Geeton Bhari Shaam 2017

"GEETON BHARI SHAAM 2017" on Saturday, MAY 6TH, 2017 at VICTORIA HILLS COMMUNITY CENTRE 10 Chopin Drive, Kitchener, ON, N2M 2G2 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

We are raising funds for HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre, as this Centre, which provides so much support and programs for cancer survivors is needing funds to keep open.

Tickets are $15.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. There will be prizes drawn on your tickets and you should retain the counterfoil to claim the prize. Snacks shall also be provided.

Singers such as Pushpinder Singh, Neha have agreed to donate their time in this worthy cause. Please get your tickets as soon as possible.

Republic Day Celebration 2017

Mela 2016

India Canada Association of Waterloo Region is holding the annual South Asian Cultural Festival "Mela 2016" on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Civic Centre/Rotunda at the City of Kitchener, 200 King St. W. Kitchener from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ADMISSION IS FREE, Free underground parking. This event is most popular as we bring various South Asian food vendors, vendors and a high quality of Entertainment from the South Asian diaspora. For more information please check out Mela website.

Geeto Bhari Shaam 2015

India Canada Association of Waterloo Region (ICA) proudly presents to you its annual musical show to raise funds for a local Charity. The event, "Geeton Bhari Shaam" will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Romanian Cultural Centre (Banatul) located at 2150 Bleams Road, Kitchener, ON, N2E 3Y1 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This year, the Board has opted to support OneROOF YOUTH SERVICES, an organization providing "safety, support and overall well-being of youths" who are homeless or at risk, aged 12-25, in Waterloo Region. Last year, through this event and the generosity of our supporters, ICA was able to donate $1,350.00 to Kids Ability, being net proceeds plus donations. See poster above.

This year, we have a venue with a stage and good acoustics and equipment to ensure the success of this event.

We have worked extremely hard to rope in PUSHPINDER SINGH RANA, a singer, who has enthralled many with his talent (https://plus.google.com/103433230055972079378/posts) and AMI GANDHI SHARMA, whose love of music and talent is enthralling. These singers have agreed to support ICA in raising funds for charity. You may google the link provided for more info. Both artistes are crowd pullers and their interaction with audience will impel you to join the dance floor, so bring your dancing shoes to enjoy their performance.

We are also thrilled to announce our local artistes, who support us at all our events and volunteer their time and talent so generously.

Our line up also includes the most popular NEHA BHAVSAR, melodious ARUN NEVE, DHAVAL BAROT, RUBEN YOUSEF, SHEFAYAT CHOWDHURY, SHARATHCHANDRAN THUNDIYIL, SHYAMALA VENKAT, HIMANSHU MERCHANT, ASHWANI and SUBHI NANDRAJOG, SAURABH SIRIVASTAVA and EKTA JAIN, with the classical tilt from TULJA GOBBURU, HARSHIT and VINESH BAKHRU, For live music, on tabla, JASWINDER SINGH, with AZIM JAMAL on the harmonium.

As you can see from our line up, anyone who has grown and lives with Indian music and songs from the past and anew should not miss this program.There shall be some dancing by audience.

Tickets are $12.00 for Members of ICA and $15.00 for non members.

Even if you are not able to come, we welcome donations for oneROOF.

Our Board has tickets for sale and you may contact them or Chandrika Anjaria at 519 579 2797 or Uma Arya at 519 888 0452.

Kokila Khanna, President
Sushma Joshi, Entertainment Director
Email: hello@icawaterloo.com
Website: icawaterloo.com
Mela Website: melawaterloo.com

Republic Day Celebration 2016

For tickets please contact any of the following Board Members:

Chandrika Anjaria       519-579-2797
Kokila Khanna       519-746-6540
Sheela Samat Spohn       519-846-0715
Uma Arya       519-888-0452
Sushma Joshi       519-744-1724
Tilak Amin       519-635-7554
Shaku Alhuwalia       519-741-9892
Dennis       519-579-6590
Kamal Gill       519-894-2030
Vinesh Bakhru       519-591-8732
Meenu Bakhru       519-591-8733
Indira Chaudhari       519-743-4415
Saurabh Shrivastava       226-220-7364
Dharmesh Thakkar       226-606-7040

Come out and support your Association. Come with Family and Friends.



