Four-day Festival to mark Ram Mandir Anniversary

Venkat Raman –  Shri Ram Mandir Complex, incorporating a Community Centre at 11 Brick Street in the West Auckland suburb of Henderson is a magnificent place of worship. Shri Ram Mandir Charitable Trust, which owns and manages the Temple, is organising a four-day ‘Paath Uthsav,’ to commemorate its second anniversary next month. Programme Coordinator Jitendra Shyam said that the Programme,…

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Music, Dance, Hip Hop and all that Jazz

Venkat Raman –  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz Over the past four years, one question would inevitably be raised during our meetings with Shanti Ravi and her husband Ravichandran (Ravi) Tanjore at numerous music and dance concerts and social gatherings, “When would Abhishek (their son) present his Bharata Natyam Arangetram?” The answer would always be, “In good time.” Last weekend, Shanti and her husband…

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Kannagi ignites a volley of emotions in Auckland

Silapathikaram brings forth a pool of local talent Venkat Raman –  In his play, ‘The Mourning Bride’ published in 1697, William Congreve wrote, “Heaven has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turned, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorned.” That concept was enunciated more than 1400 years before by Chera Prince Ilango Adigal in his ‘Silapathikaram,’ a Tamil Epic…

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Prepare for a musical storm in New Plymouth

Sudha Raghunathan to perform at WOMAD on March 17 Venkat Raman  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz One of the most popular Carnatic Music vocalists of India will perform at the World of Music, Art and Dance (Womad) Festival this weekend. Sudha Raghunathan, who has impressed Carnatic Music stalwarts and enthusiasts alike, will present her Concert at the Festival at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands…

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Auckland Festival gets global with culture, cuisine

Supplied Content  The Auckland International Cultural Festival is back for 2017. This fun, free Auckland Council event will be held on Sunday, April 2, from 10 am to 5 pm at the Mt Roskill War Memorial Park, offering people an opportunity to discover a sparkling smorgasbord of flavours, sights and sounds from around the world. The Annual Festival is a…

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Vedic Rituals energise global Yoga event

Ratna Venkat  When one hears about a ‘Yoga Festival,’ mere images of people placing their Yoga mats and practicing Asanas (poses) almost immediately dominate the mind, without delving into other possibilities that this ancient Indian form of exercise can offer. But the ‘Sixth Annual International Yoga Festival’ held at Kawai Purpura, a 19-acre native bushland located in Albany, Auckland proved…

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