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Local Happenings: Year In Review - Part II


Indian Americans For Burlington (IAB) Participates In Annual "Burlington Pride Parade"
Indian Americans for Burlington (IAB) participated in Annual "Burlington Pride Parade" on July 4th which was sponsored by American Legions. This is the third year in a row that the Indian community in Burlington has proudly paraded along the side of Burlington community in the streets of Burlington with IAB banner and dancing to Bollywood music.

Bharathi Vidyashram Celebrates Six Years Of Service
by K. Arvind
Bharathi Vidyashram, the cultural education wing of the Hindu Temple of New Hampshire, held a grand sixth annual day celebration spread over four weekend days. The celebrations this year were held at the temple’s newly inaugurated extended premises, basking under the divine grace radiating from the recently installed Guru sanctums of Sri Medha Dakshninamoorthy and Sri Kanchi Paramacharya in the adjacent Temple.

FISCO's Seniors Take Norwegian Cruise Lines To Bermuda
by Raman Gandhi
Friends of Indian Senior Citizens Organization, (FISCO) Burlington, MA celebrated their first outdoor event, a one week trip on Norwegian Cruise Lines to Bermuda!

ISKCON Temple Celebrates Renowned Rath Yatra
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple of Greater Boston, MA, celebrated a renowned Rath Yatra (chariot procession) festival of Lord Jagannath on July 8, 2017 with Chariot procession followed by devotional and cultural programs with hundreds of Krishna devotees.

Shri Baba Bujha Singh Ji Shraddhanjali
by Geetha Patil
Smt Hardeep Kaur Mann and Shri Jaspal Singh arranged a Langar (Community Meal) at Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, Medford, MA, on Sunday 16, 2017 to commemorate the 37th death anniversary of her grandfather Shri Baba Bujha Singh. Shri Baba Bujha Singh who was a freedom fighter, Indian revolutionary leader and an activist of the Ghadar Party.

Dada Bhagwan Retreat In Burlington, MA
Over 450 people attended the spiritual retreat organized by the Dada Bhagwan Foundation Trust in Burlington, MA. The retreat shared the secret of Akram Vignan that promises instant salvation.

Shrimad Bhagvat Katha On Royal Caribbean Cruise
Shrimad Bhagvat Katha on Royal Caribbean cruise brings 800 participants to experience the divine. It was inspired by members of the Board of Trustees of the Sanskruti Foundation USA.

Satsang Center Celebrates Patotsav 2017
by Sudhir Parikh
The 17th Anniversary of Patotsav Celebration was held in Satsang Center, Woburn, MA on July 23, 2017. with poojas by local community priests Jayant Sane, Vidyut Trivedi, Ranjani Saigal, Sushila-Devkant Joshi, Devchand Patel, Niru-Sudhir Parikh and Sangeeta-Sanjay Saxena.

Wholistic Health Alliance Launches Youth Brigade
Wholistic Health Alliance (WHA) recently launched its Youth Brigade (YB), with the vision to put Youth at the center of the health dialogue. YB members include Ilina Shah, Anish Sundaram and Aarzu Miharia.

IIT AGNE Annal Picnic
IIT Association of Greater New England hosted their annual picnic on July 22 2017 at the Cochituate State Park, Natick MA. The picnic was coordinated by a team led by Dr. Neeta Aggarwal (IIT Delhi).

India Day In Lowell
Active Life Adult Day Care Center, Dr. Sachin Patel and Mr. Hasmukh Patel organized a fabulous India Day event at the Heritage State Park in Lowell, MA on July 23, 2017.

SETU's Picnic – Where The Only Butterflies Were The Real Colorful Ones!"
by Yogita Miharia
When you enjoy someone’s company, you are always looking for ways to get together and party. Such is our SETU family. SETU’s annual summer picnic was on July 22nd and was attended by almost 70 people. The picnic was organized by Vasudha, Noorain, Rishi and Yogita.

Anindita Lal: Madhubani RangPravesh
Anindita Lal showcased the Indian folk art known as Madhubani, or Mithila art as ‘RangPravesh' at the Acton Discovery Museum. She is a student of Sunanda Sahay.

