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Big Indian Comedy Awards

Vipul .D. Shah at Announcement of Big Indian Comedy Awards
Vipul .D. Shah at Announcement of Big Indian Comedy Awards

PRLog (Press Release) - Sep 15, 2011 - BIG Live Announces yet another pioneering offering with the First ever ‘BIG Indian Comedy Awards’

An exclusive platform to showcase Best of Comedy from films & TV

The BIG Indian Comedy Awards is another pioneering and unique initiative from the IP vertical of the Reliance Broadcast stable – BIG Live. The first-of-its-kind comedy awards will applaud & felicitate comic artists across Bollywood and Television. The announcement was made by BIG Live in the presence of celebrities’ like Sunil Pal, , Anang Desai and some hilarious stand up acts by VIP & Sudesh Lahiri, promising the viewers an evening filled with laugh-riot and masti. The awards are being presented in association with Optimistix, who are known for their expertise in this genre of entertainment.

Indian Models Amruta Patki, Deepti Gujral, Aanchal Kumar, Taneesha Verma & More in Jaipur Fashion Show

Anchal Kumar, Deepti Gujral, Taneesha Verma
Anchal Kumar, Deepti Gujral, Taneesha Verma

Jaipur, Rajasthan, September 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire) Linen Club has always been a brand that has celebrated the true spirit of fashion. Exquisitely textured fabrics, amazing cuts and colours and the extremely rare and sophisticated hues have earned it a revered seat in the fashion world. This time, this prestigious fabric brand of Jaya Shree Textiles from the house of Aditya Birla Group, has decided to add a new zing to the festive season revelry with its new festive- collection. "Linen club always has a special surprise in store for the festive season buyers", says Mr. Rabindra Mohan (Assistant Vice President, Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd.). " But this time we have tried to revolutionize the whole concept of linen as a festive wear.

28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards - Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and Adele sparkle in platinum

28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards

Mumbai, Maharashtra, September 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire) -- Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and Adele sparkled in PLATINUM jewelry at the "28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards" in Los Angeles on August 28th:

Once again, Platinum ruled the red carpet at the star studded "28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards". The music industry's biggest night saw the leading ladies dazzling in platinum jewellery.

Kotak Money ka Matlab (MKM) Diaries - The First Digital Road-Trip Ever Coming to Mumbai

By Raksha Narang

Mumbai, Sep 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) While most people are busy chasing money in the world, there are those that take time away from all of it and chase the roads, constantly blogging about it. Thus Kotak, who are running their current "Money Ka Matlab" campaign decided, to add two and two by putting these road-trippers and their campaign thought together.

Just 4 Us Foundation Organizes a Walk-A-Thon Event on Disability Awareness Month

Walk will benefit children with special needs.

Just 4 Us Foundation Walk-A-ThonHyattsville, MD, September 03, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Just 4 Us Foundation will organize its awareness Walk-A-Thon event on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at Laurel High School, 8000 Cherry Lane, Laurel, Maryland at 9am, according to a press release.

As part of the celebrations marking the Disability Awareness Month celebrated in October, the foundation is organizing its first ever annual Walk-A-Thon event. This event will raise money for its programs for children with special needs and promote healthy lifestyles. The one day event will be filled with activities and entertainment.

Hungarian-Moroccan Pianist Marouan Benabdallah Performs at Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

[Marouan Benabdallah] Washington, D.C.­, Sept 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Winner of the 2009 ACF International Competition Marouan Benabdallah performs a recital of works by Schubert, Debussy, Albeniz, Benabdeljalil, Granados and Ravel at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on November 5. Said the New York Times of his Carnegie Hall debut recital last May, “He played with rich colorings and flair, and brought tenderness to the lyrical musings and vigor to the bursts of chords and dizzying passagework.”

Not yet thirty and with a Hungarian mother and Moroccan father, Benabdallah’s musical heritage is deeply rooted in the Hungarian tradition. He received his formal training at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and in 2008 was presented with the Medal of the Hungarian Parliament for his achievement in music, an honor he shares with Plácido Domingo.

