Rajasthan, one of the most colorful and vibrant states of India, will come to Los Angeles this Labor Day weekend to celebrate rich heritage of the Maheshwari Community, primarily a business community originating from the state.  A 4-day retreat by the International Maheshwari Rajasthani Convention (IMRCLA) is planned for guest to enjoy Marwari hospitality in a “celebration of life”.


The event will feature traditional music delivered by Jaipur Maharaja Brass Band and Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan, who recently performed for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in London.  A Bollywood night by Nauzad-Khushi, a performance by Yogen Bhagat’s troupe of Bollywood Stepdance (choreographer for “Bollywood Night with AR Rahman”), Hasya Kavi Sammelan for those with a funny bone, a scavenger hunt for the Sherlock Holmes types, and Desi Jeopardy for the knowledgeable ones and skits, dances, songs will keep everyone entertained.

Interactive contests like kids’ Boogie Woogie and Maheshwari Mahasabha of North America’s (MMNA) Got Talent and workouts with Zumba and Bhangra will keep everyone’s energy high. Traditional Rajasthani and gourmet food will be served, with the venue dressed up in traditional Rajasthani décor, resonating to the sounds of Rajasthani/Marwari tunes to satiate all the senses.

Along with Long Beach City officials, local and International dignitaries, Renu Khator (a Marwari), Chancellor and President of University Of Houston, will be the Guest of Honor. Khator is the first women to become chancellor of any university in Texas and the first Indian born to head a comprehensive research university in the United States.

(MMNA) is a non-profit organization with 7 chapters in US, and has been involved in many charity efforts.  Funds raised provide scholarships to needy students for higher education.

August 31- September 3.  Mariott Renaissance Hotel. 9620 Airport Boulevard  Los Angeles. https://www.mmna.org/imrcla2012. (626) 991-4789. Tickets: Members: $245-$265, Non-members $ 290-$265.

Vandana Kumar is a publishing executive with a 36-year track record in the industry. She leads the India Currents Foundation as President and CEO. As a new immigrant, she co-founded India Currents magazine...