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Sultan of Music Adnan Sami to Perform in Washington DC

Adnan Sami Concert Live in Washington DC USA

Several times a year Indian-Americans and Pakistani-Americans come together to enjoy Bollywood Concerts -  a symbol of peace, brotherhood and unity, amidst the current chaos of the world. Men and Women dressed up, sing and dance to the popular tunes of Bollywood.  This will happen again on Friday, April 3 at Warner Theatre for Adnan Sami's concert thanks to Meenu Sabharwal of EVENTS WORLDWIDE in association with DIYA Restaurant and Karl Kalra (LIVE 2 U Entertainment).


Bengali modern songs by Mrs Juthika Barua - শ্রীমতি যূথিকা বড়ুয়ার কণ্ঠে আধুনিক বাংলা গান

Listen to few bengali modern songs from Toronto- based Indo-Canadian composer, Hindi and Bengali lyricist, story writer and singer Mrs. Juthika Barua's new Bengali album Jiboner Sajghor

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The Spirit of Spring.

I remembered the great Irish men I read about, my favorite Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, the Nobel Prize winning William Butler Yeats and even Jonathan Swift of Gulliver’s Travel I read as a child. This made me eulogize the only Irish connection I had through my years at Loreto House, an establishment by the Irish nuns in India.

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An inspiring change in Kashmir: Women Empowerment

Brokpa women from Kargil, northern Ladakh, in local costumes
Brokpa women from Kargil, northern Ladakh, in local costumes (CC BY 2.0)

Contrary to the 18th and 19th centuries, the 20th Century world in general has witnessed the rise in social status of the women. However, in last few decades, there has been a tremendous surge in the desire among women not to be merely treated as equal to their male counterparts but first among the equals. This phenomenon becomes particularly interesting because this desire of women is backed by a solid endeavour to carve a niche for themselves. Today, women want to weave a world of their  own - a world that promises freedom to make choices, independence to take decisions and indulgence with capacity building activities. Like the rest of the world, Kashmir too is experiencing this transformation among women. The phenomenon of women outshining their male counterparts is a common place occurrence rather than being an exception. Women empowerment, thus, is no more anissue that can be overlooked or given a shoddy treatment.   Despite Kashmir being a male dominated society for centuries and women being restricted behind the four walls, Kashmiri women have proved their mettle in numerous fields around the world. The very fact that they were able to overcome the enigmas of gender inequalities and discrimination, restrictions caused by the conflict and lack of opportunities, there is no more proof required support the argument that the quest for excellence among Kashmiri women was never missing.


Interview: Ustad Zakir Hussain on Celtic Connections Concert in Washington DC - Indian Ragas meet Scottish Strathspeys

ZAKIR HUSSAIN'S PULSE OF THE WORLD: CELTIC CONNECTIONS • Tuesday March 17 • Washington, DC • Lisner AuditoriumUstad Zakir Hussain is bringing his eagerly awaited "ZAKIR HUSSAIN'S PULSE OF THE WORLD: CELTIC CONNECTIONS" concert to Washington DC on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the Lisner Auditorium. The groundbreaking ensemble is on its first tour of North America with flowing melodies of Celtic instruments including bodhran, violin, pipes, flutes and whistles, combined with tabla, bamboo flute and Carnatic (South Indian) violin to create a powerful and organic musical experience. Tickets and more information are available at the GWU Lisner Auditorium website »

A couple of years ago, I had an opportunity to chat with Zakir just before his "Zakir Hussain & Masters of Percussion" concert in DC (you can listen to it here ») Zakir is one of the most pleasant and interesting persons to talk to. And I was eager to find out what was it that motivated him to combine Indian classical music with Celtic music - Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Breton instruments and music - a rather rare combination!


The stirring string of a Native Tongue.

"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."
---Nelson Mandela---

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As we celebrate International Mother Language Day, with much reverence and fervor we do travel back to our roots, our heritage, lineage and culture and hope to preserve all the glory and richness of our ethnicity contributing to the melting pot that the world is Today. One can feel strongly about his ancestral land and language even though he is continents and oceans apart from his native land. Here is how a string of words stirred a soul in the heart of Manhattan, New York. It didn't have to be through a speech in a seminar, in a symposium or in a literary convention of a forum. It was through a heart- to- heart talk.

Poem on International Mother Language Day-আন্তর্জাতিক মাতৃভাষা দিবসের কবিতা


 ভাষা দিবসে বাংলা ভাষায় মৃগাঙ্কের কবিতা 'ভাষা আমার '

Dharma shines again at Toronto's UN World Interfaith Harmony Event

Canada Marks UN Interfaith Harmony Week by Citing Indian Icons from Buddha, Gandhi and Narendra Modi to SRK, Salman Khan and Amitabh Bachchan as Role Models for Pluralism.



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