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International Hindi Association’s Hasya Kavi Sammelan: Music in Hindi Poetry

International Hindi Association’s Hasya Kavi Sammelan: Music in Hindi Poetry

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: For these ears that hadn’t heard clear, fluent, flowing Hindi without the frequent English and Urdu words of Hinglish, the afternoon of Sunday, June 26 was rhythmic music. Caught up in admiring the way these three poets effortlessly constructed sentences made me realize what we had lost, especially when we tried […]

IDY 2022: “Yoga for Humanity” Attracts Yoga Enthusiasts throughout Greater Houston

IDY 2022: “Yoga for Humanity” Attracts Yoga Enthusiasts throughout Greater Houston

HOUSTON: Since its inception in 2015 by the United Nations, the International Day of Yoga (IDY) has expanded from India by leaps and bounds across all regions and ethnicities throughout the globe, and even in outer space on the International Space Station. For IDY 2022, yoga enthusiasts throughout the Greater Houston Metroplex joined the world […]

Southwest Management District’s Liberty Fest

Southwest Management District’s Liberty Fest

The Southwest Management District is hosting Liberty Fest on Sunday, July 3, 2022 from 1 to 9 p.m. at PlazAmericas Mall, 7500 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX 77036, in partnership with the Sharpstown Civic Association. Food booths, games,  entertainment for children in a Kids Zone, live music and other performances, will all lead up to a spectacular […]

Dancer Rukmini Vijaykumar: “Mesmerizing”

Dancer Rukmini Vijaykumar: “Mesmerizing”

By Jyoti Kulkarni HOUSTON: Indo-American Association of Houston’s presentation of “Krishna: A Calling to Lord Krishna”, last Friday on June 9 at the Match theater, was truly mesmerizing. The classical dance performance featured Bharat Natyam dancer Rukmini Vijaykumar. Born in Hyderabad, India, Rukmini studied Bharatnatyam under Guru Narmada, Guru Padmini Rao and practiced Karanas for […]

Tribute to ‘Lata Didi’ from an Ardent Fan in Houston

Tribute to ‘Lata Didi’ from an Ardent Fan in Houston

By Mangala Sane HOUSTON: We all should thank the Almighty God for bringing people like Lata Mangeshkar into our country — India. Lata has entertained and inspired millions of people in India as well as outside India for many decades. She is known as the ‘Nightingale of India’ and in Marathi, “Swar Kokila”. She is […]

Rasika Shekar Concert in Houston: “Incredible, Memorable”

Rasika Shekar Concert in Houston: “Incredible, Memorable”

BY PRADEEP ANAND Writing that first sentence about an incredible, memorable musical experience is always difficult. There, I did it! That first sentence has been established, and now I must move on to explain why I thought it was an “incredible, memorable musical experience.” Very simply, Rasika Shekar is an exceptionally talented performer who swept […]

New Art Gallery in Sugar Land by Gopal Seyn

New Art Gallery in Sugar Land by Gopal Seyn

HOUSTON: Gopaal Seyn, eminent Indian-American artist residing in Houston, Texas, welcomed residents of Houston to his new art Gallery in Sugar Land on April 25,2022. Guests came and saw his artwork, had a glass of wine, soocialized and immersed themselves in beautiful pieces of art. This is an unique art Gallery as it promotes Indian […]

Silambam Sisterhood: Carrying Forward the Legacy of Classical Dance

Silambam Sisterhood: Carrying Forward the Legacy of Classical Dance

By Lavanya Prabu HOUSTON: The rubies of Guru Sudharani Raghupathy’s silambam are spread all over the world and on a glorious night in Houston, four of those rubies came together to provide a sparkling evening of splendorous dance. Smt. Smita Magal, Dr. Srimathy Mohan, Smt. Priya Murle and Dr. Lavanya Rajagopalan, all students of Padma […]

Storytellers School of Dance Presents “Reflections” Kathak Performances

Storytellers School of Dance Presents “Reflections” Kathak Performances

Storytellers School of Dance (SSD) brought its fifth season to end with an exciting, colorful, and energizing display of Kathak performances on April 24, 2022, at the Stafford Civic Center in Stafford, Texas.  The nearly 500 people that attended “Reflections” were treated to resonating ghunghroos, lightning speed chakkars, and the melody of live Tabla.  In […]

Origins National Classical Dance Competition Held for College Teams

Origins National Classical Dance Competition Held for College Teams

By Aishwarya Chitnis & Renny Padiyara HOUSTON: Origins Classical Dance Championship is a national competition for college dance teams across the country that promote the classical dance styles including Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak and Odissi. Origins Championship is an organization that was founded in 2019 by a group of individuals determined to shed light and bring […]

