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Celebrate Independence!  Celebrate Peace!

Join us for a
Concert for Peace by the Desi Pop/Rock band

antariksh logo
(playing their original songs, and Indian and Pakistani hits)

to mark the Joint Celebration of the Indian and Pakistani Independence Days  

Sunday August 28,
5 pm - 8 pm

Chevron Auditorium,  International House
University of California, Berkeley 
2299 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, CA (
map, directions, parking)

the concert is free and open to the public
(download poster, html e-flyer)

Food will be available for purchase, provided by Mehran Restaurant 


This Concert for Peace hopes to start and deepen conversations within South Asian communities of the SF Bay Area on the subject of peace and justice in South Asia. The event is being organized by a coalition of bay area organizations dedicated to the promotion of South Asian Unity. Some of the issues that are of concern to us are: the vital link between Peace and Development, the ongoing cost and threat of mutual nuclear destruction and the role of the military-industrial complex in fomenting a regional arms race between India and Pakistan.  

We believe that people-to-people contacts are a crucial part of the peace process and that ordinary citizens can, by supporting the political will for peace, contribute substantially to a de-escalation of conflict and a scaling down of the official rhetoric of war.  

We advocate the choice of cooperation over confrontation and advance an agenda of peaceful co-existence and mutually beneficial engagement. We invite each and every one of you to become a part of this celebration of peace, justice and shared values!


Antariksh, a Desi pop-rock band, has been performing at sold-out concerts in and around the San Francisco Bay Area since 2001. Front man Rajesh is the face of the band. Satyajit on guitars is ably assisted by Pronob on keyboards, while Amber (drums) and Mahesh (bass) hold a tight line as the rhythm section. Their repertoire spans film classics from the 70's to contemporary hits peppered with non-filmi songs from other Indian and Pakistani bands. Antariksh is currently working on an album of original songs. More at


Through six weeks (March 23 - May 11, 2005), Indians and Pakistanis from all walks of life marched together for peace, starting at New Delhi, India and ending in Multan, Pakistan. The march provided a unique opportunity for people-to-people contact, for people to inter-mingle, reflect on, and negate the destructive tendencies of distrust, hatred, and enmity, and spread the message of peace and harmony. The evening will feature a short video from the march. For more details about the march and related solidarity events, go to FOSA's Ind-Pak Peace March mainpage.

FOSA logo Friends of South Asia (FOSA) is a voluntary organization based in the SF Bay Area, and its mission is to achieve a peaceful, prosperous and hate-free South Asia. The group works towards a demilitarized, nuclear-free South Asia, where the rights of all minorities are respected and protected, regardless of religious, ethnic, sexual or other differences.

Association for India's Development, Inc. (AID) is a voluntary non-profit organization committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development in India, by working with grassroots organizations and movements in India. AID supports and initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women's empowerment and social justice. Visit the AID SF Bay Area chapter website at

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International House, UC Berkeley
The International House at UC Berkeley is an independent, self-supporting, non-profit organization with close ties to the University of California at Berkeley. International House's mission is to foster intercultural respect and understanding, lifelong friendships and leadership skills for the promotion of a more tolerant and peaceful world.

ASATA, the Alliance of South Asians Taking Action, is a San Francisco Bay Area group working to educate, organize, and empower the Bay Area South Asian communities to end violence, oppression, racism and exploitation within and against our diverse communities.

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EKTA is a South Asian progressive network, based in the SF Bay Area, that works to provide a platform for social change through art, dialogue, and education.

ASHA Berkeley is the Berkeley chapter of ASHA for Education, a secular organization dedicated to change in India by focusing on basic education, in the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change.  ASHA Logo
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Map of I House at UC Berkeley Directions: International House is located on the University of California, Berkeley campus at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way. More info about I-house  and how to get there can be found at

Parking is limited at UC Berkeley.. however, many of the campus parking lots do allow public parking during weekends.

The nearest public parking garage is at 2558 Bancroft Way (near Bowditch St.)

There is also a covered public parking structure on Telegraph Ave between Channing Way and Durant Ave. (two blocks to I House).

For more info on parking at Berkeley, visit the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation page.

By Public Transport:
From downtown Berkeley BART, walk south to Bancroft and go up Bancroft (towards east) to International house (on Piedmont at Bancroft - a 15 min walk.)

Alternatively, from BART you can take AC transit bus 51 going towards Rock Ridge (the stop is on Shattuck Ave on southeast side of the main BART exit). Get off on College Ave at Durant Ave. Walk up Durant (east) to Piedmont, and walk a block north to Piedmont and Bancroft.

If you have questions on how to get there, contact Siddharth at (408)230-5242
This map is courtesy of  the UC Berkeley campus map webpages

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