Category Archives: Culture

Bhajan Music Workshop in Pleasanton – June 18

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Hi all, I am conducting  a Hindustani classical bhajan music workshop in Pleasanton on June 18th. I am a disciple of Pt. Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar of the Kirana Gharana, belonging to the lineage of Bharat Ratna Pt. Bhimsen Joshi. This introductory workshop is free and participants will get an opportunity to learn bhajans in Hindi, Marathi and Kannada. Morning session is for kids and afternoon is for adults.

Know Your Child Workshop

It is 2-1/2 hour interactive workshop for parents, grandparents, babysitters and other guardians or caregivers of minor youth. It’s interactive, insightful, and deepens our understanding of childrens’ behavior and our ability to meet their needs.The Know Your Child Workshop includes a root-cause analysis of children’s behavioral patterns and equips parents and caregivers with the knowledge to help the child blossom to his or her full potential. The information shared in the workshop will reinforce a positive relationship with the child and carry this forward during the child’s development.Topics covered in the workshop include information on:· Getting children interested in studies and school work· Finding ways to enhance the creativity of children· Managing stubborn behaviors· Nurturing children to be free and natural.
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Bhagavad Ramanujacharya Millennium Celebration

Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore, CA invites you to a Bhagavad Ramanujacharya’s Millennium event starting on Tuesday, April 25 and concluding on Sunday, April 30. Idols of the Alwars, who composed the Divya Prabhandham, will be installed in the temple. Join fellow devotees chanting the Astakshari Mantra, “Om Namo Narayanaya” eight lakh times! Participate in the Sriman Narayana vratam, arranged for your benefit, each evening. On April 30, take Ramanujacharya on a procession around the temple. For additional details, please visit


Cultural Connection: A Multicultural Dance Event

Cultural Connection: A Multicultural Dance Event, Saturday, April 22nd at 2pm at The Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center, 10550 Albion Road, San Ramon
Tickets: $10
Why does dance matter? Dance, whether social, theatrical, or ritually based, is a form of cultural expression. Join us in celebrating the diversity and richness of our community with astounding live dance performance. See many different cultural expressions through dance, which embody the belief that diversity is one of our community’s greatest attributes.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 925-973-3343. Performers include: AXIS Dance Company, Nadhi Thekkek/Nava Dance Theatre, Los Lupenos de San Jose, Nrita Laya Darpan, Tatseena’s Middle Eastern Dancers & Xiaopei Chinese Dance.

Cultural Connection: A Multicultural Dance Event Apr 22

Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 2:00pm at Dougherty Valley Performing Arts Center – 10550 Albion Road. San Ramon
Why does dance matter? Dance, whether social, theatrical, or ritually based, is a form of cultural expression. Join us in celebrating the diversity and richness of our community with astounding live dance performance. See many different cultural expressions through dance, which embody the belief that diversity is one of our community’s greatest attributes.
Performers include: AXIS Dance Company, Nadhi Thekkek/Nava Dance Theatre, Los Lupeños de San José, Nritya Laya Darpan, Tatseena’s Middle Eastern Dancers, and Xiaopei Chinese Dance.
Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 925-973-3343

Cultural Class in San Ramon

Hi, I am doing a cultural program for children teaching the values of ancient Indian culture. The curriculum focuses on various levels and will cover Slokas, Bhajans, Epic stories, and the significance of Indian festivals with primary emphasis on nourishing the values of our culture. Little kids have short attention spans, and will wander off or start doing their own thing if we lose their attention. So I will break the class up into lots of little sections with slokas, stories and other fun activities. I would like to take the opportunity to impart my knowledge and hence bring in awareness of our Indian culture through fun activities!
For more information, contact me in prasanna_kamaksh…@y…com

Teens Event on Nov 23: ‘Relevance of Hindu Faith, Temple Architecture, & Worship’

Lecture and discussion about ‘Relevance of Hindu Faith, Temple Architecture, and Worship’ at Dublin Library on November 23, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM. This is an exclusive teen’s event (minimum age 13) requested by a group of teens in the San Ramon and Dublin neighborhoods. Limited seats will be filled on a first come first served basis; please pre-register before November 21, 2016 at [email protected]

Festival of South Asian Children’s Content – FSACC’16

fsacclogoJoin us this winter for a unique festival – A first of its Kind Festival for Children’s Content of South Asian origin.
“We believe representative media is important for everyone and especially for children as it directly helps build their self-esteem and sense of identity. We all want to see ourselves reflected in books and other forms of content.”

Indian Moms Connect proudly presents – FSACC ’16 (Festival of South Asian Children’s Content) on November 5th at ICC Milpitas.
The Festival of South Asian Children’s Content will be a not-for-profit event held in the Bay Area (ICC Milpitas), California on Saturday, November 5th, 2016.
The idea is to bring together like-minded creators in the South Asian Children’s Content space to collaborate, network and reach out to the larger community to spread awareness about quality content that is available. At the same time, the event will be open to the public to purchase books and more, participate in storytelling and craft sessions and interact with the authors and publishers.festival-of-south-asian-childrens-content

  • 10am – 4pm – Public Event
  • 6 pm onward – Interactive Q&A Sessions with authors Mitali Perkins and Nandini Bajpai
  • Followed by a networking dinner.

