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2015 Excellence in Global Health Award to Dr.PK Vedanthan
The Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health has awarded 2015 Excellence in Global Health Award to Dr.PK Vedanthan on Nov 20th, 2015 at University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. . The purpose of this award is to recognize and publicly honor those individuals, institutions or organizations based in the state of Colorado that have made an exemplary contribution to the improvement of the health of populations in low and middle income countries over an extended period of time. Dr PKV is a distinguished winner of the award winner for this year among the other past awardees such as Dr.Jim Jackson of Project CURE (2008), Dr.Warren Berggren, MD and Dr.Gretchen Berggren, MD, Dr.Eric Simoes, MD (2009), Dr.Robert E. Booth, PhD, Dr Charles Steinberg, MD (2010), Dr.Thomas Campbell, MD, Dr Mickey Richer, MD, DTMH (2013), Dr.Carl Bartecchi, MD, Dr Susan Niermeyer, MD, MPH, FAAP, Dr Calvin Wilson, MD (2014). Dr. PKV is a long-time resident of Colorado, and is a founder of Global Chest Initiatives.
Colorado resident appointed - "Andhra Pradesh IT Ambassador to the USA"
September 6th 2015
Sridhar Talanki, President, Pandit View Software, Centennial, Colorado, USA was appointed – as an "IT Ambassador" by the Government of Andhra Pradesh. The appointment by the Secretary to the Government, Department of Information Technology, Electronics & Communications. The Certificate of this appointment was awarded by Hon'ble Minister Dr. Palle Raghunatha Reddy, Minister for Information & Public Relations, Information Technology & Communications, Non-Resident Indian empowerment & Relations, Telugu Language & Culture, Minority Welfare & Empowerment in the Cabinet of Hon'ble Chief Minister Sri. Nara Chandrababu Naidu.
Mr. Talanki will help facilitate investment in the field of Information Technology - "to create an awareness among potential investors about the available infrastructure and incentives for IT firms", said the spokesperson for the Secretary, during the appointment ceremony.
Mr. Talanki will be the primary mover and contact person in the US, for parties interested in setting up IT firms in the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh. He is responsible for designing and executing promotional campaigns, organizing media activities, facilitating meetings between Governmental agencies and Investors, thus assisting in the progress of the State of Andhra Pradesh in its industrialization and job-growth in the Technology sector. The Government of Andhra Pradesh proposed setting up six IT Hubs in - Visakhapatnam, Kakinada, Amaravati, Tirupathi, Puttaparthi and Anantapur.
"To encourage investment to flow at a faster pace - there are various subsidies for the IT companies such as partial reimbursement of employee salary expenses, power and bandwidth costs to name just a few. I had a very fruitful meeting with the Collector of Anantapur District and discussed future plans on IT Park in Anantapur, Central University, JNTU incubation center, and on ways to bridge the skill- gap between IT Industry needs & what the colleges are providing to the graduating students" Talanki stated. He added "This is a wonderful and exciting opportunity given to me by the Government of Andhra Pradesh" in an interview.
Brahmasri Saamavedam Shanmukha Sarma visit to Denver
July 17th 2015
Sri Samavedam Shanmukha Sarma kindly graced Denver with discourses on July 14th-16th. First pravachanam was held at the Sri Venkateswara Temple at Castle Rock on July 14th evening. The focus of the first discourse was 'Hanuman Chalisa'. He elaborated the true meaning of Hanuman as the Omkara swarupa. He beautifully described the pain and passion of Sant Tulasi Das to seek the blessings of Lord Hanuman and how Sant Tulasi Das enveloped so many metaphysical meanings in a sweet and melodious Hanuman Chalisa. One has to dig deep into the literal meanings and spiritual underpinnings of the 40 stanzas to truly understand the real meaning of Hanuman Chalisa.
Second day, July 15th was dedicated to Lord Dattatreya and the guru parampara which was held at Shri Shirdi Saibaba Temple in Centennial. Sri Sarma delighted as well as educated the audience by describing the story of Saint Dattatreya. The meaning of Dattatreya is the one that is given (Datta) to Saint Atri. In other words, Lord Vishnu gave himself to Saint Atri. Dattatreya is also considered as the first guru.
