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Violin Player Sanjana Chandran

An Enchanting Evening With Violin Player Sanjana

An Enchanting Evening With Violin Player Sanjana By Sunitha Raj When I planned to attend Sanjana Chandran’s Violin Arangetram, I already knew she was a gifted young talent from South Florida. Little did I know just how enthralling the evening was going to turn out! The Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center at Nova Southeastern University was packed on …

2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor: South Asian Recipients

2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor: South Asian Recipients

2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor: South Asian Recipients Each year, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) presents the Ellis Island Medal of Honor to native-born and naturalized US citizens who “embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity.” Awarded to a select group of individuals, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor acknowledges …

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Manju Kalidindi, Esq.

Manju Kalidindi is an immigration attorney who is deeply involved in community charities. She is the founder and principal attorney at the Law Offices of Manju Kalidindi, P.A. in Plantation, FL. Ms. Kalidindi’s drive to serve the public comes from her family. She learned quiet compassion, generosity, and the value of service from her father and grandfather, both physicians, and …

Tulsi Gabbard

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard is an American politician and the first Hindu member of the United States Congress. United States Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district since 2013, Gabbard was also a vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee until February 28, 2016, when she resigned to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Gabbard’s first name, “Tulsi” comes from …

Pramila Jayapal

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Pramila Jayapal

Pramila Jayapal was born on September 21, 1965 in Chennai, India; however, she was raised in many different countries including Singapore and Indonesia. She completed her education in US where she immigrated when she was 16 years-old. She completed her bachelor’s degree and went on to pursue MBA from Northwestern University. Jayapal is considered to be a reformist and can …

Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services nominee

Seema Verma Takes Oath on Bhagavad Gita

Seema Verma, newly appointed as US Administrator of the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, was first nominated for this position by the President Donald Trump in the year 2016. She took her oath in the presence of US Vice President Mike Pence on March 14, 2017. During the swearing in, she placed her hand on the Bhagavad Gita, considered …

Baithak Gana

Featured Artists for the 5th United Phagwah/Holi Celebration

Featured Artists for the 5th United Phagwah/Holi Celebration Prnc Charming Social Media Comedian Indo-Caribbean comedian and actor, David Stephen Francis, better known by his stage name, Prnc Charming, is no different in that regard, however, he is groundbreaking in terms of his quick popularity, outlook, cultural representation and social conscious mind state, when it comes to his creative career. http://www.indiawest.com/entertainment/global/indocaribbean-representation-found-in-comedian-prnc-charming/article_29a05dec-875e-11e6-900d-f3ae3c87dc2b.html …

Women’s History Month: Honoring Women from India

Women’s History Month: Honoring Women from India As you probably know, March is Women’s History Month. Desh Videsh Media Group is proud to honor Indian women who have faced tough challenges throughout their lives. Many have achieved the honor of being the first in their fields. Recognizing the achievements of women in all walks of life – politics, activism, education, …

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Reshma Saujani

Lawyer and politician, Reshma Saujani was born and raised in Illinois. Her Gujarati parents migrated to the United States from Uganda in the 1970s, choosing to settle and raise a family in Chicago. Saujani earned a degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then completed her Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University in …

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Valarie Kaur

Born in Clovis, California, and raised in the United States to parents of Indian origin, Valarie Kaur grew up practicing the  Sikh faith. Kaur earned bachelor’s degrees in international relations and religion from Stanford University. She also holds a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a JD from Yale Law School. Kaur began her career as …

2017 Padma Awards

2017 Padma Awards

The Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The Awards are given in various disciplines/fields of activities, such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. The Padma Vibhushan is awarded …

President-elect Trump Nominates another Indian American for senior cabinet position.

  President-elect Trump announced his choice of Seema Verma, Indian American and  one of the leading experts in the country on Medicare and Medicaid, to serve as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. On November 23, 2016 President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), a leading Indian American republican, as the United States Permanent Representative …

President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), a leading Indian American republican, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations

President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), a leading Indian American republican, as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations On November 23, 2016 President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC), a leading Indian American republican, as the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a cabinet-level position in the Trump-Pence Administration. Governor Haley …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Anurag Thakur: The Force Behind T20 Matches in the US

Anurag Thakur: The Force Behind T20 Matches in the US

Anurag Thakur, a man who adorns many hats and lives up to each of his responsibilities with utmost sincerity and honesty is the mastermind behind bringing T20 Matches to the United States. Born on October 24, 1974, Anurag Singh Thakur is a member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh in India. He is the son of Prem Kumar …

Urjit Patel named next RBI Governor

RBI’s Deputy Governor Urjit Patel was appointed as the next Governor of the central bank after Raghuram Rajan demits office on September 4. He was first appointed as Deputy Governor for three years in January 2013 and was given an extension this January. Eminent economist, consultant and banker Urjit Patel has been appointed new Governor of the Reserve Bank of …