Yet, when we are blind to others’ cultural norms, problems arise

Rama Singh

Hamilton Spectator
By Rama Singh

War and violence have affected all human civilizations. Ancient nations fought for many reasons, including sheer hatred of each other. Others fought for colonies, wealth and power. Still others fought against colonialism and imperialism. And now we have war against terrorism, against "extremists," jihadists. The jihadists themselves think they are fighting God's war. Every now and then we even hear of just war.

However, in some respect, all wars are culture wars. We may not have a clash of civilizations, but it's not uncommon to hear justification based on differing values.

Contrary to the moral stands offered in justifying a war, we know wars are waged not to fight evils but to fight evildoers, and we are told the evildoers (meaning "enemies") are "uncivilized barbarians." Religion and cultural values often play a big role in the demonization of the enemy - especially in times of war. The role of history, culture, power and injustice do not register in our memory or they fade away quickly.

Culture is generally associated with all that is good in society - art, music, language, literature. Cultivation of high values is the hallmark of a cultured society. This is the nonmaterial basis, the soul, of culture.

Add to this the development of science and technology, the industrialization and the spiralling advance in molecular biology and nanotechnology, and you have crystallized the modern world. This is the material basis of culture.

We generally fail to differentiate between material and nonmaterial sources of culture in our everyday life. The focus is always on the nonmaterial, on inherent potential and heritage; we do not think the material world has anything to do with development of culture.

We all like our own culture. Talk to a person from any part of the world about universal values such as liberty, equality, justice and they would agree with you that these are good things. But you will find them loyal to their own "culture," meaning the culture of their tribes, nations, religions.

Life depends on culture; culture makes us who we are. In "The Naked Ape," the anthropologist Desmond Morris was only talking about the non-hairy "man-ape" as compared to the great apes. In reality, we are naked without culture, naked to the very core of our being. Culture makes us human.

Culture is adaptive, comforting and therefore it can be addictive. We get used to our own culture. Each society develops its own culture, its own addiction. Culture constrains individualism, moral imperatives.

Life is addictive, and just as the body suffers from serious addictions, so can a society or a nation be afflicted with the notion of cultural superiority. The ideology of cultural superiority acts like blinkers and, when mixed with religion, the consequences can be lethal. Our vision becomes narrow; our point of view becomes the right point of view, often the only point of view.

Take for example the attitudes toward wearing the hijab, niqab or burqa. They are more than religious symbols - they serve many purposes and define who you are. On a recent visit to India, I witnessed a sad scene. Not far from my village sits a once-prosperous large town known for its silk fabrics. It has fallen on hard times due to competition from artificial silk from China. Many poor families who made their living from handlooms are forced into begging; this indignity often falls on women. For these women, the niqab or burqa provides a shield between their dignity and the outside world.

Cultural diversity means the same behaviour can have a different meaning. In one culture, we put our head gear on when we enter a place of worship; in another, we take it off. Both are signs of respect.

Unfortunately, head covering has become a political issue. A woman's covered head is seen as a sign of male domination in one culture; an uncovered head a sign of challenge to authority in another. Women are being doubly victimized.

How can we champion universal values?

There is no free choice: Love conflicts with justice, liberty with equality. As Isaiah Berlin pointed out, if we want to develop universal human values, trade-offs may be necessary. Religious harmony, protection of minorities and women's equality are defining issues of our time. We can imagine trade-offs in the sphere of religious practices, but can there be trade-offs in the sphere of women's equality or treatment of minorities?

The world is on a conveyor belt; some hopped on it sooner than others. One hopes universal values would spread from communication, from dispelling fear and building trust. Values cannot be imposed by laws or guns.

Rama Singh is a professor of biology at McMaster University.

Geeto Bhari Shaam 2015

India-Canada Association of Waterloo Region (ICA) is holding its annual GEETO BHARI SHAAM on SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015 FROM 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. AT The Family Center, 65 Hanson Avenue, Kitchener, ON, N2C 2H6. Our team is working hard to line up the talented and gifted singers for you. You are familiar with many, but we always try and get you a variety. Free Snacks shall be served and tickets are $10.00 members, $15.00 Non-members and $5.00 children 6-12 years.

This annual event raises funds for local charities and the Board has chosen to give the net proceeds to KIDSABILITY this year. This Charity helps special children, with learning difficulties, autism, etc.

We are looking for your support in that it helps us with the organizing of the event IF YOU GET YOUR TICKETS IN ADVANCE.