Benabdallah first attracted international attention in 2003, following triumphs at the Hungarian Radio Piano Competition, the Andorra International Competition (2003) and after that at the Naples (2004) International Piano Competition, after which he went on to perform in Germany, Austria, China, Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Italy.

A Dazzling Minisha Lamba Stuns Audience at Blenders Pride Fashion Tour Show

Indian Actress Minissha Lamba
Minisha Lamba at UTV Stars Launch

Kolkata, Sept 12 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) If it was angel white for Priyanka Chopra, then it was devil black for Minisha Lambha, who provided a stunning finale to the Kolkata chapter of the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2011 on Sunday.

The mood had already been set by a red carpet collection from designer Rocky S that showcased a gala of Men’s wear that included sherwanis and fit suits in colour palette of blacks, greys and nudes with a dash of deep red infusing energy into classic pieces.

The outfits were already exuding a lot of oomph and the style statement was firmly expressed when Bollywood beauty Minisha Lambha scorched the ramp in a classic retro black gown from Rocky’s repertoire.

Budapest Festival Orchestra plays Bartok and Schubert at Kennedy Center Concert Hall

The Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer with pianist András Schiff opens WPAS 2011-12 Orchestra Series at the Kennedy Center on October 26

Iván Fischer
Iván Fischer

Washington, D.C.­, Sept 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Named among the world’s top ten orchestras in Gramophone’s most recent poll of critics, the Budapest Festival Orchestra returns to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for a performance of works by Bartók and Schubert on Wednesday, October 26. The orchestra will be conducted by former National Symphony Orchestra principal conductor Iván Fischer whose conducting has been described by the Guardian as producing “stupendous music-making.” Said Gramophone, “It’s an extraordinary set-up…a group of superb musicians who play with a passion and commitment that beggars belief. The combination of Iván Fischer, the orchestra’s founder and music director, and these fine players has elevated music-making to a level that astonishes and delights with equal measure.” Said the New York Times of a recent performance, “New York classical music audiences are getting to know the Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer, and that, it turns out, is all to the good…The orchestra played well, with a full-bodied sound and yet a transparency that helped clarify lines in the occasionally dense counterpoint.”

Gil Shaham and Inon Barnatan Perform Works by Schubert, Bach and Franck at Strathmore

Text Box:  Gil ShahamPhoto: Christian SteinerClick here to watch Shaham perform Bach’s Partita No.2-Gigue for solo violin

Gil Shaham - Photo: Christian Steiner

Text Box: Who: 		Gil Shaham, violinWhen: 		Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:00 pmWhere: 		The Music Center at StrathmoreProgram:	Schubert		Sonatina in A minor for violin 			and piano D. 385, Op. 137, No. 2Bach		Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo 			violin, BMW 104Franck		Sonata in A Major for violin and 			pianoTickets, $35-75, are available at or 202-785-9727.

Who: Gil Shaham, violin;When: Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm;Where: The Music Center at Strathmore; Program: Schubert Sonatina in A minor for violin and piano D. 385, Op. 137, No. 2 Bach Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BMW 104 Franck Sonata in A Major for violin and piano Tickets, $35-75, are available at or 202-785-9727.

Washington, D.C., Sep 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Recognized by audiences and critics alike both at home and abroad as one of today’s most virtuosic and engaging classical artists, Gil Shaham appears worldwide performing concertos with celebrated orchestras and conductors and making ensemble appearances on the great concert stages and at the most prestigious festivals. Said The Guardian of a 2010 performance, “Shaham's playing is impeccable – every attack is perfectly clean, the articulation crystal clear.” Said the New York Times of Shaham’s performance at last year’s Mostly Mozart Festival, “Mr. Shaham’s playing was both sweet-toned and trim, every phrase crisply articulated. In the finale, the demand is for zest rather than thoughtfulness, and Mr. Shaham gave it all the vigor it wants with no sacrifice in clarity or shape.”

