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South Asian Beauty Pageant Miss India International Contest in New Jersey USA

Sheetal Sheth

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New York, March 30, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) Jewel of India announced today that 2nd Annual Miss India International will take place on Sunday May 6th 2012 at THE MADISON HOTEL, New Jersey - Sponsored by CRITERIUM JAGIASI - .

"Last year the pageant was held in Delaware, attended by over 400 people but this year we are excited to bring it to New Jersey", said Juhi Jagiasi, the CEO and Founder of Jewel of India and Director of MISS INDIA INTERNATIONAL.

In addition to the pageant there will be 'Fashion Designer CONTEST' and 'Best Runway Model CONTEST'. To win the coveted title each contestant will compete in 4 categories: Indian Dress, Evening Gown, Fitness Wear & Interview Round.

The Panel of Judges comprises of big names like Ean Williams (Executive Director, DC FASHION WEEK), Tejinder Singh (White House Correspondent), Harry Romana (Founder, IND TV USA), Manan Singh Katohora (Internationally-Acclaimed Award-winning Filmmaker), Tirusha Dave (CEO, BRAVURA Magazine), Samina Moghul (Fashion Designer), to name a few.

Shree Ramnavami (राम नवमी) – birth celebration of the ideal incarnation of Lord Vishnu

Lord Rama

Lord Rama (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ramnavami (राम नवमी) will be celebrated on April 1st this year to proclaim the birth of Shreeram, the seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu. A major festival lasting 9 days will be celebrated all over India with many special events filled with religious fervor and gaiety. The most notable being the day-long readings of a 1,000 page poem from the Ramayana, a book about Shree Ram’s life. Other practices such as singing of hymns,, reciting of Ramraksha Stotra (verses in praise of Shree Ram), distribution of holy sacrament or prasad, processions and offerings of fruits and flowers also form part of this festival ihonouring a supreme individual with ideal characteristics.

Kailash Kher Performs Live in New Jersey, USA

Kailash Kher Live In New Jersey

New York, NY, March 28, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio) ARIZ Inc. presents internationally acclaimed artist Kailash Kher, with his band Kailasa, in New Jersey on May 11th.  Kailash will be performing from his fourth and highly anticipated studio album Rangeele which debuted in January 2012.

STAR Parivar Awards 2012 Goes 3D

Mumbai, March 17, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / free-press-release) Indian television's most extravagant annual event just got better. The STAR Parivaar Awards that celebrates the best of India's largest television network has gone 3D in its 10th year as its cherishes the old and fosters the new - new thinking!


“The world has changed a lot since Ravi recorded with Yehudi Menuhin 45 years ago, but Anoushka is clearly keen to blaze the same sort of trail.”—MOJO

Anoushka Shankar
Anoushka Shankar / Photo © Harper Smith/Deutsche Grammophon

Internationally acclaimed and Grammy-nominated sitarist, composer, and conductor Anoushka Shankar shines on her Deutsche Grammophon debut Traveller.  The daughter and disciple of maestro Ravi Shankar has been hailed as “a new breed of super-musician” by the Japan Times and BBC Music Magazine noted she was a “creative force” and a “star performer”.  To coincide with the album release (March 20th), Shankar will embark on a multiple-city tour across the U.S. (See dates below).

Anoushka Shankar's "Traveller", her debut on Deutsche Grammophon

With her deep-rooted understanding of Indian classical form and the rich heritage of her father’s innovative genius, Anoushka is constantly pushing boundaries on every level.  Produced by visionary Spanish songwriter, guitarist and producer Javier Limón, Traveller fuses ancient Gypsy flamenco with classical Indian music resulting in an “inspired” (The Guardian) collection steeped in tradition while maintaining a modern sound. Shankar collaborated with many world-renowned Indian and flamenco musicians on this beautiful, ground-breaking musical journey including pianist Pedro Ricardo Miño on “Bulería Con Ricardo”, guitarist Pepe Habichuela on “Boy Meets Girl” and Concha Buika and Sandra Carrasco on vocals for the mesmerizing “Casi uno” and “Kanya” respectively.  Other highlights include “Dancing In Madness“which showcases the actual flamenco dancer Farruco’s feet furiously tapping in tune with percussion and the fast-paced title track “Traveller”.

Anoushka Shankar: Traveller
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