We also encourage you to get the tickets, even if you cannot come to support this worthy cause.

This would be a good time for you to renew your membership for 2015 if you did not attend Republic Day.

Republic Day Celebration 2015

For tickets please contact any of the following Board Members:

Chandrika Anjaria       519-579-2797
Kokila Khanna       519-746-6540
Sheela Samat Spohn       519-846-0715
Uma Arya       519-888-0452
Sushma Joshi       519-744-1724
Tilak Amin       519-635-7554
Shaku Alhuwalia       519-741-9892
Dennis       519-579-6590
Kamal Gill       519-894-2030
Vinesh Bakhru       519-591-8732
Meenu Bakhru       519-591-8733
Indira Chaudhari       519-743-4415
Saurabh Shrivastava       226-220-7364
Dharmesh Thakkar       226-606-7040

Come out and support your Association. Come with Family and Friends.

Movie Night

Are you looking forward to enjoying a Bollywood Movie on big screen alongside your family & friends here in Waterloo? Then, here is the opportunity.

India Canada Association of Waterloo Region (ICA) has negotiated with Landmark Cinema, for a special screening of Bollywood Blockbuster movie, "Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya", A newly released romance, comedy, drama with discounted tickets, to commemorate India's Independence day. The movie will be screened on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 7.00 pm sharp, at Empire Theatre, on The Boardwalk, Ira Needles Blvd., in Waterloo. Limited Seats only - around 150 seats. Tickets are available strictly on first-come-first serve basis.

Discounted tickets are: Adults - only $8.00, Seniors (Age 65 and over) & Children (Age 12 and under) - only $6.00. Please book your tickets early, to avoid disappointment.

You may please contact any ICA board members to book your ticket(s) in advance.

PS: Please also mark your calendar without fail, for Septmber 6, 2014. The count down begins for the eagerly awaited, 11th Annual South Asian Cultural Fair, popularly known as "MELA - 2014", a full day extravaganza filled with fun & entertainment including, Indian classical & bollywood music, songs, dances, food, fair, henna, bazaar etc. Do Not Miss This Event. It is FREE. Rain or Shine, Just come out and enjoy the Saturday summer with your family and friends, from 11.00 am. until 7.00 pm., at Kitchener City Hall, 200 King Street West, Kitchener.

Please spread the word about these two upcoming local events, amongst your friends, peers and contacts. For more details, please contact any ICA Board Members.

 

Chandrika Anjaria 519-579-2797

Tilak Amin: 519-885-0580 or 519-635-7554

Mela 2014

Geeton Bhari Sham - a musical evening

One of ICA's highly anticipated and appreciated yearly event is the Musical Program wherein, we showcase local talents, artists and singers alongside the talents and singers from Toronto, Mississauga and other parts of Ontario. The proceeds are donated to any charitable institutions or organizations of Waterloo Region.

For tickets please contact any of executive committee member listed on about us page.

On behalf of my Executive and Board I wish all of you a Very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.

India Canada Association Waterloo Region will be celebrating Republic Day and Annual General Meeting on February 2, 2014 as per

DATE: Sunday, February 2, 2014

IN ATTENDANCE: Mr. Akhilesh Mishra, Consul General, Indian Consulate Toronto.

VENUE: Forest Heights Community Centre, 1700 Queens Blvd, Kitchener ON N2N 3L6

TIME: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM



ENTERTAINMENT AND CATERED DINNER

Tickets: Members $10.00
Non-members $15.00
Children (6-12) $5.00
Kids under 6 FREE

Please contact any of our Board Members for ticket and other information:

Chandrika Anjaria       519-579-2797
Kokila Khanna       519-746-6540
Sheela Samat Spohn       519-846-0715
Uma Arya       519-888-0452
Sushma Joshi       519-744-1724
Tilak Amin       519-885-0580
Shaku Alhuwalia       519-741-9892
Dennis       519-579-6590
Kamal Gill       226-791-3566
Vinesh Bakhru       vineshbakhru@hotmail.com
Indira Chaudhari       519-743-4415
Saurabh Shrivastava       manuspeed1985@gmail.com

Mela 2013

India Canada Assiciation of Waterloo Region presents

YAADON KI SHAAM, AAPKE NAAM

An Enchanting Musical Event
Saturday May 11, 2013 6.30-10.30p.m.
Victoria Hills Community Centre, 10 Chopin Dr, Kitchener Ontario N2M 2G2
Tickets $10.00

One of our highly anticipated events is a Musical Program that brings in local artistes and performers from around the region under one roof for the enjoyment of community members. This ticketed affair is also a fundraiser for Anselma House located at 700 Heritage Drive, Kitchener Ontario N2A 3N9.

