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Houston: 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 attendance as Chief Guests were the renowned Tabla Maestro Pt. Shantilal Shah and his wife, accomplished vocalist Aparna Shah. The two-hour program was a nonstop collection of different items showcasing the Benaras Gharana of Kathak. Ekta Popat, founder and artistic director of SSD, is a disciple of Guru Shambhavi Dandekar. Ekta and 140 “storytellers” (as she likes to call them) put on a flawless display of their undiluted artwork. Their vibrant costumes, coordinated multicolored lighting effects, meticulous movements and graceful stage presence brought a jaw dropping experience to those in attendance. Master of Ceremonies Gangadhar Hiremath kept the audience engaged and provided educational insight about each of the items. Live Tabla was provided by Nishad Kanhare accompanied by Ekta’s Padhant (recitation). Among the items performed was a traditional Taal presentation that consisted of Thaat, Aamad, Parans, Chakradaars, and Tihaais. In items like the Sargam and the Taraana, the senior students demonstrated intricate footwork, beautiful hand movements, and fast chakkars in synchrony. The crowd favorite was a lighthearted, mischievous adventure of Krishna with his Gopis performed by the youngest students of SSD. Ekta mesmerized the audience with her Thumri, which portrayed one of the many pranks Lord Krishna plays on Radha and highlighted the depth of their beautiful relationship. Ekta switches between the characters of Krishna and Radha so effortlessly. Her facial expressions and gestures, also known as haav-bhaav and adaa, left a striking impression on the audience. Storytellers School of Dance offers authentic Kathak education in the Houston area and administers examinations in Kathak on behalf of Bharati Vidyapeeth University. There are 150 students in training (ranging in age from 3 ½ to 76!!) and Ekta firmly believes that with the right attitude and effort, anyone can learn to dance.

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JVB Preksha Center Conducts 20th Family Retreat Camp in Austin

Austin: Under the spiritual guidance and presence of Samani Malay Pragya ji and Samani Neeti Pragya ji, JVB Preksha Meditation Center, Houston conducted its 20th Annual 3-day Family Retreat Camp at Radha Madhav Dham (a 200-acre representation facility of Braj, India) in Austin, TX from April 15th to 17th 2022. About 125+ participants from the Greater Houston area, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, North Carolina, Orlando etc. places participated to enjoy the calm and scenic surroundings while nurturing their souls through powerful discourses, yoga, meditation, and relaxation. The camp commenced on Friday by Pramod Bengani, Director of JVB Houston by delivering the welcome note. All attendees introduced themselves and their families, sharing their interests and eagerness to experience this special camp. After the introduction, Samani Malay pragyaji started the program with part 1 of her lecture series “Rejuvenate your mind”. Parallel session for Kids from ages 4 to 12 yrs. was also conducted by Samini Neeti Pragyaji on the topic “Do Good and Derive Good” and sessions for Youth from 13 to 18 yrs old was conducted by Shri Alok Jain on the topic “Why, What and How of Jainism”. Saturday and Sunday morning sessions started with powerful

“Bhaktamar” by Samani Neeti Pragyaji followed by Meditation and Pranayam by Samani Malay Pragyaji. Samaniji also explained briefly the importance of Pranayam and how it can help us in our daily life. The session indeed was recharging and filled everyone with positive energy. A parallel session was conducted by Samani Neeti pragyaji with kids for meditation and morning walk. Samani Malay Pragyaji led 4 more interactive and learning sessions throughout the camp which included lectures, presentations and practical experiments on different meaningful topics of “Rejuvenate your mind”. How to Go higher, Go Deeper, Go Beyond and Break The Cycle, were a big hit. The participants of the camp have already started implementing this in their daily lives. Samanijis used everyday examples in their presentations,

delivered tips that can be utilized to transform one’s habits via different discourses. The audience appreciated situational examples that they could relate to in their daily lives. Samani Malay Pragya ji appreciated the hard work of Samani Neeti Pragya ji in preparing the presentations. Each presentation took around 12 hours of hard work. Rajendraji Maru, a visiting scholar on Memory Improvement from Indore, India, shared his experience and discussed different ways to improve memory. The retreat had concurrent kids programs, where they focused on learning on various fun filled topics such as “Treasure finding”, “Learning with Fun”, ”Who is best friend”, “How powerful is your Brain” and other creative and playing activities conducted by Samini Neeti Pragyaji. The Youth sessions were conducted by Dr. Sunil Anchaliya on

the topic “Applying Jain way of life” and “Heart function and perfection” along with Samani Neeti Pragyaji, Pramod Bengani on the topic “Material vs Spiritual Prosperity” and “What and How of Jainism” by Alokji Jain. Almost all attendees from ages 30 yrs to 72 yrs old participated in cultural evening on Saturday night, where they expressed and shared their learning. Seven different teams were formed to present a 7-8 minute skit on pre-assigned topics given to each team by Samaniji. Creativity peaked in each of the team skits, and the audience enjoyed the entertaining and fun presentations. Nitesh Jain and Rajat Khater played the perfect host for the evening. Youth team presented their abstract from Material vs. Spiritual Prosperity conducted by Parmod Bengani. All participants appreciated the great bouquet of programs, ac-

