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July 10, 2012 > Summer Fiesta

Summer Fiesta

By M. J. Laird

Game show enthusiasts who gravitate to nightly television programs such as "Jeopardy" and yet long for a more social rather than a solitary encounter, can delight in Summer Fiesta 2012: A Mind & Melody Show on Sunday, July 15.

A two-hour quiz, known as Bounty Hunter, starts the event followed by entertainer Madhava performing hit songs from well-known Bollywood singers Udit, Sonu, and Abhijeet. And the price of Summer Fiesta is perfect - free!

Bounty Hunter, billed as a grand quiz, features two-member teams from throughout the Bay Area who will test their knowledge in six broad categories - current events to arts and literature to sports and games. A series of rounds will eventually narrow the field to six. Questions will include audio and film clues posed by Grand Quiz Master Rajarshi Ray, event organizer.

"Keep your eyes open," says Ray. "Know what is happening in the world. Listen to radio. Read newspapers, and check out web pages and the TV channels. Know a little about literature. Be well-rounded. After all, we are living in the information age."

Ray has been involved in quizzing events for many years; he has participated as a competitor in more than 100 quizzes and hosted events in India and the U.S. "I want to share knowledge. With information, we understand others and other parts of the world," says Ray, who works days in research and development in electronics and computer engineering. "With more information, people get a global feeling. That's my goal."

Beyond quizzing, Ray lists music and acting as passions. A trained violinist and vocalist who also plays keyboard, Ray travels back and forth to Austin, Texas, where he performs with two bands he launched - Kheyali (Whimsical) and Jhankaar (Melodious Chime). He has also launched an independent theater group called ATIKRAM, which has performed at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, and has two plays slated to open in summer.

Summer Fiesta
Sunday, July 15
1 p.m.
Milpitas Library
160 North Main St., Milpitas
(408) 262-1171

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