Category Archives: Culture

Celebrating the Tradition – Hindustani Classical Music

Come join us for an enchanting evening of Hindustani Classical music by Pt. Dr. Nagaraj Rao Havaldar and Shri. Omkarnath Havaldar, inheritors of the rich musical traditions of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi of Kirana Gharana and Pt. Mallikarjun Mansur of Jaipur Gharana. Save the date- August 25 2018 @4:30pm, at the Nagaraj residence (6436 Paseo Santa Cruz, Pleasanton). Please RSVP: shirirang74@gmail.com or +1-847-271-6001

ONAM Celebration on Saturday, Sept 8th 2018

Bay area Kerala group, SanGaMa, is planning to celebrate the upcoming ONAM festival on Saturday, September 8th at Livermore.
The details are here: http://www.sangama.us/
So, if you have moved recently to the neighborhood, and would like to meet/greet local families or would like to participate/register for stage performances, feel free to join. This is a great opportunity.
We are planning a grand Onam feast (Grand Vegetarian 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, to be part of this rich and ancient festival!
To know more about Onam, please check out here:
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onam>
*Sponsors:* If you are a local business interested in sponsoring the
event, please send a note.
Best Regards,
Bindu
sangamau…@g…com
http://www.sangama.us/

Malayalam Theatrical Perunthachan in Bay Area

After the successful staging of popular Kattukuthira on multiple locations around the country, Sargavedi presents the intriguing story of Perunthachan and his prodigious son  as a gripping Malayalam drama.
As usual,  Perunthachan is  acted and produced by talents from our local community. Please show your support by reserving your tickets in advance, and, encourage your friends and families to attend the inaugural staging of Perunthachan in Bay Area.
Date: September 16th, 2018 (Sunday). Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Chabot College Performing Arts Center, 25555 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94545.
Admission: $75 (VVIP), $40 (VIP), $20 (General).
Kids 5 years and below are admitted free with no seat.
Please visit http://sargavedi.org for details and purchasing tickets.
Part of the proceeds from staging of this drama would benefit Mr. K.V. Antony, a well-known stage actor in the professional Malayalam drama scene.  The 67 year old actor from Vypin, Ernakulam appeared on more than 500 stages and he is a recipient  of the state award for his role as Ekalavyan in Kazhimbram Vijayan’s “Ambara”. But he hit hard times later in his life and now struggles to make ends meet.
Sagavedi Team

Jano India Summer Camps San Ramon 7/9-20 in Quail Run Elem

After 10 Years of overwhelming success, US Hindi Foundation is excited to bring to you: Camp Jano India 2018
June 11 – July 20 in Palo Alto &
June 11 – Aug 10 in Santa Clara &
July 9-  July 20 in San Ramon
Enroll for 1 or both camps. Registration is now OPEN. Please visit www.JanoIndia.org Sibling Discounts, Multiple Camp Discounts!
Ages 5 – 13 / 9:30am – 4:00pm
Pre care  8 – 9:15 / Post care 4:15 – 6:00
Dropoff  9:15 – 9:30am  /  Pickup  4:00 – 4:15pm
Themes in San Ramon: I Love India, Celebrate India
Immerse in speaking, understanding, reading & writing Hindi in the mornings .
Activities include theater, hands on projects, slideshows and more.
Each minute the kids will be enthralled to learn new things and explore about India, the culture, land, people, arts, cuisine and more!
Designed especially for children growing up in America from all backgrounds.
Guaranteed fun & learning at the best price.
A truly unforgettable and memorable summer experience!
If you are a high school student looking to get volunteer hours, this is a great opportunity to get experience working with kids. Please email us at voluntee…@e…com

SEF Holi – March 31, 2018, Alameda County Fairgrounds

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Do good and have fun with colors!

SEF is happy to bring another colorful Holi in the East Bay at the Alameda County Fairgrounds on Saturday, March 31st, 2018. The festival is kid friendly, has a super DJ with great music, will have food for purchase and lots of colors, including one free packet with admission. Please bring friends and family to support the event.
Saturday, March 31st, 11AM – 3PM
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, CA
Tickets : $15
Link to Tickets: http://www. giftofvision.org/events
SEF is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, with a mission to eradicate curable blindness in India. We currently have nine fully functional super-specialty eye hospitals providing free eye care to the poor. SEF has performed over 1.5 million free eye surgeries and today, is the largest provider of totally free eye surgeries in India. Please visit us at https://www.giftofvision.org/events/sef-holi-2018pleasanton for more information.

1 or 2 Day Sanskar Bharti Workshop @ Pleasanton

All, Many thanks for overwhelming response and your suggestions are encouraging. As advised by most of you, I am including one day workshop option as well, please select appropriate options based on your current skill set level. Look forward to an event full of fun.
Dates:
Option 1 : Tue Sep 19th and / OR Wed, Sep 20th 10 am to 12PM
Option 2 : Sat Sep 23rd and / OR Sun Sep 24th 11 am to 1 pm

Sanskar Bharti – Contact: Priyanka @ 510 358 6287
What you will learn?
Day 1
Sanskar bharti fundamentals
Draw and colour various shapes, signs and there applications
One simple to medium complex Sansakar bharti Rangoli
Day 2
Draw and colour advance signs and shapes
Sanskar bharti designs
One medium to complex Sanskar bharti Rangoli.
Workshop Fees: (a) Two days:- $30 /- (b) any One day:- $20/-
(includes material & both the days)
Address: 7357 Stonedale dr, Pleasanton, ca

Arya Samaj Group in Trivalley area

Hi, all, is there is a Arya Samaj group in this area? Or even a few families that could be getting together to do Havan once in a while and working towards inculcating appreciation  for Aum, the Vedas, Gayatri Mantra, the mantras of the Havan, and also a general understanding of the history of the Arya Samaj movement and what it stands for? If not, but anyone could be interested, please contact me and we can set up something. ~ Rohit Email: jivtiho…@g…com

