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Valley Celebrates India Independence Day With Enthusiasm

Van Nuys, CA – On August 17th, thousands of people flocked to the beautiful ground of Birmingham Charter High School here in the San Fernando Valley to celebrate India’s 73rd Independence Day, organized by India Association of Los Angeles (IALA). This is 20th years of celebration by IALA. This Heritage and Cultural Celebration is a showcase of the mini India, where its rich heritage and culture from different regions of India were presented by local talents on one platform.

The event graced by Congressman Sherman, Consulate General of India Ambassador Sanjay Panda, State Senator Henry Stern, representative of  Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian, LAUSD Board member Scott Schmerelson, and many community leaders

One of the IALA’s founders Inder Singh highlighted the contribution of Indian diaspora in America. Chairman Vineet Puri termed IALA as an idea and idea never dies. IALA president, Sunil Agrawal welcomed the audience in his address and said: “India is unique and oldest living civilization in the world, and we are celebrating Independence Day of such civilization.” He highlighted the importance of the event and said, “this community event allows the business community to broaden their network and provide a platform to young talent to perform on the stage.” The Guest of honor Congressman Sherman presented US flag to IALA president Sunil Agrawal. Congressman talked about Indian Prime Minister’s upcoming visit to Texas where 50,000 people will attend the event. Consul General of India Ambassador Sanjay Panda praised the community and highlighted their contribution in strengthening Indo- US ties.

This year, IALA started giving awards to Southern Californian artists, heroes, and achievers. Due to Rajiv Satyal’s extra ordinary contribution to performing arts, award committee chose him for “Pride of the community” award. He received this award from Consul General of India,Ambassador Sanjay Panda.

Consul General also presented plaques to sponsors, Grand sponsor Turkish Airlines, Debra Jawa, Ranjit Joea, Nidhi Tomar, Iqbal Samra, , HAB Bank, DJ Scorpio, LA City Department of Cultural Affairs, Falguni Zala, Yogi Patel, Nina Bawa, Dr Kalpesh Patel, and Media partner TV Asia.

The event featured a grand cultural show presented by VP cultural affairs Aishveryaa Nidhi and her team. Indian songs, dance, and other forms of Indian arts by little ones, grownups and talented artists mesmerized the audience. Kathak dances,  Bharatnatyam, Folk dances, Bhangra, and many Bollywood numbers by various groups stole the heart of the audience by powerful performances.

Kathak Kala Academy group performed on Sufi song, and Tarana. Monica Sarin choreographed a group dance performed by small children wearing traditional costumes of various states of India. It presented the diversity of Indian perfectly.  Master Sharron’s EB Bollywood/Hip Hop Dance School brought Bollywood flavor to the event and presented the grand finale of the program.

There were 60 booths with lots of variety including fashion, food, Non-profits etc., put up by Parmesh Shah, Manmohan Chopra, attracted thousands of visitors where they shopped, eat and enjoyed the colorful fair.

Event’s major attraction free health fair put up by VP health Deepi Singh and Dr. Bama Sridhar, visited by thousands of valley resident to check up their health parameters and take guidance on their diet and nutrition. Health fair greatly assisted by Shukla Sen, Malini Chetty, and young volunteers Yashvi Agrawal, Darshan Zala.

This year IALA’s magazine ran cover story dedicated to Indian Election 2019, “India: Largest Democracy Successfully Conducted the biggest election.” It highlighted mesmerizing statistics about election.

The event was a great success, thoroughly enjoyed by thousands of audience with awe and appreciation and will be remembered by many.

The IALA 2019 Executive Committee is comprised of 20 members: Sunil Agrawal, Ouseph Poulose, Pramesh Shah, Prem Seem, Rajni Thakkar, Kanaksinh Zala, Aishveryaa Nidhi, Navdeep Singh, Nalini Natarajan, Sunil “Bobby” Prabhakar, Dr Bama Sridhar, Deepi Singh, Hema Chopra, Ram Bali, Falguniba Zala, Jugal Kishore, Dr Aakash Ahuja, Ashish Khamkar, Manjeet Wahi, and Yogi Patel.

