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Vipul .D. Shah at Announcement of Big Indian Comedy Awards
(Press Release) - Sep 15, 2011 - BIG Live Announces yet another
pioneering offering with the First ever ‘BIG Indian Comedy Awards’
An exclusive platform to showcase Best of Comedy from films & TV
BIG Indian Comedy Awards is another pioneering and unique initiative
from the IP vertical of the Reliance Broadcast stable – BIG Live. The
first-of-its-kind comedy awards will applaud & felicitate comic
artists across Bollywood and Television. The announcement was made by
BIG Live in the presence of celebrities’ like Sunil Pal, , Anang Desai
and some hilarious stand up acts by VIP & Sudesh Lahiri, promising
the viewers an evening filled with laugh-riot and masti. The awards are
being presented in association with Optimistix, who are known for their
expertise in this genre of entertainment.
Jaipur, Rajasthan, September 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire) Linen Club has always been a brand that has celebrated the true
spirit of fashion. Exquisitely textured fabrics, amazing cuts and
colours and the extremely rare and sophisticated hues have earned it a
revered seat in the fashion world. This time, this prestigious fabric
brand of Jaya Shree Textiles from the house of Aditya Birla Group, has
decided to add a new zing to the festive season revelry with its new
festive- collection. "Linen club always has a special surprise in store
for the festive season buyers", says Mr. Rabindra Mohan (Assistant Vice
President, Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd.). " But this time we have tried to
revolutionize the whole concept of linen as a festive wear.
Mumbai, Maharashtra, September 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / India PRwire)
-- Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, and Adele sparkled in PLATINUM jewelry at
the "28th Annual MTV Video Music Awards" in Los Angeles on August 28th:
again, Platinum ruled the red carpet at the star studded "28th Annual
MTV Video Music Awards". The music industry's biggest night saw the
leading ladies dazzling in platinum jewellery.
Mumbai, Sep 13, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) While most people are busy chasing money in the world, there are those that take time away from all of it and chase the roads, constantly blogging about it. Thus Kotak, who are running their current "Money Ka Matlab" campaign decided, to add two and two by putting these road-trippers and their campaign thought together.
MD, September 03, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) The Just 4 Us
Foundation will organize its awareness Walk-A-Thon event on Saturday,
October 8, 2011 at Laurel High School, 8000 Cherry Lane, Laurel,
Maryland at 9am, according to a press release.
As part of the
celebrations marking the Disability Awareness Month celebrated in
October, the foundation is organizing its first ever annual Walk-A-Thon
event. This event will raise money for its programs for children with
special needs and promote healthy lifestyles. The one day event will be
filled with activities and entertainment.
Washington, D.C., Sept 12, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Winner of the 2009 ACF International Competition Marouan Benabdallah performs a recital of works by Schubert, Debussy, Albeniz, Benabdeljalil, Granados and Ravel at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater on November 5. Said the New York Times of his Carnegie Hall debut recital last May, “He played with rich colorings and flair, and brought tenderness to the lyrical musings and vigor to the bursts of chords and dizzying passagework.”
Not yet thirty and with a Hungarian mother and Moroccan father, Benabdallah’s musical heritage is deeply rooted in the Hungarian tradition. He received his formal training at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest and in 2008 was presented with the Medal of the Hungarian Parliament for his achievement in music, an honor he shares with Plácido Domingo.
Benabdallah first attracted international attention in 2003, following triumphs at the Hungarian Radio Piano Competition, the Andorra International Competition (2003) and after that at the Naples (2004) International Piano Competition, after which he went on to perform in Germany, Austria, China, Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Italy.
Kolkata, Sept 12 (Washington Bangla Radio / IBNS) If it was angel
white for Priyanka Chopra, then it was devil black for Minisha Lambha,
who provided a stunning finale to the Kolkata chapter of the Blenders
Pride Fashion Tour 2011 on Sunday.
The mood had already been set by a red carpet collection from
designer Rocky S that showcased a gala of Men’s wear that included
sherwanis and fit suits in colour palette of blacks, greys and nudes
with a dash of deep red infusing energy into classic pieces.
The outfits were already exuding a lot of oomph and the style
statement was firmly expressed when Bollywood beauty Minisha Lambha
scorched the ramp in a classic retro black gown from Rocky’s repertoire.
