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  • 26 Sep 2023 9:25 PM | Anonymous

    ISW Durga Puja 2023  Five days of celebrations

    Scroll down and click on the PUJA  you wish to attend

    Since there are multiple days/events, a separate registration is requested  for each day.  It will help us in setting up. Thanks



  • 26 Sep 2023 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    We held our Ganpati Special 3D printing classes last weekend.

    Thanks to everyone who joined to build some special projects in time for Ganpati.. Special thanks to returning student Yajas who also doubled as a Assistant Teacher !

    Also -Special shout out to our youngest student yet - Jay - Age 6! 

    We also conducted our annual Idol making workshop where budding artists of all ages built their own clay idols under the guidance of Shrikant and Sapna Savant. 



  • 26 Sep 2023 8:52 AM | Anonymous

    On Saturday, September 26. At our Humrahi gathering. We had few new members join us. Since our Humrahi gathering news is spreading more and more people come to our gathering. Activity wise we had two rounds of part 1 line dancing and then we had two rounds of the 2nd part of line dancing. Our Humrahi group are dancing like professionals now on line dancing.with the able guidance of Mr. Narayan Sharma.

    Then we had a short break for our Chai. Coffee and Nastha.

    After break our D.J . Mr Narayan Sharma started karaoke singing event .We had about 10 singers sing. We had a variety of songs. From  romantic, to emotional, to light classical to comedy songs. Mr Narayan Sharma manages the sequence in an orderly form.

    Our next Humrahi gathering will be on October 26th

    We won't be having our gathering in November and December due to Thanksgiving and Christmas. But we will have a gathering on Saturday December 2nd. The content of the program is a surprise. So keep this date free for yourself. Information will be sent soon on Humrahi group as soon as we formalize everything.


  • 25 Sep 2023 9:31 PM | Anonymous

    ISW Ganeshotsav 2023 - recap

    On Sunday September 24th ISW's, Shrewsbury Ganeshotsav Mandal (SGM) team celebrated Ganesh Festival with lots of enthusiasm and vigor, for the twelfth year in a row. Despite the inconvenience of weather conditions the team still executed the event as planned and with a lot of zeal and "जोश" as always.

    This year's festival at ISW had many significant highlights. Prior to the event, a ganesh idol making workshop was held where almost 25 to 30 participants learnt and made ganesh idols from clay. The 3D model generated ganesh idol was made especially for the event day pooja by volunteers of the SGM team. The theme of the event for this year was Social Media. So in conjunction with the theme, the team had made a beautiful backdrop of various social media platforms and today's ways of communication in picture form. The pictures were digitally drawn taking inspiration from famous Marathi artist/cartoonist Mr. S. D. Phadnis. He is known for his captionless and colorful cartoons, which mainly featured on magazine covers. As kids back home in India, we all grew up appreciating and enjoying his creations. Hence this decoration was our tribute to this great Marathi artist.

    The event started with Ganapati procession (miravnook) in the premises of ISW and was followed by pooja and sacred hymns chanting (aarti). This year's pooja was performed by the parents of Mr. Ashish Cowlagi (past president of ISW). Scrumptious prasad (autnethis maharastrain modak delicacy and shira) was served. Promptly the entertainment program based on the same social media theme started and the hall was filled with claps and foot tappings. Live dances, skits and songs intertwined with reels on screen, showcased today's life, where social media is prevalent in our day to day. The intertwining was important to highlight the balance we all need to achieve, a key message of the program.

    The third highlight of the event was the Dhol-Tasha. The team played the instruments (specially ordered from India) in a procession with many others dancing and rejoicing to the rhythm. The air was filled with energy and a lot of enthusiasm like the festival back in India. From old generation to young kids everyone was enjoying the music and participated in the celebration fever whole heartedly.

    All in all it was a very colorful celebration with pooja, prasad, entertainment program, decorations and food, in the grandeur of the newly renovated India Center. Everyone who attended the program enjoyed it thoroughly.

    The event ended with a delicious authentic dinner of Shrikhand poori, batata wada among other dishes. Volunteers and the SGM team planned the event for months and its fruitful completion left everyone satisfied and content.

    SGM team


  • 24 Sep 2023 8:54 PM | Anonymous

    Spirit of Shrewsbury Talent Show, Float  & Parade Sept 23 & 24, 2023

    Talent Show pictures

    Float & Parade  Pictures

    Celebration for 60 years of completion of ISW’s participation at spirit of Shrewsbury happened on 24th of September . The new team of Youth, Adult and Dancers participated with Dhol Tasha and lezim . Their energy and enthusiasm was out of mark and they were unstoppable in the inclement weather. The high energy and Spirit of the team to prepare themselves in the short span of time to participate in the town parade was incredible. I want to thank from my heart to all the volunteers who showed up early in the rainy morning to put their hands on deck and make the float look presentable at the parade . I want to finish by saying outstanding team work.
    Thank You Anupama Deb Roy


    ‘We’re here rain or shine’: Spirit of Shrewsbury Parade marches on By Evan Walsh -September 24, 2023 Community Advocate

    Consistent rain couldn’t stop the Spirit of Shrewsbury Parade on Sunday afternoon. Crowds of rain-soaked individuals from over 25 local organizations marched through the center of Shrewsbury. Despite the downpours, hearty townsfolk lined the streets to show their support.

