Past Events Reports
A well known Classical music teacher, an entrepreneur and a great vocalist Vandana Rao presented a nice musical rendition of the song ‘Teri Mitti’ from the movie ‘Kesari’. A group of youth artists - Nivetha, Sruthi, Sravya and Pranav offered a beautiful song from the film ‘Razi - Aye Vatan Vatan in the honor of Motherland India. This mellifluous presentation was very well appreciated by the audience. The Shrewsbury School Principal Mr. Jonathan Kelly sent a special message to those whose families / friends have been affected by COVID in India. ISW Language and Culture School students’ devotional bhajan of ‘Hey Ram’ , Mr. Ernest Gulla and Mrs. Manjula’s prayer and text from the Bible were presented to maintain the peace and serenity in the environment of these tough times. Ashita Shekhar talked about the importance of Meditation during these difficult and tough times to keep oneself positive and strong.
ISW University presented online webinar on QI (key)communication skills for middle schoolers on May 8, 2021.
The Facilitators were Dhruv Jagan and Aashi Gupta, 8th graders, Oak Middle School, Shrewsbury, MA . They give tips on how to strengthen student's confidence in speaking up and communicating. With better communications skills, students will then be less fearful of asking a “wrong question,” or feeling shy about asking a question or making a statement in front of a class. They introduced the concept of Qi (pronounced 'key') skills which are mostly communication skills, but they also included emotional aspects such as confidence and courage. These skills include ME and WE skills.
The webinar concluded with a Kahoot game, a list of resources for the attendees and feedback from the attendees as they introducted themselves.
Next session is on Time Management in June 2021
Link to the ISW YouTube recording
Here's the consolidated list of COVID Resources, complied by Amita Not all have been verified by ISW, this is just a listing
List of Resources: Please send email to Amita if you have others you want to add
We are happy to announce results of the Art Contest.
Red Group 4-5years
1st place - Ashvika Agrawal 2nd place - Shataneek Dasgupta3rd place - Arjun BadenehalBlue Group A 6-8 years1st place - Aayushi Das Gupta2nd place - Riana Sukhija3rd place - Yashika PalBlue Group B 6-8 years1st place - Soumili Dey2nd place - Sathveega Karthik3rd place - Prachi NayakYellow Group A 9-12 years1st place - Mishka Chellappa2nd place - Ishita Agrawal3rd place - Saanvi BasuYellow Group B 9-12 years
1st place - Tanvi Badenehal
2nd place - Sohan Hegde
3rd place - Jagruti Mazumdar
Green Group 13-17 years
1st place - Esther Antony
2nd place - Smrithi Krishnaswamy
3rd place - Tanushree Nekenti
ISW Symphony initiative is bringing to you an Art Contest for all ages. The platform is to express all our local artists, artists from all over the country, their inner creativity, emotions through drawing, painting and artwork.
In the effort of giving a platform to artists, Shviangi Das Gupta came up with an idea of Virtual Art Contest.
The concept and idea of this event was seeded by one of our brilliant and ingenious IYG (Indian Youth Group) members - Shivangi Dasgupta. This young lady had worked hard on planning and chalking out the format of the contest, registration form, themes, and many other logistical aspects.
The goal of raising some funds from this event for ISW was visioned by Shivangi and team. The goal was pretty much accomplished.
More than 60 artists participate in the contest. The contest was held via live zoom sessions, when more than 15 IYG volunteers conducted these sessions while contestants were engaged in their creativity on the morning of Saturday April 24th. The contestants were given themes to work on their art and they were working on their art work during this event on Saturday.
ISW is fortunate to have an amazing Judges’ Panel of Avni Chheda, Aradhita Sarkar, Sharmistha Bhattacharya Dutta, Rashmi Pitre, Dr. Java Joshi. (meet our Judges)
The winners will be recognized by certificates and rewards. The winners’ artwork will be published on our website for some period of time.
Shviangi Dasgupta - Initiator, Coordinator, Main Lead
Swara Gurao, Prachet Mahawar, Atharv Deshpande, Arnav Sharma, Siddharth Deshmukh, Soumya Warty, Tanvi Gahlot, Pranav Manjrekar, Devishi Jain, Surabhi Dindore
ISW University Summer Camp 2021: REGISTRATIONS are open
We have summer classes in English, Math, Introduction to Robotics, Arts/Crafts, Scratch Programming etc being scheduled. The cost per class is approx $40 for 8 sessions. If you sign up for two classes, the cost is $80, and so on. The Introductions to Robotics camps is $25 for 5 days. Each class is 45+mins
Camp starts June 28 to August 13 for 8 weeks. The classes are all online.