Anselma House is one of two shelters run by Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. Their Vision is that "Violence against women and children, in any form, will no longer be tolerated by society" - truly a vision we can all actively promote and advocate. Anselma House provides shelter, education and outreach services to abused women and children; of every race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, ability, religion and/or cultural beliefs.

We invite you, one and all, old and young to attend this event and spread the word, so we can collectively make a positive difference.

For more information and tickets, please contact one of the following Board Members:

Chandrika Anjaria: 519-579-2797
Kokila Khanna: 519746-6540
Sheela Samat Spohn: 519-846-0715
Uma Arya: 519-888-0452
Tilak Amin: 519-885-0580
Dennis Loyola: 519-579-6590
Shaku Ahluwalia: 519-741-9892
Saurabh Srivastava: manuspeed1985@gmail.com
Vinesh Bakhru: vineshbakhru@hotmail.com

India Canada Association of Waterloo Region (ICA) wishes you and your family a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

India Canada Association is organizing to hold India's Republic Day Celebration, on Saturday, 9th February 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, at Forest Heights Community Center, 1700 Queen's Blvd, Kitchener, ON N2N 3L6. On the same day, ICA shall be holding its' Annual General Meeting.



The Mayor of Waterloo Brenda Halloran has graciously accepted our invitation to be the Chief Guest on the occasion. The Consul General of India might also attend to grace the occasion. However, we are still waiting for the confirmation.

There will be few entertainment items comprising of dance, music and songs followed by the catered snacks and dinner. We the Executive Committee Members of ICA cordially invite you, your family & friends for the function. Your presence and support is utmost important for the India Canada Association of Waterloo Region.

Tickets: Members $10.00
Non-members $15.00
Children (6-12) $5.00
Children under 6 FREE

Membership fee: for family $20 per year and for single person $10 per year.

Please contact the following Board Members for tickets and for renewal of your membership for 2013, if you haven't already done it.

Sheela Samat Spohn       519-846-0715       sspohn@cogeco.ca
Kokila Khanna       519-571-1542       kokilakhanna@rogers.com
Uma Arya       519-888-0452
Shaku Alhuwalia       519-741-9892
Sushma Joshi       519-744-1724
Indira Chaudhari       519-743-4415
Vinesh Bakhru       519-591-8732
Munnie Nauranga       519-208-7813
Dennis       519-579-6590       dennisloyola@gmail.com
Tilak Amin       519-885-0580       tilak@tilakamin.com
Chandrika Anjaria       519-579-2797       (please contact after February 4th)

Cricket is a growing sport in the region and some enthusiasts are putting together a training program for Kids aged 6-12years starting Spring 2013 through the City of Kitchener.

Here is the schedule

Cricket Training Program
- 2 classes a week
- Total cost per kid $46.00
- Ages - 6-12

Location:

Tuesday's - John Sweeney Catholic School
Time: 6:30 - 7:25 PM
Sunday's - Max Becker Common
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Minimum Class Size- 12
Maximum Class Size- 24
Duration - 11 Weeks TBA
Registration Start Date - March 5th 2013
Program Start Date - Tuesday April 2nd 2013

Registration can be done through the City of Kitchener WebReg
http://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/ProgramRegistrationWEBreg.asp OR
In Person at the Williamsburg Community Center
1187 Fischer Hallman Road Suite 620 Phone: (519) 741-2240

The event is hosted by the group www.CricketinKitchener.com

For Further details and volunteer options
DENNIS LOYOLA at 519-579-6590 or dennisloyola@gmail.com

INDIA CANADA ASSOCIATION OF WATERLOO REGION

PRESENTS

MEMBERS' APPRECIATION NIGHT

WHAT?
SCREENING OF RIB-TICKLING COMEDY, 'OMIGOD'
STARRING, PARESH RAWAL, AKSHAY KUMAR ETC


WHEN?
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 2012 @ 7.00P.M.

