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Indo-American Arts Council at 15 with Who’s Who of S. Asian Celebs

New York, N.Y.  No one in Manhattan can throw a gala like Aroon Shivdasani, and the fifteenth anniversary fete of her Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) was everything I had hoped for and more.  More than 250 of New York’s crème de la crème packed the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the Performing Arts to raise a [...]

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Ganesh Chaturthi 2013: Hindus Finish Lord Ganesh Celebration

New Delhi, India.  Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the Hindu festival of Lord Ganesh. It is a 10-day festival marking the birthday of Ganesh, who is widely worshipped for auspicious beginnings. Ganesh is the patron of arts and sciences, and the deity of intellect and wisdom.   Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated all [...]

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Indo-American Arts Council Yearns for NYC Home

New York, N.Y.  The Indo-American Arts Council was born in 1998, to build an awareness of the artists and artistic disciplines of India in mainstream America. Fifteen years ago the art and culture of the Indian subcontinent was invisible in this amazing, diverse cultural landscape.      Like the citizens of the United States, the Indo-American [...]

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The I Am Afghanistan Exhibition at Rogue Space | Chelsea NYC

New York, N.Y.  Children from one of the most persecuted ethnic groups in Afghanistan will exhibit their artworks for the first time Oct. 3-6 at Rogue Space | Chelsea in New York. The children are Hazara, an ancient clan with historic ties to the Mongolian empire of Genghis Khan, who are now fighting for survival amid the current [...]

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Despite Risks, Tokyo Takes Summer Olympics 2020

Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics in 2020, after beating Istanbul and Madrid in the final push for the coveted honor. The Japanese capital last hosted the Games in 1964. Madrid was eliminated Saturday in the first round of voting by the International Olympics Committee after final presentations in Argentina’s capital, Buenos [...]

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Shanah Tovah! — Happy Rosh Hashanah — from The White House

Washington, D.C.  Shanah Tovah from the White House!  At sundown on Wednesday evening, the Jewish community here in the United States and all over the world will begin celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Over the course of the High Holidays, we reflect on the past year and recommit ourselves to our core values.  [...]

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Polish Cultural Salon for All Opens in New York City

New York, N.Y.  I first met cultural icon Barbara Plewińska — “Basia” to her many friends in New York and around the world — after she passed recently from cancer.  I met her through the dozens of people I have encountered this summer who speak of her with such reverence and enthusiasm it seems as [...]

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Indo-American Arts Council Celebrates 15 Years in NYC

New York, N.Y.  The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) turns 15 in the fall of 2013 under the leadership of Aroon Shivdasani.  This secular, non-profit, volunteer-driven arts organization has achieved scores of noteworthy milestones in the decade and a half of its existence. IAAC is the first and only Indian Arts Council in the U.S. representing all [...]

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