Ame American Amdavadi- Mahendra Shah
Mahendra Shah, born in 1945, migrated to the U.S. in 1974. Originally an architect, Mahendra has been a successful entrepreneur and businessman for many years. While devoting his professional life to real estate and retail businesses, he has remained an enthusiastic contributor to the Pittsburgh area Indian community. Over the years, he has recorded his humorous observations on the plight of the immigrant Indian in America in the form of cartoons. Also, keen in poetry, essays and paintings. Long appreciated, his work was originally published by Pittsburgh’s local Gujarati magazine and is now featured in several publications, web sites and exhibitions.
§ Gurjar (Pittsburgh, PA)
§ Gujarat Samachar
§ Gujarat Darpan
§ Jain Digest
§ Pittsburgh Patrkia
§ Gujarat Times
§ Read Gujarati.com
§ Every Friday “Sunday E-Mahefil”
§ E-cartooning: Every first of the month E-cartoon to more than 400 E-friends.
§ Every Saturday “Hasya Darbar”
§ Full page News story in Pittsburgh Tribune Review Jan. 17, 18. 2008
§ Sunday E mahefil No. 141. Feb. 14. 2008, 4 page story on Mahendra with article, cartoons & paintings.
§ Mera Panna
§ Every saturday The South Asian Times
§ Amdavad Mirror- Times of India
§ Gunjan (California)
§ Opinion (U.K.)
§ Akhand Anand
§ Matrubhasha (Australia)
§ Sadhana Saptahik
§ Gujarat Magazine
§ First book on cartoons “Ame American Amdavadi” published, Jan. 2005.
§ Press Conference, attended by major news papers, Magazines & TV media. Amdavad, India.
§ Book Vimochan, Amdavad, India, by Ratilal Borisagar
§ Book Vimochan, London by Prakash N. Shah Editor, Nirixak
§ JAINA Conventions every two years
§ Gujarati Samaj of Pgh’s Fun Fair
§ Independence Day Celebration – Columbus, OH
§ Gujarat Literary Academy of NA – Sahitya Sammelan
§ ‘Parivar’ 10th Anniversary Celebration – London, UK
§ Huthisingh Visual Art Gallery – Ahmedabad, India (Inaugration by Dr. Kumarpal Desai)
§ Independence Day Celebration – Pittsburgh, PA
§ Eastern Religions Come to Western PA – Indiana University of Pennsylvania
§ Cartoons & Jain Painting Exhibition- Jain Center of America, NY
§ FOGANA @ Cleveland
§ Cartoons Exhibition – World Gujarati Conference, NJ
§ Cartoons Exhibition, Houston, TX
§ Cartoons Exhibition, Utsav Celebration, Pittsburgh, PA
§ Alaska Cruise, Celebrity
§ Europe, SOTC tours.
Now, Mahendra has published his first book, a compilation of over 30 years of cartoons. Ame American Amdavadi, is a one of a kind collection of over 265 English and Gujarati cartoons offering a unique perspective on the life of Indian immigrants. All profits from the book will be donated to designated charities under Mahendra Shah’s program, “Art for Charity.”
+ Architect by Education +
+ Entrepreneur by Profession +
+ Artist, Humorist, Cartoonist & Writer by Hobby +
+ Joking + Walking + Cartooning + Painting +
+ Keys to a Happy Life +
For trade and publication inquiries or to set up an exhibition in your area, contact:
Up coming 2009 events:
Cartoons exhibitions, India.
Cartoons and paintings exhibitions , Detroit, Washington,DC, Jaina Convention, LA.
Gujarati cartoons: http://picasaweb.google.com/mahendraaruna1/cartoons#
English cartoons: http://picasaweb.google.com/mahendraaruna1/mahendraSEnglishcartoons#