Bangkok witnessed a magnificent amalgamation of Music, Fashion & Etertainment at the Spectacular IIFA Rocks 2018

  • The dynamic duo Kartik Aaryan and Ayushmann Khurrana hosted IIFA Rocks 2018
  • A never-before seen medley at IIFA Rocks 2018 by acclaimed Bollywood music director-singer Pritam along with Sreerama Chandra, Amit Mishra, Shalmali Kholgade, Antara Mitra, Nakash Aziz and Nikitha while Bollywood diva Nushrat Bharucha enthralled the audience with her energetic performance. Television starMouni Roy put on a rare stage performance.

The highly anticipated 19th Edition of NEXA IIFA Awards Styled by Myntra kick-started the celebrations in the most spectacular manner at IIFA Rocks 2018.  Transforming the magnificent Siam Niramit Theatre with a perfect mélange of glitz, glamour and star power, IIFA Rocks featured a stunning musical extravaganza, a number of surprises and entertainment all under one stage!

Captivating the audience with their dynamic chemistry, the evening witnessed the talented duo Kartik Aaryan and Ayushmann Khurrana host IIFA Rocks 2018 amidst much fanfare and revelry.

A musical spectacle befitting the largest film industry in the world, IIFA Rocks continues to be a platform to showcase musical talents from our industry in the global stage.

This year’s extravaganza saw acclaimed Bollywood music director-singer Pritam weave his magic along with talented singers; Sreerama Chandra, Amit Mishra, Shalmali Kholgade, Antara Mitra, Nakash Aziz and Nikitha as they Continue reading “Bangkok witnessed a magnificent amalgamation of Music, Fashion & Etertainment at the Spectacular IIFA Rocks 2018”

Cirque de Solieil’s ‘Corteo’ Brings a New Kind of Circus to Town!

–By Nita Balani

Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Corteo’ opened at The Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa for a limited engagement of six shows until Sunday June 24 and will be doing the Canadian tour with stops in Toronto (December), Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Vancouver, amongst other cities.

Thought to be inspired by the work ‘The Portrait of an Artist as a Clown (National Gallery of Canada)’, the production has enthralled 8 million people worldwide since its debut in 2005 and is now seen in a more contemporary version. It brings the circus world of tumblers, acrobats, jugglers, celestial creatures, and many more wondrous acts to life. Corteo, which means a joyous procession, is a festive parade by a clown, Mauro, who has passed on and is a celebration of his life and the people he left behind. The sets are simple yet spectacular to portray the celestial world and the one we live in as Mauro pictures his life and funeral taking place through various enthralling acts. The show depicts quiet, graceful angels taking care of Mauro and is juxtaposed with the humorous buffoonery of his friends and circus colleagues.

The spectacle is divided into several acts each of which display a different type of art or circus skill. It opens with the mastery of the acrobats on swinging chandeliers which is breathtakingly beautiful and unique. Continue reading “Cirque de Solieil’s ‘Corteo’ Brings a New Kind of Circus to Town!”

India to host European Union Film Festival

24 latest European movies from 23 European countries; Festival to traverse through 11 cities in India; Slovakian Movie Little Harbour to be the opening film for the festival
 

Putting a spotlight on the latest European cinema, the European Union Film Festival (EUFF) will premiere in New Delhi on 18th June, 2018 at the Siri Fort Auditorium. With a selection of 24 latest European films from 23 EU Member States, this years’ film festival brings some unusual stories for the world cinema enthusiasts. The European Union Film Festival is organized by Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India partnering with the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States in various city film clubs.

The festival will traverse through 11 cities in India including New Delhi, Chennai, Port Blair, Pune, Puducherry, Kolkata, Jaipur, Visakhapatnam, Thrissur, Hyderabad and Goa from 18th June till 31st August. Celebrating diversity, the EUFF will screen movies from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden. Continue reading “India to host European Union Film Festival”

#MonsterWorld Mashup Festival Brings Sofar Sounds Secret Concert to Brampton For The First Time Ever

Looking for something other than a typical night out? The #MonsterWorld Mashup Launch Party is coming to Brampton on Friday, June 1, with an exciting array of musical guests, stand-up comedians and a visual art exhibition.

Good Kind Productions is collaborating with MonstrARTity to bring the popular global movement of the Sofar Sounds secret concert series to Brampton for the first time ever, where a secret lineup of surprise musical guests will have the crowd buzzing. The evening includes stand-up performances by a number of hilarious Brampton and GTA-based comedians, as well as a curated arts exhibit featuring works by local artists, with the support of Beaux Arts Brampton. The launch party will take place at The Den at Sheridan College, located on the Davis Campus. Free parking is available at the venue, and attendees are able to enjoy classic pub fare, Beau’s beer and other drinks at the bar during the show.

An exhilarating two-day event, #MonsterWorld Mashup is ready to take over Brampton this June 1-2, 2018. “We’re excited to have great partners and diverse artists in world music, urban music, comedy, spoken word and visual arts all working together to make our city spaces exciting”, says Executive Director of MonstrARTity, Vikas Kohli. “We’re presenting unique acts who represent the changing voices and faces of the GTA. The June 1st launch party will be a unique experience for the audience with Brampton’s first-ever Sofar secret concert and side-splitting comedy acts Continue reading “#MonsterWorld Mashup Festival Brings Sofar Sounds Secret Concert to Brampton For The First Time Ever”

2CELLOS RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR “SEVEN NATION ARMY”

Set to Perform at UEFA Champions League Final On May 26
In anticipation of their upcoming appearance at the UEFA Champions League final, 2CELLOS release a new video for their exhilarating version of “Seven Nation Army,” the anthemic indie rock song known for its underlying riff by The White Stripes. Filmed in-studio in Croatia, the video shows Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser rocking out to the iconic song while sporting the jerseys of Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC – the two competing teams in the UEFA Champions League final. The audio track is also available now via all download and streaming services.
 
