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Posted by southasiankids on December 21, 2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Isha H Jain
Location: New York
Who is She: Senior at Harvard University
Why is She Cool: Isha made it to the list of

What’s Next: This chemistry and biology major who’s anything but a lab rat dreams to research disease mechanisms and help find cures and see as many women as men in the highest levels, in all fields of science. Is there any stopping someone with the lethal combo of beauty with brains?
Cool Fun Fact: At 16 she won $100,000 for her research on bone growth in zebra fish, she’s coauthored six published scientific papers and she helped direct Harvard’s National Symposium for the Advancement of Women in Science. When she’s not doing anything similar she loves to dance, make jewelry and play.

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Posted by southasiankids on December 21, 2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Location: Pennsylvania

Scripps Spelling bee 2011

Who is She: An 8th grader at Abington Heights Middle School
Why is She Cool: She won the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee crown to retain the coveted honor for the community for the fourth year in a row
What’s Next: She hopes to pursue a career in international relations. Way to go girl!
Cool Fun Fact: She spelt right the tongue twister ‘cymotrichous’, Greek for having wavy hair, to win the championship. She walked away with a $30,000 cash prize, a trophy, a $2,500 US savings bond, a complete reference library, a $5,000 scholarship and $2,600 in reference works and other prizes. This list wouldn’t be complete without a Desi spelling bee champ, now would it?


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Posted by southasiankids on November 14, 2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments


The 10th Annual City Library Diwali Celebration took place in a grand manner on Sunday- Nov 13th 2011. Diwali, the “Festival of Lights,” is one of the oldest and most important festivals in India. The name comes from the Indian word “Deepavali,” meaning “an array of lamps.” Because Diwali falls on the new moon night, celebrants light lamps to ward off the darkness and to symbolize the onset of happiness and prosperity. Come celebrate with music, dancing, games, and more!

The event was sponsored by Sponsored by Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple of Utah and India Cultural Center and The City Library.

The event showcased talented artists from the Indian diaspora in Utah. Children from the Salt Lake City Gurukul, a forum for children to discover, learn and appreciate their Indian and Hindi cultural roots, began the day with prayers for health, knowledge, and peace.

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Diwali Celebration by Gurukul Kids

The prayers  followed by lighting of the Diya, a lamp which symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. The event included music, song and dance performances by accomplished members of Utah’s Indian-American community, including classical Indian dance forms such as Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi and Odissi. Traditional, folk and contemporary dances from various regions within India, performed and choreographed by members of the community were also showcased.

Ethnic indian Dance form

Face painting and Henna for kids brought the very precious smile & excitement in parents and kids….

Face painting city library, UT-Diwali Celebration

Face painting city library, UT-Diwali Celebration

The City Library Diwali Celebration is a wonderful opportunity to learn and share about India, its diverse arts and culture, wonderful traditions, its religions and festivals, multiple art forms, and meet the vibrant Indian-American community in Utah.

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Posted by southasiankids on October 3, 2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

It was a pleasure to be able to attend one of the most wonderful Ramleela performances by Indian kids living in Salt Lake City area.  Who knew kids sitting in some hidden town in USA would be such brilliant performers? Words can’t express the energy , the dedication, the hard work and efforts of all the kids, the parents and the Gurukul organizers put forth to make this a grand success. Gurukul kids will be performing the same over the year at different organizations and events as invited. We will be posting some pictures and video of the event soon.

Salt Lake City Gurukul is a forum for children to discover, learn and appreciate their cultural roots, Indian and Hindu values. This is done through games, yoga, stories especially those from Ramayan and Mahabharat, shlokas, bhajans, arts and crafts. Posting one of the very compelling pictures of abhishek- where kids learn the process and understand the reason behind the ritual.

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Some beautiful pictures of the Gurukul kids, their activities will be posted often on this blog. Please come in and witness their hard work and efforts towards learning.

SLC Gurukul

SLC Gurukul Kids
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Posted by southasiankids on July 9, 2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

South Asian Spelling Bee 2011 is in Swing and the regional results have started coming up-

The Cities where the results have already been declared are- LA, Houston, Dallas and Bay Area.

