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Houston’s Ghoomar has a Swag

Houston’s Ghoomar has a Swag

Click here for Photo Collage By Staff Reporter HOUSTON: A show bookended by two iconic songs Swag Se Swagat and Ghoomar has to be iconic, inspirational and full of grandeur. This year, Moksh Community Arts produced Houston’s Got Bollywood – The Great Indian Wedding, conceived and directed by Mahesh Mahbubani and performed by the talented […]

Houston Embraces a Vibrant Jamboree of Fine Arts & Culture

Houston Embraces a Vibrant  Jamboree of Fine Arts & Culture

By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON:  “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”. This famous quote by Thomas Merton is apt as art has the power to mesmerize. Houston’s colorful personality was felicitated by a captivating MFAH Mixed Media event on Friday, April 6. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston […]

Daya 2018 Gala Raises Record $300,000 for South Asian Victims of Domestic Violence

Daya 2018 Gala Raises Record $300,000 for South Asian Victims of Domestic Violence

Click here for Photo Collage HOUSTON: Despite the recent rise in women’s empowerment and the emergence of the #MeToo movement, South Asian women in Houston remain vulnerable as victims of domestic violence. Now in 22nd year, Daya empowers South Asian survivors who are trying to break the cycle of domestic and sexual violence and reclaim […]

The Bollywood Closet Introduces Sabyasachi’s ‘Endless Summer’ Collection to Houston Fashionistas

The Bollywood Closet Introduces Sabyasachi’s ‘Endless Summer’ Collection to Houston Fashionistas

HOUSTON: Indian couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s clothing is synonymous all over the world with style, grace and sophistication. Over the weekend, Atlanta-based The Bollywood Closet (TBC), Sabyasachi’s official retailer in North America, introduced the designer’s ENDLESS SUMMER collection to Houston fashionistas at a private, two-day trunk show hosted by Shamim and Arif Memon at their home in […]

New Teen, Miss & Mrs Bollywood International 2018 Crowned!

New Teen, Miss & Mrs Bollywood International 2018 Crowned!

Contestants from all Over USA Participated! STAFFORD: Bollywood Shake hosted its 7th Annual Bollywood Pageant International 2018 at the Stafford Civic Center on Sunday, April 8. This year’s show under the direction of Pageant Director, Ruchika Dias, Pageant Choreographer, Priti Islam and Pageant Coordinator, Bindhya Babu was extremely glamorous, entertaining and inspiring!  Contestants from all […]

Puranava Culture Fest Showcases India – from Ancient to the Modern

Puranava Culture Fest Showcases India – from Ancient to the Modern

PEARLAND: At a time when most people identify modern India with Bollywood and ancient India with complicated religious practices, the Puranava Children’s Indian Culture Fest brought a fresh experience of both ancient and modern India — the real India with her essentially philosophical underlying way of life coupled with the bright, colorful diversity of her […]

Seniors Learn It’s Never Too Late for Financial Literacy

Seniors Learn It’s Never Too Late for Financial Literacy

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: Befittingly, the first financial literacy seminar was held on Monday, April 16, just the day before the 2017 income tax returns were due. All sorts of money questions were on the minds of the nearly 30 seniors who came to attend the seminar at India House in the morning, and no […]

Kruthi Bhat of Texas, Youngest Recipient of the “Kala Rathna” Title

Kruthi Bhat of Texas, Youngest Recipient of the “Kala Rathna” Title

By Dr. Lakshmi Srivaths HOUSTON : Kruthi Bhat was conferred this title at the 41st Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana held in Cleveland, Ohio from March 28 to April 8 celebration. The Kala rathna award is given by the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana to artists under the age of 35, as an appreciation and recognition for their tireless […]

Sur Sang: One of the Multi-faceted Offerings by CICMH

Sur Sang: One of the Multi-faceted Offerings by CICMH

HOUSTON: This Sunday April 22, Center for Indian Classical Music of Houston (CICMH) presents another concert in its SUR SANG series. The concert will feature, for the first time ever in Houston, the Living Legend of Sitar, Ustad Shahid Parvez and the world-renowned Flautist Maestro Shashank together on the same stage – playing both solo […]

Kaushalya Devi: Reflections from Her Eldest Son – Vijay Pallod

Kaushalya Devi: Reflections from Her Eldest Son – Vijay Pallod

We all address them differently – sometimes mother, sometimes Ma, Mataji, Kakiji, or as the new generation says it – mom. For many of us, it’s also a word that indicates our deep respect, gratitude, and love. There is no doubt in my mind about the rock-solid role my mother Kaushalya Devi played in my […]

