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What’s the next IAM event? Diwali Mahotsav.. this Saturday! 

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It’s again the festive season of the year!!!! After the grand success of Vasant Mela, IAM is thrilled to host yet another fun filled fair, “Diwali Mahotsav”, a place to showcase the diversity of Indian culture and celebrate Diwali together.

Date: 22nd October, Saturday from 4:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Venue: Riverton, 1600 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04103
Tickets: $5 per person and free for kids under 5.

Events:
A mela style celebration involving the entire Indian community to make this occasion more joyful. So gear up to prepare and sell your favorite homemade food or your masterpieces of art.
· 13 stalls for food, 1 mehendi stall, 1 craft stall (diwali supplies, jewelry, clothes, etc), 1 game stall. Rent a stall for $50
· Space available for advertising your awesome business ideas for banners $25 each
· Rangoli competition
We will also be conducting cultural program for your entertainment. So get ready to show your talents in our stage!!!! And how can a celebration complete without a DANCE ? Well you guessed right!! After our cultural fest, we will be having an open floor Garba for everyone to dance their heart out!!

Contact details:
· Cultural events: subha2k1@hotmail.com
· Food stall rentals: sheilysanghavi@gmail.com
· Rangoli competition: kavya.vishwakarma@gmail.com

So what are you waiting for? Come over for a sparkling celebration and a grand feast.
Do join us to make this Diwali Mahotsav a special one!!!!

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Mark the Date:  Saturday, April 30th from 5.30pm – 10pm

Riverton Elementary School, 1600 Forest Ave, Portland, ME 04103

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Sheily Sanghavi: sheilysanghavi@gmail.com for renting stalls
Subha Ramanujam: subha2k1@hotmail.com for participating in cultural events
NEW: Anaca Gooje is all set to choreograph dance for couples which they can perform later in the cultural show!!!

Biography: Anca Gooje is a teacher and performer of Bharata Natyam and other forms of Indian dance. Anca received a prestigious scholarship from ICCR, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, to study Bharata Natyam professionally. She spent five years as a full time student of renowned Guru Jayalakshmi Eshwar, performed her Arangetram in 2006, and participated in many events featuring Indian classical (and folk) dance, as well as dramas. Since 2009 Anca has made Maine her home, where she lives with her family and teaches. For more details visit www.ancagooje.com or email Anca at ancadances@gmail.com.

 

IAM is gearing up to host the Spring Festival in the form of Indian fun fair Vasant Mela, a treat for your taste and talent.

We have planned to bring together and involve the entire Indian community at Vasant Mela to showcase their culinary and artistic skills. Bring your homemade regional food or your signature dishes or your master pieces of art to sell and make profits at the Mela. We have 12 stalls available for rent at $50; 10 stalls for food, clothes, jewelry, arts and crafts, one stall for mehandi stall and face painting each.Don’t have time to bring your stuffs to sell but still want to advertise your business? We have plans, we are providing space for marketing banners for $25.We also have Rangoli competitions and cultural programs to entertain you after closing the stalls. Kids will also have non-stop fun with Games and bingo throughout the Mela. Anokha is all set to choreograph dance for couples which they can perform later in the cultural show!!!Hurry up folks!!!

This is a great opportunity to get connected and to promote your talent or business!!!

Tickets: $5 per person and free for kids under 6.

Join us to make Vasant Mela a grand success!!!!


IAM DIWALI 2015 PROGRAM

Please print and bring the payment confirmation email from Paypal as your ticket. Thank you.

Come join the event.

Diwali Dinner ticket sale is closed now. Thank you for buying your tickets early.


 

Diwali Utsav – Festival of Lights celebration on Saturday, November 14th !

The 2015 Diwali Utsav event at Riverton Community Center, Forest Ave. Portland from 6 PM to 10 PM.

Program starts 6:00
6:15-Puja
6:45 – 7:45 – Dinner
8:00 Cultural event
9:00 Bingo followed by open dance.
Rangoli competition and Mehendi stall open throughout the evening.

Tickets with dinner:
$12.00 Non members,  $10 Members, Children under 6 FREE

Tickets without dinner: $5.00, Children under 6 FREE

Tickets available at IAM website and Masala Mahal.

Cultural program Participants can contact Charu – saxenacharu@yahoo.com

 All tickets will be entered into a raffle and many prizes.

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Maine Hindu Temple is celebrating Lord Krishna Janmashtami on September 5th. The birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated as Janmashtami. MHT cordially extends invitation to you along with your family and friends to attend the auspicious occasion of Lord Krishna Janmashtami celebration.

http://www.mainehindutemple.org/2015/08/22/krishna-janmashtami-celebration-2015/

 


Dhol Vibes

Dhol Vibes !

WMPG Portland Radio FM 90.9 and 104.1

Punjabi/Bhangra/Desi/Indian music show hosted by

DJ Hannah Harleen

Thursdays 10:30am to 12:00pm

http://www.wmpg.org/?programming


We are sorry to inform you that due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with other local events and limited participation, the 2015 Spring Festival scheduled for Saturday May 9th is canceled.