Let’s show you the regional champs

Bay Area Champ- Akshayraj

Chetan Reddy Regional Champ- Dallas

Syamantak Payra Regional Champ Houston

Shruti Amin Regional Champ LA

The regions where the contest is still on are-

  • Chicago
  • Atlanta
  • New Jersey
  • DC Metro
  • New York
  • Boston   Details for registration, study materials and DVD’s  can be found at
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Posted by southasiankids on June 15, 2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

April 19 – The team at the 2011 MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee is excited to kick off another exciting new season with the launch of their newly designed website – This new interactive site design was developed to better communicate with the spellers and families who participate in the South Asian Spelling Bee. Whether you are trying to find a schedule of locations, register for one of 10 regional contests, or would like to get in touch with a team member, this site is built with the goal of creating a friendly experience for parents and spellers. We invite you to visit this new site for details about the 2011 contest, and register today to participate in one of TEN regional contests, including ATLANTA – the newest stop on the South Asian Spelling Bee tour. We look forward to seeing many of you again at the 2011 MetLife South Asian Spelling Bee! Also join us on Facebook! “Like” our page to receive important updates, exclusive videos, and connect with the community!

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Posted by southasiankids on February 23, 2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

North Carolina:

Five Indian American students are among the honourees to get this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. It’s a nationwide program that honours young people for their volunteerism.

Manasvi Koul, an 18 year old cancer survivor, is a student at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, North Carolina. Manasvi founded a nonprofit group to educate people about becoming bone marrow donors.

Another student, 17 year old Priya Krishnan of McLean, Virginia, is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria. She raised $000 for two orphanages and a school for rural girls in India by recycling used electronics and soliciting donations.

Paarth Shah is a 16 year old student at Horseheads High School in Horseheads, New York. He raised $23,000 to refurbish computer lab facilities in Indian schools.

17 year old Nikhitha Murali is a senior at Ashwaubenon High School, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She raised $4,000 to organize a one-day health care clinic in an Indian village, and also bringing health care professionals and supplies to 203 villagers.

16 year old Parth Singh is a student at Jenks High School in Jenks, Oklahoma, who helped launch a youth chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Tulsa, Okla. Parth also organized a “15 Days of Kindness” event in Jenks last fall.

Each winner will receive $1,000, a silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. There will 10 students who will be selected national honorees on May 2, and will be receiving additional $5,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy and a $5,000 grant from Prudential to the charitable organizations of their choice.

Source: SilliconIndia
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Posted by southasiankids on February 17, 2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

While three of the Indian American students are from Northern California, another two are from The Harker School in San Jose. The names of the students from The Harker School are Rohan Mahajan, 17, of Cupertino, and Nikhil Parthasarathy, 17, of Mountain View.

Nine Indian American high school students are named finalists nationwide in the Intel Science Talent Search competition. The competition is considered as the most prestigious science and math competition of the country.

Amol Aggarwal, 17, of Saratoga, a student at Saratoga High School, is the other Indian American finalist among 11 finalists named in California. All the finalists are going to compete for a total of $630,000 from March 10 to 15. $100,000 will be awarded to the top winner by Intel Foundation.

Texas was the only state with more than one Indian American finalist. The two students from Texas are Sunil Kochikar Pai, 17, of Houston’s Kinkaid School and Rounok Joardar, 16, of Plano West Senior High School, Plano.

The other four India American finalists are – Shubhro Saha, 17, of Avon, Conn., a student at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Shubhangi Arora, 17, of Novi High School, Novi, Mich, Prithwis Kumar Mukhopadhyay, 17, Woodbury High School, Woodbury, Minn and Alydaar Rangwala, 17, Loudonville, N.Y., a student at The Albany Academies in Albany.

Source: SiliconIndia
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Posted by southasiankids on January 10, 2011 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Houston:  An Indian school teacher has brought his country’s culture into the classrooms of American students by introducing Kabaddi.

Ajaykumar Nair, who teaches English language and literature has come to Johnsburg, a town with a population of 2,450 in the mountains of the Adirondacks, on a six-month-long Fullbright Teacher Exchange grant programme.

In his class, the students, a mix of sophomores, juniors and seniors at Johnsburg Central School, remove their shoes, watch their instructor and try to grab the rules of Kabaddi, a popular team sport in India.

Students were advised to play barefoot to gain better traction on the gym floor.

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Since September, the students have also taken an elective on Indian culture, which has introduced them to literature, music, dance, food and games of the country.

“I was lucky that I came here. This community at Johnsburg has been very good.

They are my family now. When I leave, I will miss them,” said Nair.

Nair will be here till January 28, after which he is going back to India.

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Posted by southasiankids on December 20, 2010 in Uncategorized with No Comments

“I-Robot”- a Science-Fiction Movie turned out to be an inspiration for the 16 year old Aakash Krishnan of India & Matthew Fernandez 17, of Portland who developed a computer algorithm that can detect the emotions of the speaker.
The Project Idea was submitted in the Siemens Competition for America’s top math & Science student and won a prize of $1,00,000.
This algorithm helps identify the actual state of mind of the speaker, whether he/she is angry, bored, sad, anxious, happy etc.

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