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Colon Cancer: A Silent Killer

Colon Cancer: A Silent Killer

By Sewa S. Legha MD HOUSTON: Colon Cancer is number-3 most frequently diagnosed cancers among the Americans and it accounts for second most frequent cause of cancer- related deaths (Lung Cancer being number 1).  Until recently colon cancer was considered an uncommon cancer in the under developed nations of the world, particularly in Africa and […]

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 […]

In Conversation with Shweta Tiwari

In Conversation with Shweta Tiwari

By Rachana Srivastava First thing first , tell us the secret behind your perfect figure? Nothing much. I do not work out. But I don keep a check on what I eat.  The thing is that,  this is what I have got in my genes. Everyone in my familyis thin. Recently you were seen working […]

Wedding Album, Girish Karnad’s Play at Wortham Center

Wedding Album, Girish Karnad’s Play at Wortham Center

HOUSTON: Indo American Association presents a hilarious comedy in English, Wedding Album, on Friday May 13, at 8 pm, at the Wortham center. Written by internationally renowned playwright Girish Karnad and directed by Lilette Dubey of Monsoon Wedding. The play is about an NRI marrying a traditional girl in India has been staged more than […]

Aling’s Hakka Cuisine Celebrates Grand Opening!

Aling’s Hakka Cuisine Celebrates Grand Opening!

The first Hakka tradition Sugar Land Chinese restaurant, Aling’s Hakka Chinese Cuisine at the First Colony Commons shopping center had its grand opening on April 16, It departs boldly to new territories, making Chinese flavors new and interesting by introducing the Hakka influence in cuisine.

2011 Houston International Festival Presents The Silk Road: Journey Across Asia

2011 Houston International Festival Presents The Silk Road: Journey Across Asia

The 2011 Houston International Festival (iFest) follows the route of Marco Polo with a focus on China , India and other cultures of the Silk Road . iFest brings the unique flavors, sights and sounds of the many cultures to downtown Houston for two weekends. Stretching across 16 acres of downtown parks and streets including City Hall, Bagby Street , and Tranquility and Sam Houston Parks , iFest features entertainment-themed zones including: Silk Road, Kids, Latin, International, Louisiana , Jamaican and African/Caribbean Zones.

Renowned Classic Dance Director Rathna Kumar Releases NATA Newsletter

Renowned Classic Dance Director  Rathna Kumar Releases NATA Newsletter

Rathna Kumar, a recipient of India’s prestigious Sangeet Natak Academy 2010 award, was felicitated by NATA officials for her outstanding contribution to two major styles of Indian classical dance, Bharata Natyam and Kuchipudi. The entire audience in the banquet hall honored her with a standing ovation in recognition of her continued services to Indian Arts. She appreciated NATA’s effort promoting Telugu culture and dances in America, and vowed to be part of the NATA national cultural team.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Concert Rocks

For over four hours Khan drew cheers and applause as he delivered a stellar line-up of songs he had recorded for Bollywood movies, and Qawwali, the devotional music of Sufism.

Successful Hasya Kavi-Samellan fills Audience With Laughter and Mirth

International Hindi Association and India Culture Center Houston brought yet another Hindi Hasya Kavi-Sammelan past Saturday, April 2nd, at India House. People were already intoxicated with the cricket match win, and the poets from India provided furthe : r entertainment. Everyone enjoyed the delicious snacks and tea catered by Mayuri Restaurant, before being seated. The program started on time & the organizers had made very good effort to pull a big and enthusiastic crowd.

YLDP Session at MFHA – Fine Art of Following Your Passion

Houston has an India Art Gallery in the Museum of Fine Arts for the very first time. Also very soon a large and new center for Asia Society will open a window to view the history, art, culture, tradition of countries like India, China, Japan, Indonesia and many more form the South Asia region. The key elements from their presentation that inspired us the most were that we too have the opportunity to promote and preserve our art and culture. Both Mehta and Blackwelder sincerely advised us that we should always be proud of our culture and try our best in preserving our heritage.

