Sandesh Gujrati editions celebrates 16th anniversary with Music and Masti

Schaumburg IL: A well known publisher and owner of Hi India, Mr. Hemant Brahmbhatt hosted the 16th anniversary of Sandesh-the Gujrati editions along with the second year of Hi India English editions on 7:00PM, Friday, June 17, 2011at Medows Club, 2950 W. Golf Road Rolling Meadows, IL. The event was extremely successful as it had great Music and food to accompany even greater people-over six hundred from metropolitan Chicago area. The event started out with a lamp lighting that was performed by Congressman Danny Davis, Nirajan Shah, Mafatbhai Patel, Naren Patel, Roshit Joshi, and Hemant Brambhatt. Such symbolism was used very well as it showed how Sandesh and Hi India is still doing very well even in the darkest of times as the recession and technological advances in media have decreased the popularity of printed media. The event proceeded to its awards ceremony where three hard working Southern-Asian Americans were honored. The awards were given to Ann Kalayil, Dr. Mohammad Wasiullah Khan, and Mayank Chhaya. Each of these three without any doubt or questioning deserved the award. Congressman Danny Davis presented the award to each of them except Dr. Mohammad Wasiullah Khan as he was absent for the event and […]

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Chicago Vaisakhi Parade on Devon Avenue

A Sikh Community Vaisakhi Parade (Nagar Kieran) was organized by the Gurudwara Sahib of Chicago on Saturday May 28, 2011. The parade was to observe a belated Vaisakhi Day which is in mid April, but was delayed due to the Chicago outdoor weather. The parade ended just in time about an hour before it started to rain heavily. Several hundred Sikh community memebrs participated in the parade. A sea of orange turbans and dupattas was visible on Devon Avenue East of Westeren Avenue. Men, women, and children of all ages dressed in ethnic dresses marched in the parade singing Gurbaani hymns, and raising slogans of “Jo Bole So Nihaal……Sat Siri Akaal,” (whosoever believes that God is True…is a happy and contended person). Members from Palatine Illinois Gurudwara led by president Harkirat Singh Sandhu, members from Wheaton Illinois Gurudwara, Oak Creek Wisconsin Gurudwara, Crown Point Indiana, and Indianapolis Indiana Gurudwara members came in to march in the parade with decorated floats and marching units. The parade was led by the “Panj Pyare” (The Five Beloved Ones) carrying Nishan Sahib (Sikh Community Flags), and a float carrying “Guru Granth Sahib” (Sikh Scripture) on a “Palaki” under a canopy. The Keertan (singing of […]

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Leading domestic violence agency Apna Ghar’s

Chicago, IL: On Wednesday, May 25, 2011, Chicago’s top restaurants, community leaders and five hundred guests will join hands at the River East Art Center, 435 East Illinois Street, Chicago, IL 60611 to support the milestone achievements one of Chicago’s leading domestic violence agencies – Apna Ghar Inc. Apna Ghar’s 3rd annual Taste for Life event to raise over $63,000 for women and children facing domestic violence. Janet Davies, of ABC 7 Chicago, served as master of ceremonies and rocked the River East Art Center with her wit and enthusiasm. Entertainment included dancers from Taol Fusion, Chicago Dhamaal, Trinity Irish Dancers and DSSProductions. “This is one of our most popular events of the year. It is the time when our supporters come out to celebrate Apna Ghar’s groundbreaking work with survivors of domestic violence. Join us for an evening of the best international food and wine that Chicago offers” said Rambha Radhakrishnan M.D. President of the Board of Directors. Apna Ghar provides culturally-appropriate, multilingual services, including emergency shelter, to survivors of domestic abuse with a primary focus on the South Asian and other immigrant communities Apna Ghar was started by five Asian American women activists, who established a domestic violence […]

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Health Fair at Manav Seva Mandir helps 350 patients

