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Houston Maharashtra Mandal’s Poetry Paradise

Houston Maharashtra Mandal’s Poetry Paradise

By Varsha Halabe HOUSTON: A rainy afternoon; wet streets and dripping branches, a slight nip in the air and stray renditions of Indian Classical vocal music! What more can one want besides beautiful poetry to accompany it! Around sixty lucky souls witnessed the recitation of the famous Marathi poet and writer Purushottam Shivram Rege’s poetry […]

An Ode to Harmony – Eastern and Western Music & Dance Ensembles

An Ode to Harmony – Eastern and Western Music & Dance Ensembles

MANVEL: A beautiful bouquet of music and dance ensembles from different genres will be presented on February 25, 3 to 6 pm at the Stafford Civic Center (located at 1415 Constitution Ave, Stafford TX), in honor of the 8th anniversary of Houston Namadwaar, a Center for Universal Harmony located in the Pearland/Manvel area. Titled “An […]

Google Arts and Culture unveils 3D-printed vases

Google Arts and Culture unveils 3D-printed vases

MUMBAI: Google Arts and Culture on Monday unveiled 10 3D-printed ceramic vases at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) museum here to mark the culmination of its ‘Future Relics’ project — the first-ever lab experiment in India. The “Future Relics” project, which was announced in November 2017, blends ancient craft and modern technology to […]

MFAH Presents “Peacock in the Desert”: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur

MFAH Presents “Peacock in the Desert”: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: An opportunity to learn about one fascinating aspect of India’s exceptional culture will soon be available for Houstonians courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH). Titled “Peacock in the Desert”, the exhibit will display centuries of royal treasures from Jodhpur in Rajasthan for the first time in an epic […]

Shraddhanjali 2018, Commemoration of 70th Death Anniversay of Mahatma Gandhi

Shraddhanjali 2018, Commemoration of 70th Death Anniversay of Mahatma Gandhi

HOUSTON: Mahatma Gandhi Library (MGL), and Unity of Houston jointly observed Shraddhanjali, Memorial Service, to commemorate the 70th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Saturday, February 3 at Unity of Houston in collaboration with Arya Samaj Greater Houston, Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, The Ismaili Jamatkhana Center, Houston Non-violent communications, Compassionate Houston, Rothko Chapel and Baha’I […]

Key to India’s Immortality? Author Amish Says It is Balance

Key to India’s Immortality?  Author Amish Says It is Balance

By Pramod Kulkarni HOUSTON: India’s latest literary phenom is Amish Tripathi. His mythological series, “The Shiva Trilogy” and “Ram Chandra Series” have garnered a tremendous following among India’s youth as well as mature audiences. Amish’s latest book is non-fiction, “Immortal India”, which is a compilation of his articles and speeches relating to a discussion of […]

Herein lies a king: A day in the life of Alauddin Khilji’s tomb

Herein lies a king: A day in the life of Alauddin Khilji’s tomb

NEW DELHI: It is a sunny Saturday winter afternoon, and Qutb Complex is teeming with people, including Indian and foreign tourists, photographers and a new breed of Instagrammars, travel bloggers, children, love-struck couples, families, and young boys and girls celebrating their birthdays. Walking past the towering corbelled arched gateways of Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, considered North India’s […]

Gauhar: An Exhilarating Theatrical Journey to a Bygone Era

Gauhar: An Exhilarating Theatrical Journey to a Bygone Era

By Jyoti Kulkarni HOUSTON: Indian theater lovers in Houston were transported to the exhilarating life of a tawaif (court singer/dancer). The occasion was an extraordinary play “Gauhar”, depicting the life of Gauhar Jaan, a legendary North Indian classical court musician and dancer of the early 20th century. Gauhar’s claim to fame is that she is […]

Space City Raas Partners with Kalakriti Performing Arts for the First Garba/Raas Competition

Space City Raas Partners with Kalakriti Performing Arts for the First Garba/Raas Competition

By Nakita Pandya HOUSTON: The University of Houston’s Space City Raas (SCR) in partnership with Kalakriti Performing Arts put on an outstanding show this last weekend at Cullen Performance Hall! Eight Raas Garba teams from Texas, Missouri, Florida, and Pennsylvania traveled far and wide to compete and earn bid points to Raas All-Stars, the Raas […]

That Soothing, Haunting Voice Soothes Us Once Again! This Time, it’s Bunty!!

That Soothing, Haunting Voice Soothes Us Once Again! This Time, it’s Bunty!!

