Local Youth Appointed to Lion International Board

July 11, 2022 EDISON – A local youth, Ojas Chitnis, was appointed to the Lions International Board as a youthrepresentative during their International Convention in Montreal last week. He is the youngest ever and the 1st American to be a “Leo-Lion Liaison” representing the youth around the world. Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. More than 1.4 millionmembers in over 48,000 clubs are serving in 200 countries and geographic areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions have strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects and extend the service impact through the generous support of Lions Clubs International Foundation. Lions are focused on supporting vision, the environment, childhood cancer, hunger, diabetes, and other pressing humanitarian needs to help address some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Lions International board consisting of the International President, Vice presidents, 35 International Directors overlooking the complex operations of this global organization. Since 2017 “Leo-Lion Liaisons” are added to the board to give a voice to the youth. They are appointed by the international president for a term of 1 year. Leo-Lion Ojas is involved in community service since he was a child. He is passionate about youth […]

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PM Modi encouraged India to dream big, showed dreams come true if pursued with determination: Indian Ambassador to US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu

PM Modi encouraged India to dream big, showed dreams come true if pursued with determination: Indian Ambassador to US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu Book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s relationship with Sikh internationally released by NID Foundation at Chicago Today, entire world is looking at modern India to bring peace across the globe: Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar Asían Media USA © Chicago, IL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has encouraged the entire India to dream big and has shown the world that dreams can be achieved if pursued with determination and persistence, said Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to the USA, at the international launch of two books on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ‘Vishwa Sadbhavana’ event organised by the NID Foundation at the City of Chicago, the United States of America. Eminent people from the USA and Indian Diaspora including Thought Leaders, Entrepreneurs, members of US Senate, Corporate leaders, educationists, Spiritual Leaders, including senior US senator Ron Johnson, Indian spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Dr Debbie Ford, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Robin Vos, Speaker of Wisconsin State Assembly, S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chief Patron, NID Foundation and Chancellor, Chandigarh University, prominent American businessman Darshan Singh Dhaliwal and Indian Member of Parliament Hans […]

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Indian American Business Council & Art of Living

Hosts Mega Peace Festival with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Chicago Asían Media USA © Chicago IL: Global Humanitarian spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar led the convergence of large gathering ‘I Stand for Peace’ – a Peace Festival in Chicago that attracted a large attendance including ranking United States Congressmen, Local, County and State elected officials and a great host of business and community leaders on June 26, 202 at the University of Illinois Forum Auditorium.   The Peace Festival “I Stand for Peace”  elicited inspiring remarks from the ranking elected officials in the backdrop of growing unrest, violence, crime in Chicago and all across the globe and the compelling imperative to usher peace, harmony, love and brotherhood. The Peace Meet attracted the attendance of Ranking Congressman Danny Davis 9D, IL-7th Dist.), Ranking Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D, IL-8th District), Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Representative Jim Durkin (R, 82nd District), Adarsh Shastri, Grandson of former PM of India Sri.Lal Bahadur Shastri, Hoffman Estates Police Chief Kasia Cawley and a host of State Senators, State Representatives, Suburban Mayors and other prominent faith leaders. Amidst the series of remarks, State Representative Jim Durkin (R,82nd District) said that he would […]

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White Eagle Eid Fest message to community is

“Love your neighbor as you love yourself” Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: The Muslim households of the White Eagle neighborhood in Naperville hosted their second annual Eid Fest on Saturday, June 25th. The event, held at the grounds of the local White Eagle elementary school, was attended by over four hundred people from White Eagle and the surrounding neighborhoods. Eid, meaning ‘celebration’ or ‘festival’, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims. There are two dedicated times of Eid in Islam that Muslims celebrate. Eid ul-Fitr, sometimes called ‘small Eid’, is celebrated to commemorate the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Eid al-Fitr literally means “the celebration of breaking the fast.” Eid ul-Adha, sometimes called ‘big Eid’, or “feast of the sacrifice”, comes at the end of the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj, celebrated this year on July 9th. This Eid honors the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to Allah’s command. In Christianity and Judaism, this is told as the story of Abraham and his son Isaac. Organizers of the event say that the idea of a neighborhood Eid festival came about last year to bring the Muslim community, of the […]

