AMKA Chicago, Diwali 2011

American Midwest Konkani Association (AMKA) DIWALI 2011

Chicago Diwali AMKA Konkani Arun Shanbhag

Saturday, October 29, 2011
3:30 pm to 11 pm
The Community House
415 West Eight Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521 Continue reading “AMKA Chicago, Diwali 2011”

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AMKA Chicago, Diwali 2011

AMKA Ugadi Celebrations, 2011

American Midwest Konkani Association (AMKA) Chicago, invites you to celebrate Ugadi, the Hindu New Year.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2011, 3:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Venue: Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple
1145 W. Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL

For more details and to RSVP, please send email to: shobhasbasti@yahoo.com

AMKA Ugadi Celebrations, 2011

AMKA 25th Anniversary Celebrations

Submitted by an AMKA Spokesperson.

On Saturday, November 27th, 2010, the American Midwest Konkani Association (AMKA) celebrated “Raupya Mahotsav” (Silver anniversary celebrations).

The event held in a grand banquet hall tastefully decorated by AMKA’s own members, set the ambience and mood for the events to follow. It was a glorious event showcasing the awe-inspiring talents of AMKA members. Kudos to the AMKA-25 organizers and the vast army of volunteers on a wonderful event!

In this festive season of giving thanks and counting blessings, it was most heartening to note that the foundation laid down by the visionaries who founded AMKA is being carried onward and forward into the 21st century by able and willing younger generations.

The spectacular opening ceremony paid homage not only to AMKA’s 25 glorious years of promoting our precious heritage, but also to the fair city of Chicago that we call home. In welcoming the audience, the opening speakers recounted highlights of AMKA’s history in “Panch-vees varsaan khabbari”.

The festivities began with a video montage of past 25 years of AMKA functions and performances – giving the audience a sense for how the organization (and its members) has grown. Dazzling dances, from graceful Bharata Natyam to energetic Bhangra to skillful Bollywood moves, kept the audience enthralled. Humorous plays, a colorful fashion show featuring multi generations, a karaoke competition and a game show challenging entire audience’s knowledge of Konkani language, history and culture called “Tumka gottas ve?” provided a full spectrum of entertainment for the evening. Enthusiastic participation of AMKA members from every stage of life showcased the continued involvement from generations to come for many more years. Featured artist Samarth Nagarkar, held the audience spell-bound with his masterful singing.

The community honored the founders of AMKA and tireless services of key members. As part of the celebration, each AMKA family also received a memorable souvenir and a 25-recipes booklet. After the closing ceremonies, a sumptuous dinner was served. The best part of this gala celebration was meeting friends, catching up on “panchaytika” and playing with the tiniest and cutest AMKA members. The celebration continued into the night with almost all of the 190 attendees dancing to the energetic and vibrant tunes of home-grown DJ. When AMKA “got the choice to sit it out or dance, AMKA danced”!

AMKA has plenty to celebrate. Together with its non-profit parent association AKA (American Konkani Association), AMKA is considered one of the oldest and most inclusive Konkani associations in North America and has been a pioneer in many ways. With the backing of these associations, the Chicagoland Konkanis were the first to: enact a full-length Konkani play, publish two community cookbooks and award scholarships.

May AMKA continue to prosper and nurture new generations of Konkanis for years to come!

[Note: No names have been mentioned in this article for there are too many to name and not wanting to inadvertently leave out any.]

AMKA 25th Anniversary Celebrations

AMKA 25th Anniversary Celebrations – Program

American Midwest Konkani Association
is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.


Saturday, November 27, 2:00PM to 11:30PM
Meadows Club
2950 W Golf Road
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008 US

The AMKA 25 event preparations are going on with full vigor and enthusiasm.

Event Fees and deadline dates for this Grand Occasion are:
Adults: $50 per person for registration before Nov 15th, and $60 after Nov 15th.
Children below 12 years: Free, with a paying adult.

We will be providing child care facilities at the event site.


