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Community Award

2016 Desh Videsh Media Group Community Leader Awards

Master of Ceremony: Fareida Rajkumar On Saturday, September 24, 2016, Desh Videsh Media Group hosted the 2nd Annual Community Leader Awards at the Sawgrass Inn & Conference Center. The local community came together for an evening of speeches, dinner, and music creating an atmosphere that was both festive and Over 23 years ago, Desh-Videsh began with a simple idea. Our …

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Mohammad Shakir

Mohammad Shakirwas born in Pakistan and has been a professional, peace activist, and active volunteer in South Florida for the past 47 years. Presently, he is the Executive Director of the Asian American Advisory Board in Miami Dade, founder of the NUR Center for Asian women and children in distress, and co-founder of the women’s support organization SAHARA. Previously, he …

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Vijay Persad

Vijay Persad has been the Chairman of the Board and President of the Shiva Mandir for several years, where he and his family have been active leaders and volunteers since 1991. As an immigrant from Trinidad, Vijay has worked closely with the Caribbean Hindu community and is motivated by the dedication of the Shiva Mandir members to improve his own …

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Somy Ali

An immigrant from Karachi, Pakistan, Somy Ali and her mom and brother came to the U.S. in 1987 to escape an unstable home and pursue higher education. She eventually moved to India to work as model and Bollywood actress, where she worked on many modeling assignments and appeared in ten feature films. After this part of her career ended, Somy …

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Ramola Motwani

Ramola Motwani is the Chairwoman and CEO of Merrimac Ventures, a real estate management, investment and development company with interests around the US and India. She was born and raised in India where she received her law degree from the Government Law College in Mumbai, India. Mrs. Motwani began her business career in the US with an import/export business she …

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Dr. Vinod Patel

Dr. Vinod Patel graduated from the Seth G S Medical College, University of Mumbai, India in 1970 and started his career in the US at the Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He moved to Florida and started his Fellowship at University of Miami. Dr. Patel found that his successful career and family motivated him to ensure his children …

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Dr. Abhijit S. Pandya

Dr. Abhijit S. Pandya is an active supporter of the local community and an education professional with 30 years of experience in South Florida. As an Florida Atlantic Universityengineering professor and administrator, he has mentored several prominent young professionals of Indian heritage. As a clinical researcher, he has served the local community through clinical trials,and along with his clinician partners,he has …

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Community News August 2016

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Revathi Balakrishnan Inspires Future Indian American Teachers

Revathi Balakrishnan Inspires Future Indian American Teachers

Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year 2016, Revathi Balakrishnan, is happy to make the Indian American community proud! By Taniya Talukdar Revathi Balakrishnan is a talented and gifted specialist at Patsy Sommer Elementary in Austin, Texas. She was recently chosen as the 2016 Texas Teacher of the Year, representing 330,000 teachers at the national level. Revathi believes in rigor and …

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Dr Anantha Krishna Pillai

Community Spotlight

Tampa Resident Earns 63rd Indian National Film Award Long time Tampa resident, Dr. A.K.Pillai, won the prestigious 63rd Indian National Film Award in the category “Environment Conservation/ Preservation” for the movie Valiya Chirakulla Pakshikal (Birds with Large Wings). He received this honor from the Honorable Indian President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a star-studded function in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, on …

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