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April 2008 Issue
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April 2008: Event Calendar
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If you want events to be included, please e-mail details to Though we try our best to provide accurate information, we urge you to check details with the host organization before attending an event.

 Apr. 01April Fools Day
 Apr. 06Telugu/Kannada New Year
 Apr. 07World Health Day
 Apr. 14Tamil New Year's Day
 Apr. 15Tax Filing Deadline
 Apr. 17Mahavir Jayanthi
 Apr. 22Earth Day
 Apr. 24Take our Children to work day
 Apr. 30National Honesty Day
Shubha Muhurtha Day:
11, 16, 23, 25

Apr. 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 Tuesdays
12 noon. Siddha Samadhi Yoga Classes at Shiva Vishnu Temple, Livermore, California, Contact: Temple 925.449.6255,

Apr. 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 Wednesdays
6-9am. “ItsDiff” Tamil radio program every Wednesday at 90.1 FM, KZSU, Stanford, California; Contact: Srikant Srinivasa,

Apr. 03, 10, 17, 24 Thursdays
7:30-8:30pm. Weekly Satsanghs (Shirdi Sai Bhajans); Organized by Shirdi Sai Parivaar; Venue: Shirdi Sai Center, Sunnyvale, California; Contact:, 408-705-7904

Apr. 05, 12, 19, 26 Saturdays
8am-10am. ManavaLakkalai Payirchi; Session includes exercise in Yoga; Organized by Shri Vethathri Maharishi Organization; Venue: Fremont Hindu Temple, Fremont, California; Contact: 510.825.3567

9am. Sakthi TV presents half hour Tamil Programming in your local channel line-up. Program can be viewed in Channel 29 in Fremont; Channel 28 in Hayward, Union City, Alameda, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley; Channel 27 in Newark; Programs include, Tamil Karnatic & Light Music, Pattimanram, Potti, Teledrama and Event coverage from the Bay Area;

5:00pm - 6:30pm. Exploring Meditation - Journey into the inner world via a series of powerful techniques by Life Bliss Foundation; Venue: Swami Nithyananda Vedic Temple, Montclair, California; Contact:, 909.625.1400

Apr. 06, 13, 20, 27 Sundays
Bala Vihar classes at Chinmaya Mission in Danville, Fremont, Los Altos, San Jose, and San Ramon, California. Curriculum includes Tamil language instruction; Contact: 408.998.2793,,

9:30am-10am - Tamil Class taught at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale, Georgia; Also offering Dance classes, Hatha Yoga, Adult Gita, and Balavihar class. Contact: 770.907.7102,,

9:30-10:30am. TAMIL WORSHIP; Venue: Faith Lutheran Church (Sanctuary), 37635 Dequindre Road, Michigan (Between 16 &17 Mile Road); Contact: Rev. Arul J Alexander 248-402-8040; Web:

5.00 p.m.: EMMANUEL TAMIL CHURCH; Vibrant praise & worship services. Venue: St. Michael’s Lutheran Church - Chapel, 7000 N Sheldon Road, Canton, Michigan; Contact: Rev. Sunil Noah 586 435 7057 /

5:30pm. Immanuel Lutheran Church - Church congregation of Tamil Speaking public from Asia; Location: 149-40, 11th Ave, Whitestone, Queens, New York; Contact: Rev. Dr. E.J. Rethinasamy 718.767.5656,

5:pm to 6pm (EST): ‘Tamil Amudham’ Metro Detroit/Ann Arbor’s Tamil Radio program: Every Sunday at 1460 AM; Can be heard at ; Archives at ; Contact: Program Director Dr. V.S Balanethiram 248.641.7684. Features news roundup, children’s program, kadhai amudham, mazhalai amudam

General Interest, Competitions, Scholarships:

Call for Entries; 2nd Annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards; Open to authors, illustrators and publishers of children’s books written in english and intended for North American audience; Books published in 2007 and 2008 can be submitted; Awards will be given in 29 categories from Children’s poetry to Environmental issues; Presented by Jenkins Group and Independendent Publishers Online; Contact: Jim Barnes 1800.644.0133 x1011,

North South Foundation organizes regional and national level contests for children in disciplines such as Spelling, Vocabulary, Geography, Math, Essay Writing and Public Speaking; Regional contests get underway in all states in April. Visit for more details.

