Past Events

  • Thrilling Kathak Dance Concert of Sonia Sabri on Saturday 13th of May 2017 at Reardon Smith Theatre, National Museum Wales,Cardiff

    Date -

      13 05 2017

    Time -

      06:00:17 PM


    Place -

      Reardon Smith Theatre, National Museum Wales,Cardiff


    Dear Friends, We have managed to get a very exciting and thrilling Kathak concert from renowned artist Sonia Sabri and her group to perform for us. Her fast and slow rhythms and her mastery of the finer spectra of this scintillating dance form are sure to enthrall all of us. Date Saturday 13th Of May 2017 from 7.00 PM, Gate opens at 6.30 PM. Venue: Reardon Smith Theatre, National Museum, Cardiff Ticket Price only £ 8.00 Adults , £ 5.00 Children 5 to 12 In advance until Saturday 6th of May. Ticket Price after 6th of May Adults £ 10,00, £ 7.00 Children 5 to 12 Please let your friends know about this wonderful Concert. Tickets can be purchased by replying this email or by ringing following numbers Mrs Niru Kumar 02920753556 Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi 07957302771 Dr Poonam Singhal 07814504892 Mrs Sharada Sharma 02920843287 Pandit ji 07999267068 SALAM Sonia Sabri Company Salaam, meaning ‘peace’, is Sonia Sabri Company’s latest stunning creation, originally created in response to the unrest around the world and it aims to refocus and reminisce on all that is good. This double-bill programme cleverly weaves a dialogue between live music and Kathak dance, celebrating the simple bliss of being alive. Salaam combines a rare treat of Tabla music by the world-renowned maestro Sarvar Sabri, performing outstanding compositions of rhythm, who is accompanied by the talented Shoma Dey on the harmonium along with powerful vocals, fuelling and vibrating a resonance in the performance. Internationally acclaimed for her electric stage presence, Sonia revisits the roots of Kathak in a remarkable performance, which embraces a rich, joyful spirit and builds to a heartpounding rhythmic crescendo. Sonia presents sheer magic through expressive and rhythmic dance with live music. The audience is taken on a journey with Sonia’s poignant metaphorical narratives and though her command of intricate footwork, eloquent gesture and rapid spins. Salaam to us all! Sonia Sabri Company is one of Britain’s leading South Asian Dance and Music companies. Exciting the national and international dance scene by presenting Kathak dance in new spaces and contexts, and to new audiences, developing a distinctive, contemporary style which speaks to the here and now. • Website: www.ssco.org.uk • Trailer: https://vimeo.com/132148048 (password ‘salaampromo’) • Supported by Arts Council England “Sonia Sabri drives Kathak to new heights in myriad ways. Dramatic vigour, powerful precision and formidable stage presence are all elements that characterise the performances of the Sonia Sabri Company and Salaam was no exception. Sonia Sabri Company has certainly made a characteristic mark on the artistic landscape in Britain” Pulse Connects “ Fine, intense, and intelligent..” The Times “Such grace and beauty, superb musicians” “I didn’t want to blink, the performance was spectacular!”
  • Sunderkand On Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 from 6.00 pm onwards

    Date -

      02 05 2017

    Time -

      06:00:30 PM


    Place -

      India Centre,Cardiff


    Jai Shree Ram This is India Centre Event Dear all Suderkand recital and puja is going to be held in the temple @ India centre Cardiff on Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 @ 6pm followed by Bhajan & Aarti by Pandit Ji and Bhandara. The puja has been kindly sponsored by Mrs Deepa and Dr Chandrasekar Salvaji and family If you want to sponsor Sunderkand or any puja/event, please contact me or Pandit ji 07999267068 or Mrs Niru Kumar (Treasurer) Mob no. 07392435966 Regards Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India centre
  • Sri Sitarama Kalyanam on Saturday 22nd of April 2017 at India Centre Cardiff

    Date -

      22 04 2017

    Time -

      10:30:28 AM


    Place -

      India Centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, You all will be pleased to know that Sitaram kalyanam is arranged in India Centre on 22nd of April Saturday 2017 at 10.30 am. Please find attached better flyer for more information. Regards Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India centre
  • Hanuman Jayanti Tuesday 11th April 2017

