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‘Laconia Multicultural Day’ 2014: The “Black Thunder Singers & Drummers”.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> 2014 Multicultural Day Program
>>Aug. 15, 2014.

>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions — Aug. 4, 2013.
>> Shame on Belknap Mill … — Aug. 3, 2013.

For all the posts related to 2012 ‘Laconia Multicultural Day’:
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I THINK this is them. I could be wrong. Click to access YouTube video.


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This is definitely them. Click to access Facebook account.


They appear to be the ‘featured’ band for the 2014 Multicultural Day. They have two prime-time performances: 11:00 – 11:30 & 11:45 – 12:15.

For reasons I can’t quite fathom I had assumed, obviously incorrectly, that they were an African ensemble. Well it appears, instead, that they are ‘Native American‘ enactors. Seems good.


‘Laconia Multicultural Day’ 2014, September 6 — The Program Schedule.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions — Aug. 4, 2013.
>> Shame on Belknap Mill … — Aug. 3, 2013.
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Click to access the official Website — which, alas, is a tad short on information even though we but 3 weeks away from the event.



So, today, Friday, August 15, 2014 this is what I got when I clicked on the ‘Program’ HOPING to see a Schedule of the Performances!
C’est la vie.

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Don’t bother going here for the Schedule. Try the Facebook account below.


Luckily I did find a Facebook account with the supposed program. So that was good. Why they can’t also have this on their Website is mystery. Must be a cultural thing in Laconia. 

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Click to access Facebook account. I assume it is semi-official.


Well unlike last year it is back in September. That is good — I think.

Tad early in my opinion, but what do I know.

It used to be the 2nd Saturday of September. I know — because the Highland Games used to be the 3rd Saturday.

But this year it is the first Saturday, albeit with September starting on a Monday.


Saad Hindal, The Impressive Iraqi Artist (In Concord, NH): I Did Two Craigslist Postings For Him Today.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.P1040379

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Related posts:
>> YouTube video & Concord mural
>>Oct. 5, 2013.
>> More paintings by Saad Hindal —
>> Sep. 9, 2013.
>> I bought a painting & my favorite
>> booth, 
2013 — Aug. 4, 2013.
>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions — Aug. 4, 2013.


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Click to access CraigsList ad. This is a brilliant painting. Get it for Christmas.


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Click to access CL ad.


Saad and I through one of his painted frames. Click to ENLARGE.

Saad and I through one of his painted frames. Click to ENLARGE.


Saad wanted to take this picture of me in his workshop. Click to ENLARGE.

Saad wanted to take this picture of me in his workshop. Click to ENLARGE.


Saad Hindal, The Impressive Iraqi Artist (In Concord, NH): YouTube Video & He Painted Evocative Concord Public Mural

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.P1040379

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Related posts:
>> More paintings by Saad Hindal —
>> Sep. 9, 2013.
>> I bought a painting & my favorite
>> booth, 
2013 — Aug. 4, 2013.
>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions — Aug. 4, 2013.


This is all I can find. We will have to go and take some good pictures to showcase with great piece of public art that Saad did for FREE to say 'Thanks' to Concord.

This is all I can find. We will have to go and take some good pictures to showcase with great piece of public art that Saad did for FREE to say ‘Thanks’ to Concord.

We did not know till last night that Saad Hindal, who is amazingly talented and a very nice guy to boot, had painted that amazing, very evocative mural in Concord — at the gas station (now closed) right opposite Concord High School (where all of his kids attended).

If you want a mural painted by Saad for your home or business let me know. My contact is over here >>> You will not regret it. You will have a treasure on your hand.

Click to access 'Concord Insider' article.

Click to access ‘Concord Insider’ article.



Click to access must see YouTube video of Saad and his then 15 year old son Hassan's paintings. Hassan made this video.

Click to access must see YouTube video of Saad and his then 15 year old son Hassan’s paintings. Hassan made this video.

More Paintings By Saad Hindal — The Impressive Iraqi Artist Now Living In Concord, NH.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.P1040379

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Related posts:
>> I bought a painting & my favorite
>> booth, 
2013 — Aug. 4, 2013.
>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions — Aug. 4, 2013.


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These paintings are INEXPENSIVE by local standards. Even I could afford one! If you are interested e-mail me. My e-mail is on the sidebar. Click to ENLARGE. This is a rather large canvas. The others are smaller.


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This was his latest. He had just finished it. He was eager for me to take a picture of it.


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A new impressionistic style that Mr. Hindal is experimenting with. This is the NH Lakes Region, ‘Laconia’, in early Fall.


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Mr. Saad Hindal.


On Thursday, September 5, on the way back from another doctor’s appointment in Bedford we stopped by Mr. Hindal’s house in Concord to pay for the picture we got on ‘take it … pay me when you have the money’ at the Laconia Multicultural Day in August.

He has a delightful residence full of color, murals on the wall and paintings everywhere. He and his family, per their background, were wonderful hosts. We all had a great time. So much so that we are going back. We didn’t have much time on Thursday. It was late and we had to get ready for our trip to Acadia.

As you can tell I am very impressed with Mr. Hindal’s work. The colors and forms really appeal to us all.

Yes, I plan to promote his work as much as I can. He has published a book. He gave Deanna an autographed copy. It is quite beautiful. I will try and get it made available to a wider audience.

