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Dr. Gurnam Singh Receives Sangeet Natak Academy Award

Dr. Gurnam Singh Receives Sangeet Natak Academy Award

NEW DELHI: First time in the history of Indian music, Gurmat Sangeet was recognized and a prestigious award by Sangeet Natak Academy was conferred upon Dr. Gurnam Singh, founder and Head of the Gurmat Sangeet Department, Punjab University, Patiala, by the President of India. Sangeet Natak Academy was set up by Education Ministry, Government of […]

Vibha Holi 2019 Blends Culture, Color & Cause at India House Grounds

Vibha Holi 2019 Blends Culture, Color & Cause at India House Grounds

HOUSTON: Holi – the Indian Festival of colors signifies the advent of spring, the victory of good over evil, the joy of friendship, and equality for all. On Saturday, March 16th, on the grounds of India House, we saw a perfect blend of it all at Vibha Holi 2019. Despite the weather, the grounds were […]

Biggest Color Fest in USA! Masala Radio’s Houston Holi 2019

Biggest Color Fest in USA! Masala Radio’s Houston Holi 2019

SUGAR LAND: In ancient hindu texts, the celebration of Holi came when the evil goddess Holika and her demon brother King Hiranyakashyap were defeated by the king’s good young son, Pralhad and his faith in Lord Vishnu. The all-women Masala Radio management team of Houston Holi 2019 kept the same faith, despite all challenges. Masala […]

‘Hotel Mumbai’ Re-creates Terrorist Attack with Echoes of Today

‘Hotel Mumbai’ Re-creates Terrorist Attack with Echoes of Today

The most chilling thing about the events depicted in “Hotel Mumbai” is not that they actually happened, not even that they could happen again, but that they are happening even as we speak. A somber, unsettling drama about the 2008 attack on India’s largest city by jihadi terrorists from Pakistan cuts so close to the […]

‘Kalank’: A Resplendent Period Drama

‘Kalank’:  A Resplendent Period Drama

The teaser of Karan Johar’s dream project Kalank is out. Set in 1945, the period drama boasts of an ensemble cast including Alia Bhatt (Noor), Varun Dhawan (Zafar), Madhuri Dixit (Bahaar Begum), Sanjay Dutt (Balraj Chaudhry), Aditya Roy Kapur (Dev Chaudhry) and Sonakshi Sinha (Satya Chaudhry). The opulent sets, resplendent costumes, stunning dance sequences, unique […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Arbi te Wadi di Turri (Eddoe Root & Lentil Dumpling Curry)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Arbi te Wadi di Turri (Eddoe Root & Lentil Dumpling Curry)

BY SHAKUNTLA MALHOTRA This Punjabi recipe incorporates a special favorite ingredient – wadiyyan (sundried lentil dumplings) – with a vegetable that is seasonal but not often used – arbi (eddoe root). Made with a medium thick sauce, and eaten with hot rotis, the results are delicious! So, for those looking for an unusual recipe, below […]

Vedic Fair: A Kaleidoscope of India’s Cultural, Religious Diversity

Vedic Fair: A Kaleidoscope of India’s Cultural, Religious Diversity

KATY: The 8th Annual Vedic Fair and Mega Celebration of India held on Saturday, March 9 at Cinco Ranch High School, drew more than 2,000 visitors. Once again, Ashirwad A Blessing Temple was able to superbly showcase India’s heritage of cultural and religious diversity to a full house in a fun-filled, spiritual and entertaining, 5 […]

Theatrical Company MIST Lives Up to Expectations Again with “Ron”

Theatrical Company MIST Lives Up to Expectations Again with “Ron”

BY SANCHALI BASU HOUSTON: The theatrical company MIST (Masks, Issues, & Stages Traversed) came through again with their much awaited latest production “Ron,” at the Matchbox in Midtown during March 2 and 3. The word ‘Ron’ means war in Bengali, which is the theme of the entire play which revolves around the conflict and emotions […]

Hindus of Greater Houston Elect New Board, Thara Narasimhan as President

Hindus of Greater Houston Elect New Board, Thara Narasimhan as President

HOUSTON: After an incredible three year run as President of Hindus of Greater Houston (HGH), Partha Krishnaswamy handed over the reins to Thara Narasimhan in February 2019. As one of its founders, Thara’s association with the organization runs deep and with this she becomes the first woman to head HGH. While she “understands the greater […]

Raj Salhotra, Son of Indian Immigrants, Announces Run for Houston City Council

Raj Salhotra, Son of Indian Immigrants, Announces Run for Houston City Council

BY POOJA SALHOTRA When I entered Chapman & Kirby on Wednesday evening, it felt like high school all over again. I didn’t recognize many people, and upon introducing myself to anyone in the room, I was met with the same reaction: wide eyes, a broad grin and immediate reverence. Similar to when I was a […]

