INDIA DAY 2021
August 15th at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Boston
With COVID 19 restrictions lifted off, we are very excited to bring back in-person India Day 2021 celebrations. It will be on August 15th from 3 to 7 pm at the Hatch Shell, the iconic Boston landmark that unites and enriches the Boston community with vital arts, culture, and sprawling open space on the bank of Charles River.
Berklee Indian Ensemble
The Berklee Indian Ensemble is one of the hippest performance acts to emerge from Boston. A global viral sensation with over 230 million views, the Ensemble melds classical, folk, Sufi, and contemporary Indian music, with influences ranging from hip-hop and jazz to Middle Eastern and African flavors.
Founded in 2011 by Indian Berklee alumna and faculty member Annette Philip, the Ensemble provides an open and inclusive creative space for musicians from all over the world to explore, study, interpret, and create music influenced by the rich and varied mosaic that is Indian music today. The Berklee Indian Ensemble has risen to prominence as one of the most storied musical collectives in the country with their unmistakable signature sound, and legendary collaborations with A.R. Rahman, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Mahadevan, Vijay Prakash, Indian Ocean, and Clinton Cerejo, to name a few.
After a year and a half in a pandemic that has affected lives in every corner of the globe this event, featuring the Berklee Indian Ensemble live in concert at the iconic Boston landmark, unites and enriches the Boston community is special in many ways. In addition to the celebration of India’s 75th Independence Day, it is also the 10th Anniversary of the Berklee Indian Ensemble and their first collaboration with IAGB. A clip of one of their performance can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/Ap5iqF4DOz4
Flag Raising of US and India at 40+ towns across New England, Honoring India's 75th Independence
As a lead-up to India Day, IAGB will be hoisting flag-raising events in over 40 towns across New England, to raise the US and Indian flags to commemorate momentous India’s 75th Independence Day celebration. IAGB has worked very closely with the town/city administrations to bring these events to respective City/Town Hall and town commons and celebrate amongst the communities.
These events starting August 1st through the 15th will culminate into the grand finale at the Hatch Memorial Shell on August 15th.
Tri-color lighting on the City Hall Plaza building in Boston is scheduled for August 15th at dusk. Enjoy this beautiful scene and India’s pride right in the heart of Boston.
A limited number of booths at the India Day event (Hatch Shell) are still available. Do no miss the opportunity to advertise in our India Day Magazine that reaches thousands of IAGB community and via our social media platforms. For all the advertisement and sponsorship details please visit:
Estate Planning Workshop
Brought to you by IAGB in collaboration with South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston(SABA-GB)
Join us for an educational session on Estate Planning, presented by well-known Estate Planning Attorneys/Advisors. Learn the process of designating who will receive your assets and handle your responsibilities during these uncertain times. Learn about estate tax/inheritance tax implications. This session is specially tailored for Indian American community with assets/properties and families/friends both in India and the US.
High level Topics:
* What is an estate plan and why is it needed? * Wills/Trusts * Assets/Properties in India and the US * Support family members/friends and charities both in India and the US
* Healthcare/Financial powers of attorney
* How to get started on the Estate planning?
If you have any questions to the presenters/attorneys, please submit your questions here : Estate Planning
Across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic is having devastating effects. We have felt the pain and loss in our own community. While the pandemic has kept us apart, there is new hope—vaccines are here. They will help us move closer to ending the pandemic. We want everyone in our community to be safe and get back to hugging our families and friends and shaking hands with our neighbors. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine adds one more layer of protection for you, your family, and your loved ones.
IAGB and New England community organizations in partnership are hosting Community Covid 19 Vaccination camp and inviting the community members to take advantage of this opportunity. Please vaccinate, protect yourself and your loved ones.
Vaccine: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine will be offered and everyone 16 years of age and above is eligible to get vaccinated.
Indian Medical Association of New England
India Society of Worcester
Telugu Assoc. Of Greater Boston
Evergreen Adult Day care health center
New England Kannada Koota
Orissa Society of New England
Tamil Makkal Mandram
New England Tamil Sangham
American Telugu Association
Blackstone Valley India Society
Ekal – Boston
Kerala Association of New England
Sewa International – Boston
NATS – Boston
Telangana NRI Association
Kashmiri Overseas Association
Friends of Indian Senior Citizens Org.
Indian Americans for Burlington
New England Malayalee Association
New England Tulu Koota
Bihar Jharkhand Assoc. of NE
Maheswari Mahasabha of North America
Pelmeds is our Covid Vaccine partner. Pelmeds is a full service pharmacy that specializes in medication management services. Learn more about Pelmeds at https://www.pelmeds.com/
Dates and Locations
After your first dose vaccination, you will have an appointment for the second dose after three weeks at the same place.
Support/participate in #ChaleChaloForIndia - 4th Annual 5K Walk/Run, and help India defeat Covid-19 wave
The COVID-19 situation in India is dire and India is facing one of the worst covid outbreaks in the history of the pandemic. The second wave is far deadlier than the first. The hospitals and paramedical services are overwhelmed. There is an extreme shortage of critical medical supplies. The images from India are difficult to witness, such as those of Indians with empty oxygen cylinders crowding refilling facilities, hoping to save loved ones in the hospital.