The visit to the City of Denver has ended appropriately at the Hindu Temple of Colorado in Centennial where Sri Sarma preached Ramayana Amrutam (nectar of Ramayana). He explained how Rama nama is the true combination of Narayana mantram and Namassivaya mantram with Siva and Kesava becoming one. As the last word, he spent about 30 minutes explaining the importance of Sundara Kanda. In Holy Ramayana, this is the only part where whole story revolves around Sita (the incarnation of Laitha Parameswari) and Hanuman, and Lord Rama is conspicuously absent. Sundara Kanda clearly establishes the power of Rama nama over Rama seva.
The three day sojourn was the delight of the Telugu people of Denver. It is an incredible and memorable experience that cannot be repeated.
Grand opening of New Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Rockies
June 7th 2015
The New Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of the Rockies was opened in Centennial (Colorado) on June 7th, 2015 after three-days of ancient Hindu rituals (Kumbhabhishekam) conducted by nine priests gathered from all over the country. Over 2000 people attended the functions including Honorable John Hickenlooper, Governor of Colorado, Ms. Cathy Noon, Mayor of Centennial, and Dr. Janak Joshi, a Colorado House Representative.
The 4-day "Grand Opening Celebrations" that included havans, artis, pujas, murti sthapana, cultural program, Veda pranayam, aradhana, archana, Maha Kumbhabhishekam have concluded with Maha Purnahuti by the Priests followed by the Maha Prasad.
The new Temple, whose construction began in March 2014, besides a place of worship, will also undertake various religious, cultural and spiritual activities/celebrations. It's architecture is based on ancient Vastu and Aagam Shastra principles and it includes murtis of Aayapaa Swami, Durga Maa, Ganesh Ji, Gouri Shankar, Laxmi Narayan, Radha-Krishna, Ram Parivar, Saraswati Mata, Shiva Lingam and Nandi, Shiva Parivar, Venkateswara and Puri Jagannath Parivar.
The Temple President Ms Reva Nayar, Vice-President Mr C.P. Mishra, Secretary Mrs Modhumita Mukherjee and Treasurer Mr Satish Kumar, Board of Trustees Mr. Rajesh Agarwal, Mr. Pawan Bhat, Mr.Arun Budhiraja, Mr.Mahesh Jha, Ms Madhur Mahajan, Mr.Ved Nanda, Mr Prabhakara Rao, Mr.Sridhar Talanki Ms Asha Vasant, Mr Sudhir Verma along with the Temple priests Acharya Kailash Chandra Upadhyay and Pandit Raghavendra Iyyer have expressed their deep gratitude for making the event exceptional and memorable. They hoped for the continued support from the devotees.
The beautiful temple sits on a hill with 360 degree views of mountains and plains. The 4 – acre site includes attractive landscaping and two levels of parking. It will serve as a place for worship and cultural activities for the growing Hindu community of the Rocky Mountain region for decades to come. The main floor includes a large prayer hall with sanctums for various deities. It also contains priest rooms, reception area, office, library, class room and rest rooms and shoe rooms. The lower level, in a walkout basement, when finished will include a large hall with stage and green room for cultural programs as well as a kitchen for preparation and serving of food.
The religious ceremonies included installation of the deities and invoking life in them (Murti Sthapana and Pran Pratishtha). The four feet tall beautiful deities, made of pure marble, came from Jaipur, India. Seven priests from various US temples joined the two HTCC priests in conducting the rituals. They chanted Vedic Mantras in Sanskrit and performed Archana, Abhishek and Havan (fire sacrifice) for various gods and goddesses. These activities took place in the Prayer Hall and in a large tent set up outside asYagnashala (for Havans).
A cultural program was presented on Saturday afternoon in the Basement Hall. It included a wonderful program of devotional songs and regional Indian dances, including Bharatnatyam and Odissi, performed by local artists. Governor Hickenlooper and Mayor Noon gave speeches and emphasized the contribution made by Hindu community in cultural diversification of the Denver metro area and State of Colorado. Several Indian restaurants participated in the opening ceremonies and provided free Prasad lunch and dinner to the attendees.
