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AAPI (CO/WY Chapter) initiates drive against Childhood obesity
May 2nd and 16th 2014, Aurora, CO:
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Colorado/Wyoming Chapter has conducted Childhood Obesity Drive on 2nd and 16th May 2014 at Kenton Elementary School and Side Creek Elementary School in Aurora, CO.
Under the guidance and support of National AAPI, Dr Uma Kodure, Chairwoman, AAPI Childhood Obesity Drive from Colorado Chapter initiated the drive in Denver. These drives have covered 280 students in Grades 3-4 at Kenton Elementary and 240 students in Grades 3-4 at Aurora Elementary School. All the participants were given T-shirts and Pedometers during this event.
Dr. P.K Vedanthan, MD (Allergist/Immunologist) President AAPI CO/WY chapter, Sohan Bhatia (Secretary AAPI), Dr Suman Morarka, MD (Pediatrician), Dr. Vinaya Kamath, MD (Endocrinologist), Swati Deshpande (Pharmacist), Neerja Makam (Respiratory Therapist), Mrs. Kamala Vedanthan, Mrs Anjali Bhatia, Ms Sonali Kamath and Mrs Vathsala have volunteered these events in various capacities.
The PE teachers Ms. Donna Carey from Kenton Elementary school as well as Ms.Lee Ann Zimmerman from Side Creek Elementary school were extremely supportive for this effort. AAPI has extended their special thanks to Mr. Kenny Webb at the Aurora Public school system who provided all the contacts and helped in the logistics. The CO/WY AAPI chapter would hope this activity will continue as well as expand in the years to come.
Denver SurSargam successful to bring out the singing talents
Apr 27 2014, Denver, CO:
The grand finale of Denver SurSargam was held on April 27 at South Middle School, Aurora. This program generated tremendous response from the local South Asian community. The event was attended by more than 450 people. There were seven finalists in the Finale round who were Mitesh Gaur, Basistha (Romy) Bhattacharya, Prasun Allepalli, Saimurali Pasupuleti, Sangeetha Tadimalla, Vijay Chourasia and Samjhana Pandey. Mitesh Gaur was the winner of Denver SurSargam. Prasun Allepalli was first runner up and Samjhana Pandey was the second runner up.
Denver SurSargam, a singing competition on the same lines as Indian Idol started as a thought experiment by Nidhi (Namita) Kothiyal. Music being the universal language of Mankind, the aim was to spread happiness through music. All the singing talent in Denver was brought together on a common platform by a single thought on face book. This program was a purely volunteer based initiative with administrative support from GyaNidhi Foundation. GyaNidhi Foundation is a Colorado based nonprofit organization dedicated to sponsoring education of underprivileged children. The core team members for organizing Denver SurSargam were Sudhir Deshpande, Sri Garimella, Madhura Gokhale, Nidhi Saxena and Nidhi (Namita) Kothiyal.
The program started with 45 contestants for audition. Auditions were held at Bharart Gallery on Feb 22. 20 singers, including 5 wild card entries were selected for elimination round Prasun Allepalli, Khagendra Muthe, Nikhil Arora, Samjhana Pandey, Romy Bhattacharjee, Saimurali Pasupuleti, R Chirag, Kuntal Pathak, Vijay Chourasia, Sunanda Prusti, Sonali Das, Nivedit Ranga, Vishal Desai, Satish Sampa, Mitesh Gaur, Avantika Sen, Divya Kamath, Sanjay Shah, Adarsh Mohan, Sangeetha Tadimalla were selected for elimination round 1.
Due to large number of contestants, the audition round was not open to public. Tariq Hassan, Vinata Gangoli and Priya Hariharan were the judges for the audition round.
First elimination round was held on March 9 at Piney Creek Clubhouse. About 120 people attended the program. The genre for this round was peppy songs and religious songs. Ten contestants were selected for the second elimination round.
The second elimination round was held at the Parker Event Center. The singers were given the challenge of singing qawwali/mujra and patriotic songs. Seven singers were selected for grand finale. The final round was held on April 27 at the South Middle School. The program started with Ganesh Vandana dance by Laya Dance Academy. There were two genres, Semi-Classical/Ghazal and Romantic/Participants choice. There were performances from the Judges too. ShriMadhumita joined the panel of judges for the finale round. Bollywood Dhamaka founded by Renu Rawat performed an electrifying Bollywood dance. Overall the program was a great success. It achieved the objective of bringing Denverís singing talent on a common platform and spread happiness and growth through music. Due to overwhelming response from participants the organizers are planning for Denver SurSargam 2015 on a larger scale.
Colorado Girls off to National Mathcounts in Orlando
Mar 22 2014, Denver, CO:
Two Indian girls are off to National Mathcounts in Orlando!
Anjalie Kini and Isani Singh (Isani won State Mathcounts the second consecutive year!), seventh and eighth-graders from Challenge School placed 3rd and 4th in the individual round of the State Mathcounts held at the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, March 15th. By placing in the top four, they earned an all-expense paid trip, sponsored by Raytheon, to attend the 2014 National Mathcounts in Orlando, FL, May 8th-11th.
Students from all over Colorado took part in the Mathcounts process, which began with School qualifiers at various middle schools and Chapter qualifiers held at local universities earlier this year. Mathcounts is the biggest and most prestigious middle school mathematics competition held in the United States. The competition is designed for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders only. The standard Mathcounts competition contains four rounds: Sprint, Target, Team, and Countdown.
Celebration of the life of Sri Raju Mamileti garu - Veteran Community Leader
Oct 27 2013, Denver, CO:
It is our sad duty to report the passing away of Veteran Community leader Sri Raju Mamileti garu. He graduated from Kakinada Engineering College with a degree in Electrical Engineering and worked all over India including Delhi and Chennai. He came to Denver, Colorado in 1984, where the Telugu community was small (less than fifty) at that time.
He was instrumental in keeping the Telugu community together and allowed the formation of strong bonds of friendship among the members. He acted as a nucleus for the growth of the Telugu community. He helped the new arrivals to settle down and guided them in the adjustment period. He made sure that all marriages, births of infants and other family events were celebrated along with the rest of the community. His efforts led to the prospering of the Colorado Telugu Association (CTA), which now has more than 1,000 members.
He was a great ambassador of India in Colorado and took his civic duties very seriously especially helping rain water harvesting at Jantuluru village in Anantapur district and many health camps. Whenever a news item misrepresenting India came out in TV or print media, he immediately took pains to correct the story and made sure that the misunderstanding was cleared.
He worked hard to promote Indian culture and make the second generation of Indian-Americans fondly remember their cultural heritage. He always had a smile when he extended his helping hand. His knowledge of current happenings and his sense of humor endeared him to adults and children alike. Whoever met him said that he was a gentleman.
All the Colorado Telugu community members are grateful to his efforts and will miss him dearly.
