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Spectacular Odissi!

Spectacular Odissi!

By Anuranjita Nayak HOUSTON: A unique experience it was by and for Hustonians. The first international Konark Festival enthralled more than 250 classical dance lovers, conglomerated at Pershing School auditorium a beautiful afternoon on May 6. Why waste three whole hours? That too watching Indian Classical Dance? The skeptics might have thought…. But amazingly, oblivious to all, 3 hours […]

Alok Utsav 2017 a Beautiful Display of Odissi Splendor

Alok Utsav 2017 a Beautiful Display of Odissi Splendor

By Correspondent HOUSTON: April 15 marked the seventh year of completion of the Kalaangan school of Odissi dance and was celebrated as the Alok Utsav at the Sugar Land auditorium with utmost sincerity. An inviting array of delectable snacks welcomed the attendees at the front lobby. Founder, director Supradipta Datta commenced the proceedings by paying […]

Rasaanubhava’17

Rasaanubhava’17

HOUSTON: Abhinaya School of Performing Arts conducted its Annual Dance event Rasaanubhava’17 on April 15, at Berry Center in Cypress. The first part of the show showcased performances by beginner, junior, intermediate student. Beginner students showed glimpses of their basic training while the junior, senior, intermediate and senior students performed Pushpanjali, Ganesha Kavitvam, Alaripu, Jathiswaram […]

Grace Entertainment Presents Irshad, A New-Age Style of Marathi Poetry

Grace Entertainment Presents Irshad, A New-Age Style of Marathi Poetry

By Amita Dabir HOUSTON: Houstonians had an exhilarating experience of appreciating a new-age style of Marathi poetry on Sunday, April 16 from two young and widely popular Marathi poets, Sandeep Khare and Vaibhav Joshi. Representing Generation Next of the Marathi poetry world, the two poets are on a US tour with their unique program titled […]

Padma Shri Aruna Mohanty to Perform in Houston

Padma Shri Aruna Mohanty to Perform in Houston

By Rathna Kumar HOUSTON: Padma Shri Aruna Mohanty, Odissi dancer par excellence, will be performing in Houston May 6. Initially trained by eminent Guru Padma Shri Gangadhar Pradhan, Aruna further refined her art under such stalwarts as Guru Pankaj Charan Das, legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Sanjukta Panigrahi and Sonal Mansingh. Her devotion, perseverance and commitment […]

Kalakriti Hosts Raas All Stars IX in Dallas

Kalakriti Hosts Raas All Stars IX in Dallas

DALLAS: Houston based Kalakriti Performing Arts partnered with Raas All Stars (RAS) to hold the national competition of Garba / RaaS at Eisemann Centre in Richardson, TX on April 15. Raas All-Stars is the National Championship for competitive Garba/Raas wherein teams from colleges and universities around the United States takes part. Over 50 teams compete via […]

Vedic Fair 6 Brings Together Cultural & Traditional Diversity of India

Vedic Fair 6 Brings Together Cultural & Traditional Diversity of India

  Click here for Photo Collage By Vanshika Vipin Varma KATY: Last Saturday, April 8, was unusual, novel and divergent. The Cinco Ranch High School in Katy was resonating and rumbling, for it was the 6th chapter of the Vedic Fair. Ashirwad- a Blessing, spearheaded by Geetha Ravula, has been conducting Vedic Fair’s since 2011. […]

From Non-Universal Religion to the Universal Dharma. A Celebration of 26 Successful Years of Arya Samaj of Greater Houston

From Non-Universal Religion to the Universal Dharma. A Celebration of 26 Successful Years of Arya Samaj of Greater Houston

By Dr. Harish Chandra HOUSTON: Arya Samaj Greater Houston (ASGH) celebrated its 26th Anniversary Sunday, 9th April 2017. It began with hoisting of the saffron flag symbolizing OM – the supreme lighthouse of knowledge and peace for the entire humanity. Durga Agrawal, leading industrialist, philanthropist and educationist was at the flag mast with Dr Devbala […]

Classical Arts Society Stages Inspiring Biographical Musical “Sri Thyagarajar”

Classical Arts Society Stages Inspiring Biographical Musical “Sri Thyagarajar”

By Nalini Sadagopan  Asa tira dura desamulanu Prakasimpa jesina rasika siromani (dasarathi) “Rama – O’ Jewel of the connoisseurs of music who, to the fulfillment of my desire, You have made my fame shine even in distant lands? HOUSTON: Thus said the 18th Century Carnatic Music Saint composer and visionary Sri Tyagaraja of Tiruvaiyyaru, Tamil […]

