Indian Culture

Stri Muruga Kovil unveiling

Muruga Statue, South Africa

Ahead of Vaigasi Visagam (the appearance day of Lord Muruga) on the 13th of June, the Stri Muruga Kovil will be unveiling a most beautiful gold Lord Muruga statue at the temple site, 2 Esselen Crescent, Northcroft, Phoenix on Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 11am. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT KOVILAN RAMSAMY ON 0834436416

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Bollywood night out at Thava

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ShareAs reported by TimesLive “Khan told me that a dinner had been planned at Thava Restaurant in Norwood to welcome Jarnail Singh and his musical troupe. Singh thrilled the crowd with his energetic performance” Click below to read more about the festival as reported by the national print media edition of the Sunday Times Extra on the TIMESLIVE website, click here Thava Indian Restaurant in Norwood, hosted a Bollywood Dinner Reception for the internationally renowned troupe. The venue Thava Indian Restaurant is synonymous with hosting international clientele and in this case another Bollywood group. See below for our evening pictures on the 02nd April , 2011. All images were shot by Tania Du Plessis and Marius Smith of T&M Photography. Contact them here [nggallery id=10]  

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Sikh New Year, Gurudwara Sahib Johannesburg

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ShareThe previous week of the 03rd April, Sunday, in association with the United Punjab of South Africa and their generous supporters State Bank of India, Jet Airways, Sharma Group and many others, the Vaisakhi Mela Festival was hosted and the footprint of Sikhism in Africa was acknowledged in the community with about 8000 Gauteng residents present to support the Vaisakhi Mela. Click here to read more about the festival as reported by the national print media edition of the Sunday Times Extra on the TIMESLIVE website, click here The Sikh New Year, 10 April 2011 The Sikh New Year Festival, which also commemmorates the founding of the Khalsa by the tenth Guru (Guru Gobind Singh) in 1699. Also spelled Baisakhi.  This auspicious ceremony in South Africa’s Gurudwara Sahib of Johannesburg started on the 8th of April culminating to the 10th …

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Ragas of Romance

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ShareLovers of Indian Classical Music will treated to an evening of romantic and soulful music in the forthcoming production Ragas of Romance featuring Tarun Bhattacharya (santoor), Rakesh Chaurasia (flute), and Abhijit Banerjee (tabla). Each one of these artists have made major contributions to the realm of Indian Classical Music internationally. The concert series starts in Cape Town on Friday 15 April at the Baxter Concert Hall, and then moves to the Lyric Theatre in Johannesburg on Sunday 17 April. Ragas of Romance will feature solos by each principal artist accompanied by tabla, and then move on to the much acclaimed jugalbandi (duet) between flute and santoor accompanied by tabla. Santoor maestro Tarun Bhattacharya has been a pioneering and revolutionary musician who has changed the face of Indian classical music, he has been truly an unparalleled music ambassador of India. He …

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Kunaal and Payaal, the future Bollywood dancing duo

Kunaal Shrivastav

ShareKunaal  Shrivastav, born 23 April 1994, has been dancing since 1999.His first dance performance in grade 0, at his graduation ceremony, when his teacher introduced him as the next ‘Salman Khan’. Since his first performance, his parents, realized their son had a hidden talent yet to be discovered. Since then, there has been no looking back for him. Sister Paayal Shrivastav, born 30 December 1997, also first danced in grade 0 at her school graduation ceremony. And once again a star in the making was visible. Both Paayal and Kunaal perform solo and duo routines that one cannot compare as being any different from watching a Bolly movie. Kunaal has  developed a unique art of mixing his own music and dance routines. Both siblings versatile in their dance performance AND plan their own variations and deviations to best suit their …

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Nadanam, a Tribute to Gurus


ShareNadanam – nuthana samvathsara subhakankshaluNadanam (meaning beautiful dance) was formed in September 2005. It is a dance company comprising of Bharatha Natyam graduates from various schools throughout the country, who have united in their shared passion for dance to create a company where ideas, creativity and excellence can be explored. The company aims to pursue the study of dance, with Bharatha Natyam as its base in order to research, create and present works of a high professional standard and with innovative ideas. It also serves to give qualified dancers the opportunity to nurture and develop their talent in an open environment and to also further develop Bharatha Natyam and dance, locally, nationally and internationally. A Tribute to our Gurus marks the beginning of our journey and many such offerings from the Nadanam Dance Company. The performance which is set to …

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