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Celebrating Culture: Himachal Day

Five hundred people—Himachalis and friends of Himachal Pradesh—gathered for the first ever Himachal Day in the U.S. at India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif. A Siliconeer report.


A scene from Dilip Mehta’s “The Forgotten Woman.”
(Above): A young performer entertains the audience during the Himachal Day celebration. [Siliconeer photo]

Over 500 Himachalis and friends of Himachal Pradesh gathered at the India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif., to celebrate the first-ever Himachal Day in the U.S., according to a press release from organizers.

Himachali dances, culinary delicacies, music, folk fashions were on display and Kulu shawls and caps were on sale. ICC dedicated June as “Himachal Month” and is holding displays of Himachali crafts, paintings and pictures till June 30.

A scene from Dilip Mehta’s “The Forgotten Woman.”
(Above): Dressed in a traditional attire, Mahesh Nihalani (c) was one of the main organizers. [Siliconeer photo]

Rajan Zed, who read the first Hindu prayer in the U.S. Senate, was the guest of honor and was recognized by Cupertino, Calif., Vice Mayor Kris Wang. Wang said that it was events like these that brought communities together.

Ash Kalra, member of the San Jose City Council, said he was happy to see that the South Asian community celebrates its culture with everyone. He also commended ICC for supporting these state events.

Former Cupertino Mayor Sandra James and Steven Ting, president of the Rotary Club of Cupertino, also attended.

A scene from Dilip Mehta’s “The Forgotten Woman.”
(Above): Dressed in a traditional attire, these residents performed a traditional Himachal dance showcasing the culture of India's mountain state. [Siliconeer photo]

The coordinating committee which organized this colorful event included Mahesh Nihalani, Asha Sharma, Vishnu Sharma and Dr. Meena Patyal. The event was hosted in collaboration with My Himachal, a nonprofit made up of people from Himachal Pradesh and its friends worldwide.

“Our very first Himachal day was successful beyond our expectations and we were so happy to see people from all different cultural backgrounds come together and celebrate. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to ICC for their support.” said Mahesh Nihalani, one of the main organizers.


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COVER STORY
The Warrior Gentlemen:
Samurai Exhibit

The Asian Art Museum in SF takes an intimate look at the lords of the warrior class of feudal Japan, circa 1300-1860. A Siliconeer report.


HONOR
A Poet and A Rebel:
A Tribute to Ved Vatuk

Scholars, friends and admirers gathered in May for a special tribute to poet and activist Ved Prakash Vatuk, writes Kira Hall.


HUMAN RIGHTS
Double Whammy:
The Onslaught Against Adivasis

Adivasis in southern Chhattisgarh are caught between the violence of the Maoists and the state. write Somnath Mukerji, Umang Kumar and Garga Chatterjee.


OTHER STORIES
EDITORIAL: Samurai Exhibit
NEWS DIARY: June
TRIBUTE: Ustad Ali Akbar Khan
SUBCONTINENT: Obama Fatigue?
SUBCONTINENT: Coal Power
COMMUNITY: Himachal Day
MEDIA: Ethnic Media Growing
REMINISCENCE: Trip to the Fair (Part II)
TRAVEL: Atlanta: Coke, CNN and Aquarium
AUTO REVIEW: 2009 Dodge Challenger
BOLLYWOOD: Review: Kal Kissne Dekha
BOLLYWOOD: Guftugu
RECIPE: Gulab Sandesh Cake
TAMIL CINEMA: Maasilamani
BOLLYWOOD: 2009 IIFA Awards
COMMUNITY: News Briefs
INFOTECH INDIA: Tech Briefs
HOROSCOPE: July


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