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Celebrating The Achievements Of Indian American Physicians, AAPI’s Historic 40th Convention Concludes In San Antonio

(San Antonio, Tx. June 26, 2022) The historic 40th annual convention organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) concluded at the world-famous Riverwalk Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio in Texas on Saturday, June 25th, 2022 with a Gala Bollywood Nite, during which a new Leadership Team led by Dr. Ravi Kolli assumed charge of the four decades old premier Medical Organization, representing the strong and powerful 120,000 physicians of Indian heritage. The four days long annual convention and scientific assembly, attended by over 10,000 AAPI delegates, while celebrating the achievements of the Indian American Physicians, focused on the theme, “Physician Heal Thyself” with several unique and first-of-a-kind opportunities to help AAPI members self-care, especially in the context of Covid related physicians burn out, paid tributes and celebrated freedom and democracy, honoring India and its  75 years of Independence Day celebrations- co-sponsored by the Embassy of India & the Consulate General of India (CGI) – Houston. “AAPI’s strength is its numbers and members. Our Sakthi is in our Samkhya and our Sabhyas,” Dr. Ravi Kolli stated in his inaugural address immediately after he assumed charge as the 41st President of AAPI. “You are that […]

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“FIA – Chicago Celebrates 8th International Yoga Day”

Asian Media USA © Chicago, IL: The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA – CHICAGO) 501 (C)(3) celebrated 8th International Yoga Day with Mindful Meditation Yoga in Naperville on Tuesday, Jun 21st 2022. All guests were ushered in by the Welcoming Team, following the Indian tradition with Chandan kumkum teeka and flowers. The yoga event began with the opening address, by the hostess, President of Mindful Meditation Yoga and Vice President FIA, Anu Malhotra, followed by a Welcome address by FIA Chairman & Founder President Sunil Shah, and an eloquent speech by the President FIA- Chicago, Hitesh Gandhi, followed by the addresses by Chicago, Senator Laura Clymore Ellman, the two Guests of Honor, Dr Vemuri Murthy, Chairman Chicago Medical Society and Dr Sreenivas Reddy, Chairperson of IL State Medical Board 2022, and speech by Special Guest, Consul Vinod Gautam. The Lamp Lighting ceremony was performed by the dignitaries, Sunil Shah, Hitesh Gandhi, Dr Reddy, Dr Murthy, Ajeet Singh, Keerthi Revoori, Vinod Gautam, along with the sacred chanting of the auspicious Sanskrit hymns & mantras by Anu Malhotra, praying for the peace, good health and wellbeing of this entire world. Blissful Aadi Yogi song performance by soulful singer Anil Jha, filled the […]

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The First Quranic Museum in Chicago

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: International Institute of Islamic Medicine and Science (NIIMS) takes great pleasure in announcing the opening of the “Rare Quranic collection of Antique Qurans and Quranic Manuscripts to NIIMS Museum/Library, in Rolling Meadows, Chicago IL Some pieces are as old as 600 years! Some of them are the oldest historic Qurans in the United States. This collection includes almost a 100 Qurans and Quranic manuscripts, all written by hand and some of them on bamboo, palm trees and leather!!! NIIMS becomes the first Library in the nation to acquire this valuable treasure. The Quranic collection and priceless Quranic Manuscripts which are now put on display at the NIIMS Museum. We are honored to have these on display at the NIIMS Museum. support this amazing project now by donating now! Photographs and Press release by: Asian Media USA Suresh Bodiwala Chairman Asian Media USA Cell: 847-420-4789    E-Mail: bodiwalasuresh@gmail.com Copyrights ©: Asian Media USA No one shall download or otherwise duplicate the graphics, images, press release and written content from the PDF without our express written permission. Likewise, no one shall reuse the aforesaid things, as the same are the intellectual property of the Company, we hereby reserve all rights Disclaimer: […]

