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Youth Devotional Song Contest Held at Shri Kripalu Kunj Ashram Draws Talent

ny children from different parts of Houston participated in the contest with great enthusiasm. It was heartening to see that the children had put in a lot of time and effort, practicing for the event. Everybody’s performance was highly commendable. The performance of Mukta Nair (12) in the senior youth segment and Sharanya Sharma (5) from St. Antonio and Vikkram Sankaran (6) from Sugarland in the junior youth segment, was particularly impressive.

Best Teacher Award for Rajarajeshwary Bhat

Bhat hails from a family of musicians. Her initial training was from her mother Smt. Krishnaveni and many stalwarts in music at the present times. She holds a Vidwat degree (Master’s degree) in Music from Karnataka government. She has performed for many fund-raising events for charity organizations and festivals. Smt. Bhat’s vision to spread Carnatic music across the globe and has instituted several innovative educational program.

Another Successful Year of “Health for Humanity” Yogathon

India’s Padmashree Award recipient and renowned neurosurgen Dr. Kamaljit Singh Paul encouraged and guided the Yogathon participants at the Gurudwara of Fox Valley in Menasha, Wisconsin. He outlined the benefits of Surya Namaskars and said that this particular type of Yoga exercise helps to keep our internal organs such as brain, heart, and liver healthy and also helps in proper blood circulation.

NATA: A New Indo-American Nonprofit Organization is Formed

The Advisory council, Executive committee, and Members of NATA have resolved to promote the unique and rich culture of Telugu Indian-American community by organizing biannual conventions, which are mega events to celebrate Telugu culture. Apart from serving the people of Telugu living in North America, NATA has identified several critical missions such as exchange programs for students, scientists, artists and professionals, and also to advance the heritage of the Telugu culture, sponsoring events that enrich and enlighten society, and extending support back home for educational, business and overall development of Andhra Pradesh and India.

U of H Presents Nasha 2011

HOUSTON: Houston is a pot of different cultures, and so we are very fortunate, that we get an opportunity to enrich our minds and spirit with this variety. A French philosopher has said that, “As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit”

Shlok Competition Held at Shri Kripalu Kunj Ashram

HOUSTON: In an attempt to educate children and to promote deeper understanding of God, a Shlok Competition for children was held in Shri Kripalu Kunj Ashram in Houston on January 30. Several children enthusiastically participated in the event.

Hindi Lovers Club Inaugurated in Chicago

Hindi Lover’s Club, is the first club of its kind for American Indian and will showcase the true potential and versatility of age-old language, said, Kamal Gupta, President of Chicago Chapter of World Hindi Organization. He further informed that government allotted 12 million dollars to introduce Hindi in schools and colleges in Chicago.

Nidhika Mehta Makes Best Dressed List for 2011

This year’s honorees are stellar volunteers and contributors — some on a global level — to causes ranging from healthcare and education to the fine arts. Making their debuts on the list are Gracie Cavnar, Arvia Few, Susan Krohn, Carmen Maria Montiel-Lechin, Nidhika Mehta, Elizabeth Petersen and Rosemary Schatzman.

Sangeet Natak Akademi Honors for Dr. Rathna Kumar

The prestigious honor holds greater significance for Dr. Kumar as she is the first non-Indian citizen to receive the award; the eminent dancer has lived and taught dance in this city for over three decades. Fortuitously for Dr. Kumar, and regardless of the fact that her pilgrimages to India have only been annual ones during the December music and dance ‘season’, her constant touch with the dance scene, through performances, lecture-demonstrations, presentation of her students to Indian audiences, and presenting Indian dancers in Houston, it has never been a case of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Her work has always been held in high esteem both here and back home, and it was only a matter of time before the Government recognized her valuable contributions and rewarded her for all her hard work, pursuing her art in a foreign land.

IACF Donates $27,000 to Daya

Daya helps victims of domestic violence in the South Asian community in the Greater Houston area. Starting with a simple helpline service run by a few volunteers, Daya now employs three full-time staff and offers a comprehensive list of services including client counseling, financial assistance, legal help, support sessions, job placement help, English language classes and computer literacy classes. In the last 6 years, Daya has helped over 1,100 clients in our area. Service needs increase each year. Daya also does proactive work through education, outreach, policy research and advocacy. The most recent addition is a transitional home for those victims who need a temporary home as they prepare for a life free of violence.

Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple Celebrates Goda Kalyanam

On January 14, devotees at Sri Ashtalakshmi Temple participated in Goda Kalyanam. The tradition was observed by devotees and priests of Ashtalakshmi Temple. For the thirty days of the month of Dhanurmasam, the Tiruppavai was chanted early in the morning. In addition to this, special puja to Sri Venkateshwara, was performed in the form of Sri Venkateshwara Saranagathi Deeksha. The priests, Sriman Hanuman Swamy and Sriman Anil Swamy, visited several homes and held Andal goshtis. A goshti is a collection of devotees who gather for prayer and religious discussion.

Essay Contest for Texas High School Seniors

The Tagore Society of Houston, a non profit 501-C3 organization, invites 2011 Texas High School Seniors to its annual essay contest focused on the philosophy and works of the great Indian Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore. This year’s contest is especially important as it commemorates the 150th Birth Anniversary of Tagore.

Ramineni’s Entice with Spice Wins Coveted Cookbook Award

HOUSTON: Authoress Shubhra Ramineni’s Entice with Spice, Easy Indian Recipes for Busy People, has been awarded the 2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award for “Best Indian Cuisine Book” in the US. Now it is in the running for “Best in the World” for the most popular Indian cookbook in the world.

Rising Star: A Profile of Soham Mehta

HOUSTON: Soham Mehta is a young visionary whose star is on the rise. Already an accomplished writer and director, this humble, soft-spoken artist now adds award-winning filmmaker to his resume.

Samrakshana Fundraiser Ensures Enduring Legacy of MTS

HOUSTON: When the shrine for Lord Ganesh was consecrated with great reverence in August 1979, devotees who took turns performing the daily poojas harbored cherished hopes that the hallowed land would someday be the abode to all the deities in the Hindu pantheon. Over three decades later and through the dedicated efforts of those visionaries, the Sri Meenakshi Temple Society (MTS) is today a regal presence in the heart of Pearland.

The Eavesdropping Mishap

HOUSTON: Nozer Buchia has been writing, directing and acting in plays for over 25 years under the banner of Nozer Buchia Productions. The latest play to release on stage is “Vari Baanna Paachhal Thi” (loosely translated, “Oh, you’ve been standing behind the door and listening to gossip once again.”) is sure to please anyone with a humorous vein.

LLadro’s Premier Piece Captures Divine Love of Radha-Krishna

HOUSTON: Vicente Lladro, the famous porcelain figurine artist from Valencia, Spain, is releasing Divine Love, a limited edition of 2000 pieces worldwide. It measures 12” x 10”. The artist drew his inspiration for the piece from the Hindu literary and artistic traditions staying true to the nature of Indian art, mainly the drawings and etchings depicted in traditional Indian folk stories.

Anjali’s Anniversary Celebrated with the Colors of Life

HOUSTON: The Anjali Center for Performing Arts celebrated its 35th Anniversary with the premiere of Navarasa, The Colors of Life, at the Kaplan Theater, Jewish Community Center on November 20, 2010. The dance production, conceptualized and choreographed by Anjali’s Founder/Artistic Director Dr. Rathna Kumar, featured performances by Anjali students and faculty, interspersed with recitals by several guest artistes.

Nal & Damyanti: A True Story from Our Rich Heritage

Houston: JVB Preksha Meditation Center presented its 4th mega play, ww on November 13 to a packed house of 1,200 people at the Cullen Performance Hall at the University of Houston Main Campus. The play also marked the 1st Annual Day of its new facilities on 14102 Schiller Rd.

Music Ushers in Kaisika Dwadasi at Sri Meenakshi Temple

HOUSTON: The elaborately adorned gods Lord Vishnu and Lord Sundareswara and their divine consorts illuminated by tiers of glimmering lamps, listened as 108 musicians in melodious harmony sang their praises on the auspicious occasion of Kaisika Dwadasi. The Utsavam, or festival, that typically falls on the 12th day of the waxing moon during the Kaarthika month of November/December, was held on November 18 at the Sri Meenakshi Temple Society (MTS) Kalyana Mandapam.