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Indian Diaspora on Display at OTC

Indian Diaspora on Display at OTC

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: People and companies throughout the Indian diaspora made a significant impact via technical papers, presentations and exhibit a the Offshore Technology Conference last week. Among the companies exhibiting at the conference included American Block Co., American Completion Tools, Ambica Steels Ltd., Bharti Shipyard Ltd., Gumpro Drilling Fluids, Tata Steel, Parveen Industries […]

Cleveland Thyagaraja Music Festival Spellbinds

Cleveland Thyagaraja Music Festival Spellbinds

CLEVELAND: A visit to the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana music festival was so very special that made Houston proud. Sriranjani Darbha, student of Rajarajeswary Bhat of Houston’s Swaralayam Arts forum was awarded the First place in “Best Concert” competition category and has been chosen to sing at the prestigious Madras Music Academy. Houston’s participation was phenomenal […]

Ekal Launches Sustainable Farming Program in Rural India

Ekal Launches Sustainable Farming Program in Rural India

HOUSTON: The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation, a non-profit service organization supporting education and village development in rural India, is proud to announce a pilot program engineered to introduce self-sustaining farming practices to impoverished villages in the Indian states of Orissa and Maharashtra. The two trial phases of the Vermi Compost Project are being financed by North […]

Scholarship Program by Southwestern National Bank

Scholarship Program by Southwestern National Bank

HOUSTON: Southwestern National Bank Scholarship Program is funded by Southwestern National Bank to recognize and assist outstanding high school graduates to reduce financial burdens for college. Southwestern National Bank Scholars are selected on the basis of their financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Each year a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded to five […]

Protests Continue over Indian Visa Rules

Protests Continue over Indian Visa Rules

By Jawahar MALHOTRA HOUSTON: Seldom has a cause galvanized the desi community in Houston as much as the changes and requirements over the past two years in the issuing of visas by the Indian government and the treatment vetted out by the people at the Consulates and Embassy as well as through the national clearinghouse, […]

A Walk Along the Silk Road at iFest

A Walk Along the Silk Road at iFest

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: For the past four decades, the International Fest (and its previous incarnations) has celebrated the diversity of the people who live in the greater Houston area with a festival that takes over the west end of downtown around City Hall and features performances by local and visiting artistes. Every year the […]

IACF’s Walkathon Brings in Generous Support

IACF’s Walkathon Brings in Generous Support

By Jawahar MALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: So, in a sense, the Indo American Charity Foundation was following Shresta’s (who happens to be a newly elected Director of the group and co-sponsored the event) lead in bringing together a group of desis to take a walk along the tree laden 4-mile long trial by the edge of […]

Tagore’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrates Poet Laureate’s Prolific Life

Tagore’s 150th Birth Anniversary Celebrates Poet Laureate’s Prolific Life

By Kalyani GIRI HOUSTON: India’s first Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore espoused the ideology that human civilization should be of one mind with many different expressions, said keynote speaker Partha Ghosh at the Tagore Society of Houston’s (TSH) Fundraising Gala on April 30. The formal dinner, held at the Durga Bari Society Sur Auditorium, was one […]

Hirschi High School Junior, Shri Ganeshram Sitting Pretty

Hirschi High School Junior, Shri Ganeshram Sitting Pretty

By Jacob David WICHITA FALLS, TX: Shri Ganeshram, born in Oaklawn, Illinois, in 1994, just turned 16, is a Hirschi high school junior dropping out of school. His parents feel tremendously proud he’s doing so. It’s because he’s been selected by both MIT (Massachussets Institute of Technology) and Harvard, having met their selection criteria. He […]

Club 24’s Philanthropy Reaches Charities

Club 24’s Philanthropy Reaches Charities

By Vivek Kavadi HOUSTON: Club 24 is an organization that was founded by members of the Indo-American community in Houston 5 years ago. It is a social club with a  primary mission to build bridges with the broader community in Houston. Many individuals are involved with various organizations, serve on boards, and are active in […]