Shaham gave a series of all-Bach recitals last season, including performances in London, Istanbul, Milan, Prague and Cologne amongst others. His 2009-11 seasons were marked by several projects. His “Violin Concertos of the 1930s,” highlighting masterpieces by influential composers of the ‘30s, featured performances of works by Barber, Berg, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Walton with a “who’s who” list of great conductors and orchestras on three continents, including Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michael Tilson-Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson and the New York Philharmonic, and Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Child Artiste Antara Nandy's "Eso Mato Lakkhi Debi" Album Promises Revival of Laxmir Panchali Devotional Song of Bengal

Antara Nandy - Esho Mataha Lakshmi Devi (Lakshmir Panchali) Bengali Traditional Devotional Folk Songs AlbumsCalcutta, Sept 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Lakshmi Broto Katha was read by devotees, especially women folk of Bengal, to ascertain peace and happiness in their households. Also known as Lakshmi pachali, it is often read out during the Lakshmi Puja and every Thursday in many Bengali households.

Lighting Oil Lamp (Pradeep)
Traditional lighting of the oil lamp

Antara Nandy Singing Live
Antara performing live at her album launch

Esho Mataha Laxmi Devi Album Launch

This worship of the Hindu Goddess of well-being is traditionally performed in many households with great ardor and devotion for peace, wealth and prosperity and the stob, gayatri, anjali. Pachali forms an integral part of Laxmi Puja.

But now changing times, increasing pace of lifestyle, shortage of time,  lack of proper understanding of the Panchali contents, it's language (only in Bangla) and such factors have forced this practice to either rural Bengali folks or left it with the generations of our mothers and grandmothers. There are many examples wherein the mother has recited the Pachali, recorded the same in Cassettes or mobile etc. or have even written the Pachali in English script and given to the daughters or daughters in law to perform the rituals.

Mumbai Discovers the Magic of Melbourne

Victorian terrace on Canterbury Road, Middle Park

Image via Wikipedia

Mumbai, Sept 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mumbai will discover the magic of Melbourne, a city that is perfectly tailored towards incentive travel, at the ‘Destination Melbourne Showcase’ this week.

Hosted by the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB), the Showcase will feature nine of the city’s leading Business Events suppliers, emphasizing why Melbourne is the perfect place to combine business, pleasure and travel.

Ms Edwina San, MCVB’s Director – International Incentives, said the Showcase would reveal a lively, ever-evolving and culturally diverse city.

“We are delighted to be taking the Showcase to India for the first time,” Ms San said.

4th Annual Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco

4th Annual


September 10 & 11, 2011

Tickets On Sale Now!