New England Community organizations – IAGB, TAGB, IMANE, Vision-Aid, UIANE, NATS-Boston, BVIS, OSNE, TMM, NETS and others are joining hands for a virtual 5K Walk/Run event to support #IndiaCovid19Response in this need of the hour.
Help #IndiaCovid19Response with your donations and participate in #ChaleChaloForIndia.
100% of the proceeds will go to American India Foundation(www.aif.org) Covid response initiatives.
Support/participate in #ChaleChaloForIndia – 4th Annual 5K Walk/Run, and help India defeat Covid-19 wave
Join us for the 4th Virtual Annual Run to promote and maintain healthy lifestyles while we all get through this unique time in our lives. In addition to 5K walk and run, you can also participate in various physical activities.
When: May 8th or 9th
Time: Anytime. You can also join us at any IAGB suggested places, starting at 8:30
Where: Anywhere convenient to you. You can also join us at the IAGB suggested locations for 5K Run/Walk
IAGB suggested locations (May 8th):
Heart Pond – Chelmsford – Bruce Freeman Trail
Bedford Minuteman Trail
Assabet River Rail Trail – Marlboro RR Station
Nashua Rail Road Trail
Choose any physical activity that you like to do:
Group Exercise (Kickboxing, Step, CrossFit, BollyX)
The registration can be at an individual level or at a family level – Age is not a concern – all proceeds will be donated to a good cause
Virtual runs – run or walk outdoors but limit the time on roads and continue to support safe and healthy running distances and social distancing
The recommended event days are May 8th and 9th. However, you can support our effort for a good cause and participate in any physical activity at any time.
Set your running trail in your neighborhood and run/walk 5K or more, at your own pace, and make sure to track it on your preferred app.
Maintain 6ft distance and STAY SAFE and follow up recommended COVID 19 guidelines.
At the end of your participation, take a picture of yourself or the family and your track record , post on Instagram/Facebook with the #ChaleChaloIAGB. IAGB Facebook group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/iagbface. Please join this group, if you have not joined already.
Early bird 100 registrants with suggested donation will get a T-shirt. Wear the T-Shirt as part of the Run/Walk or any physical activity you choose.
Pick up your t-shirt from the location we announce, wear it on the run day to show that you supported our fundraising effort.
India with its 1.3 Billion people is the largest democracy in the world, and became a Republic on January 26, 1950 with its own Constitution, Independent executive, Representative and Judicial organs, Federal Governance structure, that have stood the test of time.
The fact that India was a British colony only 75 years ago and after independence in 1947, has grown into one of the largest economies and one of the most influential countries on the world stage, is in itself a noteworthy achievement.
The Indian Constituent Assembly, which met for the first time on December 9, 1946, created the Indian Constitution in less than three years. This was a monumental achievement in the face of immense challenges, such as the Partition of India.
In this 2 session event, we will explore how this monumental achievement to become a Republic came about and understand the difficulties that were faced.
Did you know
The first Republic in the world was in ancient Vaishali in modern day Bihar?
India had a Declaration of Independence (Purna Swaraj) and a flag almost two decades before Independence?
The Constituent Assembly debated and voted on three models of governance: American presidential system, British Westminster parliamentary system and the Swiss Federation system?
The first draft of the Indian Constitution was written by Benegal Narsing Rau, a distinguished constitutionalist, judge and civil servant?
If you did not know the above, come join us on Jan 16th and 17th and get to know the answers to these and much more….
We are all feeling the brunt of COVID-19, but some people and families are affected disproportionately than others. Over the past four months, over tens of millions of Americans have lost their jobs. As a result, what was already a pervasive hunger problem has now become substantially worse.
This plight doesn’t stop here; Homelessness which was increasing at the rate of 3%, now has been predicted to rise at whopping 40% by end of 2020. Along with this homeless group is the most threatened group by corona virus.
Around the country and in our State we do have a network of food banks/pantries and shelters. But they are overwhelmed. And they are racing to meet the surge demand, in feeding the America and providing the shelter. They need our help to build a path to a brighter, food-shelter secured community. We the blessed ones need to make sure no one dies of hunger during this pandemic.
AS INDIAN AMERICAN COMMNITY IAGB NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT TO DO OURPART IN BUILDING A BETTER SOCIETY. COME JOIN US & WATCH
A MURDER MYSTERY PLOT BY MAHESH DATTANI, DIRECTED BY SUBRATA DAS
“Seven Steps Around the Fire”
A SETU PRODUCTION FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOMES. 100% OF YOUR TICKET PRICE IS DONATED TO LOCAL FOOD BANKS AND SHELTER.
Tickets as low as $10 per family but additional donation is strongly encouraged. Please check out special merchandise For a Few Dollars More! On Sept.19th or Sept 20th come experience how a housewife unwillingly entangles herself in solving the murder of a member of the Hijra community? In the process, she uncovers the plight of the most oppressed section of the Indian society whose very existence is shrouded with ancient myths and social prejudices.