Events this weekend: Chinmaya Mission, English Drama, the Iconic Avatar for Vision Aid, Hare Krishna’s 50th Anniversary and Homage to Salman

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WALTHAM, MA—If your summer weekends are not yet fully packed with activities, there is plenty to choose from this weekend: Chinmaya Mission Boston’s Spiritual Bonanza, the Iconic Avatar fundraiser for Vision Aid, Bollywood-star-studded What is Done is Done and a homage to local singer Salman by New England’s leading singers.

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ANDOVER, MA– Chinmaya Mission Boston is organizing a week-long spiritual bonanza that will features a number of discourses and events during July 21-26, including discourses by Swami Tejomayananda, who is visiting Boston one last time before retiring as the head of Chinmaya Mission world-wide. All events are free and open to everyone.

Organizers of the Spiritual Bonanza week suggest that you take some time out for this unique experience that will not just refresh and rejuvenate your spirit, but also give you some invaluable teachings that are applicable to both you as an individual or professional, as well as your family in this modern age.

kalkiBollywood-Star-Studded English Play “What’s Done is Done” Comes to Boston on July 24

BILLERICA, MA–Bollywood-star studded English Play “What’s Done is Done” is coming to Boston on Sunday. The play features Rajat Kapoor (Dil Chahta Hai), National Film Award and Filmfare Award winner Kalki Koechlin (Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani), Ranvir Shorey (Ek Chhotisi Love Story) and Vinay Pathak (Khosla Ka Ghosla and Bheja Fry.)

The play is brought to Boston by Desi Baatye, a Woburn, MA-based company that helps event marketing and online ticketing for Indian events and concerts in Boston area. The much talked about play “What’s Done is Done” will staged on Sunday, July 24th, at Billerica High School auditorium in Billerica, MA. It starts at 5:00 PM.

Vision Aid-16-groupWith Over 50 Dancers and Actors, Vision-Aid Presents Broadway-Style Dance Production “Iconic Avatar” on July 24

LITTLETON, MA—With over 50 dancers and actors, Vision-Aid is presenting a Broadway-style mega dance production based on the classic epic, Kamba Ramayana. The dance production, entitled “Iconic Avatar” will be staged on July 24 at Littleton High School in Littleton, MA. All proceeds will go towards supporting Vision-Aid’s efforts to help the visually impaired live with independence and with dignity.

Organizers said in a statement that the production is based on Sri Madurai R. Muralidaran’s The Iconic Avatar, a dazzling production that features new musical compositions, rich and vibrant choreography, a lyrical script and multimedia special effects all conceptualized, directed and produced by the highly acclaimed choreographer and composer Muralidaran.

9ISKCON Boston to Celebrate Golden Anniversary of Hare Krishna Movement on Saturday, July 23

BOSTON—After the New England chapter of International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) last year held a grand celebration on the occasion of 50th year of Srila Prabhupada’s arrival to the United States in 1965 at Boston harbor, the group is now celebrating 50th anniversary of the Hare Krishna movement on Saturday, July 23, at Boston Common with a mela and a rathyatra. (Photos provided by ISKCON)

11“Boston has the unique history. The statues of deities in Boston temple were installed by Swami Prabhupada himself,” said Vanamali Pandit Dasa, President of ISKCON New England. “Boston is also the fourth oldest center after New York, San Francisco and London.”

He said about 2,000 people are expected to participate in Boston celebrations on Saturday.

Salman Wajahat Dar
Salman Wajahat Dar

Local Singers Pay Homage to Salman Wajahat Dar on Saturday

WINCHESTER, MA—New England’s singers will pay homage to local singer late Salman Wajahat Dar on Saturday, July 23, at Sons of Italy Winchester, located at 117 Swanton Street in Winchester.  The event will start at 6:00 pm and continue through 10:00 pm.

Dar passed away in March. He was 65. Dar was a popular local singer who sang Bollywood songs at local musical programs and in private parties. He was born in Kashmir, India, and moved to Pakistan when he was 4-5 years old after partition of India.



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