    Date -

      13 04 2017

    Time -

      06:00:00 PM


    Place -

      India Centre,Cardiff


    Dear All Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated at the India Centre on Tuesday 11th of April 2017. Suderkand recital and puja will be be held in the temple @ India Centre Cardiff from 6pm followed by Bhajan & Aarti by Pandit Ji and Bhandara. Hanuman Jayanti has been kindly sponsored by Mrs Chetna Sinha, Santosh Kumar and family If you want to sponsor Sunderkand or any puja/event, please contact me or Pandit ji 07999267068 or Mrs Niru Kumar (Treasurer) Mob no. 07392435966 Regards Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India Centre Please attend in large numbers. it is India Centre Event. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman Ji, the monkey God. He is the symbol of strength and energy. Hanuman is worshipped for his unyielding devotion to Rama and is remembered for his selfless dedication to the God. Hanuman is considered the living embodiment of the Karma Yogi (one whose meditation and devotion are demonstrated through hard work or service). Hanuman is ruler of the monkeys. Hanuman said "I am a humble messenger of Sri Rama. I have come here to serveRama, to do His work. By the command of Lord Rama, I have come here. I am fearless by the Grace of Lord Rama. I am not afraid of death. I welcome it if it comes while serving Lord Rama." In return for his unconditional love, Lord Rama granted him everlasting life. He promised that he would be worshipped alongside Rama and that his idol would be placed next to his. This is a very popular festival. It can be celebrated individually or in the temple. On this day, the sacred text, Hanuman Chalisa, is recited - a set of prayers glorifying Hanuman, describing his past times. Depending on the devotee, the text is either recited non-stop for 24 hours or sometimes it's performed a set number of times. Special Pujas are performed and offerings are made to Lord Hanuman. Some people have different rituals, such as sacred fire ceremonies. In India particularly, colourful processions fill the streets. People dance, carry idols of Lord Hanuman and some people wear masks and tails to imitate the monkey God. Every celebration is always accompanied by a period of fasting and then a big vegetarian feast.
  • Ram Navami celebration on Tuesday 4th of April 2017 at India Centre

    Date -

      04 04 2017

    Time -

      06:00:29 PM


    Place -

      India Centre,Cardiff


    Dear All मंगल भवन अमंगल हारी द्रवहु सुदसरथ अजर बिहारी राम सिया राम सिया राम जय जय राम Ramnavmi will be celebrated at the India Centre on Tuesday 4th of April with the recitation of the SunderKand . Bring your family and friends to celebrate Ram Navami. Sunderkand starts at 6pm followed by Bhajan and Aarti by Panditji and Bhandara. This Ram Navmi is sponsored by Dr Badri Purbey, Mrs Sunaina Purbey and family. Ram Navami Rama (centre) with Laxman, Sita and Hanuman Rama was an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana the Sanskrit epic of 24,000 stanzas. A continuous recital of the book takes place for about a week prior to the celebration and on the day itself, the highlights of the story are read in the temple. Rituals and ceremonies The house is thoroughly cleaned on Rama Navami and is also decorated. Offerings of fruit and flowers are placed on the family shrine and after an early bath, prayers are recited. The youngest female member of the household leads the puja (prayers) by applying a red tilak (mark) to all the other members of the family before everyone joins together in worship. An image or picture of baby Rama is placed in a covered cradle. At noon the covering is removed and Prasad (special sacred food) is offered to Rama, which may then be shared amongst the congregation. There is an element of fasting. Some people don't eat certain foods, particularly things like onions, garlic, some spices and wheat products. The festival is a focal point for moral reflection and being especially charitable to others. Celebrations at places associated with Sri Rama, like Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh and Ramesvaram in Tamil Nadu, attract thousands of devotees.
  • Balaji Maha Abhishekham Saturday 1st of April 2017

