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Ranjana Warier

Ranjana Warier Indian Classical Dancer and Choreographer

Get to Know: Ranjana Warier Indian Classical Dancer and Choreographer By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group Ranjana Warier Rhythms School of Dance The sound of ghunghroos ringing, feet stomping, and tabla beating have been deeply ingrained in Ranjana Warier’s daily routine since she was six years old. Born in Thirunavaya, a small village situated on the northern bank of the …

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DJ Play That Song:

DJ Play That Song: Choosing an Entertainment Vendor for Your Wedding By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group Factors to Consider Selecting an entertainment provider for your wedding or events is much like choosing a venue or caterer. Price is certainly a factor, but so are the firm’s reputation, work ethics, and music selection. Firoz Dudha, owner/DJ of Dudha Productions also …

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Rajesh Bhandari

Get to Know: Rajesh Bhandari, Musician

Get to Know: Rajesh Bhandari, Musician By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group Rajesh Bhandari first discovered the lyrical beauty of Indian classical music at a young age on a trip to Delhi, India. Bhandari and his father returned to the United States along with a harmonium and tabla beginning the young percussionist’s musical journey. Born in Queens, New York, Bhandari …

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Get to Know: Mona Ahuja, Children’s Book Author

Get to Know: Mona Ahuja, Children’s Book Author

Get to Know: Mona Ahuja, Children’s Book Author By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group As a young child, Mona Ahuja listened to her mom tell magical stories about the Moon. Through those tales, Ahuja began to understand the importance of the Moon in Indian culture and folklore, an understanding she has since passed along to her three boys. Her love …

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Amruta Houde

Get to Know: Amruta Houde, Public Health Advocate

Indians and Indian Americans have long been known for their success across a wide range of fields in the United States. Amruta Houde and Niraj Antani are two young Indian Americans making a mark and paving the way for others to join them in their quest to serve and positively impact their community. Learn more about what drives these impressive …

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Get to Know: Niraj Antani, Ohio State Representative

Get to Know: Niraj Antani, Ohio State Representative

Get to Know: Niraj Antani, Ohio State Representative By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group   At the age of 23, Niraj Antani became the youngest serving member in the Ohio House of Representatives. Born and raised in Miami Township, Ohio, Antani remained in state and earned a Bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Now 25, Antani (R – Ohio …

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Designing the Ultimate Wedding Cake

Designing the Ultimate Wedding Cake

By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group That moment where the silver lining on the wedding planning cloud has finally arrived – the “design wedding cake” item on your wedding-to-do list! The venue has been selected, and contracts have been signed. You have met with every wedding vendor possible from photographers to wedding planners and décor professionals to hair and makeup …

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Get to Know: Shilpi Chhotray, Founder of Samudra Skin & Sea

Author by Rina Shah The Arpan Group While studying the human impact of coral reef ecosystems in Cairns, Australia, during her undergraduate years at Virginia Tech University, entrepreneur and environmentalist Shilpi Chhotray discovered a newfound respect for the integral role played by the oceans in the overall well-being of our environment. An East Coast native, Shilpi earned a Master of …

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Scott Haas

Get to Know: Scott Haas, Psychologist and Author

Author by Rina Shah The Arpan Group Five years ago, clinical psychologist Scott Haas began interviewing Indian Americans and Indians living in the United States. Raised in both an immigrant family and a heavily immigrant community in Plainfield, New Jersey, Haas has a clear understanding of the challenges faced by individuals seeking both opportunity and the desire to assimilate in …

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Choosing a Wedding Caterer By Rina Shah, The Arpan Group

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Choosing a Wedding Caterer

Author by Rina Shah The Arpan Group For South Asians, weddings are just as much about celebrating a couple’s nuptials as about the festive food! Chances are guests may not remember intricate details from a wedding, but they will certainly recall memorable dishes and delectable desserts. One to five or more events comprise a typical South Asian Wedding, and food …

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