Month: March 2018

Movie Matters! Media Meet @ Mayura!

At a press conference on Monday, March 26th, Punjabi film stars Gippy  Grewal and Roshan Prince spoke about the making of a biopic film ‘Subedar Joginder Singh’ which releases April 6th.

Hosted by Y Media Group, the President and CEO, Mr. Yudhvir Jaiswal, welcomed everyone in attendance with warmth and graciousness.

The film is inspired by the life of the Subedar who fought the Chinese during the Indo-Chinese war of 1962.  The movie is a saga of his dedication and devotion towards serving the country. He led his troops till he got wounded and subsequently died in Chinese captivity. He displayed such exemplary and unprecedented courage that the Indian Government honored him with the country’s highest wartime gallantry award – Param Vir Chakra posthumously.

The makers have delved into the past to showcase happenings and episodes of his life, most realistically. The movie has been shot in extreme weather conditions of Suratgarh, where the mercury soared to a melting level, and it has been filmed in the bone-chilling climate of Drass, Kargil where the temperature drops below freezing point! A major part of the film has been shot at a height of 14000 feet; the terrain was so insurmountable that it took the cast and crew hours of driving followed by a strenuous vertical trek to reach actual shoot location. Seven Colors Motion Picture Pvt. Ltd has produced the venture.

Both the actors   expressed immense happiness and excitement about being a part of this film, which is a highly anticipated one. With 4 million views of the teaser on YouTube already, this film is set to break ground for Pollywood and its push into the mainstream film industry.

Asked about the filming process, Mr. Grewal, who was seen in the Farhan Akhtar starrer Lucknow Central (2017), said that it was very tough. They had to weather rough conditions, undergo physical changes like putting on weight, losing weight and such. Continue reading “Movie Matters! Media Meet @ Mayura!”

Be Part of a Spring-Time Extravaganza in Japan this Cherry Blossom Season

Discover the Best Sakura Themed Experiences on your Journey from Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto

Cherry blossoms, known in Japan as Sakura, are usually in full bloom for only one week. After blossoming in full, the most beautiful and final stage is celebrated by locals and tourists alike, as the small petals flutter gracefully from their trees onto the ground. The Japanese cherish the cherry blossoms during this special period and celebrate this notable event. Discover the best places to witness the change in these beautiful trees and immerse yourself in this unforgettable experience through an 8-stop journey across our luxurious hotels from Tokyo to Osaka and Kyoto.

Stop #1 – Culinary Delights at The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo
Make The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo your first stop this Sakura season and enjoy some carefully crafted specialties at a themed Sakura Afternoon Tea. To mark these celebrations, the culinary team has prepared special Sakura Kaiseki bento boxes and hampers, as well as a Sakura frozen soufflé that will have you dancing under the trees. Additionally, you can trust the Concierge to recommend the nicest spots to spot and see the cherry blossoms on the way to your next stop.

Stop #2 – Palatial Beauty & Cooling Cocktails in Tokyo
Enjoy the falling petals near the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan, which is located on large park-like grounds filled with cherry trees. As you reach your next stop, treat yourself to a “Gallery Flower” cocktail at the Sky Gallery Lounge Levita or The Bar Illumiid at The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, a Luxury Collection Hotel. This delightful  Champagne cocktail features a subtle cherry blossom flavor and is accentuated by a bright red flower. Continue reading “Be Part of a Spring-Time Extravaganza in Japan this Cherry Blossom Season”

Timeless ideals and enlightened art revealed in The World of the Fatimids

Aga Khan Museum Opens Landmark Exhibition on One of the Muslim World’s Greatest Civilizations

Say “Cairo” and people envision King Tut, the pyramids at Giza, and the Arab Spring. But there’s another equally dramatic and forgotten tale. It is the story of the Fatimids. They built Cairo as the centre of their empire and their pluralistic society flourished from the late 10th-century to the mid-12th-century, stretching from North Africa to Iran to Sicily. 

 Opened March 10, 2018 at the Aga Khan Museum, “The World of the Fatimids,” is an exhibition that showcases the extraordinary Fatimid imprint on Sicily’s culture and explores Iranian connection through a wealth of objets d’art. Travel back in time and meet the Fatimids. They built the world’s one of the oldest university, great libraries, and are known for their spectacular architecture, including ornamented domes that still stand today.

The World of the Fatimids, opening March 10, 2018, sheds light on one of history’s most intriguing and vibrant civilizations, which at its height in the 10th and 11th centuries influenced thought and life throughout the Mediterranean, Southern Europe, and the Near East. Luminous ceramics, intricate carvings shaped from rock crystal, and artifacts decorated with Kufic calligraphy and embellished with vines and leaves are some of the luxury objects in this exhibition. All bear witness to a remarkable dynasty that fostered the arts and the sciences, yet is
little known in North America.

“We know from accounts of the time that Fatimid art and architecture was glorious,” says Henry Kim, Aga Khan Museum Director and CEO. “Most of it has vanished over the ages, so in bringing together objects from many international collections, Continue reading “Timeless ideals and enlightened art revealed in The World of the Fatimids”

Brampton’s Powerade Centre to be Renamed as CAA Centre

New naming rights agreement for one of the GTA’s largest sports and entertainment complexes commences this spring

BRAMPTON, ON (MARCH 22, 2018) – Realstar Group, one of Canada’s leading real estate investment and management enterprises, is proud to announce a new 10-year sponsorship agreement with CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) that includes transferring the naming rights of Brampton’s landmark 5,000-seat arena. It is expected that the rebranding transition from Powerade Centre to CAA Centre will be completed by late Spring 2018.