Contributed by Sridhar Talanki, Board Member, SEWA International USA and former President of CTA, Dr. P.B. Narayan, former Cultural Secretary of CTA
Community pays homage to Denver Indian Community Member Sri Raju Mamileti
Oct 20 2013, Denver, CO:
Raju Mamileti, a well known person to all the Indian community in Denver, CO left his body on 18th October 2013 in Philedelphia peacefully. He was surrounded with all his family members. Raju Mamileti and his family are very close to many families in Colorado. They lived in CO till 2008. He was living with his family in Philadelphia, and took his last breath on Oct 18th, 2013. He is survived with his wife, son and a daughter and grand children.
Sudden demise of our community member Ambika Kar
Aug.7.2013, Denver, CO:
The Indian community in Greater Denver area was saddened to the untimely demise of Ambika Kar. He breathed his last 8/7/2013 a few hundreds miles from home in Omaha, NE. Ambika has been a resident of Erie (Denver) for last 12 years, he has been a model citizen of the Oriya and Indian communities. He was 44. He is survived by his wife, Kalyani and a ten year old daughter, Ananya. As the family mourns, the friends of the family would like to request the Indian community to pitch in any way they deem appropriate. The paypal account has been set up with youcare account under his spouse name (Paypal Account: email@example.com).
Here is Youcare url.
Here is the funeral site url.
Please join us in praying peace upon his soul.
Sewa International to help Bhutanese community for over $165,000 in tax refunds
Apr.20.2013, Denver, CO:
Sewa International as part of its ongoing endeavor to help local communities has partnered with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to setup a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at Aurora, CO. The purpose of this VITA site is to help prepare tax returns, at no cost, for low-to-moderate income tax payers who meet the criteria set by the IRS. The site was launched on Feb 04, 2012 in Martin Luther king Jr Public Library, Aurora CO. This VITA site has been successfully run for 2 years in a row by the dedicated IRS certified volunteers from Sewa International Denver chapter. Sewa VITA volunteers successfully filed 50 tax returns last year (2012) and 111 returns this year (2013). Majority of the tax payers are from Bhutanese refugee community living in Aurora and Denver metro area. This is an ongoing program so it will be continued next year and beyond. The closing event for 2013 tax season was celebrated by Sewa on 4/20/2013 in Martin Luther King Jr library, Aurora CO.
Himanvi Kopuri is Colorado State Champion for Spelling Bee
Mar.16.2013, Denver, CO:
Himanvi Kopuri stood first in the 73rd Annual Denver Post Spelling Bee, which sends to Scripps National Spelling Bee 2013. The word "oriel" brought Himanvi Kopuri, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Denver's Hamilton Middle School, the win.
Forty contestants began their Saturday by outspelling the 245 other students who wanted to win the bee and a spot on the stage of the Colorado Convention Center. The finalists then went head-to-head to determine the state's top speller and the winner of a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
Himanvi is the dauther of Vijay Bhaskar & Jyothsna Kopuri, and is a 7th grader from Denver's Hamilton Middle School. This was her 3rd time appearing at this competition. "The support of everyone, and especially my mom, helped me," Himanvi said. "I love encountering more and more words as I go on."
"Oriel," which is a bay window, was one that Himanvi had studied, she said, so when she learned she only had to spell it to win, "I was pretty confident, but I wasn't 100 percent sure because there are homonyms."
Manik Sorcar's Laser Fantasy during Asha's Fundraising Event
Mar.14.2013, Denver, CO:
Asha for Educationís Colorado Chapter is proudly presents Manick Sorcarís Laser Fantasy- an extravaganza of Dance-Drama-Animation-Magic! This event will take place on 12 May 2013 (Motherís Day Sunday) at 4.00 pm at The Theater at Colorado Heights University. Details about the show are listed in our Show Flyer.
Asha is a 100% volunteer-based, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of poor and underprivileged children in India by supporting basic education projects. Every dollar raised in funds reaches these initiatives. Please take a look at our projects at http://www.ashanet.org/projects/chapter-view.php?a=8. Details about Asha are listed in our Asha Flyer.
Mr. Manick Sorcar is a world-renowed artist who has graciously agreed to perform for our charity. His unique brand of entertainment brings to life exciting animations through laser light. Mr. Manick Sorcar's Flyer is attached below as well.
Asha Colorado invites you to this extravaganza to experience this unique spectacle. We feel this is a great way to spend Mother's Day. It will be a fun afternoon for the whole family, doubled with the satisfaction of helping the noble cause of supporting impoverished kids in India through basic education.
Please visit http://www.ashanet.org/colorado/laser or the links in the Flyers for more details.
Our beloved community member Dan Sundaresan passed away
Feb.14.2013, Denver, CO:
We are deeply shocked to publish that our beloved community member Mr. Dan Sundaresan passed away yesterday i.e. 13th February, 2013. The funeral arrangements are being finalized by his family members. He was one of the early immigrants to Colorado, and involved in the Denver business community for over 30 years. worked with various initiatives for the community.
Born in Chennai, India, he began as a Chemical Engineer, and pursued his dream of coming to the states in the early 1980ís. While working with many big name corporations Dan had a firm belief of one day starting a business of his own. He took a venture on his own in the late 80ís and became involved in the business franchise systems. Today he owns and operates 3 businesses in a City Image Printing and Document Services (formally Sir Speedy), AAMCO Transmission, and Meineke Car Care Center. Dan is involved readily in all three businesses, with goals to expand services to accommodate clientís needs.
He is a past comittee chair of Denver Sister Cities International with the focus on Chennai (Madras), and worked on various initiatives such as lectures, cultural presentations, delegations and special events. During 2004 Tsunami disaster, he took an active role to raise over $60,000 as short term releif by this organization.
Prestegious award to Dr.MS Reddy from India
Jan.11.2013, Denver, CO:
Dr. Malireddy Srinivasulu Reddy (Our beloved Dr.Cheese Reddy) received the 2012 Presidential Award from his highness President of India Honíble Pranab Mukherjee, for being selected as the top 12 most influential Telugus in the world, who brought the highest recognition to AP and India to world level.
Dr. Reddy received the most prestigious Presidential Award for his contribution to improve food production, curb hunger, poverty, and thus to peace, for inventing and implementing systems to improve marine farming and simultaneously reducing global warming, for coming up with new complementary alternative medical system "Proyurveda" by incorporating probiotics into Ayurveda.
Dr. Reddy received the Presidential Award on 27th December 2012 at Tirupathi, AP, India, on the occasion of 4th World Telugu Conference. The conference was attended by Honíble CM of AP, Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, and Honíble Governor of AP Mr. Narasimhan along with thousands of Telugu professionals, scholars, businessman, politicians, professors, artists etc from all over the world.
Dr. M.S. Reddy currently serves as Chairman and President of USA based American Dairy and Food Consulting Laboratories, and International Media and Cultures with twelve manufacturing facilities in eight states. He is from Uppalapadu, Kovur Taluk, Nellore District in Andhra Pradesh, and eldest son of Honíble Malireddy Jala Reddy and Sankaramma. He has received his B.V.Sc. degree from AP Agricultural University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in food technology, bacteriology and virology, from Iowa State University, U.S.A. with honors and distinctions.
