May 1-15, 2011
|'Bhutto' to premier on PBS's Independent Lens |
Called a portrait of one of the most fascinating and complex figures of our time, the film “Bhutto” will premier on PBS series Independent Lens on May 10 and will continue to screen throughout the month at varies times.
|Akshaya Patra benefit event to feature PepsiCo head Nooyi |
The Akshaya Patra Foundation will host a benefit event on May 14 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Boston. The event will feature Indra K. Nooyi as the keynote speaker. Nooyi is the chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo.
|Chinmaya Mission to host busy Carnatic weekend |
Three musical stalwarts from South India are scheduled to perform in the upcoming “Triple Play” musical concert to be held on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15 at the Chinmaya Mission auditorium in Andover, Mass.
|Harvard's annual India Poetry Reading on May 14 |
Harvard University’s India Poetry Reading, which is an annual event held since 1997, is set for this Saturday, May 14 at 3 p.m. in Hall A of the Harvard University Science Center in Cambridge, Mass.
During the event, poets of all ages are invited to read original compositions or share segments of classical literature in the gathering. Compositions and readings in all languages are invited on the theme topic. A brief translation or summary in English is desired.
|IMANE meets with Mass Medical Society |
The Indian Medical Association of New England held a first-ever joint meeting with the Massachusetts Medical Society on May 7 in Waltham, Mass.
According to IMANE, the meeting and collaboration, which was the idea of association President Dr. Arun Chaudhary, was well attended.
|Jain Sangh celebrates Pratistha Mahotsava |
The Jain Sangh of New England is in the middle of a 10-day-long consecration celebration, known as Pratistha Mahotsava, at its new temple in Burlington, Mass.
The event began on April 30 and will conclude on May 9.
|Over 300 attend Hindi Manch event in Lexington |
Often treated as English's poor cousin, Hindi is the third largest spoken language in the world, after English and Chinese. But most Hindi speaking people rely more on the use of English in their daily lives, which also affects the way their children grow up.
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|Annual 'Hasya Kavi Sammelan' is a laugh riot |
Most of the 150 people gathered at the India Center in Shrewsbury on April 16 would agree with Milton Berle who believed that laughter is an instant vacation. "Hasya Kavi Sammelan," organized by the India Society of Worcester, saw Vishnu Saxena, Sarvesh Asthana and Praveen Shukla at their comical and poetic best.
|Matinee Masala - May 2011 |
The movie menu for the month of May ensures a wide variety on a movie buff's platter. Such entrées as a tween superhero sci-fi adventure, rom-com, drama, comedy, horror and a paranormal thriller give a lavish choice for any cinema lover to pick from.
|One on one with 'Krishan vs. Kanhaiya' star Rawal |
Hindi cinema patrons need no introduction to the very talented Paresh Rawal. He can tickle your funny bone with a film like “Hera Pheri,” make you hate him with “Aakrosh” and move you with his performances in “Tamanna” and “Sardar.” The actor is currently traveling to various U.S. cities with his play “Krishan vs. Kanhaiya.”
|CII: Indian companies save U.S. jobs |
New study from India group released during DC event
A new study by the Confederation of Indian Industry claims that India-based companies are responsible for saving thousands of jobs in the United States in recent years and have continued to hire locally whenever they expand here.
|Conn. company to supply elevators to India project |
Otis Elevator Company, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has inked a contract to supply and install 63 elevators and escalators for Kohinoor Square, in Mumbai. Kohinoor Square will include one of India’s tallest office buildings and is currently pursuing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification from the Indian Green Building Council.
|EMC buys NetWitness |
EMC Corp., a Hopkinton, Mass., maker of IT infrastructure products, has bought a Virginia company — NetWitness Corp. — owned by an Indian American entrepreneur.
NetWitness, founded by Amit Yoran, is a provider of network security analysis products.
|Red Patang offers authentic Indian products |
Swapna Mehta has made good on her childhood goal of becoming an entrepreneur with the recent launch of her first company, Red Patang.
The Newton-based, online company, launched in March, targets parents looking to buy authentic India-inspired clothing and toys for their kids, as well as items for themselves.
|Montessori students help form 'Big MAC' athletic conference |
Paras Patnaik of Littleton, Mass., and Guhan Aravinthan of Acton, Mass., were two of the founding members of the Oak Meadow Montessori School basketball team.