The Budapest Festival Orchestra conducted by Iván Fischer with pianist András Schiff opens WPAS 2011-12 Orchestra Series at the Kennedy Center on October 26
Washington, D.C., Sept 7, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Named among the world’s top ten orchestras in Gramophone’s most recent poll of critics, the Budapest Festival Orchestra returns to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for a performance of works by Bartók and Schubert on Wednesday, October 26. The orchestra will be conducted by former National Symphony Orchestra principal conductor Iván Fischer whose conducting has been described by the Guardian as producing “stupendous music-making.” Said Gramophone, “It’s an extraordinary set-up…a group of superb musicians who play with a passion and commitment that beggars belief. The combination of Iván Fischer, the orchestra’s founder and music director, and these fine players has elevated music-making to a level that astonishes and delights with equal measure.” Said the New York Times of a recent performance, “New York classical music audiences are getting to know the Hungarian conductor Ivan Fischer, and that, it turns out, is all to the good…The orchestra played well, with a full-bodied sound and yet a transparency that helped clarify lines in the occasionally dense counterpoint.”
Who: Gil Shaham, violin;When: Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:00
pm;Where: The Music Center at Strathmore; Program: Schubert Sonatina in A
minor for violin and piano D. 385, Op. 137, No. 2 Bach Partita No. 2 in
D minor for solo violin, BMW 104 Franck Sonata in A Major for violin
and piano Tickets, $35-75, are available at www.wpas.org or
Washington, D.C., Sep 8, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Recognized
by audiences and critics alike both at home and abroad as one of
today’s most virtuosic and engaging classical artists, Gil Shaham
appears worldwide performing concertos with celebrated orchestras and
conductors and making ensemble appearances on the great concert stages
and at the most prestigious festivals. Said The Guardian of a 2010 performance, “Shaham's playing is impeccable – every attack is perfectly clean, the articulation crystal clear.” Said the New York Times of Shaham’s performance at last year’s Mostly Mozart Festival, “Mr.
Shaham’s playing was both sweet-toned and trim, every phrase crisply
articulated. In the finale, the demand is for zest rather than
thoughtfulness, and Mr. Shaham gave it all the vigor it wants with no
sacrifice in clarity or shape.”
Shaham gave a series of all-Bach recitals last season, including
performances in London, Istanbul, Milan, Prague and Cologne amongst
others. His 2009-11 seasons were marked by several projects. His “Violin
Concertos of the 1930s,” highlighting masterpieces by influential
composers of the ‘30s, featured performances of works by Barber, Berg,
Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Walton with a “who’s
who” list of great conductors and orchestras on three continents,
including Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Michael
Tilson-Thomas and the London Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson and the
New York Philharmonic, and Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio
Calcutta, Sept 3, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Lakshmi Broto Katha was read by devotees, especially women folk of Bengal, to ascertain peace and happiness in their households. Also known as Lakshmi pachali, it is often read out during the Lakshmi Puja and every Thursday in many Bengali households.
Traditional lighting of the oil lamp
Antara performing live at her album launch
This worship of the Hindu Goddess of well-being is traditionally
performed in many households with great ardor and devotion for peace,
wealth and prosperity and the stob, gayatri, anjali. Pachali forms an integral part of Laxmi Puja.
But now changing times, increasing pace of lifestyle, shortage of time, lack of proper understanding of the Panchali
contents, it's language (only in Bangla) and such factors have forced
this practice to either rural Bengali folks or left it with the
generations of our mothers and grandmothers. There are many examples
wherein the mother has recited the Pachali, recorded the same in
Cassettes or mobile etc. or have even written the Pachali in English
script and given to the daughters or daughters in law to perform the
Sept 4, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Mumbai will discover the magic
of Melbourne, a city that is perfectly tailored towards incentive
travel, at the ‘Destination Melbourne Showcase’ this week.
by the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB), the Showcase will
feature nine of the city’s leading Business Events suppliers,
emphasizing why Melbourne is the perfect place to combine business,
pleasure and travel.
Ms Edwina San, MCVB’s Director –
International Incentives, said the Showcase would reveal a lively,
ever-evolving and culturally diverse city.
“We are delighted to be taking the Showcase to India for the first time,” Ms San said.
Film Festival (IFF) is an annual event showcasing the independent
feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the
world. IFF is also a platform for the Iranian filmmakers living around
the globe to express their vision and talent through the artistic medium
of film. Iranian Film Festival (IFF) was established to support the
Iranian film and culture in the Iranian-American community of the San
Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
This year's Official Selections::Click on the images to watch a clip:
Brick and MirrorDirector: Ebrahim GolestanYear: 1965Country: IranDuration: 133 minutesGenre: Social Drama
North Brunswick, NJ, Aug 29, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) In what promises to be a remarkable concert series in the United States and Canada, the venerable Saregama record company of India (erstwhile HMV) is organizing live performances by renowned Ghazal exponent Talat Aziz who will pay tribute to his legendary guru Ustad Mehdi Hassan.