WHERE?
EMPIRE THEATRE, (IRA NEEDLES) 415 THE BOARDWALK, WATERLOO

Each paid-up family membership will receive 2 FREE TICKETS
Each paid-up single membership will receive 1 FREE TICKET
Should you introduce a new (2012-2013) family membership, 2 FREE TICKETS WILL BE GIVEN
Should you introduce a new (2012-2013) single membership, 1 FREE TICKET WILL BE GIVEN
( A WIN-WIN SITUATION FOR EVERYONE)

TICKETS WILL BE HANDED AT THE VENUE ON FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. SEND YOUR INQUIRIES TO hello@icawaterloo.ca

LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE.

East Indian Community of Waterloo Region Walkathon
Sunday Sept. 23, 2012
University of Waterloo
Student life center
Registration start 9:00 AM
Walk will start 10:00 AM
Free Parking - parking lot behind Optometry building on Columbia
Come and enjoy free Pakoras, Samosa's, Dhokla, Matri,Water, Tea…

Please click the link below to know more about the hospital foundation and Walkathon - 2012.
www.cmhfoundation.ca/eiwalk

PRESENTED BY
INDIA CANADA ASSOCIATION OF WATERLOO REGION, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CLUB 55

DATE:
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012
FROM 6:30 PM TO 11:00 PM
AT
ADULT RECREATION CENTRE,
185 KING ST SOUTH, WATERLOO ON N2J 4A8

TICKETS: $10.00 FOR ALL AGES

SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED

Come support your association, community and local talent.

VISIT OUR WEBSITE WWW.ICAWATERLOO.COM FOR UPDATES

FOR TICKETS CALL:
Chandrika Anjaria @ 519-579-2797
Uma Arya @ 519-888-0452

I noticed that some of you are already searching the web for our upcoming Mela 2012 event.

At this time, all I can say is the date and location of the MELA 2012 which is going to be Saturday, September 8, 2012 at the same location as last year i.e. City Hall, Kitchener.

As always, entry will be free to all and events will take place between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Please visit Mela Website for more information.

Hoping to see you with all your family and friends at the event.

Mela Waterloo

INDIA CANADA ASSOCIATION OF WATERLOO REGION INVITES YOU TO ATTEND OUR REPUBLIC DAY CELEBRATION & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012 from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM.

WHERE: FOREST HEIGHTS COMMUNITY CENTER, 1700 QUEEN'S BLVD, KITCHENER, ON N2N 3L6



CATERED DINNER INCLUDED IN THE TICKET PRICE:
Members $8.00
Non-members $12.00
Children (6-12) $5.00
Children under 6 FREE

Come with family and friends and support your association.

For tickets, contact any of the following Board Members

Chandrika Anjaria 519-579-2797
Kokila Khanna 519-746-6540
Sheela Samat Spohn 519-846-0715
Uma Arya 519-888-0452
Sushma Joshi 519-744-1724
Shaku Alhuwalia 519-741-9892
Indira Chaudhari 519-743-4415

Important Announcement

INDIA CANADA ASSOCIATION (ICA) OF WATERLOO REGION INVITES YOU TO NOMINATE MEMBER(S) TO SIT ON OUR BOARD.

OUR BOARD COMPRISES OF A DIVERSE GROUP OF COMMITTED AND VISIONARY INDIVIDUALS WHO BRING VARIOUS TALENTS THAT ENHANCE OUR ASSOCIATION. MEMBERS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE/TALENT/INTEREST IN FOLLOWING AREAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.

  • PROPOSAL/GRANT WRITING
  • EVENT ORGANIZING
  • RECRUITMENT
  • MARKETING

SEND YOUR NOMINATION (OR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST) WITH A ONE-PAGE RESUME TO "Chandrika Anjaria" canjaria@ist.uwaterloo.ca BY JANUARY 7th, 2012.

Tamil Cultural Association of Waterloo Region presents Tamil Cultural Nite

Experience the splendor of Sri Lankan & Indian Arts and Culture

When: Saturday, October 15th 2011

Where: University of Waterloo
Humanities Theater

Time: 5:30 - 10:00 PM

Free Admission

Gujarati Association of Golden Triangle having following events, please mark your calendar.

  1. Raas Garba - 30th September, from 8 p.m. to 1.00 a.m. of 1st October, at Breslau Community Center, 100 Andover Dr., Breslau, On., N0B 1M0 - Music facility by Neha Bhavsar and team.
  2. Raas Garba - 8th October, from 8 p.m. to 1.00 a.m. of 8th October, at RIM Park, 2001 University Ave., Waterloo, On. - Music by Bansari Group.
  3. Diwali Festival Celeberation - 29th October, from 6.30 p.m. onwards, at RIM Park, 2001 University Ave., Waterloo, On. - Orchestra by Karim Khimji.