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S R Dance Academy Students killed the stage at their summer recital

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: On Sunday June 12th, the most popular Bollywood dance school in the entire Chicagoland area, S R Dance Academy, held their Summer Recital at the distinguished Mall of India. Rita and Anshika Singh launched the academy at the start of the pandemic as a way for both kids and adults to get active while needing to stay indoors. Rita Singh is an incredibly creative entrepreneur, investor, and community leader based in Chicago. Her brand, S R, houses a variety of her own companies that fall under the domains of IT staffing, real estate, and entertainment. Her daughter, Anshika Singh is a technology consultant at a Fortune 500 company. She is also a Purdue graduate, former Femina Miss India finalist, and talented dancer. All their classes were initially taught virtually over Zoom for the first 12 months to ensure the safety of all students. As quarantine was lifted throughout 2021, the students slowly moved to dancing in studios, while taking the safety precautions of social distancing and wearing masks. Now, S R Dance Academy has 5 studio locations all over the Chicagoland area. Students are taught dance classes in Naperville, Bartlett, Schaumburg, Riverwoods, and Libertyville […]

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BAPS Hosts Unity Forum for faith-based organizations

BAPS hosted leaders of faith-based organizations at its centers across North America in ‘Unity Forums’ to have a dialogue on protecting and preserving Vedic Sanatana Dharma and to discuss public safety and other challenges affecting places of worship in the presence of renowned scholar of Hindu Philosophy and Sanskrit, Mahamahopadhyaya Bhadreshdas Swami. In the Northeast region, three events were organized: Long Island, NY, Robbinsville, NJ, and Washington DC, attended by representatives from over 100 mandirs and organizations. In light of current safety and security challenges, experts from local, state, and federal agencies conveyed the importance of maintaining awareness and being prepared, as well as provided best practices for security in places of worship. In addition, question and answer sessions were held with the respective experts, allowing community members to voice concerns and receive further guidance.  Addressing the assembly, Mahamahopadhyaya Bhadreshdas Swami said, “There is a need for continuous dialogue and cooperative efforts not only for physical safety but also for establishing a solid foundation of Vedic Sanatana Dharma practices anchored in scriptural teachings and principles. We are fortunate to have taken this step in bridging our houses of worship. May our collective communities thrive spiritually, economically, and socially. May we […]

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BTS of Bollywood Stars arriving for IIFA at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

    IIFA Rocks 2022: The Best of Music and Fashion, all on one stage on 3rd June 2022 THE GRANDEST CELEBRATION OF INDIAN CINEMA – THE 22ND EDITION OF IIFA WEEKEND AND AWARDS 2022 KICKSTARTS AT ETIHAD ARENA, YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI! #IIFA2022 ·       IIFA Rocks 2022: The Best of Music and Fashion, all on one stage on 3rd June 2022 §  Hosts: Farah Khan Kunder & Aparshakti Khurana §  Performers: Devi Sri Prasad, Tanishk Bagchi, Guru Randhawa, Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar, Dhvani Bhanushali, Zahrah S Khan, Dhvani Bhanushali, Asees Kaur ·       NEXA IIFA Awards 2022 Co-Presented by SportsBuzz.com co-powered by Rajshree Elaichi and Josh: 4th June 2022. §  Hosts:  Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh & Maniesh Paul §  Performers: Shahid Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, Ananya Panday, Divya Khosla Kumar and Nora Fatehi. 2nd June 2022, Abu Dhabi: The grandest celebration of Indian Cinema, the International Indian Film Academy and Awards (IIFA), in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), and Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, is all set to thrill fans with its 22nd edition in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi on June 3rd and 4th, 2022. At a press conference held at Etihad Arena – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, addressing the media […]

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THE GRANDEST CELEBRATION OF INDIAN CINEMA – THE 22ND EDITION OF IIFA WEEKEND AND AWARDS 2022 KICKSTARTS AT ETIHAD ARENA, YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI!