Built in 1998, the multi-purpose arena has become the city’s sports and culture hub, hosting hundreds of events each year including major sporting events, headlining concerts and trade shows, and is the home of ECHL’s Brampton Beast Hockey Club.

“On behalf of the City and my colleagues on the Council, we welcome CAA’s investment in Brampton. We look forward to many years of working together to bring Bramptonians exciting sporting and cultural experiences,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “This arena has been a visible landmark to the Brampton community and surrounding area. It has hosted and supported local sports teams and significant cultural events that showcase the wonderful diversity of our vibrant city.”

CAA recently made a significant investment to relocate and renovate its Brampton retail store, located at 215 Delta Park Blvd, and the new CAA Centre, builds on that established community presence.

The CAA Centre is part of a strategy to provide the 56 million CAA and AAA members across North America with increased access to cultural experiences and benefits beyond roadside assistance. Continue reading “Brampton’s Powerade Centre to be Renamed as CAA Centre”

Eight Surprising Health Truths You’ve Never Heard Before 

–By Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD

In today’s health-conscious culture, knowledge and truth are powerful agents for healing and continued wellness. Here are eight surprising health truths that will empower you on your journey to lasting health.

We’ve all heard the idiom, If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. Lately, more and more people are taking this message to heart. The pursuit of fitness, emotional well-being, and healthier diets has taken center stage in our culture like never before. Being accountable for your health is a giant leap in the right direction. But to truly take ownership, you need to know the facts about what causes disease—facts that much of the medical community isn’t yet aware of.

For example, most people are shocked to learn that many life-threatening health problems that run rampant through our culture—cancer, heart disease, and other chronic degenerative diseases—begin in the mouth. It’s just not widespread knowledge. And that’s why people focus on treating symptoms rather than taking steps to prevent illness from forming in the first place.

My new book, Hidden Epidemic: Silent Oral Infections Cause Most Heart Attacks and Breast Cancers, delves into the little-known root causes of life-threatening illnesses like breast cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s—as well as ailments like arthritis, hypertension, chest pain, and headaches.

The more you know, the better you can make informed choices each day to support your wellness. Continue reading “Eight Surprising Health Truths You’ve Never Heard Before “

SOULFUL SINGERS’ PRAYER FOR PEACE

Whenever Salim-Sulaiman, Bollywood’s top musicians, headline a concert in Toronto, their Indo Canadian fans come out in large numbers to immerse in their melodious and soulful performances. The scene was no different on March 17th when during their live concert the duo drew in thousands of music fans to the Powerade Centre in Brampton.

The band   opened with a glittering start, singing “Ishq Wala Love song from the movie Student of the Year “, against   colorful flickering lights and a wonderful backdrop. The team, which included  Indian Idol winner Vipul Mehta, Raj Pandit, Sukriti Kakkar rendered one hit after another for three straight hours, taking their fans into a frenzy. They brought back the old-world charm by rendering some of the evergreen hits and all-time favorites of Bollywood.

Sulaiman informed the packed house, “If we were to   sing all of our compositions, we would be here until tomorrow, so we will sing from our playlist…a love mashup.” So, the audiences were treated to plenty of songs, many devotional ones like Bismillah, Noor E Ilahiand Ali Maula.

A prayer for Syria was included as well, and songs from other genres as well. Enthused by the audiences’ reactions, they continued their tightly-spaced set, which included songs like “Marjawaan”, “Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai” from the Shah Rukh and Anushka Sharma film. Continue reading “SOULFUL SINGERS’ PRAYER FOR PEACE”

Canadian Ismaili Muslims Welcome India’s Popular Music Duo Salim-Sulaiman to Toronto!!

The Canadian Ismaili Muslim community welcomed popular Indian composers Salim-Sulaiman to Calgary last week, the first stop of a Canadian concert tour to celebrate His Highness the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee. The final concert takes place this Saturday in Brampton.

Two of India’s most respected composers, Salim and Sulaiman Merchant, will be performing live in Brampton on Saturday, March 17. The pieces to be performed at this final concert will include a combination of Bollywood music and devotional songs in a unique mix that connects mind and matter, body and soul. Using music – a universal language that transcends faith, ethnicity and nationality – the performance is designed to uplift, inspire, and unite.
The performance is part of a global series of Jubilee Concerts organized in celebration of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee or 60th year of leadership of the Ismaili Muslim Community. Past concerts venues have included Moscow, Mumbai, Dar-es-Salaam, Houston and Atlanta, with upcoming concerts in Hyderabad, Dhaka and Sydney.

Over the past six decades, the Aga Khan has transformed the quality of life for millions of people around the world. In the areas of health, education, cultural revitalisation, and economic empowerment, he has worked to inspire excellence and improve living conditions and opportunities in some of the world’s most remote and troubled regions.
The sibling duo, the pride of the global Ismaili community, has directed songs for over one hundred films as well as many TV shows and records incorporating cinematic, folk, electronica and sufi influences to their music. Continue reading “Canadian Ismaili Muslims Welcome India’s Popular Music Duo Salim-Sulaiman to Toronto!!”