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Local Happenings: Year In Review - Part I


12/28/2017

Boston Sri Kalikambal Siva Temple Consecrated
On December 9, 2016, the Boston Sri Kalikambal Shiva Temple was consecrated in the traditional Saivagama way. Special Archana's and Poojas were performed throughout the Mandalam. The temple is located at 15 North Main Street, Unit A1, Bellingham, MA.
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Dharma Center Of America Hosts Inauguration Of A New Food Pantry In Lowell
Dharma Center of America (DCA) proudly inaugurated a new food pantry at 144 Merrimack Street on January 15th, with great honors performed by city government officials and the Director of Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
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Unbroken Glass - A Touching Tale
MIT India hosted the screening of a film that showcases mental illness in a Indian family and the toll it takes. The screening was held at the Bartos theater on January 25th.
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Tamil Makkal Mandram Celebrates Thai Pongal Thiruvizha And Tamizhar Marabu Dhina Vizha
Tamil Makkal Mandram celebrated their signature event of the year - "Thai Pongal Thiruvizha and Tamizhar Marabu Dhina Vizha" on January 28, 2017. This mega event was well attended by around 700 guests, in their grand traditional attire! More than 200 Cultural participants entertained the audience with their marvelous performances.
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New Deities Consecrated At The Hindu Temple Of New Hampshire
by K. Arvind
The Hindu Temple of New Hampshire, Nashua, NH held a grand consecration function on February 5, 2017, for the newly installed deities of Sri Kanchi Paramacharya, Sri Medha Dakshninamoorti and the Navagraha Devatas. This well-attended function which attracted devotees of all ages from various parts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, was a lively religious event.
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Harvard India Conference 2017
The 14th anniversary of the Harvard India Conference hosted by the Kennedy School and Business School saw another successful event this past weekend, attended by some of the brightest and most influential minds of the country. One of the greatest takeaways from the conference is that India needs to progress as a country, not as individual Indians.
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Babson Second Annual India Symposium
Babson College hosted the second annual India Symposium at the Carling-Sorenson Theater on March 3, 2017. The event was very enlightening featuring a wonderful set of young Indian entrepreneurs who are changing the way business is done in India.
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300+ Gather For Vigil In Memory Of Srinivas Kuchibhotla
More than 300 people gathered to attend a Vigil in memory of Srinivas Kuchibhotla on Friday, March 10th, 2017 in the Boston Common. Vigil attendees included families and youth from across the state as well as Indian American community leaders and representatives of Massachusetts based organizations,
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Theme ' Inspire' Draws Exciting New Elements At The New England AIF Gala
In addition to enjoying lively performances and connecting with peers, guests will have the opportunity to hear from Madhu Sharma of AIFs Ability-Based Livelihood Empowerment (ABLE) program, who will share touching stories of struggle, hope, and fortitude with us. In addition, we have a great live auction in store for you led by Mike Wankum, meteorologist for WCVB-Channel 5.
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'Data Democracy: Finance, Information And Power' - Seminar
The Coalition for a Democratic India (CDI) organized a seminar on the topic, 'Data Democracy: Finance, Information and Power' at the St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Cambridge, MA
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New England Tulukoota Celebrates Suggida Parba 2017
by Kavita Shetty
New England Tulu Koota (NETK) USA, celebrated its third annual cultural event, Suggida Parba on March 25, 2017 at the United Church of Christ Congregational in Burlington, MA. Suggida Parba is the popular festival that marks the heralding of the Spring season and is traditionally observed by Tulu speaking families in Tulunadu, a region consisting of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts of Karnataka and the Kasargod district of Kerala.
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UIANE Celebrates Holi
Holi is a time when communities come together after the winter to welcome the spring harvest.It is a wonderful feeling that we can maintain our culture in this great nation which welcomes and embraces diversity, said Dr. Neela Gandhi, President of UIANE. Dr. Gandhi also thanked all those who came and her committee for their support with the event.
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AAC HHS Committee Community Advisory Group
The AAC HHS Committee Community Advisory Group met with groups focused on providing health services to the Asian American Community to discuss issues that face the community.
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NSF Announces Winners Of Science, Math And Spelling Bees
North South Foundation (NSF) held its annual regional science, math and spelling contests on April 9th at Tufts University. The winners were...
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NESSP Sai Temple Conducted Sri SeetaRama Kalyanotsavam In A Grandeur Way
On April 8th, NESSP Sai Temple performed Kalyanotsavam to the Utsava Murtis of Sri Rama and Seeta Devi.
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Shri Dwarkamai Vidhyapeeth Welcomes Hindu New Year With All Day Bhajan Utsav
Shri Dwarkamai Vidyapeeth of North Billerica hosted its Annual Bhajan Utsav on April 2nd during the week of Vasantha Navaratri to welcome the beginning of spring or Hindu New Year. This event is a series of bhajan mala performed by different devotional groups/classical music teachers leading to formation of all day bhajan utsav.
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VT Seva Organizes BLOOM 2017
Advika Swamy, Manav Guttalapalli, Shrikar Jemolla, Mounica Guttalapalli, Rathika Nair, Rahul Nail, Krishnakali Dasgupta, Mounica Guttalapalli and Ravi Nippani, along with Din Check help make BLOOM 2017, VTSeva's annual event, a huge success!
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Annu Palakunnathu Matthew Presents Migration Of Memory
by Geetha Patil
MIT Wednesday Discussion Group invited Annu Palakunnathu Matthew who is a professor of art (photography) at the University of Rhode Island's Department of Art and Art History to discussion on the topic "Migration of Memory" through her creative photo-based work on April 12th in Cambridge, MA
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Foundations TV Red Carpet Awards Being Nick-named 'Indian Oscars'
Foundations TV launched its first Red Carpet Awards Event, on April 9, 2017. This was a sold out event attended by 380 attendees that included, sponsors, nominees, performers and guests.
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Hindu Students Council’s First Drishti Collegiate Conference
'Locating The Hindu Identity In The West.'

