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!!”

NFAI to host Women’s Film Festival, pay tribute to Sridevi

To mark the International Women’s Day, a Women’s Film Festival is being organized from during March 9 – 11, 2018 at National Film Archives of India (NFAI), Pune The festival is being organized jointly by NFAI, Aashay Film Club and the AAYAM Group of Women in Media.

This will be the 9th edition of the festival. The theme of this year’s edition is Travelling Women. The festival will be inaugurated on Friday, 9th March at 4:30 PM. At the ceremony, the AAYAM group will felicitate travel blogger Ritu Harish Goyal for her evocative writings on the subject of travel. The festival will open with Sidney Pollack’s Out Of Africa, featuring Meryl Streep.

On 10th March, 6 pm onwards, the festival will screen Balu Mahendra’s Tamil film Moondram Pirai, in remembrance of actress Sridevi. The film features Kamal Haasan and Sridevi in what is regarded as one of her best performances, as a woman suffering from retrograde amnesia. It was later remade into Hindi as Sadma.

The festival will feature other acclaimed films including Away We GoUnder the Tuscan Sun, and Wild. The closing film is Eat Pray Love, starring Julia Roberts. Before the closing film, Zelam Chaubal of Kesari Tours and Shubhada Joshi of Girikand Travels will share their travelling experiences. Continue reading “NFAI to host Women’s Film Festival, pay tribute to Sridevi”


The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) announces the date for its 20th anniversary Gala Benefit Celebrations on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Notables from the art, film, fashion, academia, corporate, medical and entertainment industries will gather at Pier 81 to celebrate this special occasion. Salman Rushdie, Mira Nair, Madhur Jaffrey, Aasif Mandvi, Consul General of India Sandeep Chakravorty and Indian Ambassador to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin will be among the IAAC’s longtime supporters, proud to show their invaluable support for the IAAC and its artists.

Now in its 20th year, IAAC was founded by four individuals:  Late Gopal Raju (Editor India Abroad), Talat Ansari (Sr. Partner Kelly, Drye & Warren), Jonathan Hollander (Artistic Director, Battery Dance Co), and Aroon Shivdasani (Executive & Artistic Director IAAC). This presenting organization pioneered a movement that gave birth to myriad Indian arts organizations that have sprouted up all over the United States, in every artistic discipline.

“In 1998 Indian artists were invisible, unknown and unappreciated in North America. For well over 20 years, we have blazed a trail promoting, showcasing and building an awareness, in North America, of the hitherto invisible arts of India through presentations of Indian film, dance, art, music, theatre, literature & fashion. The IAAC has also raised money and awareness of social causes, natural disasters and other issues Continue reading “INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF GIVING! “

Bajrangi Bhaijaan to release in China

Eros International Media Ltd (Eros International), a leading global film company in the Indian film entertainment industry, has announced  in association with China’s E Stars Films Ltd and Salman Khan Ventures that it will be releasing the multiple record breaking blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan in China on 2nd March 2018 during the Chinese Lantern Festival.

Dubbed in Chinese, the first Salman Khan film to release in China, the film is expected to get a wide release across 8000 plus screens. The Indian drama directed by Kabir Khan stars leading Indian film actor Salman Khan as Bajrangi, an ardent devotee of Hindu deity Hanuman, and his arduous journey to reunite a six-year-old Pakistani girl – who somehow gets lost in India – with her parents, back to her hometown in Pakistan.

With China overtaking the US with the world’s largest screen count with over 41,000 screens against 40,759 screens in the US and the recent successes of Indian film releases in China, the studio and the makers are confident of Bajrangi Bhaijaan’s box office potential in one of the most promising international markets for Indian films.

Speaking on the development, Jyoti Deshpande, Group CEO, Eros International said, “China has emerged as an important market and major box office earner for Indian films in recent years, what with the recent success of Dangal and we are delighted to partner with E Stars to showcase our film to China. Continue reading “Bajrangi Bhaijaan to release in China”

Eros Now announces launch of Eros Now Short Movies

Series launch with Ayushmann Khurrana’s Toffee directed by Tahira Kashyap

Mumbai, January 17, 2018: Eros International, a leading global company in the Indian film entertainment industry, announced today the launch of Eros Now Short Movies on Eros Now, its cutting edge digital over-the-top (OTT) South Asian entertainment platform. The first of the short movies, produced by multi-talented artist Ayushmann Khurrana’s Toffee, co-produced with casting director Mukesh Chhabra and directed by Tahira Kashyap premieres today on Eros Now.

2017 witnessed an emerging trend of short movies on OTT platforms, which have been widely appreciated by viewers. Recognizing the trend and its fast-growing popularity, Eros Now has launched Eros Now Short Movies to give budding filmmakers a platform to showcase their talent. Through this platform, Eros Now will aggregate and showcase the choicest Short Movies, one each month to its subscribers globally.

A beautiful story around two young girls with a social message, Toffee has already garnered critical appreciation at various festivals including the 30th Cinekid International Film Festival, Amsterdam, the 14th Bahamas International Film Festival and MAMI.  Continue reading “Eros Now announces launch of Eros Now Short Movies”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame reveals updates to Beatles exhibit

Prominent new additions highlight exhibit

Including piano used to write iconic songs like “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and more

CLEVELAND – The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announces updates and new additions to its exhibit celebrating the musical and cultural contributions of the Beatles.

In a career that lasted less than a decade, the Fab Four greatly expanded rock & roll’s musical and lyrical boundaries. Today, the group’s music is as popular as ever and is regularly being discovered by new generations of fans.

