Awards Presentation at India Day 2017
Community Youth Excellence Award Nominations: Submit by August 11
India Association of Greater Boston has extended the deadline for receiving nominations for the 2017 IAGB Community Youth Excellence award. You have until Friday, August 11, to submit nominations, says IAGB Treasurer Sanjay Gowda. Anyone – including parents, friends and relatives – can nominate a student. Students can also nominate themselves.  The awards will be presented at India Day 2017 on Sunday, August 20, at the Hatch Shell in Boston.

IAGB will select two students, who demonstrate extraordinary achievement in one or more of the following areas:
  1. Community Service
  2. Academics
  3. Arts and music
  4. Sports
  5. Exceptional service of an altruistic nature for the greater good of the community.
  6. Other* areas not mentioned above.
    *Note: *IAGB reserves the right to determine if “other" areas submitted are eligible.

Qualifying Criteria
Nominees must be:
  • Rising junior or senior high school students of Indian origin.
  • Residents of MA and attending school in MA.

Required Documentation
Submit nominations with the following required supporting documentation by August 11 to
  • Student/school/town name, and student contact details (email, telephone number and address).
  • A one-page essay in Microsoft Word highlighting: ”Why I believe I* should be selected for the IAGB Youth Excellence Award.”

          *Insert name of nominee here, if nomination is made by someone other than nominee.

  • List major achievements in detail, using separate pages for each area of achievement. Include any supporting documents, such as images, videos, etc.

The selection committee will conduct a careful review of the submissions and hold the final say in selecting the award recipients.

If you have any questions, send an email to

India Day 2017: All Roads Lead to the Hatch Shell on August 20

IAGB’s annual India Day celebration marks the 70th anniversary of India's Independence this year. With the theme of “Unity in Diversity,” India Day 2017 will be held  from 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, at the Hatch Memorial Shell in Boston.

As always, guests can expect to enjoy cultural performances of music and dance, check out a variety of vendors, learn about community programs and, of course, enjoy the cuisine. IAGB's partner One World Cuisine will provide catering services.

Event Sponsorship and Table Rental
There is still time to avail of sponsorship opportunities and rent tables at India Day 2017. Contact President Jayashree Voruganti  and Vice President Praveena Naduthota

SETU Presents Vijay Tendulkar’s Kamala: September 16 and 17
Stage Ensemble Theater Unit (SETU) will stage two shows of prominent Indian playwright Vijay Tendulkar’s play "Kamala," in English, at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 16; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 17, at Belmont Town Hall Theater in Belmont, MA. Each presentation will also feature a skit of gossiping wedding invitees from different social strata, embedded with popular Bollywood songs and dances. IAGB is partnering with SETU to raise funds for Ekal, a non-profit organization that provides basic education for rural and tribal people in India.

Tendulkar highlights the plight of underprivileged rural and tribal people in India. In so doing, he blends urban sophistication and rural simplicity and draws parallels with the oppression that is prevalent across male-dominated Indian society.

SETU is a non-profit English theater group in the Boston area. It strives to build bridges between Indian and Western cultures through the medium of theater. It also attempts to highlight India's social, political and economic scenarios from the past and the present.

Event Details
Check out event details on SETU’s website and Facebook page. Purchase your tickets from Lokvani.
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