    IIFA Rocks 2022: The Best of Music and Fashion, all on one stage on 3rd June 2022 §  Hosts: Farah Khan Kunder & Aparshakti Khurana §  Performers: Devi Sri Prasad, Tanishk Bagchi, Guru Randhawa, Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar, Dhvani Bhanushali, Zahrah S Khan, Dhvani Bhanushali, Asees Kaur ·         NEXA IIFA Awards 2022 Co-Presented by SportsBuzz.com co-powered by Rajshree Elaichi and Josh: 4th June 2022. §  Hosts:  Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh & Maniesh Paul §  Performers: Shahid Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Kartik Aaryan, Sara Ali Khan, Ananya Panday, Divya Khosla Kumar and Nora Fatehi. 2nd June 2022, Abu Dhabi: The grandest celebration of Indian Cinema, the International Indian Film Academy and Awards (IIFA), in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), and Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, is all set to thrill fans with its 22nd edition in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi on June 3rd and 4th, 2022. At a press conference held at Etihad Arena – Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, addressing the media were this year’s hosts – Salman Khan, Riteish Deshmukh, Maniesh Paul, Farah Khan Kunder, Aparshakti Khurana and performers Shahid Kapoor, Tiger Shroff, Kartik Aaryan, Ananya Panday, Sarah Ali Khan, Guru Randhawa, YoYo Honey Singh, Divya Khosla Kumar, Tanishk Bagchi, Neha Kakkar, […]

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YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI WITNESS AN EXTRAORDINARY BLEND OF MUSIC, FASHION AND ENTERTAINMENT AT THE SPECTACULAR IIFA ROCKS 2022

YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI WITNESS AN EXTRAORDINARY BLEND OF MUSIC, FASHION AND ENTERTAINMENT AT THE SPECTACULAR IIFA ROCKS 2022 #IIFA2022 YAS ISLAND, ABU DHABI WITNESS AN EXTRAORDINARY BLEND OF MUSIC, FASHION AND ENTERTAINMENT AT THE SPECTACULAR IIFA ROCKS 2022 #IIFA2022 ·         IIFA Rocks 2022: The Best of Music and Fashion, all on one stage on 3rd June 2022 §  Hosts: Farah Khan & Aparshakti Khurana §  Performers: Devi Sri Prasad, Tanishk Bagchi, Guru Randhawa, Honey Singh, Neha Kakkar, Dhvani Bhanushali, Zahrah S Khan, Asees Kaur, Ash King.   ·         Winners Of Technical Awards for the 22nd Edition Of IIFA 2022 §  Sardar Udham wins 3 awards followed by Atrangi Re with 2 awards   ·         Falguni and Shane Peacock presented a fashionable mélange of exquisite and gorgeous designs at the with a scintillating NEXA fashion show at IIFA Rocks 2022.     3rd June 2022, Abu Dhabi: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi witnessed the grandeur, opulence and the octane all on one stage at the spectacular IIFA Rocks 2022. A treat for music, fashion & entertainment lovers everywhere, Sportsbuzz.com IIFA Rocks Co-Presented by NEXA, IIFA ROCKS 2022 witnessed a breath-taking celebration comprising fun, glamour, delightful acts and surprises with mesmerizing performances all under one roof at the grandest celebration of Indian Cinema, the International […]

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Dr. Jagdish K. Gupta, President of Medical Society of County of Kings, NY Leads Year-Long Bicentennial Celebrations

