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October 16-31, 2011

Clinton, India's Sibal head U.S.-India Higher Education Summit
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and India’s Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal co-chaired the U.S.-India Higher Education Summit on Oct. 13 at Georgetown University in Washington.

The first-ever event was a culmination of plans between the pair to facilitate an event between the United States and India, which began in talks in late 2010. Sibal and Clinton called education one of the primary pillars of the U.S.-India strategic partnership.

First 'Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month' to be proclaimed in Mass.
To recognize the significant contribution of immigrant business owners in Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick will sign a proclamation declaring the first ever “Immigrant Entrepreneurship Month” on Oct. 21 at the Boston Foundation. This event also marks the launch of the New Americans Integration Institute, a new entity led by the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition and sponsored by the event’s host, the Boston Foundation.

Gupta turns himself in to FBI following indictment

Rajat K. Gupta, former managing director of McKinsey & Co. and former board member of The Goldman Sachs Group and the Procter & Gamble Co., surrendered to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and appeared in Federal District court on Oct. 26.

Gupta, 62, of Westport, Conn., is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and five counts of securities fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison on the conspiracy charge and 20 years in prison on each of the securities fraud charges. In addition, with respect to the conspiracy charge, Gupta faces a maximum fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss derived from the crime. For each of the securities fraud charges, he faces a maximum fine of $5 million or twice the gross gain or loss derived from the crime. 

Indian director screens film at MIT

On Oct. 26, Indian film director and actress Nandita Das was on hand at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., to screen her film “Firaaq” and hold and hold a Q&A with attendees.

Set in the aftermath of communal violence in Gujarat, in 2002, “Firaaq” is a work of fiction, based on a thousand true stories. It is an ensemble film that takes place over a 24-hour period, a month after the worst of the carnage is over. The film traces the emotional journeys of “ordinary people” -- some who were victims, some perpetrators and some who watched silently. Firaaq explores their relationships as they experience many fierce and delicate emotions of fear and prejudice, guilt and revenge, trust and betrayal and a loss of innocence that wounds the soul forever. Violence truly spares nobody. Yet in the midst of all this madness, some still sing hopeful songs for better times.

RI Diwali dance drama to support local nonprofit, backed by memorial foundation
For the first time in Rhode Island lovers of dance will be treated to “Sri Krishna Parijatam,” a theatrical Kuchipudi drama. Choreographed by the renowned Dr. Vempeti Chinna Satyam the dance drama recreates the legend of the Parijata flower and tells the rivalry between two cohorts -- Rukmini and Satyabhama.

Western Union joins forces with 'Ra.One'

Western Union has launched a global mass-media campaign in association with Indian film superstar Shahrukh Khan's new movie, "Ra.One," which was released during the Diwali holiday. The company said the aim of the campaign is to honor the millions of Indians working overseas.

"Ra.One," directed by Anubhav Sinha, is pioneering special visual and sound effects that are set to transform the Indian film industry. The global mass-media campaign collaboration is the first of its kind between a Bollywood film and a global company, according to Western Union.

Telugu business minds meet

The Telugu Association of Greater Boston held its first ever "Entrepreneur Meet" late last week. The goal of the meeting was to provide a stage for ambitious and successful entrepreneurs among local Telugu community to meet, greet and share their entrepreneurial experiences. The event was held on Oct. 21 at Sri Shirdi Baba Temple in Chelmsford, Mass.

Red Carpet Romp

New England Leherein held a fund-raising community awards event, the "Your Choice Awards," on Oct. 8 at the Chinmaya Maruti Center in Andover, Mass. In addition to raising money for the organization, the group was aiming to give the local community a little taste of the glitz and glamour of strolling down the red carpet for an award show.

Dance for a cause: Dance teacher inspired by India visit

It was summer of 2010, as I stepped off the plane into the scorching heat of my homeland; I decided something was to be made of my so- far average summer. Traditionally, I had ventured to India to indulge in my grandmother's delicious home cooking and watch Bollywood movies with my cousins. But, I was determined to pursue something other than food and relaxation this summer. Coincidentally, it was also my first summer away from dance, and I would be missing a few different exciting shows, and when I heard of how practices were coming along, it hit me that dance was honestly the one thing, my one true passion, that I could use to share with others.

Groups prepare for festive Diwali season

With the festive Diwali right around the corner on Oct. 26, many New England Indian-American organizations and groups are gearing up to celebrate the big day with events that bring the community together for the dazzling "Festival of Lights."

In the United States, Diwali is a festival celebrated with exuberance and for many groups is one of the biggest holidays of the year.

Kathak master and pioneer Das to perform in New England

New England residents should be thrilled for the upcoming chance to see world-renowned Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das twice in November. Das will first perform "Master of Tradition -- Pandit Chitresh Das in a Traditional Kathak Solo" at Yale University on Nov. 5. In addition, Das and Jason Samuels Smith will perform in "India Jazz Suites" in Portland, Maine on Nov. 16.

Lil' MDGs makes mark during national event

The New Hampshire-based Lil' MDGs mobilized its network of youth in 40 states to take part in generationOn's "Make Your Mark Week," an initiative that inspires and mobilizes kids of all ages to use their energy, ingenuity and compassion to "make their mark on the world" through hands-on service.  

Celebrated during the third week of October, Make Your Mark Week encourages young people to do small acts or service projects that together make a big impact on their lives, their communities and the world. The week culminates on National Make a Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. 

One-on-one with Infosys' Murthy
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's first MIT-India Conference, held late last month, was considered a great success by all involved, but nothing drew raves like the one-on-one sit down between tech giants Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande and N.R. Narayana Murthy.

Renowned poet and translator Mehrotra visits Mass.

Smith College in Northampton, Mass., was the host to well-known poet and translator Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, last week. Mehrotra gave a reading on Oct. 18 at Smith's Stoddard Hall Auditorium.

Mehrotra was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and educated at the University of Allahabad and the University of Mumbai. He is the author of four books of poems, and his work, including essays and translations, has appeared in dozens of anthologies, the most recent of which are "Partial Recall: Essays on Literature and Literary History" and "Songs of Kabir."  

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