The concert series will be held across North America (USA & Canada) over September and October of 2011. Preliminary reports indicate Aziz will perform iconic Ghazals including Rafta Rafta, Zindagi Mein etc. as well as super-hit Ghazhal songs from Bollywood films like Umrao Jaan, Bazaar, Daddy etc.
The shows will also feature North Indian Hindustani Classical instrumental exponents Pt. Ramesh Misra on Sarangi, Rajendra Shankar (brother of Uday, Ravi and Sachin Shankar) on Sitar, and Tabla wizard Ustad Tari Khan from Pakistan.
Aug 27, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) On 27th August 2011 the third
Hinduism Summit (Hindu Dharmajagruti Sabha) in Chicago concluded
successfully at the Hindu Temple of Lake County. Over 100 people,
including Hindu parents trying to raise their children as Hindus,
non-Hindus interested in Hinduism and Hindu activists, attended this
public event, with 45 of the attendees online. The program received very
positive feedback, such as, ‘We would like to have this enlightening
program at our temple, too’, ‘It provided a rewarding experience, as we
listened to the lectures of distinguished personalities’, ‘Questions on
Hinduism were answered very well’, etc.
The presentation of Mrs. Bhavna Shinde Hurley (interview),
Spokesperson of FHA, drew attention to various issues facing Hindus in
America, such as distortion of Hinduism by American academicians, like
the recent news about ‘Prof. Sheldon Pollock broadening access to
Sanskrit, the language of the elite’, Hindu youth increasingly
converting out of Hinduism, anti-Hindu bias in the media, and the
rampant trivialization of Hindu Deities. Mrs. Shinde Hurley explained
how Hinduism education emphasizing the unique science of Hinduism and
its firsthand experience can help us face these challenges successfully.
She gave some examples of the spiritual science of Hinduism, such as
the red dot (of pure vermillion powder) on the forehead that helps
increase concentration and the Agnihotra sacrificial fire that one can
perform to gain protection from nuclear radiation. Mrs. Shinde Hurley
appealed to all supporters of Hinduism to come together whenever the
Hindu community faces a challenge, to respond to it successfully, taking
inspiration from the over 1000 Hindus worldwide who recently got the
denigrating ‘Sita Sings the Blues’ New York show cancelled by promptly
protesting to the organizers.
Dr. Richard Benkin, a
leader in the struggle to stop the ethnic cleansing of Bangladesh’s
Hindus, in his speech, mentioned a milestone reached in this struggle
recently. On July 28, 2011, a US Congressman Robert Dold recognized the
oppression of Bangladeshi Hindus on the floor of the United States
Congress. Dr. Benkin spoke about the Human Rights Advisory Council he
has been asked to lead. He urged everyone to contact their Senators to
co-sponsor the bill, HR440, which calls for the appointment of a
“Special Envoy to Promote Religious Freedom of Religious Minorities in
the Near East and South Central Asia”, and to specifically mention the
Bangladeshi Hindus’ persecution. However, he cautioned Hindus to play a
prominent role early and even have some voice in who is appointed as
Special Envoy to prevent the wrong person being made the Special Envoy.
This would help the real issues like the Bangladeshi Hindus' persecution
to be investigated while preventing focus on one-sided false charges
about Gujarat, Orissa, Palestinians, etc.
Ms. Kristen Mandziuk
of Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF) showed videos of SSRF’s
research with dowsing and biofeedback machines to illustrate that
subtle distressing forces (aasuri shakti), which obstruct Dharma, are
very powerful. The videos further illustrated that to effectively
counter these challenges faced by the Hindu community, Hindus will need
to gain spiritual strength by doing spiritual practice and by acquiring
blessings of Saints who have the divine consciousness to counter the
subtle distressing forces.
Ms. Maya Jairam, a native of
Colorado, shared her firsthand account of growing up in America. Coming
from a non-religious childhood, she was unaware of the spiritual ill
effects of the non-vegetarian diet, the benefits of spiritual practice
(sadhana), etc. Ms. Jairam found Hinduism’s spiritual science, such as
the three subtle components (trigunas) to be fascinatingly clarifying of
various aspects of life. It inspired her to become vegetarian and
follow a Hindu spiritual path.
contributions to make this Hinduism Summit happen were commemorated in a
beautiful, informative souvenir that was published at the hands of Mr.
Prabhakar Joshi, a long time local Hindu activist. The Hinduism Summit
concluded with attendees enthusiastically passing resolutions about
urging US policy makers to investigate the Bangladeshi Hindus’
persecution, and about not supporting any product, publication or art
that denigrates Hinduism.
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