“I am very humbled, truly privileged, and extremely honored to welcome you all to our 201st Bicentennial Stated Meeting by the Medical Society of The County of Kings and the Academy of Medicine of Brooklyn,” said Dr. Jagdish K. Gupta, a committed and highly regarded physician with a history of professional achievement and humanitarian philanthropy, who was inducted as the 174th President of the Medical Society of County of Kings (MSCK) on May 25th, 2022.Dr. Gupta was addressing the delegates at the 201st Annual Stated Meeting of MSCK as a Bicentennial Event in person, after two years hiatus due to COVID Pandemic at El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn, NY with full regalia. “The COVID-19 pandemic upended the rhythms of our personal and professional lives. Traditional workings of our medical society came to a screeching halt,” Dr. Gupta pointed out. “However, as an organization, we persevered, reimagined our operations, and implemented new strategies.  Overall, the organization was renewed and brought into the 21st century.”Dr. Gupta expressed gratitude to “Dr. Valluru, Dr. Prasad Gudavalli & Dr. Larry Melniker, and everyone in our leadership team for all their hard work during possibly the most challenging time in our organization’s history.”   Dr. Gupta on […]

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 AAPI’s 40th Convention To Feature Prominent CEOs From Around World

AAPI’s 40th Convention To Feature Prominent CEOs From Around World The Healthcare industry in the United States and around the world is rapidly changing, leading to many describing the healthcare environment as dynamic, complex, and highly uncertain. The manner in which the health care environment is perceived and characterized is important for several reasons. Higher-performing health care providers and organizations are those that are, among other characteristics, able to understand and manage uncertainty and ambiguity in their environments.With a view to helping AAPI members better understand the recent trends in the delivery of healthcare to millions across the nation, the forthcoming 40th annual convention, organized by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) from June 23rd to 25th, 2022 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX is planning a high power CEO Forum, featuring experts and leaders in the healthcare industry, Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, President of AAPI announced.Conceived and developed by Dr. Joseph M. Chalil and Mr. Bob Miglani, and building on the successful experiences of the past several years of the popular CEO Forum at the 40th edition of AAPI’s annual Convention, to be attended by world renowned healthcare leaders will address: “The Future of Healthcare: Technology, Transformation and […]

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Famous Punjabi Singers Sarbjit Cheema and Dolisha electrifies the audience at “Rangla Punjab”

Famous Punjabi Singers Sarbjit Cheema and Dolisha electrifies the audience at “Rangla Punjab” Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) flagship annual event “Rangla Punjab” to celebrate (belated) Vaisakhi festival, was held on May 21, after an hiatus of couple of years due to the covid19 pandemic, at the Yellow Box Theater, Naperville, Illinois. This was the 28th year of this event by PCS. More than 800 attended. Nearly 200 children and adults from Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin performed Punjabi folk dances Bhangra and Giddha, played music, and socialized. Prominent Punjabi Singer and film artist Sarbjit Cheema with many smash hits like his evergreen song “Rangle Punjab Di Sifat Sunnava,” along with Miss Dolisha a rising star in Punjabi singing and their live orchestra from Canada electrified the audience to be dancing wherever they were, in their seats, on the floor all over the auditorium and made it a memorable evening. Everyone was ecstatic enjoying togetherness after covid19 lockdowns and social distancing. Dr. Param P. Singh a cardiovascular physician from Moline Illinois, who won “The Young Investigator Award” from AACIO in 2010, was the chief guest. “Rangla Punjab ” is the single largest annual Punjabi cultural event […]

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Mandala South Asian Performing Arts Launches New Headquarters at National India Hub Devon Avenue

Asian Media USA © Chicago IL: Mandala South Asian Performing Arts Lanches New Headquarters at National India Hub on Thursday – May 19 2022 at 2642 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago IL. Devon. Devon Avenue has long been a site for cultural exchange and South Asian diasporic community. Since those like Jagdish Khatwani opened the first South Asian business on Devon, India Sari Palace, in 1972, and the Patel Brothers opening their trademark grocery store in 1974, this region has become a home for the largest community of South Asian residents in Chicago, Illinois and the broader Midwest. With the waves of the South Asian diaspora also came the businesses, cuisines, and arts of ancestral traditions. But, as many of us have learned, particularly with the trials of the pandemic, making space for tradition has become challenging. Mandala Arts has moved its headquarters where we believe South Asian arts are already deeply rooted; the arts need and deserve an advocate, supporter, and leader. With current and future artistic partnerships and collaborations, Mandala believes that Devon can grow and thrive. Invited guests Alderwoman Debra Silverstein, Alderman Andre Vasquez Jr of Chicago’s 40th ward, Mr. Ranjit Singh Consul Chicago, Mandala Board President Dr. Umang Patel and Paragi Patel, Pranita […]

