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Star-studded “New York, I Love You” has substantial India connection

India associated filmmakers  Golden Globe nominated Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) and BAFTA nominated Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) are directing “New York, I Love You” along with nine others, including Oscar nominated Natalie Portman (Star Wars).

Pati, Patni Aur Woh - New TV Program on Indian NDTV Imagine Channel

Pati Patni Aur Woh - NDTV Imagine TV Channel - Poster Image

The upcoming TV Series "Pati, Patni Aur Woh" on NDTV Imagine will feature five celebrity couples trying their hand at managing kids, measuring their skills from caring for babies to managing wild hormone-driven adolescents. Watch promo videos & trailers of the TV serial online.

Rahman to open studio in Los Angeles

Oscar winner A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) is developing studios in Los Angeles (USA) and London (UK), according to reports.

He reportedly already has studios in India in Chennai and Mumbai. With him going international, this will facilitate him to work with his music teams in Los Angeles and London. He reportedly said recently that he was in the middle of getting loans sanctioned for the project.

Rahman producing Michael Jackson tribute album

Oscar winner A.R. Rahman is reportedly developing an album in memory of entertainment icon Michael Jackson, which will include musicians from all over the world.

Rahman collaborating with UK’s Middlesex University to blend Asian-Western music

Oscar winner musician A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Middlesex University of United Kingdom (UK), focusing on blending Asian and Western music styles.

Rahman to offer free peace concert in Australia

Oscar winner musician A. R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) will deliver a free concert in Sydney (Australia) to make a “statement of peace” in view of recent racial attacks on Indian students in Australia.

Sanskrit mantras being used for healing in America and the West

Sanskrit mantras are reportedly increasingly bringing healing to the West.

Many healing centers, yoga studios, etc., are reportedly turning to mantra chanting for various purposes. Mantra CDs by Western artists are increasingly showing up on the shelves of yoga places, healing hubs and other such gatherings. Mantra-yoga, which consists of 16 stages and stresses on the magical syllables, is also said to be catching up.

Gandhi at the Bat | Mahatma Gandhi as rookie hitter for New York Yankees

Did peace icon Mahatma Gandhi pinch-hit for the New York Yankees wearing his trademark khadi dhoti in 1933?

An 11-minute short film titled "Gandhi at the Bat", a faithful recreation of a black and white 1930s-style newsreel showing Gandhi as rookie baseball hitter, is going around in film festivals world over, has won numerous awards, and even played at Baseball Hall of Fame.

Watch teaser promo preview video online.

Khatron Ke Khiladi Level 2 - Fear Factor - Colors TV Show

Khatron Ke Khiladi TV Serial Poster

Fear Factor - Khatron Ke Khiladi - Level 2 is the upcoming new 2nd season of the Indian version of the Fear Factor Television reality show format. The TV series is hosted by popular Indian Bollywood Hindi movie actor Akshay Kumar, known for his Khiladi series of Bollywood box office hits. Listen to the free title track music online and watch promo-previews/trailers.

Upset Hindus criticize Yoga Journal’s yoga-comedy-series as mockery of revered discipline

Hindus have strongly criticized prestigious Yoga Journal's new “web yoga-comedy series”, saying it is mockery of the age old and revered system.

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Julia Roberts will not shoot in original ashram, where “Eat, Pray, Love” author stayed

Julia Roberts (Public Domain Image by Federal Govt of USA)Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) will reportedly not shoot “Eat, Pray, Love” in the original ashram (retreat) where author Elizabeth Gilbert stayed for about four months few years back in India, trying to find her spirituality.

Some Asia airlines adopt “namaste” like greeting

Some airlines of Asia have adopted “namaste” like greeting called “wai” as standard for greeting passengers, according to reports.

Hindus have applauded this gesture. Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that greeting with a “namaste” like gesture was full of warmth and grace and it symbolized love and respect.

Natyaranga Presents - Dadu Chai Nati Chai - Bengali Drama (Stage Theater) - Bangla Natok Review

NATYORANGA Kolkata Theater Group - Dadu Chai Nati Chai

Dadu Chaee Nati Chai is a Bengali comedy play staged by the Natya Ranga bangla theater group at the Academy Of Fine Arts, 2 Cathedral Road, Park Street, Kolkata.

Julia Roberts to shoot “Eat, Pray, Love” in India ashram in September, Hindus concerned

Julia Roberts (Public Domain Image by Federal Govt of USA)Oscar winner Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) reportedly will be in India in the third week of September to shoot “Eat, Pray, Love”, and Hindus are concerned about the authenticity of the depiction of sacred ashram (retreat) and other Hinduism objects in the film.

Hans Vermeersch & Rajhans Orchestra | Europan & Indian Cross-Genre Music Composer, Conductor, Performing Artist from Belgium

Hans Vermeersch Rajhans Orchestra & Ensemble | WBRi ExclusiveAs a young boy, Hans Vermeersch used to hear music on the radio and on records, and not content with listening to music composed and performed by others, he decided to create his own music reflecting emotions his own way.

Later, after a visit to India, hans realized that a lot of Indian sub-continental principles in music were identical to those of 17th / 18th Century European music. Hans was heavily involved in 17th and early 18th century European music at that time. He approached Satyatjit Ray for a few days in 1989 with a plan for a multi-cultural orchestra. Ray was enthusiastic, and with his Ray's help and advice Hans went on a search across India and established the fabulous Rajhans Orchestra.

Hans is a true world-class and world-music composer with a long and growing list of fascinating concertos and compositions with both European and Indian instrumentation. Read all about Hans, listen to his music and watch music videos »