drinks and chocolate included with entry. Add-ons for purchase available.
Dress code: Ethnic festive attire, or business casual

Food and Drinks provided by Akbar Restaurant, a Cornellian family owned business (Anika Malhotra, MMH ‘12)
Artisanal Chocolate Samplers by Tache Artisan Chocolate

The owner of Kapoor Galleries, Sanjay Kapoor will also be present to give information on the gallery’s selection of artworks from India, Nepal, Tibet and Southeast Asia.

Wine, Beer, and Soft Drinks available.

Vegetarian Dinner Option:

Appetizer: Aloo Samosa
Dinner: Vegetable Pulao, Paneer Makhani, Dal Makhani
Dessert: Gulab Jamun

Non-Vegetarian Food Option:

Appetizer: Aloo Samosa
Dinner: Vegetable Pulao, Chicken Lababdar, Dal Makhani
Dessert: Gulab Jamun

Items will be served in individual containers for COVID-19 safety compliance. Please choose your dinner option at registration.

Vegan diet can be accommodated ahead of time; please email caaa.programming@gmail.com by November 5th to ensure availability.

Location 2 (Virtual, Hosted on Zoom)
Date and Time: Sunday, Nov 14, 2021, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. ET

Hosted on Zoom
Fee: $0.00, Add-ons for purchase available.
Dress Code: Festive/Your favorite zoom outfit

The virtual portion of the event is free and open to all current students, alumni, family, and friends of Cornell!

Registrants can buy tea, chocolate, and masks for themselves, as well as for their children on campus or their friends and family. It will be shipped directly to them.

Virtual Event Speakers and Performances
Dr. Nancy Martinson, Ed.D. Kent G. Sheng ’78 Associate Dean of Students and
Director of the Asian and Asian American Center
Dr. Banoo Parpia, PhD ‘95, on South Asian textiles
Michael Harney ‘77 – educating us on this year’s teas.
Aditi Malhotra Ahooja – Chocolate Making Demonstration
A variety of performances from South Asian student groups at Cornell


Add-ons available for purchase

Harney and Sons Tea 2021 Diwali Tea Package

$25.00 for a dual tea package – Harney and Sons Chocolate Chai Supreme and Hot Cinnamon Spice. Price includes shipping & handling.
All proceeds from tea will be donated to the Asian and Asian American Center. Thank you to our sponsor Michael Harney ‘77!

More about the tea:
Hot Cinnamon Spice is Harney and Sons most popular flavored tea worldwide, and has a blend of black teas, three types of cinnamon, orange peel, and sweet cloves. No sugar added.
Chocolate Chai Supreme is a newer Harney and Son blend, combining a blend of Chinese and Indian Black teas with flavors of a classic cup of chai, as well as rich chocolate and vanilla.

Limited 2021 CAAA Face Mask

$7.00 for a face mask – Black 3 layer facemask with the CAAA logo and the Cheery Ox. Price includes shipping and handling.
A percentage of face mask sales will be donated to the Asian and Asian American Center.

Tache Artisan Chocolate – 2021 Holiday Gift Package – order directly at this link.

Alumni have a choice of two different custom holiday packages filled with an assortment of Chocolate Chai Grignotines + Mendiants, traditional French clusters and discs of dried fruit, nuts and puffed rice cereal- infused with Harney + Son’s Chocolate Chai, courtesy of Aditi Malhotra Ahooja of Tache Artisan Chocolate.

$25.00 For a small Diwali Chocolate Box.
Customizable Box includes: 6 Grignotines & 6 Mendiants – Can be produced nut-free

$40.00 For a large Diwali Chocolate Box.
Customizable Box includes: 9 Grignotines & 9 Mendiants – Can be produced nut-free

Check the website for details on how to customize your artisanal chocolate order.


Contact Information

Event questions? Contact:
Moyouri Bhattacharjee ‘15

Anika Malhotra MMH ‘12

Registration questions? Contact:
Brendan West