Please mail your check in the name of AKA to:
Bipin Pai
1153 Tamarack Place,
Munster, IN 46321


A spectacular, dazzling entertainment program has been designed for you all.
Here is the Program Outline:
2:00 pm : Registration and Panchaytika
3:00 pm : Opening Ceremony – nostalgic audio-visual musical experience
3:45 pm : AMKA’s Got Talent – mind-blowing group and participative programs
5:00 pm : Tea/Coffee/Snacks
5:15 pm : AMKA’s Got Talent (continued)
6:00 pm : Guest artist – Samarth Nagarkar – established Konkani vocalist from India
7:00 pm : Closing Ceremony
7:15 pm : Happy Hour (with a cash-bar) and Panchaytika
8:00 pm : Dinner and more Panchaytika
9:30 pm : DJ Dhamaka – hit the dance-floor

AMKA 25th Anniversary Celebrations – Program

AMKA 25th Anniversary Celebrations

AMKA: American Midwest Konkani Association, based in Chicago-land, USA

Inviting AMKA25 SOUVENIR Magazine Submissions…
Amka-ites of all ages, fire up your laptops, sharpen your pencils, dust off your photo-albums! Here’s your chance to participate in a keepsake AMKA25 souvenir magazine that’s being published to celebrate and commemorate AMKA’S 25th anniversary in Nov, 2010.


There’s something for everyone!

Express Yourself Contest. AMKA Youth: (Ages: 2-18 yrs)

Please finish any one of these sentences:
1) I like AMKA because…
2) My best AMKA moment was…
3) Without AMKA I would be…

Write an essay (no more than 500 words), or a poem (no longer than 50 lines in length), or send us art (81/2 x 11 page size) and express yourself.

  • Entries will be divided into: Elementary (1st-6th grade), Jr. High (7th-8th) and High School (9th-12th grade).
  • One 1st Prize of $50 and one Honorable Mention Prize of $25 will be awarded in each category.
  • Top 5 in each category will be published in the AMKA25 Souvenir.
  • Contributions may be submitted in person, by mail, or by email.

‘Where Are They Now?’ or ‘Memba Them?’: AMKA Next Gen (Ages – over 21 or their parents)

Send us a pic of you as an AMKA youth at an AMKA event and a pic of you now with your current occupation or achievement. It’ll be fun for all to see you all grown up!

25 Years of AMKA – General (but very special) submissions: AMKA public – all ages.

Submit short articles, poetry, art and pictures pertaining to AMKA. Topics can include:

  • Recollections of your AMKA experiences (collage pictorials accepted) at our yearly events, the Sammelans, our plays, dances, etc., any AMKA related activities.
  • Write-ups about anything you accomplished thanks to your AMKA connections
  • inspirational for the rest of us.
  • AMKA themed anecdotes, short stories, jokes, puzzles.
  • Chronicles of AMKA – Historical, time-line articles about AMKA then and now, the early immigrant experience in the AMKA family, etc.

Calling all AMKA cooks: Any age, any gender.

Send in your favorite, tried and tested recipes for printing either in our Souvenir magazine or as a special supplement hand-out at the AMKA25 event. We’re especially looking for konkani recipes that are:

  • current-day kitchen staples using newer gadgets, tools and techniques.
  • modern twists on konkani food – semi-homemade – using ready to use ingredients
  • ‘Heart-Healthy’ and ‘Low Calorie/Low Fat’/Low Carb (low anything:) versions of old konkani classics.

Deadline for all entries is Oct 5th, 2010. So, hurry!!!

For more information please contact:

  • Sandhya Kamath – skamath AT aol dot com
  • Vinaya Nayak – vinnu AT comcast dot net
  • Ravibala Shenoy – aphoton AT aol dot com
  • Leena Balsekar – balsekar AT aol dot com

PS.: All accepted contributions will be treasured for years to come in our keepsake souvenir magazine, so please send them in.

AMKA 25th Anniversary Celebrations

Konkani Twins Start Girls Mentoring Program

In April of this year, konkani twin sisters from Naperville IL, Jaya and Medha Parulekar, along with Sabina Madilla formed GEMS (Girl Engineers, Mathematicians and Scientists), an organization for mentoring high school girls who are interested in the physical sciences.

Read More about their accomplishments from the Naperville Sun.

Congratulation Jaya and Medha.

Konkani Twins Start Girls Mentoring Program