We considered many options including rescheduling and changing the event format but due to the short window of opportunity this was not possible.

We will refund online ticket purchases through Paypal. If you have purchased your tickets at Masala Mahal please stop by  there.

These events are intended to bring together the Maine India community through cultural programs and food. Your participation is essential to sustain it.

Please email us your feedback or questions.


 

Spring Festival 2015 Tickets are on sale now !

Please buy your tickets early. Tickets will not be sold at the event.

Join India Association of Maine and get discounted event tickets for the 2015 Spring festival. Your membership is valid until September 2015.

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 We are excited to announce the 2015 Spring Festival on Saturday May 9th, 4.30pm to 10pm at the Riverton School.

There will be a cultural program, dinner and dance !

If you are interested in performing or volunteering to teach a kids or adults program, please contact Subha Raghavan – subha2k1@hotmail.com

More details shortly.


 

We are very excited to share with you the details of free events organized by the USM Office of Multicultural student affairs as part of the 2015 Women’s History Month,

Women’s History Month 2015:

  • The Poets and the Assassin

    A play about women in Iran and Islam written by Reza Jalali & Directed by Kati Vecsey

    March 12, 2015, 6 p.m.

    Space Gallery 538 Congress Street, Portland – For more information click –  March 2015 Space Gallery

  • USM Community Meeting with Ruchira Gupta

    March 18, 2015 11:30-1 p.m. 7th Floor, Glickman Library –

    For more information click – Spring 2015

 


 

Curry Club Friday !

Please join us a warm, fun evening to informally gather and socialize!

This is a great way to meet other Indian families in Southern Maine.

Bring something to share and enjoy some chai.

We have a book club – Family Life: A Novel by Akhil Sharma.

We will meet on, Friday, February 27th – 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
at Room 102 Wishcamper Center, USM Campus, Portland.


 

The Children’s museum in Portland has organized an exhibit on Bharata Natyam and its music/rhythms which will be inaugurated this Sunday, February 15th at 11 am.

Anca Gooje will perform some Bharata Natyam dances, offer a short dance class and there will also be refreshments.

The event is free for museum members and with museum entry. To encourage a wide participation of the local Indian community, Anca has been offered a LIMITED number of passes for the day.

If you would like to attend the event and would like a free entry pass, please email Anca at ancagooje@gmail.com or call her at 207-200-0755 by this Thursday with the full name of all attending persons.

Children under 18 months have free entry. Anca will make a list on a first call/first serve basis.This is a special event with a focus on Indian culture at the Children’s museum, thank you for your support!


We had a good volunteer event at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen on Saturday, December 20th.

Thanks to Sneha, Curran, Ritvind, Raji, Charu and Neeta for helping at Preble Street.

You can see some of the photos at – Preble Street Volunteer Event

More details of future IAM local community volunteer opportunities to follow.

If you would like to recommend and lead other future volunteer events, please contact us.

 


Dear IAM Community,

As we head into the holiday season, come join us and give back to your community.

We will be volunteering at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen on Saturday, December 20th, from 10:30am to 1.30pm.

You can make this a family event, children must be at least 13 to volunteer.

For more information on Preble Street, please visit their website at –www.preblestreet.org

We hope that you can join us on December 20th, please contact us by email to be added to the volunteer list.

Thank you !


A BIG Thank you to all the early ticket buyers.  Your timely action goes a long way to better organize the event !  Thank you.

This event has reached registration capacity.

There will not be any ticket sales at the event.

Please contact Mamta Punjabi at 207-409-5786 for wait list availability.


 

Kids music group will be performing “Sare Jahan Se Acha”.

Girish on Violin, Charu on Clarinet, Swetha on Bass clarinet, Aishwarya on Keyboard, Shruti on French horn and Pragya – vocal.

Anca Gooje will be performing Indian classical dance, Bharata Natyam. Bharata Natyam is the oldest form of Indian classical dance, more than 2000 years old.

Anca was born in Bucharest,Romania and studied Bharata Natyam in India. Anca has performed Bharata Natyam in India and various European countries.

Anca also teaches Bharata Natyam here in Maine! Please see her website –www.ancagooje.comfor more information.


Bhajan performance by Swan Kirtan.  Ashok Nalamalapu and his fellow Swan Kirtan musicians. 

For more information please visit –  

Swan Kirtan Facebook Page


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The 2014 Diwali Festival event is on Saturday, October 25th ! Hope to see you all there.

There will be performances, food and friends.

When: Saturday, October 25th, from 4.45 pm to 10.00 pm

Where: Cape Elizabeth Middle School Cafeteria, 
14 Scott Dyer Rd, Cape Elizabeth ME 04107

If you are interested in performing at our Diwali celebration please email Subha – subha2k1@hotmail.com 

We also need volunteers on the day of the event, hope you can help to make it a successful community event. Please contact us if you can help.

Join India Association of Maine – 2014 and get discounted tickets for the 2014 Diwali and 2015 Spring festivals. Your membership is valid until September 2015.

Become a 2014 IAM Member

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