Dr. Reddy has received many awards in scientific research, community service, and entrepreneurship during the past 30 years. Previously he has received the Richard Hoyt award, Sigma-Xi Research award, President Ronald Regan Gold Medal, NATA and ATAís Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions to business and technology. On June 29, NATA presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Reddy recognizing "his pioneering work on the highly scientific biotechnology-based cultures and ingredients, which has had a profound impact on improving the dairy and food technology-based products-worldwide. Dr. Reddy gave over 300 motivational, technical, and medical lectures, at his own cost, to improve the optimism all over the world, to uplift the communities and to curb poverty, hunger and disease. For all his lifetime achievements he was nominated for the 2012 and 2013 Nobel Peace Prize.
In December 2011, Dr. MS Reddy has been conferred the title "Nobel Billionaire" as the culmination of his highest scientific knowledge (Saraswathi puthrudu) and creating such big wealth (Laxmi puthrudu). This is a rare combination in the entire world, as per many experts in this field of scientific research and business.
Dr. Reddy and Syama Reddy have been long time residents of Denver, Colorado, and they have two married children, daughter Deepa and son Sridhar. Dr. Reddy is an Advisory Council member of NATA, and his wife Syama Reddy serves as Board of director.
Shirdi Saibaba Temple of Rockies now has its own building
26th December 2012 Aurora, CO:
Shri Shirdi Saibaba Temple of Rockies is pleased to share that as of 26th Dec 2012 - 10250 E Easter Ave, Centennial, CO 80112 has officially become the abode to The Temple. In a news release today, they mentioned - "When it was conceived, it seemed like an insurmountable task. But today after traversing through many unavoidable circumstances, the fruits seem effortless yet unbelievable."
The news release added "Today's success is not attached to few individuals but rather to each and everyone who stood by and formed this Sai Community. The Perfect time to START something never arrives, So for those who are planning to be a part of the ever growing Sai Community, this is a great time to enable us all in taking this momentum forward by joining Sai Parivar as we need all your help. Though ahead of us we have realm of unfinished tasks and for whose completion we will work tirelessly.
We want you to take a moment to relish and rejoice OUR Success and ask you to join us for Sai Arathi on Jan 1st 2013 for more updates.".
Laya Dance Academy's fundraiser for Shirdi Saibaba Temple
10th November 2012 Aurora, CO:
Laya Dance Academy of Colorado organised a dance Ballet "Mahishasura Mardini" on Saturday November 10th at the Vista Peak High School. Inspite of heavy snow and heavy wind blowing, Coloradans showed their pride and interest in attending the event and making this event a grand success.
This show was organised considering the Shirdi Sai temple of Rockies as the beneficiary. The Director of Laya Dance Academy, Mrs Prathyusha Apparasu enacted as Durga Devi while Mr Pasumarthy Venkateswara Sarma choreographed the whole play. Several students of the Academy have taken part in this event.
President of Shirdi Sai Temple of Mr. Rockies, Mr. Sridhar Babu, explained the temple developments. This is the temple coming up in the city of Centennial near Arapahoe and Havana intersection.
Candlelight Vigil in memory of Wisconsin Gurudwara Shooting Victims
8th August 2012 Commerce City, CO:
Colorado Singh Sabha has organized a memorial service and candlelight vigil for the victims of the Oak Creek shooting at the Gurudwara in Commerce City. There were an estimated 1000 people visited the gurdwara, and 900 shared langar on this day. The children gave guided tours of the gurdwara to over 150 people. The donations were in excess of $5,000 and they are expected to climb as more people learn of this event through the internet and continue donating online.
There were several speakers from different faiths representing the local Churches, BAPS Colorado, Dr Ved Nanda from Hindu Temple of Colorado, Surendra Shreshta from Rocky Mountain Friends of Nepal, Purnima Voria from India Association of Colorado, City council members, Commerce City Mayor, few kids from the Gurudwara have addressed the crowd wished for the peace for the victims of these shootings.
Sikhism, which evolved from Hinduism, started nearly 500 years ago in the northwest part of India called Punjab, which straddles the India-Pakistan border. The monotheistic religion was founded in the 15th century by Guru Nanak, who preached a message of love and service to humanity. It is now the fifth largest religion in the world, with more than more than 25 million followers ó about 700,000 of them in the U.S. Sikh (pronounced "sick") means "disciple" or "learner," and their holy book is called the "Guru Granth Sahib," translated as the Collection of Sacred Wisdom.
Colorful Dresses, Tasty Indian Food, Fancy Jewelry, Funfilled Day. Join at Taste of India on 12th Aug
I donít know about you but the idea of Indian food or culture is enough to make me think of bright exquisite colors and designs, and delicious treats. I think of mouth watering delicacies and such as gajar ka halwa, gulab jaamun, tandoori chicken, biryani, and fresh crispy dosas or soft idly. I think of sparkling dresses, making me wish I could buy a fancy salwar for myself, and taste these goodies, rumored to leave your tastebuds dancing. I bet Iím not the only one who wishes for this, which is why, I invite everyone to the first annual Taste of India event. An event like no other, including savory dishes, ranging from sweet and savory jilebi that leaves a slight tang in your mouth, to hot and crunchy kachori that leaves your taste buds aching for more. Including delicious snacks like dhokla, and sweet and sour chaat, samosa and Pani Puri, all while being surrounded by others who share your interest in such refreshments.
We will also have gorgeous mehendi designs waiting to be imprinted on your hand, dazzling sarees and salwars, and glorious jewelry, calling your name. When was the last time you saw a collection of salwars with exotic kundan or mirror work, or simple floral designs on chiffon, or the Anarkali styled party wear? This may be the perfect day to recollect the latest fashion trends of Bollywood.
As for Jewelry, we will be hosting a variety of fancy jewelry to one-gram gold jewelry, from evening & party wear to heavy wedding style jewelry with the help of various vendors. Even if the prices reach the sky, we donít want to miss this opportunity to see the designs.
Scattered throughout the day will be breathtaking performances by our local dance schools and artists, to punctuate the merriment, not to mention door prizes and raffles have also been promised. So join us, at the Lakeview Wellness & Event Center for the Taste of India event on August 12th, 2012, from 11am-7pm, for a whole day of fun, socializing, food, apparel, and much more! More attractively, this is FREE admission to all, so what else are you waiting for?
For more details and participation, visit http://www.lakevieweventcenter.com or our very interesting facebook event page http://www.facebook.com/events/412301368806774/.
Swami Mukundananda is in the city. Donít miss his discourses during 22-28 July in Aurora
Swami Mukundananda is a renowned spiritual teacher from India. Hearing the profound secrets of the Vedas from him is a rare privilege, for he is able to explain the ancient esoteric Vedic knowledge with rigorous scientific logic, in the modern context.
