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Events Calendar
January 2012: Events Calender
- |ஜனவரி 2012|
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. Events Compilation assistance by Ms. Lakshmi Subramaniyam, Minnesota.

 Jan. 01New Year's Day
 Jan. 14Pongal
 Jan. 15Martin Luther King Birthday
Jan. 23Chinese New Year
Jan. 26India Republic Day
Shubha Muhurtha Days: 1, 7, 8, 14, 16, 19, 28

12 noon. Siddha Samadhi Yoga Classes at Shiva Vishnu Temple, Livermore, California, Contact: Temple 925.449.6255,

Jan. 04, 11, 18, 25 Wednesdays
6-9am. “ItsDiff” Tamil radio program every Wednesday at 90.1 FM, KZSU, Stanford, California; Contact: Srikant Srinivasa,
7:45-9:15pm. Atmotsava - Silent meditation, readings, chanting, bhajans and stotrams on god, guru and self - followed by prasad; Organized by Society of Abidance in Truth; Venue: Santa Cruz, California; Contact:, 831.425.7287

Jan. 05, 12, 19, 26 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
7:10pm. Shirdi Sai Bhajans; Venue: Kalpataru Sai Nilayam, Evergreen Area, San Jose, California; Contact:, 408.223.0999

Jan. 06, 13, 20, 27 Fridays
7:15pm - 8:30pm. GATS-CTA Tamil Classes at Atlanta Tamil Church, Norcross, Georgia; Contact: Ravi Palaniappan:, 678.799.1212,

Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28 Saturdays
8 - 10 a.m. Shri Vethathiri Maharishi's Simplified Kundalini Yoga (SKY) Satsang. Session includes simplified exercise, meditation & lectures Organized by SKY Bay Area, a chapter of World Community Service Centre (WCSC); 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;
10am-Noon. Tamil Radio - Kaalai Thendral on KLOK 1170AM; Listen live @

Jan. 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 Sundays
8 - 10 a.m. Shri Vethathiri Maharishi's Simplified Kundalini Yoga (SKY) Satsang. Session includes simplified exercise, meditation & lectures Organized by SKY Bay Area, a chapter of World Community Service Centre (WCSC); Venue: Sanatan Dharma Kendra, Sunnyvale, California; Contact:, 510.825.3567,

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,,

9:00am-10:15am - GATS-Alpharetta Tamil School; Tamil Class taught at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta, Riverdale, Georgia; Contact: Valli Sundaram:, Dr. Kalai Parthiban: 404.831.3282
9:30am - 10:45am - GATS-Alpharetta Tamil School; Venue: Piney Grove Middle School, Cumming, Georgia; Contact: Sundari Kumar:
10-11:30am. Satsang - silent meditation, discourse by Nome on Self-Knowledge and Self-inquiry, recitation and readings from the Upanishads; Organized by Society of Abidance in Truth; Venue: Santa Cruz, California; Contact: 831.425.7287,; Free.
5:00pm. Communion & Worship Service; Discourses by Rev. Sam Raj, Rev. Shawn Redmond; Special Service on Valentine’s Day; Venue: First Tamil Church of Atlanta, Alpharetta, Georgia; Contact: 404.276.2661,
10am (English) 11:30am (Tamil) 1pm (Hindi). Immanuel Lutheran Church - Church congregation of Tamil Speaking public from Asia; Location: 149-40, 11th Ave, Whitestone, New York; Contact: Rev. Dr. E.J. Rethinasamy 718.767.5656 x301,

Fellowships & Awards
3rd Immigration in the Heartland Fellowship program - Immigration in the Heartland: the 2012 Elections & Beyond' Conducted by Institute of Justice and Journalism and is a joint project of Univ. of Oklahoma and Ethics and Excellence in Journalism; Fellowship will examine the contentious immigration issues at the local, state and federal levels and the 2012 election; Deadline for applications: Jan. 17, 2012; Contact:,

American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) seeks nominations for two journalism awards in the categories of Books & Articles and Investigative Journalism; For more details, contact:, Deadline: Jan. 13, 2012

2012 Grantham Prize invites submissions of works in non-fiction - published, broadcast or posted online in the US & Canada in 2011. For more details, contact:; Deadline: Jan. 9, 2012 (books), Jan. 30, 2012 (other media).

