Indradhanush 2020

INDRADHANUSH 2020 (4 PM EST, NOV 7)

AID (Association for India’s Development) invites submissions of cultural items for possible inclusion in Indradhanush 2020, a panoramic rainbow of Indian cultural diversity!

Indradhanush 2020 is presented by AID but, is really a collective community effort!   Proceeds from the event benefit AID projects in India.  More about AID: https://aidindia.org/

Indradhanush 2020 will be held at 4 pm EST on 7th November 2020, through virtual social media. Please submit your cultural item for consideration and the more unique, the better!  We would particularly like to emphasize the tribal and folk performing arts at Indradhanush 2020.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

  • The cultural item can be either solo or group performance.
  • The cultural item can include instrumental or vocal music, dance, or small group theatre.
  • The maximum time limit for each item is 10 minutes.
  • Please submit a video or an item description with as much detail as possible.
  • Items can be submitted by individuals, groups, or organizations.
  • Items must align with the diversity of Indian culture. We strongly encourage focus on the tribal, folk or regional culture of India.
  • Items can be submitted in any regional language.
  • Deadline for submission is 30th September 2020.
  • AID will inform you by October 7 if your item has been selected and discuss arrangements for obtaining a high-resolution video of the item.

More info in the attached flyer and our website: https://cincinnati.aidindia.org/

Please promote Indradhanush 2020 in your promotional materials and digital media. A promotional toolkit will be provided by AID.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

Fill out the submission form; link: https://forms.gle/hkjXcbbnkSiqhfEC7

For any queries, please contact [email protected]

Effects of the COVID Pandemic on Health Care Access in Maharashtra

Interactive Webinar by SATHI, Pune on SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2020, 12 PM EDT/9:30 PM IST

With millions of cases, the pandemic is ravaging our world.  India has the third-largest number, with the highest load in Maharashtra.

Prior to COVID, there was spotty access to health care for many rural and urban poor in Maharashtra.  COVID has severely burdened the health system and compounded access challenges.  SATHI, a Pune-based NGO at the forefront of public health reform, is enabling access for the neediest.

Dr. Arun Gadre and his associates from SATHI will discuss their yeoman efforts to address the access gap and provide basic preventative health care.  Dr. Gadre, a gynecologist and health policy activist, is also a  prolific award-winning author of 17 books in Marathi and English, including the ground-breaking “Dissenting Diagnosis”.

Please register for this interactive chat organized by Association for India’s Development (AID) and Triveni Mitra Mandal at https://aidindia.org/covidhealthcare/

 

Sustainability with Dignity in Post-COVID Punjab: Farming, Well-Being and Artisanship

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 2020, 1 PM EDT / 10 AM PDT / 10:30 PM IST

Are you concerned about the effect of pesticides on communities, of healthy food practices and of keeping traditional arts alive? Have you been thinking about the impact of COVID on landless agricultural workers and artisans? Please join us for an interactive chat with Umendra Dutt and Rupsi Garg from Kheti Virasat Mission (KVM) about their projects to promote organic farming, use of millets as nutritious alternatives and Trinjan (rural livelihood for artisans).

Support AID’s Amphan Relief Efforts

Cyclone Amphan has devastated the islands of Sunderbans. Thousands of houses have been razed to the ground. Earthen embankments have breached in many islands, flooding agricultural fields and ponds with saline water. The blocks of Sagar, Namkhana, Patharpratima, and Kultali are among the worst affected. AID has been deeply involved with the communities in these regions for a decade, working with 3 grassroots partners Mukti, Baikanthapur Tarun Sangha, and Purbo Chintamonipur Chetana Sangha. There is an urgent need to support the brave people of Sunderbans with immediate shelter, food, water, and medicines.

Our partners had helped people take shelter in school buildings and flood centers, in coordination with the officials. This has prevented a major loss of life as we know now that almost all mud houses have collapsed and many pukka houses have been severely damaged.Your support is needed urgently in distributing essential commodities like dry foods, sanitary napkins, mosquito nets and tarpaulins to the affected people. We will be updating our website and social media pages regularly, as we work through relief followed by long term rehabilitation.

It was 11 years ago in May 2009 when Cyclone Aila ravaged the islands of Sunderbans. In the course of relief work, AID initiated a long term project of sustainable organic farming to reclaim the soil and livelihoods. Starting with 25 farmers, AID and its partners today have expanded the network to 25,000 farmers. Many of them send 10,000 Kgs of organic vegetables to Kolkata every month and earn a better living. Here is a short video.