Carnatic Vocal Debut: Kaushik Shivakumar

Kaushik Shivakumar has been learning Carnatic vocal music for the last 13 years under the tutelage of Sangeetha Vidushi Srimathi Jayashree Varadarajan, Founder and Artistic Director of Sri Rama Lalitha Kala Mandir School of Fine Arts based in Sunnyvale, CA.

Kaushik is very passionate about his singing  and has participated in many of the school’s music productions at various venues across the Bay Area and in Cleveland. He has won prizes at various music competitions that include the first prize in the Manodharma category at Silicon Andhra Annamaya Jayanthi and the 2nd prize in the Ragam Tanam Pallavi Category at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana in 2016. He was also a first prize winner in the group category of the Carnatic music Idol USA in 2013 and his group was invited to perform at the 2014 Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana. Kaushik has also presented solo vocal concerts under the banner of Nandalala Mission,  LOTUS and Swara Lahari.

Don’t miss your chance to experience Carnatic Music Vocal Debut Concert. Kaushik Shivakumar (Vocal), will be accompanied by Vignesh Thiagarajan on the violin and Vignesh Venkataraman on the mridangam.

August 3, 2019 4:00 pm. Campbell Heritage Theatre 1 W. Campbell Ave.Campbell, CA 95008. (408) 507-4680. shanthi.shivakumar@gmail.com, http://srirama.net/ .Admission free.

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple June Events




Saturday, June 2nd

12.00 PM Noon, Sri Nava Graha homa / Sri Saneeswara Graha homa, Srii Nava Graha abhisheka, Sri Saneeswara Graha abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

2.00 PM, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu Ssahasra Nama chanting aarati and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 4.30 PM, Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi, Sri Lakshmi Gnapathi homa / Sri Lakhmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, June 3rd

Evening at 4.00 PM, Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center – 15th Year anniversary celebrations, Sarva Devatha homa. Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati, manthra pushpa and cultural program.

Monday, June 11th:

Evening at 6.00 PM, Soma Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, June 12th

Evening at 6.30 PM, Kritika Vratha, Sri Vallai Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, June 19th

Night at 8.30 PM, Sukla Sashti, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya sahasra nama archana.

Monday, June 25th

Evening at 6.00 PM, Soma Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and mahtra pushpa.

Wednesday, June 27th

Evening at 5.00 PM, Shiva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 6.00 PM, Pournami vratha. Sri Sathya Narayana Swamy pooja / vratha, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, July 1st

Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Sankta Hara chathurthi, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Wednesday, July 4th

Independence Day weekend timings.





Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple May 2018 Events

Om Sri Mathre Namaha

Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple

(408) 226-3600

32B Rancho Drive, San Jose, CA, 95111

(Capitol Expressway West and Montrey Road Junction, Opposite and 1 Block from Capitol Cal Train Station)

www.vvgc.org or siliconvalleyhindutemple.com

Thursday, May 3rd: Sri Sankata Hara Chathurthi. Evening at 5.00 pm, Sri Lakshmi Ganapath homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, May 11th: Evening at 5.00 pm, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, continued with Sri Lalitha sahasra nama chanting. Evening at 6.00 pm, Chandramana Vaisakha masa, Poorva Bhadra nakshatra, Sri Hanuman Jayanthi special Pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, May 13th: Evening at 4.00 pm, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka / Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, May 15th: Kritika vratha. Evening at 6.30 pm, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, May 20th: Sukla Sashti vratha night, at 8.30 pm Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha and Sri Subramanya sahasra nama archana.

Sunday, May 27th: Pradosham. Evening at 4.00 pm, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhihskea, aarati and manthra pushpa

Monday, May 28th: Memorial Day weekend timings, vaikasi vishakaham.

Tuesday, May 29th: Evening at 5.30 pm, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka aarati and manthra pushpa. Evening at 6.00 pm, Pournami vratha, Sri Sathya Narayana Swami Pooja / vratha. All are welcome to participate with family.

Saturday, June 2nd: At 12.00 noon, Sri Navagraha homa / Sri Saneeswara graha homa, Sri Navagraha abhisheka / Sri Saneeswara graha abhisheka.

Afternoon at 2.00 pm, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu sahasra nama chanting, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 4.30 pm, Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi, Sri Lakhsmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, June 3rd: Evening at 4.00 pm, Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center 15th year anniversary celebrations, sarva devatha homa.

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati, manthra pushpa and cultural program.

