Desi Talk - page 16

Guajarati community celebrating
Gujarat Day
Video address by Chief Minister
Anandiben Patel, May 9, 6:30
p.m. at Manav Seva Mandir
101 S Church Road, Bensenville,
Illinois. (630) 860-9797.
No admission fee and
complementary dinner will be
served after program.
Om Puri: Conversation and Film
June 4, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.;
June 5, 7:00 p.m.; film clips and
conversation with veteran actor
Om Puri. Co-presented by
Columbia College Chicago at
Film Row Cinema, 1104 S.
Wabash Avenue, Chicago.
VIP tickets $50, general $25,
students $10.
Farah Anwar live
“Mein Tenu Samhawan,”
featuring Farah Anwar,
hosted by Masti Entertainment,
May 16, 8:00 p.m. at The
Meadows Club, 2950 Golf Road,
Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Anuradha Paudwal Live
May 16, 7:30 The
Meadows Club, 2950 Golf Road,
Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Hosted by Studio Elite & Sai
Consulting. Tickets at $25, $50,
$100; available at
Babra & Party
May 16, 7:00 p.m. at Hindu
Temple of Greater Chicago, 10915
Lemont Road, Lemont, Illinois.
Hosted by Gujarati Samaj of
For more information, call
Suryakant Patel (708) 955-4966.
Tickets: $15, $20, $25, at
Amjad Sabri Qawwali
May 19, 8:30 p.m. (door opens
7:30 p.m.), “Qawwali Nite 2015”
featuring Amjad Sabri (son of
Ghulan Fareed Sabri) and hosted
by BHL-USA at Pearl Banquets,
1490West Lake St., Roselle,
Illinois (corner of Lake and Gary).
Free parking.
Tickets at $30, $50, $100
available at http:/amjadsabr-
For more information, call
(815) 671-8730.
Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
May 29, 8:30 p.m., hosted by
Sahil, L.A. TAN and Star
Mantra at Sears Centre
Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone
Parkway, Hoffman Estates,
Illinois. Tickets at $39, $59,
$79, $99, VIP andVVIP.
For more information, call Al
Mansoor (773) 764-7576.
Tickets available online at
Vikku Vinayakram - ghatam
June 20, 7:00 p.m. (preshow
at 5:00 p.m.), Grammy-award
winning VikkuVinayakram
and his son Selva Ganesh
performwith fusion Band
Co-presented by the Hindu
Temple of Greater Chicago,
10915 Lemont Road, Lemont,
Tickets $25, $35, $100 (VIP).
Preshow features local Indian
classical musicians.
Fareed Haque & Vikku
June 21, 8:00 p.m., Fareed
Haque Group featuring
Grammy award-winning
VikkuVinayakram (ghatam),
Selva Ganesh, George Brooks
(saxophone) and special
guest ARKA.
Co-presented by Martyrs’ at
3855 N Lincoln Avenue.
Tickets $20.
IDS – Development Unveiled
FeaturingWBEZ journalists
Jerome McDonnnell and
Steve Bynum on their IDS
travelogue in India (Feb.
2015), May 17, 5:00 p.m. to
7:30 p.m., hosted by India
Development Service at The
Meadows Club, 2950 Golf
Road, Rolling Meadows,
Registration $1, RSVP
required at
or for more information, call
Nilesh Kothari (630) 430-7613
or email
‘Meera’ by Urmila
May 10, 6:00 p.m., “Meera –
Lotus of Prem” (Love) by
Urmila Satyanarayanan and
troupe from Chenna to music
by Rajkumar Bharathi, hosted
by Natya Dance Theater at
Pfeiffer Auditorium,
Naperville North Central
College, 310 E. Benton
Avenue, Naperville, Illinois.
Tickets at $15 (students), $25
and $50, available at
For more information, call
(312) 212-1240 or
(630) 323-7835.
Rohit Chawla: Wanderlust
June 3, 6:30 p.m., opening
reception for fashion
photographer Rohit Chawla’s
2012 exhibit “Wanderlust” on
the nomadic Rahabi people
of Goa.
Co-presented by Museum of
Contemporary Photography,
600 S. Michigan Avenue,
Free admission.
Pakistan Fashion Festival
May 30, 7:00 p.m., “Pakistan
Fashion Festival” with live
entertainment hosted by
Studio Elite at Belvedere
Events and Banquets, 1170W
Devon Avenue, Elk Grove
Village, Illinois.
Tickets at $45, $75, $150, from
Abhiha Khan (847) 961-6050.
Eye on India festival
Hosted by Eye on India and
Teamwork Arts with more
than 12 events fromMay 28
through June 28. Ticket prices
range from free to $150, with
average price of $30.
