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International Hindi Association Hosts “Holi ke Hindi Bol” Poetry Recital

International Hindi Association Hosts “Holi ke Hindi Bol” Poetry Recital

On the afternoon of Sunday March 12th, the JVB Preksha (JVB) Meditation Center was alive with the sound of laughter and poetic musings as the International Hindi Association (IHA) Houston Chapter  hosted their event “Holi Ke Hindi Bol”. The program was designed to bring together Hindi-speaking individuals and celebrate the cultural and linguistic heritage of […]

Unique Violin-Viola Duet Vibrant Varnam to Tantalizing Tri-llana

Unique Violin-Viola Duet Vibrant Varnam to Tantalizing Tri-llana

By Abhishek Balakrishnan and Sudha Mani The Classical Arts Society of Houston opened their 2023 season with a grand concert. The Houston music lovers were gifted with a treat, nay, a double treat of sorts: A Violin and Viola Duet by Sri Vittal Ramamurthy on the violin and Sri VVS Murari on the Viola. They […]

Indo-American Association Presents Berklee Indian Ensemble: The Shuruaat

Indo-American Association Presents Berklee Indian Ensemble: The Shuruaat

HOUSTON: The Berklee Indian Ensemble is bringing its genre-bending sound to Houston for the first time ever! Fresh off the release of their GRAMMY nominated debut album, Shuruaat, the Ensemble is on the road with a slate of originals, new arrangements, songs from the album, and, of course, audience favorite classics. Join some of the […]

Beyond Bollywood — 15th Indian Film Festival of Houston Celebrates in Style

Beyond Bollywood — 15th Indian Film Festival of Houston Celebrates in Style

From a phenomenal opening sequence featuring a NASA astronaut welcoming the audience to the 15th Indian Film Festival of Houston, featured screenings of 3 world premieres and an Oscar-nominated film, Q&A with filmmakers, to an elegant Awards Night and black-tie sit-down dinner at the Asia Society Texas Center, guests were treated to what was fittingly […]

Mavla Group Celebrates 393rd Birth Anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji

Mavla Group Celebrates 393rd Birth Anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji

By Rahul Ghag Mavla Group celebrated the 393rd birth anniversary of the great Maratha warrior King Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on February 19, 2023 at the energy capital of the world Houston, Texas. The birth anniversary of the great Maratha king Shivaji is celebrated as Shivaji Jayanti every year. The founder of the Maratha Kingdom, Shivaji […]

ICC’s 50th Celebration of the 74th Republic Day Resounds in New Venue

ICC’s 50th Celebration of the 74th Republic Day Resounds in New Venue

By Jawahar Malhotra HOUSTON: This year, if you drove, by force of habit on auto-pilot, to the India Culture Center’s Republic Day celebration figuring it was at the Stafford Civic Centre on Cash Road, you would have been wrong and very much confused. The organizers probably did not leave any posted signs there to re-direct […]

Indian Film Festival of Houston Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

Indian Film Festival of Houston Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary

HOUSTON: The Annual Indian Film Festival of Houston (IFFH), begun by its Founder and Executive Director Sutapa Ghosh in 2009, keeps getting better and better.  This quality event screens features, shorts, and documentary film with Q & A sessions with filmmakers.  There are bonuses as well.  No wonder IFFH was voted as the “Best Film […]

JLF Houston 2022 Achieves Perfect Blend of Physical and Virtual

JLF Houston 2022 Achieves Perfect Blend of Physical and Virtual

HOUSTON: After a hiatus of 2.5 years, JLF returned with its fifth edition to the city of Houston in a perfect blend of the physical and the virtual in September 2022. A festival of literature from all over the world, JLF Houston was an event unlike any other. The literary extravaganza invited people from Houston, […]

