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Namaste all! As I promised earlier, here are the details about upcoming ONLINE "Samskritam SambhAShaNam" workshop for Richmond area students, conducted by experienced teachers from Samskrita Bharati. I'm also attaching the flyer PDF with this email. Children - July 6th - July 29, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30pm-6:00pm, $40. Adults - July 17th and July 24th, 9:30pm-3:00pm (Attendance required on both days), $40

Sad News - Dr. Kurup, founding member of HCV passed away on November 17, 2020.

Dear Members, It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing away of Dr. Manikoth G. Kurup.
Dr. Kurup passed away on Tuesday November 17, 2020 at St. Mary’s Hospital. He is survived by his wife Kanjuli Vasanthy Kurup, his children Rajesh (m. Nina), Ramesh (m. Jaya), and Ranjitha (m. Alan), and his grandchildren Priya, Shala, and Rohan.

Dr. Kurup was the founding member of Hindu Center of Virginia and the Festival of India, and he was also instrumental in getting the new Richmond Temple built. He was a well-regarded and respected member of the Indian community and he will be sorely missed.

The Family has informed us that funeral services will be private due to COVID-19, and in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hindu Center of Virginia. Personal messages to the family may be addressed to

On behalf of the Hindu Center community, we convey our sincere condolences to Mrs. Vasanthy Kurup, their children and grandchildren.

Hindu Center of Virginia


The 2020 election is here, and thanks to changes in voting laws in Virginia, it is easier to vote early than ever before. There are several options for how to vote, and you no longer need to provide any excuse to vote early.
If you are registered to vote, there are three ways to cast your ballot. You may vote:

1. Early with a vote-by-mail ballot
2. Early in-person
3. In-person on Election Day

Do you want to request a vote-by-mail ballot?
You can request your vote-by-mail ballot today, and the ballot will be mailed directly to your home.
To request your ballot, please visit:
There are three ways to return your absentee ballot:
1. Returning your completed ballot by mail using the pre-paid return postage on the envelope provided
2. Returning your completed ballot to an early in-person voting location (including General Registrar’s office or drop boxes, if available in your locality)
3. Returning your completed ballot in-person to any voting precinct in your locality on Election Day
We recommend requesting your ballot as soon as possible, and then returning it as soon as you’ve made your selections.

Do you want to vote early in-person?
You can vote early in-person at your local registrar's office or other early voting sites in your county beginning on Friday, September 18, 2020. The final day to vote early in-person is Saturday, October 31, 2020.
Find your early voting locations and hours at
Do you want to vote in-person on Election Day?
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020! Polls are open from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

To find your polling location, visit:

If you are 65 or older, or have a physical disability, you may vote early or on Election Day without leaving your vehicle. Pull your vehicle to the designated curbside voting location of the polling place and an Officer of Election will assist you to vote.
Are you or a loved one voting overseas as a member of the United States military? Visit this link for more information:
If you encounter any challenges voting, please call the Virginia Voter Hotline: (844) 4VA-VOTE (844-482-8683) or text “VOTEVA” TO 24365


The YWCA’s 2016 Outstanding Women Awards will recognize accomplishments in health care for the uninsured, middle school education for girls, immigration and foreign trade laws, and aid to survivors of sexual abuse, among other successes. This year Lakshmi Challa a prominent member and supporter of our community will be receiving the award for “Business”. Lakshmi Challa is the chief executive director of Challa Law Offices, special counsel to the Virginia attorney general on immigration and a pro bono legal advocate for survivors of violence and child sex trafficking. The honorees will be recognized during a luncheon at noon April 29th, 2016 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Please join us in congratulating Lakshmi Challa on receiving this award.

- Click here for more details:

Richard R. Verma U.S. Ambassador to India

The India Chair in Democracy and Civil Society presents The 2016 Ranjit Sen Memorial Lecture “U.S.–India Relations and the Importance of Civil Society” Featuring: Richard R. Verma U.S. Ambassador to India Thursday, March 17, 2016—7 p.m. VCU Academic Learning Commons, 1000 Floyd Avenue, Room 2100 Free and open to the public. Please attend the event with your family and friends.

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