Bensenville IL: Bensenville IL: The annual Health Fair was successfully concluded at Manav Seva Mandir, 101 S Church Rd Bensenville, IL on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 8.15 AM to 11 AM. An annual Health Fair was organized at Manav Seva Mandir with 350 patients getting free health check up. The event took place in Mahalakshmi hall. Long lines of participants early in the morning show the success of this activity for the last several years. This year we gave them numbers as they walk in. and then they can seat in the temple in chairs. They call by numbers, fill out form and start tests without waiting in lines. As per Jayantibhai Thakkar, this was the 28th Health Fair coordinated by him. The first one was started at Manav Seva Mandir back in 1989 in Manav Seva Mandir and he continued this service in other temples like Midwest Swaminarayan temple, Vashnav Samaj temple and Jalaram temple. It is important to recognize his selfless and dedicated work on people’s health check up, by which more than 7,800 patients have benefited so far. More than 20 doctors and 100 health professionals provided their volunteer services on this day. Registration and front […]

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Legendary Munni Begum Returns to Chicago for a AMUAA-GC fundraising

Grayslake, IL: The famous Munni Begum returned to Chicago from Pakistan to perform a charity concert at the College of Lake County. The Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association of Greater Chicago (AMUAA-GC) organized the sensational show. All proceeds of the show went towards funding education projects for poor girls in India. Munni Begum resided in Chicago for many years and currently resides in Pakistan but that did not stop her from coming back to give music enthusiasts a night to remember. Many loyal fans attended the show to listen to her remarkable ghazals and geets that have mesmerized audiences for decades. She began her singing career in the 1970s in Karachi. Her hits include classics like Ek Bar Muskura Do, Teri Soorat Nigahon Mein, Ae Mere Humnasheen and even recent upbeat dance pieces like Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Munni Begum received the Pride of Performance award from Governor Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan in 2008. The performance was nearly four hours of uninterrupted musical bliss with an exception of a brief tea break intermission. During the intermission fans and media had the opportunity to greet and talk to the legend. Along with Munni Begum, local artists also performed melodious ghazals and Bollywood hits. […]

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Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Wheeling celebrated its 20th Anniversary

Chicago, IL: Shri Swaminarayan Temple, 397 Northgate Parkway, Wheeling, IL celebrated its 20th Anniversary with great enthusiasm and many various religious programs on May 21, 2011 to May 29, 2011. The temple was established and inaugurated in May 26th 1991. Religious programs during earlier in past few weeks included such events as, nonstop Swaminarayan Dhun for 20 hours, nonstop recital of Janmangal Stotra for 20 hours and recital of Janmangal Stotra for one hour each Sunday for 20 Sundays, Samuh Mahapuja, etc. Ten days of grand celebrations and religious programs were planned and carried out. Starting Saturday May 21st May 2011, Satsangijivan Katha was narrated by the Temple Swamiji Shri Kaivalyswarup Swami for one week. On Saturday 27th 2011 Maruti Yagna was performed which started in early morning till about 6PM. On same day around 4:00 PM a special grand Shobhaytra –parade- took place to welcome and to celebrate the presence of future Acharya of Shri Laxminarayan Dev -Vadtal-Gadi, PP 108 Shri Lalji Maharaj Shri Nrigendraprasadji. Six Swamijis were also invited from various Temples of Shri Laxminarayan Dev -Vadtal-Gadi for this occasion, including PP Shri Satyaprakash (SP) Swamiji and PP Shri Chappaiya Swamiji from Gadhada Temple, PP Shri Nityswarup Swamiji […]

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India TV (USA) in festive mood to celebrates 51st Gujarat Din

