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Dallas 2011 Diwali Mela


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Every year, the Dallas area Desi community hosts one of its biggest events, the Diwali Mela. For the last few years, the Diwali Mela was held in the Texas Stadium in Irving and this year its going to be at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The event is on November 5th, 2011. 4pm to Midnight. This year they organizers are expecting over 100,000 people to show up for this event. Some of the attractions planned for this year are

  • Ram Leela performance
  • Versatile Bollywood Singer Mika and Anouska Manchanda will entertain
  • Elephant And Camel Rides
  • Special Kids corner with bouncy house, magicians, train rides, puppet show, etc.
  • Petting Zoo with 45 animals for kids
  • Separate Food Court
  • Laser Show
  • Raas Garba
  • Ravan Dahan


The address for the new Cotton Bowl Stadium is

Cotton Bowl Stadium

3809 Grand Avenue

Dallas TX 75210


There is an entry fee of $8 ($10 at the gate) this year to attend the event.


For more details, visit the DFW Diwali Mela Website


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Dallas Gujarati Samaj Navaratri Raas Garba 2011

One of the biggest events organized by the DFW Gujarati Samaj every year is their Navaratri Raas Garba. This year the event will be held on the 24th of September, 1st and 8th of October at the Loos Stadium. With Free Pizza for the kids and a large crowd, there is no reason to miss this one.

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The address for the event is the Loos Field Stadium


Loos Field Stadium

3815 Spring Valley Rd

Addison TX 75001


For more details, visit the DFW Gujarati Samaj Website.


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Indian Ocean Rocks Dallas



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Indian Ocean is currently on tour across the US and the UK. On the 17th of September, they performed at the Granville Arts Center in Garland to help raise money for the Ram Mandir in Plano.


The Granville Arts Center is a reasonable small venue and seats between 500 and 600 people so it had a very personal touch to it. The show pretty much started on time when the 3 members of Indian Ocean, Amit, Rahul and Susmit along with two supporting members Himanshu Joshi and Tuheen Chakravarty (filling in for Asheem who passed away in 2009) started the show with Khajuraho.


The entire show went for about 2 hours and they played most of their popular songs like Ma Rewa, Hille Le Jhakjor, Leaving Home from their Kandisa album. They played some songs from their new album 16/330 Khajoor Road. They have also done music for Bollywood movies and played a couple of songs from Black Friday and Peepli Live.



Rahul Ram does most of the talking and is very entertaining and helps keep the mood light. Amit is multi talented and besides playing the drums, plays the flute and an Indian string instrument. The band went into a jam with the crowd on Ma Rewa which was the highlight of the show.


The show ended with, you guessed it, Kandisa, which is an ancient Aramaic hymn. After the show, the band was really nice about mingling with the crowd and allowing us to take pictures and autograph our tickets and CDs.


Overall, if you are a fan of Indian Ocean, you will really enjoy the show. Even if you are not familiar with their music, its still worth going because these guys are simply awesome musicians, but more importantly, really nice guys. Please spread the word and support these guys so that they will come back in the future.


They have 3 upcoming shows

Sep 18th - Tempe

Sep 23rd - Chicago

Sep 24th - Bay Area


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Dallas Indian Independence Day Celebrations - Anand Bazaar 2011



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Come and celebrate India's Independence Day at 35th Anand Bazaar 2011 Organized by India Association of North Texas (IANT) with the help of many local businesses and the DFW Community. India Association of North Texas (IANT) brings to you 35th Annual ANAND BAZAAR 2011, celebrating India's Independence Day on Saturday August 13th, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie.


There will be a number of booths selling Desi stuff like spicy Indian Chaat, apparel, accessories and what not. There is the ceremonial Independence day parade with Indian and US flags. There is live music events, cultural events and a nice fireworks show at night.


This place is a fun filled event and attracts a big crowd every year. It's been going on for quite a few years now.

Date and Time of Event

Saturday Aug 13,2011 at 5:30 PM


Address:

1000 Lone Star Parkway

Lone Star Park

Grand Prairie, TX 75050



There is an entry fee to attend the event.


For more details, visit the IANT Anand Bazaar Site


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