Chamba: My Himachal’s Dr Akshay Minhas organised a drug awareness event in remote valley of Chamba. Students from 4 schools participated in drawing, quiz, cultural activities and athletics .
Himachal Pradesh, nestled in the heart of the Western Himalayas in India ,known as’Dev Bhoomi’-Abode of the Gods-is renowned for its majestic snow capped mountain ranges,glorious traditions,beautiful people and colorful costumes and culture.
The India Community Center for the first time will be celebrating June as Himachal month and June 14th as Himachal day. This is part of a series, State month and State Day, that the India Community Center (ICC) has been hosting for various states of India as its goal of celebrating diverse cultures.
The local bay area people from Himachal, lead by Asha Sharma,Mahesh Nihalani alongwith Avnish Katoch of ‘My Himachal’ have come together to organize these festivities.My Himachal is an award winning ,tax exempt (501(c)3) non profit organization made up of people from Himachal and friends of Himachal Pradesh worldwide. “Our mission is to preserve Himachal culture,promote,support and expand social and economic interests of Himachal Pradesh and its people worldwide and also help the poorer and deprived residents by assisting in rebuilding their material lives and /or improving their health,living and educational conditions without any distinction of race,religion,sex and opinion” says Avnish katoch ,President of My Himachal.(www.myhimachal.com)
“Himachal month/day will be a window to Himachal Pradesh for all the people of the Bay area.It will give them a chance to have a glimpse of the very unique and little known culture of Himachal,preserved for centuries in the shadow of our majestic and beautiful snow capped mountains.” Says Asha Sharma.
“Besides showcasing our rich heritage and distinct cultural identity,this event will also provide for the very first time a platform for the people from Himachal in the USA to come together as a community.We will also recognize and honor some prominent people of Himachal living in the USA.”says Mahesh Nihalani,who is also on the Advisory Board of My Himachal.
ICC will have various displays on Himachal throughout June. On Sunday June 14th there will be cultural activities from 11am – 2:30pm.This will be a FREE and open to all public event. It will include a presentation on Himachal followed by lunch featuring authentic Himachali cuisine. There will be cultural dances and music performances and various other activities. There will be information on Himachal including tourism, display of handicrafts and shawls from Himachal will be on sale. The Himachal government in India is also supporting the event by shipping various artifacts from India.
For more information and to learn more on the event Visit: http://himachalday.himachal.us.
Payson Stevens returns to SDMA to give a talk and show a documentary he made at Tabo Ancient Monastery in the Spiti Valley of India. Once part of Tibet, the monastery is a repository of ancient and powerful Buddhist art where Tibetan Buddhism has been continuously practiced since 996 AD. In September 2008, Payson and his wife, Kamla Kapur, were trapped in Tabo for two weeks when a huge storm blocked all roads going in and out of the village. He will recount their experi- ences and tell how the Abbot opened up the temples for him to make his documentary of rarely photographed murals and sculpture.
Since 2003, Payson and Kamla have been living half the year in a remote valley of the Indian Himalayas, where they built a home. Trained in science and art, Kamla, Abbot Gesheji, Payson, and Zangpo Lama Payson now spends his time painting and exhibiting in India (www.energylandscapes.com). He has been an advisor to the Great Himalayan National Park since 2000 on nature conservation and sustainable livelihood issues. He is a founding member and on the advisory board of the NGO, My Himachal (www.myhimachal.com), where he is involved with child healthcare and nutritional issues in the rural Kullu Valley.
THE PROGRAM: 3:00 pm, SDMA Boardroom
3:30 pm Lecture: Payson Stevens
WHEN? Saturday,February 7, 2009
For advance registration call 858-792-9439 or email jas[at]dutia[dot]net.
WHERE? Boardroom, San Diego Museum of Art, Balboa Park, San Diego