30 Years of Hindi at Bellaire High School, Holika Celebration a Huge Success

30 Years of Hindi at Bellaire High School, Holika Celebration a Huge Success

By Ishani Shethia, Cassandra Martinez & Satya Das HOUSTON: First high school Hindi program of the nation celebrated 30 years of the program on Saturday, March 24 at the Bellaire High School’s auditorium. Almost house full of audience of over 700 guests, parents, and students were entertained with 21 beautiful performances by Bellaire high school […]

Traces of South Asian Heritage in Way Up North in Scotland

Traces of South Asian Heritage in Way Up North in Scotland

By Jawahar Malhotra DUNDEE, SCOTLAND: My first contact with a desi in Scotland was the taxi driver in Dundee who dropped me off around 10 pm to my hotel (Malmaison) in the center of the city. He was an inquisitive type who struck up a conversation and I was only too glad to know more […]

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Soyabean di Wadiyan te Mutter di Turri (Soyabean Dumpling & Peas Curry)

Mama’s Punjabi Recipes: Soyabean di Wadiyan te Mutter di Turri  (Soyabean Dumpling & Peas Curry)

Talk to a Punjabi about wadiyan (dried dumplings) and he will probably start to have a mental image of a sun-dried lentil dumpling that is full of spices. But a lot has changed in making the traditional wadiyan and along with it, new types of dishes have been developed.      About 25 years ago, […]

Thrilling Stretch Run Cools Off With Sways & Spins, Rhythm India Style!

Thrilling Stretch Run Cools Off With Sways & Spins, Rhythm India Style!

Click here to see Photo Collage Click here for video of the Performance By Vanshika Vipin Varma HOUSTON: Having a super Half Time at a pressure-packed NBA game can be as thrilling as the stretched run itself. On Friday, March 30 Houston witnessed history at the Toyota Center, with the electrifying match of Rockets v/s Phoenix Suns. […]

Hindu American Foundation’s Annual Gala 2018

Hindu American Foundation’s Annual Gala 2018

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: History textbooks in the US depict obscure practices about Hindus and Hinduism but not its core philosophy. This was one of the cudgels the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), a leading institution for Hindu advocacy, took up 10 years ago and the fight is finally paying off.   An insight into more […]

5K Walk-a-Thon: Houston Walks, Houston Cares!

5K Walk-a-Thon: Houston Walks, Houston Cares!

By Vanshika Vipin Varma SUGAR LAND: Over the last three decades, Indo-American Charity Foundation (IACF) has appealed to the philanthropic spirit of the Indo American community in Houston. Addressing the needs in areas of education, family, general needy and healthcare in the metro Houston area, IACF has been staying true to their motto, “We live here, […]

IACCGH Shell Distinguished Lecture, Keynote Speakers from the Pumps and Pipes Society

IACCGH Shell Distinguished Lecture, Keynote Speakers from the Pumps and Pipes Society

By Manu Shah HOUSTON: When Houston’s “centers of excellence” in medicine, energy and aerospace “looked into each other’s toolkit,” they hit upon breakthrough improvements to problems in artificial heart valves, unclogging oil pipelines and studying physiological changes in space travel. This was the focus of the IACCGH Shell Distinguished lecture held at Double Tree by […]

Arya Samaj of Greater Houston Celebrates 27th Sthapana Divas With 2nd Annual Health Fair

Arya Samaj of Greater Houston Celebrates 27th Sthapana Divas With 2nd Annual Health Fair

HOUSTON: Over the Weekend of April 7 & 8, Arya Samaj of Greater Houston celebrated its 27th Sthapana Divas, with 2nd annual community wide Public Health Fair, consisting of Health Awareness Lecture, testing, Blood Donation and consultations with doctors. Arya Samaj, was founded by Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati on April 10, 1875 in Bombay (now Mumbai). […]

A Fundraiser Short on Details, But Heavy on Fun!

A Fundraiser Short on Details, But Heavy on Fun!

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: If fundraisers are supposed to fit the personality of the group being benefited, then the one held for Open Forum radio show certainly did just that. Ever since the trio behind the show – Subodh Bhuchar, Jagat Kamdar and Dinkar Chedda – came up with the idea of a fundraiser to […]

Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple of Houston Celebrates Chaitri Navaratri and Performs Shani Pooja

Gauri Siddhivinayak Temple of Houston Celebrates  Chaitri Navaratri and Performs Shani Pooja

HOUSTON: Navratri is a major festival celebrated by the Hindus in India with much pomp and gaiety. In this festival, people worship the nine different forms of the Goddess Durga who symbolizes purity, power and divinity. The word ‘Navratri ‘means ‘Nine nights’. It is the longest Hindu festival of the year, spanning over nine nights […]

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