The next Konkani Sammelan is coming back to its birthplace in New Jersey after 16 years and we have the privilege to celebrate sweet sixteen of the Sammelan! It will be hosted at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ from June 29-July 1, 2012 (Fri-Sun). Please mark your calendars and save the dates.
The North East region was finalized for hosting the 2012 Konkani Sammelan only in May 2011. Since then, we have raced against time to put together a dedicated and motivated team of volunteers for organizing this mega event. The team's vision is to host the best Konkani Sammelan to date and provide all attendees with outstanding cultural and entertainment programs, seminars, authentic and sumptuous Konkani food, social and professional networking opportunities, youth and children events.
Edison, NJ is at the heart of Indian and Konkani community in the North East. It is approximately 25 miles south west of New York City. The area is serviced by three major airports; the nearest airport being Newark, NJ (airport code EWR). The NJ Convention Center is an ideal place for holding the Sammelan, as it is NJ's largest private venue with modern facilities to host big entertainment programs, meetings, vendor booths, and has a huge dining area. We have negotiated exclusive discounted rates with Sheraton and Hilton Garden hotels in Edison, which are near the Convention Center. Details on hotels in the vicinity, room rates, and how to make hotel reservations will be published on our website.
The theme for our Konkani Sammelan 2012, very aptly, is: "Connecting Konkanis, Heart to Heart, Home away from Home". The various Konkani associations in North America and events like the biennial Konkani Sammelan are indeed catalysts for us to connect with our fellow Konkanis, culture, traditions, language and of course to enjoy our food. For our children and the youth growing up in North America, and also for adults and seniors, the Sammelan promises to be a great cultural experience and retreat, home away from home. We are aspiring for and expecting around 2000 Konkanis under one roof for 3 days in this upcoming Sammelan. This in itself should make us all Konkanis very proud!
In 2012, as July 4th holiday in the US falls on Wednesday, we decided to hold the Sammelan on the earlier weekend, as this would give out-of-town attendees chance to take advantage of the short week ahead for extended vacation with friends and relatives or touring the incredible North East region. More information on nearby sight-seeing areas and tourist attractions will be published on our website.
Grand Dushahra festival celebration began about 12 years ago in 1998 when Mr. Mangal Gupta (founder , Indo American Festival ) saw the culture gap that was felt by the Indian community. Mr. Gupta wanted every Indian/ Indian descendent child to know about the great epic of Ramayana & inculcate the virtue of victory of good over Evil in their hearts. Now, after 12 successful years, the community feels good that someone did it when kids themselves ask their parents the story of Ravan & Ram after coming back from Dushahra & viewing Ravan dhahan. He envisioned and has been successful to make this event a free event so Kids can come & learn, enjoy and connect to the community.
On Oct 17th 2010, the public is invited to join in in the celebration of the remarkable journey of Victory of Good over Evil at the Lake Pappiani park in Edison, NJ. The highlights of the festival being
Izod Center is excited to welcome SLAM THE TOUR (Sound, Light, Music, Action), Bollywood biggest global musical extravaganza on Friday, September 19th! The mega blockbuster concert features Mr. Shah Rukh Khan, Mrs. Farah Khan Kunder, Ms Deepika Padukone, Mrs Malaika Arora Khan, Mr Abhishek Bachchan, Mr Boman Irani, Mr Sonu Sood, Mr Vivaan Shah, Ms Kanika Kapoor and Mr Yo Yo Honey Singh.
With the magical chemistry between lead performers Khan and Padukone, plus a cast and crew of 130, this is the largest and most exciting Bollywood production Houston has ever seen. Don™t miss your chance to see the superstars of Indian Cinema together on stage this September.
Talking about the tour an excited Shah Rukh Khan, said, "I am blessed to get a lot of love and support from people around the world. This is our way of giving this love back and thanking you all. I am super excited and looking forward to being in your city along with my colleagues Farah, Deepika, Madhuri, Malaika, Abhishek, Boman, Sonu, Vivaan and Kanika. We promise you an evening of love, laughter and entertainment. So mark your calendar and be there at SLAM, THE TOUR."
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is an Indian musical trio consisting of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa. Record producers, musicians and multi-instrumentalists, they have composed music for over fifty soundtracks across four languages. Among the most critically acclaimed Indian musicians, the trio have won over twenty awards, including one National Film Award, three Filmfare Awards, three IIFA Awards among several other awards and nominations. They are often referred to as "Amar Akbar Anthony" of Hindi film music by several, including eminent critic Rajeev Masand.
Following the popular practice in Bollywood music where individuals with varied musical backgrounds collaborate together, Shankar Ehsaan Loy are the first Bollywood trio of music composers. Exploiting the unique strength of its members -- the Indian classical music of Shankar Mahadevan, the rock and acoustic pop of Ehsaan Noorani, and the electronica-fusion of Loy Mendonsa -- the trio has created successful music that is both traditional and progressive.
The trio had a successful tour of the US in 2011 and back in the US this summer with tour dates in New Jersey, DC, North Carolina, Detroit and Dallas.
See below for details on the New Jersey area show
Date : Sat, June 23rd 2013 Time : 8:00 PM Address : NJ Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ07102 URL : http://www.njpac.org/
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