Kalash Yatra And Jhanki
Kalash Yatra and Jhanki were taken out by 1008 women on the first day of the Bhagwad Katha under the leadership and encouragement of Mrs. Rukmini Karki who is the current president of Nepali Women Global Network (NWGN) in New England area.

Boston Saptaha-2017
Greater Boston experienced spectacle of spirituality as Boston Saptaha-2017, a Nepali organization organized the seven days (6th Aug – 12th Aug, 2017) Shreemad Bhagwat Katha Mahayagya and Brihat Adhyatmik Mahotsav at Shivalaya Temple of Greater Boston, Medford, MA

Friends Of Indian Senior Citizens
Friends of Indian senior citizens organization enjoyed their annual trip to Philadelphia and New Jersey on July 15 and 16 with 112 seniors with ages ranging from 60 to 85 and different ethnicities.

Glimpse Of Indian Mathematics
Prof. K. Ramasubramanian from IIT, Mumbai, delivered a lecture titled “Glimpses of Indian Mathematics: Sutra Style to Paragon of Poetry” at MIT on August 13, 2017 where he offered an illuminating view of Indian Mathematics over the ages and its unique approach based on poetry rather than prose.

IAGB Celebrates India’s 70th Independence Day At Hatch Shell
The India Association of Greater Boston (IAGB) celebrated enthusiastically India’s 70th Independence Day at Hatch Shell in Boston on August 20, 2017.

Annual Bhagavadgītā Reading At SriLakshmi Temple
A formal complete reading of S’rīmadbhagavadgītā at Srilakshmi Temple was initiated on SriKrishna Janamashtami in 1994. The event has continued annually with the support of the Temple administration and the devotees. This year’s event took place on Sunday, August 13 where people participated through the three-hour completion of the eighteen chapters of the text.

Janmashtami At Satsang Center
Krishna Janmashtami is a festival that is filled with great joy and is looked forward to especially by children. The Satsang Center in Woburn heralded the birth of Krishna in a beautiful manner on Aug 15. Bhajan singing continued till the middle of the night.

New England Tulu Koota (NETK) Boston, USA: Jokulatige 2017
by Kavita Shetty
New England Tulu Koota (NETK) members gathered for their annual picnic (Jokulatige or child’s play as aptly named) on September 9, 2017 at the Pomps Pond Recreation Park inAndover, MA. The members met for an afternoon of music, entertainment and exotic cuisine from the far away Tulunadu or land of the Tulu-speaking people from Southern Karnataka.

Wedding Expo Shopping Event
Shaadi Baazar is hosting a grand wedding expo on Sunday, Sep. 24 at the Burlington Marriott. Do not miss it.

Celebrating 40 Years Of Gurjar
Gurjar, the Gujarati Association of New England marked its 40th Anniversary on Sep. 9th in the Heritage Park in Lowell, MA. Over 2000 people attended the event, which was organized as a Mela.

Help Eradicate Illiteracy And Poverty At Pratham Boston’s Annual Fundraising Gala
The Boston chapter of Pratham USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing quality education to India’s underprivileged children, invites the community to be a part of their 2017 annual fundraising gala. The prominent event will be held at the luxurious Intercontinental Hotel on September 29, 2017. Tickets for the evening can be purchased here.

Shri Dwarkamai Sports Team Successfully Organized Their Second Annual Cricket Tournament
Shri Dwarkamai Sports Team is proud to have organized their Second Annual Cricket Tournament at the center street field in Burlington, MA on the 16th and 17th of September 2017. The Six-a-Side Annual Cricket Tournament was organized to benefit The Boston Children’s Hospital.

Desai Foundation Hosts Lotus Festival Gala To Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary
The Desai Foundation hosted its Lotus Festival Gala to celebrate the 20th anniversary on September 16, 2017 at the Collings Foundation Estate. More than 280 guests were inspired by the speech delivered by Nilofer Merchant.

