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Local Events In 2008 - Part 1

Ranjani Saigal

TAGB Celebrates Sankranti
With more than 600 Boston-area Telugu community members in attendance, the Telugu Association of Greater Boston (TAGB) celebrated the Sankranti festival on Saturday, January 26th in Littleton, MA and elected the new committee with Surya Jayanthi as President.

Pakistan: The Untold Story Of Entrepreneurship And Technology
OPEN (the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs in North America) and distinguished MIT faculty showcase the entrepreneurial spirit and talent in Pakistan.

IAGB's Republic Day Celebrations Attracts Large Crowds
The Republic Day event held at Lexington High School on Jan. 26 was the first event held under the presidency of Rita Shah. The event was colorful and attracted over 2000 people.

A Jugalbandi Of Bharata Muni And Gregor Mendel At MIT
MIT Natya's Dancing Nature's Art (an obvious play of words on 'DNA'), unfolds on the stage into a rich, visually spectacular drama that entices the hitherto casual, perhaps curious, viewer into the realms of wondrous and tasteful fusion - of Art and Science. Mohini Jangi, Amrita Saigal, Amrita Karambelkar and others were part of the production.

Pratham Boston And TASA Present Penn Masala
The fund-raising event on February 9th was attended by more than 400 people, mostly students and enthusiastic music fans. Pratham is India’s foremost NGO focused on eradicating illiteracy and thus poverty by providing education skills to under-privileged children.

Children Showcased Talents At NETS Pongal Vizha 2008
Pongal, the ancient festival of the Tamils was celebrated with pomp and splendor, with about 100 kids displaying their vivid talents in fine arts at the New England Tamil Sangam's Pongal Vizha 2008 held at the Littleton High School Auditorium, Littleton on Saturday, February 2nd.

Many Kids Attend IANH/NSF Math Workshop 2008
IANH conducts math workshop in Nashua, NH to help students prepare for the upcoming education bees.

Kashmiri Language And Literature
Lalit Koul presented a fascinating overview of the origin, development and writing systems of Kashmiri Language, discussed its rich literature and the challenges it is facing in present times at Harvard University.

Students Compete For $1000 NEHTI Scholarship
Over 100 dancers participated in this year's Nrityanjali celebration at the Sri Lakshmi temple in Ashland. The event had a new dimension with a dance competition for a $1000 scholarship. Shivani Shrivastav won the competition. The scholarship was funded by Harish Dang.

HAF Hosts Its First Succesful Hindu Awareness Campaign Fundraiser In Boston
On February 27, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and Sheetal Shah hosted its first ever Hindu Awareness Campaign Fundraiser in Boston. One of its missionis is to educate media as a result of the 2005 article in San Francisco Chronicle which stated that Hindus believe in rape as a just punishment for some crimes.

Boston City Hall Showcases India And Its Culture
On February 28th, 2008, under the auspices of Mayor Menino, City of Boston's Office of New Bostonian and Cultural Awareness Committee held an event showcasing India and its culture.

Bharatanatyam And Carnatic Music At Harvard
Sunanda Narayanan presented traditional and contemporary pieces in the Bharatanatyam Style at the Agassiz Theatre, Harvard University on Friday, March 14, 2008. Samir Rao, a student at Harvard, gave a short Carnatic music recital as part of the event.

India Conference 2008 @ Harvard
An unique event featured experts on doing business across borders. The conference was hosted by the South Asian Business Association(SABA) at Harvard Business School.

Maha Shivaratri Celebrated With Fervor At Chinmaya Mission
Maha Shivaratri, the festival of the Hindus, was celebrated with religious fervor at the Chinmaya Mission, Andover, MA on Wednesday, March 5th, 2008.

Akshaya Patra Fundraiser - In Odissi Style
Upasana under the direction of Mouli Pal, presented the choreographic works of the legendary Kelucharan Mohapatra at Merrimack College. The event was a fundraiser for Akshaya Patra, an organization dedicated to providing midday meals for millions of children in India.

The Center For Indic Studies At UMass Hosts Ambassador Neelam Deo
‘Nano Could Change the Paradigm of Production’ – Neelam Deo, the Consul General of India tells the Business and Entrepreneurship Students at UMass Dartmouth.

IANH Organized A Cultural Fete In Aid Of Charity
The India Association of New Hampshire organized a grand variety fete to raise funds for their public service activities on Saturday, March 8, 2008 in Merrimack, NH.

Asha Bhosle Delights Boston
75 years young Asha Bhosle, along with Amit Kumar delighted the Boston audience with her singing and dancing presenting her own songs and those of others that she admired including Geeta Dutt.

Dishoom Knocks Audience Over
MIT SAAS Culture Show 2008 held at the MIT Kresge Auditorium on April 11 was a wonderful amalgam of song, dance, and comedy that kept the audience very entertained for the entire duration.

Showcase India 2008
The India Society of Worcester's Youth Group presented "Showcase India 2008", a cultural event enjoyed by everyone.

Over 150 Attend IITSINE Annual Gathering
The IIT Alumni Association in New England held their annual gathering at the Lexington Lodge of the Elks on April 5, 2008.

Mother - Daughter Recital: A Special Treat
New England star Carnatic vocalist Geetha Murali gave a concert at the Learnquest Music conference. She was accompanied by her young daughter Rasika who clearly established herself as a very talented accompanist.

Connecting Cultures Through Divine Rhythms
On Sunday, April 13, 2008, the Triveni School of Dance in Brookline, Massachusetts, presented a showcase of classical Indian dance items by Neena Gulati, Triveni’s founder and principal instructor, and her senior, professional-caliber students.

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Dancers: Krishna Dahya, Mohini Jangi, Jayanthi Jayakumar, Amrita Karambelkar, Sonya Makhni, Samiksha Nayak, Shriddha Nayak, Renuka Ramanathan, Amrita Saigal, Chandni Valiathan

Photography: Ganesh Davluri

Pratham Boston Team

Consul General Neelam Deo giving the keynote speech on Democracy and Pluralism in India on March 28, 2008 at the Center for Indic Studies, UMass Dartmouth.

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