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Eid-Ul-Fitr Celebrations Bring Over 8000 Devout Muslims to

Islamic Center of Naperville Eid Prayer in Naperville! Kashif Fakhruddin, President, ICN Naperville Extends Warmest Wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the World Celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr Asian Media USA © Chicago, IL: On Monday May 2nd,2022 Muslims from all over the Naperville and suburb areas joyfully bustled into the Embassy suites and two locations of ICN to join the celebrations of Eid Ul-Fitr. While there were various venues that held Eid prayers throughout the region, the largest turnouts were at the Naperville where arrangements for Eid prayers were made by the Islamic Center of Naperville (ICN) in five spells, at 7:30 am, at 8:30 am, 9:00 am,10: 00 am, and at 11:30 am. The Imam for the first session of the Eid prayers was Shayakh Ismail Al-Qadhi, Shayakh Omar Hedroug, for second session, Dr. Abdullah Ansari for the Third session, Shayakh Rizwan Ali for the fourth session and Wali Khan for the fifth session. Over 8000 devout Muslims, including prominent Businessmen, Professionals, and Community Leaders, attended the Eid prayers. Women in vibrant colored dresses, men in ethnic outfits and children, smiling and laughing, filled the parking lots and poured into all the three locations. Volunteers of the Eid Committee of the ICN open-heartedly welcomed the […]

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SAPNA  gets recognition from US Congress declaring May 6, 2022 as International Veena Day facilitated by US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

Sri Annamacharya Project of North America (SAPNA) and the Shirdi Sai Mandir, Rolling Meadows,  have  conducted  a Two Day International Veena Conference & Festival on May 7 & 8,2022. US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi declared a proclamation honoring the 18th International Veena Festival, which was submitted to the Congressional Record and was entered into the record on May 6,2022. Illinois State Senator Ram Villivalam declared May 7,2022 as the International Veena Day .  In this Two day Veena Festival  Birth Centenary of Padmashree Emani Sankara Sastri , a Veena Legend and  a Great Musician , was celebrated by unveiling his portrait and this was added to the Sunada Sudha Collection of Paintings. The program was started by the Vedic Chantings by  Vedic Scholars Sri Hanumat Prasad & Sri Nagraj Vattyam  The Veena Schools of Rajaveena, Ensemble of Ragas, RAMA Veena Music Academy, Pallavi School of Music, Teachers Rajeswari Pariti, Saraswati Ranganathan, Rama Gurupalli, Dr Jaishree Prasad,  Bhavya Behata, Anupama Ganti, , Neela Amaravadi  Emani Kalyani Lakshminarayana, Dr Ayyagari Syamasundaram, Mrs Jayalakshmi have performed live in person and on the Virtual Platform from India and other US Cities. With a grand Scale total of 80 Veena Participants’ Performances s were presented. Professor Srinivas […]

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Voters Slam Governor, Mayor for Wanting to Spend $15 Million to Endanger Bicyclists & Pedestrians on Illinois Prairie Path

