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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 […]

The Nuance of Indian Poetry, One Tantalizing Word After the Other!

The Nuance of Indian Poetry,  One Tantalizing Word After the Other!

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: Where else could you get an animated story of the battle between tea and lassi (buttermilk) delivered to you in lyrical, rhyming verse? Or the frustrations and challenge of a cop in writing poems, at first rigid and unevoking, later becoming more fantastic and provocative? These aren’t the sort of […]

Vibrant Dance Ballet Presenting the Nava Rasas in Srimad Bhagavatam

Vibrant Dance Ballet Presenting  the Nava Rasas in Srimad Bhagavatam

PEARLAND: Global Organization for Divinity/Namadwaar will present a bharatanatyam dance ballet – Bhakti Sugandham-The Fragrance of Devotion – on Dec 18, 4 pm at the CA Nelson auditorium at 2337 N Galveston Ave, Pearland TX 77581. The ballet will portray popular as well as lesser-known legends from Srimad Bhagavatam, the 5000-year-old crown jewel of all […]

SSRF’s Ram Leela Returns with Exotic Splendor

SSRF’s Ram Leela Returns with Exotic Splendor

STAFFORD: On the heels of the very successful and spectacular celebration of Diwali-Dussehra Mela on October 15, the Ram Leela produced by the Shri Sita Ram Foundation was presented in its true and glorious form this past Sunday, November 6 to a packed auditorium at the Stafford Centre on Cash Road. This is the seventh […]

Moksh Community Arts Inc Presents A Naach Houston Production

Moksh Community Arts Inc Presents  A Naach Houston Production

HOUSTON: Moksh Community Arts Inc Presents A NAACH HOUSTON PRODUCTION – DIL TOH BACCHA HAI  “Celebrating Children” Place: The Berry Center, 8877 Barker Cypress rd,Cypress, Texas 77433 Date : 13th Nov 2016, Sunday Time : 7pm to  8.30pm Moksh Community Arts Inc. brings you their first showcase performed by the Professional & Student Dance Team […]

Twist of the Tongue

Twist of the Tongue

Inside the small hall of a primary school in the Dharamjaigarh block of Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, a small group of women of the Pahadi Korba tribe sits near the window, their faces to the floor, their hands covering their mouths, and their bodies shaking uncontrollably with laughter. The laughter comes from within — a mixture of […]

Saadhana Pariwar’s “Spectrum” Brings out an Array of Musical Colors

Saadhana Pariwar’s “Spectrum” Brings out an Array of Musical Colors

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: As the spectrum in a rainbow has 7 colors, the “Spectrum” presentation by students of Pandit Suman Ghosh and Shashikala Ghosh’s Saadhana Pariwar, brought out the best of the seven musical notes. Attended by dignitaries like CGI Dr. Anupam Ray, Rathna Kumar, Dr. Mathur, Govind Shetty, Sonal Buchar and many more, […]

Kusum Sharma’s Ramleela Reverberates a Quiet Sunday Afternoon

Kusum Sharma’s Ramleela Reverberates a Quiet Sunday Afternoon

By Vanshika Vipin HOUSTON: Over the period of years Ram Leela has evolved into a highly venerated art form having traveled to far corners of the globe, through Indian Diaspora, not as an act of cultural recovery but as fresh expressions of a persistent faith. Last Sunday, October 9, Houstonians witnessed an awe-inspiring regal dramatic folk […]

Unmesh to Unfold Spectrum: Traditional Music at its Colorful Best

Unmesh to Unfold Spectrum: Traditional Music at its Colorful Best

By Sasi Raghavan HOUSTON: After a sultry afternoon, imagine a beautiful evening – relaxing on your porch, with a cup of tea, watching the rainbow colors of the trees all around. The ambient temperature perfectly poised between warm and cool, you feel the gentle breeze brushing past your face. Slowly, you hear the droplets of […]

Diwali and Dusshera Mela Celebrations at Skeeter’s Stadium, Sugar Land

Diwali and Dusshera Mela Celebrations at Skeeter’s Stadium, Sugar Land

By Nik Nikam, MD SUGAR LAND: Shri Sita Ram Foundation, USA  will be presenting the Diwali – Dusshera Mela at the Skeeter’s stadium on Oct. 15, 2016, between 4-10 PM. This will be the FIFTH year in a row, where Shri Sita Ram Foundation will be displaying this cultural extravagance, where the Triumph of Good […]

Indo American Forum of Fort Bend Celebrates Navratri with Flair and Fun

Indo American Forum of Fort Bend Celebrates Navratri with Flair and Fun

STAFFORD: The Indo American Forum of Fort Bend, focuses its efforts solely on supporting the underprivileged, undeserved and needy in Fort Bend County, by supporting charities in the area providing assistance through education, shelter, food, healthcare and familial and substance abuse. After launching a fun filled Fall Opener, a Hawaiian Luau evening, complete with Pacific […]

Kusum Sharma’s Ramleela on October 9

Kusum Sharma’s Ramleela on October 9

By Runmee Barbara HOUSTON: UNESCO proclaimed the tradition of Ramleela a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005. This heritage is kept alive in Houston by Kusum Sharma, director and mind behind the 12th annual Ramleela in Houston. Kusum Sharma’s Ramleela has become a name in itself where Indians across Texas […]

27th Janamashtami Celebrations by HGH

27th Janamashtami Celebrations by HGH

HOUSTON: Festivals are great unifiers and the spectacular 27th Janamastami celebration at the George Brown Convention center on September 10, was no exception. With around 65 organizations supporting this event, the Hindus of Greater Houston lived up to its mission of bringing Hindus together to celebrate festivals collectively.  Many senior members of the community were […]

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