Noor Film Festival
Iranian Film Festival (IFF) is an annual event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world. IFF is also a platform for the Iranian filmmakers living around the globe to express their vision and talent through the artistic medium of film. Iranian Film Festival (IFF) was established to support the Iranian film and culture in the Iranian-American community of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
This year's Official Selections :: Click on the images to watch a clip:   
Brick and Mirror Director: Ebrahim Golestan Year: 1965 Country: Iran Duration: 133 minutes Genre: Social Drama
Brick and Mirror
Screening September 10th, 1:10 pm
Zurkhaneh - The House of Strength Director: Federico Spinetti Year: 2010 Country: Italy/Canada Duration: 105 minutes Genre: Documentary
Screening September 11th, 6:46pm
About Nice After Director: Abbas Kiarostami, Parviz Kimiavi Year: Country: France Duration: 100 minutes Genre: Documentary
About Nice After
Screening September 11th, 10:00pm
Iran Director: Claude LeLouch Year: 1971 Country: France/Iran Duration: 19 minutes Genre: Short Film, Documentary
Screening September 11th, 10:00pm
Flamingo No. 13 Director: Hamid Reza Aligholian Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 78 minutes Genre: Drama
Flamingo No. 13
Screening September 11th, 5:45pm
Bonjour Monsieur Ghaffari Director: Parviz Jahed Year: 2011 Country: UK Duration: 62 minutes Genre: Documentary
Bonjour Monsieur Ghaffari
Screening September 10th, 10:00pm
David Director: Joel Fendelman Year: 2011 Country: USA Duration: 80 minutes Genre: Drama
Screening September 10th, 7:12pm
Crossroads of Civilization Director: Anthony Mayer Year: 1976 Country: UK/Iran Duration: 104 minutes Genre: Documentary
Crossroads of Civilization
Screening September 11th, 3:30pm
The Wind Is Blowing On My Street Director: Saba Riaz Year: 2010 Country: Iran/US Duration: 15 minutes Genre: Short Film
The Wind Is Blowing On My Street
Screening September 10th, 3:40pm
The Accordion Director: Jafar Panahi Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 9 minutes Genre: Short Film
The Accordion
Screening September 10th, 10:00pm
The Other - Digari Director: Mehdi Rahmani Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 84 minutes Genre: Drama
The Other
Screening September 10th, 3:40pm
Original 'Certified Copy' Director: Hamideh Razavi Year: 2011 Country: Iran Duration: 32 minutes Genre: Short Film, Documentary
Original Certified Copy
Screening September 10th, 10:00pm
My Iranian Paradise Director: Annette Mari Olsen & Katia Forbert Petersen Year: 2009 Country: Denmark Duration: 78 minutes Genre: Documentary
My Iranian Paradise
Screening September 11th, 1:15pm
I Was Worth 50 Sheep Director: Nima Sarvestani Year: 2010 Country: Sweden/Afghanistan/Iran Duration: 72 minutes Genre: Documentary
I Was Worth 50 Sheep
Screening September 10th, 11am
A Beautiful Snowy Day Director: Mahaya Petrossian & Amir Toodehroosta Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 32 minutes Genre: Short Film
A Beautiful Snowy Day
Screening September 11th, 1:15pm
Delete Director: Kazem Mollaie Year: 2011 Country: Iran Duration: 11 minutes Genre: Short Film
Screening September 10th, 10:00 PM
Plastic Bag Director: Ramin Bahrani Year: 2009 Country: USA Duration: 18 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
Plastic Bag
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
The Other Side Director: Esmaeel Monsef Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 19 minutes Genre: Short Film
The Other Side
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
Bani Adam (Human Beings) Director: Noureddin ZarrinKelk Year: 2011 Country: Iran Duration: 10 minutes Genre: Short Film, Animation
Bani Adam Human Beings
Screening September 11th, 1:15 PM
1 in 10 Director: Cameron Rafati Year: 2010 Country: USA Duration: 4 minutes Genre: Short Film
1 in 10
Screening September 10th, 5:50 PM
Transformation Director: Vahid Vahed Year: 2011 Country: Australia/Iran Duration: 18 minutes Genre: Short Film
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
The Road is Closed Director: Vahid Hajiooi Year: 2011 Country: Iran Duration: 23 minutes Genre: Short Film
The Road is Closed
Screening September 11th, 5:45 PM
The Scorpio Director: Faride Saremi & Omid Hashemlu Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 40 minutes Genre: Short Film, Documentary
The Scorpio
Screening September 10th, 5:50 PM
Vapor Director: Kaveh Nabatiam Year: 2010 Country: Canada Duration: 11 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
The Lanes (Kucheha) Director: Yalda Sarhaddi Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 11 minutes Genre: Short Film
The Alleys Kucheha
Screening September 10th, 7:12 PM
Ask the Wind Director: Batin Ghobadi Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 13 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
Ask the Wind
Screening September 10th, 3:40 PM
Feminin, Masculin (Feminine, Masculine) Director: Sadaf Foroughi Year: 2007 Country: Iran Duration: 9 minutes Genre: Short Film, Documentary
Feminin, Masculin Feminine, Masculine
Screening September 11th, 10:00pm
Huma, Bird of Fortune Director: Alireza Rofougran Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 4 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
Huma, Bird of Fortune
Screening September 11th, 5:45 PM
What Patience God Has Director: Daniel Erel Year: 2011 Country: USA Duration: 7 minutes Genre: Short Film, Musical
What Patience God Has
Screening September 10th, 5:50 PM
The Ambassador's Wife Director: Sara Akhteh Year: 2008 Country: USA Duration: 17 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
The Ambassador's Wife
Screening September 11th, 3:30 PM
Bitter Milk (Shire Talkh) Director: Nasser Zamiri Year: 2010 Country: Iran/Afghanistan Duration: 29 minutes Genre: Short Film, Musical
Bitter Milk
Screening September 10th, 11 AM
Rojin Director: Chiman Rahimi Year: 2010 Country: UK Duration: 10 minutes Genre: Short Film
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
Cinderelleg Director: Sajad Shahedi Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 12 minutes Genre: Short Film, Drama
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
Hakel, Makel Director: Nahid Shamsi Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 3 minutes Genre: Short Film, Musical
Hakel, Makel
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
And Dammam Again Director: Iman Hajizadeh Year: 2010 Country: Iran Duration: 21 minutes Genre: Short Film, Documentary, Drama
And Dammam Again
Screening September 10th, 5:50 PM
Bahram, An Iranian Rapper Director: Sam Ali Kashani Year: 2011 Country: Iran/USA Duration: 13 minutes Genre: Short Film, Musical
Bahram, An Iranian Rapper
Screening September 10th, 5:50 PM
Roghieh Director: Alysse Stepanian Year: 2009 Country: USA Duration: 5 minutes Genre: Short Film
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
Human Beings Director: Mashaallah Mohammadi Year: 2009 Country: Iran Duration: 3 minutes Genre: Short Film, Animation
Bonjour Monsieur Ghaffari
Screening September 11th, 11 AM
General tickets are $10; students with photo ID: $8
Festival Pass: $100 (General); $80 (Students) Both Days
Tickets are sold on the day of the shows, or in advance by clicking below
Complete Screening Schedule:
Saturday September 10, 2011
11:00 am
I was Worth 50 Sheep (72min)
Bitter Milk (29min)
The Lion Wearers (11min)
1:10 pm
Brick & Mirror (133min)
3:40 pm
The Other (84min)
The wind is blowing on my street (16min)
Ask the Wind (13min)
5:50 pm
The Scorpio (42min)
1 in 10 (4min)
Bahram an Iranian Rapper (13min)
And Dammam Again (21min)
What Patience God Has (7min)
Pezhham Akhavass Live Performance
7:12 pm
David (80min)
Q&A with Maz Jobrani
The Alleys (11min)
10:00 pm
Bonjour Monsieur Ghaffari (62min)
Original Certified Copy (32min)
Delete (11min)
The Accordion (9min)

