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IACAN Presents Cancer Survivor Support Event

IACAN Presents Cancer Survivor Support Event

HOUSTON: One of the major goals of IACAN is to support cancer survivors and their care givers. This provides a buddy system so survivors and their care givers get to share their experiences and hardship and thus come to know that they are not alone in this hard journey. In the survivor activities, they share […]

Better Bangla Radio Celebrates Eight Years of Radio Broadcast

Better Bangla Radio Celebrates Eight Years of Radio Broadcast

HOUSTON: The Better Bangla Radio celebrated its eighth year on Saturday, March 16 with a special live on-air show. Many regular listeners shared their thoughts and views with the show’s primary hosts Gopa Mallick and Snehashis (Rajib) Mukerjee. Well-wishers from all over the world who tune in online called in over the phone to congratulate […]

Dr. Gurnam Singh Receives Sangeet Natak Academy Award

Dr. Gurnam Singh Receives Sangeet Natak Academy Award

NEW DELHI: First time in the history of Indian music, Gurmat Sangeet was recognized and a prestigious award by Sangeet Natak Academy was conferred upon Dr. Gurnam Singh, founder and Head of the Gurmat Sangeet Department, Punjab University, Patiala, by the President of India. Sangeet Natak Academy was set up by Education Ministry, Government of […]

Vibha Holi 2019 Blends Culture, Color & Cause at India House Grounds

Vibha Holi 2019 Blends Culture, Color & Cause at India House Grounds

HOUSTON: Holi – the Indian Festival of colors signifies the advent of spring, the victory of good over evil, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. On Saturday, March 16th, on the grounds of India House, we saw a perfect blend of it all at Vibha Holi 2019. Despite the weather, the grounds were […]

Biggest Color Fest in USA! Masala Radio’s Houston Holi 2019

Biggest Color Fest in USA! Masala Radio’s Houston Holi 2019

SUGAR LAND: In ancient hindu texts, the celebration of Holi came when the evil goddess Holika and her demon brother King Hiranyakashyap were defeated by the king’s good young son, Pralhad and his faith in Lord Vishnu. The all-women Masala Radio management team of Houston Holi 2019 kept the same faith, despite all challenges. Masala […]

Hotel Mumbai Official US Trailer

Hotel Mumbai Official US Trailer

‘Hotel Mumbai’ Re-creates Terrorist Attack with Echoes of Today

‘Hotel Mumbai’ Re-creates Terrorist Attack with Echoes of Today

The most chilling thing about the events depicted in “Hotel Mumbai” is not that they actually happened, not even that they could happen again, but that they are happening even as we speak. A somber, unsettling drama about the 2008 attack on India’s largest city by jihadi terrorists from Pakistan cuts so close to the […]

Kesari: Inspiring Story of Human Valor Shown with Technical Brilliance

Kesari: Inspiring Story of Human Valor Shown with Technical Brilliance

Story: A retelling of the Battle of Saragarhi where 21 Sikh soldiers fought against an Afghan army of 10000 men in the year 1897. Review: The Battle of Saragarhi is considered to be one of the most inspiring stories of human valour and bravery, not just in India, but the world over. Director Anurag Singh’s […]

Geetanjali Radio Hosts Its Annual Fundraising Gala

Geetanjali Radio Hosts Its Annual Fundraising Gala

BY DR. SARITA MEHTA HOUSTON: Shoba Joshi and her son Hiren Joshi’s Geetanjali Radio show hosted its Annual Appreciation & Fundraising Gala on March 15 at India House. The was attended by like-minded guests, music lovers and supporters gathered to enjoy the fun-filled musical evening. The evening was filled with melodious live singing anchored by […]

One Sarita Speaks of Hindi Poetry to the Gujarati Sahitya Sarita

One Sarita Speaks of Hindi Poetry to the Gujarati Sahitya Sarita

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA SUGAR LAND: The Gujarati Sahitya Sarita held its regular monthly meeting this past Sunday afternoon, March 17 at the Sugar Land Community Center and had a confluence of thoughts and ideas with those of its chief guest, the noted Hindi poetess and writer, Dr. Sarita Mehta. The GSS is an institution of […]

