Asha’ translates to Hope in many Indian languages. Asha for Education is an organization which represents the hope that this generation will bring the liberating force of education to the underprivileged children of India.
Asha funds educational initiatives and projects that for under-privileged children in India. The organisation comprises of 73 chapters worldwide that fundraise and support this objective, focusing on the strong belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. Through the efforts of our 100% volunteer-run team, we have funded nearly $17 million dollars in project funding. Our team is committed to changing the face of rural education in India. www.ashanet.org/chicago/index.php
Indian Ocean is an Indian rock band, considered to be the pioneer of the fusion rock genre India. Band members Susmit Sen (guitar, vocals), Rahul Ram (bass, vocals), Amit Kilam (drums, gabgubi, recorder, other percussions), Himanshu Joshi (vocals), and Tuheen Chakravorty (percussion), and (late) Asheem Chakravarty have collaborated on the albums Indian Ocean, Desert Rain, Kandisa, Jhini, Black Friday,16/330 Khajoor Road as well as composing the soundtrack for the highly acclaimed Bollywood film Peepli Live.
The band’s unique sound of contemporary rock mixed with classical, jazz and fusion has earned them a cult following. Themes of Indian Ocean’s songs are related to sufism, shlokas, environmentalism, and mythology.
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As the clouds were setting over the horizon, it was beautiful sight to see the kids play in the open ground with the skys floating in the background. This picture was taken during the Holi festival in Lemont, IL.
Technical Info: Canon EOS 50D | Exposure: 1/160sec at f/8 | Focal Length 18mm
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Louisiana is a state located in the southern region of the United States of America. Its capital is Baton Rouge and largest city is New Orleans. Louisiana is the only state in the U.S. with political subdivisions termed parishes, which are local governments equivalent to counties. The largest parish by population is East Baton Rouge Parish, and the largest by land area is Cameron Parish.
Some Louisiana urban environments have a multicultural, multilingual heritage, being so strongly influenced by an admixture of 18th century French, Spanish, Native American (Indian) and African cultures that they are considered to be somewhat exceptional in the U.S. Before the American influx and statehood at the beginning of the 19th century, the territory of current Louisiana State had been a Spanish and French colony. In addition, the pattern of development included importing numerous African slaves in the 18th century, with many from the same region of West Africa, thus concentrating their culture.
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Talakadu, a tourist place unexplored by many, is a beautiful place surrounded by the temples of Lord Shiva. Talakadu is on the banks of the Kapila Cauvery River. On the western side you have backwater of Madavamantri Dam at Madukuthore, 4 kms from Talakadu.
Odisha (Oriya: ଓଡିଶା), previously known as Orissa (Oriya: ଓଡି଼ଶା), is a state of India, located on the east coast of India, by the Bay of Bengal. It is the modern name of the ancient nation of Kalinga, which was invaded by the Maurya Emperor Ashoka in 261 BC. The modern state of Odisha was established on 1 April 1936 at Kanika Palace, Cuttack, as a province in India.] 1 April is therefore celebrated as Utkal Divas (Odisha Day).
Udayagiri & Khandagiri Caves One of the earliest groups of Jain rock-cut shelters, the caves of Udayagiri (Hill of Sunrise) and Khandagiri (Broken Hills) command a unique position in the filed of history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion. The two hills rise abruptly from the coastal plain, about six km west of Bhubaneswar, separated by a highway.
Called lena, in the inscriptions, the caves of Udayagiri and Khandagin are essentially dwelling retreats or cells of the Jain ascetics, opening directly into the verandah or the open space in front. Mostly excavated near the top of the ledge or boulder, they simply provided dry shelter for meditation and prayer, with very little amenities even for small comforts. The height being too low, does not allow a man to stand erect.
Each cell was tenanted by several monks. The cells are austerely plain, but their facades are encrusted with sculptures depicting auspicious objects worshipped by Jains, court scenes, royal processions, hunting expeditions and scenes of daily life. The austere later additions, when Jainism no longer enjoyed royal patronage in this part, show 24 Jain tirthankars. At present, all the important caves have been numbered for to avoid confusion in nomenclature.