Press Conference & 15-Minute Bus Tour of Illinois Prairie Path in Hillside Asian Media USA © Hillside IL: Voters are outraged that Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and Hillside Mayor Joe Tamburino want to spend about $15 million state taxes to make the Illinois Prairie Path more dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians than it is today!  Instead, voters want far safer and less costly solutions to fix the Path, possibly saving Illinois taxpayers $14 million.  Read the Hillside Neighbors “Prairie Path Plan“ at www.hillsideneighbors.com. Also, voters want Pritzker to build a Prairie Path bridge over Mannheim Rd. at Warren Ave. between Hillside and Bellwood for maximum safety.  Other villages have built bridges like this over busy roads for pathways.  To pay for the bridge, voters want Pritzker to shut down a controversial state project in Hillside that was never built and reassign its $2 million state grant. The Illinois Prairie Path was created in 1963 as the first rails-to-trails conversion in North America.  A recreational path for walking and bicycling, the Path extends 60 miles from Maywood (east) to Geneva (west.)  Where the Path crosses Mannheim Rd. at either the Mannheim Rd./Washington St. or Mannheim Rd./Madison St. intersections, users face dangerous, fast-moving trucks and vehicles turning from all directions. The […]

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શિકાગોના ગુજરાતીઓ કવિતા દ્વારા ‘હૃદયથી હૃદય સુધી’ જોડાયા

કોઈ પણ સમાજ કે સંસ્કૃતિનો પડઘો તેના ભાષા અને સાહિત્ય દ્વારા પડતો હોય છે. આજનું સાહિત્ય આવતી કાલનો બહુ મોટો દસ્તાવેજ હોય છે. તેમાંય કવિતા એ હૃદયની ભાષા છે. હૃદયની ઊર્મિઓને વ્યક્ત કરતી વાણી છે. શિકાગો આર્ટ સર્કલ ગુજરાતી ભાષા, સાહિત્ય અને સંગીતનો પ્રચાર-પ્રસાર કરી લોકોના જીવનમાં પોઝિટિવ એટિટ્યૂડ વિકસતો રહે તેવા પ્રયત્નો કરે છે. આ પ્રયત્નના ભાગરૂપે એપ્રિલ 30 2022ના રોજ, શિકાગોના રાના રેગન કમ્યુનિટી હોલમાં એક સુંદર કવિસંમેલનનું આયોજન કરવામાં આવ્યું હતું. આ કવિસંમલેન ખરેખર અનોખું હતું. શીર્ષક પ્રમાણે તેમાં હાજર રહેનાર તમામ શ્રોતાગણ ખરેખર ‘હૃદયથી હૃદય સુધી’ પહોંચ્યા હતા. હૈયે હૈયું દળાય એવી સ્થિતિમાં આખો હૉલ ખીચોખીચ ભર્યો હતો. અમેરિકામાં–શિકાગોમાં પાંચસો કરતાં વધારે શ્રોતા કવિસંમેલન માણવા આવે એ શિકાગોમાં વસતા ગુજરાતીઓનો સાહિત્યપ્રેમ દર્શાવે છે. શિકાગો આર્ટ સર્કલ સંસ્થા 1996થી સતત ગુજરાતી સાહિત્યની સેવા કરી રહી છે. અગાઉ આદિલ મન્સૂરી, મધુરાય અને ચંદ્રકાન્ત શાહ જેવા દિગજ્જ સાહિત્યકારોને લાઇફ ટાઇમ અચિવમેન્ટ એવોર્ડ આપી ચૂકી છે. ત્યારે આ પ્રસંગે કવિ અનિલ ચાવડાને તેમના સાહિત્યિક પ્રદાન માટે — ખાસ કરીને કવિતા માટે સ્પેશ્યલ રેકોગ્નાઇઝેશન એવોર્ડ આપવામાં આવ્યો હતો. આ પ્રસંગે ભારતીય સિનિયર સિટિઝન એસોશિયેશનના સ્થાપક પ્રમુખ શ્રી હરિભાઈ પટેલને તેમની સેવાકીય પ્રવૃત્તિને ધ્યાનમાં રાખીને એવોર્ડ આપીને સન્માનવામાં આવ્યા હતા. છેલ્લા 26 વર્ષોથી શિકાગો આર્ટ સર્કલમાં વોલન્ટિયર તરીકે સેવા આપનાર 87 વર્ષે […]

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