Swami Mukundananda has a distinguished educational background Ė with his under graduation from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, followed by MBA from the renowned Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. However, material education did not quench his thirst for knowing the Absolute Truth. The longing for God was so strong that he renounced his career and began travelling throughout India as a sage. Ultimately his search took him to the lotus feet of his Spiritual Master, Jagadguru Shri Kripaluji Maharaj. He has extensively studied the Vedic scriptures under his Guru, and the Indian and Western systems of philosophy. On completion of his studies, his Guru entrusted him with the key task of propagating the ancient knowledge about the Eternal Truth, the world over.
Swamiji has been traveling far and wide, awakening hundreds of thousands of seekers. Using perfect logic, and a simple-yet-scientific approach, Swamiji offers new ways of understanding and applying the knowledge of the scriptures in our daily lives. The hallmark of his speech is the ease with which he dispels various myths and misnomers associated with the various paths of God-realization and the ability to penetrate even the toughest minds and convince them with his depth and scriptural veracity.
Swami Mukundanada has now been delivering religious discourses for the last twenty four years including Princeton, Stanford, Kellog, MIT, Duke, Google University, Oracle etc. He has also authored many books amongst them "Spiritual Dialectics" has been received very well across the globe.
He is currently delivering his lectures at Summit Conference Center in Aurora, CO from 22-28 July during 6pm-9pm. For a complete schedule, details and contacts, see this flyer. Donít miss these lectures, and take this as a golden opportunity. For more details on Swamiji, and his works, visit http://www.jkyog.org.
Crazy Cricketers won Plate League Championship for 2012
Crazy Cricketers, south Denver based tennis cricket team won Plate League Championship of CCL T16 tennis cricket tournament. CCL League every year conducts a warm up tournament where 16 teams participated this year. There were multiple rounds over 2 months period within the T16 tournament where the 16 teams were grouped into 2 leagues, SUPER and PLATE league respectively. Crazy Cricketers which has most of the players ((Team: Adarsh Sharma
Arun Jayamurthy, Don Sreedhar, Kalyan Kalidindi, Kishore Nandode, Machender Jitta, Masum Parvej, Panati Srinivas, Phani Yendamuri, Rahul Malyala, Seshu Velpuri, Sunny Mekala, Venesh Moletti) living in south east Aurora, Highlands Ranch, and Devver area made it into FINALs of Plate League championship. They played against "Royal Warriors" team in the finals on Sunday, June 10th, 2012 at Lower Acre Gardens in Longmont to win this championship.
Also, In the SUPER league 'Titans' beat 'Orchards' (Both based in Longmont, CO) to win the championship.
Congratulations to 'Crazy Cricketers' and 'Titans'. If you are a cricket fan or would like to have fun being part of Tennis Cricket League for T20 tournament that will start in 1st week of July, please sign up at: http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/Crazy_Cricketers/ or contact Seshu Velpuri at 720-838-8453.
Shirdi Sai Palkhi Utsav in Greater Denver area
9-10 June, Denver:
Shirdi Saibaba Temple of Rockies spent the first two days of the Annual Shirdi Sai Palkhi Seva on 9-10 June in Greater Denver area. About 23 devotees have invited the Palkhi to their homes with utmost devotion. This is a new tradition the Temple has introduced this year in association with Shri Dwarakamai Vidyapeeth, Boston, who conduct such seva across different cities in the USA. The Sai Palkhi weighs more than 200 lbs, all made with silver. The Utsav is done similar to the one in Shirdi, in terms of attire, sevaks, bhajans and other accessories. All the devotees expressed a great satisfaction.
The Utsav is planned in Colorado Springs on Saturday 16th June, Westminster and Fort Collins area on 17th June, and resumes back in Greater Denver area during the weekend 23-24 June. For more details, photos and sponsorship opportunities, visit http://shirdisaiofrockies.org.
North South Foundation Congratulates Winners of Spelling, Geography, Math and Science National Competitions
When Snigdha Nandipati, the eighth grader from San Diego, California won the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee, it has been a defining moment in the history of North South Foundation, a volunteer-run nonprofit organization based in Chicago. Snigdha became the fifth consecutive Spelling Bee champion by joining the ranks of Sameer Mishra, Kavya Shivashankar, Anamika Veeramani and Sukanya Roy, all of whom were also participating in the foundationís regional and national contests. In fact the second place winner Stuti Mishra of Jacksonville, Florida and the third place winner Arvind Mahankali of Long Island, New York had the opportunity to hone their spelling skills along with Snigdha and several other bee contestants at the foundationís national event held at San Jose State University last July.
In the National Geographic Bee contests, NSF kids had an amazing run this year. Rahul Nagvekar from Sugar Land, Texas won the championship, while Vansh Jain of Madison, Wisconsin won second rank and Varun Mahadevan of Palo Alto, California finished third.
MATHCOUNTS competition had several NSF kids advancing to the national finals held in Orlando, Florida. Ashwin Sah, a seventh grader from Portland, Oregon won the second place in the individual championship, while Niket Gowravaram of Acton, Massachusetts and Sarvasva Raghuvanshi of Naperville, Illinois were placed first and second respectively in the Team competitions.
The National Science Bowl competitions conducted by the US Department of Energy also had several NSF children as contestants. Team from Bellevue, Washington consisting of Abhinand Sivaprasad, Aditya Murali, Suvansh Sanjeev, Tejas Bharadwaj and Gokul Gowri was placed third in the middle school category.
Dr. Ratnam Chitturi, founder and president of the foundation congratulated the winners and said that the credit goes to the children, their parents and more than 1,000 volunteers of the foundation.
North South Foundation has been a training ground for children of Indian origin in US for the past twenty years. Foundation conducts contests in Spelling, Vocabulary, Math, Science, Geography, Essay Writing and Public Speaking at 86 chapters across US during March-May every year. Top scorers in these contests are invited to the national finals held during summer. At the finals, high school students have the opportunity to also participate in Brain Bee, a competition in neuroscience. In 2012, more than 15,000 contestants participated at the chapter level, and about 1,000 will participate at the National Finals.
In addition to the contests, NSF conducts workshops and online coaching to help children excel in studies. Through its activities, foundation raises funds to award scholarships for college education to meritorious children from poor families in India, who otherwise would have to abandon the pursuit of higher education. Last year, NSF provided nearly 1,500 scholarships and plans to provide 2,500 this year. For more information please visit the foundationís website www.northsouth.org.
May 12th declared as India Day by Colorado Governer John Hickenlooper
13 May, Denver:
Colorado Governer John Hickenlooper proclaimed May 12th as India Day. Here is the text, and attachment.
Colorado's scientist Dr.MS Reddy nominated to the Nobel prize
The Telugu Entrepreneurs Association (TEA) congratulates Dr. MS Reddy for being a nominee to 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. The Telugu Entrepreneurs Association (TEA) had an immense pleasure of honoring Dr. Reddy as a chief guest in 2011 to give lecture and motivate Telugu community on how to foster entrepreneurship among Telugu's in greater Dallas area and around the globe. We are very proud that he lives in Colorado, whom we call as Cheese Reddy with a greater love and effection.