Over 75 students and alumni from fourteen different universities, including MIT, Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, Boston University, Stony Brook and others attended Hindu Students Council’s (HSC) first Drishti Collegiate Conference, whose theme was 'Locating the Hindu Identity in the West.'
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A Musical Celebration Of Saints
by K. Arvind
Spring this year at the Hindu Temple of New Hampshire, Nashua, NH is turning out to be a musical celebration of the saints and Gurus of various Hindu traditions. The celebration started with a Ugadi concert by Vidwan Sri R K Padmanabha dedicated to Sri Raghavendra Swami in early April. It will conclude in early May with a unique concert and lecture demonstration on the works of the great Tamil saints from a millennium ago by Prof. Sri Vaithialingam and Vidwan Sri Kodilingam.
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TAGB Celebrates Ugadi In A Grand Manner
Telugu Association of Greater Boston (TAGB) kicked off the New Year “UGADI – UTSAVALU 2017” with a grand celebration on April 22nd at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA. Traditionally Ugadi event is dedicated to showcasing local talent that attracts large crowds in Greater Boston area.
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Dr. Ambedkar Bust Inaugurated In Boston, USA
In a one of its kind event, on Saturday April 29th, Brandeis University inaugurated the bust of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar in the presence of Lisa Lynch, the Provost of Brandeis University and several other enthusiastic Ambedkarites from Europe, North America and Asia.
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Films On Unity, Love And Equality By Young Kids
On April 29th, the New England Sikh Study Circle, Film Neev and a group of students ranging from 8 to 17 years old, collaborated to host the 1st New England Khalsa School Film Screening And Awards Night.
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April Showers Brings May Flowers To Worship Lord Venkateswara At Sri Vijaya Kali Ashram
Once in a year kind of event, Venkatesawara and Jagannath Pusha Yagam happened at Sri Vijaya Kali Ashram on May 13th evening. It was a feast to the eyes of devotees.
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New England Shirdi Sai Parivaar Palkhi Festival
The annual Palkhi festival organized by the New England Shirdi Sai Parivaar occurs every summer. It is an opportunity for devotees to welcome their beloved Shirdi Sai Baba home. This year's Palkhi Utsav (festival) started on Saturday, 13th May 2017 and was followed by procession to Groton temple site along with 100’s of devotees and then to Palkhi registered devotee homes.
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‘Truth’ - South Asian Poets Of New England Explore Through Poetry
Amandeep Singh
And whenever there will be discussion of truth, people will remember legendary King Harishchandra, who sold himself and his family for the truth.
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Metro Hacks - Where Ideas Come To Life
by Shrunothra Ambati and Betsy Pu
During the weekend of May 20 - 21st, over 250 high school students from all across New England gathered in the Warrior Ice Arena in Boston. Surprisingly, this was not for sports-- equipped with laptops, chargers, and sleeping bags, the students spent over 24 hours learning to code and building projects ranging from games and phone apps to hardware devices.
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The XX Factor: Triumps Resources & Advocates For Women In Startups
IIT AGNE in partnership with TiE-Boston and MIT EECS department organized a forum focused on women entrepreneurs. Panelists Desh Deshpande, Deb Kemper, Aceil Halaby, Rupal Patel and moderator Gitanjali Swamy presented valuable advice for women entrepreneurs.
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Wholistic Health Alliance: Transformation Stories Night
Wholistic Health Alliance organized the ‘Transformation Stories Night’ on May 18th with Pankaj Shah, Poonam Ahluwalia and Lisa Benson.
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Needham, MA Renames Central Avenue Building As Sunita L. Williams Elementary School
The Needham, MA school committee voted to rename the new Central Avenue building, which will replace the Hillside School as the Sunita L. Williams Elementary School.
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A Celebration Of Sanskrit In Boston
An enthusiastic crowd of Sanskrit enthusiasts from various towns in the Greater Boston area gathered at the Sadhu Vaswani Center, Dracut MA on June 17, 2017, to celebrate the World Sanskrit Day organized by Samskrita Bharati USA.
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New England Gurdwara Sahib Westborough Grand Opening And Vaisakhi Jor Mela
On June 17th was the memorable first grand opening of the new Gurdwara Sahib in Westborough, Massachusetts. After a long wait, new home of New England Sikh Study Circle, Milford, MA, which is under construction for more than 4 years, is almost complete now.
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