Southwestern National Bank Scholarship

Southwestern National Bank Scholarship

HOUSTON: Southwestern National Bank Scholarship Program is funded by Southwestern National Bank (Member FDIC) to recognize and assist outstanding high school graduates reduce the financial burden for college. Southwestern National Bank Scholars are selected on the basis of their financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. Each year a total of $5,000.00 will be awarded […]

Houston Maharashtra Mandal’s “Janata Raja” Enactment on Chhatrapati Shivaji Draws Rave Reviews

Houston Maharashtra Mandal’s “Janata Raja” Enactment on Chhatrapati Shivaji Draws Rave Reviews

BY VARSHA HALABE HOUSTON: “Janata Raja”, the brain child of Shiv Shaheer Babasaheb Purandare, was presented in all its glory in Houston, as a fund raiser for Houston Maharashtra Mandal’s Vastu Project at the Stafford Center on March 9, 2019. This is a play depicting the life of Chhatrapati Shivajiraje Bhosale who established the Maratha […]

Tiger Ball 2019: Celebrates Asia Society Houston’s 40th Anniversary

Tiger Ball 2019: Celebrates Asia Society Houston’s 40th Anniversary

HOUSTON: This year, the Asia Society’s fabulously decorated Tiger Ball was held in memory of Founding Member Barbara Bush. The event also recognized honorees Phoebe and Bobby Tudor and was co-chaired by Michelle and Hector Herrera and Y. Ping Sun and David Leebron, as well as honorary chairs Hushang and Shahla Ansary, Maria and Neil […]

Zoroastrian Temple ‘Atash Kadeh’ to Open Doors in Houston

Zoroastrian Temple ‘Atash Kadeh’ to Open Doors in Houston

HOUSTON: Those who practice the 4,000-year-old faith of Zoroastrian will now have a place to worship in the Bayou City. On March 23, the Atash Kadeh Temple will open on West Airport Blvd. and will be the first in North America to facilitate a full range of traditional Zoroastrian religious practices, including performance of higher […]

Personal Injury: Traumatic Brain Damage

Personal Injury: Traumatic Brain Damage

BY MALA SHARMA Automobile collisions frequently cause traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) as a result of serious head bumps or blows during the accident. TBIs may lead to long-term health concerns, permanent disability, mental impairment, and possibly death. Thus, it is imperative to understand this injury, symptoms and signs, getting treatment quickly, and knowing your rights […]

IACAN Hosts Seminar on Cervical Cancer

IACAN Hosts Seminar on Cervical Cancer

CLEAR LAKE CITY: Commemorating the National Cervical Cancer Awareness month, Indian American Cancer Network (IACAN) held an educational outreach program, “How to Eliminate Cervical Cancer Completely?” on Sunday February 10, 2019, at Clear Lake Islamic Center. Dr. Surendranath S. Shastri, M.B.B.S, M.D., D.Ph., Professor, Division of Health Disparities Research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was […]

Successful Session for Empowering Lives by Women’s Voice Network

Successful Session for Empowering Lives by Women’s Voice Network

SUGAR LAND: The Women’s Voice, an all-volunteer community network of women from all walks of life, held a remarkably successful house-full session on ‘Life Coaching and Relationships in Workplace, Marriage and Family’ to encourage and empower the attendees on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Ismaili Jamatkhana Center, Sugar Land. This session provided valuable and resourceful […]

Stunned Community Mourns Victims of Murder-Suicide

Stunned Community Mourns Victims of Murder-Suicide

SUGAR LAND: The news of the Indian American couple’s death in an apparent murder-suicide at their home in Sugar Land has left the community in deep shock as friends and family looked for answers. On Monday, February 18 morning, the police responded to a 911 call to the home in the Telfair subdivision 6 am, […]

Mandir ki Maaji Bestows Last Blessings on Her Admirers

Mandir ki Maaji Bestows Last Blessings on Her Admirers

BY JAWAHAR MALHOTRA HOUSTON: If you are in Little India on any day or night and want to get some blessings, all you had to do is visit the temple on Hillcroft behind the first row of shops, almost behind Karat 22 Jewelers. It is small and cozy and until recently, sitting by the entrance […]

India House 16th Gala Recognizes Outstanding Achievements

India House 16th Gala Recognizes Outstanding Achievements

BY PRAMOD KULKARNI HOUSTON: India House mission of uniting cultures, creating bridges, and serving the community came to fruition during its fashionably elegant 16th annual gala on Saturday, March 9 evening at the Sugar Land Mariott Hotel ballroom. Gala chair was India House Trustee Bal Sareen. The chief guest for the gala was Texas Lieutenant […]

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