For now we have assigned the tutors, who signed up as of May 30, 2021. If you are interested in being a volunteer, you are welcome to enroll, however we are unable to assign any classes to you until we get students to sign up with our current schedule.
Thank you for your interest, and depending on demand Usha Aunty will contact you for an interview.
If you are interested in signing up, register asap
Any questions do contact our Summer 2021 Team, we can add you to our email group.
Usha Yadav, and Kalpana Choudhary
Shiamin Melville, Advisor 508-353-4316
May 22, 2021, Saturday: 11.00 am Financial planning and College Advisors.
Kanan Sachdeva, MBA, CFP®️, ChFC®️, Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual and Patrick Herndon, Certified College Advisor were the panelists. Our moderators were Mayank Jaiswal /Ramendra Chauhan
Recording on ISW Youtube link
April 17, 2021 Summary
College application process: College Essays: Crafting a great college application.
Ms.Susan Goodkin, a graduate of Harvard University, Harvard Law School, and Oxford University, spoke about crafting/creating a great college application. For the college essay, it was key to have a captivating opening sentence plus she cautioned against using humor or dark cynical views. The college counsellor has two minutes to read an essay that the applicant has spent countless hours on, so it is important to be upbeat, and perhaps share what one has learnt from a struggle or a hobby.
For the second half, Dhriti Aiylam, Junior at Northeastern University, Aditya Hoque, Junior at Brown University and Aditya Khanna, Sophomore/Junior at Rochester Institute of Technology shared their personal experiences. In order to view their insights, click here. Session was moderated by Mayank and Shiamin.
From Tanvi, one of the attendees: I thought the personal statement examples that the students as well as Ms. Goodkin gave were really unique and informative. Furthermore, the tips the students gave, to research the college was really helpful. Dhriti’s idea about the specific structure and planning a few sentences about the personal statement and then giving it some time, and also reviewing it with an outsider was really great and helpful.
MARCH 20, 2021 summary
Summary: College Application Process: 'Let's talk ! Keeping the lines of communications open'
---Dr. Mayank Jaiswal and Poonam Hingorany.
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We had more than 20 attend the webinar on March 20 as part of ISW's initiative on providing information and support for parents and students whilst they navigate the college application process. Led by Shubh Agrawal, School Counselor, Worcester Academy and IYG Advisor and Ramendra, Ruchi and Yash Chauhan , we delved into how to keep sane and keep family relationships on an even keel throughout the college application process, with emphasis on students in high school. Shubh used the analogy that parent's role at this time is similar to their role when their teenager first learns to drive. The student is in the driver's seat and the parent is there as a guide.
Thoughts shared by Yash Chauhan, Freshman at Northeastern University , Boston
Whether it be debating between taking the SAT or ACT or attempting to figure out the so called “formula” that admission’s departments use, the American college admissions process is already an overly complicated task. However, it is made far more difficult and strenuous when there is a lack of open communication between parent and student. This is especially true for individuals with parents who were brought up in India and as such, are not as familiar with the American application process. In such a situation, the student should realize that when their parents asks them questions about certain aspects of the application, it isn’t due to them attempting to criticize the student or micromanage them, but usually just because they are genuinely curious about the process. Conversely, parents too should understand that this is a process that is primarily incumbent on the student. Although parents should always provide guidance and encouragement, they should never just take over. The skills that students develop during the application process will serve them well in the future, but only if parents let go a little and allow them to go through this experience. Even though parents should not take over, keeping an open dialogue throughout the process such as discussing what the family can afford, allows for students and parents to get the most out of the process while mitigating future conflicts. Finally, it is important to keep in mind that what matters more than where you go college is what you do during your time there; so aim high, but remember that wherever you end up going, you still have the opportunity to accomplish great things.
College Stress Management_Shubh.pdf
Next sessions are as follows:
June 12 2021 Donna Cox, Cox Tutoring Group "How to tackle Standardized Tests and College Interviews". Moderators Hingorany/Shiamin
Future 2021: High school graduates discuss the process on how they made their college/major selections.
Future 2021: Negotiation and comparison of college financial packages and fees between big-name colleges and in-state colleges and universities.
College Connect Team
Mayank Jaiswal, Facilitator & Professor at Rider College
Shubh Agrawal, Counselor, Worcester Academy
Poonam & Sanjay Hingorany, parents of undergrad and grad college students
Ramendra & Ruchi Chauhan, parents of middle school and college freshman children
Snehlata & Jagan Srinivasan, parents of middle school students & themselves college professors
Aaryan Bhatt, HS Senior from Harvard, MA.