Chicago IL: Mahatma to Narendra Modi, Gujarat has seen it all. One of India’s fastest growing economy, Gujarat plays an integral part in the very existence of India. Every Gujarati who lives in the Land of Liberty thinks and feel proud about his or her home state. Last year Naren Patel, President of Vishwa Gujarati Samaj USA, celebrated the Golden Anniversary of state of Gujarat or ‘Swarnim’ Gujarat on May 31, 2010 at Waterford Banquet. Following Naren Patel’s celebration, various other Gujarati organization also celebrated Swarnim Gujarat in Chicago. This year, India TV (USA) celebrated 51st Gujarat Din at The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way,Elgin, IL on Sunday, May 15, 2011. Whole Program was effectively accomplished with the support from Chicago’s Gujarati community and Various Associations, volunteers, renowned physicians, Politicians, Prominent businessmen, Community leaders and public at large took part in the making the event a grand success. In all, more than 900 people attended the program. Apparently, it was a moment of great excitement for NRI Guajarati living in USA. The celebration was held with much pomp and pleasure organized by well known TV entertainer Mina-Kishore-Kruti-Shilp Purohit, owners/director of ‘India TV (USA)’. Personal Commitment and community support made […]

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PCS Chicago in traditional festive mood celebrates passport to the world at Navy Pier

Chicago IL: The Punjabi Cultural Society of Chicago (PCS) collaborated with Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM) at Navy Pier to organize the Passport to the World: India Festival Celebrations on May 15th, 2011. More than 300 community members participated. “This is 11th year in a row that PCS has organized this event. PCS was on CCM’s original planning committee when they created this event eleven years ago, and has participated in it ever since,” said Rajinder Singh Mago of PCS who compeered the program inside the museum. The PCS performances depicted a mosaic of diverse traditions from the Indian state of Punjab including ethnic dresses, Dhol music, and the Punjabi folk dances Bhangra and Gidha performed by the local Punjabi youth groups. Attendees also participated in turban tying, Bhangra dance lessons, and other Indian performing arts. An outdoor procession planned for more than 200 participants with Dhol drums and street dancing at South deck of Navy Pier had to be moved inside due to an off-season drizzle, and windy conditions, but failed to dampen the spirits of the participants. As the Punjabi procession entered into the Chicago Children’s Museum, the whole place drowned in the echo of the melodious sound beats […]

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$180,000 was collected for charity by Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation Chicago chapter

Chicago IL: Chicago extended best of Indian community support to Ekal Vidyalaya meritorious serves to the cause of child education in India. Ekal Vidyalaya foundation of USA held a Charity Dinner and Concert on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at Glenbard North High School Carol Stream, Illinois in its continuous efforts to promote One Teacher One School in Indian villages, especially those inhabited by the tribal communities, and reach out to them with a precious gift of imparting elementary education. Musical night was attended by 900 plus people. Chicago’s educational, cultural, business, political and prominent community leaders were present in Ekal Vidyalaya fundraising event. In USA Ekal Vidyalaya First show was Friday, February 25, 2011 Lakeland, FL and last show will be June 5, 2011 at Scranton PA. They are planning to have total 70 shows in USA. April 2, 2011 at Glenbard North High School was 18th show in USA. This concept of One Dollar, One Teacher, One School, One Village, which had begun nearly a decade ago in India, has already shaped up as an institution of learning in hundreds of villages in many Indian States. The idea is to teach small groups of 25 children by a single […]

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Art appreciation around the world 2011 held in Streamwood

An enthusiastic crowd of over four hundred visitors attended “Art Appreciation around the World” at Poplar Creek Public Library in Streamwood last Saturday afternoon, April 2. The exhibit, sponsored by the Village of Streamwood’s Community Relations Commission, featured two- and three-dimensional art created by area residents, who represented a wide-ranging group of racial and ethnic backgrounds. Items on display included watercolor and oil paintings, drawings, handmade lace, painted oak leaves, Rangoli, jewelry, sculpture and photographs. Arthur Baltazar, a local comic book artist and writer, delighted attendees by drawing caricatures of them on the spot. Rangoli artist Lakshmi Nookala provided an interactive exhibit. Ethnicities represented included Indian, Eastern European, Pakistani, and South American. Streamwood’s Community Relations Commission, founded in 2004, is comprised of educators, active community leaders, administrators, business people and religious leaders. The Commission’s charter is to promote unity and cultural growth, while recognizing, valuing and respecting the diverse cultures in Streamwood. The Community Relations Commission’s motto is “Unity in Diversity.” Captions of pictures: 01 DSC_0016.JPG – Arthur Baltazar, a local comic book artist and writer with kids 02 DSC_0052.JPG – Arthur Baltazar, a local comic book artist and writer Photographs and Press release by: Asian Media USA Suresh Bodiwala […]

