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Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Birth Anniversary
शिवजयंतीच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा !

Chatrapati Sahivaji Jayanti:  [By Date] Feb 19/2013

Birthday of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is celebrated in Maharasthra as Shivaji Jayanti.

Description: Shivaji Jayanti or the birthday of Shivaji Maharaj is celebrated on a majestic scale in Maharashtra. His parents Jijabai and Shahaji Bhonsle named him Shivaji after local Goddess Shivai. He was the creator of the Maratha nation and he was instrumental in uniting the Maratha chiefs of Mayal, Konkan and Desh regions. His military and civil administration was of greatest importance. Shivaji was successful in carving out a small kingdom by defeating the alien powers.

Chatrapati Shivaji is a hero not only for the people of Maharashtra but for those of India as well.
On the occasion of Shivaji Jayanti several processions are taken out and people dress up like Shivaji and his associates. The birthday is celebrated on a huge scale and various programs remembering the achievements of the great ruler are organised.

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Veer Savarkar Death Anniversary Feb 26/2015
28 May 1883 – 26 February 1966
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, commonly known as Swatantryaveer Savarkar was a fearless freedom fighter, social reformer, writer, dramatist, poet, historian, political leader and philosopher. 
  Savarkar's revolutionary activities began while studying in India and England, where he was associated with the India House and founded student societies including Abhinav Bharat Society and the Free India Society, as well as publications espousing the cause of complete Indian independence by revolutionary means  Read More

Dr. Murlidhar Devidas Amte 

December 26, 1914 - February 09, 2008

was a highly dedicated Indian social worker for the cause of rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people, particularly those suffering from leprosy. He gave up all his luxurious way of living. He gave up his wealth and established three ashrams for treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients, disabled people, and people from marginalized sections of the society in Maharashtra, India, of which Anandwan was the precursor. He also adopted non-violent means to fight the Indian government for independence. He was the recipient of many international and national awards of which the most prominent are: The Ramon Magsaysay Award; the Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian honour of the Government of India; and the Gandhi Peace Prize. Visit ANANDVAN  

Jijabai [ Mother of Shivaji Maharaj ]

Jijabai was born on 12 January 1598 and a daughter of Lakhojirao Jadhav in present-day Buldhana district of Maharashtra State. As per the customs of that age, she got married at an early age to Shahaji Bhosale, a nobleman and 

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Balshastri Jambhekar is also known as Father of Marathi journalism for his efforts in starting journalism in Marathi language with the first newspaper in the language named 'Darpan' in the early days of British Rule in India. 
Born: January 6, 1812, Konkan, India Died: May 18, 1846
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Vijay Tendulkar  विजय तेंडुलकर (6 January 1928 – 19 May 2008) was a leading Indian playwright, movie and television writer, literary essayist, political journalist, and social commentator primarily in Marāthi. He is best known for his plays Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe (1967), Ghasiram Kotwal (1972), and Sakharam Binder (1972).

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Noted scientist and the man behind Indian monsoon model, 

Vasant Gowariker (81), died on Friday January 2/2015  evening at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital in Pune.

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We had invited readers to participate in sending articles on our cultural heritage .

Thanks to Mrs. Vibha Bhilawadikar Mumbai  and Mrs.  Mayura Pradhan Javeri Minnesota for sharing their articles. We are happy to share with all the readers. 

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आमची साऊथ आफ़्रिकेची सफर

प्रवासाला सुरुवात: Shashi Panat 


ऐन दिवाळीच्या दिवशी आम्ही केनया, साऊथ आफ़्रिका, झांबिया आणि झिंबाब्वे ह्या टूरसाठी लॉस एंजेलिसच्या विमानतळावरुन निघालो. दिवाळीचे वातावरण भारतांत असते तसे आमच्या लॉस एंजेलिसला नसते.

Pandurang Sadashiv Sane, known as Sane Guruji(24/12/1899 to 11/06/1950) to his followers, was a famous Marathi author and social activist. He was born in a town palghat in Ratnagiri district konkan region of rural Maharashtra. He also had a younger brother. 

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Dr. Prakash Baba Amte - The Real Hero",

Successful Movie screening in Los angeles by Maharashtra Mandal LA and BMM 

There were two screenings held in LA with tremendous response. A salute to the great work done by Dr. prakash Amte and making an excellent movie on his life and work by Director Producer Samruddhi Porey"Read this movie review by Priti Barve Los Angeles, 

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Shri pratap sinha rajah Bhosle
Maratha Dynasty in Thanjavur, India
An interview with young prince about his work

Artists from San Diego and LA area presented a program in Marathi on  Lata Mangeshkar    Enjoy a small clip from this program:

Jyotirao Phule Death Anniversary Nov.28/2014
ज्योतिराव फुले पुण्यतिथी नोव्हेंबर २८/२०१४ Born: 11 April, 1827 
Passed Away: 28 November, 1890
Contributions
Jyotiba Phule was one of the prominent social reformers of the nineteenth century India. He led the movement against the prevailing caste-restrictions in India. He revolted against the domination of the 
Bhalji Pendharkar punyatithi Nov. 26/2014
  भालजी पेंढारकर पुण्यतिथी नोव्हेंबर २६/२०१४


Rani Lakshmi bai Birth Anniversary Nov.19/2014
महाराणी लक्ष्मी बाई जन्म दिवस नोव्हेंबर १९/२०१४

Grand Tulsi vivah ceremony held in Valencia CA

तुळशी लग्न सोहोळा वालेन्सिया कॅलिफोर्निया मध्ये ! 11/09/2014

Marathi Rangbhumi Din Nov.05/2014
मराठी रंगभूमी दिन नोव्हेंबर ०५/२०१४ 

Traditional Folk dance Balya [ Jakhdi ]  Nrutya : बाल्या नृत्य जाखडी नृत्य 
Performed in Los Angeles Nov. 1/2014

Balya Dance in Konkan:

Konkan Maharashtra is ... nothing but California of India... Konkan region is flourished with mind-blowing scenic beauty and its heritage culture and is known for its 

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Bhondla by Simi Valley Marathi shala Los angeles 
सिमी व्हेली मराठी शाळा ने साजरा केला पारंपारिक भोंडला Bhondla/Hadga is the custom celebrated as the Sun moves to the thirteenth constellation of the zodiac called Hasta'. "All sixteen days between Ghatasthapana and Kojagiri Purnima Read more
Tarana by Saili Oak Kalyanpur: साईली ओक कल्याणपूर Concert In Los Angeles 

An excellent performance by Saili , 15 1/2 matra tarana composition by : Mogubai Kurdikar. Mogubai Kurdikar (Marathi: मोगुबाई कुर्डीकर) (July 15 1904 – February 10 2001) was a renowned North Indian classical vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana (school).

Devotional Singers group from Konkan;

 Devotional songs means a music composition sung to generate positive energy and to get blessings of God."  

Konkan or the Konkan Coast is a rugged section of the western coastline of India.


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