Written by Sujit Naik
Hasya Kavi Sammelan at ISW 2012 – A hit with members and others !
For a 6th year in a row ISW hosted the Hasya Kavi Sammelan (an International Hindi Association production). It was a fun filled evening of humor and laughter.
As a prelude to the show our very own Senthil Sivakumar warmed up the audience with jokes and a comedy act.
The main event started with Mr. Alok Mishra introducing the well establised Kavi's, humorists and singers - Gajendra Solanki, Dr. Sarita Sharma and Sanjay Jhala.
It is with profound sadness that we convey news of the passing of Dr Sarla Patel. Dr. Sarla Patel, 78, of Shrewsbury, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at home, following an extended struggle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.
She leaves her beloved husband, Choudhary Balwan Singh Patel; her two loving daughters, Sangeeta Doshi and her husband Nilesh, and Noopur Kapadia and her husband Anand; her four sisters, Santosh Arora, Neena Sawe, Veena Khanna and Rita Joshi; her brother, Sanjay Khanna; her grandchildren, Shailen, Vishal, Kabir, Shaan, Rana, Aashna , Jai, Palbha , Sureena, Rohin, and Riddhima; her nephews and nieces, Neha, Sameer, Shraddha, Shruti, Aastha, and Aakansha. She was born in Quetta, India in 1934, daughter of the late Prakash N. and Raj Khanna.
On March 4, 2012, students, teachers, and parents celebrated and performed a Puja for the goddess Saraswati. This Puja is given significance all over India, for offerings to this goddess is said to provide one with greater knowledge (Saraswati represents knowledge, music, arts, and science). She is also the consort of the god Brahma.
Firstly, everyone was to take off their shoes and jackets before entering the assembly hall, a sign of respect to Hers Truly. Upon entering the assembly hall one finds themselves face to face with a great display of the goddess. On the altar lay a large picture of Saraswati herself, one that ISW has been reusing every year for a few decades as a tradition since it was handmade for the first Saraswati Puja held. Underneath are a few more picture frames of other important Gods like Ganesha, and adjacent are some flowers and other decorations. All of this is done to please Saraswati. Those attending were asked to wear yellow, which is a tradition for Basant Panchimni.
~by Puja Sarma
It was intriguing for me to enter the classroom of Sarwan K. Aggarwal, a teacher brought by the ISW Cultural School. Mr. Aggarwal would be teaching the children something called “Vedic math”.
Vedic math is basically a different way to perform math problems. It is important to note that Vedic math dates back to the Rishis, some of the oldest of Indian ancestry. These Rishis converted complicated mathematical theories and laws into a more usable form for everyone. Even today, Vedic math can still be useful to these students.
ISW conducted its ISW General Body meeting on Sunday, January 29th at the India Center. At the event - The General Body approved the election of two new members to the board of trustees.
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