Friday, December 31, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Carol Competition, Ahmedabad Diocese December 2010

Carol competition of the Ahmedabad Diocese for this Christmas was held in Nadiad, at  St.Mary's on 26th December, 2010.
Maninagar choir won the first prize of Rs.5000/-
It was organized by the ICYM, Gurjarvani and SOCOM.

Fr Francis Mendonca sj Passed away

Brother Mattos, Fr Francis Mendonca and Fr Rayar at Jeevan Darshan
Fr Francis Mendonca worked in St Xavier's College, Ahedabad, Gujarat, India, for many years teaching the subject World Religions.

 Then he was appointed director of Jeevan Darshan Pastoral Centre,Vadodara. Later he was appointed as the Parish Priest of Anand . He was in Gandhinagar St Xavier's school for a few years, and the last appointment was to Vaghodia Parish near Vododara.
The three in the photo above have all  gone to the Father's House in heaven.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Fr Francis Mendonca sj Passed away

Francis when he was at Jeevan Darshan, Vadodara, India
Fr Francis Mendonca sj passed away in Vadodara at 9.45 pm on 28th December 2010.
Funeral will be at Rosary Church Vadodara on 29th at 11.00 am.
He was born on 1st Dec 1931 and ordained priest 24th March 1966
Devasia M

Christmas Carol by Premal Jyoti Brothers

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christaayan - an everlasting love story of God.

 Ishavasyam - Divine Indwelling - is the music album of the movie in Hindi Christaayan - an everlasting love story of God, by Satprakashan Sanchar Kendra Indore, MP, India. The songs are sung by the best singers from the film industry. All of them rendered their service free of charge.
The shooting took 14 months and editing may take three months from now. Fr Geo George SVD has spend more than two years dreaming and planning this movie. This movie is a Indian Cultural interpretation of the life and message of Jesus.
Singers :
Udit Narayan, Kavitha Krishnamurthi, Bhupender Singh, Minimini, Anoop Jalota, Sadhana Sargam,
Roopkumar Rathod, Pamela Jain, Ramesh Murali, Dilip Bose

Copies of the music album is available from Gurjarvani office.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Cristmas Carol singing by Premal Jyoti students.

Premal Jytoi Brothers from all over India singing at Gurjarvani

Anther view of the singers at Gurjarvani
Songs were selected from Several languages including Tribal languages from the north of India.
With selected lively songs the evening put us all into Christmas Mood.  Wish you all our friends a Happy Christmas 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

St Mary's Mahila Shikshan Kendra, Gomtipur 40 years clebration 13th Dec 2010

Women members of the cooperative society
Sr Lucia Addressing the meeting.

Benefactors from Abroad and Bishop of Ahmedabad with the Guests on stage

Sr Lucia introducing the book in memory of the event.

Women going with the gifts received

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fr Joe Braganza - more photos

Fr General's visit for the golden Jubilee of St Xavier's college, Ahmedabad, India

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fr Joe Braganza passes away.

Fr Joe Braganza S.J. passed away on 11th Dec 2010 Saturday at 6.30 pm at Vadodara.
The funeral will be on 13th Dec at 4 pm at St Xavier's Church Navrangpura, Ahmedabad,

Fr Joe is known mainly for the "Gulbai Tekra Project" to educate the children from Gulbai Tekra area, which is near St Xavier's college, Ahmedabad. He ran this evening school  for all the years he was here in the college. His whole life was spent in the college, teaching, and as wise principal for some years.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Photo workshop Mount Carmel, Ahmedabad

Learning the camera

Outdoor photography Practice
Input on Camera and photography by Ashok Vaghela sj

Capturing the action
Photography workshop for the 8,9 and 11th std students of Mount Carmel school Ahmedabad was conducted by Gurjarvani on 10th Dec 2010. The students will now take photos of Ahmedabad from their own point of view and present them for competitions organized for Ahmedabad 600 years celebrations.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Photo workshop for children

   St Xavier's Social Service Society organized a photography workshop for the children from the areas they are working for the development of the communities there on 8th Dec from 10.15 am to 5.30 pm.
Sanjay Ronza and team directed the children to take photos with technical precision and meaningful topics.
Ashok Vaghela sj coordinated the whole workshop. 48 children participated in the workshop. On the 9th these children will take photos of Ahmedabad city as they see it. Selected photos will be sent for a competition celebrating the 600th year of the founding of Ahmedabad City. For more photos taken by the children see Gurjarvani  Picasa photo stream below
Devasia sj

Monday, December 6, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

 " Mother Express"
A Train containing a superb exhibition with rare photos of Mother Teresa was here in Ahmedabad on 3rd Dec 2010.
Mother Teresa's sisters sang a song on the Mother and the Photo of the Mother was garlanded by Mr Ashok Garud, Ahmedabad Divisional Railway manager. Bishop of Ahmedabad Rev Thomas Macwan spoke a few words about the great service done all over the world by the Missionaries of Charity. Here are a few photos taken by Grena from Gurjarvani

