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A Ram Leela in Kuchipudi Ballet Style with a Blue Avatar Lord Rama

A Ram Leela in Kuchipudi Ballet Style with a Blue Avatar Lord Rama

Click here for Photo Collage By Jawahar Malhotra STAFFORD: It did seem odd that the marquee sign at the corner of the Stafford Civic Centre on Cash Road was off and wasn’t flashing all the upcoming evens as it usually does, and in particular the main event – the Ram Leela – scheduled for that […]

Festival of India – Greater Houston Rath Yatra 2017

Festival of India – Greater Houston Rath Yatra 2017

THE WOODLANDS: The rain clouds disappeared into thin layers of heavenly covering while the gorgeous thick forest trees surrounded the site for the 5th Annual Greater Houston Rath Yatra on Saturday, June 24. The Char Dham Hindu Temple and Star Plus presented this year’s Festival of India at a new location: the Char Dham Hindu […]

Vaisakhi, Celebrated Even Late, is Still A Joyful Community Affair

Vaisakhi, Celebrated Even Late, is Still A Joyful Community Affair

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Halfway through the 26 dance segments, the Sohniya Houston Diyan Gidha group took the stage and they were mesmerizing. Their footwork, singing and brilliantly colored kurtas, duppatas and skirts and swinging long braided ponytails just enveloped the entire stage as all twelve women dashed around alternating between rounds of duets and […]

The Energizing Bharatnatyam & Kathak Dance Recital of Kusum Sharma’s Shri Natraj School of Dance

The Energizing Bharatnatyam & Kathak Dance Recital of Kusum Sharma’s Shri Natraj School of Dance

HOUSTON: On May 21, Kusum Sharma’s Shri Natraj School of Dance presented a captivating afternoon of annual dance recital at University of Houston. The program was conceived and choreographed by school’s artistic director Kusum Sharma with the help of Shri Natraj volunteers and lead teachers Aparna Krishnan, Nithya Ram Krishnan, Runmee Barbara & Tanya Sharma. […]

Fast Paced Hindi Poetry Ties the Audience Up in Knots!

Fast Paced Hindi Poetry Ties the Audience Up in Knots!

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: It was rapid-fire delivery of Hindi poetry, with metaphors, rhymes, similes, idioms and jest to be provocative, cajoling, delightful – and above all, amusing – as the three poets had the audience from the get-go. If you were nurtured on a staple of Hindi movies and songs but little else in […]

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 […]

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