#MonsterWorld Mashup brings a free outdoor concert to Brampton

#MonsterWorld Concert on June 1 at Garden Square in downtown Brampton will feature a diverse setlist of world music artists and an assortment of dance performers all for FREE! The impressive line-up at the free festival on June 2 will be hosted by Randy Persaud and will feature headliner Parichay, an Indo-Canadian Bollywood Music Composer who has worked with Bollywood stars like Sonakshi Sinha and globally renowned artists like Sean Kingston. Dance acts by Flower City Bhangra will be lighting up the stage with their fire moves.

RAAG Canada, a GTA based Bollywood band, will also be playing hit Bollywood numbers and fusions that audiences are sure to love. The lineup also includes Ankita, a Toronto-based singer; Staasia Daniels, an R&B singer/songwriter from Toronto who has headlined at Drake Underground; The Band Destiny, a West Indian Crossover music band; Waris Virse De, a vibrant Bhangra group.

“#MonsterWorld Mashup is a different kind of festival, and that’s what we aspire to do at the Monster Creative Collective: bring never-before-seen sets and entertainment to audiences in the GTA,” says Artistic Director of MonstrARTity, Vikas Kohli. “These artists are not only extremely talented, but they also represent the new faces of Brampton and the GTA. We are excited to carve out a space for world music festivals in Brampton by featuring diverse performers like Parichay, The Destiny Band and Flower City Bhangra.”

The two-day festival will kick off with the #MonsterWorld Launch Party & Comedy on May 31 at the Chinguacousy Ski Chalet that will have you laughing and dancing the night away. Hosted by Amish Patel and featuring Headliner Nick Reynoldson of Just for Laughs fame, #MonsterWorld Launch Party & Comedy will also showcase side-splitting comedy acts by Vandad Kardar, Edworld Kim, Harpreet Sehmbi, Johnny Batta, and Brandon Ash-Mohammed. Get your tickets today for the #MonsterWorld Launch Party & Comedy at www.monsterworldmashup.com. Continue reading “#MonsterWorld Mashup brings a free outdoor concert to Brampton”

Cherry Blossoms in Bloom @ Mississauga’s Kariya Park

You’ll want to have your phone on hand for some Instagram-worthy photos worth capturing.

Kariya Park will soon be dazzled by 65 beautiful cherry blossom trees and they’re officially in bloom! Nestled in the heart of Mississauga’s downtown, this serene Japanese-style park honours the City’s twin-city relationship with Kariya, Japan.

ry blossoms bloom for a very short time until their petals start to fall. Add Kariya Park to your bucket list this spring if you haven’t visited it yet! We’ve put together an official checklist of things to look out for when you visit.

  • Inside the gatehouse entrance, keep an eye out for the stone tsukabai basin – which was hand-carved by Fumio Naito, a sculptor from Kariya, Japan
  • Revel in nature’s beauty of rhododendrons, pines, gingko and sweetgum trees
  • Checkout the zig zag boardwalk, which crosses a marsh containing Japanese irises and other water-loving plants
  • Don’t miss the cascade waterfall with overhanging red Japanese maple
  • Take in the view of the dry stream bed, representing a flowing stream with different sizes of stones, carefully placed to imitate fast and slow-moving currents
  • Relax by the duck pond
  • Note the turtle rock in the pond, which represents a turtle climbing out of the water
  • As you stand on the bridge looking ahead at the large pond, you will see a group of rocks along the shoreline that represent a mother duck and her ducklings
  • Located in the pavilion, don’t miss the Friendship Bell, which is rung on ceremonial occasions
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Gulzarish-A Unique Combination of Music & Dance!

ARTISTIC DISPLAY OF GULZAR’S SOULFUL POETRY AND MUSIC FOR TORONTONIANS

Indian Women in Canada (iWINC), in partnership with Imagebuilderz, announced one of the classiest shows coming to Toronto later this month.    GULZARISH, an artistic display of soulful poetry and captivating music of renowned lyricist and film director GULZAR, will be presented at the Aga Khan Museum on May 31, 2019 bringing a unique combination of music and dance, accompanied by superb narration.

“We all know Gulzar – well known Indian poet, lyricist, and film director, who began his career in the sixties with the film Bandini,” said iWINC founding members at Mantra restaurant on May 4, 2019 at the prestigious Mantra restaurant in Toronto.   “Over the years, Gulzar Sahab has done films like Aandhi, Mausam and Mirza Ghalib and has won many awards including the Padma Bhushan,  the Sahitya Akademi Award and the highest award in Indian cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.”

Prashant Sarnaik, founder of P.S. It’s the Karaoke Klub and the mastermind behind GULZARISH, provided a teaser of what to expect at the Live show that will be making its Canadian debut in Toronto.

