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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 […]

Sri Sarada School of Music 10th Anniversary

Sri Sarada School of Music 10th Anniversary

HOUSTON: On the auspicious day of Thyagaraja Panchami, which fell on January 6, Sri Sarada School of Music celebrated its 10th anniversary at Ashtalakshmi Temple with the company of over 200 Houstonians. Founded by Sitaram Ayyagari, the school is dedicated to impart Carnatic Classical music to the young, budding talent in the city of Houston. […]

Betwixt the Twists & Turns of the Rhymes in Hindi Poetry

Betwixt the Twists & Turns of the Rhymes in Hindi Poetry

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: It was two nights before puran mashi – the full moon – and in this crowd of people who had come to listen to Hindi poetry, it was only fitting that dinner be served on the outside deck of Madras Pavilion in Sugar Land, by the edge of the lake […]

Shivangini Academy Students Present Kathak-based Charulata

Shivangini Academy Students Present Kathak-based Charulata

Click here for Photo Collage STAFFORD: The students of Shivangini Academy presented a Kathak-based dance drama, Charulata, based on the story of Cinderella on November 18 and 19. Shivangini Academy Director Shiva Mathur, an exponent of the Lucknow gharana, showcased her creative skills to masterfully express this story, weaving it with Kathak and the associated […]

Bharathi Kalai Manram Presents Fundraiser for Anjali Center

Bharathi Kalai Manram Presents Fundraiser for Anjali Center

HOUSTON: In a gesture of great generosity, Bharathi Kalai Manram presented the Anjali Dance Company in a fundraising program for the rebuilding of the Harvey-damaged Anjali Center. Pranamya: Obeisance to the Gods, as the program was called, was very well conceived and beautifully choreographed by Rathna Kumar, the Center’s Director. In deference to the organization, […]

Four Artists Exhibition Held in Sugar Land

Four Artists Exhibition Held in Sugar Land

SUGAR LAND: Local artist Suranga Cholia was one of the featured artists in a Four Artists Exhibition held at the Sugar Land Art Center on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Sponsored by Pradeep Gokhale of Ameriprise Financial, the exhibition also featured paintings by Nataliya Scheib, Catherine Gauche, and Ruling Meng. Additional sponsors included Sai DiTusa and […]

Colors of Moksh at Dil Se Naach – Band Baaja Baraat

Colors of Moksh at Dil Se Naach – Band Baaja Baraat

  Click here for Photo Collage By IAN Correspondent HOUSTON: “Creativity has no pretense” and when it is straight from the heart, it can work wonders as was seen at Berry Center on Saturday, October 28, when Moksh Community Arts presented ‘Dil Se Naach – ‘Band Baaja Baraat’ Directed & Choreographed by Houston’s own Bollywood […]

A Parody of a Party for Priyanka Brings Funds for the Less Fortunate

A Parody of a Party for Priyanka Brings Funds for the Less Fortunate

By Jawahar Malhotra STAFFORD: What immediately caught your eye was the set on stage; a large and wide raised terrace with a stout white balustrade, a tall, shiny green schefflera plant on one side and seven steps with wrought-iron railing leading up to it. Behind it, on long curtains hung empty gold gilded frames, on […]

Sreepadam’s Varnamudrika -A Colorful Feast!

Sreepadam’s Varnamudrika -A Colorful Feast!

HOUSTON: Once again, Divyaa Unni’s Sreepadam School of Arts has stunned local art rasikas with its vibrant production of “Varnamudrika – Fingerprints of Light.” The students at Sreepadam School of Arts thematically bought colors to life at their annual recital, and the portrayal of these colors on stage, came with a powerful ability to play […]

Surangan’s Annual Student Appreciation Day Blessed by Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya

Surangan’s Annual Student Appreciation Day Blessed by Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya

By Sanchali Basu HOUSTON: Although Surangan, Rupa Ghosh’s school of music has been around for 7 years, this was the 5th formal annual program celebrated on a grand scale at the HDBS Sur auditorium the evening of October 14. The record crowd bore ample evidence to the fact that not only has the school gained […]