The Indian SCENE joined Detroit institutions and community groups in welcoming Sudhakar Dalela, India’s recently appointed Consul General in Chicago, during his recent visit to Michigan. Dalela was honored at a reception dinner hosted by the India League of America (ILA), June 19. ILA President Dr. Yash Lakra delivered an introduction and remarks, in which
Small bites, music, champagne and fashion set the scene May 30 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Somerset Collection in Troy. The event, a joint effort between The Indian SCENE and Saks Fifth Avenue, raised $4,500 for Mai Family Services, which supports South Asian families and individuals in need of assistance (www.maifs.org). Close to 200 guests joined.
“Legends of Bollywood” brought talented singers and musicians together on the stage of Seaholm High School on May 11. The charitable musical concert led by Narendra Sheth was a joint effort by Mai Family Services and the Geetmala Foundation of Michigan. The audience enjoyed this musical treat for over three hours. The performers were from local and
The Hindu Temple of Canton was filled with young talent Saturday, May 11 for the third annual Sur Aur Taal “Beats of Passion.” This singing and dancing competition brought together young toddlers and adults who performed in a variety of traditional and non-traditional Indian forms of performance. One of the most unexpected performances was young
Photography by Bhumika Shah This wasn’t about being Indian, this was about the music you hear with your soul. Like many did before the Arijit Singh concert, you may have expected to walk into another Bollywood theatrical production of lead singers interacting with an enthused audience in between learned choreography moves. But there was a
As part of its yearlong celebration of Asian art, the Detroit Institute of Arts hosted its inaugural “Celebrate India” festival from April 5-7. Over 5,000 patrons to the DIA enjoyed live musical entertainment — classical and Bollywood — as well as instrumental melodies. Classical and folk dances from various states of India also graced the
Eight college dance teams took the stage at Detroit’s legendary Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Bollywood-fusion competition was a sold-out show attracting college students and patrons from across the country, who enjoyed a lineup of Gator Adaa from the University of Florida, the University of Michigan’s Michigan Izzat,
On a Tuesday morning in December, we met with DIA Assistant Curator Katherine Kasdorf and Vice President of the Friends of Asian Arts and Culture auxiliary group Anita Rajpal for a tour of the museum’s recently opened gallery for Indian and Southeast Asian Art. We discussed the gallery’s commissioned contemporary works, the thematic approach organizing