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Association of Pakistani Americans in Bolingbrook celebrated Pakistan Day in Patriotic manner

Bolingbrook IL: Association of Pakistani Americans in Bolingbrook celebrated Pakistan Day on March 26th in the Levy Center, 251 Canterbury Lane, Bolingbrook IL. Consul General of Pakistan Honorable Zaheer Parvez Khan was the chief guest. Mayor of Bolingbrook Honorable Roger Claar was the guest of honor. He attended the event with several city officials. Consul General in his address highlighted the importance of March 23rd and thanked Pakistani community in Bolingbrook for arranging this event to educate the local community members. He appreciated the gesture of the Honorable Mayor for attending the function. It is to the credit of the Bolingbrook Pakistani American community that that Bolingbrook is the only community in the entire United States of America to host this flag hoisting event for eighteen years! And the Consulate General of Pakistan has never failed to attend any of these flag hoisting events. Consul General presented the book, “Journey thru Pakistan book” to the Mayor Claar and invited Mr. Talat Rashid, Ajaz Gill, Mir Ali and other prominent member of the community to be at the stage. There were around 200 people. The program was divided in two parts, 1st half was about Pakistan and other half was the […]

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South Asians rally behind Debra Silverstein

Bolstered by a legion of towering endorsements, Debra Silverstein – a candidate for 50th ward Alderman in the City of Chicago – received another string of South Asian community’s grass-root endorsements at a press conference held on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Punjabi Dhaba Banquet Hall on Devon Ave in Chicago. Debra Silverstein’s candidacy has been gaining momentum with a string of high level endorsements coming from Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel, US Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Cook County Sherriff Tom Dart and Indo American Democratic Organization. With the rendering of South Asian community endorsements, the Aldermanic candidacy of Debra Silverstein certainly gets a considerable boost as she faces the run-off election on Tuesday, April, 5, 2011. The press conference gained an added prominence when ranking member of the United States Congress Hon. Jan Schakowsky joined the press conference and passionately declared “I am proud to endorse Debra for Alderman of the 50th ward. With her enthusiastic endorsement, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said Debra Silverstein will make an outstanding Alderwoman who will bring a real change and offer solutions to the enduring problems faced by the ward. Congresswoman Schakowsky said Debra Silverstein truly has what it takes to be the best candidate who will […]

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Fundraiser for re-election of Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson

Schaumburg IL: Well known Indian community leaders, Dhitu Bhagwakar, Amol Bhagwakar, Neil Khot and Sunil Shah hosted a fundraiser for the re-election of Al Larson as the Mayor of Schaumburg at Strike Ten Lanes & Lounge, 800 E Nerge road, Roselle IL on last March 23rd Wednesday, 2011, at 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm. After the socializing hour from 6 to 8 pm, the fund-raising function started with Neil Khot extending a warm welcome to the distinguished guests and thanking them for their valuable participation to support the incumbent Mayor, Al Larsen, who had served them well during his tenure. Especially, he thanked Dhitu Bhagwakar and Strike Ten for allowing hosting this event. Lavishing praise on the Indian community he said that they are no longer a standby community but more involved in the civic affairs than ever before. He stated that about 17% or 13,000 of Schaumburg resident are Indians. Amid applause he recognized and thanked the Mayor of Village of Schaumburg for administering the city with dedication and efficiency. Alluding to the declaration of January 20th as the “Federation of Indian Associations Day”, by the Mayor he said the entire community is grateful to the gesture of the […]

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