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In Conversation - 2009 Recap Part I

Ranjani Saigal

In Conversation With Nilesh Gunda And Neelkanth Mishra
“We did not set out to create a Shirdi Sai temple. It just .. happened. It was by Baba’s grace and blessings, dedication of many volunteer devotees and Prabhu Hingorani’s support that made it happen,” say Neelkanth Mishra and Nilesh Gunda, along with many other volunteers established the Shirdi Sai temple in the Sadhu Vaswani Center in Dracut, MA.

In Conversation With Aishu Venkataraman
“I started learning Violin from T.N.Krishnan Mama when I was 4. Since I already had two years of violin training in the Suzuki style he started me straight away on Mohana Varnam” says this 15 year old musical prodigy who has made a name in the Carnatic Music world. She is the youngest student to enroll for a BA in Jazz at the Berklee College of Music.

In Conversation With Sheena Patel And Manoshi Vin
Sheena Patel and Manoshi Vin are co-founders of Nari and Company, that is holding its first charity event to raise money for the Mumbai victims this weekend at Mantra.

In Conversation With Sunanda Sahay
In April when the Holi festival is celebrated with colors, Sunanda Sahay, a well known and sought after artist in New England will celebrate the festival with a display of a unique art form – her Madhubani paintings at the MFA and Warli paintings at the Peabody Essex Museum. The artist has exhibited in various New England Museums and at libraries in and around Massachusetts.

In Conversation With Samia Kirmani, President SABA
SABA GB is a bar association serving primarily South Asian attorneys and law students in Boston and its suburbs and surrounding counties. Samia Kirmani who now serves as President has been associated with SABA since its early beginnings in 2003.

In Conversation With Jagjit Singh
Ghazhal Legend Jagjit Singh in coming to Boston on April 19th. He spoke to Lokvani about his music and the future of Ghazals. Do not miss the show. BUY TICKETS

In Conversation With Lija Joseph Of Saheli
Lija Joseph is a hematopathologist at Boston University School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She volunteers for Saheli, the support group for South Asian Women.

In Conversation With Varun Aggarwal
An MIT graduate, Aggarwal moved back to India and became Co-founder of Aspiring Minds, a company that conducts AMCAT, Aspiring Minds' flagship test to get Nationwide performance mapping and diagnostic on skills for aspiring job applicants. The scores are used by companies in many different ways.

In Conversation With Sanjay Sinho, CEO, American India Foundation
"Generally speaking, philanthropy and service are parts of the Indian ethos, and part of every cultural tradition. We have been fortunate to have had the support of many leaders in the Indian American community and also thousands of other donors who feel that AIF is an effective way of giving to India" - Dr. Sanjay Sinho, AIF.

In Conversation With Arun Krishnan, Author
Arun Krishnan is the author of the The Loudest Firecracker, an interesting tale told through the eyes of ten-year-old Siddharth, complete with the perfect blend of wit and somberness. It centers on the repercussions of an untimely firecracker blast at the end of a cricket match between India and Pakistan - tragically turning Siddharth’s life upside-down.

In Conversation With Dr. Minakshi Jain, Conservationist
As architect and director for the conservation of the Ahichhatragarh-Nagaur Fort in northwest India, Minakshi Jain has established how a previously dilapidated fort can become a model for the conservation of historic sites. The project was also a recipient of UNESCO's Award for Excellence in Cultural Heritage Conservation and was recognized for setting new conservation standards by combining modern scientific techniques with traditional building methods.

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