New additions highlight the exhibit’s update, including an Archibald Ramsden upright piano. In 1963, Paul McCartney moved in with his girlfriend Jane Asher at her parents’ home in central London and lived there for three years. This piano was located in the basement music room of that house and was where Lennon and McCartney composed some of their most iconic songs on the piano, such as “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “And I Love Her,” “We Can Work It Out,” “Got to Get You Into My Life,” and “Eleanor Rigby.”

Other items featured in the exhibit include:

Shahid Kapoor crowned Sexiest Asian Man in the World

British singer Zayn Malik has lost his crown as the sexiest Asian man in the world to Indian actor Shahid Kapoor. The popular Bollywood star topped the 50 Sexiest Asian Men in the world list for the first time, dethroning chart-topping pop star Zayn who has been awarded the accolade for the previous two years. The stunning victory for Shahid in the 2017 edition of the globally renowned list published by UK based newspaper Eastern Eye rounds off an action-packed year, which saw him win a number of Best Actor awards for his stunning performance in 2016 film Udta Punjab. Bollywood heartthrob and previous winner Hrithik Roshan ranked second for the third year in a row with last year’s winner Zayn falling to number three.

Shahid Kapoor, who ranked seventh last year, expressed his surprise at topping the list and dedicated the stunning victory to his legion of fans who voted for him in force. “I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. I am humbled by the desirable tag. I believe sexy is not only to do with the physical, but as much to do with the mental perspective on life. This one is for all those fans who have loved and supported me” said Shahid Kapoor.

The annual list, which is based on votes from fans around the world, heat generated on social networking sites and media attention, once again generated a massive global interest. Millions from around the world voted and helped the list trend on social media once again. Continue reading “Shahid Kapoor crowned Sexiest Asian Man in the World”

Exclusive, Online Indian Entertainment Sweeps North America

This weekend, Indian megastar SHAH RUKH KHAN will host the first-ever collaboration between TED Talks and a major Indian network, Star India, which will premiere on the online digital platform, Hotstar, before it hits television. Called TED Talks India Nayi Soch, the seven-episode series will showcase some of the best innovators and thinkers of Indian origin debuting their TED Talks in a language other than English (Hindi). Tune in to the world premiere, available starting Sunday, December 10th from 7:30 a.m. ET onwards at

Host Shah Rukh Khan raves: “It is a huge honor to host this show. When two giants like Star India and TED come together, we are  sure to fire up a billion imaginations. Bringing the power of ideas to people’s living rooms across India and reaching out to, especially, the youth of our country is something that’s really exciting. I want our youth to be inspired to think of new ideas…simple and unique ideas that pack a punch. Ideas that can change lives!”

Another genre of original, cutting-edge programming that is exclusive to Hotsar is the CinePlay. In this era of constant innovation, Cineplay is a novel attempt at storytelling by combining the grammar of theatre and power of cinema. It is an innovation that presents timeless theatrical dramas as digitally-immersive experiences and is especially calibrated for all screen sizes.

CinePlays are not just live recordings of a play. Sets are created especially for each production, and much like a film, a CinePlay is shot over a span of several days. With an elaborate camera, light and production set up, CinePlays weave elements of cinema into stories from theatre to create a whole new experience for Hotstar audiences. Continue reading “Exclusive, Online Indian Entertainment Sweeps North America”

Sushant Singh Rajput & Shekhar Kapur host an engaging Master-class at IFFI 2017

Padma Shri, BAFTA and National Award winner Shekhar Kapur along with Sushant Singh Rajput, Actor hosted anengaging and interactive master-class at the 48th International Film Festival of India on Day 7 at IFFI 2017.

Having made a spectacular directorial debut in 1983 with the multi-award winning Masoom, Shekhar gained international recognition with the 1994 Bollywood film Bandit Queen, for which he won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi, Filmfare Critics Award for Best Movie and Best Direction for that year. It was premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

From questions ranging from learning the various aspects of filmmaking right from the scripting stage to eventually putting up the final product together on the big screen and collaborating in the near future, the actor and filmmaker thoroughly entertained the crowd comprising of filmmakers, aspiring actors and his fans. The popular filmmaker with a great sense of humour had the crowd in splits with his hilarious repartees as he spoke on several aspects related to his journey and evolution as a filmmaker. Continue reading “Sushant Singh Rajput & Shekhar Kapur host an engaging Master-class at IFFI 2017”


Female Empowerment Ambassador & producer of PADMAN, Twinkle Khanna, invited to join eminent panel at United Nations, NY for ‘Woman Entrepreneurship Day

Best-Selling Author, Film Producer and vocal female empowerment champion, Twinkle Khanna was invited to be part of a panel of “girl power” change-makers at the annual international Women’s Entrepreneurship Day [WED] event, which convened at the United Nations in New York City on Friday, 17th November 2017.

Held to empower women and girls globally to help alleviate poverty, WED curated the Sparking Confidence in Girls with Stars of Today panel, which saw Twinkle Khanna join discussions with other eminent personalities including Sara Bareilles, Singer, Songwriter, 6-time Grammy Nominee, Broadway Musical Writer/ Composer “Waitress”, Mikaila Ulmer, 12 Years Old, Founder Me & the Bees Lemonade & Successful ABC Shark Tank Contestant, Angela Simmons, Founder/Designer Foofi and Bella, Editor Angela’s Rundown, Star WE TV’s Growing Up Hip Hop and MTV’s Run House, Philanthropist. The panel was moderated by Veronica Dagher, ‘Secrets of Wealthy Women’ @WSJPodcasts and Wall Street Journal Wealth Adviser Reporter.

In an event replete with a host of high-profile attendees such as the CEO of Beauty Evolution, Bobbi Brown, the First Woman Television Producer in the US Lucy Jarvis Continue reading “UNITED FOR GIRL POWER!”