Sunday, July 5, 2020

Major grant funds groundbreaking musical project Raga Maqam

Raga Maqam blends traditional Indian Ragas with Maqam, melodies from Arab, Turkish and Persian Music For the first time since its inception four years ago, The India Center Foundation (ICF) has been awarded a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the production of their ground-breaking musical project, Raga Maqam. This collaborative venture explores the confluences...

The gallant Indian gladiators of Galwan

Galwan valley has been in news since the beginning of May this year, when the borders started simmering from the skirmish on the western bank of Pagong Tso. The ridge on the northern bank has spurs running down to the lakes resembling human fingers and hence are named fingers numbered 1 to 8. India claims till finger 8 and...

Lockdown Diaries: Key life skills to help you survive during the pandemic

As we can all agree, the lockdown period has presented many challenges especially when we are sat at home trying to keep safe. I have spoken to many family and friends through video-conferencing about the challenges that they are facing during the long period uncertainty with social distancing and self- isolation. I thought it would be a great idea...

Sairee Chahal – Founder of Sheroes, the safe online social space that empowers women

Sairee Chalal is a successful technology entrepreneur. She has been a Devi Award winner, as well as winning the Femina Achievers Award, Cartier Award, Editor’s choice for L’Oreal Femina Women’s Award, Business Today and Most Powerful Women in Indian Business. Sairee is also on a mission to change the world and make it a more equal one for women.  Sheroes, a women-only...

Dragon Designs: A tactical perspective on Sino – Indian relations

There have been ongoing discussions about Sino-Indian relations over the past few days following the recent Indo China face-offs in Ladakh. I've been speaking in leading television networks, as a Defence Expert on Geo Strategic and Military matters, with an in-depth analysis on border issues, having served in these terrains while I was in service in the Indian army. I thought of...

Romance is in the air with Sajda UK’s mesmerising flute-harmonica concert

The online celebration of Sajda festival has perhaps been designed with the truest Indian spirit – unending and colourful platter of pure love. And one cannot have enough of it. After the massively hit first two shows, the festival is set to lure its audience with soulful melody of Indian flute and harmonica for the next two episodes. Indians...

Stories as tools for life and happiness: a reading of Iain Cunningham’s personal documentary Irene’s Ghost

In these times on COVID-19 spurred enthusiasm for virtual gatherings, I have been involved in a couple of such events over the past week. One was the virtual screening of my documentary film Sweet Malady that was part of the program for the Montage Film Series hosted by the Pompano Beach Cultural Center this month but had to be...

The Yoga World unites for Mental Health: Online Yoga Festival for Mental Health on 14th June

First of its kind world-wide event will offer free workshops and marks importance of mental health and the contribution Yoga can make Berlin, 11th June 2020 - In an unprecedented move to help people cope with the stress and tension that the Corona pandemic has brought along for them, The Art of Living Foundation in partnership with Sri Sri School of...

Lockdown Diaries: Reflections In The Wake of COVID-19

Most of us Indians across the globe perhaps share a similar story at this juncture. We are in the same boat, stranded mentally if not physically. For those of us whose families are far away in India, the question that has inevitably crossed our minds is: “When will we get to go home next?” It's my 83rd day today,...

“Bhenge mor ghorer chabi” – an Essex Indians initiative to celebrate Rabindra Jayanti

9 May, 2020. It was a usual day amidst the Covid 90 Pandemic prevailing around the world. However, for all Bengalis and Indians around the globe, it was a very special day. It was the weekend of Rabindra Jayanti. It was the 159th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, commonly known as “Tagore” to the world. Rabindranath Tagore, a poet, a...