Photograph | Nawazuddin Siddiqui | Sanya Malhotra

Photograph | Nawazuddin Siddiqui | Sanya Malhotra

‘Kalank’: A Resplendent Period Drama

‘Kalank’:  A Resplendent Period Drama

The teaser of Karan Johar’s dream project Kalank is out. Set in 1945, the period drama boasts of an ensemble cast including Alia Bhatt (Noor), Varun Dhawan (Zafar), Madhuri Dixit (Bahaar Begum), Sanjay Dutt (Balraj Chaudhry), Aditya Roy Kapur (Dev Chaudhry) and Sonakshi Sinha (Satya Chaudhry). The opulent sets, resplendent costumes, stunning dance sequences, unique […]

‘Badla’: Solid Thrills and Genuine Twists in True Revenge Story

‘Badla’: Solid Thrills and Genuine Twists in True Revenge Story

Story: Naina (Taapsee Pannu) is accused for the murder of Arjun (Tony Luke). Her lawyer Jimmy (Manav Kaul) hires the senior advocate Badal Gupta (Amitabh Bachchan) to help crack the case and defend Naina, but her confessions to Badal add twists and turns to the murder mystery. Review: Since revenge stories are literally done-to-death in […]

Theatrical Company MIST Lives Up to Expectations Again with “Ron”

Theatrical Company MIST Lives Up to Expectations Again with “Ron”

BY SANCHALI BASU HOUSTON: The theatrical company MIST (Masks, Issues, & Stages Traversed) came through again with their much awaited latest production “Ron,” at the Matchbox in Midtown during March 2 and 3. The word ‘Ron’ means war in Bengali, which is the theme of the entire play which revolves around the conflict and emotions […]

Houston Maharashtra Mandal’s “Janata Raja” Enactment on Chhatrapati Shivaji Draws Rave Reviews

Houston Maharashtra Mandal’s “Janata Raja” Enactment on Chhatrapati Shivaji Draws Rave Reviews

BY VARSHA HALABE HOUSTON: “Janata Raja”, the brain child of Shiv Shaheer Babasaheb Purandare, was presented in all its glory in Houston, as a fund raiser for Houston Maharashtra Mandal’s Vastu Project at the Stafford Center on March 9, 2019. This is a play depicting the life of Chhatrapati Shivajiraje Bhosale who established the Maratha […]

Tiger Ball 2019: Celebrates Asia Society Houston’s 40th Anniversary

Tiger Ball 2019: Celebrates Asia Society Houston’s 40th Anniversary

HOUSTON: This year, the Asia Society’s fabulously decorated Tiger Ball was held in memory of Founding Member Barbara Bush. The event also recognized honorees Phoebe and Bobby Tudor and was co-chaired by Michelle and Hector Herrera and Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, as well as honorary chairs Hushang and Shahla Ansary, Maria and Neil […]

‘To Let’ Movie Review: Authentic Bittersweet Family Drama of Mundane Survival

‘To Let’ Movie Review: Authentic Bittersweet Family Drama of Mundane Survival

Cast: Santhosh Sreeram, Sheela Rajkumar, Dharun Bala Director: Chezhiyan Rating: 4 stars Mildly-lit rooms. Crayon scribbles on the walls. A nightie-clad woman tuning into a radio station. A lungi-clad man trying to unclog the toilet. We get a glimpse into the lives of an aspiring filmmaker Ilango (Santhosh Sreeram), his wife Amudha (Sheela) and their […]

‘Total Dhamaal’: Comic Misadventure Due to Poor Writing

‘Total Dhamaal’: Comic Misadventure Due to Poor Writing

Story: Total Dhamaal is the third instalment in the Dhamaal franchise. A hidden booty of 50 crore leads to a mad chase amongst a bunch of greedy and eccentric characters. In them, are a bickering couple on the verge of a divorce, greedy siblings, local goons, a police commissioner and the mastermind of the loot. […]

Tamil Nadu Foundation Celebrates an Enchanting Valentine’s Day

Tamil Nadu Foundation Celebrates an Enchanting Valentine’s Day

HOUSTON: Tamil Nadu Foundation’s Houston Chapter celebrated Valentine’s Day during an afternoon of camaraderie among friends, highlighted by an artistic extravaganza of dances, interludes of music by Sargam Melodies, fashion show of hidden talents by local artists, and gestures of appreciation to service and seniority, over delicious treats of coffee, tea and snacks. The event […]

Ranveer Singh: Born to Play Gully Boy

Ranveer Singh: Born to Play Gully Boy

Story: Murad (Ranveer Singh) must fight off his poverty and social disadvantage to realise his dream of being a rapper. His friends and family rally together to help an ordinary boy in becoming an extraordinary rapper. Review: There’s a line in the film where the character MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) says, “Agar duniya mein sab […]