Please Make A Note: Temple Address: 32 Rancho Drive, San Jose CA 95111

Temple Timings: Week Days Morning 10:00am to 12 Noon, Evenings at 6pm to 8pm.

Weekends And Holidays: 10am to 8pm

For Bhajan’s Religious Discourses, Music and Dance Performances, Private Poojas please contact Temple for further details Mangalani Bhavanthu, Subham Bhuyath, Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu, Love all serve all.

For Pujas and Rituals Contact: Pandit Ganesh Shasthry

880 East Fremont Ave #302, Cupertino Villas, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Home: (408) 245-5443 / Cell: (925) 209-7637

E-mail: srikalahatheeswara@yahoo.com

Paid Family Leave: Workers Pay For It But Rarely Use It

California wage earners welcoming a new child to the family or caring for a seriously ill relative this year can expect increased support from the state’s Paid Family Leave Program.

Eighteen million people in the state pay 1 percent of their wages to the state’s disability program, which helps those who have to take time off for medical matters unrelated to their jobs.

In 2018, the percentage of a worker’s paycheck the state will provide increases from 55 percent to between 60 and 70 percent, up to $1,216 weekly. And the state has done away with the “waiting period” that required people to go without any pay at all for the first week they were out.

“2018 is the year of  better policies for Paid Family Leave, particularly for new parents,” Julia Parish, of Legal Aid at Work, said at a news conference at San Francisco’s Employment Development Department offices on Feb. 1.

The meeting addressed the EDD’s finding that only 36 percent of the Californians it surveyed were even aware of the Paid Family Leave program, and among those who might need it most, immigrants, women and those with lower levels of education, even fewer know it exists.

“Awareness is generally low across the state, especially among minority and low-income communities,” the EDD’s Kacie Finnicum said.

The program is available for new moms and dads, including adoptive and foster parents, and each parent is eligible for up to six weeks per year each. The time they take off to care for and bond with their children can be spread across the calendar however they see fit.

Those six weeks can also be used to care for seriously ill family members, including grandparents, in-laws, domestic partners and siblings.

Advocates urged applicants to plan their time off with their supervisor, as the job protection dimensions of the Paid Family Leave program are more limited. But here, too, the rules have been relaxed this year. For instance, although small businesses have been exempt from having to honor the Paid Family Leave regulations, what constitutes a small business in such a scenario has changed, from up to 50 employees to 20.

If the applicant lives and works in San Francisco, there’s a new rule in place whereby the employer is to make up the difference between what the state pays and the worker’s usual compensation, Parish said.

The speakers also cited findings that workplace efficiency and morale benefit from the program. A temporary accommodation is less expensive than replacing a worker.

Parish described some of the ancillary benefits of the program: It promotes gender equity, she said, by including both partners in the childcare process from an early stage.  By encouraging bonding between the children and the father figure, paid family leave strengthens the foundations of those relationships going forward.

The program requires that the parents apply for it within the first year of the new child’s arrival, whether it’s newborn, adopted or fostered.

Parish was followed by Julia Frudden, of the Child Care Law Center; both cited studies showing that new mothers given the freedom to attend to their children with a brief respite from work responsibilities breastfeed their children twice as long.

Frudden also said that infant mortality drops by 10 percent, there’s a decrease in post-partum depression and better attention to preventive care such as screenings.

Children who have the advantage of more time spent with their parents at home also develop stronger immune systems, she said, which helps them thrive in childcare situations once their parents have returned to work.

Since becoming the first state in the country with such a program, in 2002, California has fielded 2.8 million claims and paid out $5 billion in benefits, Finnicum said.

She and Parish both spoke of their own motherhood experiences and what having paid leave  had meant to them.

“It was a huge relief to be able to have financial support,” Finnicum said. “It was a big weight off our shoulders.”

Although the program is applicable even to those whose needs to care for a family member requires them to leave the country, a person’s immigration status is not factored into the application process, Finnicum said. The only limit on eligibility is that they must be participating in the State Disability Insurance program via automatic deductions from their paychecks or, if independent contractors, through a voluntary plan.

For more information on the program or to apply, visit the web site edd.ca.gov/SDI_Online. Applications can also be made by mail; the form to submit is available at edd.ca.gov/Forms.