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Past Event Report

Spring Dhamaka 2014

spring dhamakaISW Opened the year with a bang with the Spring Dhamaka. Thanks to everyone who came for a wonderful response ! You can see pictures here
 

ISW supports India Day at the Lincoln sudbury schools

sudbury schoolISW and Shaila School of Dance were at Sudbury High School today showcasing Indian dances.

You can see picture from the event here

 

ISW Christmas 2013

2013 Annual ISW Christmas Celebration
The Annual ISW Christmas celebration was held on December 7th 2013 at Saint John’s High school in Shrewsbury. The ten foot tall decorated Christmas tree, green wreaths with red bows, colorful lights and green garlands with children and adults in festive clothes brought the Christmas Spirit.
About 250 people attended, ladies dressed in Indian saris & men in formal Christmas attire brightened place with Christmas feelings.
Mr. Sudarshan Komanapalli, President of Manna International, brought the story of Christmas & recounted the wonder in the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ to dwell in the hearts of People. Ms. Rebecca Mason from Nashua, NH portrayed the Grace of Christmas through Mime Performance.
Mr. Puneet Kohli secretary, ISW welcomed the audience, Mr. Ashish Cowlagi presented the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of ISW and Mr. Rajiv Dayal president of ISW bought Christmas greetings and Mr & Mrs.Dayal cut the traditional ISW Christmas Cake
The hall was filled with the sounds of joyous Christmas carols in several Indian languages representing various states of India, youth playing Tabla to classical songs and captivating classical dance performances from Syro Malabar Catholic group from Framingham bought memories of Christmas in India celebrations to Shrewsbury. It was a testament to the power of working together with a shared vision for making our community a better place.
The surprise appearance of Santa in the hall brought cheer & excitement to the children and Santa gave gifts bags to all the children. Everyone enjoyed homemade south Indian vegetarian food.
The ISW Christmas brought the Christmas spirit of JOY, PEACE and LOVE to everyone who came to join in the Celebration.

christmas angel2013 Annual ISW Christmas CelebrationThe Annual ISW Christmas celebration was held on December 7th 2013 at Saint John’s High school in Shrewsbury. The ten foot tall decorated Christmas tree, green wreaths with red bows, colorful lights and green garlands with children and adults in festive clothes brought the Christmas Spirit.

 

Recollections from the 2013 ISW Grand Gala

As I walked into Mechanics Hall on the night of the India Society of Worcester Gala, I was not only overwhelmed by the beauty of the building but more importantly by the wonderfully jubilant atmosphere. Here we are to celebrate an institution borne out of love and fostered by family. The India Society of Worcester was celebrating its 50th year as an essential presence in our lives, and we could not have been happier about it.
The Gala had no shortcomings. From Masala Art’s decadent and delicious appetizers and dinner to the photography to commemorate the evening, the night was filled with lovely conversation remembering the past and looking forward to the future. Stories from founding members of ISW mixed with ideas for new events and trips from the newest members of the Executive board. The spectrum of life stories that interacted that night was commemorative of India Society of Worcester as an institution, a bridge between the tried and true, and the new and unexpected.
Moving upstairs to the spectacular ballroom, we were treated to a night filled with the comedy styling’s of Dan Ninan, magical melodies by Aaroh and most special, a tribute to the diversity of our society and our country through dance. The most esteemed dance teachers from our area; Shaila Verma, Kalaimangai, Jayshree Bala Rajamani, Jasmine Shah, Shamoyita Mukherjee and Sheethal Bhuvanendra, presented dances that blended the rich artistic traditions of India with the authenticity and expression characteristic of these classical and contemporary dance forms. The costumes and choreography burst with color and enthusiasm and even more glowing were the dancers themselves.
The evening ended with an elaborate spread of desserts and tea complemented by our favorite tunes of yesterday and today, presented by Aaroh. Looking around the room, it was evident the celebration and excitement of ISW’s Golden Jubilee and the humility and honor we all felt, being part of such a blessed and warm community.

GalaAs I walked into Mechanics Hall on the night of the India Society of Worcester Gala, I was not only overwhelmed by the beauty of the building but more importantly by the wonderfully jubilant atmosphere. Here we are to celebrate an institution borne out of love and fostered by family.

 

ISW float at the spirit of shrewsbury festival.

picture1India Society of worcester participated in a big way in our spirit of Shrewsbury fall  festival. See pictures below !