New Hindu Temple Mandir Pravesh ceremony in a big fanfare
May 16th 2015
The New Hindu Temple celebrated the Mandir Pravesh ceremony in a big fanfare on 16th May. The new vigrahas (idols) have been placed within the food grains (called Dhanyadivasam), which is a Hindu tradition before they can be installed in the temple for regular pujas. The priests of the temple along with a huge public have entered the temple at an auspicious time in the morning around 6:30am. There was a Havan organized the Priests where a lot of devotees took part, followed by some Vedic chantings, then few bhajans and dance performances. The event ended with the Prasad Lunch to all the devotees.
Hindu Temple is currently operating on Wadsworth Blvd near C-470, and now moving to the new location in Centennial soon. They are planning to have the Pran Pratista and Kumbhabhishekam on 5-7 June 2015.
Mrs Colorado Jewel of India, Leena Keshwani, now Mrs Jewel of India, USA!
April 26th 2015
The Indian Community in Colorado is very proud today because Mrs Colorado Jewel of India, Leena Keshwani, has just won the national award and is now official Mrs Jewel of India, USA! Leena was one of the contestants last year during the Jewel of India event, organized by Juhi Jagiasi.
The event was an integral part of 2014 Indian Wedding Festival. Congratulations to Leena Keshwani who started her way up to the crown by modeling on the runway of the Indian Wedding Festival.
The Jewel of India Pegeant held On April 26 at World Cafe Live Wilmington, Delaware. It was conducted by http://www.missindiainternational.net/ (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jewel-of-India-USA/533617996664665?fref=ts)
This event was hosted by Juhi Jigiasi (Director Jewel of India) and judge by Omi Vaidya, Jinal Pandya
Following titles were awarded :
Mrs Jewel of India, USA: Leena Keshwani (Winner) - Mrs COlorado, JOI
Miss Jewel of India, USA : Janvi Lalani (Winner) - Miss Florida, JOI
Miss Teen Jewel of India, USA: Barnett Saini (Winner) - Miss Tee Texas, JOI
AAPI (CO/WY Chapter) initiates drive against Childhood obesity
May 2nd and 16th 2014, Aurora, CO:
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) Colorado/Wyoming Chapter has conducted Childhood Obesity Drive on 2nd and 16th May 2014 at Kenton Elementary School and Side Creek Elementary School in Aurora, CO.
Under the guidance and support of National AAPI, Dr Uma Kodure, Chairwoman, AAPI Childhood Obesity Drive from Colorado Chapter initiated the drive in Denver. These drives have covered 280 students in Grades 3-4 at Kenton Elementary and 240 students in Grades 3-4 at Aurora Elementary School. All the participants were given T-shirts and Pedometers during this event.
Dr. P.K Vedanthan, MD (Allergist/Immunologist) President AAPI CO/WY chapter, Sohan Bhatia (Secretary AAPI), Dr Suman Morarka, MD (Pediatrician), Dr. Vinaya Kamath, MD (Endocrinologist), Swati Deshpande (Pharmacist), Neerja Makam (Respiratory Therapist), Mrs. Kamala Vedanthan, Mrs Anjali Bhatia, Ms Sonali Kamath and Mrs Vathsala have volunteered these events in various capacities.
The PE teachers Ms. Donna Carey from Kenton Elementary school as well as Ms.Lee Ann Zimmerman from Side Creek Elementary school were extremely supportive for this effort. AAPI has extended their special thanks to Mr. Kenny Webb at the Aurora Public school system who provided all the contacts and helped in the logistics. The CO/WY AAPI chapter would hope this activity will continue as well as expand in the years to come.
Denver SurSargam successful to bring out the singing talents
Apr 27 2014, Denver, CO:
The grand finale of Denver SurSargam was held on April 27 at South Middle School, Aurora. This program generated tremendous response from the local South Asian community. The event was attended by more than 450 people. There were seven finalists in the Finale round who were Mitesh Gaur, Basistha (Romy) Bhattacharya, Prasun Allepalli, Saimurali Pasupuleti, Sangeetha Tadimalla, Vijay Chourasia and Samjhana Pandey. Mitesh Gaur was the winner of Denver SurSargam. Prasun Allepalli was first runner up and Samjhana Pandey was the second runner up.