Your support means standing with the strong people of Sunderbans, as they face the double adversities of COVID-19 and the aftermath of Amphan

 

Indian Ocean Benefit Concert

AID–US is hosting a virtual concert by the world-famous fusion music group INDIAN OCEAN on Saturday, 16th May at 1 pm EDT.   The concert benefits AID-India and over 30 NGO partners providing crucial COVID-19 relief with food, PPE, and support for stranded workers.

INDIAN OCEAN is a contemporary fusion music band that plays an eclectic original mix of various genres – rock, jazz, classical, and folk music. They have been nominated as MTV’s Artists of the Month. They have composed the music for 12 Bollywood films, including “Peepli Live” and “Masaan”.

AID has a target of raising $1 Million; to date, about $400K has been raised and over $300K disbursed for the relief efforts.

Please join us to enjoy the unique creativity of INDIAN OCEAN and support Covid-19 relief efforts.  Please share the word in your networks. Thanks!

The event will be live on Facebook.

Not on Facebook? No worries. Join us at

www.aidindia.org/indian-ocean-concert

For more information:

//aidindia.org/stories-from-the-ground/

Let’s Learn more Ground Realities of COVID in India

AID has been active with COVID-19 response in India with food, PPE and support for stranded workers.  About $270K has been raised and over $200K has been disbursed to 27 partners.

MBBCDS is one partner working in West Bengal and Jharkhand on women’s empowerment, environment, etc.  AID has set up a call with Ayesha Khatun of MBBCDS in order to learn about on-the-ground activities for COVID response, as an example of the wide-ranging efforts by AID and our NGO partners in India

More info about overall COVID response by AID: https://aidindia.org/responding-to-coronavirus/

Date: Saturday, Apr 18
Time: 1-2 pm EDT
Join Zoom Meeting; details at https://aidindia.org/covid19-callayesha

Solidarity with Bhopal

Thirty-five painful years have elapsed since the world’s worst industrial disaster happened on Dec 3, 1984. Join AID-Cincinnati in remembering the tragedy and learning from its terrible aftermath. There will be the screening of excerpts from the movie “Bhopali” as well as an interactive discussion. Light snacks will be served.

Date & Time: Dec 3, 2019, 6-7 pm

Location: University of Cincinnati, Engineering Research Center (ERC), Room 427

Follow up to Bhopali Film Screenings

 

AID TALKS – “The Fight Against Corruption and Other Issues”

We complain about corruption in India.  Come join for us a talk on what is being done to address corruption and other issues in Tamil Nadu by Jayaram Venkatesan, a UC alumnus who is now a full-time social activist.

The talk entitled “Transparency and Accountability of Governance in India” is on Monday, Oct 14 at 7 pm in the NrityArpana Studio, 9076 Cox Rd, West Chester, OH 45069.  The talk will be followed by a FREE dinner at Swagat restaurant (opposite the NrityArpana Studio)

The Cincinnati chapter of AID (Association for India’s Development) and GCTS (Greater Cincinnati Tamil Sangam) are pleased to present the talk and the dinner.

Bio – Jayaram Venkatesan

Jayaram did his Master’s in Electrical Engineering at the Univ of Cincinnati and worked as Vice President of Countrywide Research Division in Los Angeles. His deep interest in social work brought him back to India in 2007. Since then, he has been involved in bringing about changes in Governance, Water Issues, Primary Education and Agriculture. Jayaram is the Co-founder and Convener of Arappor Iyakkam, a people’s organization with the goal of achieving a just and equitable society. Arappor’s efforts has led to better governance of local bodies and the restoration of lakes such as Villivakkam in Chennai.  Arappor Iyakkam has conducted more than 50 workshops

Harmony 2019

The Cincinnati chapter of AID (Association for India’s Development) presents “Harmony 2019” with Neeraj Arya’s Kabir Café on Saturday, June 15th from 5-7:30 PM at the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH.

The acclaimed group from India presents the poetry of Kabir, the 15th century mystical saint, in a musically captivating fashion without compromising its lyrical beauty. Their original music is a creative blend of classical, folk and contemporary music. 

Here is an example – their first song that went viral

 

Kabir Café has performed in over 800 concerts across 11 countries.  Their debut album “Panchrang” won Radio City Freedom Award 2016 for Best Folk Fusion Artist.

Harmony events have been presented since 2002 by AID.  The chapter supports sustainable development projects in India as well as promotes cross-cultural enrichment in Cincinnati.   All proceeds benefit AID projects in India.

Please join us to be enthralled by Kabir Cafe!  