Apr. 2008
Carnatic Vocal Workshop by Dr. Nirmala Sundararajan & Dr. Subhashini Parthasarathy; Hosted by Shruthi Swara Laya; Venue: Shruthi Swara Laya, Fremont, California; Contact: 510.490.4629,

Shiva Murugan Temple, Concord, California

Apr. 06, Sunday (Telugu/Kannada New Year celebrations); Apr. 12, Saturday (Sri Ramanavami - Devotional songs by students of Jayashree Varadarajan); Apr. 13, Sunday (Bharathanatyam by Sundara Swaminathan & students); Apr. 20, Sunday (Chitra Paurnami - Devotional songs by Harini Krishna & Students); Organized by Shiva Murugan Temple; Venue: Temple Premises, Shiva Murugan Temple, Concord, California; Contact: 925.827.0127,

Apr. 25 - May 04; Bay Area National Dance Week; 10 days of free dance to the Bay Area on the occasion of the 10th anniversary; 300 dance events all over the Bay Area; For event guides visit, 415.568.7726

Apr. 05 - May 03; Galaata Idol 2008; Tamil & Hindi Singing; Preliminary rounds to two finalists; Organized by Udavum KarangaL, San Francisco Bay Area; Venues: Komala Vilas, Udupi Palace, Madras Cafe; For more details:,, 408.368.3821

Mar. 29 (Saturday) & Mar. 30 (Sunday)
5:30pm. Ninaiththalae Nadakkum - Produced and staged by Avatars; Directed by Mani Ram; A must see comedy; Venue: Woodside High School, Woodside, California; Contact: Jey: 510.366.6630,,

Mar. 30, Sunday
3:30pm. Mayil Adum Azhagan - 2008 Spring Concert & Student Recital; Presented by Abhinaya Dance Company; Venue: Mexican Heritage Theater, San Jose, California; Contact:

Apr. 5th & 19th (Saturdays)
9:30-10:30am. Thamil Class; Organized by Boston Thamil Association of New England; Venue: First Parish Church, Bedford, Massachusetts; Contact:, Ms. Chelvi Rajadurai 781.944.4128, Mr. Kailas Aravinthan 978.264.0478,

Apr. 05, Saturday
4pm. Ganga ... life as a river; A Bharathanatyam concert; Presented by Arpana Dance Company in the 2008 Dance series by the Unknown Theater; Venue: Unknown Theater, Hollywood, California; Contact:; Tickets: $18/$24

6pm. Grand Veena Concert by Vidhushi Kalpagam Swaminathan; Organized by Columbus Carnatic Music Association; Venue: Upper Arlington Civic Center, Columbus, Ohio; Contact:

Apr. 06, Sunday
4:30pm. Tamil New Year Celebrations; Organized by New Jersey Tamil Sangam; Program features Symphony Orchestra’s Anrum inrum; Venue: North Brunswick High School, North Brunswick, New Jersey; Contact: G. Muthukumar 609.818.0925,; Tickets: $15, $25, $50

Apr. 12, Saturday
6:45pm. Monthly Tamil Mass; Organized by Bay Area Tamil Catholic Community; Venue: St. Joseph Parish, Mountain View, California; Contact:

3pm. Carnatic Concerts of Sri. O.S.Thyagarajan (Vocal) & Jayanthi Kumaresh (Violin); Organized by Carnatic Music Association of North America (CMANA); Venue: Hindu Temple Auditorium, Bridgewater, New Jersey; Contact:

4:30pm. Kamaneeya Kavithvam - Poetic Splendor; Presented by Ramya and Anjali Kuchibhatla; Students of Shri Krupa Dance Company; Program features selected works of Annamacharya in a Bharathanatyam concert; Venue: Historic Hoover Theatre, San Jose, California; Contact: Dilip: 408.858.7016, Sailaja 408.858.7015; Free

