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Star Pipe Products Diwali Celebration Observed with Decorations, Diyas, Diverse Dishes

HOUSTON: There’s nothing like a good festive occasion to inspire creativity. Star Pipe Products, global manufacturer and supplier for a broad range of pipe fittings for water and waste water industry, celebrated Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, with spirited verve this year with employees outdoing themselves in creating a pitch-perfect ambiance of colorful conviviality at the local company headquarters located in the southwest side of this city.

Celebrating Colors of Life through Dance

HOUSTON: Eminent local Indian classical dancer and guru Dr. Rathna Kumar performed at the exquisite Theatre des Champs Elysee in Paris on the same day as the Beatles and the doyen of sitar Pandit Ravi Shankar. She has enjoyed spirited conversations about ragas with former president of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, and was invited by Indian philosopher and statesman Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan to perform for him at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

Book on South Indian Paintings Authoritative, Luminous with Prodigious Narratives

HOUSTON: As a young child growing up in Italy, Dr. Anna L. Dallapiccola was quite unintentionally exposed to the vibrancy of India through pictures in a book. Her curiosity was piqued, when ill and confined to bed for a few weeks, she paged through a library book her mother had brought in and saw towering temples hewn intricately of rock, adorned temple elephants, women in richly-hued sarees and gleaming gems, and streets milling with people.

A Colorful Ram Leela Captivates Houstonians

HOUSTON: “The last time I saw the Ram Leela,” said Dr. Arun Verma, with a hint of a smile, “was in 1958. And, I wanted to make it possible again – for all of us here,” looking around at the near capacity crowd that was filling up the Cullen Auditorium at the University of Houston this past Saturday, October 23. It was late afternoon, and as the crowd trickled in, late as is the Indian ritual, it pushed the beginning of the first Ram Leela held in the Bayou City back by 30 minutes.

His Sitar Music is the Calm Before the Pomp

HOUSTON: At the recent Indo American Charity Foundation Gala on October 1, as the guests slowly sauntered in and proceeded to their tables, the huge hall of the New Stafford Civic Center was filled with the lilting notes that the solo artist onstage sitting cross-legged on a Indian rug played on his sitar.

Golu or Kolu, Enchanting Tradition Lives on in Texas

HOUSTON: Like audible fragrance, classical music drifts out the front door, pure and sweet. It’s Navarathri kolu open house at Sheila and M. K. Sriram’s Sugarland residence. Walk in, and you’re engulfed in the warmth of their welcome. Sheila leads you upstairs to a large family room where youthful voices are singing in praise of the Goddess Devi.

South Asian Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 17th Anniversary with Ancient Wisdom from Vedanta

HOUSTON: Swami Parthasarathy, the renowned exponent of Vedanta and author of scholarly treatises on the ancient Indian philosophy of life and living, was the keynote speaker at the South Asian Chamber of Commerce (SACC) 17th Anniversary Gala held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on October 9, 2010.

Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference to be Held in Houston

HOUSTON: Representatives from 130 temples in the U.S., Canada and other countries are expected to attend the Fifth Annual Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference (HMEC) to be held in this city at the Sheraton Hotel near Inter-continental Airport from October 22 – 24, 2010.

“Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha” Play to Come to Houston with Kher

HOUSTON: One of the best and critically most acclaimed actors of Bollywood Padma Shri Anupam Kher is coming to Houston for entertaining thousands of theatre aficionados with his latest play “Mera Woh Matlab Nahi Tha”.

Second Annual Indian Film Festival: A Delightful Treat

HOUSTON: The city was once again treated to a taste of film, food and fantasy during the Second Annual Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH) from September 22 to 26. Feature films, documentaries and shorts were screened for four nights at the Studio Movie Grill.

Swami Vidyadhishananda Proposes Introduction of Sanskrit at U of H

HOUSTON: There’s nothing faddish or new-fangled about Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri’s vision to revitalize, preserve, nurture, and propagate the ancient Sanskrit language.

Raja Sen to Attend Premiere of the Film “Laboratory” in Houston

HOUSTON: Laboratory, a film based on a classic short story by Rabindranath Tagore, will premiere in Houston at the Funplex theaters on September 25th. A special attraction will be the presence of the three time National Award Winner Raja Sen.

From Bach to the Beach: A Saxophone Does All This?

HOUSTON: For most of the audience, the music was certainly eclectic and out of their normal range of entertainment experiences. But as they filed in to the Mabee Teaching Theatre on the Houston Baptist University campus at the beginning of the Labor Day weekend this past Friday, September 3, many of the desis recognized each other for they had come to hear – and see – a young man who had grown up in their midst and moved on to a calling that is becoming more common for second generationers: entertainment and specifically music.

Classical Dance at a Spiritual Banquet

STAFFORD: In honor of Vedic heritage and to promote a unique angle of Sanskrit and Sanskriti, a forum named as KalaaRashmi was presented in Houston that combined classical arts from India alongside a spiritual banquet on August 27 for over 350 guests by local volunteers of the US based Nonprofit, Self Enquiry Life Fellowship.

Bollywood Blast Sizzles with Masti and Magic

HOUSTON: As early as up to a year ahead of the annual Bollywood Blast stage presentation, Bollywood dancer/choreographer/teacher Mahesh Mahbubani at the Anjali Center for Performing Arts, is inundated with pleas from young people in the community eager to be included in the show.

Bhakti Hallmark of Pavitra Srinivasan’s Performance

HOUSTON: It was an afternoon quite extraordinary albeit emotional. And judging by the capacity audience at the Sri Meenakshi Temple Society’s (MTS) Kalyana Mandapam on August 29, it was evident that word of Pavitra Srinivasan’s prowess as an artiste of note had spread.

Swami Vidyadhishananda Presents Discourses for Self Enquiry Fellowship

HOUSTON: Swami Vidyadhishananda, the ordained spiritual master and head monk of the Self Equiry Life Fellowship, is in the midst of presenting a series of discourses on a variety of Vedic topics in Houston.

UT Butler School of Music’s Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet to Play Free Concert in Houston

AUSTIN: The Bel Cuore Quartet, a graduate saxophone quartet from The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, will perform a free concert at Houston Baptist University’s Mabee Teaching Theater on Friday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m

Indian Film Festival of Houston to Celebrate True Winners of Feature Films, Documentaries

HOUSTON: The Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH) is a nonprofit organization devoted to creating a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing quality films that honor entertainment industry performers and film makers while promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian Diaspora through an annual event.

The King’s Salon: An Outstanding Ode to the Devadasi Tradition of Dance

HOUSTON: The richly ambient royal courts of the Maratha kings of Thanjavur during the 18th and 19th century were recreated through the eloquent interpretation and honed dynamism of The King’s Salon, an outstanding dance recital by premier Canada-based artistes Dr. Srividya Natarajan and Hari Krishnan.