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    Super Hit HMM Diwali Dhamaka and 40th Anniversary Celebration

    Extremely super hit/successful & House Full “HMM 40th Anniversary Celebration” and “Diwali Dhamaka” for Seniors, Kids and Adults on 12th Nov! Great Dances, Natak, Magic Show, 40th Anniversary Celebration and Powada. Thanks to everyone who attended and thanks to all the awesome vendors, volunteers and participants! Special thanks to Ajay and Gandhar Kothi for anchoring "Diwali Dhamaka" event. Thanks to Samir Patil, Prasana Tirlotkar, and Rajesh Thatte for taking beautiful photos! Thanks to HMM 2016 committee for awesome decoration, management, rangoli, food arrangements and stage decorations!

    Following are links to photos taken by Samir Patil, Prasanna Tirlotkar, Rajesh Thatte:

    For 2016 Diwali Dhamaka photos by Samir Patil.

    For 2016 Diwali Dhamaka photos by Prasanna Tirlotkar.

    For 2016 Diwali Dhamaka photos by Rajesh Thatte.

    Video by Ravi and Megha Ozarker
    "Diwali Dhamaka" and "HMM 40th Anniversary Celebration Highlights"

    New and Old Committee

    Extraordinary Achievement Awards

    HMM 2016 Natak - Diwali Karuya Veghlyach Style

    Sugarland Group Dance at Diwali Dhamaka Event

    HMM 2016 40th Anniversary Celebration - Powada

    2016 Bollywood Tadka : Katy

    Community Dance - Super Hit “HMM 40th Anniversary Celebration” and “Diwali Dhamaka"

    Ganeshvandana Dance at “HMM 40th Anniversary Celebration” and “Diwali Dhamaka”

    "Lungi Dance"

    HMM Ventilator Movie Event!

    HMM Ventilator Movie Event!

    HMM 2016 Committee has arranged the screening a famous Marathi movie of the year. "Ventilator!". 'Ventilator is a 2016 Indian Marathi language comedy-drama film written and directed by Rajesh Mapuskar and produced by Priyanka Chopra. Led by Ashutosh Gowariker, the film features an ensemble cast of more than 100 actors including Jitendra Joshi, Sulabha Arya, Sukanya Kulkarni- Mone, Viju Khote, Achyut Potdar, Usha Nadkarni, Swati Chitnis and Deepak Shirke, among others. The film will has been released in India on 4th Nov 2016 and will be screened in Houston by Houston Maharashtra Mandal only.

    Ventilator has received critical acclaim from critics. Filmfare magazine gave 4 stars out of 5 and said "Ventilator is one of the most honest films of the year. It’s a Marathi film worth treasuring. It’s an Indian film worth celebrating." The Times of India also gave the film 4 stars out of 5 and wrote "The list of must-watch Marathi films of recent times just registered an addition in the form of 'Ventilator'. This Priyanka Chopra production is a beautiful journey of relationships, emotions, misunderstandings and priorities that are a part of many families."

    Flyer by: HMM Member Bhakti Naik Wakade. Thank you for the creative art work!
    Book your tickets soon before we get sold out.

    Tickets are on sale for the event at:

    For tickets and more details click on this Link.

    EVENT SOLD OUT - HMM Diwali Event on 12th November

    EVENT SOLD OUT - Thank you for the overwhelming response for the HMM 40th Anniversary Celebration & Diwali Dhamaka Event. We are excited to announce that this event is sold out. Note that no tickets will be sold at the front desk!

    Time Line (12th Nov, Sat at James E Williams Elementary School, 3900 South Peek Road, Katy, TX 77450):

    2:00 PM: Front Desk Opens/Check-In

    3:00 PM - 4:15 PM: Tea with Special Diwali Faral. Please arrive on time as we will have to stop serving these items after 4:00 PM.

    4:15 PM - 7:00 PM - HMM 40th Anniversary Celebration & Diwali Dhamaka Program/Magic Show

    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Dinner

    This year, vendors will be setting up their stalls near the front desk.

    1. Sari Stall – Shanti

    2. Sari Stall – Prachi

    3. Herbal Heena/Mehndi Stall - Deepti

    4. Organic line of Indian groceries and Bio-degradable products for food cups and plates - Sudhi

    5. Aloha Mind Math Stall – Meghana

    Please support our vendors by visiting their exhibits.

    HMM Diwali Event on 12th November

    पाडवा अर्थात बलिप्रतिपदा !
    पाडवा आगमनाने आपल्या आयुष्यात सदैव
    गोडवा यावा ! सत्याचा असत्यावरचा विजय नेहमीच नव्याने प्रेरणा देत राहो ! थोरा मोठ्यांचे
    आशीर्वाद आपल्याला मिळत राहो !
    पाडव्याच्या खूप खूप शुभेच्छा
    हिंदू वर्षाच्या हार्दिक शुभेच्छा
    शुभ दीपावली

    Wish you Happy Diwali and Happy New Year! May this Diwali and New Year bring lots of Happiness, Good Health and Prosperity for you and your family. Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM) will be 40 years old and more than 50 people are working hard for the HMM 40th Anniversary Celebration and Diwali Dhamaka Event. See the following Invitation Video:

    Dussehra/Diwali Mela/HMM Dhol 2016, 15th Oct. at Skeeters

    Thanks to all the organizers of Sitaram Foundation especially Swapan Dhairyawan and Dr. Arun Verma for organizing such a great show at Skeeter's stadium on the 15th Oct. 2016 and inviting HMM again this year. Fabulous performance by many groups and also HMM Moraya Dhol Pathak Group that was representing the culture of Maharashtra. Thanks to the wonderful group of 18 led by Swapnil Saraf and Anukool Damle. Various organizations and temples participated in the annual Dussehra parade , showcasing our remarkable culture in front of a diverse crowd of nearly 10,000 people in Houston, TX.