Denver SurSargam, a singing competition on the same lines as Indian Idol started as a thought experiment by Nidhi (Namita) Kothiyal. Music being the universal language of Mankind, the aim was to spread happiness through music. All the singing talent in Denver was brought together on a common platform by a single thought on face book. This program was a purely volunteer based initiative with administrative support from GyaNidhi Foundation. GyaNidhi Foundation is a Colorado based nonprofit organization dedicated to sponsoring education of underprivileged children. The core team members for organizing Denver SurSargam were Sudhir Deshpande, Sri Garimella, Madhura Gokhale, Nidhi Saxena and Nidhi (Namita) Kothiyal.
The program started with 45 contestants for audition. Auditions were held at Bharart Gallery on Feb 22. 20 singers, including 5 wild card entries were selected for elimination round Prasun Allepalli, Khagendra Muthe, Nikhil Arora, Samjhana Pandey, Romy Bhattacharjee, Saimurali Pasupuleti, R Chirag, Kuntal Pathak, Vijay Chourasia, Sunanda Prusti, Sonali Das, Nivedit Ranga, Vishal Desai, Satish Sampa, Mitesh Gaur, Avantika Sen, Divya Kamath, Sanjay Shah, Adarsh Mohan, Sangeetha Tadimalla were selected for elimination round 1.
Due to large number of contestants, the audition round was not open to public. Tariq Hassan, Vinata Gangoli and Priya Hariharan were the judges for the audition round.
First elimination round was held on March 9 at Piney Creek Clubhouse. About 120 people attended the program. The genre for this round was peppy songs and religious songs. Ten contestants were selected for the second elimination round.
The second elimination round was held at the Parker Event Center. The singers were given the challenge of singing qawwali/mujra and patriotic songs. Seven singers were selected for grand finale. The final round was held on April 27 at the South Middle School. The program started with Ganesh Vandana dance by Laya Dance Academy. There were two genres, Semi-Classical/Ghazal and Romantic/Participants choice. There were performances from the Judges too. ShriMadhumita joined the panel of judges for the finale round. Bollywood Dhamaka founded by Renu Rawat performed an electrifying Bollywood dance. Overall the program was a great success. It achieved the objective of bringing Denver’s singing talent on a common platform and spread happiness and growth through music. Due to overwhelming response from participants the organizers are planning for Denver SurSargam 2015 on a larger scale.
Colorado Girls off to National Mathcounts in Orlando
Mar 22 2014, Denver, CO:
Two Indian girls are off to National Mathcounts in Orlando!
Anjalie Kini and Isani Singh (Isani won State Mathcounts the second consecutive year!), seventh and eighth-graders from Challenge School placed 3rd and 4th in the individual round of the State Mathcounts held at the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, March 15th. By placing in the top four, they earned an all-expense paid trip, sponsored by Raytheon, to attend the 2014 National Mathcounts in Orlando, FL, May 8th-11th.
Students from all over Colorado took part in the Mathcounts process, which began with School qualifiers at various middle schools and Chapter qualifiers held at local universities earlier this year. Mathcounts is the biggest and most prestigious middle school mathematics competition held in the United States. The competition is designed for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders only. The standard Mathcounts competition contains four rounds: Sprint, Target, Team, and Countdown.
Celebration of the life of Sri Raju Mamileti garu - Veteran Community Leader
Oct 27 2013, Denver, CO:
It is our sad duty to report the passing away of Veteran Community leader Sri Raju Mamileti garu. He graduated from Kakinada Engineering College with a degree in Electrical Engineering and worked all over India including Delhi and Chennai. He came to Denver, Colorado in 1984, where the Telugu community was small (less than fifty) at that time.
He was instrumental in keeping the Telugu community together and allowed the formation of strong bonds of friendship among the members. He acted as a nucleus for the growth of the Telugu community. He helped the new arrivals to settle down and guided them in the adjustment period. He made sure that all marriages, births of infants and other family events were celebrated along with the rest of the community. His efforts led to the prospering of the Colorado Telugu Association (CTA), which now has more than 1,000 members.
