India Society of Worcester (ISW) is glad to congratulate Jasmine Shah, for being the receipient of 2016 India New England News Lifetime Achievemnt Award. Jasmine is the founder of Aangikam Dance Academy, and has dedicated her life promoting Indian culture through various dance styles in the New England area.
It started in 1982 when Jasmine, a visionary and a proficient dancer herself, decided to create a platform where youngsters could learn about the India’s culture through dances. This led to the formation of Aangikam Dance Academy. The school has grown from handful of children to over 200 students with multiple locations in the New England area. She has stayed true to her traditional beliefs in promoting Indian heritage with, Bharat Natyam, Manipuri and Folk dances. Due to popular demand, Bollywood dances have now been added.
Admission to Aangikam is open to all since Jasmine believes “everyone can dance”. In recent years she has started adult classes
India Society of Worcester (ISW) in collaboration with International Hindi Association held its annual Haasya Kavi Sammelan on May 14, 2016.
Shri Aashkaran Atal, Shri Suryakumar Pandey and Shri Ramesh Ramesh Sharma leading Kavis from India and Ms. Archana Panda a leading poetess from California, entertained a packed hall at India Center in Shrewsbury, MA.
Mother's day Celebrations at India Center - 'मातृदेवोभव- A Tribute to Motherhood' ..................Vaijayanti Joshi and Sarita Deshpande
We had a wonderful and inspiring celebration of Mother's day on May 8th at the India Center. Around 60 people attended and participated in the program.
The program started with an talk show styled open discussion titled 'Matrudevo Bhav'. Vaijayanti Joshi hosted the discussion in an informal setting that revolved around Mother's Day themes of 'Characteristics of motherhood in ancient scriptures', 'Multi-generational motherhood', 'Mother nature' and 'Challenges of motherhood - old and new'. Respected senior citizen Mrs, Pusha Joshi shared her invaluable thoughts on these topics. All age groups from the audience including children participated enthusiastically in the discussion making it very lively. This section concluded with Mrs. Pushpa Joshi singing a very soulful song on mothers.
Showcase India 2016 - an IYG event ............................................Rhea Vyas
Saturday 23rd April, 2016 witnessed another record setting Showcase India event organized by ISW's Indian Youth Group (IYG). Our team of over 50 young adults worked tirelessly over 4 months to organize this event. We had 19 choreographers and over 250 performers - 5 years to 18 year old! Over 700 audience members were entertained by our young performers. Items included an opening prayer by ISW cultural school students, classical, folk and Bollywood style dances.
We had our vendors and sponsors support our event. Delicious food and snacks were available to match the festive mood. Funds raised from the event are utilized for IYG activities such as community service, transportation, facility rentals, team building activities and supplies. Every dollar is used for IYG related activities only.
Ramnavami Celebrations at India India Center ..........................................Sarita Deshpande
We had a wonderful celebration of Ramnavami on April 10th at the India Center. The program was attended by more than 125 people.
The program started with an amazing skit performed by ISW Language and Cultural School kids. The play was written and directed by Shilpa Kulkarni Nikte. Kids did a great job and showed their acting, narrating skills depicting the story of Ramayan.
In music segment, bhajans of Rama were sung by our local talented artists namely- Shamika Kanitkar Manasi Patki, Shailesh Salgar, Abhijeet Nikte, Sarita and we had a wonderful Tabla accompaniment by Sujaat Sukhtankar.