We want to extend an invitation to you all to this free event to experience books, apps and other forms of content that focuses on South Asia.
We also hope you will support us by helping us spread the word about the event.
Some links for more details –
Our Facebook group –
and our event –
Short Link –
We look forward to your support, presence and participation.
— Team IMC

Onam event at Pleasanton – Sunday, Sep 18th 2016

East Bay Kerala group, SanGaMa, is planning to celebrate the upcoming Onam festival on Sunday, September 18th, 2016.
So, if you have moved recently to the neighborhood, and would like to meet/greet like-minded families in the neighborhood, feel free to join. This is a great opportunity.

Sponsors: If you are a local business, and interested in sponsoring the event, please send a note at [email protected]

We are planning a grand Onam feast (lunch) with traditional festivities like Pookkalam, Maveli and cultural programs like Thiruvathira dance, kids’ dance songs/music, et al. As part of our cultural outreach, we encourage anyone interested to join!
Thank you,
Vijay Valliyil
[email protected]

Slokam and bhajan class (prarthana)

Hi friends, I am  Sumitra and I live in San Ramon .I am planing to start bhajan and slokam class for little kids .being mother of two little kids i know it is tough to make kids concentrate on the slokam so was planing to make it little interesting by narrating them some interesting epic stories which will make them learn our culture in their own way .I mainly want to make sure kids learn their slokam with meaning .the class will be interesting with stories ,bhajans and little art activities .My class name is PRARTHANA ( prayer with knowledge ) …please mail me at prarthanasum…@g…com for further details .
the class is once a week on Thursday

Baby Mundan- Head Shave with Ustara Technique

hi, i want to get my baby’s with ustara/knife based traditional technique. Please let me know if any salon/beautician can do that. I stay at San ramon & looking for closer by areas.
You can respond me at [email protected]

Maha Lakshmi Yaagam Feb 17 – 21 2016 @ Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore

Mahalakshmi Yaagam will be performed at Shiva-Vishnu Temple from February 17 -21 2016. During this auspicious homam, Sri Suktham will be chanted 1600 times by 16 Rithviks while performing homam. Swarna Kireeta Samarpana will be performed on Sunday February 21 2016. Please mark your calendars & plan on participating in this divine event and receive blessings.
Hindu Community and Cultural Center
1232 Arrowhead Ave, Livermore, CA 94551
More details: Maha Lakshmi Yaagam Feb 17 – 21 2016 @ Shiva-Vishnu Temple, Livermore

Fundraiser for Nepal Earthquake relief on Nov 1st.

It has been 6 months since the devastating Earthquake in Nepal. More than 9000 people lost their lives and over 23,000 were injured.
Nepal, is one of Asia’s poorest countries, and has little ability to fund a major reconstruction effort on its own.
It is expected that rebuilding the economy will need international effort over the next few years as it could “easily exceed” USD$5 billion.

This is our small endeavor to help those who survived. We look forward to your support!

San Ramon based Indian Classical Dance school, along with local musicians, folk dance school and other artists from around the Bay Area are getting together for a Fundraiser Event, to present an evening of lively, energetic dances and melodious music, on Nov 1st, at Amador Valley Theater between 4.00-6.00pm. All proceeds will be donated to
Fundraiser, Nov 1st(1)
Dance Schools:
Ushanjali School of Dance, Smt. Naina Shastri
T and D Dance, Smt.Hemali Gondhalekar
iGurukul, Smt.Gayathri Joshi
Manipuri dance, Smt.Chandreyee Mukherjee
Smt. Chandrika Pai, Nada Sudha School of Music
Shri. Balaji Mahadevan, Percussion
Geeta Iyer, on the Veena
Aparna Thyagarajan, Violin

For ticket and donation info, please contact ushanjali200…@g…com.
To buy your tickets for the event, please follow the link:

Music Work Shop By Padmasree Dr.Shobha Raju on Annamayya Kritis

Hello Everyone, I am delighted to inform everyone that  Padmasree Dr.Shobha Raju ,will be conducting work shop on Annamacharya Keerthanas.Indeed a great opportunity to everyone to learn Annamayya Keerthanas from the Guru who devoted her life to music and to the lotus feet of the Lord. For more details on enrolling for classes please contact the phone numbers listed below.
Venue :1901 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA 94583
Timings :
Friday, 28 August – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Saturday, 29 August – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sunday, 30 August – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
For details, please download: ABV work shop 2015v1
Valli Mocherla : 925 353 6464
Shobha Moola : 925 357 0008
email: srinandaka201…@g…com
Thank you
Valli Mocherla

Kerala group 2015 ONAM Celebration on Sun, Sep 13th

SanGaMa – the Tri-valley Kerala volunteer group is planning to 2015 ONAM celebration on Sunday, September 13th. Please send a note if you are interested to join the celebration. This is a great opportunity to enjoy Onam with family & friends in a traditional setting and interact with like-minded local families! As part of our cultural outreach efforts, we encourage anyone to join and enjoy the traditional Sadya(feast), Thiruvathira dance, Maveli(the king) and other cultural programs by kids/adults.
We typically have families from all nearby towns like Dublin, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Danville, Livermore, Mountain House and Fremont.
Check out the details at
Thank you,
H: 925-556-9375