IF you are interested in any of his work PLEASE contact me. My e-mail is on the sidebar. I will make it happen.

Our 2nd Favorite Booth At ‘Laconia Multicultural Day’ 2013 & Favorite Image.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.P1040379

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Related posts:
>> I bought a painting & my favorite booth,
>> 2013 — Aug. 4, 2013.

>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions — Aug. 4, 2013.
>> Shame on Belknap Mill … — Aug. 3, 2013.
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Favorite booth in 2013 was:

Saad & Hassam Hindal

Art from Memory

Iraqi Artists now living in Concord, NH.


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Wiggly, very clever, very sensual wooden stuff from Erin Clapp, NH Woodcraft.


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Erin Clapp’s Etsy page. Click to access.


Fibonacci Letterpress, last year’s favorite was also there
with an even bigger press.
We got to chat for a few minutes. He had a steady stream of visitors.
That was good.
He appeared to be a big hit. I am glad.

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Favorite Image: Drummer with ‘Edwin Pabon y Su Orchestra‘.
His face was so expressive and he was so into it. This picture really doesn’t do him enough justice.

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I Bought A Painting At ‘Laconia Multicultural Day’ + My Favorite Booth In 2013.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> 2013 Multicultural Day: Impressions — Aug. 4, 2013.
>> Shame on Belknap Mill … — Aug. 3, 2013.
>> Laconia Multicultural Day, 2013 … — July 12, 2013.
>> Laconia Multicultural Day, 2013: Program — July 30, 2013.
For all the posts related to 2012 ‘Laconia Multicultural Day’:
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Saad & Hassan Hindal

Art from Memory

Iraqi Artists now living in Concord, NH.


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Father and son, Saad and Al (17) at their tent. The painting on the easel, with the school bus, painted by Al. I like that one TOO.

Father and son, Saad and Al (17) at their tent. The painting on the easel, with the school bus, painted by Hassan. I like that one TOO.


The painting I bought, or at least got. Haven't paid for it yet, though it now hangs right by our front door.

The painting I bought, or at least got. Haven’t paid for it yet, though it now hangs right by our front door.


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THE picture, to the left, as it was hanging in the booth.


They were there last year too. I had seen their paintings and had liked them.

I, of course, stopped again this year, as soon as we got to the Mill. I spoke to the son, Hassan, and told him how much I liked the paintings.

Later on in the day, around noon, I went back to take a picture of the father and son. That was the picture at the top. The father was seated.

I told Hassan to tell his father how much I liked all the paintings, but the nude in particular and how I would buy it if I had the money.

Hassan translated. The dad told him something back, and both their faces lit up in smiles.

He tells me that his Dad has said: ‘Take it. Pay when you have the money‘!

I was shocked. They didn’t know me from Adam. That was an amazing gesture. There was no time period mentioned. Just unconditional goodwill.

With close to 38 years of marriage experience under my belt, I am savvy enough to know that you don’t buy a painting, especially a nude, without at least mentioning it to the wife. So, I explained that and we left. Devanee was with me and she was amazed.

When we told Deanna, we discovered that she too had seen the pictures and had liked that nude. Bingo. She too was amazed at this amazingly generous and brave gesture. She wanted me to get it.

So I went back and told them that I would come back at 4 pm, when the activities concluded. I wanted them to have it on display as long as they could. I think they were kind of surprised.

Just after 4 we all went to pick it up. Saad, in conjunction with Hassan, explained to us what the symbols meant. Some of them, like the cats and the 2nd from top symbol on the thigh denote good luck. Her lips are sealed about her prior life — but she is not a ‘virgin’. She is dreaming of another man. The fish skeleton and the whole fish indicate before-and-after.

It is vividly bright, very evocative, strangely compelling picture. We all love it.

I plan to pay for it at the end of this month. To be fair, it is not much — and many would find it amusing that I actually don’t even have that much in liquid cash. It is the first ‘original’ I have bought in decades!

We are truly honored that Saad trusted us and of course, we will not let him down.

Moreover, he now has a AVID supporter for life. Of course I am going to promote their work.

Not only do we like their art, we think they are remarkable people.

They have been living in Concord for 3 years. Hassan goes to highschool there. Saad has three other children, another son and two daughters.

We plan to visit their inhome gallery and do a longer interview. Also take some more pictures.

So stay tuned.

IF you are interested in their work, in particular their paintings, contact me (see sidebar) and I will put you in touch with them.

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Their trust and generosity reminded me of an incident from 44 years ago, i.e., 1969, which also involved a person from the Middle East. I had just started at ‘Mill Hill’, the private school in London I was consigned to when I turned 16. There was a fair number of foreigners at ‘Mill Hill’. Most of us, who were new at the school and were foreigners had a fairly torrid time from the locals. But we weathered it. We were allowed to walk down to Mill Hill village three or four times a week. I was at the village and was buying an ice cream when I saw one of the other foreigners. He was older than me and bigger. He didn’t speak very good English at the time and I knew that he wasn’t too happy. On a whim I asked him if he would like an ice cream. He, of course, wanted one. So I got him one and handed it to him. It was just a cone. When he took it from me, I could see tears in his eyes. I asked him what was bothering him. He replies: ‘I have been in this country four months now, and this is the first thing somebody bought for me‘.  Wow. I really didn’t know how to react. But, I can still remember that incident. Well yesterday, the shoe was on the other foot. I felt like the young man receiving the ice cream.