Pramukh Swami Maharaj Passes Away – Special Sabha Announcement

Jay Swaminarayan, The spiritual head of BAPS, celebrated for his worldwide socio-spiritual services, His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj passed away at the pilgrimage place of Sarangpur, Gujarat, at the age of 94. Pramukh Swami Maharaj was the fifth spiritual successor in the guru parampara tradition of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. For more than seven decades he travelled tirelessly, visiting over 17,000 towns …

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj Passes Away

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj Passes Away The creator of Akshardham and Spiritual Head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha Mourned by Countless Devotees and Well-Wishers Worldwide Ahmedabad, 13 Aug 2016 Today, on 13 Aug 2016 at 6 p.m., H.H. Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of BAPS celebrated for his worldwide socio-spiritual services, passed away at Sarangpur, Gujarat, at the age …

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 …

India sets new record in space mission-Successfully Launches 20 Satellites in a Single Flight

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) just sent 20 satellites into orbit with one launch, marking the largest satellite launch in the space agency’s history. Their previous record was 10 satellites delivered with one mission, and this latest accomplishment takes them a lot closer to the delivery rates of NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency, solidifying India’s place in …

Nirankari Baba Passes Away

  Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh Ji Maharaj met with an accident while travelling from New York to Montreal (Canada) in a car on Friday, May 13 during the early morning hours. Unfortunately, at about 5:00 am, just about 40 km from Montreal, his car met with a serious accident. His two son-in laws, Sandeep Khinda Ji and Avneet Setya Ji, …

Forbes

Talented South Asians on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List

Talented South Asians on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Lis  Every year, Forbes magazine announces its 30 Under 30 list of young entrepreneurs who surprise the world with their ingenuity and excellence. In 2016, its fifth year of running the list, the business magazine named 600 of the “brightest young entrepreneurs, breakout talents, and change agents in 20 different sectors.”Of these 600, …

Gandhi Maharaj

Gandhi Maharaj ~ By Rabindranath Tagore

by Rabindranath Tagore We who follow Gandhi Maharaja’s lead have one thing in common among us: we never fill our purses with spoils from the poor nor bend our knees to the rich. When they come bullying us with raised fist and menacing stick, we smile to them, and say: your reddening stare may startle babies out of sleep but …

Mohini Bhradwaj

Propelled to Blinding Fame –   Success is always sweet. Regardless of how and when it comes, fame and achievement have something special about them. When success comes at an early age, however, it usually comes with a heavy price to be paid. No one, perhaps, knows this better than Mohini Bhardwaj.   Mohini’s father went to America, where he …

Mira Nair

Mira Nair

When Life Gave Direction – People may opine that life is a stage, and others may say that it’s a larger than life canvas, and a select few may add that it is but the smallest fragment of the universe – almost insignificant. Any, and all of these is true. Life is all about what you make of it, and …

Srilata Zaheer

Paving the Way for Intellect and Opportunity –   Education is a seriouscause among girls – especially when it comes to the girl child in India. It is commonly known that girls often do not get the same platforms and opportunities as boys are given. However, when it comes especially to the field of education, it is a much more …

Padma Lakshmi

The Recipe for Success – Padma Lakshmi We all are slaves to our destiny. Life has its own secret plans. While we plan and work and dream of the future, life has its own ways of surprising and throwing us off guard. Many people have had to fight hard to make it, and feel like it is a part of …

Indian-Origin, Ishaan Patel ‘s Charity Honored In U.S.

A 13-year-old Indian-origin boy has been honored in the US for his efforts to improve access to education for underprivileged students in America and around the world through his charity organization. Ishaan Patel, founder and CEO of Planting Pencils was recently honored by the Milan Cultural Organization during the Republic Day celebration in the Legislative Office building in downtown Hartford, …

Desh-Videsh Presents Leading Indian CEOs

The recent announcement by Google Inc. to appoint a 43 year old Indian, Sundar Pichai as the CEO of Google has created a tremendous ripple. It has bought back the focus on tremendous success of Indians in the Silicon Valley, the past few decades. Indians constitute the largest number of immigrants to occupy the top positions in the field of …

List of Winners of Padma Vibhusan Awards

 List of Winners of Padma Vibhusan Awards Year of Award Field of Excellence Name of the Awardee / Winner Year of Birth-Death Remarks 1954 Science & Engineering Satyendra Nath Bose 1894–1974 1954 Public Affairs Zakir Hussain 1897–1969 1954 Public Affairs Balasaheb Gangadhar Kher 1888–1957 1954 Public Affairs Jigme Dorji Wangchuk 1929–1972 From Bhutan 1954 Arts Nand Lal Bose 1882–1966 1954 …

