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Diwali at Sunnyvale, Calif.


Over 5,000 people attended Diwali festivities Oct. 24-26 at the Hindu Temple. A photo essay by Prafull Patel.

(Above): (Clockwise from right): Devotees pulling the huge Rath at Sunnyvale Hindu Temple; SFPD’s booth was among the numerous others offering a variety of products, gifts, food and services. Business was brisk with a large turnout of attendees ath this year’s Diwali Mela; A young attendee sings to a packed audience; A child holding sparkles, experienced Diwali as it is celebrated back home. [All photos: Prafull Patel]

(Above): (Clockwise from top left): Shubha Mudgal, a well-known singer of Hindustani classical and Indian Pop music presenting a live concert; Dance performances by kids and adults provided non-stop entertainment; Crowds dancing to favorite live Bollywood numbers; Kids dressed in traditional South Indian attire presented Indian Classical dance; Bollywood singers Vinod Rathod and Nalini along with their group set the stage on fire with a live performance of Bollywood and Pujabi chartbusters. [All photos: Prafull Patel]
Prafull Patel is a professional photographer based in Sunnyvale, Calif.
For prints from Sunnyvale Diwali photographs readers can email Prafull Patel at prafullpatel888@yahoo.com


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CONCERT: Habib Wahid
CONCERT: Music for Polio
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SUBCONTINENT: India’s IT Woes
IMMIGRATION LAW: Changing Jobs: USCIS
MUSIC: Pandit Jasraj Live
REAL ESTATE: Relief for Homeowners
GAY RIGHTS: Love and Acceptance
CINEMA: South Asian Film Festival
TRAVEL: Point Richmond, Calif.
AUTO REVIEW: 2009 Acura RDX Tech
RECIPE: Gujarati Patra
HINDI FILM REVIEW: Rock On!!
TAMIL CINEMA: Kadhalil Vizhundaen
BUSINESS: News Briefs
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
FESTIVAL: Diwali in Cupertino
FESTIVAL: Diwali in Sunnyvale
COMMUNITY: News in Brief
INFOTECH INDIA: Tech Briefs
HOROSCOPE: November

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