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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 […]

India House Joins Asian-American Month Celebration at Houston Health Dept

India House Joins Asian-American Month Celebration at Houston Health Dept

    HOUSTON: The Houston Health Department’s (HHD), Cultural and Linguistic Competency (CLC) group hosted an “Asian American and Pacific Islander” month celebration on Wednesday May 8, 2019 with the participaton of India House and several other Indian organizations. Executive Director of India House, Retired Colonel Vipin Kumar, was a guest speaker and he shared […]

Sai Baba’s Message Reaches Out with Conviction in Bud Patel’s Hindi Play

Sai Baba’s Message Reaches Out with Conviction in Bud Patel’s Hindi Play

STAFFORD: It is latent talent and a pent-up desire to express yourself creatively that brings community theatre alive for others to marvel at. That fascination with the arts has been building up among the desi community as it has grown larger and more diverse in its makeup over the past two decades, and in particular […]

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 1

The Extraordinary Life and Times of Mahatma Gandhi – Part 1

Young Mohandas is Born in 1869 Born more than 130 years ago, the life and times of the man who would grow up to be universally known as The Mahatma, still resonates until today. Mohandas Gandhi had an ordinary childhood in Porbandar, on the coast of Kathiawad in the western state of Gujarat, a loved […]

5th International Day of Yoga Events Scheduled throughout Texas

5th International Day of Yoga Events Scheduled throughout Texas

BY MANU SHAH HOUSTON: The Consulate General of India, Houston in collaboration with Friends of Yoga, is organizing several events across Texas to celebrate the 5th International Day of Yoga. This ancient Indian practice received unprecedented global attention four years ago when the United Nations recognized June 21st as the International Day of Yoga. An […]

Houston Durga Bari Drama Festival 2019 Outplays Previous Years

Houston Durga Bari Drama Festival 2019 Outplays Previous Years

BY SANCHALI BASU SUGAR LAND: Houston Durga Bari Society (HDBS) takes pride in hosting the “Dipika Dasgupta Memorial” Bengali drama festival for the past 18 years. The festival attracts drama groups from all over the country. This year was no exception. Literature, dance, drama, music, art runs in the veins of Bengalis and in comparison […]

One Last Iftar at Indian Consulate for CG Anupam Ray

One Last Iftar at Indian Consulate for CG Anupam Ray

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: No sooner had the excitement abated over the inauguration the day before in New Delhi (on Thursday, May 30) of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his second term than a section of the local Indian crowd gathered once again the next day – almost 36 hours later accounting for the […]

“Swami Vivekananda“ Play Was a True Intellectual 5-Hour Treat

“Swami Vivekananda“ Play Was a True Intellectual 5-Hour Treat

BY SARITA MEHTA HOUSTON: “Swami Vivakananda”, a play about this most inspirational personality was staged at Stafford Civic Center, Stafford on Friday, May 31. It was a real intellectual treat presented by Nisha Mirani and Ajit Patel, the organizers of Manoranjan Inc. This five-hour presentation kept the audience fully involved, and glued to their seats, […]

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