2016 Padma Awards

Padma Awards 2016

  This year there were a plethora of accomplished people awarded with the highly prestigious Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award. Other imminent individuals also received the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri. Each of the awardees were recognized for their unprecedented contribution in their respective field. This year, superstar Rajinikanth, founder of the Reliance empire late Dhirubhai Ambani, …

NGOs in the South Florida Indian Community jan 2016

NGOs in the South Florida Indian Community There are over 1.5 million non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in America, and as members of one of the most affluent ethnic communities in the country, Indian Americans are well poised to dedicate their wealth and time to a variety of charitable causes. From organizations that benefit people in North America to those that assist …

2015 Community Leader Awards Banquet

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, Desh Videsh Media Group honored 15 accomplished members of the South Asian and Indo-Caribbean communities in Florida at the first ever 2015 Community Leader Awards Banquet. Over 250 South Asians and Indo-Caribbeans came together in South Florida for this memorable event, the first in the community to include members from differing faiths and nations under one …

Indian Americans Dominate Four Academic Super Bowls

Indian Americans Dominate Four Academic Super Bowls

“Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is reached” – Swami Vivekananda said, and Dr. Ratnam Chitturi took it to heart and initiated a journey to provide financial help towards the college education of economically backward students in India. To achieve this goal, North South Foundation (NSF) was founded and later became a platform for more than one hundred …

2014 Ellis Island Medals of Honor

2014 Ellis Island Medals of Honor

  Every year, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations identifies new Americans who are an embodiment of the American spirit in their celebration of diversity, brotherhood, patriotism and tolerance and honors them with the Ellis Island Medals. The distinguished individuals are recognised for sharing their knowledge and talents with the less fortunate and personifying the American spirit while upholding their …

Hello Superwomen By Suhani Patel

Author by Suhani Patel From the beginning, the American way of life has been a very fast paced one, and for today’s generation, it can be especially hard to establish your own identity. For Indian-American women, this country itself isn’t a place foreign to us; rather, some aspects of our own culture can be hard to understand. Being raised by …

India Day 2014: Miss America 2014, Bollywood, Dances, Samosas, and an Orlando Magic Win

The day commenced with a news conference with the guest of honor, Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri. Personable and charming she engaged her audience with her own personal story. Her platform ‘celebrate diverstity by cultural competency’ was especially meaningful, and her message to her fans was ‘be true to yourself.’ On a less serious note she confessed, that while she …

Interning in the Homeland By Suhani Patel

Interning in the Homeland By Suhani Patel

Author by Suhani Patel One of the greatest experiences of my life has been an internship with International Volunteer HQ. The organization provides people of any age and affiliation a chance to volunteer and intern in almost any field. Since the organization at heart is a volunteer organization, the main focus of the programs is to provide volunteers and interns …

Manna Dey’s Contributions to Bollywood

Manna Dey’s Contributions to Bollywood

  Doyen of Indian Singers Most would not recognize the name Probodh Chandra Dey, but nearly everyone is familiar with Manna Dey. Probodh Chandra Dey is the birth name of playback singer Manna Dey who enthralled generations of song enthusiasts from 1942 through 2013 and became a sort of living legend during his lifetime. In a singing career spanning nearly …

A Glimpse of Sachin Tendulkar In the Words of Fellow Cricketers

A Glimpse of Sachin Tendulkar In the Words of Fellow Cricketers

  “In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say ‘Can you bowl me another one?’” – Adam John Hollioake (England Cricketer) “There are 2 kinds of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.” – Andy Flower …

Sachin Tendulkar A Great Indian Cricket Legend

Sachin Tendulkar A Great Indian Cricket Legend

Sachin Tendulkar ended his inspiring career on November 16, 2013 after playing his ultimate Test match with West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The curtains came down on a scintillating career spanning nearly three decades and comprising a total of 664 international cricket fixtures. Tendulkar already bid farewell to other formats of the game-ODIs and Twenty 20 cricket …

Honoring Mahatma Gandhi: South Florida Essay Winners

Honoring Mahatma Gandhi: South Florida Essay Winners

Recently, Desh-Videsh held an essay competition among Bala Vihar children at the Florida Hindu Mandir in Oakland Park, Florida. The essays were to expand on the philosophies and teachings of Mahamta Gandhi. In honor of Gandhiji’s October 2nd birthday, we are delighted to publish the winning entries. Students were asked to select one of the three topics noted below and …

Nina Davuluri

Nina Davuluri: Indian American Wins the Crown

An evening of beauty, glamour and grandeur drew to a close as Nina Davuluri walked away with the Miss America title in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Her crowing moment was met with an equal measure of delight and surprise, given she is the first Indian American to achieve this feat. Davuluri, 24, is much more than just the lovely face …