Dr. Reddy is the author of several books like Keys to Winning, A to Z of Success, etc,. It is a proud movement for all members of Telugu Entrepreneurs Association (TEA) and all Indian professionals and Indian citizens living abroad and in India to know that Dr. M.S. Reddy (Dr. Malireddy Srinivasulu Reddy) has been nominated in excellent standing for 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.
The other outstanding nominees for 2012 Nobel Peace Prize from U.S. include former President Bill Clinton, Microsoft Chairman and the world's richest man Bill Gates etc.
To be nominated, for the Nobel Peace Prize, the candidate must be outstanding, exceptional, well established, and well recognized all over the world and must have contributed throughout his life, significantly, to improve the quality of life of the people worldwide, peace in the world through reduction of conflicts among nations, reduction of hunger through improved food production etc.,.
This year's Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. M.S. Reddy, a billionaire scientist, who has contributed immensely to the world economy by over one trillion dollars through his scientific inventions, which had a significant impact to reduce the hunger, diseases, pollution, global warming, and human suffering in the world and thus to improve peace.
A brief biography of Dr. M.S. Reddy:
Dr. Malireddy Srinivasulu Reddy (M.S. Reddy), son of Jala Reddy and Sankaramma of Uppalapadu, Kovur (Taluk), Nellore (Dist), A.P. (India), received his B.V.Sc. degree (D.V.M.) from A.P. Agricultural University, Tirupati, A.P., India, M.S. and PhD. degrees from Iowa State University, U.S.A in food technology and microbiology with honors and distinctions.
He serves as Chairman and President of U.S.A. based American Dairy and Food Consulting Laboratories (ADFAC Labs) and International Media and Cultures (IMAC, Inc.), Denver Colorado, with eleven manufacturing facilities in eight states.
He has received over 100 national and international awards and honors from all over the world. The notable awards: Richard M. Hoyt memorial award from American Dairy Science Association; Outstanding Young Alumnus Recognition award from Iowa State University; Sigma-Xi Research award, Outstanding Scientist award from Washington, D.C. the presentation was made by the Prime Minister of India P.V. Narasimha Rao, Ronald Regan Gold Medal award from U.S. Vice President Honorable Dick Cheney at Washington D.C.
Recipient of prestigious 2006 Bharath Gaurav Award, Hind Rattan Award; invited as a guest of honor to attend the 2005 inauguration of U.S. President George W. Bush and recipient of the first '2009' Veda Brahma award' and 2010 'International Dharam award' from the AAPNA (Association of Ayurvedic Professional of North America) for his worldwide patent on integration of Probiotics and Ayurveda as a treatment modality in the field of complementary alternative medicine.
Dr. Reddy holds over 150 U.S. and international patents and has published over 70 scientific articles on dairy starter cultures, Probiotics, pharmaceuticals, and complementary alternative medicine and has written several books including 'A to Z of Success' and Compendium of Microbiological Methods (published by the American Public Health Association).
He has served as a technical consultant to over 70 national and international companies all over the world.
IANC past president Dr.Rajashekar Gaddam passed away
26th April 2012 Fort Collins, CO:
In a shocking development, Dr.Rajashekar Gaddam has passed away on 26th April 2012 at 9:40am. He was the President of Indian Association of Northern Colorado during 2011. He has been suffering from Cancer for the past few months, and finally rested in peace at Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. He is survived by his wife Sangeeta Rao and two daughters aged 11 and 2yrs.
He is a Veterinarian (Small Animal Exclusive) by Profession. He described himself in face book that he "Loves to do Surgeries, Soft tissue and Orthopedics, Beautiful Wife and 2 Adorable daughters, Loves to spend time with Wife and kids". He hailed from Jagtial, Karimnagar, graduated from College of Veterinary Sciences, Hyderabad, did masters at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and started working at Planned Pethood Plus, Veterinary Hospital in Denver in 2008. His favorite quotation is "Live 'n' Let others Live". He is a soft spoken individual and an active community member in Fort Collins. He organized many community Pet camps to raise funds for non-profit initiatives.
His body is set for viewing at Fort Collins today (4/28) between 3-5pm, and further will be sent to India.
13th Annual Indian Dance Festival - By Kerala Association of Colorado
Kerala Association of Colorado proudly celebrates 13th Annual Indian Dance Festival on April 28th Saturday 4.30 PM at Hinkley High school, 1250 Chambers Road, Aurora CO 80011.
This event showcases various Indian classical dances, contemporary dances, folk dances and Bollywood dances. The assortment of dancers in the exceptionally well organized dance festival reveals the essence of dance intelligence. All these dances provide not only entertainment, but also reflect a deeper cultural awareness and diversity.
This year, organizers have assembled a great line up of artists and unique varieties of dance forms to match with the theme of Indian Dance Festival, "A Cultural Tour of India".
In addition to the professional and amateur artists of the Great State of Colorado representing various dance schools and dance groups, KAOC is also proud to present 2012 Sangeeta Nataka Academy Winner Ms.Sunanda Nair to perform a Kathakali and Mohiniyattom at this event. Considered to be one of the top 5 artists in the field of Mohiniyattam, the presence of Ms.Sunanda Nair promises an added attraction to dance enthusiasts this year.
KAOC invites you all with your family to come and be part of this cultural tour through various states of India starting from Kerala. Come enjoy this event and encourage the performers while you receive great insight into the rich traditions of India.
The event will start sharp at 4.30 PM MST. Indian Food, Indian Outfits, and Ornaments are available for purchase at the venue.
Please visit www.colorkerala.org and our facebook page/group "Kerala Association of Colorado"
7-8th April 2012
2-days of music and dance feast at Rocky Mountain Thygaraja Utsavam
The Rocky Mountain Thyagaraja Utsavam, which celebrates the compositions of the great Tyagaraja, happened on April 7th and 8th at South Middle School in Aurora. Sponsored by CFAA (Colorado Fine Arts Association), the program featured many different arts, such as singing, dancing, and instrumental adaptations of Tyagaraja's musical compositions. The day started off with some of Colorado's most talented music teachers and singers singing Thyagaraja's most famous Pancharatna Krithis. Later on, many people engaged in the Junior and Senior Vocal, Bharatanatyam, and Violin competitions, ending the day with percussion solos and individual performances. The second day started off with more Junior Vocal competitions, as well as Senior Vocal followed by Junior and Senior Kuchipudi competitions. These enticing competitions were succeeded by non-competitive solo/group dances, and then, individual and group vocal and instrumental performances. We called it a day after finishing off with the Anjaneya Utsavam and Mangalam. Hundreds of classical music and dance lovers across Colorado have participated and attended the festival, and enjoyed the soulful music and visual feasts. In conclusion, both days of the Rocky Mountain Tyagaraja Utsavam were a success. Results of the competitions will be posted soon on the CFAA website.