India Republic Day 2019 Celebrations

Children’s Essay and Art Competitions

Kids can show off their artistic and/or writing skills…All entries need to be submitted (email to
[email protected]) by Monday, Jan 21.
Essay entries can be sent digitally to the same email address ([email protected]).
Art entries should be submitted in physical form at the NrityArpana studio (6011 Tylersville
Road, Suite 2, Mason, OH 45040; in the same parking lot as Buffalo Wings and behind Tantalize
Salon); typically, the studio is open weekday evenings 6-8 pm and Sundays from 2-7 pm. Please
coordinate by sending an email to [email protected]
Topic: India and the United States
No participation fees.
Age groups: Group 1: 8 years or younger
Group 2: 9-12 years
Group 3: 13-16 years
The Competitions are being coordinated by the Cincinnati chapter of AID (Association for India’s
Development). Please contact Rajesh Sahasrabudhe ([email protected] / 513-288-7352)
with any questions.

Essay Competition Rules:

  • Topic: India and United States
  • The essay can be written on any aspect of the topic
  • Essay length:
    o Group 1 & 2: 8 or younger and 9-12: Maximum 200 words
    o Group 3: 13-16: Maximum 500 words
  • Essays should be original. Researching background information is permitted; however,
    references to books or online sources should be listed with the essay. Plagiarism can
    result in disqualification.
  • The child’s name and age should be written on each page.
  • The essay can be sent to [email protected] in MS Word or PDF format by January 21 st ,
    2019.
  • Judging Criteria:
    o Content ————————————————— 15 points
    o Strength of Expression———————————15 points
    o Clarity of Writing——– ——————————–15 points
    o Appropriate Vocabulary——————————-15 points
    o Originality————————————————–40 points
    o TOTAL——————————————————-100 points
  • Trophies will be presented to the winners; all participants will receive certificates.
    Art Competition Rules:
  • Topic: India and United States
  • The art can focus on any aspect of the topic
  • Any medium is acceptable; we suggest 8” x 10” canvas or heavy-weight paper for
    Groups 1 & 2; 11” x 14” canvas or heavy-weight paper for Group 3; we also suggest
    choosing from one or more of the following: Acrylic paints, poster paints, water colors,
    oil paints, colored pencils, pastels, drawing pencils
  • Art should be original. Research for ideas and referral images is permitted; however,
    references should be used in an original manner within the art composition. Blatant
    copying can result in disqualification.
  • The child’s name and age should be mentioned on the bottom right of the artwork and
    on the back, the medium used.
  • The artwork should be submitted by Monday, January 21 st at the NrityArpana studio
    (6011 Tylersville Road, Suite 2, Mason, OH 45040; in the same parking lot as Buffalo
    Wings and behind Tantalize Salon); typically, the studio is open weekday evenings 6-8
    pm and Sundays from 2-7 pm. Please coordinate with [email protected] or
    [email protected] for submissions.
  • Judging Criteria:
    o Originality and creativity———————————————40 points
    o Overall quality, technique, and command of medium——-30 points
    o Composition———————————————————— 15 points
    o Interpretation and Clarity of Topic———————————15 points
    o TOTAL———————————————————————100 points
  • Trophies will be presented to the winners; all participants will receive certificates.

Harmony 2018

AID Cincinnati Presents – Harmony 2018

Rajiv grew up in the Cincinnati area, studied at the University of Cincinnati and worked at Procter & Gamble in marketing before pursuing his passion for full-time comedy.  He performs regularly at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood as well as across the world. He has created over 12 videos as well as innumerable podcasts, videos, commercials and improv shows.  His “I am Indian” video went viral and has over 50 million views. Dave Chappelle has said that Rajiv is, “one of the top two comics to watch”.

Krish engages audiences while tackling hot-button topics like immigration while adding an optimistic, philosophical & sociological twist!  He has been featured on NPR and at several Fringe Festivals; he won the 2018 Pittsburgh Fringe Festival Audience Choice award!

Harmony events have been presented since 2002 by the Cincinnati chapter of Association for India’s Development (AID).  The chapter supports sustainable development projects in India as well as promotes cross-cultural enrichment in Cincinnati.

Dr. Arun Gadre, Executive Director of SATHI-CEHAT in Pune, India, works on patients’ rights and healthcare sector accountability.   He is a prolific author of novels and the acclaimed commentary of healthcare in India, “Dissenting Diagnosis”. He will be the Chief Guest at Harmony 2018.

Annual Golf Charity Event

Options:
– Golf and dinner ($150 – golf for one and dinner for two)
– Dinner-only ($50 per head)
– Donation-only
– Sponsorship
– Any combination of above

Balya is an AID Cincinnati supported orphanage in Bengaluru, India.