Anvita: Demystifying Indian Classical Dances

Anvita: Demystifying Indian Classical Dances Hannah Mathew

The ageless Classic Western fairy tale comes to life through innovative original choreography, colorful costumes and unique music! Through this brilliant stage performance we were able to bring people of different personalities and creative minds together to bridge a gap between Indian and American culture. Ranjana Warier, winner of the 2012 Knights Arts Challenge in Miami, has brought together six professional …

Famous Indian Classical Music Duo

Famous Indian Classical Music Duo

For ages, Indian culture has been intensely enriched with art and music. Time to time, this culture has gifted us with legends. Indian classical music is one of the oldest known music forms for the last 3,000 years. It originated in the era of Vedas and still rules the hearts of many. This enchanting music touches the souls of many, …

Sachin Tendulkar Retires from ODI’s

Sachin Tendulkar Retires from ODI’s

When one talks of one-day international cricket, nobody shines as brightly as the Indian batsman, Sachin Tendulkar. However, the master blaster today announced his retirement from ODI’s, disappointing millions of his fans watching ODI’s only in the anticipation of some brilliant shots from his bat. Better known as the master blaster, this Indian batsman is way ahead of any run-of-the-mill …

Swami Vivekananda

Celebrating Swami Vivekananda’s 150th Birth Anniversary

This statement truly represents the world’s most practical spiritual guru, Swami Vivekananda. He needs no introduction, and his name is synonymous with spirituality, modernity, and above all, humanity. To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swamiji on January 12, 2013, the entire nation is getting set to celebrate and spread his humanitarian work across the globe. This January 2013, the …

Gandhi’s Insptirational Message to Today’s Youth -By Annmarie Varghese

Gandhi’s Insptirational Message to Today’s Youth -By Annmarie Varghese

Author by Annmarie Varghese I live in the Town of Davie, which is in South Florida. On October 2, 2012 a bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled in the nearby Falcon’s Lea Park. This project, initiated by Kerala Samajam of South Florida, was made possible by the Town of Davie who gave half an acre of land for the …

Gandhi Conquers Yet Another Land

Gandhi Conquers Yet Another Land

In this day and age, we are all trying to firmly keep hold of what is important. Whether it is our family and loved ones, possessions and belongings, or even our ideals and principles, everyone needs an anchor. It is perhaps more relevant to us all because we seem to have lost the ability to control our surroundings, and to …

The Unveiling of Mahatma Gandhi’s Statue in Davie, Florida An address by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India

The Unveiling of Mahatma Gandhi’s Statue in Davie, Florida An address by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India

I am delighted to participate in the unveiling of the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Orlando on this auspicious day of October 2, 2012 when the entire world is celebrating the millennium leader Mahatma Gandhiji’s birthday and taking an oath to follow the Gandhian philosophy in their day-to-day activities. My greetings to organizers, all the participants of this event, and distinguished …

The Rise of Indian Americans

The Rise of Indian Americans

The Pew Research Center recently published a 228-page report titled “The Rise of Asian Americans.” The Center released the report under the headline “Asians Overtake Hispanics in New Immigrant Arrivals: The Asian Americans Surpass U.S. Public in Valuing Marriage, Parenthood, Hard Work.” The real news is not that Asians have over taken Hispanics in terms of quantity, but rather that …

The 2012 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

The 2012 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas began with the start it deserved on January 7, 2012. Jaipur, the vibrantly colorful city of Rajasthan, played host to this year’s event, and the backdrop could not have been more memorable. This three-day convention was an energizing affair that outlined what Indians living overseas have done and can do for their country of origin. The …

Gandhiji’s Words and Actions areAlive on Campuses Even Today

Gandhiji’s Words and Actions are Alive on Campuses Even Today

Indian revolutionary Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhiji was an advocate for a peaceful Indian independence movement at a time when independence and peace were not even used together in the same sentence. Using ahimsa, nonviolence, he was not only able to propel an entire nation to fight against British atrocities, but …

Anna Hazare making history in India

Anna Hazare making history in India

Saturday, August 27 2011 was a historic day for India. Some people may have believed that history was repeating itself, but in fact, Anna Hazare was writing a new chapter, filling page after page with momentous victories and setting precedents for the future. While a section of the population sighed with relief when Anna broke his fast and accepted a …

Meera - A Magical Theatrical Experience

Meera – A Magical Theatrical Experience

Every one of us has heard the story of legendary Meerabai who was a Rajput princess, poetess and devotee of Lord Krishna in the 15th century. You may have even seen Gulzar’s movie Meera starring Hema Malini, and certainly we all have heard devotional songs (bhajans) about Meerabai sung by countless singers. But we have not seen a dance drama …