SS Rajamouli delivers an epic mythological action superhero bromance

SS Rajamouli delivers an epic mythological action superhero bromance

Written by Shubhra Gupta RRR is a roaring, rearing, rousing mix of genres — epic-mythological-action-superhero-bromance, that very SS Rajamouli concoction, which we are invited to swallow in one humungous gulp. It is also, needless to say, deafeningly loud. But given that the film compelled me to stay with it, and granted me much fun while at it, […]

More than 200 of a Mixed Audience Appreciate Screening of ‘The Kashmir Files’ in Katy

More than 200 of a Mixed Audience Appreciate Screening of ‘The Kashmir Files’ in Katy

By Sunita Ticku Bhan KATY: On a nice sunny Sunday afternoon of April the 3rd, more than 200 people came out to watch “ The Kashmir Files “ on an invite only event. The movie is based on 700 testimonials of the affected genocide victims. It is a true depiction of the events that lead […]

Asia Society of Houston Presents ‘Samskriti: A Story. A Song, and a Dance

Asia Society of Houston Presents ‘Samskriti: A Story. A Song, and a Dance

THE SUN IS THE BEST ANTISEPTIC This simple sentence from Jean Donatto’s introductory welcome set the tone for the brilliance that emanated from the stage and warmed the hearts of the audiences at Samskriti’s world premiere of A Story. A Song, and A Dance, presented by the Asia Society Texas Center on Saturday, March 26. […]

15,000 Crazy Masala Fans Experience Holi Madness!

15,000 Crazy Masala Fans Experience Holi Madness!

HOUSTON: Looking at the joyful, color-streaked faces of nearly 15,000, it was clear that Good had triumphed over Evil, the essence of HOLI.  Masala Radio 98.7 FM organized Houston HOLI Festival of Colors in under 6 weeks.  A monumental challenge after COVID, with labor and supply shortages like never seen.  Indeed, it was apparent on […]

Classical Arts Society of Houston’s “Deekshita Dhruvapada”: A Magical Confuence of Dhrupad and Carnatic Music

Classical Arts Society of Houston’s “Deekshita Dhruvapada”: A Magical Confuence of Dhrupad and Carnatic Music

  Concert description below by Vidwan T.V, Ramprasadh himself When The Classical Arts Society of Houston wanted me to perform an exclusive Muthuswami Dikshithar concert, I was extremely happy, more due to the fact that I belong to the lineage coming out of Muthuswami Dikshitar (1775-1835). I am a student of S. Rajam, who had […]

Grammy Winner Ricky Kej Brings Post-Covid Spring to Houston

Grammy Winner Ricky Kej Brings Post-Covid Spring to Houston

By Chandra K. Mittal, Ph.D. Co-Founder, Indo-American association (IAA) HOUSTON: Finally, after two years of COVID winter which began in March 2020, Houston welcomed the post-Covid Spring of life with 2022 Season Opener of Indo-American Association (IAA) with none other than Grammy winner Ricky Kej from India and his team of environmentally conscious musicians. The […]

Holi: Festival of Colors — Fun-filled Mega Charity Event

Holi: Festival of Colors — Fun-filled Mega Charity Event

HOUSTON: Holi – Festival of colors 2022 is set to take place Sunday, March 20, 2022, from 11 AM – 4 PM in India House Grounds at 8888, West Bellfort Avenue, Houston, Texas 77031 – Award winning Bollywood celebrities with perform LIVE & host this Grand Holi, a Mega Fun-filled Charity Event to experience Color […]

Are You Ready for an In-Person Holi Fest — Masala Radio’s 13th Houston Holi Festival with Jay Sean

Are You Ready for an In-Person Holi Fest — Masala Radio’s 13th Houston Holi Festival with Jay Sean

HOUSTON: After what seems to have been a 2 year long winter…people are so excited to celebrate Good over Evil – the Harvest – everything that is fresh, vibrant…ALIVE!  Masala Radio 98.7 FM presents the 13th Annual  HOUSTON HOLI – the Indian Festival of Colors on SAT MAR 26th 11AM – 5PM.  This year’s featuring concert is […]

Ricky Kej & The World Ensemble Live — The One Earth Concert

Ricky Kej & The World Ensemble Live — The One Earth Concert

Ricky Kej is a Grammy Award-winning Indian music composer and environmentalist. He has performed at venues in over 30 countries including at the United Nations headquarters in New York and Geneva. Kej was named a UNCCD Land Ambassador at the COP14 to raise public awareness about the challenges of land degradation, desertification and drought. Kej […]

‘Prayer for Care’ giving Shradhanjali to late Lata Mangeshkar

‘Prayer for Care’ giving Shradhanjali to late Lata Mangeshkar

HOUSTON: The Prayer for Care sessions, created by Mrs. Vinita Arora, began in 2020 in order to circumvent the immense amount of anxiety created around the world, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The platform has weekly zoom sessions, allowing for members to become a part of mantra chanting and bhajans. Prayer for Care […]

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