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When Sitar Maestro Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan and tabla Maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee performed together at the historic Paine Hall at Harvard University in September, their recital was mesmerizing, leaving the audience raptured in a total wow. What made the show inimitable was the on-stage chemistry of the two artists.

The following day, Ustad Parvez Khan sat down with Chai With Manju for an exclusive interview during which he talked about his life, music and memories. Today, Ustad Parvez Khan is ranked as one of the best sitar players in the world. He says his life is not about fame and fortune but it is all about music, and music being the biggest joy of his life. He defines success simply as being satisfied in life.

Born in Mumbai, a young Ustad Parvez Khan was initiated into the rich musical heritage by his renowned father and guru, Ustad Aziz Khan, a famous musician and noted composer. His father taught him vocal music and tabla before training him on sitar.
Mahmud Jafri, CEO of Dover Rug & Home, announced that they are the recipient of the 2014 Community Excellence Award, given by the Family Business Association (FBA) of Massachusetts. This annual award competition honors a family business with a strong commitment to philanthropy and passion for supporting worthy causes. 
By Anu Chitrapu
INDIA New England News Columnist

We may live outside India for decades, explore new paths fearlessly, travel the world, build companies, do cutting edge research, speak different languages, wear different clothes•but at the core we have some adorable (at least to us!) Indian traits that will never change. Yes, we are like that only! 
BURLINGTON, MA—With 160 attendees, including 70 charter members in the audience, TiE-Boston's first monthly networking dinner meeting that was held after a gap of many years, was a sold-out event. It was capped by a speech and a lively question-and-answer session with Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria.
By Marilyn Tavenner
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator
Fall is a wonderful time of year. Changing leaves. Cooler weather. It's also the season for people with Medicare to review their current Medicare coverage, as Medicare Open Enrollment begins. 
Rahul Shukla, CEO of a New Jersey manufacturing company, S.S. White Technologies in Piscataway was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi (Diaspora) Samman (honor) award by the Non-Resident Indians (NRI) Society of India on October 9 at a ceremony at House of Lords in London.
MT. LAUREL, N.J.— Halloween is the second most popular holiday in the United States accounting for billions of dollars of sales in the candy, costume and decoration industries. In fact, the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that Americans will spend more than $7 billion this Halloween.
The Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif blockbuster "Bang Bang" has just beaten Salman Khan's "Kick" to become the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2014 in North America. After its third weekend of release, "Bang Bang" has raised its total gross to $2.56 million surpassing the $2.47 million total of "Kick" from this past summer.
BILLERICA, MA--Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA) recently hosted a Maha Yajna to mark the beginning of the Om Hindu Community Center in Billerica, MA. The center has been a longtime vision of Tej and Prem Tanden who have generously donated the land and seed financing. 
 Photo credit Mike Ritter
By Shuchita Rao
INE Music Critic
BOSTON--Boston never saw a more vibrant and colorful celebration of Bollywood film music than on the evening of October 24, 2014. The reputed Berklee College of Music honored the multi-talented Indian music composer A R Rahman with an honorary doctorate. Described by Time magazine as the "Mozart of Madras" and as possibly the most prolific recording artist in the world, Rahman has won numerous national and international awards including the Academy, Grammy and Padmabhushan awards over a career spanning 25 years of composing music for films. 
BILLERICA, MA--About 20 years ago, Tej Tanden chanced upon some real estate on the banks of the Concord River in Billerica that was selling. He bought it at a reasonable price, and recently he donated this land plus $1 million to build a Hindu Community Center in Billerica, MA.

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A new survey of 1500 US writers has discovered what is most likely to distract them from writing their novel. The survey has been launched before Nanowrimo – November writing month – to help inspire hundreds of thousands of Americans who are preparing to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days.
BOSTON--Opioid abuse has reached epidemic proportions in Massachusetts. More people now die of opioid overdoses than are killed in automobile accidents, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Last spring, Governor Deval Patrick declared a public health emergency in Massachusetts in response to the crisis. Physicians are also taking their own steps to curb the problem at the patient level.
On 20 October, 2014, DDLJ, Aditya Chopra’s epic ode to love, kick-started its 20th year of uninterrupted run at the iconic Maratha Mandir in Mumbai! The National Award winning film changed the course of a nation's cinema and became an unparalleled brand by catapulting itself into being The Longest Running Film in the history of Indian Cinema.
Eros International Plc, a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, announced that Mr. Kishore Lulla will be honored with the Global Citizenship Award by the American Jewish Committee ("AJC"), the leading global Jewish advocacy organization.
By Madhusudhan Akkihebbal
Melody is all around us! The subtle sounds of nature, such as the gentle flow of mountain streams, winds whistling through treetops, and the chirping of birds come together and harmonize into a tranquil, balanced panorama of sound and movement. In experiencing and appreciating this harmony, we are able to bring out the best of our human spirit, and come to a deeper understanding of our intrinsic connection with everything around us. 

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9/15/2014
It seems like criticism is a part of every win. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri had to face racist tweets and comments last year and this year- the new Miss America Kira Kazantsev is being criticized for her talent. In my opinion- her singing is better than what many can do, she was confident on stage, interacting with audience, and her performance had ability to make her stand out in the crowd. The world watches to see if their favorite wins, if not, follows the critism. Be a winner anyways!

9/10/2014
Please join us for this half hour discourse followed by a 45 minute consideration of an article in the magazine - प्रहरीदुर्ग (Watchtower)

9/10/2014
Hosseini shows us, an Afghanistan unsullied by war. The book opens a window into Afghanistan’s soul - the people, their nature, their habits and customs. The reader’s heart goes out to Amir, yearning for the Afghanisthan of his childhood, fully knowing that he would never get it back. ‘ I didn’t remember what month that was, or what year even. I only knew the memory lived in me, a perfectly encapsulated morsel of a good past, a brushstroke of color on the gray, barren canvas that our lived had become.

8/19/2014
Written for today's generation of cooks and food enthusiasts, the cookbook “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” by Rita Jamshed Kapadia provides a treasure trove of recipes, along with an immersive cultural experience for those seeking to understand this ancient and timeless cuisine.




















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