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Local Happennings - Recap Part II

Anil Saigal

(This article is sponsored by Masala Art)

Association For India’s Development (AID) Boston Symposium
Association for India’s Development (AID) Boston organized its annual symposium at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on July 17, 2010. The symposium was attended by more than 60 people. The program featured talks by AID founder Ravi Kuchimanchi and long time fellow Aravinda Pillalamarri.

Amma: A Messenger Who Is One With The Message
Michael Johnson, who has been instrumental in arranging the United Nation's annual International Day of Peace, said that introducing Amma was the highest honor of his life. "There are really no words than can describe Amma," he said.

IDRF "Cricket For A Cause" Completes A Decade
On July 25th, UML defended a small total to beat Mavericks in the finals to win the 10th annual IDRF “Cricket for a Cause” tournament held in Nashua (NH), Hartford (CT) and Burlington (MA).

Low Cost Health Solutions For The Developing World
Tim Presario of Design that Matters, Prof. Ramesh Raskar (MIT) of Eyenetra, Amrita Saigal, Katherine Smyth, and Zachary Rose of Komera presented their low cost health innovations as part of TIE-SE and NETSAP's monthly meeting at Tantric Bistro in Boston.

IAGB Celebrates 2010 Independence Day
The Annual Independence Celebration by Indian Association of Greater Boston held at the Hatch Shell in Boston was a delightful potpourri of dance and music numbers. Over 20,000 people attended the event.

Samskrita Bharathi - Jaahnavii 2010
Jaahnavii 2010 managed to bring together more than 150 individuals of all different ages and very diverse backgrounds. There were some who were fluent in SamskRtam and others who, like me, seemed to have looks of confusion permanently pasted on their faces.

Pratham Boston Gala 2010 - A Memorable Evening
A world famous Bollywood actor, renowned activists, professors, doctors, students, and professionals from all walks of life came together on September 25, 2010 for the Third Annual Pratham Boston Gala at the Marriott hotel in Cambridge. Over 200 guests came together to support a cause very close to all our hearts – education and empowerment of underprivileged children in India.

Lights On Saheli: A Big Success!
It was a historic day for Saheli. October 15, 2010 Saheli hosted its biggest fundraiser in fifteen years with the event sold out a week in advance! Saheli raised a wonderful sum to support its work while the attendees had a very enjoyable evening.

Its All About The Boston Sargam Blast!
Boston Sargam’s Bollywood Music and Dance Competition and Grand Mela 2010, clearly walked away with the honors in terms of presenting a pure and clean fun-filled entertainment, engaging the city’s very own local talent. And the winners are...

TAGB Celebrates Silver Jubilee In Grand Scale
Telugu Association of Greater Boston celebrated its Silver Jubilee on October 30th at the superbly decked out Aleppo Shriner’s Auditorium, Wilmington, MA in the presence of more than 2200 audience – a memorable celebration that began at 9:00AM in the morning and continued well past midnight. US Senator Scott Brown graced the occasion.

Boston Bhangra Competition Rocks Orpheum
If you like Bhangra, Boston was the place to be on November 12th, 2010! Boston Bhangra, Inc. hosted their 7th Annual Boston Bhangra Competition, called BBC for short, at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston. This was their seventh straight sell out event with close to 3,000 people in attendance.

IMANE Honors Community Leaders
Indian Medical Association of New England celebrated its 32nd Annual Gala on November 20, 2010 at the Burlington Marriott and recognized the community service efforts of Dr. Manju Sheth, Dr. Janine Saldanha and Dr. Srinivasan.

TBP Organizes Paying It Forward
"Micro volunteering, micro mentoring and micro finance should be the norm,” says Partha Ghosh at The Boston Pledge annual conference at Tufts University.

Nuts And Bolts Of Start-Ups
Over 65 people attended the Startup Leadership session titled "Nuts and Bolts of Start-Ups" on December 6th at MIT organized by the Society for Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) and TIE-Boston.

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Paintings by Children at the Silent Auction

Photos Courtesy - Monica Biswas

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