Ibaadatkhana to celebrate Holi, Eid, Easter, and Purim at online global webinar in April

Ibaadatkhana, an organization that promotes inter-faith harmony, will hold an online global webinar in April this year to celebrate four festivals of four religions – Hindu festival of Holi on 25th March, the Muslim festival of Eid ul Fitr, on 10th April, the Christian festival of Easter on 31st March, and the Jewish festival of Purim on 23rd/24th March.

Book Review: Radha Kapuria’s ‘Music in Colonial Punjab: Courtesans, Bards, and Connoisseurs’

Book Review: To read Radha Kapuria’s book ‘Music in Colonial Punjab: Courtesans, Bards, and Connoisseurs’ is, for Indian and foreign readers alike, to take a journey into a wondrous realm, hitherto unknown and yet populated with marvels. In this book, published in 2023 by Oxford University Press, Kapuria makes the effort, in her own phrase, to reveal classical Punjabi music was not, as usually believed, folk music, but court music; a distinction lost on a modern readership, to whom the distinction of ‘high’ and ‘low’ musics is a matter of taste, but at the time very important to the Sikh and Muslims kings of post-Mughal Punjab.

Former curator sues Worcester Art Museum for racial discrimination, hostile work environment

An Indian American expert of South Asian and Islamic art has sued the Worcester Art Museum officials for allegedly subjecting her to racial discrimination and a hostile work environment. In her 64-page lawsuit, the petitioner has raised a number of accusations against the museum director, her supervisor, and four board members.

Here is to the deftly accomplished Sanjeev Kumar

Sanjeev Kumar, one of India’s most deftly accomplished actors, would have turned 85 today. By the time he died in November 1985 at 47, he was already regarded as a truly major figure of Hindi cinema whose range as an artist was remarkable. Perhaps unlike any other actor of his generation Kumar, who was born Harihar Jhariwala, exuded a lightness of touch and beguiling lack of effort in his performances.

California’s Maya Bazaar brings together Indian artisans like never before

To promote Indian government’s One District One Product (ODOP) initiative, the Indian Consulate in San Francisco, California, hosted ‘Craft Bazaar- Indian Handicrafts Expo’ in collaboration with the Association of Indo-Americans (AIA). It is called Maya Bazaar, an annual event that brings in small and medium size businesses to sell and promote their products to thousands of attendees.

How AIM for SEVA is changing lives, one student at a time

AIM for SEVA, a non-profit founded by Swami Dayananda Saraswati is a global charity. In the Bay area, the initiative is led by his disciple Vijay Kapoor with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers. The organization enables students in rural and tribal parts of India to access quality, holistic education through its chatralayas [hostels] and schools. It started with a modest number of 40 students and is currently educating 9000 students, of whom 4000 stay in the chatralayas full-time.

Asian Art Museum Takes You “Beyond Bollywood”: A new art show celebrating 2000 years of the heritage of dance in South Asia

America is celebrating the Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage this month. What would be a better way to commemorate this than by visiting the latest art show at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco titled “Beyond Bollywood”. The show explores 2000 years of the heritage of dance from temples to royal courts to modern movie classics in the Indian sub-continent and South Asia.

Celebrating the genius of Satyajit Ray through one film

To watch any Satyajit Ray movie is to watch his meticulous attention to detail. To watch his 1963 classic Mahanagar on his 102nd birth anniversary today is no different.

There is a way to describe my engagement with Ray films. Both in my mother tongue Gujarati and the language I naturally slip into, Hindi, there is an expression for my condition. मुझे सत्यजीत रे की लत पड़ी है. एक तरह से बीमारी है जिसका सिर्फ एक ही इलाज है. उनकी फ़िल्में देखना. (I am addicted to Satyajit Ray. The only cure to that addiction is to watch his films.)