American Association of
Retired Asians
May 8, 6:30 p.m., “Seventh
Annual Fundraising Gala,”
featuring singers Nalini
Parikh and Rajesh Chalam
and hosted by American
Association of Retired Asians
at Ashton Place Banquets,
341 75th Street,Willowbrook,
For more dinner and tickets
at $75 (includes dinner); call
Jugnu Khan (630) 372-3992.
Opening Night Gala
May 28, 6:30 p.m. fundraiser
at Bridgeport Arts Center,
1200W 35th Street.
Tickets at $150. Preview of
photographer Rohit Chawla’s
Wanderlust exhibition, and
“ZeroWaste Sari Project” cre-
ated by fashion
students of Columbia
College. Includes dinner and
musical entertainment by
Sara Ranganathan and the
Chicago Children’s Choir.
Free Breast Cancer
Every Thursday, 10:00 a.m.,
through June 25, free “breast
cancer workshops” at Asian
Human Services Family
Health Center, 2424W.
Peterson Avenue, Chicago.
Come at scheduled time or
sign-up by calling Ami Shah
(773) 761-0011.Workshops
are open to everyone, but
will be focused on Asian-
American community in
Chicago’s North Side.For
more information, email Dr.
Gurpreet Singh Dhillon
call (773) 761-0300.
History of South Asian Food
May 7, 6:30 p.m., talk “From
Ancient Times to Devon
Avenue” by Colleen Sen on
her new book “Feasts and
Fasts: A History of South
Asian Food” at Chicago
Public Library, Northtown
Branch, 6435 N. California
Avenue, Chicago.
Copies will be on sale and
Indian snacks will be served.
June 12 through 15,
“Maharudram and
Navachandi Mahayajnam” at
the Hindu Temple of Greater
Chicago, 10915 Lemont
Road, Lemont, Illinois.
For more information, visit
Gujarati Comedy
June 5, 8:00 p.m., “Welcome
Zindagi” Gujarati comedy
written and directed by
Saumaya Joshi.
Hosted by Vachikam for
benefit of Akshaya Patra at
Community Christian
Church, 1635 Emerson Lane,
Naperville, Illinois. Tickets at
$25, $40, $60 and $100. For
tickets, call Himanshu Patel
630) 430-8464.
International Day of Yoga
June 21 from sunrise to
sundown, free yoga,
meditation, pranayama,
cooking workshops by certi-
fied yoga instructors and
Ayurvedic experts.
Co-presented by City of
Chicago, Chicago Park
District, Reddy Set Yoga! and
Consulate of India.
Venues: 63rd Street Beach,
6300 S. Lake Shore Drive
(5:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.);
Hindu Temple of Greater
Chicago (8:30 a.m. to 10:30
a.m.); Daley Plaza, 50W.
Washington Street (10:00
a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
Mozart Park, 2036 N. Avers
Ave, Chicago (4:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m.)
May 8, 2015
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From Chicago Bureau
ndian business leader G.V.
Sanjay Reddy was keynote
speaker at University of
Michigan (UM) Ross School of
Business (RSB) 2015 commence-
ment in Ann Arbor, May 1. An RSB
alumnus (‘89 MBA), Reddy
addressed 1,200 graduate and
undergraduate business students
in the packed Hill auditorium
Reddy remembered professors
like C.K. Prahalad, who taught him
to believe that his aspirations
should always be greater than his
means. “He made me believe that
anything was possible and con-
stantly pushed me to think
beyond my limits,” Reddy said.
Accepted at RSB was his big dream
come true: “For the first time in
my life I went from ordinary to
extraordinary,” he said.
Reddy is the vice chairman of
GVK group, which has interests in
airports, energy, transportation,
resources, real estate, hospitality
and life sciences. He was instru-
mental in making GVK the largest
private airport operator in India,
by redesigning two of the busiest
airports in India, Mumbai and
Bengaluru, which handle over 50
million passengers per year.
“A university degree or training
will not get you where you want to
go; nor will you get there if you
have the talent of being at the top
of your class; what you need is a
positive attitude. It will alter your
life in unimaginable ways,” he
advised on getting through diffi-
cult or complex situations.
Talking about the importance
of giving back to the community,
he said that the free ambulance
service is one of his most reward-
ing initiatives. The 12,000 ambu-
lances through GVK Emergency
Management and Research
Institute (EMRI), handle over
200,000 calls and attends 20,000
emergencies per day. “We’ve saved
700 lives and help deliver 300
babies every day. To put it in per-
spective, that’s howmany babies
are born each day in the entire
state of Michigan,” Reddy said.
“There is too much inequality
in the world and as one of the
largest alumni networks in the
world, let us tap into our collective
power to make meaningful contri-
butions that will create a more
equal world,” he urged.
Sanjay Reddy Addresses UM Ross School of Business Commencement
Indian business leader G.V. Sanjay Reddy was keynote speaker at
University of Michigan (UM) Ross School of Business (RSB) 2015 commencement,
held in Hill auditorium in Ann Arbor, May 1.
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