tivities, and also the way arrangements were handled professionally by the volunteers. Food arrangements were handled by Anju Bengani, Mukta Jain, Anusha Jain, Seema Jain, Jigisha Doshi and Sarika Gandhi, everyone talked highly about it. Kids activities were taken care by Dimple Sangoi and Shital Chheda. JVB Vice President Sachin Jain and Secretary Kuldeep Lunia managed the entire camp operations and execution. The Annual camp concluded with an interactive session with Samanijis. At the end everybody was emotional as this was the 1st camp since the pandemic broke out. JVB President, Amit Sacheti, expressed his gratitude to Samanijis, all attendees and volunteers for making this a memorable and successful event for one and all. Samaniji brought the event to a successful close by reciting Mangal Paath, with everybody taking the resolve of implementing things learned during the camp and to come back next year. ​​JVB Preksha Meditation Center is home to a specially designed Preksha Dhyan ‘Pyramid’ Meditation Hall and is located at 14102 Schiller Rd, Houston, TX 77082. For more information and for current and upcoming programs please visit or call 281.596.9642.


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Silambam Sisterhood: Carrying Forward the Legacy of Classical Dance By Lavanya Prabu

Sugar Land: 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 Shree Guru Smt. Sudharani Raghupathy and Artistic Directors of Silambam institutions in Dublin (OH), Phoenix (AZ), Chennai (India), and Houston (TX) respectively, presented ‘Milestones@Silambam’ – a collaborative performance as a part of the ArtStream series of Silambam Houston, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The program was held on April 9, 2022, at The Silambam Cultural Arts Center in Pearland. The month of April has seen a number of cultural events hosted in Houston and this was one of the most awaited events due to the caliber of the artistes. The performances by the artistes exceeded expectations and thrilled the assembled audience which included the Mayor of Pearland Mr. Kevin Cole, and Pearland Councilmember Mr. Luke Orlando. The event which was well attended by art connoisseurs and dance fraternity in Houston, commenced with a melodious Krithi, ‘Shaarade Karunanidhe’, in praise of goddess Saraswathi in raga Hamirkalyani. The gracefully presented invocatory item was a perfect beginning to what was a well thought out line up of pieces. The

next two items were both compositions of the famed Tanjore quartet. The first being the jathiswaram in Saveri raga, showcasing the strong nritta of the dancers in perfect adherence to the Tanjavur baani and the next being the famous Huseni swarajathi. This was the centerpiece of the margam and was performed elegantly by the four dancers with ease, command, maturity and subtlety in expressions that comes only with years of training and experience. Both the jathiswaram and the swarajathi were group adaptations of the original choreography by the Tanjore Quartet passed on to the dancers through the guru sishya parampara. The second half commenced with a solo presentation by Dr. Srimathy Mohan wonderfully depicted the greatness of Lord Nataraja of Chidambaram as described by Muthuswami Dhikshitar in his Panchalinga Krithi ‘Ananda Natana Prakasham’. Following this was

Dr. Rajagopalan’s brilliant presentation of the very famous ‘Theruvil Vaarano’ which evoked the audience’s sympathy for the heroine who longs to have a glimpse of her beloved Lord Nataraja. Next was padam ‘Yaarukkaagilum bayama’ presented by Smt. Priya Murle. Smt. Murle’s depiction of the fearless heroine was outstanding. The last solo piece of the evening was the javali ‘Chelinenetlu’ in ragam Paras. This piece was rendered by Smt. Magal in which she beautifully depicted the heroine pining for her union with her Lord. Following this was a delightful medley of thillanas, all compositions of Vidwan Madurai N. Krishnan, specially compiled and arranged for this event, performed by all the dancers with great synchronization and precision. The event concluded with a Mangalam incorporating a short verse from Guru Sudharani Raghupathy’s performance at the United Nations in 1981 for Human Rights Day.

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For Hope’, a San Jacinto South Theater Department project inspired by the experience of several refugees of YMCA International. It was heartwarming to watch the spirit of sisterhood amongst the artistes and their happiness at each other’s success. Credit must go to their Guru for nurturing and encouraging them to stay united while carrying forward their tradition. Evident throughout the event was the love the artistes exhibited for their Guru. Wishing all the Silambam Institutions the very best in their future endeavors. Lavanya Prabu is a dancer, dance teacher, and founder an of the Tatvam School of Dance in the Sugar Land area of Houston.

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‘KGF 2’: Too Much Sound, Lot of Fury, Little Impact By Shubhra Gupta

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