Gandhi Maharaj

National Gandhi Day of Service

National Gandhi Day of Service is an annual event that brings together college students of all different backgrounds to provide service to their community in the name of Mahatma Gandhi ‘s values of compassion and equality. The event was first held at the University of Michigan in 1997. After drawing hundreds of volunteers to a variety of community service projects, …

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Indian Art & Artists

Indian Art & Artists

As I dig into my earliest memories, it is difficult for me to think about the days of Navratri (nine days of worship and dance) without associating it with garba and raas. Garbas show up in weddings too. It has grown in popularity beyond the Gujarat region where it originated. Although the majority of garba songs are still sung in …

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Golden India in The Olympics: The Wait is Finally Over

Golden India in The Olympics : The Wait is Finally Over

The wait for an inordinately long 112 years is finally over. The prayers of many Indians have finally been answered. The dream of a sports-crazed nation deprived of any glorious success is ultimately cherished. Yes, the once thought to be impossible has finally taken place. India can now boast of an Olympic gold medal in an individual event – thanks …

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Indian Art & Artist

Indian Art & Artist

We are just returning from a niece’s wedding in Cleveland, OH (in case you are wondering, yes, the groom arrived on a magnificent white horse, followed by a procession led by a dholi). Another niece has her big day in October … 2008 seems to be the year of nieces tying the knot! Many things have changed over the years …

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Indian Art and Artists

Indian Art and Artists

Indian Art and Artists Indian Art and ArtistsI was never really drawn to classical music (Indian or Western) until I was in my teens. I still remember the radio program on All India Radio – Sangeet Sarita at 7:30 in the mornings where a raga was explained and demonstrated. The show always concluded by a movie song composed on that …

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Indian Art & Artists

Indian Art & Artists

I was at a singing competition recently (the IRCC Idol in South Florida) cheering all the talented participants, and especially my wife Rupal J. She had selected a beautiful semi-classical song from the movie Lamhe. It was no coincidence that the best songs and those that made it through the tough competition to the final round had a classical base. …

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Indian Art & Artists

Indian Art & Artists

The Violin: An Indian Instrument? Globalization in music is not a recent phenomenon which can be attributed to MTV. It started much earlier than we give it credit. The violin it self was introduced to India by the British during the late eighteenth century. Hindustani and Karnatic music were well-defined by this time. There was one main difference though Hindustani …

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Sabeer Bhatia

Sabeer Bhatia

This is the phenomenal success story of a magnetic personality – a 40-year-old Indian, a brainy but bewildered kid from Bangalore arrived at the Los Angeles Airport in September 1988 after a 22-hour flight, jetlagged, and starving. He was 19 at the time, had only $250 in his pocket, and didn’t know a single person in America. Today, 20 years …

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USTAD ZAKIR HUSSAIN

USTAD ZAKIR HUSSAIN

Born to celebrated tabla maestro Ustad Alla Rakha in Mumbai on March 9, 1951, Zakir Hussain Alla Rakha Qureishi is among the most gifted tabla players in the world today. Zakir went to St. Michael’s High School in Mahim, Mumbai, and then completed his graduation from St Xaviers, Mumbai. Although the child prodigy’s music career began at the tender age …

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INDIAN ART AND ARTIST-BHARATNATYAM

INDIAN ART AND ARTIST-BHARATNATYAM

These syllables are very strongly etched in my mind as my sister practiced her Bharat Natyam steps assiduously. They would surely have distracted my watching TV, but at that time there were only two channels, and none with cartoons! My son will reminisce about different set of sounds, since my daughter is learning Kathak. We will meet Kathak in a …

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