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In this issue: Collaboration is the Key to Growth Is This the Era of Indian Sports?
Hello Readers! Hoteliers in India are working to expand tourism to beyond the Taj Mahal and other well-known spots. See how tourism could trickle to roads less traveled in India on pg. 8. India Fest returns in March with Indian Idol performers Bhoomi and Sreeram as headliners. Go to pg. 12 for details. Can the Indian government ever collect taxes on black money deposited in banks outside of India? Follow the trail of the illicit money on pg. 34. Read about the IPL 4 that kicks off in early April in the Cricket Forum column on pg. 74. Looking for ways to put money away for your children’s college education? Check into 529s and their benefits in the Personal Finance column on pg. 54. The tax deadlines are creeping up. Go to the Tax Matters column on pg. 66 to learn how to qualify your home office for a tax deduction. Catch up on all the local and regional community news and events on pg. 94 and keep up to the minute updates at our regularly updated website: saathee.com.
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March 2011 – Issue # 155 Editor:Samir Shukla (firstname.lastname@example.org) Publisher: Divakar Shukla (email@example.com) Community News Editor: Rajesh Ganatra Ad Design / Layout: Nate “Nageshwar” Andrews Consultant: Himanshu Desai Contributors for this issue: Manisha Dass, Pradip Bulsara, Kirit Shukla, Hasu Patel, Rajesh Ganatra, Judith L. Bergman, Chandan Sen, Smitha Prasad, Dr. Maha Gingrich, Amanda Sodhi, Krutika Chheda, Gail Z. Martin, Anjana Agarwal, Lakshmi Challa, Swapna Krishna, Anita Kulkarni, Jay Cohen and Jalendu Vaidya.
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All contents © 2011 Shukla Entertainment, Inc. Tourism Trickle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 08 India Fest Returns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 12 The Era of Indian Sports? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 16 Saathee Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 18 Film Clips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 22 Sangeet, Popular Music of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 24 Evergreen Film Lyrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 26 Indian Classical Music . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 28 Dances of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 30 Dancing for a Cause . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 32 Black Money Trail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 34 Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 38 Music Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 40 Children’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 44 Mastering Meaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 46 Yoga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 50 Healthwise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 52 Personal Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 54 The Stock Tickers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 56 Astride three Continents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 58 Immigration Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 60 Marketing Turnaround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 62 Tax Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 66 Killing the Right to Info Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 70 Cricket Forum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 74 Recipes of the Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 78 Chai Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 82 Community Focus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 88 Community News & Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 94 Pop’s Puzzles and Jokes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 116 Festivals and Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 118 AstroScope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 120 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 122 Puzzle Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Index of Advertisers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .pg. 124 Saathee.com
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On the grand scale, the conversion of India’s palaces into hotels began in Rajasthan in the early 1980s, after then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi abolished the privy purses with which the erstwhile royals had sustained their colossal properties. Suddenly robbed of a lifestyle that would put Fifty Cent to shame — with bathtubs filled with champagne, Rolls Royces made of gold and palaces that glistened with precious gems — first the Maharana of Udaipur, then the Maharajas of Jaipur and Jodhpur each converted their various properties into hotels or museums to avoid bankruptcy, turning the state of Rajasthan into India’s leading tourist destination. Soon, the former kings had outsourced the management to professionals, and Taj Hotels and Oberoi Hotels, India’s top luxury chains, were dominating the business (Oberoi with spanking new, imitation palaces that rivaled the real ones). But the acknowledged pioneers of the trickle-down movement, Aman Nath and Francis Wacziarg of the Neemrana Group, are of humbler origins. They first showed that even the tiny castles of obscure royals could turn a profit when they bought and restored an otherwise unremarkable 15th-century fortress in tourist-poor Haryana and converted it into a hotel in 1986. Today, the Neemrana Fort is the flagship of a company that operates 23 intimate heritage hotels on the fringes of the traditional tourist’s itinerary. Moreover, as the recent addition of Morbi’s Darbargarh Palace shows, they are now pushing even harder to draw tourists into the unexplored heart of India — and that’s providing new hope that India’s rich architectural and cultural heritage will survive.
“Heritage” tourism moves from the palace to the hinterland. By Jason Overdorf - GlobalPost.com
Far below the terrace of the Darbargarh Palace in Morbi, Gujarat — once the fiefdom of a minor Indian prince — tenant farmers plow the floodplain beside the meandering Macchu river. Car horns blare faintly in the distance. Across the water, smokestacks from the town’s many tile factories gently puff soot into the sky. A parakeet swoops onto the terrace. Room service arrives with breakfast. As the first guest to sleep under Maharani Uma Dubash Morbi’s roof since she turned this 19th century, neoclassical palace into a hotel, I was surely at the frontier of so-called “heritage tourism.” “Heritage tourism” is the rubric that India uses for the forts, palaces and havelis that savvy or desperate owners have converted into hotels to prevent them from falling to ruins. Once upon a time, virtually the only heritage hotels belonged to the grand Maharajas of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur in Rajasthan — the Indian state created from the erstwhile kingdoms of Rajputana, “the land of kings.” These days India’s rapid economic growth and a new Indian confidence about the country’s postcolonial identity is bringing heritage tourism to the hinterland. “Now we see a lot of people doing heritage tourism,” said P r a t e e k Chawla, coowner of New Delhi-based Outbound T r a v e l s . “Everybody is restoring old Mandava Haveli - Jaipur (photos Divakar) properties. It’s a big trend, and now it’s moving to smaller places, with smaller, boutique hotels.” Saathee.com
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“For all people with ancestral properties, we at Neemrana have come to represent a company who turns liabilities into assets,” said Nath. “By that logic, every week we get one or two offers from people who want us to buy or manage their forts or palaces. We’re buried by it. We’re forever looking at properties.” That could be a big boost for India’s forgotten places. According to the Ministry of Tourism, the travel industry — which generates substantially more jobs per dollar of investment than either agriculture or industry — can be a major source of employment and economic growth in areas of India that have yet to benefit from the current boom. To capitalize, the country will need to draw more tourists — last year 5.6 million foreign tourists visited India, generating nearly $15 billion in revenue, but tiny coup-plagued Thailand, next door, saw 15 million tourists spend nearly $20 billion. But it will also need to draw travelers to rural areas and smaller towns, which is one of the national tourism policy’s expressed goals. continued on page 84 8
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It’s been a tradition in the Triangle since 2003, but there’s something about the India Fest that makes it more and more exciting every year. This year - it’s the amazing talent flying in all the way from Mumbai to rock ‘n’ roll in Raleigh. If you didn’t manage to catch the enthralling season 5 of “Indian Idol” last year, then this is your chance to come and see Bhoomi Trivedi (one of three “Indian Idol 5” finalists) and Sreeram Chandra (winner of “Indian Idol 5”), two of the best performers Indian Idol has seen to date! Saathee Magazine had the opportunity to conduct exclusive interviews with both performers who are extremely excited and grateful to be performing before their audience in North Carolina. Make sure you make it out to India Fest 2011 for a chance to see them live in action!
What was the most challenging part of being on Indian Idol? Those three minutes when without ANY retakes a singer has to give their best shot. Sreeram’s Interview What song do you really enjoy performing on stage and why? Any dance numbers, or a rock song. To me, the main part of being on stage is to connect with the audience and I believe that happens when I groove along with them on the stage.
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To date, what has been the most memorable experience in your Indian Idol journey? Receiving the Indian Idol 5 trophy from the hands of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, and of course meeting so many other stars during my journey. What is your message for the Indian audience in North Carolina who is aspiring to sing, dance or do something in the arts? Please do not give up on your passion, come what may. Live it every day and whenever you feel like you can’t make it happen, FIND a way to make it happen.
To date, what has been the most memorable experience in your Indian Idol journey? I have spent almost 120 days in Indian Idol’s Gurukul and that whole period includes more than 120 incidents which are no less than one another. That whole period includes of meeting all the three judges, facing new challenges each day, meeting different celebrities, especially legends like Asha Bhonsle, Pyarelalji, and of course reaching the finals.
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Indian Sports? In the new India, there is money to be made from all sports — not just from cricket. By Jason Overdorf - GlobalPost.com Indian athletes outside cricket have long been ignored, underfunded and, yes, undernourished in this cricket-mad country. But as the cricket team tops international rankings and comes in as a favorite to win the World Cup next month, the historical also-rans are finally carving out a piece of the pie. “People used to ignore boxing as a sport,” said Akhil Kumar, a top pugilist whose boxing fame won him a spot on “Jhalak Dikhla Ja,” a “Dancing with the Stars” clone that airs on India’s Sony Entertainment Television. “Today boxing is respected and I have a status and get respect.” Traditionally, the Indian middle class discouraged its children from playing sports — with good reason. Though success in the Soviet-style sports system could provide a leg up in the cut-throat competition for jobs with the police, the railways, the stateowned oil and steel companies, there was precious little money in the game, and most people viewed sports as a distraction from the serious business of studying. But with India’s economic rise, people are beginning to take interest in new forms of entertainment and young people from small towns and villages — where parents are less rigidly oriented toward studies — are developing a new confidence. Kumar’s teammate Vijender Singh — a small town kid with Bollywood looks — won Indian boxing’s first Olympic medal in Beijing in 2008. He then inked a ground-breaking deal with Percept Talent Management that set the stage for athletes outside of cricket to tap into the mushrooming opportunities in advertising and product endorsement. Late last year, Singh signed his first big endorsement contract to promote Vencobb chicken for the country’s poultry association — even as Percept signed four of his teammates to representation contracts. This year, the company will promote a series of televised “Fight Nights” that pit India’s top boxers against international fighters in a hybrid of the amateur and professional game that promises to take the sport out of dingy, state-run stadiums. Meanwhile, the money is beginning to roll in for all sports. In 2006, steel magnate Laxmi Mittal formed the Mittal Champions Trust, seeded with $9 million, to support athletes in squash, badminton, archery, boxing, shooting sports, swimming and heptathlon in their quest for gold at the London Olympics in 2012. The pace picked up last year, when Jindal Steel (part of the $12 billion Jindal Group) agreed to build stadiums in Bangalore and Kolkata for the All India Football Federation (AIFF) at a reported cost of some $50 million. The $7 billion Mahindra Group partnered with America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) to start a new Indian league, and Mukesh Ambani’s $50 billion behemoth Reliance Industries formed a joint venture with international sporting giant IMG Worldwide to nurture and promote Indian athletes and Indian professional leagues. “Whilst cricket will continue to dominate, at least in the shortterm, there’s an appetite for a wider choice,” said Andrew WildSaathee.com
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(Bollywood films slated to be released in the next 4-6 weeks) 1. Patiala House Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Prem Chopra, Hard Kaur, and Soni Razdan
Game (Director: Abhinay Deo) Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Kangna Ranaut, Sarah Jane Dias, Jimmy Sheirgill, Gauhar Khan, Shahana Goswami, Boman Irani, and Anupam Kher
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Bheja Fry 2 (Director: Sagar Ballary) Cast: Vinay Pathak, Minissha Lamba, Amol Gupte, Kay Kay Menon, Suresh Menon, and Rahul Vohra
3. 7 Khoon Maaf Priyanka Chopra, John Abraham, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Naseruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan & Anu Kapoor
Bhindi Baazaar Inc (Director: Ankush Bhatt) Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Prashant Narayanan, Piyush Mishra, Pawan Malhotra, Shilpa Shukla, and Deepti Naval
4. Dhobi Ghat Aamir Khan, Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotr, and Nafisa Khan 5. Yamla Pagla Deewana Dharmendra, Sunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Kulraj Randhawa, Nafisa Ali, Anupam Kher, and Johny Lever
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Top Five Songs - March 2011 1. 7 Khoon Maaf “Awaara” Music: Vishal Bhardwaj Singer: Master Saleem
S (Director: Devang Dholakia) Cast: Areesz Gandhi, Manisha Kelkar, Lucky Vakharia, Kabir Wani, and Kiran Thapar
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F.A.L.T.U (Dir: Remo D’Souza) Cast: Jackky Bhagnani, Pooja Gupta, Riteish Deshmukh, Angad Bedi, Chandan Roy Sanyal, and Arshad Warsi
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5. Patiala House: “Tumba Tumba” Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy Singer: Hans Raj Hans
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The Hollywood Bowl is an amphitheatre in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles that is used primarily for music performances. It is known for its band shell, a distinctive set of concentric arches that graced the site from 1929 through 2003, before being replaced with a somewhat larger one beginning in 2004. On July 10, 2011 India’s most prolific and successful movie composer A.R. Rahman returns for an evening of his atmospheric film scores - performed by the LA Phil and enhanced by scenes from his films - plus traditional Indian music and some of his Bollywood hits, in an evening called “Journey to India.” According to a BBC estimate, Rahaman has sold more than 100 million albums of his works, comprising music from more than 50 movies.