Daily 6.30 am Yoga Hemant Gera, disciple of Bharatiya Yog Sansthan, Delhi. WhatsApp contact +91-98102 48623
Mondays 10 am Chair Yoga by Latha Radhakrishnan
Tuesdays 11 am Chairobics by Stuti Khanna
Saturdays 11 am Chairobics by Stuti Khanna
TBD Meditation by Sreedhar Shanmugavelu (Heartfulness.org) WhatsApp contact +1(510) 361-9839
Request to be added to WhatsApp group for above sessions
Ragini Seth 508-330-0884
Shiamin Melville 508-353-4316
For membership information go to www: iswonline.org
In person TBD: India Center, 152 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545
ISW Puzzle Challenge - II
Over the February vacation week, Feb 12-21, ISW successfully conducted its second Puzzle/Lego Structure Challenge. Due to popular request, we included Lego structures in addition to 1000 piece puzzles. We had over a dozen families participate this time around. Doing the puzzle and building Lego structure gave families a much needed break from screen time after a year long online schooling in the case of most students. The interest in the challenge was so high that many families completed not just one item, but multiple puzzles or Lego structures.
Here are our winners:
1000 piece puzzle:
Debbie Goswami and family
Even though this challenge is over, we strongly encourage families to continue puzzling. We are working on setting up a puzzle exchange at India Center. Thank you to everyone who participated and we look forward to seeing you all soon at our next challenge.
ISW Harvest Festival 2021
On Sat, Feb 13, 2021, we kicked off the first major event of the ISW calendar year – The Harvest Festival. And what a great way to start!!
This was our way of beginning the new year with positivity, prosperity and happiness. As per Indian mythology, Harvest festival (which is known by different names in different regions in India) marks the end of an unfavorable phase and the beginning of a holy phase. Particularly in the villages of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Himachal, West Bengal and Punjab, people celebrate the harvesting of new crops with bonfires, carnivals, songs, dances, kite flying and rallies.
For obvious reasons, we could not gather in person as in previous years. However, we invited the extended ISW community to come participate in the cultural event and dance competition virtually. And it was met with tremendous interest.
The event was kicked off virtually and streamed LIVE on ISW’s Facebook page.
The program ran for more than 3 hours and consisted of 35 performances ranging from Indian classical dances to semi classical dances interspersed with Bollywood medleys, poem recitations and even a very lively debate. All the dances were brilliantly choreographed and extremely entertaining to young and old alike.
If you missed the event, you can still view it at the following links -
Live 1 - https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=923983718407338&ref=watch_permalink
Live 2 -https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=901184797402446&ref=watch_permalink
As always, these events are not possible without our ISW family and community participation. Each one of them contributes to the success that we talk about here.
We thank our participants for sharing their talent and love with us.
We thank our judges for sharing their knowledge and time to encourage our participants.
We thank the ISW Cultural committee and our volunteers for putting countless hours into making this event a success.
And we cannot do this without our sponsors, a BIG thank you to them as well.
Below 9 years:
Ekta Dance Academy - 1st winner
Street Dancers - 2nd winner
Academy of Creative Arts - Little Kids - 3rd winner
Odhani - 1st winner
Girls on Fire - 2nd winner
Performing Arts of New England - 3rd winner
Performing Arts of New England - 1st winner
Vande Matram - 2nd winner
Girls of the Galaxy - 3rd winner
Boston Desi Hoppers - 1st winner
The Dholikaars - 2nd winner
Hellaro - 3rd winner
Below 9 years:
Amudhasri Dance School - 1st winner
Mona's Dance Academy - 2nd winner
Upasana - 1st winner
Amudhasri dance school - 2nd winner
Amudhasri dance school - 3rd winner
Performing Arts of New England - 1st winner
Please use this link to Donate for this event only via credit card
if you click the link it will automatically lead you to create an account which takes only a few seconds!
With February marking Black History Month, it’s more important than ever to recognize the ways we can use our resources to help aid racial equity efforts. Throughout the month of February, SAYAA is encouraging those who can to donate to organizations such as The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester. Donating helps those who are disproportionately affected by economic downturns, and even a small amount can go a long way.
SAYAA will screen "13th" in an online Movie Night. We would love to have you, your family, and your friends join us! Funds raised will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester (https://www.bgcworcester.org/).
SAYAA South Asian Activists and Allies at ISW is dedicated to disseminating resources about important social justice and racial equity initiatives while also increasing our own self-reflection of the role South Asian communities can play in supporting social justice and promoting activism to combat such trends.
If you are between the ages of 15-35 and are interested in joining us or learning more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or inquiries.