“Gulzarish is the first dream project conceptualized by taking Gulzar Sahab’s fans through a mesmerizing journey of his poetry and film career by music and narration by all local artists,” said Sarnaik along with his art director Sheetal Kulkarni, providing a glimpse into the show by singing a few lines from Gulzar’s popular music including Dil to Bachcha hai ji and lakdi ki kathi, etc.  “We have a mandate to create a platform for local artists, pursue personal passion for music and fundraise for underprivileged children and women.” Continue reading “Gulzarish-A Unique Combination of Music & Dance!”

The Best Gift for Mother’s Day?

 Help Mom Live a Long, Healthy  Life with the Mediterranean Diet (and These Delicious Recipes)–By Amy Riolo

May is Mediterranean Diet Month, and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, most of us are busy planning the perfect present for Mom. The usual gifts of flowers and cards are nice ideas, but the greatest gift you could give your mother is helping her achieve lasting health.  The best way to show love to your mother on Mother’s Day is by making a meaningful contribution to her life. Let your mom know that you love her, and that’s why you want her to live a long, healthy, and happy life. Introducing her to the healthful and delicious dishes from the Mediterranean region is a great way to do just that.

You’ve likely heard of the Mediterranean diet, which was recently named best overall diet of 2019 and has been shown to help extend your lifespan by roughly a decade. This eating pattern has also been linked to preventing heart attacks, strokes, certain cancers, and diabetes, and reducing inflammation. It may even help lower your risk of dementia by a third.

The Mediterranean eating pattern centers around seasonal produce, fish and seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy, and small amounts of meat and sweets. Part of what makes this diet so successful is that people in the Mediterranean region consider food to be a friend and ally—a source of pleasure, nutrition, history, medicine, and tradition. When combined with lifestyle choices like communal eating and physical activity, the Mediterranean diet is believed to contribute to remarkable longevity in the region. For example, residents in Sardinia are ten times more likely to live past 100 than people in the United States.

Mother’s Day is the perfect time to help your mother make the lifestyle changes that can give her a longer and more joyful life. Continue reading “The Best Gift for Mother’s Day?”

Hindu Mandir, Abu Dhabi – A Spiritual Oasis for Global Harmony

Marking a significant moment in the history of the UAE, around 5,000 devotees and well-wishers thronged to participate in and witness the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the BAPS Hindu Mandir. Volunteers began to arrive at the site location as early as 6:00 a.m., with participants arriving at 8:00 a.m. The Shilanyas Ceremony, which is an ancient Vedic ritual performed to bless and sanctify the main foundation stones, commenced at 9:00 a.m.

This ceremony signifies the beginning of the construction of the Mandir. The Vedic ceremony was performed by His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj, the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The occasion was also graced with the presence of His Excellency Dr Mugheer Khamis Al Khaili, Chairman of the Department of Community
Development and Member of the Executive Council, His Excellency Dr Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and His Excellency Dr Ahmad Bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills.
Also present were His Excellency Navdeep Suri, Indian Ambassador to UAE, Vipul, the Consul General of India, and Dr. B.R. Shetty, Chairman of Mandir Ltd. After laying the foundation stones in position, water from the three main holy rivers of India was showered on the stones by His Holiness and the distinguished guests. The enthusiasm and devotion of all participants and volunteers was evident as they arrived for the Vedic ceremony. Continue reading “Hindu Mandir, Abu Dhabi – A Spiritual Oasis for Global Harmony”

Mallika Sarabhai’s ‘The Colors of Her Heart’ – April 17, 2019 @ the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, NYC

The Colors of Her Heart is a spell binding, dance-theatre-multimedia production, choreographed and directed by Mallika Sarabhai, that uses the haunting lyrics of British musician Samia Malik with the creativity visual imagery and story creating skills of Yadavan ChandranOn the stage, six women tell their poignant stories bringing awareness into the issue of gender inequality. 

What do all women across the world share as experiences? Whatever the color of their skins, whatever their language and culture, the single identity that leads to their exploitation and violence against them is their gender. With songs in Urdu and English, and stories that are both personal and universal, the heartful composition draws you into the world of women and their lives, dwelling on their experiences of vulnerabilitylove, pain, rejection, discrimination and violation. 

