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Isha Mishra Sings National Anthem in Charlotte

Isha Mishra Sings National Anthem in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE: The crowd roared as a 14 year old ordinary Indian American girl from Charlotte, North Carolina nailed her last note in front of a crowd of 8,000 people. Isha Mishra, a student and aspiring theatre performer, beautifully sang the US National Anthem in Charlotte’s Bojangles Coliseum on October 15.  The successful performance is the culmination […]

Ram Setu: Lopsided View on Mythology vs. History

Ram Setu: Lopsided View on Mythology vs. History

By Renuka Vyavahare Synopsis: Is Ram Setu a myth or reality? An archaeologist (Akshay Kumar) must decode the origins of the mythical India-Sri Lanka underwater bridge, believed to be built by Lord Rama. Review: Ram Setu comes across like a toothpaste ad where random actors dressed in white aprons assure you that their toothpaste is dentist recommended. […]

Diya Candle Dance to Celebrate Diwali

Diya Candle Dance to Celebrate Diwali

 

14th Indian Film Festival of Houston: A Rousing Success

14th Indian Film Festival of Houston: A Rousing Success

HOUSTON: For the past fourteen years, Sutapa Ghosh, Founder and Executive Director of the Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH), has watched the annual event mature. What began as an idea to introduce Houstonians to true Indian cinema has grown both in size and in scope, attracting movie-goers not only from our local diverse communities […]

Indo-American Association Hosts ‘While My Sitar Gently Sings’

Indo-American Association Hosts ‘While My Sitar Gently Sings’

By Jyoti Kulkarni HOUSTON: On Sept. 24, the Indo-American Association hosted Ustad Shujaat Khan’s  “While My Sitar Gently Sings”, accompanied on tabla by Gourisankar and Nitin Mitta at the Stafford Performing Arts Center. Shujaat Husain Khan is one of the greatest North Indian musicians and sitar player of his generation. He belongs to the Imdadkhani […]

Indian Film Festival to Honor Film Director Satyajit Ray

Indian Film Festival to Honor Film Director Satyajit Ray

HOUSTON: The Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH) has several surprises in store, according to Sutapa Ghosh, Founder and Executive Director of the city’s annual cultural event. Celebrating its fourteenth anniversary, it will highlight the seventy-fifth year of India’s Independence. Called Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the country remembers the long struggle for freedom. On August […]

‘Dhokha’: Enough to Drive You Around the Bend

‘Dhokha’: Enough to Drive You Around the Bend

Cast: R Madhavan, Khushali Kumar, Aparshakti Khurana, Darshan Kumar Director: Kookie Gulati Rating: Half star A ‘Lashkar-trained’ terrorist hiding out in a Mumbai highrise finds himself in alarmingly close quarters with a woman who doesn’t seem to be all there. Is she really delusional, or is it an act? Is her husband as straight-forward as […]

‘Jahaan Char Yaar’: Swara Bhaskar’s Light-hearted Caper

‘Jahaan Char Yaar’: Swara Bhaskar’s Light-hearted Caper

Cast: Swara Bhaskar, Shikha Talsania, Meher Vij, Pooja Chopra, Girish Kulkarni, Manish Chadhari Director: Kamal Pandey Rating: 2.5 stars Four women whooping it up in Goa, dumping deadening domesticity, kicking their heels up: a one-line premise becomes quite a lark in ‘Jahaan Chaar Yaar’. Shivangi (Bhaskar) is a much put-upon wife/ daughter-in-law/ sister-in-law who washes, […]

“Harmony of Our Languages”: A Soul-Stirring Concert by TM Krishna & Party

“Harmony of Our Languages”: A Soul-Stirring Concert by TM Krishna & Party

HOUSTON: This was a note on our calendars; the Houston audience had eagerly awaited this event. After a long period of virtual concerts, this was the first live concert under the auspices of Classical Arts Society of Houston, and it commenced the 2022 fall season. In the spirit of Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, CAS together […]

IAA Hosts Original Lucknow Gharana Concert with Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan

IAA Hosts Original Lucknow Gharana Concert with Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan

By Chandra K. Mittal, Ph.D. HOUSTON: Indo-American Association, Houston (IAA) did it again. This time it was with Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan of Minneapolis, MN, who is a professor, scholar and performer in vocal Hindustani Classical Music. On Saturday, September 10, 2022, IAA yet again mesmerized the audience with presentation of SABRANG by Dr. Pooja […]