Monday, November 29, 2010

Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival

InterArt, the Vikram Sarabhai International Arts Festival, is an annual arts festival at the Natarani amphitheatre, part of the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts. Each year, InterArt  brings the best of innovative, cutting-edge performance art from India and all over the world and showcases it during the three day festival held at the end of December.
This year, the 35th InterArt festival proudly presents: 600 Not Out - a  fresh look at the people, places, and legends of Ahmedabad - a city with many stories to tell. This year’s theme was chosen to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the city of Ahmedabad, but is not simply a memorial to the past... this year's events, which include live painting sessions and poetry readings, performances at Natarani, short film and photography competitions, and more will give its audience a chance to re-imagine history and experience the 600 years of this city in their full vibrancy, comedy, mystery, and color.
This year's festival events take place through the month of December culminating on the 28th, 29th and 30th of the month.
Admission to the InterArt festival is free, but passes are required. To reserve passes for this year's festival, contact Murali Nair at +91 79 27556669 or write to 

gurjarvani web radio

From Today 29-11-2010 we start the play-list  For the Christmas season on the web-radio Gurjarvani
Click on the link below to listen wonderful Christmas songs in Gujarati.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Four Jesuit Priests from Gujarat in 2010

Fr Pravin Solanki SJ

Fr Samir Talati S.J.
Our three  young Priests will be ordained at  St Xavier's Church, Gamdi, Anand by Bishop Thomas Macwan on 27th Nov. 2010, at 4 p.m. . Fr. Cyprian Monis S.J., will be ordained at Aloysius college, Mangalore on 27th Dec 2010 along with two more Karnataka Jesuits and the first mass is at his parish, Arva.  Fr Samir and Pravin are for Kohima Region.
Fr Cyprian Monis  S.J.
Fr Sunil Macwan S.J.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

From Devasia M

Dear Friends,
More parts of Fr Ignas- Katha is being web-cast and is added to the web TV.
We may not add all as new posts here, but you may choose from the player where all the videos are shown.
A Player  is on the previous post.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Surrounded by problems - A Hindi Play on Tribals in India.

" Surrounded by problems"

This 60 min play in Hindi on the numerous problems faced by the Tribals in India is powerfully brought out  by Samvedan Cultural group, Ahmedabad.
The video is co-produced by Samvedan and Gurjarvani. Script : Sarup Dhruv and direction: Hiren Gandhi

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Joseph Macwan - Activist and Writer

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The Creators - Sarjako series

Why This? Hindi Play

"Aisa Kyon"
Why This ?
Samvedan Cultural group's powerful play on the social evils of today in India.
Written by Sarup Dhruv, and Samvedan Cultural Group, Ahmedabad,India
Directed by Hiren Gandhi
To be released soon by Samvedan and Gurjarvani in India.
Hindi, 60 min

Joseph Macwan - Activist and Writer - Anand, India - Part one

Joseph Macwan - Activist and Writer - Anand, India - Part two

Sunday, October 31, 2010

From Death to Immortality

Kaushik Engineer  the music director and Setul Gamit the recordist.
 A new audio project is being recorded at Gurjarvani audio studio, Ahmedabad, India,  from 28th Oct 2010.

This will be a devotional CD with songs and commentary which can be used for " Besnu" a prayer meeting which is kept in memory of  the departed person by the relatives. The main message of the production will be of hope of eternal life after death. A departed person is still part of a family, in a state of supreme bliss, being with the Father in heaven who is love, joy, and peace . Devasia

A Sitarist adding music to the songs.
Male chorus

Female chorus

Activities at the Theater of the oppresssed - last day at Gurjarvani

Samvedan Cultural group participates in the activities.

Lively activities.

There were theoretical inputs.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Theater workshop at Gurjarvani

"The Theater of the oppressed "
{ Shoshitoni Rangbhoomi ]
A five day workshop of Dramatics was inaugurated on 27th Oct 2010 at Gurjarvani. The Trainer / resource person is Sri Sanjay Ganguli from Kolkatta. The theater workshop is for the trainees of Samvedan Cultural Group  for development of the oppressed and the Dalit groups in Gujarat.
Sri Sanjay Ganguli from Kolkatta - the trainer.
The group is very active through out the day with their intensive practices. 
Photos by Setul Gamit

Dr Sebastian Painadath on Hinduism - part 1

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Joseph Macwan - Amrut Smruti parv

Reginaben - JM's wife and other guests lighted the lamp.
A large audience applauded as the lamp was lit by Reginaben Macwan wife of Joseph Macwan at the Amrut Smrutiparv  Samaroh at the Sahitya parishad Hall, Ahmedabad, India on 23rd Oct 2010 at 4.00pm
Releasing of " Jindagi Jeevyano harak" edited by Manilal H Patel.  Indukumar Jani, Raghuvir Chaudhury, Prakash Shah, Sudarshan Iyenkar, Mohanbhai Patel... on the stage
"Vanchitona Vanothar" A video by Gurjarvani on Joseph Macwan [14 min.] was also shown at the function.
A full hall at Gujarat Sahitya Parishad, Ahmedabad,India

Joseph Macwan - activist and writer
Photos by Setul Gamit