The 11th Annual IAAC Film Festival Dates Announced The Indo-American Arts Council kicks off its second decade of film excellence with a new name and a new set of dates for its signature event of the year. The New York Indian Film Festival: 11th Annual IAAC Film Festival will take place from May 4 - May 8, 2011 (previously held every November). Aseem Chhabra, noted film writer and long-time IAAC Film Festival selection committee member, ushers in this new era as Film Festival Director. Film screenings will take place at Tribeca Cinemas with the Closing Night selection to screen at Asia Society followed by the annual awards ceremony and afterparty. In addition, the festival will also host an exclusive celebrity-filled celebration honoring the 150th anniversary of the birth of India’s legendary Nobel Prize-winning artist and poet Rabindranath Tagore at Asia Society on May 8. “We start 2011 with a whole new energy for our annual IAAC Film Festival - a new name, a new Film Festival Director and a move to Spring,” says Indo-American Arts Council Executive Director Aroon Shivdasani. Aseem Chhabra adds, “I am thrilled to have been appointed as the director of the festival - now renamed as the New York Indian Film Festival. I have been a part of the IAAC family for several years and its events have been my one-stop shop as an entertainment writer and a New York-based consumer of Indian arts.” Created in 2001, the film festival was started to create a better understanding of the people and stories from the Indian subcontinent by bringing the most acclaimed feature films, shorts, and documentaries from that region and its Diaspora to NYC. Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding closed that year’s festival ahead of its worldwide theatrical release. With the help of supporters such as Nair, Deepa Mehta, Salman Rushdie, Madhur Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Padma Lakshmi, Shashi Tharoor, the Indian Consulate, and the late Ismail Merchant, the IAAC Film Festival has been able to bring cinema from one of the world’s most vibrant film industries to New York City. The Indo-American Arts Council is a not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America. For the latest news, and information visit www.iaac.us.
Sunidhi Chauhan Records Duet with Enrique Iglesias The lovely voice of Sunidhi Chauhan will be part of an international album titled Euphoria where she will share tracks with the likes of Usher, Akon and Nicole from Pussycat Dolls. Chauhan will sing a love duet called “I can feel you” with international star Enrique Iglesias for the album. Shamir Tandon, who composed the duet, told Bollywood Hungama, “It’s absolutely true that Sunidhi has sung for a global album featuring Usher, Akon and Nicole. I’ve composed Sunidhi’s song with Enrique. We are not like those wanna-gowest Indian musicians who just talk about collaborations. Talk doesn’t mean anything. I am proud to say I’m one of the first Bollywood musicians to have composed for Enrique Iglesias.” Euphoria will be released in March.
Postal Stamps Featuring Yesteryear’s Actresses Released We have all seen Indian postal stamps honoring freedom fighters, Prime Ministers and other dignitaries. Now breaking from tradition, six top film actresses from the golden era of films have been honored with commemorative postage stamps that were released in February. Madhubala and Nargis were the only actresses to have been bestowed with postal stamps in their names in the past. Now legends like Meena Kumari, Nutan, Leela Naidu, Devika Rani, Kanan Devi and Savithri Devi (who was better known as Meena Kumari of South India) have joined the likes of the evergreen beauties.
Ahana Deol Will Debut in Aparna Sen Film Dharmendra’s younger daughter Ahana is all set to make her acting debut and will face the camera for acclaimed director Aparna Sen, known for her wonderful independent films like Mr and Mrs Iyer, The Japanese Wife and 36 Chowrangee Lane. The yet untitled film will be produced by Ahana Deol’s mother Hema Malini and will be an interpretation of the timeless Romeo-Juliet story with Prateik playing a modernday Romeo to Ahana’s Juliet. The filming is slated to begin in September. Saathee.com
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Song: Naache manaa moraa... Film: Meri Surat Teri Aankhen Year: 1963 Music: S. D. Burman Singers: Mohammad Rafi Lyric: Shailendra Singh Based on Indian Classical Raga: Bhairavi Taal/Rhythm: Teen Taal. (Played by Samta Prasad). Starring: Ashok kumar, Asha Parekh, Pradeep kumar
Naache manaa moraa... Naache mana moraa magan dhigadhaa dhigi dhigi -2Badaraa ghira aaye, ruta hai bhigi bhigi, naache mana moraa magan dhigadhaa dhigi dhigi -2, dhigadhaa ...Kuhuke koyaliyaa, kuhuke koyaliyaa, kahin dur papihaa pukaare,Jhulaa jhule sakhiyaa, jhulaa jhule sakhiyaa, ke ghar aajaa baalam hamaare; ghira aaye, badaraa ghira aaye, ruta hai bhigi bhigi,Naache mana moraa magan dhigadhaa dhigi dhigi, dhigadhaa ...Yahin ruka jaaye, yahin ruka jaaye, ye shaam aaj dhalne na paaye,Tute na ye sapanaa, Tute na ye sapanaa, koi ab mujhe na jagaaye,Ghira aaye, badaraa ghira aaye, ruta hai bhigi bhigi, naache mana moraa, magan dhigadhaa dhigi dhigi,-2 dhigadhaa ...Chhupa chhupa aise men, chhupa chhupa aise men, koi madhur Gita gaaye, giton ke bahaane, giton ke bahaane, chhupi baata honthon pe aaye, ghira aaye, badaraa ghir aaye, ruta hai bhigi bhigi; naache re mana moraa magan dhigadhaa dhigi dhigi â€“2 Dhigadhaa ...
Meaning (Summary): My mind is dancing at the rhythm and taal of the tabla. The clouds got together and the weather is humid. The cuckoos are singing and the birds are also singing in the far distance. The girls and friends are swinging on swings as if their lovers may come to their homes. Let us stop here so lest the evening may not be over. Nobody should wake me up and break my dreams. Someone hides and sings. The secret thoughts may come to the lips. The clouds got together, the weather is humid and my mind is dancing at the taal and the rhythms.
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By Anita Kulkarni Most of the readers of this column are now familiar with the traditional famous vocal gharanas and their styles of Hindustani Classical Music. In this article I want to emphasize the gunas (qualities) and doshas (defects) of a singer. There are 25 doshas that are given in Sangeet Makrand and Sangeet Ratnakar (old and famous music books).
Evolution of Carnatic music- a series By Smitha K. Prasad Dear readers, in this month’s column we will look at yet another of the famous Bhakti saints- Kanakadasa. Along with Purandara Dasa, Kanaka Dasa also belonged to the tradition of the Haridasa movement and became a disciple of Vyasaraya. The exponents of the Haridasa movement believed themselves to be “servants of Hari.” True to the tenets of the Bhakti movement, Kanakadasa also preached a life of simplicity filled with kindness and equanimity. Kanaka Dasa (1509-1609) was born as part of the Kuruba community. The story goes that at some point of time, he gave up being a warrior and devoted his life to composing songs and philosophical works. He advocated doing away with the practice of caste distinction and instead advised a path of Bhakti or devotion to God. Like Purandara Dasa, Kanakadasa’s compositions were in Kannada since the main intent of the Haridasa movement and the Bhakti movement in general was to take devotional philosophy to the common man. There are a number of interesting stories involving Kanakadasa. On one occasion, guru Vyasaraya held a debate to discuss who could attain Moksha (salvation). A number of learned pundits present answered that someone who was a Brahmin or someone who had learned the Vedas would attain moksha. When asked the same question, Kanakadasa replied that none of the assembled people would attain salvation; instead he uttered the famous phrase: “Naanu hodare hodenu” Literally translated, this means, “I will attain salvation.” This angered all the assembled pundits who mocked Kanakadasa for his ignorance; others mocked his ego. Kanakadasa then explained that only one who had lost the “Self” (ego) was capable of attaining salvation. The pundits thus realized that despite his simplistic appearance, Kanakadasa was extremely scholarly. There is a beautiful film in Kannada titled Bhakta Kanakadasa in which Dr. Rajkumar plays the lead role of Kanakadasa. The film highlights the life and famous compositions of Kanakadasa. Despite the film being black and white, Dr. Rajkumar has exquisitely portrayed the various emotions and challenges faced by Kanakadasa.
Some of the Doshas or defects in a singer – The dosha’s name is in Sanskrit and the translation in English. 1.Sangdosto- A person who sings with his or her teeth clenched tightly. 2.Udhristo- A person who shouts unnecessarily while singing. 3.Sutkari - A person who unnecessarily mentions aaaa,oooo type of sounds while singing. 4.Bhito- A person who sings nervously. 5.Sasankita- Person who does not have self-confidence and sings quickly. 6.Kampita- Whose voice shakes while singing. 7.Karali- A singer who sings by raising the face upwardly like a camel. 8.Bikal- A person whose Shruti (correct vibration of a note) always fluctuates. 9.Kafi- Whose voice is harsh like a crow. 10.Bital- Those who do not have tala gyan (knowledge of rhythm). 11.Karabh- A person who slants his or her head in one side while singing. 12.Jhombok- A person whose veins of face, neck, and forehead gets puffy while singing. 13. Bokri- A person who sings by putting the face sideways. 14.Prosari- Who sings by opening his or her mouth widely so that teeth can be seen. 15.Mishrak- Who mixes two or more ragas. 16.Avyakta- Whose pronunciation is bad. 17.Birasa- Whose singing does not have any expression or rasa. 18.Sanunasika- Who sings with a nasal voice. 19.Bimana- Who sings with his or her mind somewhere else, lack of concentration. 20.Chalaka- Who moves his hand or leg while singing. 21. Dol- Who moves his head constantly while singing. 22.Ekdristo- Who always stares while singing. 23.Urdhagayi- Who sings by putting his or her eyes fixed in upward position. 24.Padapa- Who does not have any knowledge about raga and tala. 25.Shabaka- Who does not know the meaning of the song.
Till we meet next time, do watch some clips of the movie Bhakta Next time I will emphasize on gunas or qualities of a good Kanakadasa on Youtube. Many of the clips have English subti- singer. tles, which should help you understand the situation.
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Virsa Pujab Da also continues Bhangra traditions Story and photos by Manisha Dass Farmers in the Punjab region who created Bhangra would have been proud of the performances at Virsa Punjab Da held at the Meymandi Concert Hall in the Progress Energy Performing Arts Center on February 5, 2011. The streets of downtown Raleigh had a whole new beat introduced to them, and people came from all cultural heritages to enjoy an evening of dancing – and all for a good cause. Virsa Punjab Da (VPD) is an annual Bhangra competition that was first created by the South Asian fraternity Delta Sigma Iota and the Sikh Student Association at NC State to spread awareness of the Punjabi culture and specifically of Bhangra, the dance form that farmers in the Punjab area of India would do to celebrate the harvest season. The competition also gives all of the profits raised from the show to a nonprofit organization, Nishakam Sikh Welfare Council. Santosh Beyagudem, one of the co-chairs for the event, and also a Delta Sigma Iota member, was one of the key players in making sure the event went smoothly. To Beyagudem, this competition is different from the other Bhangra competitions. “Virsa Punjab Da is a traditional Bhangra competition, and one of the only ones who donates the money to charity.” The Gamma Chapter of the fraternity involved with VPD adds the humanity value to the entire competition as well, according to Beyagudem. “We are a fraternity that stresses the importance of culture, unity and academics and continually works to provide the South Asian community at Penn State (where the fraternity originated) as well as elsewhere with assistance in any way possible.” The teams that participated came from all along the East coast and included Khirre Phul Gulab De (KPGD) a local team from the Triangle, FAUJ Bhangra from Boston, MA., UNC Bhangra Elite, Punjab Di Asli Pehchaan from Florida, Carnegie Mellon Bhangra from Pittsburg, PA., D.C. Metro Punjabi Arts Academy from Washington, D.C., Joshiley Jawan from Richmond, VA., NCSU Wolfpack Bhangra and even an international contestant – Nachde Yaar Punjab De from Mississauga, Canada. One of the local teams, KPGD was formed by a group of friends who wanted to compete in such Bhangra competitions. Justin Singh Virk, who is a senior at East Carolina University, and one of the dancers of KPGD, says what makes this competition special is the cause. “They contribute to a charity that helps eradicate poverty in India,” Virk said. “The competition also reminds us of our roots both in Bhangra and outside.” This performance had a sentimental value to Virk and his friends; “We are seniors this year, and this is probably the last time we can perform together for our families and friends.” VPD also had exhibition acts, which were not judged with the competitors but rather just showcased as Bhangra performances. Saathee.com
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After a few hard hits with the stick, the buffalo fell to the ground. The man captured the buffalo and tied her to a tree next to his hut. The horse was really happy now that he had got rid of the buffalo from the meadow. He thanked the man and was about to leave when he found that he too was tied to the tree. The horse turned to the man and said, “Dear friend, now that our work is over, you can release me. I can enjoy the meadow and you can enjoy the buffalo’s milk. The man in turn said, “My dear friend, you have been of such help to me. You have not just taught me how to capture a buffalo but also taught me how to ride horses. Now that I know how useful the two of you are, how can I possibly let either of you go? I promise I will take good care of you.” The sad horse felt betrayed. But after thinking for some time he realized that he was suffering because he had been petty and vengeful. By telling the secret of the buffalo’s milk to the man, he had betrayed his friend the buffalo. From that day on, he decided he would never again betray anybody’s trust, not even the man who captured him. Perhaps that is why horses (and dogs) are known as man’s trusted friends. Courtesy of pitara.com
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The Horse’s Revenge Once upon a time, there lived a horse and a buffalo in a beautiful meadow up in the mountains. There was plenty of grass to eat and water to drink, and the two had become good friends. But one year, there was no rain. The streams of the meadow dried up and the grass slowly turned brown. Soon the horse and buffalo found themselves fighting over the scarce water and grass. One day, their daily fight became violent. The buffalo jabbed the horse with her sharp horns. The badly injured horse had no option but to flee. A few days passed and the horse started feeling much better. He still had not forgotten how the buffalo had hurt him, and started planning his revenge. After much thought, he decided to approach a man and ask for his help. On hearing the horse’s tale, the man shrugged and said, “Well, you fought with each other, and you lost. Why should I get into this? Anyway, the buffalo has sharp horns. If she can hurt you, she will definitely kill me.” With that the man told the horse to leave him so he could get on with his work. Once again the horse pleaded with the man. He said, “If you help me, I will help you capture the buffalo. Then you can keep her, and I get to have the meadow all to myself.” The man laughed and said, “What will I do with a captured buffalo; it is of no use to me.” The horse then told the man about the buffalo’s sweet milk. “It not only tastes very good, it is also very healthy. If you were to drink it every day you will become more powerful than all the animals in the jungle.” The man seemed impressed and agreed to help the horse. But the buffalo’s horns still worried him. But the horse had a plan. “What you need,” he said, “is a big fat stick. Just climb onto my back and every time I run past the buffalo, you hit her with the stick. She cannot run as fast as me so she will not be able to catch us.” The plan sounded good so the man decided to go along with it. Next morning the man climbed onto the horse’s back, holding a big fat stick. When they found the buffalo in the meadow, the horse started to run past the buffalo. The plan was working.