The ballet shifts between powerfully spoken monologues as accounts of the performers, group and solo dances, emotive pieces, even a ghazal that come together rhythmically with the bilingual live music by Samia Malik. The pieces reflect upon the common thread that binds all women, bringing together not just the stories of six women, but the pains, travails and victories of women of all nations. The Colors of Her Heart plays at The Ailey Citigroup Theatre on 405 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019. Continue reading “Mallika Sarabhai’s ‘The Colors of Her Heart’ – April 17, 2019 @ the Ailey Citigroup Theatre, NYC”

Are You Living an Adventure-Starved Life? 11 Ways to Shake Things Up

– Vella Mbenna, author of Muddy Roads Blue Skies 

Have you fallen into a routine of drudgery? Do you feel stuck there? You’re not alone. If we’re honest, many of us will admit that we’re kind of going through the motions—work, home, eat, TV, sleep, repeat—and living by default instead of design. Life isn’t bad; it’s just dull. Uninspired. Actually (and ironically), a bit lifeless. We shouldn’t just accept our adventure-starved status quo.

Life is meant to be really lived. I’ve come to believe adventure is a deep human need. We read about it in books and we watch it in movies because deep down we crave it.

And we owe it to ourselves to pursue things that give us that spark, that jolt of excitement. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what your income is. You can and should weave some adventure into your life.

Growing up in rural Georgia, I dreamed of travel and excitement. But after college I found myself broke, divorced, and struggling to raise my child alone. Continue reading “Are You Living an Adventure-Starved Life? 11 Ways to Shake Things Up”

President of India extends greetings for Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind in his message on the eve of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba has said: –

“On the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Sukladi, Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Chetti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba, I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens.

Traditionally, these festivals mark the onset of New Year and the warmer months and they reflect values of prosperity and well being. Let the spirit of joy and happiness signified by these festivals pervade the heart of every Indian.

May these festivals strengthen the bonds of love and affection in our society as well as the spirit of fraternity among people across the nation”.

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has also greeted the people on the joyous and auspicious occasion of ‘Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Chaitra Sukladi and Cheti Chand’. In a message, he said that all these festivals celebrated across the country with different names and customs, mark the beginning of traditional New Year and reflect the composite culture and rich heritage of our country. Ugadi marks the beginning of the New Year and brings new hope, new joy and happiness, he added. Continue reading “President of India extends greetings for Ugadi, Gudi Padava, Cheti Chand, Navreh and Sajibu Cheiraoba”

Out and About in Mississauga: Enjoy Spring-time Activities!

It’s time to get out of that winter hibernation mode and give your body some much deserved vitamin D. Spring is officially here, which means it’s time to take advantage of the warmer weather and enjoy spring-time activities in Mississauga.

1) Earth Days

Earth Days 2019 is taking place from April 15 to 27. It’s your chance to take action for the environment and help make Mississauga more sustainable and climate change resilient. There are a number of activities happening throughout the week that you can participate in like a tree planting or litter awareness sessions or a 20-minute makeover litter cleanup. Be sure to register for an event!

If you’re planning to do a little spring cleaning before then, you’ll be able to drop off clothes for donation or recycle electronics at no charge throughout the week. Participating locations are Civic CentreCentral Library or any of the City’s community centres.

2) Cherry Blossoms at Kariya Park 
Did you know that Mississauga has cherry blossom trees? Kariya Park is truly a hidden gem right in the heart of Mississauga with meandering walkways, a quiet pond and hill garden and approximately 59 Cherry Blossom trees. It’s a nice place to walk around with your friends or family to enjoy the beautiful blossoms this spring.

If the trees aren’t in bloom, you can also visit one of the City’s other parks, trails and woodlands too. Continue reading “Out and About in Mississauga: Enjoy Spring-time Activities!”

ANOKHI Media honours the South Asian community from around the world at a star- studded Summit and Masquerade Ball

The ANOKHI POWER Summitand The ANOKHI POWER Ball 2018rolled out the red carpet to welcome some of the world’s most renowned South Asian names in the areas of music, business, technology, media, glamour and crusader, at the Sheraton Centre Hotelin the heart of Downtown Toronto, on Saturday November 3rd, 2018.

 The day began with a scrumptious VVIP networking buffet breakfast In the Ballroom of Sheraton Hotel, while the Ballroom foyer showcased vendor booths by Free-Them, T-Fal, Chef Harminder, Rubicon, The Gupta Group, Cake-Oliciousand JB Party Halls.

The ANOKHI POWER Summit 2018 began with Founder & CEO Raj Girnwelcoming the ANOKHI MEDIA teamon the stage, and thanking them for their contributions in building the brand. She also spoke about her vision for the ANOKHI brand, its evolution over the course of 15 years, and her decision to bring together all the current brand properties into the ‘ANOKHI EMPOWER ME’campaign to commemorate the milestone 15 year anniversary.

Charity organization Free-Them‘s founder and CEO Shae Invidiataspoke on the initiative’s dedication to raising awareness and funds to abolish human trafficking in Canada and abroad by partnering with people, organizations, & businesses to fight human trafficking. Continue reading “ANOKHI Media honours the South Asian community from around the world at a star- studded Summit and Masquerade Ball”