‘Jogi’: Diljit Dosanjh’s Film Undercuts 1984 Tragedy

‘Jogi’: Diljit Dosanjh’s Film Undercuts 1984 Tragedy

By Shubhra Gupta Those three terrible days in 1984 when Delhi burnt after the assassination of Indira Gandhi, have been re-created in Hindi cinema several times. ‘Jogi’ revisits those dark days, bringing them to our attention again. Jogi (Diljit Dosanjh) and his elderly father are flung off a bus, after being heckled angrily by the […]

Jaipur Literary Festival Houston Returns In Person, Features Local Authors

Jaipur Literary Festival Houston Returns In Person, Features Local Authors

HOUSTON: With bated breath, the literati of Houston awaited the in-person return of JLF Houston, September 9-10 with events at the Asia Society and India House. This year, JLF celebrated the unique culture, diversity, and energy of the Bayou City- on-ground in partnership with Asia Society Texas, Inprint, University of Houston, India House and Pondicheri […]

Varsha Bajaj’s ‘Thirst’ on New York Times Best Seller List

Varsha Bajaj’s ‘Thirst’ on New York Times Best Seller List

HOUSTON: A New York Times Bestseller for middle-grade fiction, Houstonian Varsha Bajaj’s ‘Thirst” is the riveting story of a heroic girl who fights for her belief that water should be for everyone. Minni lives in the poorest part of Mumbai, where access to water is limited to a few hours a day and the communal […]

‘Brahmastra’: Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer superhero adventure plays with fire

‘Brahmastra’: Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer superhero adventure plays with fire

By Rachana Dubey Brahmastra Story: Shiva, a young DJ in Mumbai, discovers that he’s born with a special power that makes him immune and akin to fire. He gradually discovers the secrets behind his own existence that are also tied to a string of mythological incidents. How that changes the course of his life forms the […]

Masterji’s Play Brings Maharana Pratap & Jivram Bhatt to Life

Masterji’s Play Brings Maharana Pratap & Jivram Bhatt to Life

By Jawahar Malhotra STAFFORD: Year after year, Indravadan Trivedi, the man belovedly known as Masterji by many in the community, has brought out plays based on famous Hindu figures and historical events from India’s glorious past.  His sets have always been ablaze with brilliant costumes and an abundance of actors who spend weeks rehearsing their […]

JLF Houston is Back and On-Ground

JLF Houston is Back and On-Ground

HOUSTON: Teamwork Arts, producer of the iconic annual Jaipur Literature Festival and the international extensions of JLF, returns with the 5th edition of JLF Houston on-ground this year, in partnership with Asia Society Texas, Inprint, University of Houston, India House and Pondicheri restaurant. Scheduled to take place from September 9th–10th 2022, spanning a wide genre of literature, this edition of the festival will blend South Asia’s […]

‘Liger’: Vijay Deverakonda Film is a Cringe-fest of Mammoth Proportions

‘Liger’: Vijay Deverakonda Film is a Cringe-fest of Mammoth Proportions

By Shubhra Gupta So, first off, in case you were wondering, ‘Liger’ is what you get when a lion and a tiger mate. Got it? Not really? Never mind, here’s a ready reckoner of what to expect from the new Vijay Deverakonda flick, directed by Puri Jagannadh, made in Hindi and Telugu. Ready? Here you go. A […]

Eye-Catching ICC I-Fest Program Captivates the Houston Audience

Eye-Catching ICC I-Fest Program Captivates the Houston Audience

By Jawahar Malhotra STAFFORD: Last year when the India Culture Center held the celebration of India’s Independence Day, they turned the hall on it’s head quite literally by shifting the stage and the settings 90 degrees. The stage was set right across the front entrance doors for a better visual effect and everything else followed […]

Puranava India Cuture Fest Celebrated as Pearland Mayor Recognizes with Proclamation

Puranava India Cuture Fest Celebrated as Pearland Mayor Recognizes with Proclamation

The 4th Annual Puranava India Culture Fest, organized by Global Organization for Divinity, was held at Pearland Town Center on the lovely summer afternoon of Aug 13. The event saw a moving crowd of almost 1000 through the day from across the Greater Houston area and other parts of Texas including Austin and Dallas. The event […]

‘Dobaaraa’: Comes Off Too Choppy, Too Muddled

‘Dobaaraa’: Comes Off Too Choppy, Too Muddled