Proud Indian Americans looked on with their heads held high as they witnessed the Indian Flag being raised at the Acton town hall, accompanied by Jana-Gana-Mana, the Indian National Anthem. The Indian Flag will fly for twenty four hours at the Acton Town Center to commemorate India’s 74th Independence Day, on August 15th 2020. This is happening for the first time in the history of Acton, thanks to the leadership of the Acton Board of Selectmen (BOS) and Sahana Purohit, a Finance Committee member, who stepped up promptly in response to IAGB (India Association of Greater Boston http://www.iagb.org ) initiative to hoist the Indian flag in 35 New England cities including Nashua, Connecticut and Maine towns.
Author: IAGB Admin
“An Indian American Perspective on US General Election”
So how do you tackle the challenge of asking two extreme sides to find a common ground on policies or see issues only through the prism of your own community? By virtue of first letting them come to a forum with the mindset that while it’s not easier to have a conversation when you make a case for your own cause and beliefs vs make a case against someone else’s cause and beliefs, but also know that they need to raise the bar and be the example that community can look forward to.
In a first ever virtual memorial day celebration, India Association of Greater Boston commemorated the 2020 Memorial Day with fitting tributes from war veterans, state legislators from all over New England, covid survivors and front line doctors. The event took place on Monday, May 25th, 2020. The day started with honouring the ultimate sacrifices of the many fallen heroes who died while serving in the US military forces and in line with in a true tradition of visiting memorials and cemeteries (virtual) and having family gatherings to remember these soldiers. The responsibility of being grand marshal for this virtual parade was taken by NH house speaker Steve Shurtleff. This was followed by New England legislators sharing their messages with community, starting with Congressman Mr Chris Pappas, MA State Senator Mr Jamie Eldridge, Nashua Mayor Mr Jim Donchess, Deputy Speaker Ms Karen Ebel, State Rep Ms Latha Mangipudi, MA state reps Ms Kay Khan and Mr Tackey Chan, Ex State Reps from VT Ms Kesha Ram, Ex state rep and current congressional primary candidate of RI, Mr Bob Lancia, MA community leader Mr Nam Pham & Ex-congressman Paul Hodge. NH Congresswoman Annie Kuster sent her tribute via pre- recorded video.
What happens when you ask people to ignore the big news cycle and look close to your home/town? A very meaningful conversation occurs, with over 40 participants, about where our tax dollars are going, how our children’s needs are getting addressed in local school systems and above all, how can we have a voice in this multiracial community as an Indian American, or as IAGB likes to call it, initiation of “coupling”.
Adway Wadekar, is a rising senior at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Wadekar excels both inside and outside the classroom – he is a National AP Scholar, a distinction received by only about 50 juniors in Massachusetts each year. He is passionate about research in the quantitative social sciences, and has adekar has also designed and presented workshops to raise the awareness of substance abuse among middle- and high school students.
won numerous awards at regional, state, national, and international competitions, the most prestigious one being at the International Science and Engineering Fair. Wadekar has published his research as a solo author in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences. He was selected to participate in the New England High School Journalism Collaborative Summer Workshop, co-sponsored by The Boston Globe, and the Medill-Northwestern Journalism Institute. He is excited about journalism as an avenue to connect with people on a grassroots level, and to bridge the gap between ordinary people and scientific discoveries. He serves as the Contributing Writer for the Community Advocate Newspaper, as the Photographer in Residence for the Town of Westborough and as the President of his school’s mock trial team
IAGB has partnered New England towns to hoist Indian flag on August 14th and 15th. Below are the list of towns where the flag hoisting will be done. The flag hoisting event can be watched on FACEBOOK live between 8am-11:30am
Tad-Bharatham is a dance production that features highly cherished aspects of India and her glorious culture that has spread out in a time span of around six thousand years. In Tad-Bharatham, India’s nature, culture, customs, and achievements will be presented in an aesthetic and entertaining manner, offering a lasting experience of beauty but rooted in truth.
Our ancient scriptures have visualized India as a culture that spread its joy between the Mighty Himalayas and the Deep Ocean. The dance production is presented as conversation between the Himalayas and the Ocean.
Tad-Bharatham takes you on a journey through nature and culture using the artistic media of music, dance, and literature. Performed by a brilliant team of ten dancers, the production features elements drawn from India’s classical literature including the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata along with Sanskrit poems such as the Raghuvamsha and Shakuntalam of Kalidasa exploring various sentiments of love, valour, anger, laughter, and celebration.
Vijay Prakash is a versatile and renowned Indian playback singer and film composer from Mumbai. His proficiency in Carnatic and knowledge of Hindustani has made him a formidable name in the Indian Music industry.He is one of the main singers in the song “Jai Ho” which won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Original Song. The song also won Grammy Award in the category ‘Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media’ Besides singing hundreds of songs in South Indian languages, he has also sung in Hindi films such as Cheeni Kum, Yuvraaj,Swades, Blue, Kaal, Lakshya, Matrubhoomi, Tere Naam, , Raavan,Force and a few others.
The Burlington Board of Selectmen voted unanimously on Monday night to approve a proclamation recognizing and honoring the 73nd Anniversary of India’s Independence in a show of solidarity of the many Indian-American residents in town.
IAGB invites writers, chefs, artists, photographers and dreamers to submit entries under various categories listed below. IAGB editors will select and publish. We strongly encourage you all to avail this opportunity and participate in the 74th India Day celebrations in your own way!!!