The team is part of a new, 12-independent school athletic conference called the Montessori Athletic Conference.
|Sangeetayan music students shine in performance |
The Sangeetayan Music School held a music day on April 10 at the First Parish Church of Northborough, Mass.
All the school’s students presented individual performances. There was also a guest artist, Sandip Ghosh, from Kolkata, who presented a Hindustani Classical Music performance.
|Telugu group celebrates Ugadi |
The Telugu Association of Greater Boston held an Ugadi celebration in Canton, Mass. on April 16 at Canton High School. The group reported an excellent turnout to celebrate the New Year.
|Triveni School dances 'Moods of the Goddess' |
On April 3, the Triveni School of Dance in Brookline, Mass., regaled audiences in an enjoyable program of classical Indian dance performed by guru Neena Gulati and her cast of senior students.
|Vallabhdham Temple dresses up in color |
The Vallabhdham Temple in Newington, Conn., recently hosted more than 1,400 revilers to celebrate Holi on March 19 and March 20.
According to organizers, a sea of people packed the 15,000-square foot temple. Attendees came from all over Connecticut and New England.
|Travel to India stays strong, but more unpredictable |
While the economy continues to flounder and many are continuing to cut back, travel to India is one thing that most Indian-Americans are continuing to do and the travel industry continues to do well catering to them.
|Travelers upset about fare hikes, but still flying |
Newton, Mass.-based travel Web site giant TripAdvisor reported in a recent survey that despite concern about rising airfares, many travelers still plan to fly this year, while a substantial portion has already taken to the air this year.
The findings were part of TripAdvisor’s third annual air travel survey, which surveyed approximately 2,000 U.S. travelers.
|W Hotels to debut in India with location in Mumbai |
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. is bringing one of its signature brands to India — the hotel giant has announced it is now planning the opening of W Mumbai, which will be the debut of W Hotels Worldwide in India.
|Becoming a more mindful eater |
Many people are changing their eating habits and picking a more vegetarian diet. It is a move I like to refer to as connecting with your food to become a more mindful eater.
|RI doctor's book pitches in to breast cancer fight |
Against the backdrop of contradictory information about breast cancer that has surfaced in the last few years, Dr. Sattar Memon is trying to clear up the confusion and give women hope in fighting the disease through his new book, “Breast Cancer Breakthroughs: Living Longer with 100 Most Commonly Asked Questions & Their Most Up-to-Date Answers.”
|Karnataka heritage takes center stage |
New England Kannada Koota holds annual Ugadi event, draws 275 attendees
New England Kannada Koota held its annual Ugadi celebration on April 16 in Framingham, attracting a crowd of about 275 people from across New England and from bordering states such as New York. The celebration, which drew mostly attendees of Karnataka heritage — featured numerous dance performances, a singing performance, as well as a skit celebrating the New Year for people in the Deccan region of India.
New England Kannada Koota President Vani Chiganmy welcomed the crowd, followed by an invocation by Rekha Nagaraj.
A few attendees arrived well before the start of the program, waiting patiently for performers to take the stage. One such pair was Rakhi Kalkeri and her 7-year-old daughter, who sat together in the auditorium before the start of the show.
|Franklin teen on the rise in pageants, modeling |
Miss Teen Massachusetts-World 2011 Pavit Arora has rubbed elbows with some of the fashion industry’s elite — and as much fun as she is having with her modeling and as seriously as she takes her budding modeling career, the 15-year-old is also committed to helping others.
|Gandhi book controversy hits region |
Author event cancelled; local book writers react
New England authors say they understand community reaction, and two local groups' decision to cancel a book event amid controversy surrounding "Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and his Struggle with India" — former New York Times Executive Editor Joseph Lelyveld's latest book.
|The Maharaja is a royal treat in Harvard Square |
Rohit Talwar, Sajal Latka and Aman Thakur believe they have what it takes to deliver food fit for a king with their recently opened The Maharaja restaurant.
The restaurant sits on the second floor of the Galeria in Harvard Square, former site of the Bombay Club.