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Induz Dandiya For a Cause

Since the 1970s school art and music programs across the United States have been drastically cut and the recent downturn in the economy has once again forced the schools to make further cuts in the art and music curriculum.

Induz, a Bay Area non-profit, is collectively working towards addressing this problem. Induz provides free art education for orphan children in India and at 14 low-income schools across San Francisco Bay Area. Induz organizes regular  events in the Bay Area to raise funds for these projects.

The aim is to connect people and cultures through the magic of art. “Art is immensely important yet it seems to constantly take a backseat in today’s society” said Ray Mitra, founder of Induz. ”That needs to change. When people learn about the different forms of art from different cultures; when they are exposed to different communities and really see the beauty and benefit of what these cultures have to offer, lives change.”

Induz has organized a super exciting “Induz Dandiya” fundraiser evening on October 6th 2012 at Centerville Junior High School in Fremont, to raise funds for projects in both the United States and India. This “Dandiya” event is to celebrate the “Navratri”  (“Nav’=night and “ratri”=nights) festival of 9 nights where, as per the Hindu mythology is believed that “Maa Durga/Ambe” visits the earth  destroy the evil and bring peace, love and harmony to people on earth!

This fundraiser event will enable Induz to raise funds to reach out and offer the Apollo project to more low income schools in Bay Area, and also continue to support the Tulika project for the under privileged children in the orphanages in India. Please visit http://www.induz.org/ for more details on these projects.

Induz Dandiya Induz Dadiya was a sold out event last year, and this year features dandiya with a spectacular laser lights display! The very popular and well-known Bay Area artist, Dimple Patel and Troupe, will be the DJ for the Dandiya/Garba event.

“Dandiya” is a traditional folk dance of India from Gujarat state. It is played with 2 sticks and is very gracious and energetic dance, which has its own form of style and art to it. Ray Mitra said, “Art – all art, be it music, dance, painting or any other form – is a medium for bringing diverse cultures and communities together. That’s our vision. We see the point of connection as being Where Art Meets Heart. If we can accomplish that for our children then the world of their future will be a peaceful and happy place.”

Tickets for Induz Dandiya can be bought online from sulekha.com/Induz or by contacting Ray Mitra at (510) 875-5006 or Sanjay Saxena at (510) 449-8530. Ticket prices are $12 for Adults and $7 for children up to 10 years old. Children under 5 are free.

About Induz

Induz is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization driven by Silicon Valley professionals with a
passion to promote art and culture across the globe through its mission Where Art Meets Heart
(WAMH). WAMH aims to (1) Nurture artistic talents by exposing individuals to the world of art
and culture (2) Promote and encourage the awareness and aptitude toward art and culture in
children, in particular the underprivileged, by setting up programs through which they can
learn various forms of art, such as visual art, music, and dance (3) Use art as a medium to
bring diverse communities and cultures together and encourage volunteerism and active
participation

Sevathon 2012

sevathon 4I’ve been to Sevathons 1 and 2 and to my pleasant surprise, they’ve been getting bigger and better every year. This is the 4th year of Sevathon and if you’re thinking about participating, get off the fence and register – it’s a great way to spend a Sunday morning. The weather is usually perfect, and if running through the Baylands trails is not your thing, bring a friend or two along and join the motley crew of walkers of all ages, sizes, and dispositions – from determined striders to aunties in saris and tennis shoes with pallus over their heads. Kids dart in and around the grown-ups and it feels like a big moving party, with bananas and bottled water thrown in for good measure. This year there’s free food too, courtesy Peacock Restaurant!

Sevathon, a walk/run event organized by the India Community Center, Sevathon Logo - Web 450_1was conceived as an event to bring together and showcase the many Bay Area non-profits that serve both local and international communities. The Sevathon organizers have broken their previous record and registered a whopping 61 non-profits this year, so expect a total carnival atmosphere with all the tents fluttering in the breeze. There’s kite flying, face painting, and live music. Each organization usually sets up something attractive for the kids to do, so it’s great fun to bring the whole family along and make a morning out of it. And you’ll be doing some good too!

Registered runners and walkers can ask friends to support their efforts. 50% of the registration fee goes to the community, and 100% of donations do, so it’s a great way to make your morning exercise count.

Here’s the site to register and learn more about the event.
http://www.indiacc.org/Sevathon
Sevathon 2012
When: Sunday July 15, 2012. Events start 7 am.
Where: Baylands Park, Sunnyvale

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”         -Mahatma Gandhi

Seminar on Mindful Parenting

MINDFUL INTERACTIONS FOR PARENTS

Eight-week series: JULY 11th – AUGUST 30th, 2012: Wednesdays, 7 – 9 PM

Are you wanting …

•    To deepen your relationship with your child?