By Jawahar Malhotra SPRING, TX: It was a cold and wet night with a steady light drizzle and a light fog would soon descend along the pinetree lined backroads. Inside the Auburn Lakes Community Club House was packed with people who had come to listen to a live ghazal concert. And the velvety soothing voice […]

Laya Taal Saadhna on Saturday February 17

Laya Taal Saadhna on Saturday February 17

HOUSTON: On Saturday February 17, the Indian Music Society of Houston and students of Tabla Guru Pandit Shantilal Shah will present what has come to become an eagerly anticipated annual event – Laya Taal Saadhna. This year’s event bears special significance as we celebrate Pt. Shah’s 15 years in Houston.  Since the day he moved […]

Valentine’s Week Days 2018 Full List, Schedule, Date Sheet of Rose, Propose, Chocolate, Promise, Teddy, Hug and Kiss Day

Valentine’s Week Days 2018 Full List, Schedule, Date Sheet of Rose, Propose, Chocolate, Promise, Teddy, Hug and Kiss Day

While many of us have come to be of the opinion that there need not be just one day in the calendar to celebrate love, when it is Valentine’s month of the year, mush and love is inevitably found in the air. Yes, the Valentine’s Week is around the corner and if you are still […]

India House Flaunts the Cultural Diversity of India at the 69th Republic Day Event

India House Flaunts the Cultural Diversity of India at the 69th Republic Day Event

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: The Republic Day is celebrated every year on January 26 to honor the historic day on which the Constitution of India came into effect, in the year 1950. The Constitution of India tied together the hitherto fluid borders of the country and gave birth to the ‘sovereign democratic republic’ that […]

New Sikh Children’s Book “Fish Eat Fish World” Release, Feb. 4

New Sikh Children’s Book “Fish Eat Fish World” Release, Feb. 4

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Bhupinder Singh, a mechanical engineer and a Vice President of Newage Casting Co. a manufacturer and distributer for cast iron plumbing products in Houston has written four books on Sikhism and has also penned articles that have been published in magazines and journals. He recently released his first children’s book “Fish […]

ICC Republic Day Program Falls Short on Attendance

ICC Republic Day Program Falls Short on Attendance

Click here for Collage By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: The lingering effects of the ice storm, cold and rainy weather and people down with the raging flu virus were some of the reasons that affected the low turnout for the 69th Indian Republic Day celebrations that the India Culture Center held last Saturday afternoon, January 20 […]

Sundari Mundari’ing Away to Glory at the Annual Lohri Celebrations By Punjabi Culture Club

Sundari Mundari’ing Away to Glory at the Annual Lohri Celebrations By Punjabi Culture Club

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: Bonfire celebrations, gur rewri, puffed rice, peanuts, popcorns, and some bhangra & gidda – all of these are significant components associated with one of India’s favorite festivals- Lohri. This popular festival marks the end of winter and serves as a traditional welcome of longer days, the beginning of summer, with the sun’s […]

Grand Celebrations of Andal Kalyanam and Pongal Festival at Sri Meenakshi Temple

Grand Celebrations of Andal Kalyanam and Pongal Festival at Sri Meenakshi Temple

By Bhargavi Golla PEARLAND: Andal Kalyanam: Sri Meenakshi Temple Society celebrated the sacred wedding of Andal/Goda with Lord Sri Krishna in the form of Lord Ranganatha on Saturday, January 13.  Andal, after observing the Paavai Nombu (vows) during the Dhanur month (December 15th to January 15th), merged with Lord Ranganatha in Srirangam. This union is […]

Houston Maharashtra Mandal Celebrates Makar Sankranti 2018 with Overwhelming Response

Houston Maharashtra Mandal Celebrates Makar Sankranti 2018 with Overwhelming Response

By Varsha Halabe HOUSTON: As the shortest day passes us by, the days start getting longer and before you know it, it is Makar Sankrant/Pongal/Udagi that marks the passing of the Sun into the Makar Rashi (Capricorn). This festival is celebrated on January 14th of each year and Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM) celebrated it on […]

Benny J Tillman Becomes the Executive President of VFA

Benny J Tillman Becomes the Executive President of VFA

HOUSTON: Benny J Tillman (Balabhadra Bhattacarya Dasa) has become the Executive President of Vedic Friends Association beginning January 1 this year. Previously director of VFA Atlanta, Tillman is the first African American President of the organization. The Vedic Friends Association (VFA) is an international body of people who have embraced the Vedic culture or deeply […]

A Vintage Lohri, from Simpler Times, Remembered Once Again

A Vintage Lohri, from Simpler Times, Remembered Once Again

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: She was stretching back 73 years in time, when there was a naiveté about the world around you, even among murmurs of cracks in the British Raj. News traveled at the speed of a bicycle postman carrying telegrams and if you were lucky – and of a certain class – a […]

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