2st April 2012
STARTALK: Jai Ho Hindi-Urdu Student Language Program at CU Boulder
The South, Southeast and West Asia Outreach Program (SSEWA) is conducting its first STARTALK program for Hindi and Urdu languages from June 4 to July 6, 2012. The first three-weeks of the program will be held on campus at the University of Colorado Boulder and the second two-weeks will be held online. This is an intensive language program for students entering grades 9 through 12. Prior knowledge of Hindi or Urdu languages is not required. Find attached a flyer and application with an overview of the program. Please feel free to share this information with your students. All major expenses will be covered including meals and travel expenses. Application deadline is April 27; however, admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis, so we encourage students to apply early! Program information and application forms are also available online at http://cas.colorado.edu/index.php/ssewa/startalk. For more information please contact Kunga Lama at 303-735-5224 or Kunga.Lama@colorado.edu.
1st April 2012
HSS Colorado celebrates Varsha Pratipada with State Rep Hon'ble Dr. Janak Joshi
Hindu Swayam Sevak Sangh South Colorado chapter celebrated the Varsha Pratipada (Ugadi/New Year) on 1st April 2012 as Sports Day at Jewell Elementary School in Aurora. Several HSS Volunteers along with their families have participated this event who reminded of their childhood days while playing the traditional Indian sports such as Kho-Kho, Kabaddi etc. There were few cultural items presented by the kids and adults, which received a great applause.
Colorado House District 16 Representative Dr. Janak Joshi was the chief guest on this event. During his address to the gathering, he explained how he contributes to the health care policy and small businesses. He urged everyone to understand the functionality of the government, become responsible citizens, and welcomed kids to visit the Colorado State Capitol to see how the house functions.
HSS officials Prof. Ved Nanda, Mr.Sridhar Talanki, Mr.Krishnamurhty Woonnimani, Mr.Madhu Bhat along with Mr.Sudhir Verma were also present at this event. This event was coordinated by HSS Highlandsranch Shakha Karyakarthas including Srinivas Deme, Manjunath Narneki, Dr Vaman Shenoy, Srinivas Maddali, Aravindan Gurumurthy, shardul Takalkar, Srikanth Srinivasan, Venkat Rao Mallem, Lakshmi Talanki and Mounika Deme.
30th March 2012
12-year old Pranit Nanda from Aurora wins Colorado Geography Bee
12-year-old Pranit Nanda is the 2012 Colorado Geographic Bee champion, a title earned due to his specialized knowledge of the world's natural landmarks. The 6th grader from Aurora Quest K-8 school won the annual competition at the University of Denver after a second place finish in 2011.
Nanda received $100 cash and a $7,500 scholarship to DU. He will also get to go to Washington, D.C. as Colorado's representative in the National Finals, which is held at the National Geographic Headquarters May 22-24. In order to seal the win on this year's Colorado competition, Nanda had to successfully answer this question: What body of water connects the Gulf of Oman with the Persian Gulf?
The answer - The Strait of Hormuz - is something that would likely stump many U.S adults.
24th March 2012
Art of Living moved to a new location
The Art of Living Foundation in Denver moved to a new location on 1420 S. Holly Street, Denver, Colorado 80222. The opening on March 24 was attended by over 100 people and they enjoyed learning about the power of the breath in handling stress. Then they were led through a guided meditation and kirtan followed by delicious vegetarian food.
Inspired by the teachings of His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Art of Living Foundation offer workshops based to handle stress, manage the mind and live fully in the present moment. The next Art of Living Course will be held from April 27-29. For more information about the course and other free public events you can contact http://secure.artofliving.org and or 720-722- AOLF (2653).
14th February 2012
33-year old man from Lakewood died of heart attack
It was a fatal heart attack that caused death to a 33-year old man from Indian origin in Lakewood, CO last week. Mr. Venkatesh Jayaraman was an employee of HP who works in Lakewood. He was survived by his wife and a 2-year old daughter. Sewa USA volunteers have helped the family getting the necessary paperwork from the Indian consulate to move the body to Chennai, India. The priests from Hindu Temple of Colorado along with the other community members met the family and expressed their deep condolences.
18th January 2012
Colorado State Governer's proclamation for January 14-29, 2012 as Health for Humanity Yogathon Weeks
It has been a remarkable day for HSS in Colorado. On 18th January 2012, the Governer of the State of Colorado announced the proclaimed that January 14 - 29, 2012 as HEALTH FOR HUMANITY YOGATHON WEEKS. In the proclamation notice, the yoga was recognized as an ancient process of keeping the human body and mind in good health; and the Surya Namaskar, also called Sun Salutation is a special sequence of yoga postures that provides the key health benefits of yoga in a very succinct package. The spiritual training has been considered a part of physical training since ancient times in India; Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), USA is a voluntary, non-profit, social and cultural organization, which aims at preserving and passing on the ancient Hindu Heritage and cultural values to the next generation of Hindus and raise awareness around the world.
HSS is hosting its 6th annual HEALTH FOR HUMANITY YOGATHON to create awareness of yoga and its advantages in achieving healthy body, mind and spirit during January 14-29, with the concluding grand finale session with a mass marathon on 29th January at Louisville Middle School. HSS encourages everyone to join this ceremony during 9am-1pm. Pl check the copy of the proclamation here.
8th January 2012
Sewa Colorado's distribution of bikes and buspasses to high school kids
On 8th January, Sewa Colorado team distributed bicycles and bus passes to 31 Bhutanese children. The event went very well and a few prominent community leaders participated in the event as guests. The Bhutanese children will now ride the bicycles to the school instead of walking or riding a bus. These children currently walk 6 miles or more every day to attend school as their families have no car and cannot afford to buy bus passes. Earlier Sewa gave one bike to a girl and bus passes to 5 children. These bikes are all new and purchased through money raised from volunteers and the community. Sewa also provided bus coupons to all of these students to cover harsh winter days when it is very difficult to ride bicycles to school. The Bhutanese priest performed puja to the bikes while chanting and offering flower petals on the bikes. Several community leaders and Sewa Colorado volunteers including Krishna Vaidyanathan, Narender Kumar, Bipin Agarwal, Sridhar Talanki, Balaji Ramanathan, Madhu Bhat, Vidyasagar Tontalapur, Raj Chiluka, Dinesh Shenoy, Srini Kairamkonda have attended this event.
