Annual Diwali Cultural Program Report ----Ragoo Raghunathan
November 14 marked two things this year for us - India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday also known as Children's Day, and ISW's Annual Cultural Program that coincides with Diwali every year. This year the program was held at the Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury between 2 pm - 7pm this past Saturday.
Jagan Srinivasan chaired the group, and with the help of other volunteers was able to put on a fabulous show for the second time in a row. The decorations by Alankar Event Planners and Decorators was very elegant and Shobha Shastry generously helped us with that. The program started at 2.00pm with a group of adorable kids doing a party themed dance. This was followed by over 40 other performances, like various dances including a classical
On Saturday, November 7th, 2015 India Society of Worcester held its annual Diwali puja. While many diyas will illuminate a home at Diwali, many members of the ISW and their families brightened the India Center and the evening with their attendance. Check out pictures of the PUJA HERE
India Society of Worcester celebrated Karva Chauth at the India Center on October 30, 2015.
Nearly 30 couples came to the india Center to join in the Puja and then stayed for dinner after a very timely sighting of the moon.
Please see pictures of ISW Facebook page - HERE
ISW celebrated the Navratri Garba on Friday, the 16th of October, the first Garba in the county. Online registrations were announced and almost overnight we had over 150 registrations. People came in from all over the greater Boston area to attend the Garba dance night. We had DJ Krups from Boston Sound and Light Company DJ'ing the show with fantastic music, which included Garba music and bollywood tunes. As the evening passed we had people pouring in, and by the end of the night we had over 700 participants. The people had dressed themselves to match the occasion with beautiful costumes and jewelry. Once the music started playing people jumped right into the music and small groups started taking shape. Then began the nonstop dancing (Raas and Garba) for the rest of the night with great rythm and enthusiasm. The celebration of course included the Puja and Aarti for the Goddess, followed by distribution of Prasad, which was enjoyed by everyone. Food was available for purchase as well. Overall it was a very successful well attended enjoyable night for the local community and their friends, to mark the beginning of the Garba season.
To see pictures of the event go to ISW FACEBOOK PAGE AND CLICK HERE
For some videos of the evening CLICK HERE
Presents Kathak Solo by Shefali Jain