San Francisco Art Institute
800 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Sunday September 11, 2011
11:00 am
Plastic Bag (18min)
The Other Side (19min)
Hakel, Makel (3min)
Rojin (10min)
Vapor (11min)
Cinderelleg (12min)
Transformation (18min)
The Ambassador Wife (16min)
Roghieh (5min)
Feminin, Masculin (8min)
Human Beings (3min)
1:15 pm
My Iranian Paradise (78min)
A Beautiful Snowy Day (32min)
Bani Adam (10min)
3:30 pm
Crossroads of Civilization (104min)
5:45 pm
Flamingo No. 13 (78min)
The Road is Closed (23min)
Huma, Bird of Fortune (4min)
6:46 pm
Zurkhaneh (105min)
Live Performance by Ardavan Mofid
About Nice (100min)
Iran (19min)

Design by: whatsupiran


The Kolkata Carnival Walk for Arts and Change - The First Youth-Led Carnival in India

By Pushan Mukherjee
with inputs from Durjoy Chowdhury and the Kolkata Carnival Official Facebook Page.

Saregama USA Brings Memorable Mehdi Hasan Tribute Concert Series by Talat Aziz to USA and Canada

Saregama US-Canada Tour of Talat Aziz - Tribute to Ustad Mehdi Hasan

North Brunswick, NJ, Aug 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In what promises to be a remarkable concert series in the United States and Canada, the venerable Saregama record company of India (erstwhile HMV) is organizing live performances by renowned Ghazal exponent Talat Aziz who will pay tribute to his legendary guru Ustad Mehdi Hassan.

The concert series will be held across North America (USA & Canada) over September and October of 2011. Preliminary reports indicate Aziz will perform iconic Ghazals including Rafta Rafta, Zindagi Mein etc. as well as super-hit Ghazhal songs from Bollywood films like Umrao Jaan, Bazaar, Daddy etc.

The shows will also feature North Indian Hindustani Classical instrumental exponents Pt. Ramesh Misra on Sarangi, Rajendra Shankar (brother of Uday, Ravi and Sachin Shankar) on Sitar, and Tabla wizard Ustad Tari Khan from Pakistan.

