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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 […]

Houston Maharashtra Mandal Ganesh Festival 2018

Houston Maharashtra Mandal Ganesh Festival 2018

HOUSTON: !!Ganapati Bappa Morya!!, an earnest call to Lord Ganesha, roars throughout India and Indian Diaspora during this time of the year as Indians all over the world celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi. Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM) celebrated Ganesh Festival on September 22, witnessed by more than 750 devotees dressed in colorful traditional Indian attire. HMM celebrates […]

HMM Presentation “Marathi Astitwa” Thrills Music Lovers

HMM Presentation “Marathi Astitwa” Thrills Music Lovers

HOUSTON: On Sunday, April 29, Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM), fondly known as He Maze Mandal, presented another quality program, Marathi Astitwa, in collaboration with the Graduate Indian Student Organization (GISO) at the University of  Houston Student Center. Marathi Astitwa, is a production of Grace Entertainment. HMM Dhol-Tasha team added live music to the program that […]

Houston Youth Pays a Tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

Houston Youth Pays a Tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj

By Ameya Wakde SUGAR LAND: Har Har Mahadev, roared the Maratha soldiers under the leadership of a brave, and fearless warrior king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, winning many battles against the Moghuls. Shivaji Maharaj carved out an enclave from the declining Moghul rule that formed the gåenesis of the Maratha Empire. In 1674, he was formally […]

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 […]

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 […]

Soor Niragas Ho – A Musical Transcendence by Mahesh Kale

Soor Niragas Ho – A Musical Transcendence by Mahesh Kale

By Dan Mayur & Amey Wakde HOUSTON: Shri Mahesh Kale, a Consummate musician of Hindustani Classical Music, performed a transcendental rendition at University of Houston on September 23rd 2017. The event was arranged by Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM) and Grace Entertainment. A disciple of the legendary Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, today at 41, Mahesh Kale is […]

HMM Ganesh Festival 2017

HMM Ganesh Festival 2017

By Amey Wakde HOUSTON: Houston Marathi Mandal (HMM) celebrated the most awaited Ganesh Festival at VPSS Haveli on September 9th, 2017. More than 720 devotees dressed in colorful traditional Indian attire attended the event to immerse themselves into a celebration of a new beginning through display of art and culture, song and dance. HMM celebrates […]

Literary Lingering

Literary Lingering

By Varsha Halabe HOUSTON: It was yet another hot afternoon in Houston as more than two scores of literary fans headed to the George Memorial Library in Richmond for another event hosted by the Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM). Everything was grand that afternoon; the library, its setting, the book to be discussed, its setting and […]

Stage, Lights and Action

Stage, Lights and Action

By Varsha Halabe HOUSTON: Growing up, going to see a Marathi play meant wearing a traditional outfit with a jasmine “gajra” in my hair and entering the famous Balgandharva Rangmandir in Pune, India, amidst wafting aromas of perfumes, jasmine flowers and mouth-watering “batatawadaas”. Yesterday was such a day; except I was across the globe in […]

A Delighful Evening with Radha Mangeshkar and Hrishikesh Ranade

A Delighful Evening with Radha Mangeshkar and Hrishikesh Ranade

HOUSTON: Houston Maharashtra Mandal hosted another spectacular event of the year, Radha – Hrishikesh Concert, at Berry Center on March 19th, 2017. The enthralled audience was presented with an electrifying performance by the two phenomenal singers, Hrishikesh Ranade and Radha Mangeshkar, and remarkable accompanists, Vikram Bhat, Kedar Paranjage and Vivek Paranjape. The audience mostly sat […]

Houston Maharashtra Mandal Sankrant Event 2017

Houston Maharashtra Mandal Sankrant Event 2017

 By Pooja Gokhale HOUSTON: Houston Maharashtra Mandal celebrated the Makar Sankrant event with great pomp and show on January 21, at Shri Radha Krishna Hall. The event was a huge success with over 500 attendees. Makar Sankrant is celebrated every year in the month of January. It marks the end of winter and beginning of […]

“Ventilator” Marathi Movie

“Ventilator” Marathi Movie

By Ravi Ozarker HOUSTON: When you hear about famous Bollywood personalities such as Priyanka Chopra, Ashutosh Gowariker, and Boman Irani what comes to a reader’s mind? The recent super-hit Marathi movie “Ventilator” is very different. All three have acted in this movie and Priyanka has beautifully sung a great song to promote her latest movie […]

HMM 40th Anniversary “Diwali Dhamakedar” Celebrations

HMM 40th Anniversary “Diwali Dhamakedar” Celebrations

By Amey Wakde KATY: Diwali is one of the largest festivals celebrated across all cultures in India and Indian diaspora. It is a festival of lights that symbolizes inner spiritual victory over the dark ignorance. HMM (Houston Maharashtra Mandal) had a grand Diwali celebration on November 12, at the James William Elementary School, Katy TX. […]

Grandeur of Ganeshotsav Celebration by Houston Marathi Mandal (HMM)!

Grandeur of Ganeshotsav Celebration by Houston Marathi Mandal (HMM)!

By Ameya Wakde HOUSTON: “Bappa Morya” – a heartfelt call to Lord Ganesh ran in the air. It was that time of the year when houses of most of the Indian families came alive to the sound of festive preparation. Kids and elders indulged themselves in preparation of a clay idol adorned creatively with colors […]

HMM Celebrates Maharashtrian Padwa

HMM Celebrates Maharashtrian Padwa

By  Shilpa Nagle HOUSTON: Houston Maharashtra Mandal organized yet another great program on the occasion of Gudi Padawa, Hindu new year.  Almost 250 people attended the event. This event started with traditional way by performing Gudi pooja, by two elderly couples from community. The importance of Gudi Padawa and introduction of program was nicely narrated […]

HMM Celebrates Holi

HMM Celebrates Holi

By Megha Ozarker HOUSTON: On March 20, Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM) celebrated Holi/Rangapanchmi at Bear Creek Park in Houston. HMM Committee Members greeted guests by applying dry herbal colors on their faces and wishing them “Happy Holi”. The weather was just picture perfect and sunny for adults and kids to enjoy the Holi event using […]

Natasamrat: Asa Nat Hone Nahi

Natasamrat: Asa Nat Hone Nahi

By Nishad Kanhere HOUSTON: Thanks to Houston Marathi Mandal for arranging a screening of this wonderful movie “Natasamrat – Asa Nat hone nahi” for its Houston audience which was recently released in India. Nearly 550+ enthusiast Houstonians experienced the screening of this movie at AMC Dunvale on Sunday, January 31, at 1 PM. Everyone were amused and […]

HMM’s Ganapati Festival: A Cinematic Salute to Maharashtra

HMM’s Ganapati Festival:  A Cinematic Salute to Maharashtra

By Neeta Bhate Patwardhan HOUSTON: This year’s HMM Ganapati festival was a proud tribute to culture that has survived the dual threats of time and a new homeland. Each generation re-imagines festivals altering ever so slightly the original flavor, till one no longer even remembers why they take place. It was refreshing therefore to experience […]

HMM Celebrates Makar Sankrant

HMM Celebrates Makar Sankrant

By Neeta Patwardhan HOUSTON: Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM) got off to a sizzling start in the New Year by welcoming more than six hundred guests to their annual Makar Sankrant celebration. Held at Durga Bari on January 17, the event celebrated the diverse taste of Maharashtra. Incoming President, Bhagyashree Dixit thanked the Maharashtrian community for […]

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