Rasaanubhava’11 – A Showcase of Tradition and Colors of India

Students of Abhinaya School of Performing Arts exhibited their level of their Bharathanatyam learning during their Annual recital Rasaanubhava’11 held at the Stafford Civic Center on 26th March 2011. The Abhinaya recitals are very special as the teacher-artistic director Mrs.Indrani Parthasarathy puts up a thematic production every year.

Asia Society Launches Major Endowment Campaign

By Kalyani Giri HOUSTON:  An unprecedented 650 from the diverse communities gathered at the Grand Ballroom at Hilton-Americas Hotel on March 24 to celebrate and make the annual Tiger Ball 2011 hosted by The Asia Society Texas Center (ASTC) the largest ever in the organization’s history. The event honored former Secretary of State James Baker […]

Serene, Sublime Veena Concert

Nirmala Rajasekar presented a solo Veena Recital at the Ganesh Temple premises of the Meenakshi Temple complex in Pearland. The performance was par excellence. An artist of outstanding accomplishments came out with a traditional Carnatic concert with repertoire of evergreen melodies. The remarkable technique of playing the Veena was special which follows the Thanjavur baani or style that was characterized by its strong commitment to producing musical graces in the manner they would be rendered vocally.

Ode to Bollywood: Glitzy, All Dressed Up, to Support Leukemia Society

Ode to Bollywood: Glitzy,  All Dressed Up, to Support Leukemia Society

The themed event inspired creativity as guests came in character as their favorite Bollywood movie actors/actresses. The hosts set the trend for the evening; Mukherjee, who adopted the persona of Madhuri Dixit, was ravishing in a pink and gold ensemble teamed with ornate jewelry, while Adil made for an arresting Zeenat Aman circa 80’s in a fitted red dress that flared dramatically at the knees. There were Katrina Kaif, Salman Khan, and Karan Johar look-alikes, but Farida Hasanali as a very convincing Rekha from the movie Umrao Jaan stole the show and walked off with the first prize for the best female costume.

Tanusree Shankar Troupe Delights Houston

A performance by the internationally renowned Dance Group led by Tanusree Shankar, sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), was organized jointly by Consulate General of India, Houston and University of Houston (UH) at the Cullen Performance Hall, University of Houston, on Friday, 18th March, 2011 at 8 pm.

Community Felicitation for Anjali School’s Dr. Rathna Kumar

Dr. Rathna Kumar, was recently named as a recipient of the Government of India’s prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA) Award 2010 for Kuchipudi. The honor, unprecedented in the history of SNA for an artiste living outside of India, was in recognition of Dr. Kumar’s commitment to the propagation of the Indian art form of Kuchipudi. About two hundred community leaders, fans, family, friends, students and well-wishers gathered at the Anjali Center in Sugar Land on March 13 to felicitate a cultural icon who has enriched the lives of many through dance.

Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo is a New Kind of Bug Story

As with any Cirque du Soleil production, the theme supplies a framework for the company’s trademark blend of mind-boggling aerial, acrobatic and balancing feats, imaginative staging, eye-popping costumes and extravagant production design. Reviews of Ovo have singled out such highlights as the devilishly challenging trapeze act, a cocoon-into-butterfly aerial ballet, a foot-juggling display of “ants” tossing giant kiwi slices, and the breathless ensemble routine of figures bounding from a huge trampoline onto a climbing wall.

Cinema Payithiam Plays to Packed Audience

BKM fittingly honored Anantha by presenting him with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” on behalf of the Tamil Community. BKM also honored Dr. Rathna Kumar with a plaque of honor and a silk shawl for being awarded the “Sangeet Natak Academi” for Kuchipudi dance for the year 2010.

Katy Art Student Wins at Houston Livestock Show

A Katy student’s color pencil drawing of a man riding a horse raked in a record $205,000 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s School Art Auction Sunday.
Seventeen-year-old Komal Agarwal, a junior at Seven Lakes High School, couldn’t believe her drawing was selected as the grand winner of the auction.

BiBi Magazine Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Ten years later the publication, that was birthed in this city and has since settled in New Jersey but gone places nationwide, gathered together a small band of friends, well-wishers, and media pals, to celebrate BiBi’s 10th anniversary on March 2