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“8,000 patients left in lurch” This front page N & O headline and article on February 5, 2011 about the expiration of a health insurance contract with UNC Health Care generated a lot of concern and the company later issued a statement saying that certain categories of patients, including pregnant women close to delivery, would retain coverage. What happens to someone who is “left in the lurch?” Again, typing this phrase into the search field of The Free Dictionary and then selecting the “Idioms” button will bring you to a range of definitions and this seems to fit best: Leave somebody in the lurch is to leave someone at a time when they need you to stay and help them. “I hope they can find someone to replace me at work. I don’t want to leave them in the lurch.”
Mastering Meaning Harnessing the Power of American English By Judith L. Bergman M.A. CCC For the last two years of monthly “Mastering Meaning” columns we have been recommending that interested readers expand their knowledge of metaphors in American English by studying newspaper headlines that contain figures of speech, especially but not exclusively, in the Sports section. Guess what these mean, using context clues from the articles that follow and then check the full range of meanings by using the online resource www.thefreedictionary.com.
“U.S. held little sway in corruption complaint” This Associated Press article in the January 1, 2011 N & O describes efforts of the U.S. administration to pressure the Afghan President to remove a former warlord from a cabinet ministry post. Was the administration successful? In this case the strategy would be to look up just the key words “hold sway” and infer the opposite from “little” (or not much). “Hold sway” means to have control or great influence. But there are other shades of meanings of this expression including “to convince someone of something.” So, the U.S. did not succeed.
I will be sharing my growing collection of such headlines over the next few months starting with some that have appeared recently in sports and news articles in the Raleigh News & Observer. “Canes escape singed” Who won this hockey game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Calgary (Canada) Flames? Was it a challenging match or an easy win? The secondary headline in this January 12, 2011 N & O article by Chip Alexander reads: “Carolina has trouble shaking Calgary in win.” It was a close game with a final score of 6-5 and, “no one in a Carolina sweater could feel the lead was safe, now with the Canes...playing loosely on defense and squandering power-play chances.” If one escapes from flames singed, he or she barely escapes i.e. might have superficial burns or “scorched” hair or clothes—definitely not a pleasant or triumphant experience.
“Economy pits wedding bells and wedding bills” This is a delightful article about how couples have been delaying or “scaling back” (reducing the extravagance of) their weddings because of the recession. So what does “pits” mean in this “bells” and “bills” headline? It certainly is not the noun that names the core seed in a piece of fruit! Again, selecting the “Idioms” option in TheFree Dictionary and typing the word in the search field will give you several meanings and this seems the most fitting: Pit someone or something against someone or something means to set someone or something in opposition to someone or something. “The rules of the tournament pit their team against ours. John pitted Mary against Sally in the tennis match. So this headline suggests the contest between couples’ desires to get married (wedding bells) vs. limited financial resources and the high cost (wedding bills).
“Devils weather Hurricanes’ run” This article is about a basketball game between the Duke “Blue Devils” and the Miami Hurricanes. Was this an easy win? The secondary headline reads: “SMITH SCORES 28 POINTS TO HELP DUKE TAKE CHARGE” but Ken Tysiac, the reporter, goes on to write, “Duke’s offense was sputtering against toughminded Miami in the ACC opener for both teams. In this article, “weather” using the theme suggested by the team name “Hurricanes” means: To come through (something) safely; survive: weather a crisis. (The Free Dictionary) This was a close, “stormy” game and not an “easy win” for Duke.
Suggestions: Using the news headlines from your daily paper is a useful and practical strategy. News editors seem to give “free rein”1 i.e. a great amount of freedom to sports writers to have fun with words in their headlines. Bookmark www.thefreedictionary.com, and every day select one newspaper headline that contains an unfamiliar metaphor or idiom, read the article, guess the meaning and then check it out on this website. You can even set up your own “Word Power” document, type in the headline, cut and paste the best meaning, and also make up your own sentence for the expression in question. It is never too late to increase your mastery of meaning in American English.
“RDU renaming hits turbulence” In this N & O story by David Ranii there is another delightful pun in addition to the “turbulent flight” metaphor. “The head of a state banking group is pushing Raleigh-Durham International Airport to Wright itself.” The idea was to rename the airport “Wright Brothers International at Raleigh-Durham” to honor the flight pioneers and their successful flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903. What is the meaning behind the pun on the Wright brothers’ name, “To right itself?” It would take another entire article to discuss the many variations of meanings of the word “right” but the closest fit for this pun would be: “To put in order or set right; correct.” (However, an RDU spokesperson said that the name “RDU” has its own history and will not be changed in spite of the “turbulence,” i.e. disagreement.) Saathee.com
1 To allow someone to be completely in charge (of something). (Alludes to loosening the reins of a horse and therefore control.) www.thefreedictionary.com.
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Rotational Viewing: Hold the right fist in front with the right thumb pointing upward and the elbow straight. Make a large circular movement with the right arm. Keep the eyes focused on the thumb without moving the head. Perform at least 5 times clockwise, then 5 times anticlockwise. Repeat with left thumb.
Up And Down Viewing: Keeping the arms straight, slowly raise the right thumb while following the motion of the thumb with By Pradip Bulsara the eyes. When the thumb is raised to the maximum, slowly Relief from Stiff Neck & Neck Tension return to the starting position, all the time keeping the eyes foShoulder Lifts - Start off with shoulder lift. Lift both shoulders cused on the thumb without moving the head. Repeat 5 times up and simultaneously drop them down. Repeat the shoulder with each thumb. lift 10 times. Breathe in while lifting the shoulders and breathe out when dropping the shoulders down. Near and Distant Viewing: Stand or sit with a clear view of distant object. Focus the eyes on the nose tip five seconds. Then Opening/Closing Mouth - Open your mouth wide and then focus on a distant object for 5 seconds. Repeat this process 5 to close. Repeat the opening and closing of your mouth 10 times. 10 times. Close the eyes and relax for few seconds. After finishBreathe out while opening the mouth and breathe in after clos- ing the practice splash cold water onto the eyes a few times. ing the mouth. Palming may be performed any time during the practice. Bite Right/Left - Bite on the right side and then on the left side. A series of poses for keeping the body and mind young Repeat biting on the left and right 10 times on each side. Breathe Sarvangasana (Entire body Pose):â€ˆAlso referred to as shoulder out as you bite and breathe in as you relax your mouth. stand, stimulates the thyroid gland, balancing the circulatory, digestive, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems. Lay Wiggle Left/Right - Keep your lower jaw relaxed, mouth on the back, contract the abdominal muscles and with the supslightly open and wiggle your jaws left and right. Repeat 10 port of the arms slowly raise the legs to the vertical position. times. Breathe normally. When the legs are vertical press the arms and hands down on the floor raising the trunk to a vertical position. Bend the elbows Rotation - Close your mouth, pucker your lips and rotate clock- and place the hands behind the ribcage to support the back. In wise 10 times and then anticlockwise 10 times. Breathe nor- final position the legs are vertical together and in a straight line mally. with the trunk. The shoulders support the body, nape of the neck and back of the head. The arms providing stability, chest Repeat the movements from the top at least three times. This resting against the chin and legs relaxed. Hold the position for set of movements can provide relief from neck tension and re- few seconds; gradually increase the time to 3 to 5 minutes. gaining neck mobility. Try it out and have fun doing it. 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Healthwise By Anjana Agarwal Latest Dietary Guidelines to Everyday Eating The new “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” (released on January 31, 2011) offer a practical roadmap to help people make changes in their eating plans to improve their health, according to the American Dietetic Association. Making changes to your eating plan to follow the recommendations of the new Dietary Guidelines can be done in ways that still lets you eat your favorite foods. The American Dietetic Association has long advocated for a “total diet” weight management approach that places a greater emphasis on the overall pattern of foods you eat. The Dietary Guidelines recommend shifts in food consumption patterns, encouraging people to eat more of some foods and nutrients and less of others. The Dietary Guidelines encourage Americans to eat more:
Fat: The Dietary Guidelines recommend people consume less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fatty acids by replacing them with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. “For optimal health, most people should reduce their consumption of solid fats, which are high in Trans fats and saturated fats and low in polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Solid fats are found in fatty animal-based foods such as well-marbled meat, poultry skin, bacon, sausage, butter and whole milk products or foods made with vegetable oils that have been partially hydrogenated, such as cookies, donuts, pastries and crackers. “In place of solid fats, most fats in the diet should be polyunsaturated or monounsaturated, such as liquid vegetable oils like canola, olive, peanut and soybean and high-fat plant-based foods like nuts, seeds, and avocados. Eating plans should also include foods containing omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega-3s are found in seafood, especially cold-water fish like Atlantic or Pacific mackerel, albacore tuna, salmon, and lake trout. The new Guidelines encourage Americans to consume at least eight ounces of seafood each week. Vegetarians who avoid fish should take daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids containing 600mg of DHA.
•Whole grains •Vegetables •Fruits •Low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese or fortified soy beverages •Vegetable oils such as canola, corn, olive, peanut and soybean. •Seafood And the 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend eating less: •Added sugars •Solid fats, including Trans fats •Refined grains •Sodium
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Later, we showed him photographs of our trip to England in 1961. This was in 1967, and what I remember about Mr. Bly was that he remarked on the compactness of our house, so unusual for a Chief Engineer’s residence. I guess was are similar to the Japanese in that good housing is difficult to get in Calcutta, as it is in Tokyo or in any of the major cities of the world. Incidentally, Mr. Bly left India after installing and commissioning the plant. Mr. Pook, on the other hand, was a different kettle of fish altogether. He was a draftsman in England, and somehow or other the Goenkas got to know him on one of their trips to England. My Dada always said that Marwari businessmen like the Goenkas had a high regard for Caucasians bordering on obsequiousness. Indeed, after Indian independence many British firms in India changed hands from Englishmen to Marwaris. The Goenkas knew that having an Englishman on the board of directors would carry weight with all the stakeholders such as customers, suppliers, regulatory agencies. After all, who would think of checking on Mr. Pook’s qualifications? And so it was that Mr. Pook was ensconced in a plush corner office of the Goenka building, Niharika, in New Alipur. I gather that Mr. Pook was one of the few Englishmen left in India in the ‘80s. He married an Anglo-Indian girl and settled there…the last of the Mohicans? Engineers United From the Great Pyramids of Egypt to the Qutub Minar, and from the Great Wall of China to the Taj Mahal, it is engineers who have built artifacts that have fascinated mankind. Engineers modify the natural world to meet man’s needs and wants. Marvels like the iPod and the Blackberry, which have entered our everyday language, are products of the engineer’s mind and his manual dexterity. The Spirit of St. Louis flying nonstop across the Atlantic…the Apollo spacecraft flying to the moon…the super tanker carrying oil across the oceans, all are tribute to the skills of engineers and technicians. The R & D labs use nanotechnology to produce the computers of tomorrow. Production engineers produce quality cars like the Lexus. Maintenance engineers keep our airplanes flying safely and the communication humming through the cables and optical fibers that span the globe. Of course, engineers have sometimes goofed, like those that built the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and nameless bridges which have collapsed, the Apollo 13 mission which had to be aborted, and many other “lemons.” But generally speaking, engineers have delighted, nay dazzled customers with products that defy the imagination. Legendary engineers like Isambard Kingdom Brunel who designed The Great Western and Monsieur Eiffel probably prompted Neville Shute, who wrote novels concerning engineers, to pen the following lines: It is their care through all the ages, To take the buffet and cushion the shock, It is their care that the gear engages, It is their care that the switches lock.