Please contact any of the GCA executive committee members or Yogesh Shah ybshah@hotmail.com to reserve your tickets (reduced rates) on or before 26th September 2011. Please note that, the Advance reservation is available only for the GCA members.

We would highly appreciate, if you could pay for your membership fees and event tickets by cheque payable to GCA instead of paying by way of cash as far as possible.

Dandia (specially imported from India) for Raas Garba will be available for purchase at $2 a pair.

For more info please visit our website www.gcakw.com for more info.

INDIA CANADA ASSOCIATION OF WATERLOO presents “GEETON BHARI SHAAM” – A MUSICAL NIGHT to raise funds for CLUB 55.

RECOGNIZE THE INDOMITABLE SPIRIT OF VOLUNTEERS INCLUDING ALL ARTISTES AND PERFORMERS.

WHEN: SATURDAY, JULY 9TH, 2011
WHERE: ADULT RECREATION CENTER, WATERLOO
AT: 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM

For more information and tickets, please call any one of the executives or call one of the following:
Uma Arya: 519-888-4567
Sheela Samat Spohn: 519-846-0715
Chandrika Anjaria: 519-579-2797
Tilak Amin: 519-885-0580

Visa office petition

The India Canada Association is trying to get satellite Visa office back in Kitchener-Waterloo. ICA has prepared online submission form. Please post it on your website and circulate among your membership and your own board members.

If you know anyone else in your friends’ group please do not hesitate to pass this link. Dead line for submissions is Feb 1st, 2011. We will be retrieving all our data and compile a list to present it to Consul General at our AGM on Sunday. Feb. 6th, 2011.

Update:
We had a great support from people living in and around Kitchener-Waterloo for this petition. We thank all those who signed the petition. Hoping to see the Satellite Visa Office again in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Annual General meeting and Republic Day Celebration

Sunday, February 6th 2011
at Forest Heights Community Centre
1700 Queen St, Kitchener ON, N2N 3L6

Time : 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Tickets
Current members: $10.00 and Children (5-12 years) $5.00
Non-members are $15.00 and Children (5-12 years) $5.00

ASSESSING THE COMPLEXITIES OF SOUTH ASIAN MIGRATION CONFERENCE – WILFRED LAURIER UNIVERSITY
MAY 19-21, 2011
FREE ADMISSION

For more details, click here.

http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/gandhi/

For information about Gandhi Project contact:

Professor Rama Singh
Life Sciences Building, Room 330
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON, Canada L8S 4K1

Tel: 905-525-9140 x24378
E-mail: singh@mcmaster.ca

We are excited to announce the 8th Annual South Asian Cultural Festival
(Mela 2011)
.

As always entry to Mela is free for everyone. Hooray!!!

Mela 2011 will be held at Kitchener City Hall again this year on Saturday, September 10th, 2011.

It is an all-day long event, full of arts, music, dance, wares and culinary delights from South Asian culture.

Please stay tuned for more information regarding Mela 2011.

Just wanted to say Thank You for inviting at the 'Mela' held on September 10th. My whole family attended the 'Mela' and thoroughly enjoyed it. The venue and the weather both were beautiful. I must commend the organization of this whole event. I can imagine how many days/months the organizing committee might have spent in putting this wonderful event together. The fact that people came out in such a large number speaks to the quality of the event. We really witnessed the true Indian culture manifested in the form of music, dance, dress and food. The event catered to the needs of all age groups. I know my kids were hesitant to leave the place and insisted to stay longer. Even on our way back home, they asked 'when we'll come to see this again?'.

We really had a wonderful time and look forward to the invitation for next event!
-- Yasir Dildar

A wonderful event. As always ICA puts out the best. Mela is a real show-case of south asian culture. The Board and volunteers have to be applauded for their work to share these culture with the community. Congratulations.
-- Ariarani Ariaratnam

A great Mela.
-- Prabhu Srivastava - Cambridge

I live in Cambridge. I visited this Mela today. I enjoyed it very much. A grat event.
-- Saran

Its absolutely wonderful to see the entire community come together. I find it, as a mother, that it gives my kids a chance to experience their roots and learn more about their culture.
-- Unknown Visitor