Save a Mother Gala Aims to Rescue Maternal Mortality in India

Save a Mother Gala Aims to Rescue Maternal Mortality in India

By Seema Kachru HOUSTON: Yet another occasion for assessment of the status of women in a country where the glass ceiling is within reach but not broken, where health statistics are still determined by gender, where public entertainment is dominated by patriarchal clichés and where female feticide  continues despite strides in various sectors. A whopping […]

New York Life Celebrates 166th Anniversary, Doubles Growth, Increases Recruits

New York Life Celebrates 166th Anniversary, Doubles Growth, Increases Recruits

By Jacob David SUGAR LAND: New York Life, a Fortune 100 company, conducted a preliminary recruiting session at Madras Pavilion restaurant in Sugar Land on April 29, Friday.  Senior Partner Mehmood Daya, Srinivas Ranga, Assistant Vice President, Asian Indian Marketing Unit, New York; along with Babukundu, Senior Marketing Associate; partners Ramesh Cherivirala, Abbas Taylor, and […]

The Region’s Premier Epicurean Escape! – The Grand Wine & Food Affair 2011

The Region’s Premier Epicurean Escape!  –  The Grand Wine & Food Affair 2011

HOUSTON – Are you ready for some festivity, fun and frivolity?  This event  brings together internationally acclaimed wineries and chefs, including Texan  Superstars to create an unbelievable series of dining, wine tastings, an exciting bartending contest, grand tasting, a decadent outdoor Sienna Sip and Stroll, and an around the world Bistro Brunch. Join us Wednesday, […]

Pratham Gala Raises $700,000 to Benefit Literacy in India

By Kalyani Giri Over 600 from a cross section of this city’s diverse communities gathered at the Pratham Houston Gala 2011 and helped raise $700, 000 to benefit literacy in India. The event, held at the Westin Galleria on the evening of April 23, illumined the non-profit organization’s crucial role in arming millions of children […]

Performances make the PSH’s Vaisakhi a Hit!

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: A few minutes into the opening acts of the Vaisakhi 2011 production, the onstage theatrics ran into a technical hitch and since the hall was still filling up, with many audience members still trickling even 30 minutes after curtain call, many did not get a chance to see the courage of a […]

Ekal Vidyalaya Meets Goal – 1000 Schools

By Jacob David STAFFORD: Ekal Vidyalaya met its goal of raising funds to sponsor 1000 more free schools in India. Last Saturday, April 23, over 800 participants celebrated the melodious voices of Manoj Mishra and his music troupe, accompanied by Nirupama Dey at the New Stafford Civic Center. After dinner, the crowd enjoyed the songs […]

Moner Manush, a Film of Finer Sensibilities Stir Houston Crowd

HOUSTON: Moner Manush (Man of the Mind or Soul Man) was screened at Bollywood 6 Cinemas April 23, Saturday, to a full crowd. Goutam Ghose, director of the movie met with ardent fans and answered their questions right after the movie. The movie was screened by Tagore Society, Houston to celebrate the 150th birthday of […]

Homage to a Musical Stalwart

STON: Center for Indian Classical Music of Houston (CICMH), spearheading the cause of Hindustani classical music and musicians under the guidance of Pandit Suman Ghosh, paid a moving audio-visual homage to Hindustani music stalwart, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, on Sunday, April 17. More than 75 CICMH classical music students, their families and their wellwishers attended the […]

HISD to Create Gender Specific Academies Aimed at College Years

By Jacob David HOUSTON: Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest in the United States, is set to open two new single gender academies – one for boys and one for girls, both aimed at helping aspiring students develop a college bound culture. With increasing and ever frequent school drop out rates nationwide, the mentality […]

Amy Mitchell Announces Candidacy for Sugar Land City Council

Amy Mitchell Announces Candidacy for Sugar Land City Council

SUGARAND: Amy Mitchell, a Sugar Land resident since 1993, has announced her candidacy for Sugar Land City Council, District 3 in the May 14 election.  The District 3 seat is currently held by Councilman Russell Jones, who is stepping down due to term limits. Mitchell, a founding partner in the law firm of Mitchell & […]