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Orchestra. Indian musicians are trained as performers, composers, and improvisers simultaneously, but Western musicians are geared for more structured playing with concise musical scores that allow many instruments to play together. I began with a vision lacking in how I would incorporate the disparity between these musical worlds. Traditionally, the music of India starts with the first stage called the alap (improvisation). Alap is the most difficult portion to play and at the same time, it unfolds the mood of the raga (melody). The second stage is the Masidkhani gat, which is the slow to medium tempo composition set in the rhythmic cycle of sixteen matras (beats), called Teentaal and accompanied with alankaras, a rhythmic improvisation of the composition. The third stage is the Razakhani gat, which is the medium to fast tempo composition set in the rhythmic cycle of sixteen matras, called Teentaal and accompanied with alankaras. The fourth and the last stage is the jhala, which is very fast in tempo and it concludes the Concerto. To understand the musical score and incorporate the nuances of improvisation and the subtlety of Western instruments into the piece, I was fortuitous in finding a young musician at the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California. This young musician gave me the solo recordings of Western instruments. I listened to the music and began to understand the distinct sounds of instruments. I was aware of the tempered scale, chords and modulations where Indian music does not allow these elements. I was here for my musical workshops and Sitar concerts in the month of October 2007. The Tonic ‘C’ remains constant throughout the performance and accidental harmonies such as ‘C and G’ and ‘C and F’ are permitted in Indian music. I went to the Krishna Temple of the Yoga Farm for inspiration. Over the next week, I sat down under the tree surrounded by the lake and the hills. I began to write the Concerto in a different raga called Bageswari. It uses the 3rd (E) and 7th (B) Flat (komal). It is only possible to play this on the string instruments such as Sitar, Violin, Viola, and Cello or the Natural flute. Usually, the fifth is omitted except being used incidentally. I was singing the raga melody for each instrument and hearing the sounds. Once I became fully absorbed into the process, the flow of notes started. I composed the music for each instrument in sequence. I composed everyday for at least five hours uninterrupted for over the following week. At last, I composed the first Sitar Concerto for the symphony using the Indian music score system. Now, I needed to transpose the Indian music scores into the Western scores from a musician who could understand the Indian music and its score system. The Director of the Cleveland Music School Settlement recommended an instructor from the school who agreed to undertake this project. He did not have any exposure of the Indian music. First, I explained to him the raga theory, the Indian notation system and the Taal (rhythm) system. He transposed the music into Western score but still it did not sound like Indian music. So as a last hope, I sang the whole concerto line by line for each instrument. That helped him to transpose it with right microtones. He then started to write the scores. Every week, I sat down with him and listened to every nuance of the Indian music, till each swara (note) was corrected. He finished this in Finale Software. He was gracious and knowledgeable in his own music. I thanked him for this
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My journey to compose the Sitar Concerto for Western Orchestras By Hasu Patel
The Journey of thousand miles begins with one step… For an Indian female musician to compose a “Sitar Concerto” for a Western Symphony was a lifelong dream bringing forth unique challenges. In March 2007, I received an email from Nan Washburn, the Conductor of the Plymouth Canton Symphony of Michigan to collaborate Indian Classical Music with a Western Orchestra. I responded positively. She called a few days later and mentioned that she would find the collaborative music for the orchestra and me. After several days, I called back and asked her if I could compose the Sitar Concerto for the entire orchestra. Stunningly, she agreed and I began to write a musical composition for the Western musicians to perform with me. The performance date was set for March 29, 2008. Nan Washburn sent the list of the instruments for the orchestra. As I began to plan my composition, I was surprised a few weeks later when I received another call from conductor Libi Lebel of the Doctors Orchestra of Houston to accept the same challenge. I agreed to compose another Sitar Concerto. My first thought to help me in my composition was to listen to Pandit Ravi Shankar’s Sitar music collaboration with Western musicians. I discovered that he played his music more individually with the Western musician than the orchestra. I decided to pursue my own course with the Sitar Concerto with a pure Indian Classical form and no fusion at all. For many years, I have been listening to NPR, Western Classical music pieces of Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and other great composers and attended live orchestra performances. This has supplemented me in understanding the theories and structure of Western classical music. The dichotomy between the structure of Western and Indian classical music led to challenges of composing for the Western Saathee.com
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Some of Neemrana’s core properties are in strong locations for tourism — like the Glasshouse on the Ganges, near the Hindu pilgrimage town of Rishikesh, or the Hotel de L’Orient, in the one-time French colony of Pondicherry. But the latest additions are pushing the idea — common throughout Europe — that a charming hotel can itself draw tourists to places like Patiala, where the group operates the Punjab’s first heritage hotel in the 19th-century Baradari Palace. “What we claim to do is give an authentic image of a particular area, by sticking to the way the palaces were furnished in the olden days and serving the food of the area and also employing the local people so the The Oberoi Rajvilas - Jaipur body language belongs to that area,” said Wacziarg. “The entire approach to hospitality is different.” Take Morbi, for example. The closest sizable city to this small, industrial town is Ahmedabad — the better part of a day’s drive away — and even that city struggles to attract many tourists, not least because alcohol is forbidden in Gujarat. Apart from Darbargarh, the only real attractions in Morbi itself are a couple clock towers, a swinging footbridge that spans the Macchu, and a Hindu temple that’s only 70 years old. Yet Neemrana’s founders are confident that they can make the old palace go as a hotel, and in the process introduce seasoned tourists to rarely visited sites such as Lothal — an ancient harbor city of the Indus Valley civilization that dates back to 2400 B.C.
unique undertaking. Finally, the Sitar Concerto was written in both Indian and Western Music score system based on Indian raga. The Concerto was titled “Mangal Dhwani” (Auspicious Sound). It was the first time in the history of Indian music that someone composed and performed a Sitar Concerto. I was humbled to have this wonderful opportunity. Finally, I sent the music and the written score to Libi Lebel, the conductor of the Doctors Orchestra of Houston who seemed to enjoy the piece. The performance took place on February 10, 2008 at the Cullen Theatre, Wortham Center in Houston, Texas. On the day of the performance, I became very nervous and did not know how the event would unfold to me. Finally, the time had arrived and instead of thinking of the orchestra music, I began praying to the Divine Power. The performance ended with a standing ovation punctuating a dream for me that I could not have imagined just a few years earlier. Shortly thereafter, I wrote my second Sitar Concerto for Nan Washburn, the Conductor of Orchestra Canton of Michigan. The composition was titled “Swara Mangalam” (Musical Notes are Auspicious). It was based on an evening raga Yaman Kalyan. The raga uses all natural notes except fourth, which is sharp (F#). Natural fourth is used as an incidental. The mood (rasa) of the raga is devotional and surrender. I personally delivered the music and written Western scores of my Sitar Concerto to Nan Washburn at the coffee shop in the Sandusky, Ohio. We both listened to the music and she thoroughly checked the score. She was very happy with the result. This unique performance took place the very first time on March 29, 2008 at the Village Theatre in Canton, Michigan with great success. Truly, this has been a journey into an unfathomable beauty of music. I personally believe some Divine Power and my Guru’s blessings led me to compose and perform two live Sitar Concertos. I am thankful to the many individuals who helped me along this arduous, but immensely rewarding journey that cumulated into the dreams of my life. I hope to be able to compose many more Sitar Concertos in the future and leave the world with a better appreciation of the music that I love dearly. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams... Hasu Patel is a composer, performer, and educator. She plays sitar in the Gayaki Ang (vocal style), where the sitar replicates the fluidity and subtle nuances of the human voice. She has dedicated her life to preserving and propagating in its pristine purity, the fascinating and highly evolved classical music of Ancient India. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hasupatel.com
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and women dress up and dance to bhangra and giddha music and have lots of activities and games like kabaddi. This year, the Punjabi Unlimited team in partnership with the town of Cary, are organizing a celebration to promote Punjabi arts, culture, sports and literature. This event will help bring people from different ages together and showcase their talents during the local talent programs and will also feature popular a Punjabi singer. There is also a ghatka (martial arts) team coming for a headline performance, showcasing the techniques of martial arts. There will be specialty Punjabi food, music and local handicrafts, face painting for kids, and vendors. Enjoy the approaching spring and harvest season and see how the Punjabis celebrate with a big heart and rich culture. The Baisakhi Mela 2011 is being held at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary on April 2, 2011 from noon to 9pm. Details of event can be found at http://www.punjabiunlimited.org/events.php
Ekal Charity Concert 2011 The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA will present Ekal Charity Concert 2011 at three locations in the Carolinas. The show is a musical evening of nostalgic and new film songs, ghazals, and devotionals by Manoj Mishra (Bollywood Playback Singer, Group Leader and Lead Singer) singing songs of Mohd Rafi, Kishore Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Sonu Nigam, Anup Jalota, Hariharan, Ghulam Ali, and more. Also performing will be Nirupama Dey (SA RE GA MA 2007 Finalist) singing songs of Lata Mangeshgar, Asha Bhosle, Shreya Ghoshal, Sunidhi Chauhan, and more. Top musicians will accompany the singers. The shows are as follows: - Friday March 11, 2011 in Raleigh at the HSNC Main Hall, 309 Aviation Pkwy, Morrisville NC. Separately sold dinner at 6pm and show begins at 7:30pm. Tickets: $50, $25, $10. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org. - Saturday, March 12, 2011 in Columbia, SC at the White Knoll High School Auditorium, 5643 Platt Springs Road Lexington, SC 29073. Dinner (sold separately): 6:30 pm-7:45 pm. Show begins at 8 pm. Tickets: $30 (VIP), $15 (general admission), $10 (students & children under 10). Details: Janak Dalal (803-6654050), Nitin Shah (803-960-2252), Indian grocery (803-750-9751), Varsha Parikh (803-951-9173) - Sunday, March 13, 2011 in Charlotte will be at the McKnight Hall on the UNCC campus. Program begins at 5:30 pm. Tickets: $15 (general admission), $10(students), children under 10 admitted free. For details: email@example.com, Neena Narumanchi (704-962-4367), Yesha Shukla (704-274-9204), Prashant Gupta (980-254-0730). Ekal’s Mission: To eradicate illiteracy from rural and tribal India with holistic empowerment.
Kings Drive Art Walk Organizers of Charlotte’s annual fall arts event “Festival in the Park” are adding a new event for spring. The organizers are launching what they hope will become an annual event. The “Kings Drive Art Walk” will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2011 (11 am- 6pm) and Sunday, April 17, 2011 (11 am – 5 pm) in Charlotte, NC. The event will feature many artists displaying their works for sale, as well as art-related activities for children and their families. Details: www.FestivaInthePark.org. Heritage India Festival 2011 The Heritage India Association of North Carolina will present the 2011 Heritage India Festival on Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 2 – 8 pm. The event will showcase regional Indian dances and a Baisakhi Celebration at the HSNC Cultural Hall, Morrisville, NC. The admission is $5 and kids under 6 get in free. The event will also feature an eye camp (free eye screenings), musical presentations by local artists, as well as folk and classical dances. The Heritage Award Ceremony will follow the performances. Many vendors and food stalls will be on the premises as well. For details call Yash Garg (919.870.5222), Harsha Shah (919.362.0520), and Mrs. Saroj Sharma (919.460.7830) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The Duke Eye Center Specialist Physicians will conduct the eye screenings.