GOPIO Delegation Discusses Diaspora Issues With Indian MEA Sushma Swaraj
A delegation from GOPIO, the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (www.gopio.net and gopio.com), met with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on September 24th in New York and discussed several Indian Diaspora issues and avenues of cooperation.

The 8th Annual Shaadi Bazaar Wedding Expo & Shopping Event
The 8th Annual Shaadi Bazaar Wedding Expo & Shopping Event was a wonderful event for the brides and shoppers that attended. We were excited to welcome over 25 amazing and talented vendors from the New England area who are ready to help you plan your dream wedding!

Prabasi Celebrates Durga Puja
Prabasi of New England, the oldest Bengali nonprofit organization (501.c.3), established in the 1980’s, celebrated its biggest festival of the year, Durga Puja on September 23rd and 24th in Framingham High School. Over 2000 people attended this event over the course of two days.

Dwarkamai Tennis Tournament Conducts The Sixth Annual Event
Shri Dwarkamai Sports Team was proud to organize their Sixth Annual Tennis Tournament at the Billerica Recreation Tennis Courts on October 1, 2017.

NESSP Celebrates Navratri Festival In A Grand Scale
New England Shirdi Sai Parivaar, celebrated the Sharad “Navratri Parva” starting September 20th through 30th.

Hasya Kavi Sammelan
by Parveen Misra and Ali Rizvi
A hilarious evening full of Vyang and humorous poetry was organized on October 3rd at the Academy of Creative Arts. The fun-filled evening drew packed audiences of nearly 270 wanting to give it all up and laugh and enjoy in the company of good friends, good food and of course fun poetry.

Karwa Chauth At NESSP
Over 100 women gathered at the NESSP temple in Chelmsford, MA to celebrate the beautiful festival of Karwa Chauth. Ranjani Saigal led the celebrations. In this article she highlights the themes that she shared at the event that throws light on the meaning and importance of this festival in the 21st century.

Diwali Deep-Yagna At Dwarkamai Sai Temple
In it's annual tradition of 'Diwali-at-Dwarkmai,' a vibrant and joyous celebration was organized featuring 'Deep-Yagna' as its main ceremony. On a bright and colorful fall evening of October 22nd, 2017 over 250 devotees gathered for this heart enthralling Diwali Deep Yagna and Sri Laxmi Puja celebration in greater Boston suburb of Billerica.

Over Six Hundred Attend 2017 IANH Diwali Festival
Diwali is a festival of spreading light, love and joy, and 2017 IANH Diwali and Dandiya Festival did exactly that - it brought smiles on the faces of all those who attended this community celebration which was held on Oct. 14, 2017 at Nashua High School North. Close to 200 participants came together to show their talent in dance, music, skits and fashion flare with their friends and family. Amidst the dazzling stage, colorful costumes and exhilarating music, the festival of light was celebrated in its true spirit by over 600 attendees!

Tamil Makkal Mandram-USA
by Subhashini Raman
On October 29, 2017, Tamil Makkal Mandram- USA ('TMM') celebrated their Diwali Grand Event – Deepavali Thiruvizha 2017, in great style, grandeur and festivities at Littleton High School. True to the promise made last year on Thalai Deepavali, this event too was a huge jam packed success with over 600 attendees who enjoyed the Vazhai Illai Virundhu (Lunch served on Banana Leaf), shopping booths and the massively entertaining musical evening, making it a true Thiruvizha (Festival) atmosphere.

New England Choice Awards
More than 380 entrepreneurs, corporate executives, philanthropists, educators and community leaders came together on Friday to celebrate the success of its members at New England Choice Awards 2017 gala that was held in the Grand Ballroom of Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA.

Pratham Boston Chapter Raises $350,000
Pratham USA’s Boston Chapter Raises $350,000 at 2017 Fundraising Gala for Education in India.

IMANE Health Fair At The Guru Nanak Gurudwara
The Health Fair & Health screening event organized by Indian Medical Association of New England on November 4th, 2017 at the Guru Nanak Gurudwara was highly appreciated by all. More than 150 people were screened, helped & guide for their medical problems.