Sewa International is a 501(c)(3) Hindu faith-based nonprofit charity. Sewa International in the USA has 38 chapters in 20 metros and 22 states. The Colorado chapter of Sewa has undertaken the Bhutanese Refugees Empowerment project that offers financial help, supplies essential material, employment assistance, mobility help and other help in transitioning to a new environment while preserving their culture. Sewa International is helping the Bhutanese community in more than 20 metro areas in America after the first wave of immigrants started arriving in 2008. Sewa volunteers have conducted SAT coaching classes, women empowerment programs, Yoga and meditation classes and many other programs to help build a confident Bhutanese community. For more details about Sewa USA, visit http://www.sewausa.org
3rd December 2011
Tamil Association of Colorado's Deepavali Celebrations
Tamil Association of Colorado has celebrated Deepavali with a colorful cultural program at Vista Peak High School, Aurora, CO on Saturday 3rd December 2011. The ugly roads and the snowy weather could not stop any crowd to be present at the event to have the utmost joyful event. The program started with a prayer song by Anirudh Prakash, followed by the welcome address by the president Manikandan Sankaran. Meera Ganeshan orchestrated Paarampariyam and classical dance item Vasantha Jatiswaram choreographed by Puja Allepalli has received great applause. Manmadhan Ambu a hilarious comedy directed by Rajasekhar is thoroughly enjoyed by the audiences. The kids dances Vaannavil by Arichuvadi groups choreographed Kala and Ezhil, Sinthanai Sei Manamae choreographed by Hemamalini and Kalaivani, Classic Twist choreographed Sonu & Prathyusha and What's my name choreographed by Vismaya Bachu are successful to bring up kids talents and cute to see their rhythmic steps. Other dances by Denver Dragon Girls, Vaanavillum Naan Athil Vannagalaum Naan by Muruganantham sister are great. The comedy galatta by Aravind and Senthilkumar have recalled the different dance steps by the Tamil superstars. Laya Dance Academy's dance by adults was very vibrant on the stage, with a mixture of classical and modern dancers. The program was sponsored by Oracle and American Family Insurance agent Ram Vaidyanathan. After the program, there was a sumptuous dinner catered by India's Harvest restaurant.
5th November 2011
Crowd enjoyed the Diwali party at India's Restaurant
There was a good crowd at the Diwali party organized by India's Restaurant on Saturday 5th November. Several people dressed in the traditional and partywer joined the party, that started at 8:30pm. In addition to the tasty bite sized appetizers, drinks and the full course dinner has been the main attraction at the party, apart from the live DJ music. People have been seen on the dance floor all thru the evening.
30th October 2011
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (CO/WY Chapter) Fall Meeting & Golf tournament
The AAPI fall 2011 meeting started off with Golf tournament at the Emerald Golf course at the Windsor gardens, Denver. The Golf tournament was lead by Dr Sohan Bhatia and Mrs. Anjali Bhatia. A few of our members namely Dr &Mrs. Vedanthan, Dr Suman Morarka and Dr Apurva Patel participated on this sunny afternoon and won a few laurels too.
The dinner meeting was held at the Indiaís restaurant on Hampden Avenue. We had a good attendance of the local physicians, medical students, residents, medical personnel, and some of the spouses. The highlights of the meeting were 1.Recognition of the Basic science investigators: Dr Preveen Ramamoorthy, National Jewish Health for his pioneering work on Genomics in clinical medicine; Dr Subbiaha Pugazhenthi PhD for his work on Diabetes Mellitus and Alzheimerís; Dr Ravi Mahalingam for his research on Chicken pox (Varicella) virus.
Dr Preveen Ramamoorthy PhD was the main invited speaker and his talk on ĎPersonalized medicineí was very informative and well received by the audience. The Golf tournament and the dinner meeting at the Indiaís was fully sponsored by Mr. & mars Scott and Janette Henington of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Financial Services, Centennial, CO.
17th September 2011
Hindustani Vocal Concert by Mr.Nachiketa - Organized by CFAA
Colorado Fine Arts Association (CFAA) created history by organizing a Hindustani Vocal Concert by Shri Nachiketa Yakkundi accompanied by Smt. Priya Hariharan on the Violin and Shri Nabin Shreshtha on the Tabla on Sept. 17th, 2011 at Broomfield Auditorium.
CFAA Board member Gayathri Krishnamurthy welcomed the audience and introduced the artists. Nachiketa, based in Cupertino, California is an ace Hindustani Vocalist. Hailing from Dharwad, Karnataka, Nachiketa Yakkundi was initiated into Hindustani classical vocal music by his parents. His formal study began in Madras under Shri B. N. Simha and later under Shri B. Hanumantachar. His rigorous and extended pedagogy came under the virtuoso late Padmabhushan Pandit Basavraj Rajguru.
Shri Nachiketa began the evening by singing three compositions in Raag Shree which is a different from Raag Shree of Carnatic Music. Raag Shree in Hindustani Music comes from Purvi Thaat. It is sung in the evening time and has a "Gambhir" mood to it. The first compositon "Chain Ganvaye" was composed by Late Pt. C R Vyas set in Vilambit(slow) Ektaal followed by a bandish "Saanjh Bhayi re" composed by Pt. Ratnakant Ramnathkar set in Dhrut(fast) Ektaal. The third composition was a vandana to Lord Hanuman. He continued the program with Raag Kesari Kalyan, which is a Mishra(mix) of Raag Hamshadwani and Raag Shudhdha Kalyan. This Raag itself is a creation in honor of Lord Hanuman himself. The composer Late Pt. Ramashreya Jha created a Jod bandish which is a set of two bandishes consisting of thematic flow of the beauty of Lord Hanuman.
Next was "Sarasa Sugandha Aali" in Raag Gagan-Vihang which is again a Mishra(mix) of Raag Pat-Bihag, Bihag, Shankara, Nand and its own characteristics. This Raag was created by Late Pt. Dinkar Kaikini. A Tarana in Raag Shyam Kalyan, a traditional Raaga, composed by Pt. Laxmanprasad Jaipurwale set to Rupak Taal followed by a Marathi Abhang in Raag Malkauns popularized by Late Pt. Bhimsen Joshi was icing on the cake. He completely mesmerized the audience by singing a Vachana in Kannada written by Basavanna and put to tune by Basavraj Rajguru in Raag Bhatiyar which is a morning raga. Vachanas were primarily composed by Vachanakaras in the 12th Century. Vachana literally means "that which is said". These are readily intelligible prose texts. All Vachanas are tribute to Lord Shiva. Finally, he ended the concert with a Surdas Bhajan composed by Late Pt. Kumar Gandharva in Raag Bhairavi. Priya and Nabin were great at Violin and Tabla respectively and kept up with all the intricacies.
Right after the concert Smt Madhura Gokhale interviewed Nachiketa which provided the audience with a unique insight into the mind of the artist. Ajay Menon thanked the performers, introduced the CFAA board of directors and unveiled the next programs of CFAA to conclude the festivities for the evening. CFAA's tokens of appreciation were handed over to the artists by eminent members of our audience - Shri Joginder Singh Viruthi, Mr Kedar Bhide and Dr Arti Saproo. Krish Hariharan, Vice President of CFAA talked about the upcoming Rhapsody 2011 program. The quality of the concert and the organization from the CFAA team stood out during the whole time.
