A Unique opportunity to train with the most extraordinary artist in the history of Kathak dance

 After the phenomenal success of Dance Workshops with the legendary Saroj Khan in 2016, and Shampa Gopikrishna in 2017, Sanskriti Arts ( is all set to present Dance Diaries 2018 with Legendary Pandit Birju Maharaj and Saswati Sen.

Pandit Birju Maharaj, an icon in the space of Kathak dance in India, is from the Maharaj family of Kathak dancers.  He began teaching the dance form at the age of 13 at Sangeet Bharti followed by the Bharatiya Kala Kendra and the Kathak Kendra in New Delhi where he was Head of Faculty, and opened his own dance school, Kalashram, after retirement.  He has choreographed Kathak dance sequences for many Bollywood films including Dedh IshqiyaUmrao Jaan, and Bajirao Mastani directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and won many awards over the years including the Padma Vibhushan

“Sanskriti Arts brings its third chapter through its Dance Diaries banner in July for dance enthusiasts to acquire the art and get a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn and perform with the maestro himself, who has devoted a lifetime to the kathak form of classical dance,” says Puja Amin, founder of Sanskriti Arts.  Continue reading “TORONTO DANCE CONNOISSEURS GET THE RARE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAIN WITH THE LEGENDARY PANDIT BIRJU MAHARAJ”

“A World of Tulips Is A World Friendship”

A Fitting Theme for the 66th Edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival 

The Canadian Tulip Festival’s World of Tulipstheme stems from last year’s October visit to Ottawa of “tulipists” participating in the World Tulip Summit.  More than 30,000 Cream Yellow World Friendship Tulipsplanted then are blooming now across the capital region including a special commemorative bed at Commissioners Park planted by the National Capital Commission, Official Gardeners of Canada’s Capital.  These cream-yellow Darwin Hybrids represent international friendship, and are the symbol of the 66th edition of the Canadian Tulip Festival which opened today. The Festival will continue for 10 days until May 21st.

Metaphorically the Festival is growing beyond its physical site locations of Commissioners Park-Dow’s Lake, Lansdowne Park, ByWard Market and the Garden Promenade where visitors can expect the sea of tulip beds, floral installations, the Hommage to Malak Photo Exhibit, workshops, garden and cycling tours, crafts market, music by Music and Beyond, dance events, Selfi spots, Mother’s Day Brunch, yoga in Majors Hill Park, Kids’ Fun Zone, and the ever popular fireworks display on May 20th at Dow’s Lake.

Through the World of Tulips theme, the Festival is connecting with and celebrating international relationships. The World Friendship Tulip Garden  is a unique garden setting made up of 5-foot tulips hand-painted by artists representing over 100 countries.  Continue reading ““A World of Tulips Is A World Friendship””

City of Markham Celebrates Diwali!

On Friday, October 20th, Mayor  Frank Scarpitti, event host Councillor Logan Kanapathi, Members of Council and community members  celebrated Diwali  at the Armadale Community Centre.

Diwali is the celebration of light over darkness, giving and forgiving, unity, prosperity and progression, and illuminating one’s inner self. Diwali is honoured by over 800 million people in various ways, and is celebrated all over India, regardless of the province, language, culture or region.

There was be a lamp lighting ceremony, special performances and light refreshments were served.
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#Respect the Space

Brampton puts spotlight on accessible parking

Last week, the City of Brampton launched an awareness campaign themed “Respect
the Space” urging drivers to be mindful and respectful of accessible parking spaces. Coinciding with
National Access Awareness Week, May 28 – June 2, the campaign aims to emphasize that accessible
parking is not a privilege, but a necessity for those with disabilities to move around the city with ease.
During the next few months, this message will be spread through visual reminders at select accessible
parking spots, video messages from community members, social media, and other channels, as well as
an enforcement blitz.
At the Council meeting, Councillor Pat Fortini highlighted that accessible parking spaces are used
by people with varying forms of disabilities, both visible and invisible. Visible disabilities are when the
person uses an assisted device such as a wheelchair or walker. Invisible disabilities include sensory or
cognitive impairments and health conditions that limit the individual’s ability to walk far. They are all
eligible to use accessible parking spaces