For more information on Balya, Click Here.

Transgender/Gender-Variant Movement in India

Transgender and gender non-binary communities are among the most marginalized world over. In India, they are forced to exist as outcasts from their families and face harassment on a daily basis. AID support our project partner Sumi Das from Karna-Suwarna Welfare Society (KWS) based near Bangladesh border in West Bengal.  KWS is a trans-led group, that provides much needed shelter, medical, counselling and legal services to the trans-community. These are the issues that most non-trans people rarely have to think about. With the larger conversations on gender and sexual harassment taking place, we need a comprehensive understanding of gender issues.

Sumi Das is a main coordinator of Social Advocacy and Health Support. Sumi has been actively working on Community-based advocacy, Empowerment and HIV-AIDS prevention among transgender and sexual minority communities in India.

Do YOU think about the HAND that feeds You?

Have YOU thought about the HAND that feeds YOU?

Co-sponsored by AID and GCTA (Greater Cincinnati Telengana Association), the talk “Current Agrarian Crisis, Farmers Rights and Sustainable Agriculture in India” taps into the sweeping expertise and the yeoman work done by Dr. Ramanjanayelu (Ramoo).

Join us for an exciting opportunity to meet with a revolutionary on:

February 22, 6.30PM @ Ravi’s Hyderabad House, 9536 Cincinnati Columbus Rd, West Chester, OH

Dr Ramoo is the Executive Director of CSA, Center or Sustainable Agriculture in Secunderabad, India. CSA has been awarded the Sakshi Excellence Award in the farming category for 2016.

We will also see excepts from the film Mitti (Back to Roots), a docudrama based on real-life incidences. Mitti is the story of a young agricultural scientist ‘Ekta’ who tries understand the crisis in farm sector and explores alternative paths. The research was done by Mr. Anshul Sinha under the mentorship of Dr. Ramoo. The film aims at enabling farmers from giving up farming and continuing to feed all of us.

More info about Dr. Ramoo: http://csa-india.org/who-we-are/staff/ramoo/

RSVP requested: https://goo.gl/forms/cBDeyVHAVRfof2Dm1

Republic Day 2018

Kids’ Art and Essay Competition

Kids can show off their artistic and/or writing skills!  Their original creations can be submitted by email to [email protected]

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, JAN 24 – KIDS COMPETITIONS FOR REPUBLIC DAY!

Topic: What I think of India!

No participation fee.

Age groups: Group 1: 8 years or younger

Group 2: 9-12 years

Group 3: 13-16 years

Trophies and certificates will be presented to the winners.

Contact Rajesh Sahasrabudhe ([email protected] / 513-288-7352) with any questions.

Essay Competition Rules:

Essay length:         Group 1 & 2: 8 or younger and 9-12: Maximum 200 words

Group 3: 13-16: Maximum 500 words

Essays should be original.  Researching background information is permitted; however, references to books or online sources should be listed with the essay. Plagiarism can result in disqualification.

The name of the kid and age should be listed on each page.

The essay can be sent to [email protected] in MS Word or PDF format

Judging Criteria:

  • Content ­­­­­­­­—————————————————-15 points
  • Strength of Expression———————————15 points
  • Clarity of Writing——– ——————————–15 points
  • Appropriate Vocabulary——————————-15 points
  • Originality————————————————–40 points
  • TOTAL——————————————————-100 points

Art Competition Rules:

  • 8” x 10” canvas or heavy-weight paper for Groups 1 & 2; 11” x 14” canvas or heavy-weight paper for Group 3
  • Choose from one or more of the following: Acrylic paints, poster paints, water colors, oil paints, colored pencils, pastels, drawing pencils
  • Art should be original. Research for ideas and referral images is permitted; however, references should be used in an original manner within the art composition. Blatant copying can result in disqualification.
  • The name of the kid and age should be listed on each page.
  • A high-resolution photo can be sent by email to [email protected]. Even though the photo is acceptable, we strongly encourage submission of the original artwork or creation of the artwork on-site on Sunday, January 21st, 10:30 – 12:30, at Nrityarpana Studio, 6011 Tylersville Rd, Suite 2 (same lot as Buffalo Wild Wings, behind Tantalize Salon) Mason, Ohio.
  • Judging Criteria:
    • Originality and creativity———————————————-40 points
    • Overall quality, technique, and command of medium——-30 points
    • Composition————————————————————–15 points
    • Interpretation and Clarity of Topic———————————15 points
    • TOTAL———————————————————————100 points