He was a great ambassador of India in Colorado and took his civic duties very seriously especially helping rain water harvesting at Jantuluru village in Anantapur district and many health camps. Whenever a news item misrepresenting India came out in TV or print media, he immediately took pains to correct the story and made sure that the misunderstanding was cleared.
He worked hard to promote Indian culture and make the second generation of Indian-Americans fondly remember their cultural heritage. He always had a smile when he extended his helping hand. His knowledge of current happenings and his sense of humor endeared him to adults and children alike. Whoever met him said that he was a gentleman.
All the Colorado Telugu community members are grateful to his efforts and will miss him dearly.
Contributed by Sridhar Talanki, Board Member, SEWA International USA and former President of CTA, Dr. P.B. Narayan, former Cultural Secretary of CTA
Community pays homage to Denver Indian Community Member Sri Raju Mamileti
Oct 20 2013, Denver, CO:
Raju Mamileti, a well known person to all the Indian community in Denver, CO left his body on 18th October 2013 in Philedelphia peacefully. He was surrounded with all his family members. Raju Mamileti and his family are very close to many families in Colorado. They lived in CO till 2008. He was living with his family in Philadelphia, and took his last breath on Oct 18th, 2013. He is survived with his wife, son and a daughter and grand children.
Sudden demise of our community member Ambika Kar
Aug.7.2013, Denver, CO:
The Indian community in Greater Denver area was saddened to the untimely demise of Ambika Kar. He breathed his last 8/7/2013 a few hundreds miles from home in Omaha, NE. Ambika has been a resident of Erie (Denver) for last 12 years, he has been a model citizen of the Oriya and Indian communities. He was 44. He is survived by his wife, Kalyani and a ten year old daughter, Ananya. As the family mourns, the friends of the family would like to request the Indian community to pitch in any way they deem appropriate. The paypal account has been set up with youcare account under his spouse name (Paypal Account: email@example.com).
Here is Youcare url.
Here is the funeral site url.
Please join us in praying peace upon his soul.
Sewa International to help Bhutanese community for over $165,000 in tax refunds
Apr.20.2013, Denver, CO:
Sewa International as part of its ongoing endeavor to help local communities has partnered with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to setup a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site at Aurora, CO. The purpose of this VITA site is to help prepare tax returns, at no cost, for low-to-moderate income tax payers who meet the criteria set by the IRS. The site was launched on Feb 04, 2012 in Martin Luther king Jr Public Library, Aurora CO. This VITA site has been successfully run for 2 years in a row by the dedicated IRS certified volunteers from Sewa International Denver chapter. Sewa VITA volunteers successfully filed 50 tax returns last year (2012) and 111 returns this year (2013). Majority of the tax payers are from Bhutanese refugee community living in Aurora and Denver metro area. This is an ongoing program so it will be continued next year and beyond. The closing event for 2013 tax season was celebrated by Sewa on 4/20/2013 in Martin Luther King Jr library, Aurora CO.
Himanvi Kopuri is Colorado State Champion for Spelling Bee
Mar.16.2013, Denver, CO:
Himanvi Kopuri stood first in the 73rd Annual Denver Post Spelling Bee, which sends to Scripps National Spelling Bee 2013. The word "oriel" brought Himanvi Kopuri, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Denver's Hamilton Middle School, the win.
Forty contestants began their Saturday by outspelling the 245 other students who wanted to win the bee and a spot on the stage of the Colorado Convention Center. The finalists then went head-to-head to determine the state's top speller and the winner of a trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.
Himanvi is the dauther of Vijay Bhaskar & Jyothsna Kopuri, and is a 7th grader from Denver's Hamilton Middle School. This was her 3rd time appearing at this competition. "The support of everyone, and especially my mom, helped me," Himanvi said. "I love encountering more and more words as I go on."
"Oriel," which is a bay window, was one that Himanvi had studied, she said, so when she learned she only had to spell it to win, "I was pretty confident, but I wasn't 100 percent sure because there are homonyms."