MDA Muscle Walk The MDA Muscle Walk will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2011 from 3 – 5 pm at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, located at 5555 Concord Pkwy, Concord, NC 28027. The day’s festivities kick off with registration at 3 pm, and a friendly, uncompetitive 1.5-mile (or 3-mile) “walk” that follows at 3:30 p.m. An awards ceremony, vendor fair, and family-oriented activities are also featured. In 2010, approximately 350 devoted friends of the MDA attended, and the event raised more than $70,000. The goal for 2011 is $120,000. Proceeds from this event support the various services and research efforts of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a non-profit organization which combats over 40 neuromuscular diseases through groundbreaking research and medical and community services. Visit www.joinmda.org/charlottemusclewalk for details or call 704.567.2912 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara Asia Society Museum, New York presents an exhibition of spectacular Buddhist sculptures, architectural reliefs and works of gold and bronze from the Gandhara region of Pakistan, most never exhibited before in the United States. The exhibition will take place from March 1, 2011 through May 29, 2011. These artworks show the rich artistic heritage of Gandhara as a geographical and historic region and as a particular style of art. “The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara” reveals the complex cultural influences — from Scytho-Parthian to Greco-Roman traditions—that fed the artistic production of this region from the first century B.C.E. through the fifth century C.E. “Despite today’s images of Pakistan as a place of violent extremism, the region has an ancient tradition of tolerance and pluralism as evidenced by
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program will offer approximately $8.5 million for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. “For more than two centuries, our nation has been a beacon of hope and opportunity for people from around the world,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “These grants will assist immigrants from coast to coast on their path to U.S. citizenship.” Two of the grant opportunities will strengthen citizenship preparation programs that provide direct services in communities across the country. The third will increase the capacity of members or affiliates of national, regional or statewide organizations to offer citizenship services in underserved communities. USCIS expects to announce an estimated 35 award recipients in September 2011. To apply for these funding opportunities, interested parties may visit www.grants.gov. Applications are due by April 1, 2011. USCIS strongly encourages applicants to visit the website well in advance of the deadline in order to obtain registration information needed to complete the application process. Fiscal year (FY) 2011 marks the third consecutive year of this competitive grant program. In 2010, USCIS awarded a total of $8.1 million in grants to 56 immigrant-serving organizations in 78 sites across the country. For additional information on the FY 2011 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, visit www.uscis.gov/grants or contact the USCIS Office of Citizenship by phone at 202-272-1280 Who Shot Rock & Roll “Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the or by e-mail at email@example.com. Present” will be exhibited at the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC now through May 22, 2011. “Who Shot Rock & Roll” is the first major exhibition on rock and roll to put photographers in the foreground, acknowledging their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music. The exhibition includes 175 works by more than 100 photographers, and covImmigration ers the rock and roll era from the 1950s to the present, including continued from page 60 some of the world’s most iconic images. It was organized by the prestigious Brooklyn Museum of Art. Columbia is the last stop on the nation-wide traveling tour. This is the first exhibi- What are the enrollment issues students need to know about tion to address the story of rock and roll as told from the per- maintaining status? spective of the people who chronicled its development and · Enrollment in non-SEVIS certified institution: To reiterate, it defined it through visual imagery. Some of the major photog- would be a failure to maintain status if you are enrolled in the raphers represented in the show are David LaChapelle, Mark institution not eligible for approval. Seliger, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz and Bob · Online classes: For F–1 students enrolled in classes for credit Gruen. The photographers’ images communicate the social and or classroom hours intending to take online courses, the rule is cultural transformations that rock has fostered since the1950s. as follows: no more than the equivalent of one class or three The exhibition is in six sections and includes video installations credits per session, term, semester, trimester, or quarter may be as well: rare and revealing images taken behind the scenes; ten- counted toward the full course of study if the class is taken onder snapshots of young musicians at the beginnings of their ca- line or through distance education. In addition, the course must reers; photographs of live performances that display the energy, not require the student’s physical attendance for classes, exampassion, style and sex appeal of the band on stage; powerful im- ination or other purposes integral to completion of the class. An ages of the crowds and fans that are often evocative of historic on-line or distance education course is a course that is offered paintings; portraits revealing the soul and creativity, rather than principally through the use of television, audio, or computer the surface and celebrity, of the musicians; and conceptual im- transmission including open broadcast, closed circuit, cable, or ages and album covers highlighting the collaborative efforts be- satellite, audio conferencing, or computer conferencing. tween the image makers and the musicians. Details at · Language study program: If the F–1 student’s course of study is in a language study program, no on-line or distance educawww.columbiamuseum.org. tion classes may be considered to count toward a student’s full course of study requirement. USCIS Announces Citizenship and Integration Grant Opportunities Special issues to be answered in our next article: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) an- · Academic institutions that primarily offer degrees in English nounced last month the availability of three congressionally ap- language study propriated competitive grant opportunities designed to help · Curricular Practical Training—when is it appropriate? prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for citizenship and · What happens when a school’s SEVIS is terminated? promote immigrant integration in the United States. This year’s · What about reinstatement of F-1 status? the survival of these spectacular examples of Gandharan art,” says Melissa Chiu, Asia Society Museum Director and Vice President, Global Art Programs. “Through this exhibition, Asia Society aims to provide new contexts for looking at the arts, culture and society of Pakistan today, in keeping with our long history of programming about and engagement with Pakistan. At its height, Gandhara—whose center was situated in present-day Peshawar in northwest Pakistan—encompassed Bamiyan in Afghanistan, Bactria, the Hindu Kush, and the Punjab region of northwest India. The majority of Gandharan art known today is Buddhist in origin. Buddhism reached Gandhara as early as the third century B.C.E., and began to flourish in the first century C.E. as Silk Road trade and cross-cultural connections from the Mediterranean to China fostered its spread. The Buddhist Heritage of Pakistan: Art of Gandhara is the first exhibition to bring works of Gandharan art from Pakistan to the United States since Asia Society’s groundbreaking exhibition of Gandharan sculpture in 1960. The majority of works in the exhibition are on loan from the National Museum in Karachi and Central Museum in Lahore. In addition to loans from Pakistan, comparative works, both eastern and western, that illuminate the Greco-Roman and Scytho-Parthian influences on Gandharan art are included from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Asia Society Museum, and private collections in the United States. Details: www.asiasociety.org.
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Community News & Events Charlotte Art of Living (Healing with the Breath) Art of Living is dedicated to serving society by strengthening the individual. This is done through self development programs that recharge the body, mind and spirit and allow people to function at their optimum potential. People from all backgrounds, religions and cultural traditions come together in service and celebration. Info: 704.248.2647 email@example.com www.artofliving.org BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Regularly scheduled activities include a daily Aarti at 6:30 am and 7 pm. Darshan: Mon-Fri 6:30 am-12:30 pm and 4 8:30 pm, Sat/Sun 6:30 am-8:30 pm. Gujarati classes are held every Sunday from 3 - 4 pm and “Satsang Sabha” is held every Sunday at 4:30 p.m. The Swaminarayan Temple is located at 4100 Margaret Wallace Rd, Charlotte, NC 28105. Sat Mar 16 - “Holi Fulidol” Sat Apr 19 - SwamiNarayan Jayanti & Ram Navmi Info: 704.573.0805 704.573.0820 (fax) Carolina Sanskritk Maharashtra Mandal CSMM promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve Carolina Marathi community with various cultural, social and traditional marathi programs and events. For further details: Medha Tannu, firstname.lastname@example.org, 704.548.1570 Abhay Khanore, email@example.com, 803.554.1234 Pandurang Naik, firstname.lastname@example.org, 704.904.3636 Carolinas Christian Assembly Charlotte Everyone is coordially invited to join for Sunday worship - 9:30 to 10:30 English, 10:45 am-12:00 Malayalam. Address: 3046 Senna Drive, Matthews, NC 28105 Prayer and Spiritual guidance: 803.322.9549 704.756.4969 CCAprayerline@gmail.com
Charlotte Gita Study Group Info: Rajesh Venky and Savitha Mathur, 704.845.0464, email@example.com Shridhar and Kruti Dave, 704.844.9567, firstname.lastname@example.org Charlotte Indian Christian Fellowship The group meets the third Saturday of every month at 6:30 PM for Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship. Everyone is welcome to join the fellowship along with family and friends. For further details: Hema at 704.841.7060 email@example.com. Charlotte Kannada Koota The Charlotte Kannada Koota is an organization that promotes understanding of Karnataka culture and provides a medium for people of Karnataka (Kannadigas) to get together. The activities include social get-togethers, music, and drama. For further details: 704.526.9990 (Appan Patil), firstname.lastname@example.org 704.281.8732 (Raj Kulgod), email@example.com Charlotte Table-Tennis Club Charlotte Table-tennis Club is located at 345 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC 28204 (Corner of East 7th St. & Hawthorne Lane). Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 6-10 PM, Saturday 2-6 PM, Sunday 1-5 PM. For further details: www.charlottetabletennis.org Charlotte Telangana Association Charlotte Telangana Association is a nonprofit organization formed to promote two different aspects —- to promote not only the Telangana cultural activities within greater Charlotte area, but also to bring together all the Telangana people living in the greater Charlotte area and also to discuss, plan, and take action around the development of Telangana focusing both on rural and urban Telangana areas. “CTA” will also actively engage in educating private, public and non-profit organizations about the great resources that Telangana has for business activities, political climate of Telangana reason, and the need for non-profit across telangana region. Info & Pictures: www.charlottetelangana.com 94
Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills. The Charlotte Vipassana Meditation Group holds weekly group sits and monthly all day sits for established students (those who have taken at least one ten day course from S. N. Goenka or one of his assistant teachers). Ten-day courses are also available for all students. There is never a charge for a course. New center now open in Jesup, GA. To apply for a 10 day retreat visit the websitewww.patapa.dhamma.org For further details: 704.277.5013, firstname.lastname@example.org 704.563.5440, email@example.com www.dhamma.org Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham is delighted to host Sundara Kanda Lecture series in Greensboro - Triad Hindu Temple by Swami Prakashananda of Chinmaya Mission, Trinidad and Tobago. Sundara Kanda is a moving exposition of Hanuman, and his Upasana Shakti for Lord Rama. Through his actions and words, Hanuman demonstrates his intense devotion for Lord Rama in various ways and different episodes that are captured by this poem. Swamiji’s inspiring lectures will enlighten the audience with the suggestive spiritual meaning captured by this poem. The 2-days Sundara Kanda lecture series will be held at Greensboro - Triad Hindu Temple, 2424 Huffine Mill Road, McLeansville, NC 27301 from 7:00 pm to 8.30 pm on Friday, Mar 4th and Saturday, March 5th of 2011. Swami Prakashananda’s journey of life is fascinating. A young youth from Trinidad went to Canada for higher studies, and met Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda during the jnana yajna held at the university in Toronto. He eagerly approached Gurudev to join the mission and, in 1991, traveled to Mumbai, India to study the scriptures before taking the vows of a brahmachari. After studying Vedanta and Sanskrit for several years, and completing his studies in 1994, Brahmachari Prem Chaitanya was assigned to give discourses at various mission centers in India and Nepal. Prem Chaitanya returned to Trinidad in 1997 to start Chinmaya Mission. Thereafter, he March 2011