Key Highlights

-One in seven people in Ontario has some form of disability. As the population ages, it is
expected that in the next 20 years this number will rise to one in five people.
-While there is a decreasing trend in accessible parking violations in Brampton, it is still sizeable
at 3,400 parking tickets issued during the last three years
-Non-permit holders are advised to avoid parking in an accessible spot even if it for a “few
minutes” or when running a “quick errand”
-Drivers parking next to an accessible parking spot should avoid parking on the access aisles.
-Marked with yellow stripes, the access aisles provide additional space for those with disabilities
to get in and out of vehicles with ease
-Permit holders who are eligible to park in an accessible spot are required to display their permit
visibly on the dashboard or front windshield
– When the permit holder is a passenger, an accessible parking space may only be used when
the permit holder is travelling in the vehicle

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Just Launched on Kickstarter: AnyCafé, The First Travel Mug to Brew Coffee Pods While on the go

Brew fresh, hot coffee anywhere in the world with AnyCafé’s innovative, patent-pending travel brewer mug
Springfield, Massachusetts – AnyCafé is the first travel mug that brews coffee using coffee pods while on the go. Made of durable materials, the AnyCafé is designed to be rugged enough to travel with coffee lovers on hikes and road trips or accompany them to the office and around town. Currently, the AnyCafé is funding on Kickstarter with a goal to raise $75,000 in 41 days.
 With the AnyCafé, users can now have a cup of coffee at their fingertips in minutes. The single-serve brewer is compatible with most coffee pods including K-cups, Starbucks pods and Dunkin Donuts pods. The patent-pending brewing method is designed to combine the convenience of a single-serve brewer and the quality of traditional coffee makers with limited noise output.

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Eros Now announces SALUTE SIACHEN

First-ever celebrity expedition to Siachen Glacier Nine celebrities on a journey of their lives to salute the spirit of Siachen They fall, they rise, and they march ahead relentlessly, through extreme climatic conditions. Siachen Glacier. The world’s 2nd longest glacier has come to represent the resilience and fortitude of the Indian Army.  It all started in April 1981 when the Indian Army made history by traversing the uncharted Siachen, also known as the Third Pole. On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of this daring expedition, Eros Now, the leading OTT platform of Eros International Plc, announced today a ground … Continue reading Eros Now announces SALUTE SIACHEN


National Bank MISAFF presented by ZEE TV features the best of new South Asian and select Middle Eastern film titles for our Mississauga and region cinephiles. MISAFF features ground-breaking and award-winning films, carefully curated for their cinematic excellence and social consciousness. The festival starts on Thursday the 4th of August with a red carpet gala screening of the multiple-award winning, critically acclaimed film ALIGARH followed by a Q & A with the director Hansal Mehta and the co-star of the film Rajkumar Rao. This official Canadian premiere will be followed by the MISAFF16 opening party at STIRrestaurant. The closing film is WAITING … Continue reading MOSAIC INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

How He Fell in Love in Toronto on August 5

Indie Romance, How He Fell in Love, starring Matt McGorry comes to Toronto on August 5, 2016

“Absorbing and complex” – The Huffington Post

The type of mature drama that’s rarely seen in American movies – LA Daily News

“Powerful and convincing, a remarkable stroy that goes in unexpected directions and finds new depth.” – The LA Beat

levelFILM will release the romantic drama, How He Fell in Love, onAugust 5, 2016 and on VOD/Digital on September 13, 2016.

The film stars Matt McGorry (Orange is the New Black and How to Get Away with Murder), Amy Hargreaves (Homeland) and Mark Blum (Crocodile Dundee).

Travis (McGorry), a struggling young musician, crosses paths with Ellen (Hargreaves), an older, married yoga instructor who is in the process of adopting a child. Travis and Ellen begin an affair that slowly deepens into something more intimate and profound. As their encounters continue, Travis must face the consequences of infidelity while Ellen is confronted with her crumbling marriage. Continue reading “How He Fell in Love in Toronto on August 5”

John Abraham’s never seen before avatar for Dishoom promotions!

  John Abraham, usually known calm and poised demeanor, recently surprised everyone, including his staff by breaking this mold, during one of the promotional activities of his upcoming movie, ‘Dishoom.’ The actor who broke into an impromptu jig on the hit songs from his movies Desi Boyz, Shootout at Wadala and Dishoom, took the entire cast and crew by surprise while shooting for an integration episode of ‘Chala Hawa Yeu Dya’. He not only set the mood for the episode but also made Varun Dhawan perform the signature steps from ‘Toh Dishoom’. Dishoom, presented by Eros International and Produced by … Continue reading John Abraham’s never seen before avatar for Dishoom promotions!