    Following is a link to photos taken by Ravi Ozarker:

    For Dhol Tasha Pics At Diwali Dushera Mela

    HMM Diwali Dhamaka Event and HMM’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

    We now are very excited to announce that our great organization "Houston Maharashtra Mandal” will be 40 years old.We will be celebrating this milestone at our 2016 HMM Diwali Dhamaka Event.

    As we bring this extremely successful year to a close, HMM 2016 committee invites you to our last event of the year; HMM Diwali Dhamaka Event and HMM’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on Nov 12th 2016 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at James E Williams Hall, 3900 South Peek Rd, Katy, TX 77450. Some highlights of this exciting event include; Bollywood Dance Performances, 40th Anniversary Celebration!!, Delicious Food, Diwali Faral, and Fun for Kids!

    Tickets are on sale for the event at:

    For tickets and more details click on this Link.

    Members (Adults and Kid (6yrs – 12 yrs) - $10

    Non-members (Adults and Kid (6yrs – 12 yrs) - $15

    2017 HMM Committee – If you are interested in working on 2017 HMM committee please contact Megha Ozarker (Email - megha.ozarker@gmail.com)


    No words to describe our wonderful favorite festival “Ganeshothav”. Highlights of the Houston Maharashtra Mandal (HMM) event included:'

    1. Magnificent and energetic welcome by our “Moraya Dhol Pathak and Lezim Group”. The group of 18 individuals which included men, women and children practiced for two months managed to put up a very energetic and loud show at VPSS Haveli.

    2. A very lovely drama filled with skits, drama, and scenes directed by HMM Member Chaitrali Thote and written by Varsha Halabe and Rujuta Kelkar-Mitawalkar. The lead choreographer and sound editor for this drama was Abhishekh Bhat. All 85 participants and backstage crew had practiced very hard for the past two months to achieve this massive success.

    3. Lovely and delicious food arranged by HMM’s Food Committee/VPSS Haveli, lovely aaras & crowd control planning for Ganaraya by Cultural Committee.

    4. The live telecast of this show was seen by many viewers in US, UK and India. HMM would like to thank all our Volunteers, Sponsors, Participants, BOD and all attendees for their support. Ganapati Bappa Moraya!

    Following is a link to photos taken by Ravi Ozarker:

    For 2016 Ganeshothsav photos click on this Link.

    Special thanks to Samir Patil for sharing these beautiful photos of the 2016 Houston Maharashtra Mandal Ganeshothsav event. Following is a link to photos taken by Samir Patil:

    For more 2016 Ganeshothsav photos click on this Link.


    "सर्वांना गणेशचतुर्थीच्या हार्दीक शुभेच्छा. तुमच्या मनातील सर्व मनोकामना पूर्ण होवोत , सर्वांना सुख, समृध्दी, ऎश्वर्य,शांती,आरोग्य लाभो हीच बाप्पाच्या चरणी प्रार्थना. ” गणपती बाप्पा मोरया , मंगलमुर्ती मोरया !!!

    2016 Ganesh Utsav

    Wow only one week left for the HMM Ganeshothsav Grand event! For the first time, more than 85 performers will be performing on HMM stage and everyone is practicing very hard to welcome our Ganapati Bappa. Thank you for your overwhelming response so far. We think that due to hall capacity restriction and to comply with safety and fire codes, we will have to stop selling more tickets soon. People who are unable to buy the tickets for this event will be given the option to view this event live for the first time in HMM’s history. Details will be given out soon.

    Tickets are being sold fast so buy your tickets quickly before we get sold out.

    For more information click on this Link.

    2016 Ganesh Utsav

    Only a few days left now!!! HMM will celebrate Ganeshothsav on September 10th 2016 starting at 3:30 PM and preparations for this grand welcome event for our beloved Ganapati Bappa is going on in full swing. HMM 2016 Morya Dhol Tasha Pathak has been practicing for the past two months to welcome our Bappa on the beats of dhol tasha. In 2016, four new dhols have been added and also the group is bigger with all age groups and women and men together.

    Communities from Sugar Land, Cypress, Katy and Houston are all preparing together for this grand event to welcome Ganapati Bappa. See the following photos from the rehearsals that have taken place so far. Thanks to all participants and parents and organizers for the hard work. A BIG BIG thank you to our sponsor Alings for the delicious food for all participants on 8/27. HMM 2016 Committee had its final Ganeshothav meeting to organize the timelines and activities for this event.

    For more Rehearsal photos click on this Link. Tickets are being sold fast so buy your tickets quickly before we get sold out.

    For more information click on this Link.

    2016 Ganesh Utsav

    The entire Marathi community is eagerly looking forward to welcoming our beloved Ganapati Bappa in the month of September. HMM committee had started preparations very early to make this year’s celebration as culturally rich and memorable as possible. We are confident that you will agree and enjoy this year’s traditional event which includes lezim, dhol-tasha, gondhal, aartis and authentic food with modak, more than ever! Please mark your calendars for September 10th, 2016. The Ganeshotsav will be held at VPSS Hall starting at 3:30PM.

    For more information click on this Link.