Community News & Events began his satsangs and yajnas in Trinidad, the Caribbean, the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda initiated Premji into sannyasa as Swami Prakashananda on Mahashivaratri, in 2005. For more information about the Sundara Kanda series, contact Somu Lakshmanan (305-527-4871) or Venkat Mandavilli (919-523-9926). Information is also available at www.chinmayardu.org/. Classical Music Association of Charlotte (CMAC) CMAC sponsors many classical concerts during the year in Charlotte. Membership forms are available at concerts. Sun Mar 6 @ 3:30 p.m. - Vocal Concert by Carnatica Brothers. Venue: CPCC For further details: 704.541.3361 (Rama Rachakonda), 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan), firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.onlinecmac.com Gurdwara Sahib - Charlotte The Sikh Heritage Society strives to unite and enrich the lives of the Sikh & Punjabi communities of Charlotte and surrounding areas. “Gurdwara” address: 1760 Stoney Creek Lane, Charlotte, NC 28262. Regular Program: Every Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 am, Asa Di War by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Keertan by Children, 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm, Keertan by Bhai Satnam Singh Jee, 1:15 pm - 1:30 pm, Ardaas, followed by Guru Ka Langar For further details: 704.948.7664 (Roshan Attrey), firstname.lastname@example.org, 704.541.0350 (Sajjan Dhaliwal), email@example.com, 704.948.8091 (Inderjeet Rajpal), firstname.lastname@example.org www.gurdwaracharlotte.com Hindu Center of Charlotte The center is located at 7400 City View Drive, Charlotte, NC 28212. Temple Phone: Main number: 704.535.3440. The library is stocked with books, CDs, DVDs and other materials on varied genre such as religion, culture, history, philosophy, yoga and health. Library info: 704.554.0765. Children’s Religious Oriented Program (C.R.O.P.) is for children Kindergarten through 12th grade to Saathee.com
educate them in culture and understand religious practices. A glimpse on understanding The Bhagvad Gita provides children with an opportunity to learn about the GITA with simplicity, ease and in an inclusive discussion format. Info on CROP 704.547.1676 (Chetna Patel) email@example.com. The Senior Citizens Group meets on the 1st Sunday of every month at 4 pm and followed by Satyanarayan Katha at 5 pm. Future trips and activities are in the planning stages. Info on the group: 704.334.2462 (Gobind Bhojwani). The sloka class teaches children above the age of five different Hindu hymns, their meaning and significance. The class meets Sundays at 9:30 am. Info on the class: 704.814.9355 (Lakshmi Muthukrishnan). Info on the Social Welfare Committee: 704.372.1265 (Narain Amar) or 704.948.5609 (Dhinakaran Pillai). The Vedic Havan is held at the vedant hall on second Sunday of every month at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm noon followed by Prasadam. Info: 704.825.9223 (Swadesh Sawhney). The Pranayam classes are held Saturdays from 9:30 - 11 am in the Vivek Hall. Info: 704.649.5374 (Kajal Jain), 704.554.0765 (Manisha Naik), or 281.304.5597 (Sanjay Vyas) firstname.lastname@example.org. Yoga classes are held Sundays at 9 am. Info: 704.864.8212 email@example.com. Free Table Tennis Open Play & Coaching is available for Members and their families (especially children 10 years and over). The hours are from 6.30pm to 10:00pm every Wednesday in the Vihar Hall. No prior registration is necessary. Free coaching is also available from Srinivas Janardhan (SJ) and 3 other experienced certified coaches from Charlotte Table Tennis Club (CTTC). For further details visit www.TTCLT.com or contact SJ (firstname.lastname@example.org), Hemant Amin (email@example.com) or Chetan Thakker (firstname.lastname@example.org). Upcoming Events: The Tyagaraja Aradhana and All Composers’ Day will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011 beginning at 9 am in the Vihar Hall the Hindu Center. For details contact: Rama Rachakonda email@example.com or Jayashree Panduranga firstname.lastname@example.org Cricket World Cup Telecasts: 2/19/2011 - 3:30 AM ET - India v/s Bangladesh 2/27/2011 - 4:00 AM ET - India v/s England 96
3/6/2011 - 4:00 AM ET - India v/s ireland 3/9/2011 - 4:00 AM ET - India v/s Netherlands 3/12/2011 - 4:00 AM ET - India v/s SA 3/20/2011 - 4:00 AM ET - India v/s west Indies Info: www.hcclt.org Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte (IPAAC) IPAAC (Indian Performing Arts Association of Charlotte) promotes classical Hindustani music by inviting wellknown artists from India. Sat Mar 26 @ 6:00 PM - Pt. Shaunak Abhisheki, vocal recital, Tate Recital Hall, CPCC. Sat May 21 @ 6:00 PM - Pt. Sanjeev Abhyankar, vocal recital, Tate Recital Hall, CPCC. For further details: Sarla Kumar 704.846.4423 Chaula Jain 704.364.0984 email@example.com www.ipaac.org Indian Visual Artists Association of Charlotte (IVAAC) IVAAC was founded by artists of Indian origin living in the Charlotte, NC area in their pursuit of a creative outlet, stemming from an urge to express the flow of their innate artistic moods and ideas. The vision is to promote the enigmatic and intriguing Indian culture into meaningful forms of expression that exposes the rich traditions and diversity of one of the most ancient civilizations on earth, in today’s fast blending global culture and to create an organization that provides planning and funding required to ensure and support a vibrant and culturally diverse Indian art community. For further details: 704.540.8799 (Amit Shah), 704.688.5387 (Kinshuk Agarwal) www.ivaac.org Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, March 2011
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Community News & Events Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 Kiran@Kiraninc.org www.kiraninc.org Net IP Charlotte NetIP Charlotte is the only official Carolinas chapter of North America’s Largest Network of Indian Professionals. NetIP Charlotte provides a forum for ongoing Career Developmental and Professional Networking activities. It arranges various events and maintains deeper ties with Businesses & the community. It provides various effective ways for Carolinas’ Indian Professionals to connect with other successful professionals. Info: www.netIPnc.org Pratham - Charlotte Area Pratham is India’s largest non-profit organization with grass roots programs in the area of primary education. Pratham has made an impact on the learning levels of several million children through its Read India campaign, which reached 31 million children across India. Pratham has developed an accelerated learning technique that helps children to read & write in two months. With nearly half the children in India who attend schools not learning to read and write at the required level, Pratham is trying to fill an important gap in the area of primary educaSaathee.com
tion. Info: Anju Desai (firstname.lastname@example.org or 980-622-0125) and Shubhra Chakraborty (email@example.com) or 704-942-4798). www.prathamusa.org. Probasi of Charlotte Probasi is the Bengali community based in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The community’s goal is to organize cultural and educational program related to Bengal in the Greater Charlotte area, to increase Bengali cultural awareness, and to provide community service in the area. Info: www.probasi.org Sahaj Marg MeditationCharlotte Area Sahaj Marg, which means Simple or Natural path, is a Raj Yoga system of spiritual training based on the heart centered meditation. The unique features of this meditation include transmission of divine energy into the heart of the practitioner and cleaning of deep impressions, thereby regulating the mind. Regular practice of this system of meditation integrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of human being, while still encouraging people to maintain a normal family and working life. In the Charlotte area, group meditation is held at the Unity of Charlotte on Sundays and Wednesdays. For further details: Arun and Promila Sehra 704.844.0147 Srikanth Katakam 704.496.4411 firstname.lastname@example.org www.srcm.org Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal On the 1st Saturday of every month, Shree Swaminarayan Satsang Mandal Vadtal has kirtans and bhajans at the Hindu Center of Charlotte at 5 pm. After the bhajans, there is Aarti and Mahaprasad. In addition, on the 3rd Sunday of every month, an additional Satsang Sabha is held at sponsor’s house at 3 - 5 pm. Info: 704.392.4488 - Ramesh Dhanani email@example.com Shri Rang Avadhut Parivar (Parspar Devo Bhav) Soul devotees of Guru Dattatraya Rang Avadhut and Shri Prem Avadhut meet every Thursday evening in Charlotte, NC from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for recital of “Datta-Bavani”, singing devotional 98
Dattatraya Bhajans and reading “GuruLilamrut.” Detailed information about Charlotte meetings, literature, videos, Nareshwar Ashram and Shri Avadhut’s life is available. For further details: Bharat Shah - 704.724.6247 Nagesh Patel - 704.399.7805 SouthPark Cricket Club South Park Cricket Club is based in Charlotte, North Carolina and it has been an active member of the Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference since 2002. The club’s home ground is located at the Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC. For further details: 847.722.9865 (Baseet Ahmed), firstname.lastname@example.org www.southparkcc.org Srishti of Charlotte Srishti based in Charlotte and over the past 6+ years has emerged to fulfill the North Carolina community’s need for togetherness and the desire to showcase Bengali culture, heritage, literature, theatre, music and popular arts. Literally, the word Srishti means an act of creation. Though established and coordinated by a group of Bengali families, Srishti welcomes and brings together people of varied cultures, ethnicity, languages, background and nationalities who are interested in East Indian traditions. Members include not only Bengalis but also Indians from other parts of the country and a few foreign nationals too. For further details: Samiksha Bose: 704-321-1964 Santanu Sarkar: 704-541-3451 Rituparna Mukherjee: 704-844-9505 Steele Creek Cricket Club Cricket is played every Sunday morning at the Steele Creek Athletic Association complex at 13530 Choate Circle, (weather permitting) from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. This group is dedicated to playing cricket with a hard tennis ball and/or soft baseball (also known as T-Ball) for fun in the Steele Creek Area of Charlotte. If you would like to stay informed about this club or would like to play or watch cricket, feel free to join and share your ideas. For information on current hours of play, location, and contacts. For further details: http://www.geocities.com/steelecreekcricketclub March 2011
Community News & Events Tamil Catholics of Charlotte Tamil Catholics living in the CharlotteGreensboro area interested in attending monthly mass in Tamil contact email@example.com. United Cricket Club Forming a team this March of experienced as well as beginners that love cricket. Team will play in the Atlantic League. Practice is every Sunday at Reedy Creek Park (11 to 4pm). Sunday and Monday evenings for ages 15 and up. For further details: 704.905.9127(Captain-Syed) 704.493.7629(Vice Captain-Mohsan)
Greensboro Art of Living (Greensboro) The Art of Living Foundation offers programs to uncover the strength, peace, and joy that lie at the core of every human being. Part I courses are offered regularly in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Charlotte and now Greensboro. The Part I course covers breathing techniques to eliminate stress & tension; skills for improving relationships at home & at work; practical wisdom to get the most out of life; insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; low-impact yoga and the masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. For further details: Nirupama Shankar @ firstname.lastname@example.org Puja Verma @ email@example.com http://us.artofliving.org/greensboro Greensboro Cricket Club (GCC) Good news for cricket lovers! There are several teams that play cricket in Greensboro. The goals of GCC are fun, fitness, and friendship. For info on play and location contact below players. For further details: 336.501.3566 (9:00 am - 9:00 pm, S&S) Dev, Greensboro Warriors, firstname.lastname@example.org; Venky, Triad Tigers, email@example.com. Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont (GCAP) The Gujarati Cultural Association of Piedmont serves the Asian Indian community through sponsored events, culSaathee.com
tural, educational and social programs. GCAP, 127 Landmark Drive, Greensboro, NC 27410 Info: www.gcap.us Hirabhai Zaver 336-375-5350 Paresh Patel 336-609-3014 India Association of the Triad The objective of the Association is to promote social, cultural and educational interests of its members, develop understanding between members of the Indian community and other residents of the Triad, and make the latter aware of issues of concern to the Indian community. Hindi Language classes are being taught by Mrs. Punjabi. For further details: 336.656.0203 (Dhananjay Kumar) www.iatnc.org Indo-US Cultural Association of Winston-Salem The Indo-US Cultural Association’s primary mission is to increase awareness of the cultural heritage of India, which is tremendously rich in its diversity and history. The Association seeks to reach out to the thriving Indian-American community within the Piedmont and Triad areas to share the vibrant Indian culture and promote cross-cultural understanding. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org Milan Arora Phone: 336-765.3379 Life Bliss Foundation The NC Chapter offers workshops, books, CD’s, and DVD’s on spirituality and enlightenment from living enlightened master Paramahamsa Nithyananda. Videos are available on YouTube. Satsang in Greensboro is held the first Wednesday of each month. The meeting includes meditation, video discourse, and Q&A. Satsang Location: First Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, Integrative Therapies, 7-E Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro NC 27407. Meditation workshops are taught on a regular basis. Info: 336.644.1111 www.lifebliss.org Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Greensboro, NC The Center organizing regular Sai Bhajans, Study Circle, Balvikas class for students and Service Activities. All devotees are welcome to the Center. 1st Sunday 100
of the Month 4 – 6 pm, all other Sundays 10:00AM – 12:15 pm. For further details: 612.239.7529 (Deepak Deshpande at Winston Salem) 908.875.6964 (Swami Rajendran at Greensboro) Temple of the Holy Name Prabhupada Village is a rural Hare Krishna community situated in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Every Sunday @ 1 p.m. —- chanting, dancing, feasting and philosophy. Temple is located at 1283 Prabhupada Rd, Sandy Ridge, NC 27046 Info: 336.593.9888 www.nckrishnas.com Triad Hindu Temple The Triad Hindu Temple is located at 2424 Huffine Mill Rd., Greensboro. Its mission is to serve the Hindu Community and promote Hindu Culture through religious, social and educational activities. Regularly scheduled events include Puja, bhajans, children’s programs, celebration of holidays & community service. Saturday, March 5, 2011 Sangeetha Aaradhana - Nadopasana through Classical/ Devotional Singing, begins at 1:30pm. Chinmaya Mission Raleigh-Durham will present Sundara Kanda Lecture series in Greensboro with Swami Prakashananda of Chinmaya Mission, Trinidad and Tobago. Sundara Kanda is a moving exposition of Hanuman, and his Upasana Shakti for Lord Rama. Through his actions and words, Hanuman demonstrates his intense devotion for Lord Rama in various ways and different episodes that are captured by this poem. The 2-days Sundara Kanda lecture series will be held at Greensboro - Triad Hindu Temple, 2424 Huffine Mill Road, McLeansville, NC - 27301 from 7:00 pm to 8.30 pm on Friday, Mar 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2011. Info: Somu Lakshmanan 305.527.4871 or Venkat Mandavilli 919.523.9926 http://www.chinmaya-rdu.org/. Info: www.triadhindutemple.org
