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Cultural Arts Spring Festival Kick Off with Devotional Fervor: Vishaka Hari

Cultural Arts Spring Festival Kick Off with Devotional Fervor: Vishaka Hari

Houston: Vishaka Hari needs no introduction.  She narrates stories from the Hindu Puranas (Katha) in many languages (including English), making them come alive with musical compositions (Keerthana) of famous singing saints of India.  Her narrative style is simple which she uses skillfully to make esoteric ideas come within everyone’s reach. The musical and expressive elements […]

Tamils Host Nationalist Thinker Sri Anand Sahu

Tamils Host Nationalist Thinker Sri Anand Sahu

Pearland: Houston Tamil Studies Chair (HTSC) hosted the visit of  Sri Anand Sahu, from New Delhi, who spent two days in Houston as a part of his USA program. He is a Nationalist visionary thinker and Board member: Ministry of Finance & Labor & Employment, Government of India. His Houston program, coordinated by HTSC President […]

Serene Singh is Crowned 2020-2021 National All-American Miss

Serene Singh is Crowned 2020-2021 National All-American Miss

Orlando: Serene Singh, 23- years-old, has won the coveted National American Miss pageant held in Orlando, Florida at the Hyatt Regency Orlando. Singh represented her home state of Colorado competing in the world’s largest pageant with this year’s numbers totaling over 700 women from across the country. “I woke up realizing my dream of many […]

VOSAP to Recognize 50 Winners of ‘Art from Heart’ Contest

VOSAP to Recognize 50 Winners of ‘Art from Heart’ Contest

Launched in June 2020, the International Art Contest “VOSAP Art From Heart” is an effort to stir up action, social transformation to build a global, inclusive society by (VOSAP). The objective is to engage, create a mass movement of people for better understanding of Specially Abled People. This global art contest is first of its […]

Tamil Nadu Foundation’s Children’s Day Fund Raising Virtual Event

Tamil Nadu Foundation’s Children’s Day Fund Raising Virtual Event

By Bala J Balachandran Houston: The Tamil Nadu Foundation – Houston Chapter’s (TNF) Children’s Day Event was held virtually on November 15, 2020 to raising funds for adopted school children in Tiruvarur District.  More than fifty people have participated including the coordinators, donors and special guests.  The celebration started virtually at 2pm and went on […]

Maheshwari Mahasabha of North America Celebrates ‘Virtual Utsav 2020’

Maheshwari Mahasabha of North America Celebrates ‘Virtual Utsav 2020’

MMNA celebrated a virtual Utsav over the 3 weekends, starting from October 11, 2020 during the festive season of Navratri. These three Sunday evenings consisted of thrilling and entertaining performances. After the opening remarks by Utsav Sootradhar – Jitendra Muchhal, MMNA President – Vikas Bhutada provided the context of celebrating the Utsav and keeping the […]

Eternal Gandhi Museum Gets $100K from Elkins Foundation

Eternal Gandhi Museum Gets $100K from Elkins Foundation

Houston: Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston (EGMH) is delighted to inform you that The Elkins Foundation, has provided a capital grant of $100,000 for the construction of the Museum.  It is the second major foundation after Houston Endowment to offer support to EGMH in the early stages of its capital campaign. We are truly honored and […]

Mystery Murder Story Set in Colonial Bombay

Mystery Murder Story Set in Colonial Bombay

Set in 1892, Murder in Old Bombay addresses issues prevalent at the turn of the 20th century which are very present today: discrimination against those who do not belong to our ‘in’ group, misogyny, inequality in attitudes toward women. It’s also a heart-felt appeal to the (tiny) Zoroastrian community to update our social norms–or face […]

Classical Arts Society Presents Ramkrishnan Murthy via FB Live

Classical Arts Society Presents Ramkrishnan Murthy via FB Live

The South Indian NRI diaspora in the US has supported classical carnatic music for more than half a century. This is done both by bringing carnatic musicians to perform here in the US, and by having kids born and raised here learn this art in order for them to stay connected to their Indian roots. […]

Richard Dawkins to Honor Javed Akhtar for Secularism

Richard Dawkins to Honor Javed Akhtar for Secularism

London: Their work has inspired and enlightened millions of people around the world and across generations. Their passionate advocacy for reason and their unapologetic questioning of religion and superstition have broken taboos and changed the cultural landscape. On October 24, these two champions of science and secularism will come together for the first time, as […]