FISCO Diwali Celebration
Friends of Indian Senior Citizens Organization (FISCO) Burlington, MA held their 7th get together Diwali Dinner Celebration on October 28th at Belmont Council on Aging, Belmont, MA with over 250 guests from various towns.

DAWN Worlwide Holds First Diwali Gala
DAWN Worldwide, the Boston-based charity founded to tackle gender-based violence, held its first Diwali gala and fund-raiser on Saturday, November 4th.

Enlightening Sangam Lecture
The Harvard Tamil Chair initiative spearheaded by Janakiraman and Sambandam has picked up great steam with the goal of raising six million for the endowment getting closer. As Harvard is working towards the endowment, they have created a Sangam Lecture series to bring awareness about Tamil literature.

NETS Celebrates Children’s Day
The festival of Diwali is celebrated with great pomp and show in New England. The jubilant crown, Sange Muzhangu (Blowing of the Conche) – New England Tamil Sangam’s (NETS) Children’s day that was held on November 4, 2017 in Framingham, MA.

Samarth Gupta Named Rhodes Scholar
Samarth Gupta, a resident of Acton, a Harvard senior concentrating in Economics, a Truman Scholar, named 2018 Rhodes Scholar.

Hindi Play “Shatranj Ke Mohre” Harnesses Creative Skills Of Sharon Town Residents
by Shuchita Rao
Directed by Jayashree Shahane, the 2.5 hour long play 'Shatranj Ke Mohre' was presented on November 18th as a maiden offering of the newly formed Sharon based entertainment company "Bravo Arts" started by Shri Deepak Shahane, Shri Div Prakash and Shri Deepak Wadhwa.

Harvard Tamil Chair New England - Fundraiser Comedy Play With Y Gee Mahendran & Team
Thiru. Y.G. Mahendra and Chicago Triveni Team enthralled the audience with their fabulous comedy play 'Kaasedhaan Kadavuladaa' on November 17th. Maximum Media with YGM agreed to do this play for free as a fundraiser for Harvard Tamil Chair - New England.

Bharat Ratna C.N.R Rao Visits Boston
Eminent Scientist and Bharat Ratna Prof C.N.R. Rao was awarded 2017 Von Hippel Award, the highest international prize in materials research. He is first Indian and the first Asian to win this award. He attended a meet-n-greet organized by the alumni of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Over forty scientists from the Boston area attended the event that was held in Medfield, MA.

12 Year Olds From Westford Middle School Build A Mobile App To Test Lead In Drinking Water
The Westford Middle School’s Lego League team, the Orange Stormgears (19989), has developed a mobile app to test the lead and pH levels in water.

Ekal Appathon On A Snowy Day
Ekal Youth Leaders and participants braved a snow storm to enjoy building mobile applications last Saturday at Tufts. Ekal Vidyalaya organized a mobile app building workshop and competition. Youth Leaders, Shanmukha Srinivasan, Neeharika Munjal, Satwik Misra lead the workshop to use ‘Thunkable’, the mobile building platform with no coding!

Saheli Raises $90k
Saheli, the organization that has worked tirelessly to support the victims of domestic violence in the South Asian community in New England held a fundraiser to support its effort on Dec. 8, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Woburn, MA. The event had set a high goal for fundraising and raised $90,000.

TiE-Boston Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award To Venkat Srinivasan
TiE-Boston, which celebrated its 20th anniversary at a black-tie gala attended by its founding charter members, past presidents and over 300 guests, bestowed its highest honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award, to entrepreneur and philanthropist Venkat Srinivasan, who has founded eight companies and is credited with creating 1,800 jobs and over $2 billion in value for shareholders.

Lokvani Community And Youth Celebration
On December 16, members of Lokvani, the leading e-magazine, hosted a unique event at the Ambrosia Hall in Foxboro. The event recognized budding youth who have gone above and beyond and community leaders who have been absolutely inspirational. It brought together various local non-profit organizations, acknowledging their good work and congratulating important individuals from each group. In addition, Lokvani honored the youth who accomplished their dance arangetrams and music manch-praveshas or were exceptional in the fields of medicine, technology, sports, service and beyond.

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