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New York City Comptroller John Liu presents a proclamation to Malini Shah

An array of top American lawmakers from Congresswoman down to New York City Council Member were in attendance to greet Indian-Americans on the happy occasion of Diwali at a grand gala Diwali Reception and Celebrations at World Fair Marina in Flushing, New York last week.Organized by a committee headed by Uma Sengupta, Democratic District Leader (New York 25th Assembly District), the event was attended by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney; New York State Senator Jose Peralta; New York City Comptroller John Liu; Member of New York State Assembly David Weprin; former New York City Comptroller Bill Thompson; Manhattan District Democratic Party Leader Jennifer Rajkumar, Curtis Sliwa and a host of other dignitaries.

 Year of India Launch at Consul General of India New York

A yearlong celebration of India now underway at Queens College, in Flushing, Queens. Located in the most diverse county in America, Queens College is consistently ranked as one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review, and is one of the premier public universities in the United States. 


Now through June 2013, the College explores the many facets of India’s past, present, and future: its politics, society, economy, and ethnicity, as well as its art, literature, music, and film—targeting the academic community as well as the general population, of interest to the tens of thousands of Indian Americans and South Asians who live in the metro New York Area. In addition to newly developed credit-bearing academic offerings, faculty will lead three study tours to India—two for Queens College students and one for faculty and staff. 



Please visit Queens College website, to see details of upcoming events. You will note a wide range of activities, from student-sponsored activities on culture, sports, and daily life, to exhibitions, film screenings, and performances, featuring major Indian scholars and two Nobel-prize winners among the notables who will be visiting our campus. As a university committed to academic freedom, our faculty and guest lecturers are free to explore potentially controversial political, economic and religious topics and issues in an open forum that encourages exchange and debate. The majority of these events are free and open to the public.



Nritya Kala Kendra, is consulting with Kupferberg Center Performances, the performing arts center at Queens College, to develop and present a full week of cultural programming in conjunction with the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance from February 11 to 17, 2013, as follows:


“Chaturang: Traditional Dances of India,” a collaborative dance performance featuring Jayant Kastuar, visiting artist from India accompanied by an ensemble of 3-4 musicians, Bani Ray, Saavitri Ramanand, and Bala Devi Chandrasekhar. Planning is taking place of one performance of “Chaturang” for schoolchildren, February 14th and one for family audiences on February 17th. One day of residency activities for high school students with Jayant Kastuar, Ingrid Van Shipley and Salman Ahmed; and a Master Class for Queens College dance students with Jayant Kastuar.

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