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.
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We would like to thank each and every one of you who participated in the Nepal Earthquake Prayers and Fundraiser held at India Center in May 2015. After looking into several non-profit and philanthropic organizations that have a presence and are helping with rebuilding and rehabilitation in Nepal, we selected Sewa International as an organization that we will support and forward the donations we collected. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and is important to rebuilding life of those affected. We are happy to inform you that with the generousity of the members of the Society and the community at large we were able to raise $5,062.50.
The check was handed over to Sewa International by Dr. Ragooo Raghunathan, a member of the ISW Executive Committee. Mr. Ashwani Garg, President of the local chapter of Sewa Internatioanl accepted the check on behalf of Sewa International. Dr. Radhika Dixit and Kishan Dixit are also very active team members of the Boston Chapter.
With the generous contributions from us and others in the US, Sewa International has raised more than $750,000 for its Rehabilitation Program in Nepal. Sewa has committed that 100% of donations will go directly to the beneficiaries in Nepal.
SOS Festival ---- Ragoo Raghunathan
On Sunday, September 27th, 2015, ISW once again rocked the parade on Main Street, Shrewsbury with its colorful float. The theme of the float was "Maharashtra". As we all know the first thing that comes to mind when you say Maharashtra is "Ganesha" and the second thing is "Shivaji". So, those were the points of focus. We had a float set up and decorated with a 3 foot tall Ganesha on one half, and a beautiful representation of Chattrapati Shivaji's fort on the other half. A few kids very enthusiastically dressed up like Shivaji and held swords in there hands. The only thing missing was the horse. Thanks to the decoration provided by Shobha Sastry.
Following the float was the beautiful line up of traditionally dressed men and women doing the Lazeem dance as they walked the mile long parade from the city center to Oak Middle school. The parade stopped a few times along the way as the group performed for the crowd. There were applauses all along the way. We couldn't stop dancing. The local news and TV channels covered the parade and some of us were instant celebrities for the 30 seconds of the coverage. To see pictures of the parade CLICK HERE
The popular festival of God of wisdom - Ganapati was celebrated in a grand manner last Sunday on September 20th at the India Center in Shrewsbury, MA. The planning team of this event was working very hard for last 2-to 3 months to make this event amazingly successful.
As always the overall atmosphere and mood during this festive day takes us all back home in India where our traditional ganeshotsav is being celebrated. The program started with a wonderful procession of "Ganapati" being sat in Palakhi ( a special carriage made for ganapati bappa. "गणपती बाप्पा मोरया । मंगल मूर्ती मोरया ।" was a typical chant, we could hear everywhere. The procession was led by enthusiastic and energetic Lezim presentation. The group of girls and ladies who danced along with catchy and super fast rhythm. An informative and interactive Ganapati Pooja was held by our Mrs. Pushpa Joshi. We are really grateful to Warty Kaka and Kaku for hosting the pooja.
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