4th July 2011
Colorado rocks in DHIM-TANA singing and dance contests
In an initiative by Telugu Association of North America, with TV-9, Telugu leading 24-hr TV news channel, DHIM-TANA, Colorado kids proved its position with several winners in various categories. In the Folk/Film dance Solo 14-19 age group, Medha Gudavalli won the first prize, and won 2nd prize in Classical Dance Solo 14-19 age group. Lasya Gaddipati has won 2nd and 3rd place in Classical Dance Solo - under 7 and Classical Singing Solo - under 7 categories respectively. Apoorva Gundu of Westminster, CO has won 3rd prize in Classical Dance Solo 8-13 age group.
In the recent TANA convention held in San Jose, CA, popular telugu film singers Kausalya, Pranavi distributed the prizes in the presence of Kalatapasvi K. Viswanath, Sri Nandamuri Balakrishna, Smt Nannapaneni Rajakumari and other prominent people from Andhra Pradesh, India.
Our heartiest congratulations to these rocking stars from Colorado.
21st May 2011
An evening of Rabindra Sangeet by Sharmila Roy Pommot
The first ever Rabindra Sangeet Concert in Denver, Colorado was a major success on May 21, 2011 organized by Colorado Fine Arts Association, a non-profit organization promoting the fine arts. The evening kicked off with Mr. Ajay Menon (President) who gave a brief introduction of CFAA and introduced the MC's of the evening Ms. Sri Garimella and Mr. Amitabha Rakshit followed by the vote of thanks by Mr. Krish Hariharan (Vice President). It was .Wonderful evening at the Denver Art Museum listening to Sharmila Roy Pommot pay tribute to Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore on his 150th birth anniversary. Ms Sharmila Roy Pommot accompanied by Mr. Nabin Shrestha on the tabla, Ms. Sreeparna Gupt Das on the Keyboard and the multi-talented Virtuoso Ms. Priya Hariharan on the violin (in the latter part of the concert) were truly captivating and kept the audience enthralled.
Ms. Sharmila brought Tagore and the times he lived in back to life for us and did it with so much thought so much feeling and so deeply connected to his muse and thought process. Her choice of songs to please the audience from the various states of India ...talking about the various composers who inspired him... the simple dignity and humor in her introductions to each song... in her very demeanor... it was genuine... inimitable and it was real. It was universally enjoyable and it was very fitting for a student of Vishva Bharati and Shantiniketan. The story telling with each song broke all language barriers...Tagore came alive on stage as an aristocrat, a young student sent away to London to learn law and who instead came back with a bag of songs, a young married man very much in love and then a philosopher. The famous song "Aekla Chalo Re" which was written and sung during the Dandi March of our Pre-Independence was rendered with so much passion that the audience could not sit still and had to sing with Ms. Sharmila. Tagore's famous song "Phule Phule Dhole Dhole" which was an inspiration from a Scottish ballad was rendered so nicely that the audience was kept captivated by the music. Ms. Sharmila's sweet and enchanting voice - the interactive/ story telling concert kept the little kids interested as well. Ms. Roy also inculcated some carnatic music into her Rabindra Sangeet which was a very unique and novel style.
All in all it truly was one of a kind concert ever. As the evening came to an end, the audience wanted more of Ms. Sharmila Roy Pommot...and went back home with soulful music and many memories to be cherished. Those of us who knew the language reveled in the lyrics and those who didn't, enjoyed it as music is to be enjoyed - from the mind and the heart!
** DesiShades is thankful to Ms.Sri Garimella for this write-up
14th May 2011
Indian Dance Festival 2011 by Kerala Association of Colorado
The 12th Indian Dance Festival by Kerala Association of Colorado created a wholesome appreciation of the rich Indian dance traditions. The Indian dance style dates back to centuries. All the performances provided not the entertainment, but they also reflected the traditional and Philosophical meaning to the life. It was a typical spring day with gentle showers on 14th April, though it did not interrupt the Indian Dance Festival, the tradition of Colorado has been following for the past 12 years. It was the same enthusiasm from people with a good attendance, participation and cheer-up from beginning to the end with continuous applauses for every program on the stage. West High School in Denver was set to stage all these performances for over 4hours in duration. The audiences were warmly welcomed by the president Mr. Krish Krishnan who took the driving wheel for the second term after a little break, and explained the changes that the current team is bringing up.
The program started with the traditional Bharatanatyam dance Ananda Nartana by Annika Ajay, from Shivanjali Center for Fine Arts. Natyapriya School of Dance students Divya, Anjali, Shama and Aishwarya's performance for Pushpanjali was very well received by the audience. The Kuchipudi dance medley by Girija and Meghna from Saimeghna Dance School continued the classical performances greatly blended Annamacharya krithis. Narmada, semi-classical performance by Abhinaya School of Dance students Namita, Mythreyi, Sharada, Shrenija, Diya, Devanshi, Kavya, Rhea, Sona, Vaishnavi and Asha was a visual feast, that portrayed the holy river Narmada flowing through the mountains and plains to unite with the Arabian sea. The Mohiniyattam item Kusruthi Ganapathi by Sneha was appreciated by the audience. The young girls from Shivanjali - Aditi, Meghana, and Namritha, Shreya, and Shrushti performance showed the kids interest in the mainstream of Indian dance.
KAC brings a distinguished guest artist for the annual event. This year's artist Ms. Lakshmi Kurup from New York has a high profile in Indian Classical Dance and internationally acclaimed artist in multiple classical forms. She performed three different items-- Mohiniyattam, Bharatanatyam and in Kuchipudi style, with same ease and expertise in their respective traditional strengths. Her first item of the evening - Padamanjari successfully showed the gestural and facial acting when her beloved Krishna arrives after a long period. The next item in Bharatanatyam tradition was the famous Nadesha Kautum, an invocatory piece that praises the Lord Nataraja, and the dancer was equally successful to bring up the expertise. Ms.Kurup's third item of the evening was a traditional Kuchipudi tarangam.
Shiva Stuti by Lata Sudendra was a great number. This was a famous composition of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, in Praise of Lord Shiva. Kanchadalayadakshi-- Traditional Kuchipudi dance by Prathyusha Apaprasu, Sonu Venkatraman and Avani Gangavelli of Laya Dance Academy was very well received by the audience. This piece was about goddess Lakshmi Devi, queen of the Universe. This was an outstanding performance with full of rhythm and zest. The semi-classical item for a Tamil movie song by Visual, Reinjure and Kamala was very much charming. This melodious song composed by AR Redman was intelligently blended with nice movements with a classical touch. A Bollywood medley dance performed by Joice was refreshing. The Nepali folk dance by the young girls Nikita, Arina, Akriti, Pradiptee, Lasata and Sarina was really cute, which showed the best movements for the rhythmic beats. The medley of dances by Smokey Hill High School girls Vikasini, Arthi, Sanjana and Hershini was joyful to watch. The girls received the best applause for their fast paced movements for the high-beat tracks. Muthu Mazhai was a Tamil movie song, for which the Kavitha and Nivetha was a great ending to the show. Last but not the least was the Desi Caliente choreographed by Subbu was a vibrant to the show.
The 2011 Colorado Dance festival invited a diverse range of artists including the younger performers to the dance gurus.