108 Lotus Petals Welcome to Celebrate India at Vedic Fair 6 on Saturday, April 8

108 Lotus Petals Welcome to Celebrate India at Vedic Fair 6 on Saturday, April 8

HOUSTON: Vedic Fair 6 – Celebrate India, India’s LifeStyle Show for all will happen on coming Saturday April 8, from 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Cinco Ranch High School, 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX. A hit for last 5 years, the euphoria to its sequel isn’t that surprising. As Vedic Fair is approaching […]

A Delighful Evening with Radha Mangeshkar and Hrishikesh Ranade

A Delighful Evening with Radha Mangeshkar and Hrishikesh Ranade

HOUSTON: Houston Maharashtra Mandal hosted another spectacular event of the year, Radha – Hrishikesh Concert, at Berry Center on March 19th, 2017. The enthralled audience was presented with an electrifying performance by the two phenomenal singers, Hrishikesh Ranade and Radha Mangeshkar, and remarkable accompanists, Vikram Bhat, Kedar Paranjage and Vivek Paranjape. The audience mostly sat […]

Houston’s Got Bollywood with Naach!

Houston’s Got Bollywood with Naach!

HOUSTON: India House and Naach Houston start off the Season with a brand new production celebrating the global spirit of Bollywood Dance Theater in this spectacular presentation of “Houston’s Got Bollywood – The Red Carpet” Conceived  and Directed by Dance Maestro Mahesh Mahbubani. The show opens at 8.15 pm on April 15,  Sat, at the […]

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path – The Grand Palaces of Nizam’s Hyderabad

Sightseeing in India Off the Beaten Path – The Grand Palaces of Nizam’s Hyderabad

By Pramod Kulkarni On the Road: This is the fifth episode describing my wife Jyoti and I’s visit to India during Dec.-Jan. 2016. After about two weeks in Gujarat and Pune, we flew to Hyderabad for four-day visit. I grew up in Hyderabad from essentially my birth to the age of 16 in 1967 with […]

Sur Olakhiche: Old Marathi Melodies with New Sounds of Music

Sur Olakhiche: Old Marathi Melodies with New Sounds of Music

By Vivek Chitale HOUSTON: Houston Maharashtra Mandal presented Sur Olakhiche concert on February 12, at Berry Center, Cypress, TX. The chief guest for the concert was Avadhoot Gupte a Mumbai based music composer, singer, movie director and a TV Show host. This program was performed in order to raise funds for Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM) […]

Tamil Chair at Harvard University

Tamil Chair at Harvard University

By Vidya Sridhar HOUSTON: Harvard University has accepted a proposal to set up a “Sangam Tamil Chair” in the Department of South Asian Studies with the focus being on Tamil Sangam Literature and all Tamil literature influenced by it. Tamil language has ancient literature dating back to around 300 B.C. Tamil is one of the […]

Delightful Performances by Laasika School of Dance: Natyopasana 2017

Delightful Performances by Laasika School of Dance: Natyopasana 2017

Click here for Photo Collage By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: Houston audience was treated to an enjoyable dance fare by Laasika School of Dance as a tribute to its Artistic Director Pallavi Kumar’s Guru Dr. K.Uma Rama who passed away recently leaving a void in field of Kuchipudi dance. The recital featured an interesting combination […]

I-Fair ‘OUR INDIA’

I-Fair ‘OUR INDIA’

HOUSTON: We are just few days away from I-Fair, India Culture Center’s signature event. The preparations for various segments like dance, skit, yoga for health, Antakshari, ‘Women who make India proud’, showcasing ‘Republic of Turkey’, live Quiz on ‘our India’, are almost in its final stages. These programs will certainly entertain the audience and will […]

Beautiful Dance Production: Bhakti Sugandham

Beautiful Dance Production: Bhakti Sugandham

By Thara Narasimhan HOUSTON: “Bhakti Sugandham” meaning Devotional Fragrance was an exposition of exquisite music combined with exclusive Bharatanatyam dance. The dance performance was embodied with expressions of nine different emotions called “Nava Rasa” and the Global Organizations of Divinity produced the program with the music compositions created by His Holiness Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji. […]

Surangan Music School Lives up to its Reputation Again

Surangan Music School Lives up to its Reputation Again

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: The aim of Surangan Music School is to nourish, nurture and carry forward the rich Bengali heritage. The evening of December 4 proved that fact to a tee, when the school held their annual student appreciation day at the HDBS Sur Auditorium. The school in its 6th year under the dedicated […]

Mumbai’s colonial-era opera house restored to past glory

Mumbai’s colonial-era opera house restored to past glory

MUMBAI: India’s only surviving opera house has been restored to its colonial-era glory, reopening to the public more than two decades after it closed in disrepair. Once the place to be seen for Mumbai’s great and good it was forced to close in the 1990s after years of financial struggles. But a painstaking seven-year project […]

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