Apr. 13, Sunday
(2pm) Carnatic Vocal concert by Sangeetha Swaminathan; (4pm) Carnatic Vocal concert by Ashok Ramani; Organized by South India Fine Arts; Venue: CET, San Jose, California; Contact:; Tickets: $15, $20, $50

Thamizh PuththaaNdu Muthamizh Vizha; Program will highlight three main divisions of Tamil Literature - Iyal Isai Naadagam; Organized by Chicago Tamil Sangam; Venue: Balaji Temple, Aurora; Venue: Balaji Temple, Aurora, Illinois; Contact:, Meena Suby:, Raji Vivek:

Apr. 15, Tuesday
6pm. The New Geopolitics of Energy - A talk by Michael Klare, Author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet; Author discusses among other topics, how the pursuit for resources shape the international balance of power; Venue: World Affairs Council Auditorium, San Francisco, California; ; Tickets: Free (members), $15

Apr. 19 & Apr. 20 (Sat. & Sunday)
Annual Music Festival of Sri Papanasam Sivan; Organized by Sivan Fine Arts Academy; (Apr. 19 - 9:00am) Competitions for different age groups in Carnatic Vocal, Violin, Veena, Flute, Keyboard, Mridangam & Dance; Judges: Ashok Ramani & Guruvayur Dorai; Venue: Divine Science Community Inc., San Jose, California; Contact: 408.293.3838

(Apr. 20 - 8:30am) Papanasam Sivan’s Kritis, Short concerts of local artists; Venue: Sanatan Dharma Kendra, Sunnyvale, California; Contact: 408.481.9242

Apr. 19, Saturday
1pm. Tamil New Year Celebrations; Organized by Tamil Association of Greater Delaware Valley; Program features Sun TV - ThiruvaaLar - Thirumathi by Actress Jaishree; Venue: Montgomery County Community College, BlueBell, Pennsylvania; Contact: Latha Chandramouli 610.630.1020, Alli Natesh 215.661.0393,,; Ticket: $20.

Chithirai Thiruvizha; Tamil new year celebrations; Organized by Tamil Sangam of Greater Washington;

Apr. 20, Sunday
2:30pm. Thamil New Year Celebrations & AGM; Hosted by Boston Thamil Association; Venue: First Parish Church, Bedford, Massachusetts; Contact:

3pm. Carnatic Vocal concert by Aruna Sayeeram; Organized by South India Fine Arts; Venue: CET, San Jose, California; Contact:; Tickets: $15, $20, $50

4:30pm. Chiththirai Kondaattam 2008 - Tamil New Year Celebrations; Organized by Bay Area Tamil Manram; Program features devotional & patriotic songs, Semi-classical, folk, cine dances and musical bash; Venue: Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California; Contact:; Tickets: $12, $20, $50, $100

Apr. 26, Saturday
6pm. Tamil & Telugu Live Music Concert; Organized by Balaji Temple, Aurora, Illinois; Program features songs from sweet 60s to super 2008 by C.S.Ainkaran, Haranadha Raju, Anitha Krishna; Venue: Balaji Temple Auditorium, Aurora, Illinois; Contact:, 630:844.2252; Tickets: $10, $25

6pm. Jugalbandhi by Dr. Nagamani Srinath (vocal) & Dr. Suma Sudhindra (veena); Organized by Columbus Carnatic Music Association; Venue: Upper Arlington Civic Center, Columbus, Ohio; Contact:

Apr. 27, Sunday
Noon. Chithirai Vasantham; Tamil New Year Celebrations; Organized by Michigan Tamil Sangam; Program includes Tamil Comedy Drama Kolaiyuthir Kaalam by Niranjan Rao; Fancy Dress Competition; Music Quiz and more; Venue: Seaholm High School, Birmingham, Michigan; Contact: ; Kanthi Sundar:

May 02, Friday
7pm. Splendor of Indian Classical Dance; Presented by Abhinaya Dance Company as part of the National Dance Week; Venue: Saratoga School of Dance, Saratoga, California; Contact: 408.983.0491,,


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