    This year, the India Society of Worcester designed the first-place float. The float included balloons to celebrate the society’s 60th anniversary, as well as miniature models of the organization’s new and old buildings.

    “The cardboard – it’s all eco-friendly. I used cardboard, tape, no plastic. I made it part by part, it took me – to complete both the models – about three weeks. I built it, I painted it, and then I did the small doors,” said Anupama Debroy, who was instrumental in the float’s creation.

    The India Society of Worcester’s float was at the front of the parade; the group danced and played music for the entire 1.1-mile parade route – all in the pouring rain. “I’m excited. Everyone is so enthusiastic – it’s raining, but everyone is dancing, everyone is doing their work. Everybody here is working hard to make it possible,” Debroy said.

    Other local organizations made appearances, including Central One Federal Credit Union, Clinton Savings Bank, several Girl Scout troops, youth lacrosse organizations, and Saint John’s High School, which is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

    The parade also featured local figures like Spirit of Shrewsbury Grand Marshal Missy Hollenback. Hollenback – per her request – drove in an electric vehicle throughout the parade.

    The Shrewsbury High School Band also joined in the fun. With rain being blown in their faces, band members valiantly marched forward, playing upbeat music to energize the crowd.

    “It’s really important [to be here]. The community is a big part of our program, and we feel like our participation plays an important role in the community’s events. We’re here rain or shine and we’re happy to be doing so,” said Band Director Caryn Wardwell.


  • 11 Sep 2023 7:31 PM | Anonymous

    ISW Garba is back October 13 & 14

    VENUE : ST GEORGE ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL,
    30 ANNA ST, WORCESTER , MA
    Become a ISW member
    • Tickets for Family & Life Members : $10 per person, per day
    • No combination tickets or early bird tickets
    • only one time login is allowed for tickets, so buy your group ticket in one purchase, multiple logins with same email ids will not be allowed by system
    • max 10 tickets per member, become a ISW member
    • Will stop member sales at noon on day of event
    • Non-payment within 15 mins will automatically cancel registration
    • Non-members/ At the door : $20
    • Please buy ticket for children 5 and over, and adults
    • Children under 5 are free
    • Dandiyas for purchase in cash $5 to $10
    • Food, Jewelry/clothing & Diwali item vendors on site


  • 8 Sep 2023 9:27 AM | Anonymous

    Shrewsbury's Got Talent  September 23rd, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Oak Middle School, Shrewsbury

    Once again, ISW will be hosting the annual Shrewsbury's Got Talent competition as part of the Spirit of Shrewsbury festivities. Sign up to perform by September 20th. 

    On Sunday Sep 24th, on Municipal Ave. Parade starts at 1pm

    ISW Symphony Dhol-Tasha-Lezim participating in Spirit of Shewsbury parade

  • 6 Sep 2023 4:54 PM | Anonymous

     CANCELLED due to RAIN

    ISW Symphony Dhol-Tasha-Lezim participating in Northboro Applefest parade September 10, Sunday 2 pm

    The Northborough Applefest is an annual event that takes place in Northborough, Massachusetts. It typically features a variety of activities, entertainment, food vendors, and a parade.

    ISW Symphony Dhol Tasha Lezim will be participating in the parade this year! This promises to add a lively and cultural element to the festivities. Please join us at the event to enjoy the spectacular performance and cheer the ISW team!

    Please see details at http://www.northboroughapplefest.com/

  • 6 Sep 2023 4:52 PM | Anonymous

    ISW Krishna Janmashtami is at capacity, CLOSED. If you registered prior to 8-20-2023, and are unable to come, please let ISW know. so others can join.

    11 am to 3.00 PM EST Sunday
    Prayers & Aarti
    Dahi Haandi
    Kids Fashion Show (prizes for best Krishna & Radha)
    Lunch Prashad

    All welcome
    Sponsors: Suresh and Meera Gupta
    For RSVP and any questions contact
    geetanjali.virmani@gmail.com. Chair, ISW Religious Committee
  • 27 Aug 2023 12:16 PM | Anonymous

    by Kirti Nagpal

    Synopsis Humrahi Program 8/26/23

    It was a great turnout at the Humrahi program today . We started the day with line dancing . Mr Narayan Sharma who wears many different hats was the dance teacher today . He taught us this elegant dance in very simple and easy to understand steps. Once everyone got the rhythm in place ,they all were dancing like a pro in no time. Cupid shuffle is the ideal song to enjoy line dance.

    Then came our Manoranjan Karoake program. It’s one of the best elements of Humrahi where we get to listen to beautiful songs through karaoke.The audience is also actively participating and singing along.I would though like to mention our 2 members Trupti ji and Pushpa ji who are amazing singers. We were left spell bound when Pushpa ji sang a Ghulam Ali ghazal rendition and Trupti ji sang “lag ja Gale ”.

    Thanks again to everyone who came and enjoyed the program.


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