We love a great riff and we love big drums – and they don’t get much better than in ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes,” said 2CELLOS. “We thought, why not play both on our cellos? We had a blast filming this video, and we especially can’t wait to perform this song at the UEFA Champions League final – It will definitely be a moment to remember!
 
On Saturday, May 26 in Kyiv, Ukraine, 2CELLOS will perform versions of the UEFA Champions League anthem as well as “Seven Nation Army” before Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC get the UEFA Champions League final underway. Just moments before the biggest match in club football commences, Luka and Stjepan will give their own special performance of “Seven Nation Army” as anticipation builds for the two teams to exit the tunnel. Once the players from Real Madrid CF and Liverpool FC have entered the field of play, the dynamic instrumental duo will then begin to perform their version of the iconic UEFA Champions League anthem.

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IIFA AND UNITED NATIONS JOIN FORCES TO CAMPAIGN : ‘BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION’

The 19th Edition of IIFA Weekend & Awards 2018 and the United Nations have come together to promote the campaign, “Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day, 2018 to combat one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. The message is clear: If you can’t reuse it, refuse it!

The UN continues its partnership with IIFA this year with a collaborative advocacy campaign to tackle the pressing issue of plastic pollution, under the aegis of Greening the IIFA.

The campaign is a clarion call for action for all of us to come together and consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural habitat, our oceans, our wildlife – and our own health.

The goal is to inspire people to search for the kind of solutions that lead to sustainable behaviour change upstream. Additionally, the campaign will provice momentum to beat plastic pollution and inspire innovators, activists and leaders worldwide to do more than just clean up existing plastics, but also focus our action upstream.

IIFA has always promoted activities that make our world a better place to live in. Since 2007, IIFA has adopted the green carpet as a show of support and to create awareness about environmental concerns. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences. Continue reading “IIFA AND UNITED NATIONS JOIN FORCES TO CAMPAIGN : ‘BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION’”

2018 New York Indian Film Festival(NYIFF): Limelight, Spotlight, Highlights !

The 2018 edition of North America’s largest and longest-running Diaspora festival, NYIFF, will pay tribute to TWO Indian film industry icons who passed away in the last four months: Hollywood/Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor and the India’s first female superstar Sridevi. Kapoor’s tribute will comprise of two masterpieces from this year’s Academy Award Winner James Ivory’s wheelhouse: SHAKESPEARE WALLAH and HEAT AND DUST. The festival will also screen AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A PRINCESS, starring New York author and chef Madhur Jaffrey, as part of its Merchant-Ivory Retrospective. To honor Sridevi’s memory, NYIFF will showcase the actress’ 2012 return to Bollywood in ENGLISH VINGLISH, shot primarily in New York City. Additionally, the festival, running from May 7th to 12th at the Village East Cinemas in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, will open with the U.S. premiere of Ravi Jadhav’s Marathi language film NUDE (with English subtitles) and close with the New York premiere of veteran NYIFF director Hansal Mehta’s biopic on Islamic fundamentalist Omar Saeed Sheikh, OMERTA. This year’s centerpiece slot will be occupied by Miransha Naik’s Konkoni language film JUZE (with English subtitles),making its North American premiere at NYIFF.The festival’s complete lineup will be revealed soon!

“NYIFF is known around the world for its top-notch, out-of-the-box programming, and this year is no different,” said founder Aroon Shivdasani. “The New York audience is sophisticated, well-traveled, educated and discerning; as such, our content reflects what we think will resonate with the cinephiles of this cosmopolitan city and will keep them coming back for more.” Continue reading “2018 New York Indian Film Festival(NYIFF): Limelight, Spotlight, Highlights !”

MYSTIC INDIA: MAGICAL, MUSICAL, MESMERIZING!

Ever so often, a great show that comes to town leaves an indelible impression on the audiences.  Recently, Cleveland witnessed “Mystic India: The World Tour” (“Mystic India”), a Bollywood dance spectacular.  The show, created and choreographed by Aatma Performing Arts’ founder Amit Shah, features renowned musicians, brilliant dancers, breathtaking aerialists and acrobats, and nearly 1,000 opulent costumes.

Namaste Newsline team had an opportunity to watch the show at the Playhouse Square last weekend.  The show was promoted by AIPNO (Association of Indian Physicians of Northern Ohio) for a charitable cause.  One could feel the heightened sense of excitement in the air that evening.

The entire experience right from the outset, till the way to the grand finale was amazing.  If you’ve   never been to India, watching this show, would give you a feel for all things Indian! The show engrossed   the audience into India’s diverse culture!

The opening number, which was spiritual in nature, at the “temple”, before taking the audience on a regional tour of India.  There were enjoyable dances from regions like Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu!   The production also showcased dances from the Mughal period as well, and needless to say, a segment was devoted to Bollywood.

The stage effects and lighting enhanced the ambience of the show.  Kudos to the production for focusing on every detail to create the Mystic India experience. The choreographers utilized every inch of the stage, presenting the all the scenes very creatively.  In addition, the story teller, did a great job with his diction, which enhanced the experience. The fusion of dance, theatre and stunning visual effects is a magical, mystical merger of the old and new! Continue reading “MYSTIC INDIA: MAGICAL, MUSICAL, MESMERIZING!”

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!”

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!!”