The Worcester Telegram opened their coverage of the Spirit of Shrewsbury parade with the India Society float.

 

ISW Documentary Premiere

Second screening Sunday, Oct 6th  at 10:30 AM at India Center

Passage to America: 50 Years of the India Society of Worcester


Pictures from the premiere posted ! One of the most exciting stops in our semicengtennial celebrations was the building of this documentary to document the last 50 years of our community's experience in this area. Don't miss this once-in-50-years event .
 

'Bombay Rocks' team takes the honors in rocking Antakshari night

bbyrocksThe lyrical 'Bombay rocks'  team took the honors at the antakshari contest last night. The competition was a part of ISW's Summer of Celebration, commemorating the 50 years of ISW.

 

Bollywood night kicks off summer of celebration


ISW kicked off the Summer of celebration in style with a rocking Bollywood night. This event was the first in a series, commemorating 50 years of ISW.  Young and Old Stars from our community walked the red carpet, took bollywood dance lessons - courtsey of Shaila's school of Dance,   tried on various kids dresses and enjoyed delicious food.

 

Mother's day Satsang

April showers bring May flowers, Our New Year celebrations in April brought our mothers and grandmothers to celebrate “Mothers Day Satsang” in May.  A symbolic Havan was performed by Mrs. Usha Verma and melodious Bhajans dedicated to Mothers were sung by Vithal Bhakta, Radhi Navani, Manisha Choudhary.  Nisha and Divya Bawa.  They were accompanied on the Dholak by Mr. Ashok Thakkar

You can see pictures on our Facebook page 

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Spring Dhamaka 2013

ISW welcomed the Spring Season with its first ever, “Spring Dhamaka” event. The event was held on April 12th, 7:30 pm -10:30 pm at the India Center in Shrewsbury, MA and was open to general public. The evening was filled with foot-tapping, invigorating Bollywood Dandiya and Bhangra music by DJ Naushad Kapasi, and the venue was abuzz with many enthusiastic dancers on the floor

 

Poignant thoughts mixed with humor at Kavi Sammelan

At an Annual Event of India Society of Worcester Dr. Kunwar Bechain , Dr. Suresh Awasthi and Mr. Deepak Gupta leading  Haasya Kavis from India, all maestros of humor with impeccable timing and delivery entertained a packed hall at the India center for over three hours bringing home some very poignant thoughts mixed with humor.

 

Ramnavmi 2013

ramnavmi2One significant and popular element of the celebration of  Rama Navami  is the Ramayana parayana, a discourse on the Ramayana, it begins on Ugadi and ends on Rama Navami..

   

ISW Celebrates Maha Shivratri 2013

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On March 10 Satsang we celebrated Maha Shivratri. Mrs. Pushpa Joshi performed the initial puja for Shivratri and then the Abhishek was done by all who attended while Gopi Balakrishnan rendered a very soulful recitation of the Shri Shiva Rudram Namkam-Chamakam.  As we know that all the mantras or hymn recited during the offering, creates a powerful atmosphere when chanted in a proper, established way. The attendees of  the Satsang felt the effect  and the energy his recitation created
Siddhi Kamat sang the Lingashtakam and Divya Bawa sang a bhajan devoted to Lord Shiva.

ISW Celeberated MahaShivratri at India Center 

On March 10 Satsang we celebrated Maha Shivratri. Mrs. Pushpa Joshi performed the initial puja for Shivratri and then the Abhishek was done by all who attended while Gopi Balakrishnan rendered a very soulful recitation of the Shri Shiva Rudram Namkam-Chamakam.  

 

 

ISW Celebrates Vasant Panchami

200px-saraswati_with_vitarka_mudra~By Ragini Seth
February 10, 2013 at India Center

In spite of the record breaking snowfall the previous evening, Vasant Panchami Puja was attend by at least 70 to 75 people all dressed in various shades of yellow to welcome Spring.  The Satsang was sponsored by Rani Nautiyal and the Seth Family. 

After a few minutes of meditation led by Bharati Bhakta, the significance of the Puja was read out by Sanjul Seth followed by bhajans sung by Vithal and Bharati Bhakta, Nisha and Divya Bawa, Arathi Cowlagi, Rani Nautiyal and Vibha Dhingra.

   

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