Houston Symphony Features Indo-American Composer

Houston Symphony Features Indo-American Composer

Houston: The Houston Symphony’s second concert of the season features works entirely by women composers, and in particular, Indian-American composer Reena Esmail, whose music straddles and unites the worlds of Indian and Western classical music. A brass quintet of Houston Symphony musicians are performing Reena Esmail’s  “Khirkhiyaan: Three Transformations for Brass Quintet”. Meaning “Windows” in […]

Classical Art Society’s Fall Festival Goes Virtual

Classical Art Society’s Fall Festival Goes Virtual

Houston: Classical Arts Society of Houston invites lovers of Carnatic music, aficionados and connoisseurs alike to view its Fall Festival’s “VIRTUAL” line up from September through December. • Saturday, September 26 at 10 am CST – LecDem by Sikkil Gurucharan It begins with a Facebook live lecture demonstration on Saturday, September 26 at 10 am […]

Indo-American Teens End Racist Logo of “Mahatma Rice” from Houston’s Riviana Foods

Indo-American Teens End Racist Logo of “Mahatma Rice” from Houston’s Riviana Foods

By Madan Goyal Atlanta: One Friday evening, the family was at the dinner table at their grandparents’ house. Rani Shrivastava, 15, looked down at the table and read aloud the newspaper headline about the Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s brands being discontinued due to their racist connotations. Her younger brother Rohan, 13, then looked over […]

In Constrained Times, Pratham Gala Shows Limitless Learning

In Constrained Times, Pratham Gala Shows Limitless Learning

                    BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: Many charities around the world have been hard hit by the constraints forced the novel corona virus on participation by their members and supporters. While others have turned to the Zoom platform to reach out, it has severe limitations in size […]

Indo-American Doctors Dance for Black Lives Matter, Covid-19 Relief

Indo-American Doctors Dance for Black Lives Matter, Covid-19 Relief

BY JORDAN R. MILLER HOUSTON: As tinny string chords echo through the rooms, an instructor starts her count: “Five, six, seven, to the left!” Dancers move their arms and legs fluidly to the beat, swaying as some whip long hair behind their shoulders. Although the dancers aren’t all in one studio, they move together on […]

TNF Houston Chapter Celebrates Father’s Day with a Picnic

TNF Houston Chapter Celebrates Father’s Day with a Picnic

                            By Dr. P. Stalin SUGAR LAND: Tamil Nadu Foundation (TNF) – Houston Chapter conducted its Fathers’ Day Celebration on Sunday, 30th June, 2019 at Sugar Land Memorial Park- South Meadow Pavilion. The TNF office bearers and members of Advisory Board along […]

A Tribute to Nusrat by the Homegrown Riyaaz Qawwali Ensemble

A Tribute to Nusrat by the Homegrown Riyaaz Qawwali Ensemble

          By Dr. Sarita Mehta Stafford: Riyaaz Qawwali performed a beautiful tribute to Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, honoring the legacy of the legend on Friday, June 28 at Stafford Centre. Nusrat, who died 20 years ago, continues to be a major influence on mainstream Indian and Pakistani media even today. […]

The Hits Keep the Audience Mesmerized at Voice of Punjab Concert

The Hits Keep the Audience Mesmerized at Voice of Punjab Concert

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA STAFFORD: The Old Stafford Civic Center came alive this past Saturday evening, July 22 as the sounds of the Punjab reverberated inside the hall full of people. They had come to enjoy the concert – the second in two years – arranged by the Radio Voice of Punjab’s on-air host K.P. Singh […]

Beauty Meets Perfection at Odissi Konark Festival in Houston

Beauty Meets Perfection at Odissi Konark Festival in Houston

BY DR. SANGEETA SAIKIA HOUSTON: The 3rd International Konark Festival concluded in Houston on Saturday, June 8 2019 at Wisdom High School. Dance, music and food of Eastern and Northeastern of India under one roof. This show was the first of its kind, a perfect showcase. More than 300 attendees thoroughly enjoyed this show which […]

TSH’s Annual Tagore Talk Spreads Message of Humanity, Creativity

TSH’s Annual Tagore Talk Spreads Message of Humanity, Creativity

HOUSTON: Organized by the Tagore Society of Houston, the Ninth Annual Tagore Talk was delivered by Sudripta Tagore, the great-great grandson of Satyendranath Tagore (elder brother of Rabindranath). The TSH is a preeminent organization in existence since 1974 and strives to spread Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophy of humanism and cultural exchange as expressed through his own […]

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