Shiva Murugan Temple, Concord, California
Sunday, Jan. 1, Happy New Year, Devotional Music by Shri. Natarajan & family;
Sunday, Jan. 8, Thiruvonam Celebration, Bharathanatyam by Shreelata & Students;
Sunday, Jan. 15, Thai Pongal Celebration, Bharathanatyam by Mythili Kumar & Students;
Sunday, Jan. 29, Thai Kiruthigai Celebration, Devotional Songs by Anuradha Suresh & Students; Venue: Shiva Murugan Temple, Concord, California;
Contact:, 925.827.0127

Jan. 14, 2012, Saturday
6:30pm. Monthly Tamil Mass, Rosary, Children Liturgy and Get-together; Organized by Bay Area Tamil Catholic Community; Venue: St.Joseph's Church, Mountain View, California; Contact:

Jan. 14, 2012, Saturday
Isai Mazhai 2012 - A Light music fundraiser program for Isha Vidhya and Ninaiththaalae Inikkum; Organized by Isha Vidhya and Ninaiththaalae Inikkum team; Venue: Ashland High School, Ashland, Massachusetts; Contact: Priya Anand: 978.266.1109, Uma Sankar: 978.328.4890

Jan. 21, 2012, Saturday
10am. Thyagaraja Aradhana & Other Composer's Day celebrations; Venue: Malibu Hindu Temple, Calabasas, California; Contact: Ganam -, 818.344.4943,
2pm. Pongal Thiruvizha 2012; Program features kolattam, kummi aattam, presentations by local children and adults, fashion show parade, etc.; Organized by Bay Area Tamil Manram; Venue: Jain Temple Auditorium, Milpitas, California; Contact:
3:30pm. Pongal & Tamil New Year celebrations; Organized by Tamil Sangam of Greater Washington; Venue: Westland Middle School, Bethesda, Maryland; Contact:
4pm. Yajaamahe - we sing thy praise; A bharathanatyam solo recital by Ms. Lakshyaa Balakrishnan, Disciple of Guru Vishal Ramani; A fundraiser for Jeena - Hope for Kids; Venue: Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto, California; Contact: Anu Balki 408.718.3727,

January 22, 2011, Sunday
2pm. Thamizhar Ezhuchchi Vizha; Organized by iLamtamilar Team; Co-presented by; Venue: Milpitas Library, Milpitas, California; Contact: Thyagu: 425.246.2988, Karthi 408.348.2612

January 28, 2011, Saturday
4pm. Bharathanatyam Arangetram of Abhinaya Sundaram; Disciple of Smt. Indumathy Ganesh and Nrithyollasa Dance Academy; Venue: Campbell Heritage Theater, Campbell, California; Contact: Divya & Sundaram: 408.264.5046, Nrithyollasa: 510.623.8230,
5pm. Pongal Vizha; Organized by Missouri Tamil Sangam; Venue: Clayton High School, Clayton, Missouri; Contact:
5pm. Pongal Vizha 2012; Program features nagaichuvai pattimandram by Smt. UmayaL Muthu, Short plays, Folk dance, kavithai reading, etc.; Presented by Chicago Tamil Sangam; Venue: Balaji Temple Auditorium, Aurora, Illinois; Contact: Mani 815.545.0791, Shobana 630.699.4951

January 29, 2011, Sunday
10:30am. Pongal Celebrations; Program features individual and group performances by local talents, potluck lunch; Venue: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden, Colorado; Contact:,

February 04, 2012, Saturday
Pongal Gramiya Kalai Vizha; Program features Sirappu Kalanthurayaadal with Pattimandram Raja, Vaarththai Jaalam; Organized by New Jersey Tamil Sangam; Venue: TBD; Contact: Devi Nagappan:,
10am. Spandana Spelling Bee 2012; Organized by Spandana Foundation; Venue: Harvest Park Middle School, Pleasanton, California; Contact:
3pm. Pongal Vizhaa 2012; Program features Children and adults entertainment and cultural program; Organized by New England Tamil Sangam; Venue: Littleton High School Auditorium, Littleton, Massachusetts; Contact:, Ramesh Venkat:, Raj Velmurugan:

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