ONAM 2017 Celebration on Saturday, Sept 16th

Bay Area Kerala group, SanGaMa, is planning to celebrate the upcoming Onam festival on Saturday, September 16th 2017 in Livermore, California.
The details are here: http://www.sangama.us/
So, if you have moved recently to the neighborhood or would like to meet/greet like-minded families in the neighborhood or participate in the events, feel free to join. This is a great opportunity. We are planning a grand Onam feast (Sadya) 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!
*Sponsors:* If you are a local business, and interested in sponsoring the event, please send a note.
Thank you,
Vijay Valliyil sangamau…@g…com Ph: 925-261-6601

Bhajan Music Workshop in Pleasanton – June 18

Bhajan Workshop

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.
rsvp: Register

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 livermoretemple.org
http://www.livermoretemple.org/hints/content/html/2017/ramanuja-millennium-event.pdf
http://www.livermoretemple.org/hints/content/html/2017/astakshari-yaagam.pdf

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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 www.SanRamonPerformingArts.com 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 www.SanRamonPerformingArts.com 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
Thanks.

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 omtat.brahma@gmail.com

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 – https://www.facebook.com/groups/631118623719386/
and our event – https://www.facebook.com/events/1766432996970323
Site: http://www.imcmarketplace.co/FSACC
Short Link – http://bit.ly/fsacc16
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. http://www.sangama.us/
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 sangamaus@gmail.com

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
sangamaus@gmail.com
http://www.sangama.us/

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

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 Sahayeta.org.
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
Rewire
Musicians:
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: http://sa1.seatadvisor.com/sabo/servlets/EventSearch?presenter=PLEASANTON&event=RTula15
Regards

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 http://www.sangama.us/
Thank you,
Vijay
sangamau…@g…com
H: 925-556-9375

Bharata Natyam Dance Lessons

Vrindavan Indian Dance Academy is currently open for enrollment of new students for 2015-2016 academic year.Spring_Picture

  •  Instruction in the Kalakshetra style of Bharata Natyam with traditional pieces and new choreography.
  • Structured curriculum offering students a strong foundation in the technical (nritta) and narrative (abhinaya) aspects of classical dance.
  • Theory discussions highlighting the cultural and spiritual roots of the art tradition of India.
  • Beginner student assessments starting August 3rd.
  • Classes held in SRVDA studios in San Ramon. www.vrindavanacademy.com

For details, contact Bindu Shankar at bindu.vrindava…@g…com. Students must be 6 years of age and older.

The Happiness Program at Art of Living

Course Details. Live with Joy, Purpose and Confidence
Within you lie vast, untapped possibilities waiting to be discovered. Through The Happiness Program you’ll learn practical and powerful techniques that will enable you to gain a greater vision of who you are and benefit you for the rest of your life. You will find yourself enabled to create a more joyous, purposeful life, and gain the confidence to stretch and grow beyond limiting beliefs
Please note that it’s required to attend all sessions of the course.
Course dates — 06 Aug 2015 to 10 Aug 2015
Course timings — Weekdays: 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM
Weekends: 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Venue Art Of Living – Tri Valley center
6690 Amador Plaza Rd, St 215
Dublin, CA 94568
United States
RSVP: https://register2.artofliving.org/us/civicrm/event/register?id=135679&lcMessages=en_GB&reset=1&_ga=1.82071312.746917685.1437766603

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 fun with family & friends 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 adults/kids.

We typically have families from all nearby towns like Dublin, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Danville, Livermore, Mountain House and Fremont.
Check out the details at http://www.sangama.us/
If you are a local business, and interested in sponsoring the event please let us know.
Thank you,

Vijay
sangamau…@g…com
H: 925-556-9375

Music and Hindi Punjabi Language classes available

If you or your children want to learn Hindi, Punjabi Language , to know history of Hinduism or Sikhism,  new Classes are going to Start from July Ist 2015 . Evening and Weekend classes  are available in Dublin.

I also Teach Harmonium, Dholki,  Classical, Bhajan & Shabad. Please Register your Name at the earliest. Rates are $50.00 per month for 4 Classes. please  email  at gkc101…@a…com . Group Rates are more Cheaper.
Thanks,
Geet

Srinivasa Kalyanam on 27th June, 2015, Sat

Govu Puja & Srinivasa Kalyanam at Sri Datta Sai Temple, San RamonSDST JUNE 27th 2015 Event
27th June, 2015  Saturday

  • Govu (Cow) Puja 9-30 am to 10-30 am
  • Srinivasa Kalyanam 10-40 am to 12-40 pm
  • Madhyanha Aarati 12:40 pm
  • Kalyana Bhojanam 1:00 pm

Sri Datta Sai Temple, San Ramon
1901 San Ramon Valley Blvd, San Ramon, CA
For more details visit the temple website at http://www.sridattasaimandir.org/
Join our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sridattasaitemple.sanramon

Bharatanatyam Performance on May 31st

Reviving Old Traditions – Bharatanatyam Performance – Mysore Style performanceUshanjali School of Dance, presents Bharatanatyam Dance performance by Dr.Radhika Nandakumar, Artistic Director of Brahmavidya School of Dance, Mysore. The performance will showcase the Mysore Style of Bharatanatyam!
We request a small contribution of $10.00
On May 31st, Sunday at the Ridgeview room, Dougherty Station Community Center(17011 Bollinger Canyon Road at, E Branch Pkwy, San Ramon, CA), from 7.00pm-8.30pm!
All profits will be donated to the Non-profit organization, Sangam Arts.