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Art of Living (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) The Art of Living Foundation offers “Art of Living” Course that teaches you practical tools to better handle the stresses of daily life, to unlock their deepest potential and bring fullness to life. In the Art of Living course participants will learn and experience: Breathing techniques that heal and harmonize the body, mind, and spirit, eliminate stress & tension; Skills for handling negative emotions and situations; Practical wisdom for improving work and relationships; Insight into the laws that govern the mind & emotions; Low-impact yoga. The masterpiece of the Art of Living Course is a powerful breathing-based technique called Sudarshan Kriya, or the healing breath. It is immensely powerful and incorporates specific natural rhythms of breath to release stress and purify the entire system by releasing toxins at the deepest cellular level. Ongoing research has shown that the rhythmic breathing technique Sudarshan Kriya, and its acSaathee.com
companying practices (SK&P) can lead to improved physical, mental and emotional health. Info: Phone: 919-275-0443 (Priti Manmode) E-Mail: RDUArtofLiving@gmail.com / email@example.com http://us.artofliving.org Association for India’s Development (AID)- Duke University Chapter AID’s mission is effect social change in India, by supporting projects with grassroots non-governmental organization in India in the areas of literacy, health care, rural credit, women’s empowerment etc. For further details: http://www.duke.edu/web/aid/ Balagokulam Gokulam is where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to light. Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children (4-15 years age) to discover and manifest that divinity. It will enable Hindu children in the US to appreciate their cultural roots and learn values. This is done through games, yoga, stories, songs, shlokas, arts/crafts, and Seva (selfless service) in the community. Balagokulam sessions are free for all and are held on Saturdays. For further details: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com (Charlotte region) www.balagokulam.org BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Hindu Mandir invites everyone to the regularly scheduled events: Ravi sabha - every Sunday at 4 - 6 pm followed by Aarti and Maha Prasad. Mahapuja – every Purnima at 7 pm. Many classes are conducted. Fresh Indian snacks and sweets available at Shayona. 1020 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. Info: 919.469.6605 www.swaminarayan.org Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) BANC seeks to promote Bengali culture, language, music, arts and social activities by offering varieties of programs for members of INDO-American community within North Carolina and adjacent states. The association is organized exclusively for charitable, cultural, social 102
and educational purposes. For further details: 919.461.2386 (Ratan Ray), firstname.lastname@example.org 919.510.7943 (Swaty Sen), email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.banc-online.org Bharatiya Senior Citizens of North Carolina (BSCNC) BSCNC is a nonprofit organization for senior citizens of Indian origin that are age 60 years and above. The BSCNC members meet on the second Saturday of each month at Cary Senior Center in Bond Park in Cary, NC from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The next meeting will be on Sat Mar 12 at which there will be a “MahaShivratri” celebration, “Holi” celebration and other activities as well. Info: Harish Shah 919.387.1629, email@example.com Mahendra Patel 919.793.6588, firstname.lastname@example.org Bhartiben Patel/ Raojibhai Patel 919.866.4391, email@example.com Mulchand Patel 252.446.7891, firstname.lastname@example.org Carolina Rajasthani Association Wed Apr 6 - Carolina Rajasthani Association is celebrating “Gangaur” at the HSNC from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Puja will start at 10:30 am sharp. Info: www.carolinarajasthanis.org Sushma Maheshwari - 919-880-8529, email@example.com Shruti Singhi - 919-412-4819, firstname.lastname@example.org Chinmaya Mission Chinmaya Mission is a worldwide nonprofit organization promoting spiritual growth, started by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda. The Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham (CMRDU) chapter conducts Balavihar classes from 3 year old to youth on Sunday from 10 am to 11:30 am at Reedy Creek Middle School, Cary. The classes are tailored to each age group by special curriculum created by experienced Swamijis and Acharyas exclusively for CM Balavihar. Trained teachers conduct the classes. Curriculum includes learning to chant the Bhagavad-Gita verses, shlokas, singing devotional bhajans, stories from scriptures, family pujas, meditation, and fun activities like overnight lock-ins, picnics, and competitions. Introduction to March 2011
Community News & Events Hindi and Sanskrit is also included. This year’s theme being Rama - My Brother, the children will learn to incorporate helpful virtues throughout their life. All festivals are celebrated with families and Prasad. Parents wishing to enroll their children in Balavihar can register through the website. A regular adult study group is conducted for adults on Sunday mornings at Reedy Creek Middle School, as well as other locations in the Triangle Chinmaya Mission Raleigh Durham is delighted to host Sundara Kanda by Swami Prakashananda of Chinmaya Mission, Trinidad and Tobago. Sundara Kanda is a moving exposition of Hanuman, and his Upasana Shakti for Lord Rama. Through his actions and words, Hanuman demonstrates his intense devotion for Lord Rama in various ways and different episodes that are captured by this poem. The 3-day Sundara Kanda lecture series will be held at the Reedy Creek Middle School Auditorium (930 Reedy Creek Road, Cary, NC) from Tue Mar 1 through Thu Mar 3 (the timings are 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each day). For further details: Venkat Mandavilli at 919.387.8434 Srinivas Andhavarapu at 919.439.4444 http://www.chinmaya-rdu.org Dada Bhagwan Satsang Don’t miss on the lifetime event of “Gnan Vidhi” which opens up the path to “Moksha” - everyone is encouraged to procure details of the “Gnan Vidhi” at their nearest location. Meanwhile, download some spiritual books and enrich the spiritual foundation. Subscriptions for monthly spiritual magazine “Dadavani” are also available. When in India, don’t miss opportunity to visit Tri Mandir at Adalaj near Ahmedabad. Visit www.dadabhagwan.org and watch Satsang on Web TV. For children - visit www.kids.dadabhagwan.org Geet Bazaar Radio Program Every Sunday morning from 10 am - 12 pm on WKNC 88.1 FM, join hosts Afroz Taj and John Caldwell, for a wide variety of music from India, Pakistan, and other countries and languages of South Asia. Geet Bazaar will also publicize community events free of charge. Info: 919.851.1119 (Dr. Afroj Taj) email@example.com Saathee.com
GEM - Raleigh Church of God Attend worship services, prayer meetings or Sunday School. For further details: 919.395.6208 (Pastor Thankachan M.) firstname.lastname@example.org Heritage India Association of North Carolina (HIANC) Heritage India Association of North Carolina aims at providing Indian cultural experience through performing arts, cultural arts, fine arts & crafts of India. Its mission is “to preserve and promote Indian heritage and culture.” It organizes colorful events annually. Info: Yash Garg at 919-870-5222 or Harsha Shah at 919-362-0520. Email: email@example.com Hindi Vikas Mandal of NC Hindi Vikas Mandal (HVM), based in the RTP area, promotes study and appreciation of Hindi language and strives to foster Indian culture and traditions through Hindi. HVM has a special focus on the youths for the preservation of Indian Culture and heritage. Info: Saroj Sharma 919.851.0225 V.P. Tiwari 919.423.0365 Hindu Society of North Carolina Morrisville, NC The Hindu Society of North Carolina, located at 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, N.C. serves the Indian community in the Triangle area and its vicinity. Temple timings are: Mon. - Fri. 8 - 11 am and 5 - 9 pm, Sat. - Sun. 8 am 7 pm. Daily Aarti and Puja is also conducted by the Priest. Other regular religious and cultural programs: Monthly Vedic Havan, Tuesday Hauman Chalisa recitation, Sri Ramakrishna Study Group, Sri Sai Baba Group, Gita Study Group, Devi Puja, Vaishnav Bhajan Group, Akhand Ramayana Recitation, Weekend Language and Spiritual Knowledge Classes, and Sloka classes for Children. Yoga classes are also offered twice a week (Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.) at the Cultural Hall. Priest services are available at your home and / or at the Temple for a nominal charge. Upcoming Events: Sat Mar 19 - Holi Celebrations will be held from 2 pm - 6 pm Wed Apr 6 - Carolina Rajasthani Association is celebrating “Gangaur” @ HSNC at 10:30 a.m. sharp. 104
- HSNC will show World Cup matches as per the following schedule: Sun Mar 06 04:00am EST India v Ireland Wed Mar 09 04:00am EST India v Netherlands Sat Mar 12 04:00am EST India v South Africa Sun Mar 20 05:00am EST India v the West Indies Wed Mar 23 04:30am EST Quarter Final Thu Mar 24 05:00am EST Quarter Final Fri Mar 25 04:30am EST Quarter Final Sat Mar 26 05:00am EST Quarter Final Tue Mar 29 05:00am EST Semi Final Wed Mar 30 05:00am EST Semi Final Sat Apr 2 05:00am EST Final Tea and snacks available for purchase. Bring sleeping bag / pillow. Suggested donation: $3/match/person (Reg match), $5/match/person (playoff). For further details: Saroj Sharma at 919.654.5224 or 919.851.1225 Arvind Shah 919.434.8021 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hsncweb.org Hindu Students Council (HSC) NC State University HSC-NCSU is a chapter of the national organization Hindu Students Council (HSC). HSC-NCSU is a cultural and religious student organization. It aims to provide opportunities to learn about Hindu philosophy, spirituality and cultural heritage through various activities, events and projects and is dedicated to provide “seva” (service) to the greater community. For further details: 919.676.0298 (Mrinmoyee Sanyal) email@example.com www.hsc-ncsu.org Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) conducts weekly activities to develop character and leadership skills in participants, emphasizing values such as self-discipline, self-confidence and a spirit of selfless service (seva) for humanity while maintaining Hindu cultural identity in harmony with the larger society. HSS is inspired by the idea that the whole world is one family. HSS started in 1989 in the United States and currently has over 100 chapters (shakhas) across the country. The Research Triangle Park chapter meets every Saturday. Activities are tailored to include yoga, games, songs, lectures and discussions on Hindu March 2011
Community News & Events dharma and culture. For further details: firstname.lastname@example.org - Triangle area email@example.com Charlotte region. Hum Sub Hum Sub is dedicated to sharing the social and cultural traditions of India with the residents of the Research Triangle Park and North Carolina. For further details: 919.367.0461 (Sonali Luniya) 919.851.5959 (Poonam Gupta) firstname.lastname@example.org www.humsub.net Indian American Forum for Political Education (IAFPE) IAFPE, known as the FORUM, is the oldest and largest Indian American organization for political education in the country. This is a non-profit organization with numerous chapters throughout the United States. The North Carolina Chapter is in Raleigh and has just established a new committee for a 2-year term. We are excited and motivated to educate the community on political issues and help the community with various services. Support is needed from the community and members to help us grow and provide relevant services and informative events. Info: Nilesh - 919.656.4361 www.forum-nc.org Indian Classical Music & Dance Society (ICMDS) ICMDS is dedicated to the task of promoting Indian classical music and dance in the Triangle area. ICMDS invites the top artists from all over the world to perform in the Triangle area. Sun Apr 10 @ 3 pm —- Carnatic Vocal Concert by “Priya Sisters.” Venue TBD Sat Apr 23 @ 6:30 p.m. —- Hindustani Vocal Concert by Pt. Sanjeev Abhayankar. Venue TBD Info: www.icmds.org Indo-American Friendship Foundation Did you know that about 90 percent of rural orphans are female and most of them are abandoned at birth due to their gender? Not one of them gets the opportunity to become a doctor, engineer, or even receive basic education. Because they cannot live in the orphanage when they turn 18, many of them fall victim to different types of exploitation, including Saathee.com
sex trade. IAFF has created an orphanage education fund to help qualified orphans to rise as high as they can climb in the educational/professional ladder. Info: 919.362.7653 (Dr. Subhas C. Mohapatra) www.iaff1.org Indus Foundation Indus Foundation was founded in NC by a group of professionals with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and the country that has helped members achieve success. Every dollar is wisely spent back into the community without any overheads. Current major projects: Indian Cancer Society rehabilitation Center in Mumbai, Mental Healthcare Center for socially rejected Women in Indore, and three Educational Centers in Gurgaon. Adopt an on-going project or launch an new project under specific guidelines. Make a commitment today to build a better tomorrow. For further details: 919.461.0001 (Dr. Vinnie Goel, Chairman) 919.467.0598 (Dr. Shri Kulkarni, President) 919.319.7294 (Dr. Vijaya Bapat, Vice-President) www.indusfoundation.info International Community Church CC is a worship center for people from India and neighboring countries. The pastor is Joseph B. Jesudason and the church office is located at 1215 Franklin Jones Road, Suite #204, Raleigh, NC 27606. Info: 919.233.2900 internationalcommunitychurch.org International Hindi Association International Hindi Association (IHA) promotes Hindi language and literature and has chapters all over the United States. The Raleigh Chapter periodically organizes Kavi Sammelans with local and indigenous talents. Open to those interested in listening to poetry or in reciting poetry. For further details: 919.656.5224 (Saroj Sharma) 919.678.9056 (Sudha Om Dhingra) www.hindi.org International Swaminarayan Satsang Organization (ISSO) Primary objective of ISSO is “To advance the Sanatan Dharma in accordance with the principles and teachings of Shree 106