For more information on schedule, venues and tickets, visit official Saregama USA Events website.

You can listen to free samples and download unforgettable Ghazhals by Ustad Mehdi Hassan and Talat Aziz in MP3 audio format using the player below.

- WBRi Event Announcement Service

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Third Hinduism Summit in Chicago concludes with determined resolve by attendees

Speakers at the Hinduism Summit in Chicago

Chicago, Aug 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) On 27th August 2011 the third Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharmajagruti Sabha) in Chicago concluded successfully at the Hindu Temple of Lake County. Over 100 people, including Hindu parents trying to raise their children as Hindus, non-Hindus interested in Hinduism and Hindu activists, attended this public event, with 45 of the attendees online. The program received very positive feedback, such as, ‘We would like to have this enlightening program at our temple, too’, ‘It provided a rewarding experience, as we listened to the lectures of distinguished personalities’, ‘Questions on Hinduism were answered very well’, etc.

The presentation of Mrs. Bhavna Shinde Hurley (interview), Spokesperson of FHA, drew attention to various issues facing Hindus in America, such as distortion of Hinduism by American academicians, like the recent news about ‘Prof. Sheldon Pollock broadening access to Sanskrit, the language of the elite’, Hindu youth increasingly converting out of Hinduism, anti-Hindu bias in the media, and the rampant trivialization of Hindu Deities. Mrs. Shinde Hurley explained how Hinduism education emphasizing the unique science of Hinduism and its firsthand experience can help us face these challenges successfully. She gave some examples of the spiritual science of Hinduism, such as the red dot (of pure vermillion powder) on the forehead that helps increase concentration and the Agnihotra sacrificial fire that one can perform to gain protection from nuclear radiation. Mrs. Shinde Hurley appealed to all supporters of Hinduism to come together whenever the Hindu community faces a challenge, to respond to it successfully, taking inspiration from the over 1000 Hindus worldwide who recently got the denigrating ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ New York show cancelled by promptly protesting to the organizers.

Dr. Richard Benkin, a leader in the struggle to stop the ethnic cleansing of Bangladesh’s Hindus, in his speech, mentioned a milestone reached in this struggle recently. On July 28, 2011, a US Congressman Robert Dold recognized the oppression of Bangladeshi Hindus on the floor of the United States Congress. Dr. Benkin spoke about the Human Rights Advisory Council he has been asked to lead. He urged everyone to contact their Senators to co-sponsor the bill, HR440, which calls for the appointment of a “Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia”, and to specifically mention the Bangladeshi Hindus’ persecution. However, he cautioned Hindus to play a prominent role early and even have some voice in who is appointed as Special Envoy to prevent the wrong person being made the Special Envoy. This would help the real issues like the Bangladeshi Hindus' persecution to be investigated while preventing focus on one-sided false charges about Gujarat, Orissa, Palestinians, etc. 

Ms. Kristen Mandziuk of Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) showed videos of SSRF’s research with dowsing and biofeedback machines to illustrate that subtle distressing forces (aasuri shakti), which obstruct Dharma, are very powerful. The videos further illustrated that to effectively counter these challenges faced by the Hindu community, Hindus will need to gain spiritual strength by doing spiritual practice and by acquiring blessings of Saints who have the divine consciousness to counter the subtle distressing forces.

Ms. Maya Jairam, a native of Colorado, shared her firsthand account of growing up in America. Coming from a non-religious childhood, she was unaware of the spiritual ill effects of the non-vegetarian diet, the benefits of spiritual practice (sadhana), etc. Ms. Jairam found Hinduism’s spiritual science, such as the three subtle components (trigunas) to be fascinatingly clarifying of various aspects of life. It inspired her to become vegetarian and follow a Hindu spiritual path.

Hinduism supporters’ contributions to make this Hinduism Summit happen were commemorated in a beautiful, informative souvenir that was published at the hands of Mr. Prabhakar Joshi, a long time local Hindu activist. The Hinduism Summit concluded with attendees enthusiastically passing resolutions about urging US policy makers to investigate the Bangladeshi Hindus’ persecution, and about not supporting any product, publication or art that denigrates Hinduism.

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