    Date -

      01 04 2017

    Time -

      09:30:27 AM


    Place -

      India Centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, This month's Balaji Maha Abhishekham will be peformed at the India Centren on Saturday 1st of April 2017. As it is near Ugadi and new year festival so it is decided to be on 1st Saturday of April instead of 2nd Saturday. Programme as follows Suprabhatam 9.30 am Chanting of Gotras 10.00 am Abhishekam 10.10 am Mangala Aarti 11.30 am Prasad 11.50 am Please attend with your family and friends and accept the blessings of Narayana Devotees can sponsor Moola Moorthy Monthly Abishekam This seva is performed once in every month for the main Deity. The Abhishekam is performed on the gothra names of the yearly sponsors. Sponsors are welcome to donate towards utsava moorthy abhishekam on any Saturday by prior booking with Pandit Ji. Dr Poonam Singhal PhD Secretary India centre,Cardiff Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India Centre, Cardiff
  • Holi Celebration at India Centre on Sunday 12th of March 2017 from 12.00 Noon to 4.00 PM

    Date -

      12 03 2017

    Time -

      01:00:35 PM


    Place -

      India Centre, Cardiff


    Dear all Holi Hai ! The festival of colours Holi will be celebrated at India Centre on Sunday 12th March from 12.00 Noon On wards until 4.00 PM There is £ 2 Entry for all Except Children Under 12 Free Entry There are Stalls for Indian Delicacies Like Dosa, Chaat from Professionals to Buy. Please note that wet Holi will not be played inside the Hall. Please confirm attendance for catering purposes by replying this e mail. For further information please contact; Mrs Niru Kumar 02920 752 556/ 07392 435966 Pandit ji 07999 267068 Dr Poonam Singhal 07814504892 On Behalf of Executive Committee The festival of colours As the brief spring warms the landscape, northern India cuts loose for a day of hijinx and general hilarity. The festival of Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March every year. Originally a festival to celebrate good harvests and fertility of the land, Holi is now a symbolic commemmoration of a legend from Hindu Mythology. The story centres around an arrogant king who resents his son Prahlada worshipping Lord Vishnu. He attempts to kill his son but fails each time. Finally, the king's sister Holika who is said to be immune to burning, sits with the boy in a huge fire. However, the prince Prahlada emerges unscathed, while his aunt burns to death. Holi commemorates this event from mythology, and huge bonfires are burnt on the eve of Holi as its symbolic representation. This exuberant festival is also associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha, and hence, Holi is spread over 16 days in Vrindavan as well as Mathura - the two cities with which Lord Krishna shared a deep affiliation. Apart from the usual fun with coloured powder and water, Holi is marked by vibrant processions which are accompanied by folk songs, dances and a general sense of abandoned vitality. Today Holi is an excuse for Indians to shed inhibitions and caste differences for a day of spring fever and Big Fun. Teenagers spend the day flirting and misbehaving in the streets, adults extend the hand of peace, and everyone chases everyone else around, throwing brightly colored powder (gulal) and water over each other. In fact, on the days of Holi, you can get away with almost anything by saying, "Don't mind, it's Holi!" (Bura na mano, Holi hai.) The festival's preamble begins on the night of the full moon. Bonfires are lit on street corners to cleanse the air of evil spirits and bad vibes, and to symbolize the destruction of the wicked Holika, for whom the festival was named. The following morning, the streets fill with people running, shouting, giggling and splashing. Marijuana-based bhang and thandai add to the uninhibited atmosphere. Holi - the festival of colors - is undoubtedly the most fun-filled and boisterous of Hindu festival. It's an occasion that brings in unadulterated joy and mirth, fun and play, music and dance, and, of course, lots of bright colors!
  • Maha Shivaratri

    Date -

      24 02 2017

    Time -

      06:00:30 PM


    Place -

      India Centre,Cardiff


    Maha Shivaratri will be celebrated at India Centre,Cardiff on Friday 24th of February 2017 with the programme as follows; 6.00 pm TEMPLE OPENS 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm SHIV PUJA 8.00pm ABHISHEK 8.30pm AARTI MAHA PRASAD thereafter It is sponsored by Dr Ravi Tiwari, Arti Tiwari and Family Regards Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre Dr Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India centre
  • Latest program of Republic day on Thursday 26 January 2017