Swaminarayan Sampradaya, founded and ordained by Lord Shree Swaminarayan (Shree Sahajanand Swami),” enabling His devotees from both the Nar Narayan Dev Gadi (Ahmedabad) and Laxmi Narayan Dev Gadi (Vadtal) to practice their religious duties in harmony. The Raleigh-Durham chapter organizes a “Satsang Sabha” every two weeks, typically on Friday or Saturday evenings, which includes Kirtan bhakti, Katha, Aarti and Mahaprasad. For further details: 919.363.2356 (Niraj Joshi) email@example.com www.swaminarayan.info Kiran KIRAN is a multi-cultural, non-religious, community based, South Asian organization. Promoting the self-reliance and empowerment of South Asian women who are in crisis through outreach, peer support, and referrals in a confidential manner. The group spreads awareness of South Asian women’s issues in the community and we cooperate and collaborate with organizations in the USA and elsewhere with similar objectives. Countries in South Asia include Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though there are differences in language, customs, and religions across these countries, these regions share many basic cultural and historical similarities. KIRAN operates a crisis phone line Monday- Friday from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm. For help or information regarding domestic violence call an advocate. Services offered are confidential and free of charge: • Information in a culture- and contextsensitive manner • Non-judgmental help and support to women who are experiencing oppressive/crisis situations • Emotional support • Referrals to professional and community services regarding legal issues, health care, short-term child care, psychological counseling, and temporary shelter and housing • KIRAN’s services are completely confidential. Translators and crisis counselors do not disclose any information provided by our clients. Info: Crisis Hotline: 1877- NC-KIRAN or 1877-625-4726 Kiran@Kiraninc.org www.kiraninc.org March 2011
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Community News & Events Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat Lakulish Yoga and Health Retreat is a secluded resort in Caswell County, located at 8136 N.C. Highway 119 South, Mebane, NC 27302. It is a place of natural beauty that stimulates a spirit of detachment and inspires and uplifts visitors. This resort is hallowed by a Yogi, offering the North Carolina community and visitors an ongoing program of free Yoga Classes. The classes are offered each Wednesday from 6:oo to 8:oo p.m., and each Saturday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Mar 19 through Apr 9 —- “Certified 200 Hour Teacher Training Course” —- this course is certified by the Yoga Alliance and is designed for those who wish to teach true Yoga. Therefore this course will include both theory and practice of the spiritual science of Yoga, as well as the healing science of Ayurveda, nutrition, anatomy of yoga, yoga therapy. Yoga is the subtle spiritual discipline that purifies the body and mind, while Ayurved is a practical physical discipline that focuses on diet and life-style to heal and purify the body. Note: If a participant has time constraints, he/she may choose to take only the first two weeks of the course and defer the remaining week to a mutually agreeable time Info: 336.421.0690 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lifemissionusa.org Nuv Yug Nuv Yug is a cultural organization with a mission to promote awareness of Indian cultural arts and heritage. Striving to create synergy among various cultural groups from the South Asian region. Nuv Yug presents the annual India Fest 2011 on March 25 – 27, 2011. Find details, performers, food, and vendor information at www.nuvyug.net Pakistani American Association The Pakistani-American Association (NCPAA) is a non-political, non-sectarian, cultural and social organization that promotes Pakistani culture to all the communities living in the Triangle Area of North Carolina. Several events are presented during the year. A family dinner is held on the second Friday of every month. For further details: email@example.com http://ncpaa.org Saathee.com
Pratham - Triangle Area Founded as a UNICEF initiative, Pratham is a grass-roots organization that works towards universalizing primary education in India. With a goal of reaching 20 million children, Pratham is one of the largest NGOs in field of literacy movement in India. Pratham continues to evolve, grow and works to meet the continually changing needs of the children it educates. Pratham’s North Carolina chapter actively aims to collaborate with individuals, local organizations and community associations and seeks ideas, volunteers and resources to deliver the vision of “Every Child in School and Learning Well.” For details: Gunvant Bhakta, 919-488-8975; Punit Chhabra, 919-380-9569; Sudha Rathie, 919-481-4451; Harshad Shah, 919-3418894. Info: www.prathamusa.org Priyadarshini Arts Known for their unique dance drama pieces, is a non-profit, duo sister team, promoting India’s Vedic and modern heritage through the various forms of dance and acting. For further details: Varshana - firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.youtube.com/user/Priyadars hiniArts Professional Indians’ Association (PIA) PIA is a meetup that serves young South Asian professionals in the Triangle Community. The group is made of Indian professionals and grad students interested in cultural events, socializing and meeting/making friends with likeminded people around the Triangle. Monthly events include meeting at bars/restaurants, Bollywood movie nights, potlucks, Indian concerts/performances, outdoor activities, community service and volunteering. This will also be an opportunity for professionals to share their thoughts on respective industries, social causes, the economy and politics in general. For further details: /www.meetup.com/PIATriangle/ Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of North Carolina The Ramakrishna Vedanta Society of NC draws inspiration from the timeless, philosophical wisdom of the Vedanta as practiced and preached in the modern 108
day by Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. Perhaps you know a great deal about Practical Vedanta and the message of the harmony of religions and the spiritual oneness of Existence - or perhaps you are just curious and want to learn more. Regardless of background and/or knowledge the organization welcomes participants. Info: www.vedantanc.org RTP Maharashtra Mandal RTP Maharashtra Mandal promotes Maharashtrian culture and language. Maharashtra mandal is committed to serve RTP community with various cultural, social and traditional Marathi programs and events. For further details: 919.468.8824 (Jayant Yete) 919.757.7300 (Neeraj Shikarkhane) www.rtpmm.org S. V. Temple of North Carolina S.V. Temple of North Carolina is built on over nine acres of centrally connected triangle area. This grand tribute to Lord Venkateswara and his consorts is designed to exacting standards of shilpa shasthra and features the only shrine in North America to incorporate abodes to Lord Viswaksena and Lord Sudarshana/Lord Narasimha as part of Srinivasa Parivaram. The temple rituals are performed in accordance with Pancharathra Agama Shastra. Info: 919.468.0040 email@example.com www.svtemplenc.org Sahaj Marg Meditation - Triangle Area Sahaj Marg translates to “The Natural Path.” It is a natural, simple system of Raja Yoga meditation and spiritual practice that helps one realize the ultimate potential within oneself. Regular spiritual practice under capable guidance enables aspirants to progressively experience the sublime presence of the divine in their daily lives. Sahaj Marg system of meditation is freely offered to seekers worldwide through Shri Ram Chandra Mission. In Triangle area, group meditations are held on Sundays and Wednesdays. For further details: (919) 303-7447 (Raj Solanki) (919) 493-6180 (Devi Sekar) firstname.lastname@example.org> www.srcm.org, www.sahajmarg.org
Community News & Events SAMPIGE Triangle Kannada Association The Triangle Kannada Association is a cultural association for people residing in the Triangle area from Karnataka, India. Sampige organizes Kannada (the language spoken in the Karnataka area) activities in music, dance and drama as well as social activities. For further details: email@example.com www.sampige.org Share and Care Foundation (SCF) Share and Care Foundation (SCF), a charitable organization focused on several projects in India and the USA, is launching a new chapter for the Carolinas - this represents the first chapter outside the New Jersey headquarters of SCF. SCF has been working with the Triangle’s Indian community for more than fifteen years. For further details: 919.425.5299 (Manu Patel) 919.469.1258 (Rajeev Kamath) www.shareandcare.org Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina The Sikh Gurudwara of North Carolina welcomes visitors of all backgrounds regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender. All peoples, regardless of their origin or orientation, are welcome to attend our services and share in the blessings of God. Religious services are held every Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a community meal (langar). In addition to religious services, we offer educational programs for children and young adults. Adults participate in religious discourse during monthly study circles. Members of the Sangat (congregation) regularly participate in community service projects in the Triangle area. The Sikh Gurdwara at North Carolina is located at 3214 Banner Street in Durham, NC 27704. Info: 919.220.9917 www.sgncweb.org South Indian Fine Arts Academy (SIFAA) SIFAA is a non-profit organization that works to arrange and promote concerts and performances in the Triangle and Triad areas, concentrating on Carnatic music for the present. Info: 919.773.1580 www.sifaa.org
St. Gregorios Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Monthly Mass and regular services are held in Malayalam/English by Rev. Dr. M. K. Thomas at the Baptist Student Center, 2702 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC. Info: 919.461.1773 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stgregoriosnc.org Tamil Cultural Association of North Carolina (TCA NC) TCA NC is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of providing youths with exposure to Tamil culture. Everyone is invited to join TCA and become part of a wonderful organization promoting Tamil culture in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Info: email@example.com www.tcanc.org Tamil Sangam of Carolina The Tamil Sangam is an organization that promotes understanding of Tamil culture and provides a medium for people of Tamil culture to get together. The activities include music, drama, lectures, Tamil movies, etc. Info: (919)-465-1606 - Ravi Shanmugam (President) http://members.fortunecity.com/tamilsangamofcarolina Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) The Triangle Area Telugu Association (TATA) is a non-profit organization (started in 1983) committed to building a vibrant Telugu Community and promoting Telugu culture and language in the Triangle area of North Carolina. For further details: firstname.lastname@example.org www.tataonline.org Triangle Bangladesh Society (TBSNC) TBSNC strives to arrange musical programs by artists who have captured the hearts and minds of millions of Bengali, Urdu- and Hindi-speaking music fans all around the globe. For further details: 919.741.9343 (Ishtiaque Mohiuddin) Ishtiaquem@gmail.com www.tbsnc.org Triangle Chapter-India Development & Relief Fund (IDRF) IDRF is a registered, tax-exempt nonprofit organization that supports volun110
teer-based, honest and highly experienced non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in India in serving their populations’ critical needs around education, childcare, healthcare, women empowerment and tribal welfare, as well as relief and rehabilitation in times of natural disasters. Info: www.idrf.org. Triangle Gujarati Association (TGA) Triangle Gujarati Organization is a nonprofit Organization with a mission to promote Gujarati culture in the Triangle area. The goals are to serve the Gujarati community by organizing various events throughout the year and impart Gujarati culture and language on the youth. Holi celebrations will take place on Saturday, March 12, 2011. For further details: President: Ms. Harsha Shah 919.362.0520 Vice President: Ms. Hemini Patel 919.387.2900 www.nctga.org Triangle Indian Youth Organization (TIYO) This organization has been created with the purpose of encouraging youths of Indian origin aged between 12-18 years to develop skills for leadership, to organize team-oriented efforts, understand and participate in community services, understand and develop individual potential. There will be activities that will fall into the broad categories of education, arts, cultural, charity, religious and community services. For further details: 919.363.7339 (Latha Pamarthi [Director of TIYO]) email@example.com Triangle Karaoke Group Triangle Karaoke Group meets once a month, on a Friday evening, for the South East Asian community to showcase their talent and lose themselves in nostalgia through songs. Triangle Karaoke Group’s February session will be Fri March 11, from 7:30 PM till 11:30 PM at Tandoor Restaurant, Greenway Commons, 5410 Hwy 55, Durham NC 27713, phone 919 484 2102. Choose from 10,000 Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi Kannada, Koli, Konkani, Malayalam, Malayalam Muslim Songs, Marathi, Oriya, and English songs. Events are open to the entire music loving community for singing, or listening to your friends sing. For details call Shafi March 2011
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ularly scheduled monthly meetings in which enthusiasts and scholars of Urdu literature meet to discuss the life and works of a selected literary figure. For further details: 919.962.1060 (Dr. Afroz Taj) 919.596.4792 (Ashraf and Seema Faruqi) firstname.lastname@example.org Vaishnav Samaj of Triangle Area The Vaishnav Samaj is a group of likeminded devotees who meet for religious worship and understand Pushti Marg Principles at large. The group enjoyed having a discourse on Shreenathji Charitramrut by Pujya Goswami 108 Shri Vrajrajkumarji and was very well organized and well received. Attendees were very lucky to get a very good understanding of the origin and development of Pushti marg from Shri Je Je essentially right at our door steps. Regular Bhajan recitations for 2nd Sunday of the month from 4-6 pm will resume in October 2010. For further details: Arvindbhai Shah 919.233.7677 Vithabhai Shah 919.467.4254 Navinbhai Parikh 919.387.8808
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