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KTRU South Asian Concert Brings Healing in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

KTRU South Asian Concert Brings Healing in the  Wake of Hurricane Harvey

By Ethan Hasiuk HOUSTON: On Sunday, Septermber 10, a large, beautifully diverse, and attentive audience experienced Swar Yatra – A Musical Journey, a concert hosted by KTRU Rice University Radio. Varsha Vakil, who has now organized four South Asian music concerts and three KTRU Outdoor Show (ODS) Indian performances in her nine years as a […]

Kusum Sharma’s Ramleela is on September 24, at VPSS Haveli

Kusum Sharma’s Ramleela  is on September 24, at VPSS Haveli

HOUSTON: UNESCO proclaimed the tradition of Ramleela a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005. Incidentally from the same year in 2005, this heritage is kept alive in Houston by Kusum Sharma, director and mind behind the 13th annual Ramleela in Houston, which will be presented on September 24th at VPSS […]

KTRU Celebrates 25 Years of its South Asian Music Show *Navrang* with Free Concert

KTRU Celebrates 25 Years of its South Asian Music Show *Navrang* with Free Concert

By Sreyas Menon HOUSTON: KTRU Rice University Radio will celebrate 25 years of its Navrang specialty show from 5 to 7 PM on Sunday, September 10, with a free concert, Swar Yatra – A Musical Journey. Navrang (meaning “nine colors” in Hindi) show on KTRU treats listeners to the beauty of South Asian music with […]

Intricate Dances Showcase the Incredible Diversity of India

Intricate Dances Showcase the  Incredible Diversity of India

Click Here for Photo Collage By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: There is a language to dance which those of us who have two left feet can never fathom but can certainly be in awe of. It is a language that has many facets, encompassing hands, feet, hips, arms, fingers – and even just as importantly, facial […]

Incredible India: Unity in Diversity

Incredible India: Unity in Diversity

HOUSTON: Incredible India is being presented by Indian Performing Arts, Samskriti at the Miller Outdoor Theatre on the 19th of August, 2017 at 8.15pm. This popular event is presented in association with the Consulate General of India in Houston and funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Houston through the Miller […]

Sisters Anoushka, Ananya Gokhale Show Tremendous Poise, Symmetry in Their Bharatnatyam Arrangetram

Sisters Anoushka, Ananya Gokhale Show Tremendous Poise, Symmetry in Their Bharatnatyam Arrangetram

By Pradeep Gokhale CLEAR LAKE: The Clear Lake campus of the University of Houston is a peaceful setting; it was especially so in the late afternoon following the rainfall last Saturday, August 5. The air was sullen and humid but the green lush lawns along the banks of the bayou brought out the deer and […]

Many Facets of a Unique Mission in Hindustani Classical Music

Many Facets of a Unique Mission in Hindustani Classical Music

HOUSTON: The disciples and followers of the celebrated Hindustani Classical Music Gurukul, Saadhana Pariwar are privileged in many ways. They experience the richest possible level of hands-on training from a Guru of world repute. They see their beloved Guruji, Pandit Suman Ghosh, effortlessly switching his role between that of a sought-after maestro performing internationally, and […]

Ashka’s Arangetram

Ashka’s Arangetram

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: The evening was arranged in the most elaborate way one possibly can. It had to be, because it was Ashka’s Arangetram. Parents Dr. Vipul and Sheetal Patel had gone all out to leave no stone unturned in the planning of this event. Starting from the stage decorations to the food spread […]

Odissi Dance Debut by Meha Chopra Mohapatra: Adding color to the cultural mosaic of Houston

Odissi Dance Debut by Meha Chopra Mohapatra: Adding color to the cultural mosaic of Houston

HOUSTON: The Bayou City is a melting pot of cultures and traditions from all over the world, and the cultural artforms of India play a significant role in shaping this city. One such artform is Odissi, one of the eight ancient classical dances that originated in India. The origins of Odissi in particular, are believed […]

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 […]

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