    Date -

      26 01 2017

    Time -

      06:00:00 PM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear Friends, The 68th Republic day of India will be celebrated on Thursday 26th January 2017 At the India Centre, Sanquhar Street, Cardiff CF24 2AA Please note a slight change in the timings for the Republic day program as under 6.00 PM: Doors Open 7.00 PM: Welcome by Chairman 7.05 PM: Flag Hoisting 7.15 PM: Cultural programme 8.05 PM: Awards ceremony recognising Community service 8.30 PM: Dinner Tickets £5 only available at the door. Please let us know of your attendance to plan for catering. Dr Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India centre
  • Lohri ,Makar Sankranti and Pongal on Sunday 15th January 2017 at India Centre

    Date -

      15 01 2017

    Time -

      12:00:00 AM


    Place -

      India centre,Cardiff


    Dear All, This year there will be a combined celebration of Lohri, Makar Sakranti and Pongal at India centre on Sunday 15th January 2017. Door Opens at 11.00 AM Celebrations 11.30 On wards Followed by Lunch at 1.00 PM We hope that for the first big function of the year, we shall see you all in big numbers at the India Centre. Regards Dr. Poonam Singhal Ph.D Secretary India Centre Dr. Bapuji Rao Velagapudi Chair India centre Details of Lohri, Makar Sakrani and Pongal Below Lohri marks the culmination of winter, and is celebrated on the 13th day of January in the month of Paush or Magh, a day before Makar Sankranti. For Punjabis, more than just a festival, Lohri is also an example of a way of life. Lohri celebrates fertility and the spark of life. People gather around the bonfires, throw sweets, puffed rice and popcorn into the flames, sing popular songs and exchange greetings. On this day children go from door to door to collect funds for community bonfires which are lit up in the evening. The gatherings and celebrations make Lohri a community festival. An extremely auspicious day, Lohri marks the sun's entry in to the 'Makar Rashi' (northern hemisphere). The period, beginning from 14 January lasting till 14 July, is known as Uttarayan. It is also the last day of the month of Maargazhi, the ninth month of the lunar calendar. The Bhagawad Gita deems it an extremely sacred and auspicious time, when Lord Krishna manifests himself most tangibly. And so, across India, people celebrate the month and the prodigious harvest it brings - Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Bihu inAssam, Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh and the Sankranti in Karnataka, Biharand Uttar Pradesh. The focus of Lohri is on the bonfire. The traditional dinner with makki ki roti and sarson ka saag is quintessential. The prasad comprises of six main things: til, gazak, gur, moongphali, phuliya and popcorn. There is puja, involving parikrama around the fire and distribution of prasad. This symbolises a prayer to Agni, the spark of life, for abundant crops and prosperity. The first Lohri of a newly wed bride and a new born child is considered very auspicious and important. Makar Sankranti is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu calendar and celebrates the sun's journey into the northern hemisphere, a period which is considered to be highly auspicious. There is a wide variation in the celebration of Makar Sankranti thoughout India, in particular the name. Significance Of Makar Sankranti The festival of Makar Sankranti is associated with much cultural significance: The Puranas say that on this day Sun visits the house of his son Shani, who is the swami of Makar Rashi. This day symbolizes the healthy relationship of father & son. It is the son who has the responsibility to carry forward his fathers dream and the continuity of the family. It was on this day when Lord Vishnu ended the ever increasing terror of the Asuras by finishing them off and burying their heads under the Mandara Parvata (Mountain). So this occasion also represents the end of negativities and beginning of an era of righteous living. In different Indian regions In Gujarat and Maharashtra, Makar Sankranti is a festival of the young and the old. Colourful kites are flown all around. In Punjab, Makar Sankranti is called Lohri. December and January are the coldest months of the year in Punjab and huge bonfires are lit on the eve of Sankranti. Sweets, sugarcane and rice are thrown on the bonfires and friends and relatives gather together. In Uttar Pradesh, this period is celebrated as Kicheri. It is considered important to have a bath on this day and masses of people can be seen bathing in the Sangam at Prayagraj where the rivers Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswathi flow together. Pongal In Southern India it's the harvest festival Pongal and lasts for 3 days. On the first day, rice boiled with milk is offered to the Rain God. On the second day, it is offered to the the Sun God and on the third day, the family cattle are given a bath and dressed with flowers, bells and colours, to honour them for their hard work in the fields.
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