Diwali Celebrations Will Light up North Texas

Diwali will spread light and color this month across not only North Texas but the world. The most widely celebrated of the major Hindu holidays, Diwali, or the Festival of Lights, is on Oct. 19 but is celebrated throughout October with huge cultural programs that often include Bollywood dancing, extensive food buffets, traditional performances and fireworks.

As with most things in Hinduism, Diwali is open to many interpretations and meanings. The most common is that Diwali is the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. Hindus and others who celebrate the holiday light small lamps (known as diyas) and set off fireworks to ward off darkness. In addition, people often wear new, colorful clothes and partake in lavish feasts.

Many area groups are celebrating the holiday. Coming up first is Radha Krisha Temple’s Diwali Festival from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Drive in Parker. Tickets are $50 for children and $100 for adults. Find more at radhakrishnatemple.net.

The DFW Sindhi Association’s 27th annual Diwali Ball will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Gemstone Banquet Halls, 13111 N. Central Expressway in Dallas. For tickets, visit facebook.com/events/307048486420772.

The BAPS Mandir Festival of Lights will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21. The event will include exhibits, a movie screening, kids activities and lots of food. The temple is at 4601 N. State Highway 161 in Irving. Register at bit.ly/2yA8Uho.

One of the area’s largest celebrations is the DFW Indian Cultural Society’s 12th annual Diwali Mela from 4 p.m. to midnight Nov. 4 at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. Find details at dfwdiwalimela.com.

Islamic Art
The sixth annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art will run through Nov. 12.

The Irving Arts Center said it had great feedback the first time, so it’s again presenting an exhibit of Islamic art. The sixth annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art will run through Nov. 12 in the center’s Main Gallery.

The exhibit showcases the works of almost 50 artists from around the world. Shafaq Ahmad serves as the art director.

“The Islamic Art Revival Series is honored to once again present this prestigious international exhibition of artwork inspired by Islamic culture,” Ahmad said. She also has an exhibit, Lifting of Veils to Lights of Mystery, in the center’s Carpenter Gallery. It runs through Nov. 26.

The center is at 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Find more at irvingartscenter.com.

Chamber awards
From left: Nisha Bhatt, DFW South Asian Film Festival coordinator, Jitin Hingorani, festival founder, and Ambica Dev, artistic director, received a Most Innovative Small Business of the Year Award at the U.S. India Chamber Governor’s Small Business Forum.

The U.S. India Chamber of Commerce hosted a Governor’s Small Business Forum on Wednesday in Coppell. The event was co-sponsored by the Texas Workforce Commission and several local partners.

Part of the forum included the presentation of Governor’s awards. The recipients included Jitin Hingorani, founder of the DFW South Asian Film Festival; Dr. Neena Biswas of B12 Consulting; Amrit Kirpalani of NectorOM; and Ashok Chitprolu and Raghu Chittimalla of TechStar Group.

To learn more about the chamber, visit usicoc.org.



The Aga Khan Council for the Central United States will host a “Restoring Community Day” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ismaili Jamatkhana, 6704 Alama Drive in Plano. RSVP to renata.valree@nafcm.org.


The Aga Khan Foundation Run/Walk will be from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd. in Frisco. Registration and activities start at 6:30 a.m. To register, go to bit.ly/2wK9Ta7.

The 2017 Akshaya Patra Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott, 1201 Raiford Road in Carrollton. The speaker will be Gopi Kallayil, chief evangelist of brand marketing at Google. The foundation raises funds to fight hunger and malnutrition in India. To buy tickets, visit cvent.com/d/p5q4hm.

Indian Fine Arts Academy presents an Indian classical music concert at 6 p.m. at Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane. For tickets, visit ifaadfw.org.

Silk Threads will host its eighth annual Charity Gala with the theme this year of “Bollywood to Hollywood” at 7 p.m. in the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center at the University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road in Richardson. Proceeds will benefit the Asia Center at UT-Dallas. For tickets, visit silkthreadsfundraiser.com.

Pianist Lucille Chung will join the Irving Symphony Orchestra in its first concert of the 2017-18 season at 7:30 p.m. at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. For tickets, call 972-252-2787.


Ikebana International Dallas Chapter and the Sogestsu School Dallas will present Kiku Matsuri (Chrysanthemum Festival) at Texas Discovery Gardens, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Dallas. The festival will run as part of the State Fair of Texas and is also sponsored by the Japan-America Society of DFW and Ruibal’s Plants of Texas.

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