11th International Maheshwari Rajasthani Convention (IMRC) in Houston

11th International Maheshwari Rajasthani Convention (IMRC) in Houston

By Trusha Chandak HOUSTON: The Maheshwari community of Rajasthan came together this Thanksgiving weekend to relive their culture and connect with each other at the 11th International Maheshwari and Rajasthani Convention (IMRC). The well attended event was hosted by the Southwest chapter of MMNA (Maheshwari Mahasabha of North America) and held at the Marriott Marquis […]

BANA Houston Stages a Vibrant Drama: Ugna-Vidyapati

BANA Houston Stages a Vibrant Drama: Ugna-Vidyapati

By Vinay Karna HOUSTON: While Houstonians were reeling through thanksgiving dinner amid sprinkling rains, drama performers were rehearsing for a vibrant drama. On November 26, 2022, the performers, under the banner of Bihar Association of North America (BANA), performed a mesmerizing drama Ugna – Vidyapati, a tale of Bhavanipur, at the auditorium of Houston Durgabadi […]

Intriguing Drama “Blind Justice” Draws Support for Udavum Karangal

Intriguing Drama “Blind Justice” Draws Support for Udavum Karangal

By Jawahar Malhotra PEARLAND: As the curtain opened, the first set came into view: an Indian court with the high bench for the judge and dockets for the accused and the witnesses on either side. Two Indian flags and the national tri-lion emblem attached on the wall above the judge completed the scene in all […]

Nepalese Artist Lain Singh Bangdel Paintings on Exhibit at Asia Society

Nepalese Artist Lain Singh Bangdel Paintings on Exhibit at Asia Society

HOUSTON: Asia Society Texas (AST) announces its newest exhibition, Lain Singh Bangdel: Moon Over Kathmandu, featuring the abstract modernist work of polymath, novelist, art historian, preservationist, academician, and painter, Lain Singh Bangdel. Made up of approximately 20 works, the exhibition is the first solo show by a Nepali artist at any Asia Society site, and […]

‘Classically Yours with Jyoti’ in 2nd Year

‘Classically Yours with Jyoti’ in 2nd Year

HOUSTON: Classically Yours with Jyoti’ program celebrated its first year anniversary recently at the studio with wellwishers and patrons. You can catch the program every third Saturday 3 to 4 pm on Masala Radio FM 98.7 as part of Indo-American News Unplugged  with Jyoti playing songs based on Classical Indian music with Sudhir Golikeri . […]

Classical Arts Society Presents the Brilliant Sikkil Gurucharan

Classical Arts Society Presents the Brilliant Sikkil Gurucharan

By Ranjana Narasiman It is very rare that traditional purists of Carnatic music and seekers of contemporary aesthetics in Carnatic music see eye to eye on the merits of any concert.  However the versatile and inimitable Sikkil Gurucharan has indeed succeeded in bridging the gaps between these opposing camps, holding all his listeners captive under […]

Assam Team at Texas India Fest in San Antonio

Assam Team at Texas India Fest in San Antonio

Diwali celebrations are held all across the globe with great pomp and cheer.In San Antonio, Texas, the Indian community continues to celebrate and bring all diverse groups together to celebrate Diwali. India Association of San Antonio (IASA) is very passionate about the growing Indian community and engages in organizing cultural events to bring everyone together. […]

A Scintillating Deepavali Concert by Sri Sandeep Narayan

A Scintillating Deepavali Concert by Sri Sandeep Narayan

By Mrs. Sudha Ravi Mani and Dr. Lakshmi Srivaths Sri Sandeep Narayan’s musical journey is an unusual one. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and like many of our children here, he listened to rock and hip-hop as a young boy. But, coming from a musical family deeply entrenched in Carnatic Music, […]

Town Center becomes a Village Square Full of Garba Revelers

Town Center becomes a Village Square Full of Garba Revelers

By Jawahar Malhotra SUGAR LAND: Over the past decade, the South Asian community has grown so much in the Greater Houston area and is so spread out that there are dense pockets of desis scattered all across the region. But none rival the community that lives in Ft Bend county, and especially in Sugar Land. […]

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 […]

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 […]