•    To be more present in your interactions with your child?

•    To move away from threats, rewards and punishments and towards a more empathetic, nurturing and loving home?

•    For tools to better handle conflict with calmness and confidence?

•    For ways to communicate with your family to foster mutual respect and connection?

We would love to have you join us for this eight week series where parents will learn a new philosophy and practice of parenting that is based on connection and empathy and yet is not permissive.
Topics will include brain development, connecting communication, setting and holding limits, emotional intelligence, anger, self-regulation and much more.
The classes are based on Marshall B. Rosenberg’s work in Nonviolent Communication and Echo Parenting & Education’s Nonviolent Parenting philosophy.

All sessions will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church
505 East Charleston Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Series Fee:  $200 per person*

*Limited seats. Registration on a first come first served basis. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Please contact Bob or Gayathri if you’re interested in registering for the class.

Bob Niederman
bobniederman@comcast.net
(650) 857-0772

Gayathri Narayanan
gayathri7000@gmail.com
(310) 994-3727

Parent Talk May 19: Non-violent Parenting

On Saturday May 19, I will be talking to Gayathri Narayanan and Robert Niederman about Mindful Parenting. The concept is that the parent-child relationship does not need to be adversarial and confrontational. But can we bring up kids without ever using a carrot and stick approach? I don’t think so, but my guests are going to try to prove me wrong.

ICC Parent Talk is a weekly radio show sponsored by the India Community Center. It airs on Radio Zindagi, 1550 AM, live on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. The call in number for the show is 510-7701550.

If you have questions or comments about the show, or if you would like to participate on the show, please drop me a line at radio@indiacc.org. For news about the upcoming shows, check out the ICC Parent Talk page.

Parent Talk Episode 28: Speech/Language

May is better speech and hearing month. On Saturday May 5, I will be talking to speech pathologist Namita Maunder about the speech and language issues she routinely comes into contact with, and what options are available to parents.

Parent Talk is a weekly radio show sponsored by the India Community Center. It airs on Radio Zindagi, 1550 AM, live on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. The call in number for the show is 510-7701550.

If you have questions or comments about the show, or if you would like to participate on the show, please drop me a line at radio@indiacc.org. For news about the upcoming shows, check out the Parent Talk page.

Parent Talk Episode 25 – Parenting Kids with Special Needs

Parent Talk is a weekly radio show sponsored by the India Community Center. It airs on Radio Zindagi, 1550 AM, live on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. The call in number for the show is 510-7701550.

Saturday April 14: I am going to be talking to two parentts who have kids with special needs. Having a teenager with Asperger’s, this is a topic that is close to my heart. Parenting is never an easy job, especially these days, but parents of kids with special needs face some unique challenges. Tune in to get a better perspective on what we go through.

If you have questions or comments about the show, or if you would like to participate on the show, please drop me a line at radio@indiacc.org. For news about the upcoming shows, check out the Parent Talk page.

Table Tennis Tournament April 7th – Vibha invites you to participate!

“Not every child is fortunate, some need you”. This is the motto that we all live by at Vibha.

My name is Pranav Mohan, and I am part of Vibha’s recently founded Youth Chapter.
My experience working with the Youth Chapter has been very beneficial to my life. It has given me a strong sense of community and accomplishment.

Vibha is a volunteer driven non-profit organization working towards the cause of underprivileged children. Started in 1996, the Bay Area Action Center was one of the first few Vibha action centers in US. Vibha Bay Area is a group of energetic and enthusiastic volunteers coming from all walks of life, brought together by one strong belief that we can positively change the future of children in India and US.

Vibha Youth Chapter in the Bay area has been setup with the intention of providing a platform for Middle and High school Vibha groupYouth to make a positive impact on society. Formed in 2010, this youth chapter is run by youth leaders under the guidance of their parents and Vibha mentors. We plan various fundraising and awareness events to raise money and create empathy for the under-privileged children in India.

This year, the Youth Chapter is hosting a Table-Tennis Tournament on Apr 7th as our next event. This tournament is the first step of the Youth Chapter into formal fundraising activities after a few successful Books and Bake sales across the Bay Area. The event will primarily be run by the youth under the guidance of the parents and adult volunteers right from planning to execution of the event. We will also be doing a Books and Bake sale at the venue.

On behalf of the Youth Chapter, we encourage all readers of Water No Ice to participate in our biggest event yet!
So gather all of your friends and come to the first of many events hosted by us for a good cause!

When – April 7, 2012, 4pm to 9pm
Where – ICC Table Tennis Center
1453 N. Milpitas Blvd Milpitas, CA 95035

We look forward to your support for this worthy cause. For more information and to register for the event, please go to: http://cart.vibha.org/45-tt-match.html