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A Closer Look at the Nepalese New Year

A Closer Look at the Nepalese New Year

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian November 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Rituals and dances from the Nepalese New Year’s festival of self-purification known as Mha Puja can be see in this video.

Models strike a pose in Rao’s line Frou Frou at Lend a Hand India’s event “Fashion for Education.” (Photo by Jaclyn Anglis for Voices of NY)

Strutting Saris to Benefit Indian Youth

Culture, Featured Posts, New York, South Asian November 17, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Fashion designs adapting saris to western design were modeled at a NYC fashion show to benefit Lend-A-Hand India, a group which supports Indian youth.

(Photo via Khasokhas)

Nepalese Worship the Sun God – with Some Improvising

Culture, Metro Area, South Asian November 14, 2014 at 3:45 pm

In the absence of holy water, Nepalese made do when celebrating the festival of Chhath, reports Khasokhas.

Jamming in Prospect Heights (Photo via News India Times)

Indian Raga in Prospect Heights

Brooklyn, Culture, South Asian November 13, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Musicians playing Indian Raga jam in Prospect Heights weekly, News India Times reports.

Sikhs Mark Anniversary of Massacre in India

Sikhs Mark Anniversary of Massacre in India

History, South Asian November 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Sikhs gathered at Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza to honor the more than 25,000 Sikhs murdered during four days of unrest in India in 1984, reports NYCity News Service.

Businessman and philanthropist B. K. Modi (wearing hat)  with guests at the Global Citizen Forum meeting in New York (Photo via News India Times)

In NY, Billionaire Businessman Promotes Cooperation

South Asian November 4, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Billionaire businessman and philanthropist B.K. Modi hosted a meeting of his Global Citizen Forum at the U.N. to explore ways in which to promote better global cooperation, News India Times reports.

A Nepali New Year is Celebrated

A Nepali New Year is Celebrated

Culture, Featured Posts, Queens, South Asian, Voices' Picks October 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm

In Queens on Oct. 24, about 300 Newah people celebrated their Nepali new year and a ritual purification of the self, Mha Puja.

Khumariyaan lead guitarist Sparlay Rawail claps during their performance on Sunday. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Pashto Music Comes to New York

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, South Asian, Video October 15, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Members of the instrumental group Khumariyaan held their fourth concert of a U.S. tour at the Asia Society in New York on Oct. 12, melding traditional folk music and modern music.

‘Invisible No More’ and Eleven-Inch Heels

‘Invisible No More’ and Eleven-Inch Heels

Caribbean, Culture, Health, South Asian, Video October 8, 2014 at 11:29 am

Caribbean identity when it comes to the U.S. Census, art assemblages by a cancer survivor, and “wow factor” shoes in this episode of Independent Sources.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Casey Tolan, via Gotham Gazette)

Modi Promises Lifetime Visa for Indian Americans

In the News, Manhattan, Politics, South Asian September 30, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s promise to change visa policy and his vision for the country’s future have energized the community in the U.S. But the enthusiasm has not dampened the spirits of his critics, reports Gotham Gazette and News India Times.

Political dissent can be advertised atop a cab. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Pakistan’s Political Divide on Display in NYC

Featured Posts, Manhattan, Politics, South Asian, Voices' Picks September 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm

Opposition and government supporters staged noisy rallies as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addressed the U.N.

Bakwas (‘Nonsense’ in Punjabi) Returns to NY

Bakwas (‘Nonsense’ in Punjabi) Returns to NY

Brooklyn, Culture, Featured Posts, South Asian, Video September 26, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Bakwas, showcasing Indian performers in different contexts, returns to the city.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo by Al Jazeera English, Creative Commons License)

Big Reception Planned for Indian Prime Minister in NYC

Manhattan, South Asian September 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Indian community is throwing an unprecedented reception for Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Madison Square Garden but his critics plan a protest, reports News India Times.

Women cook for langar meal at Sikh gurudwara. (Photo by Ramaa Raghavan via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Religious Tradition With an Indian Taste

Food, Metro Area, Religion, South Asian September 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Sikhism’s tradition of offering free food to the gurudwaras’ visitors is keeping temple kitchens very busy, reports Feet in 2 Worlds.

Pakistan Day Parade organizers ride a float down the Madison Avenue on August 24. (Photo by Mohsin Zaheer)

Pakistan Turmoil Clouds Independence Day Parade in NYC

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, South Asian, Voices' Picks August 25, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Some celebrants worry about the future of democracy in their country of origin.