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Pope Francis ‘Dancing’ To Jewish Hasidic Song At The Vatican On May 8, 2017 — VIDEO.

by Anura Guruge


OK. More ‘swaying’ than ‘dancing’.

Click here to access article in
The Jerusalem Post
that explains it all.


Let’s be fair. He is now 80-years old and is known to have bad feet — that requires that he wears heavy, ‘orthopedic’-type shoes. He also suffers from sciatica and we won’t mention his weight issues since becoming pope.

In his youth, he was, however, quite the rake. He was a BOUNCER at a nightclub, was an avid soccer player and had a girlfriend.

This is still cute. Enjoy.


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“Mother Earth’s Creations” Pow Wow, July 3, 2016 — Wow, Wow, WOW!

by Anura Guruge


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All taken with my Fuji X-E2s.

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This was my 2nd Pow Wow in 6 weeks — the other having been the “Honoring Of The Elders” Inter-Tribal Pow Wow In Tamworth, NH on May 21, 2016.

It was GOOD. Very good. Loved it. Different, way different to the one in Tamworth. For a start it was much bigger, much larger attendance, more dancers and it was a custom-built venue for Inter-Tribal Pow Wows. The atmosphere and ambience was just magical. Beautiful grounds. Lots of trees and hence shady and cool thought it was a v. hot (mid-80s) day. As with Tamworth there was this amazing, palpable sense of dignity and serenity. Though there were at least 150 people about it was not loud. We got there around 2:30pm. The drummers were having a well-earned lunch break. So the only music was flutes and that was very soothing. The drums, when they started, were impressive. As was the signing.

I took a LOT of pictures. Haven’t had time to sort them all out. Just published these 18 to get us started. I can’t claim that these were my best shots. I just pulled out 18 in a hurry. I will work on publishing more.

Appears that they have more Pow Wows in August and September. I am going to try and attend at least one of these.

P.S., Entrance is by donation. That was neat since we only planned to spend 2 – 3 hours.

I thoroughly recommend this place and the Pow Wows. Enjoy.


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Us At ‘Cate Park’, Wolfeboro — 2016 (The Obligatory Once A Year Photo).

by Anura Guruge


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We have been going consistently to the Summer concerts at delightful ‘Cate Park‘, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, for quite a number of years now. On Saturday, July 2nd, 2016 it was to see our favorites “Annie and the Orphans” who we try never to miss when they are in Wolfeboro or Alton. Invariably while we are at Cate Park somebody either offers to take our picture or they take a picture with their camera and send it to us. This time a very kind lady, seated close by, asked whether we wanted our picture taken. We, of course, took her up. She used my Fuji X-E2s.

On the way home it dawned on me that I was probably wearing the same shirt that I was wearing in another picture. I was right and that was the 2014 one. What can I say. I have a very limited wardrobe — not helped by the fact that of late I have been giving my shirts away (not to mention cameras, watches, gold bracelets … whatever). But at least I am wearing a different hat.

Yes, we danced. We danced quite a bit — with each other. We also both danced, independently, with a 92-year old lady from South Carolina. Deanna has pictures of me dancing with that lady. I was getting coffee for Deanna when she danced so we don’t have pictures of her dancing — or for that matter us dancing.

92-year old from South Carolina at the “Annie and the Orphans”, Cate Park, Wolfeboro, NH, concert. We both danced with her at separate times during the evening. She was neat.


Us at ‘Cate Park’ in 2014 — July 5th also at an “Annie and the Orphans” concert! Déjà vu all over again especially since I am wearing the same exact outfit (a true testament to my limited wardrobe).

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‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ 2015 — Neha Parikh’s Classical Indian Dancers, Part I.

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The charismatic Neha Parikh and her very talented and engaging students, from her dance academy in Nashua, New Hampshire, have been a popular mainstay at the ‘Laconia Multicultural Day for as long as I can remember — and we have been to 13 of the 14 ‘Days’. The Classical Indian Dancing always has the audience mesmerized — particularly the children (including our two). Often I like to look around to see the transfixed expressions on the faces of the kids. Good classic Indian dancing, such as this, is indeed a treat to all senses; sinuous, sensual, precise, expressive, colorful and compelling. Lets face it. The dances have been perfected over a few thousand years!

It is neat to see how many of the performers have matured and developed over the years. I would say that many are now at their peak. It was an honor to see them perform at Laconia yesterday. They make me so proud — and I am not even Indian (and never have been)! I feel proud for the parents and for Neha Parikh. This is such a wonderful way to showcase Asian culture in Central New Hampshire — where there aren’t that many Indians. The ‘Mason-Dixon’ line appears to be Manchester, possibly Concord. North of there we get Bhutanese, Nepali not to mention Chinese, but the number of Indians dry up (though there is one Indian family in Alton). So, this is good. Great cultural diplomacy.

I took a ton of pictures, as did Deanna (on her Olympus) and Devanee who has now taken possession of my ‘old’ Canon T3i. I will, for your edification, try to post as many as I can, in batches. ENJOY.




‘Laconia Multicultural Festival’ 2015 Was Vibrant, Variegated, Vivid & Virtuous.

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The vibrancy that oozed out of Saturday’s ‘Laconia Multicultural Festival‘, September 12, 2015, was palpable. It indeed was a festival; colorful, merry, noisy, aromatic and collegial. Everybody was having a good time. This was Laconia at its very best on what was a picture perfect day. We are great supporters of this ‘Day’. We have been to all but one of the 14 ‘Multicultural Days‘ — last year being the one exception because we happened to be in Acadia.

This year’s ‘Festival’ was good. The energy and spirit was back. It reminded you what it was meant to be. I miss the night concert that we used to have but 2015 was indeed memorable. There are now two venues for music, the traditional stages in ‘Rotary Park‘ and a new performance tent at ‘City Hall’. That was good. More variety, moe music. Quite a few vendors, though the numbers might have been a tad down. Wasn’t packed, but a respectable crowd. I always wonder where all the other people from Laconia, Gilford, Tilton etc. are on the day. The ‘Festival’ is hard to miss.

“Black Thunder” & “Neha Parikh’s Classical Indian Dancers”, two perennial favorites and “Sayon Camara’s West African Drumming” as well as the “O’Brien Clan” did us all proud.

Lots of good food at affordable prices. Interesting merchandise. Not a hint of trouble or strife. A few police officers around — and they could be seen having a good time interacting with the folks. I took about 230 pictures. I will try and showcase as many as I can.

Thank YOU Laconia. That was good. Bravo!






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