Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt visit India Pavilion at Berlinale 2019

International Festival Heads keen to attend the 50th Anniversary of IFFI

The team behind the upcoming movie‘Gully Boy’including Mr. Ranveer Singh, Ms. Alia Bhatt, Ms. Zoya Akhtar &Mr. RiteshSidhwani visited the India Pavilion at Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) 2019. They released the IFFI 2019 Brochure and were apprised by the Indian delegation about activities planned for the Golden Jubilee anniversary of IFFI to be held later this year.

The Indian Delegation members at Berlinale met with over half a dozen Film Festival Heads & Key Senior Executives of the film industry. Ms Nadia Dresti, Deputy Artistic Director and Head of Locarno Film Festival was apprised about several policy initiatives of the Government of India to promote ease of filming and curb piracy. Her help was sought by the delegation to reach out to Locarno Film Festival for IFFI 2019.Ms Dresti expressed that she had visited IFFI Goa last year and emphasized her proactive participation for the 2019 Edition as well.

Indian Delegation also interacted with Mr Stephan Ottenbruch, Head of Indo-German Films, wherein they discussed about a larger German presence at IFFI 2019 andexplored possibilities ofcollaboration. Continue reading “Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt visit India Pavilion at Berlinale 2019”

CJMR Radio Hosts Raise Over $180,000 and 40,000 Pounds of Food For Seva Food Bank

The Punjabi radio producers of CJMR 1320 AM radio station have once again come together to fight hunger in our community by hosting another radiothon and food drive in support of Mississauga’s Seva Food Bank. The previous seven radiothons and food drives have collectively raised over $750,000 and 320,000 pounds of food for Seva Food Bank. This year, at the eight  annual CJMR Guru Nanak Radiothon and Food Drive raised over $180,000 in pledges and 40,000 pounds of food for the Seva Food Bank.

The record-breaking effort was led by the producers of CJMR 1320 AM radio station to mark the 549th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith.  “We really wanted to find a way to put Guru Nanak’s message of equality, social justice and service into practice,” remarked radio host Kuldip Deepak. “The Seva Food Bank is doing just that with its commitment to seva, selfless service, and sarbat da bhalla, the well-being of all humanity.”

On Friday November 23rd and Sunday November 25th, the radio hosts were on the air for over sixteen hours fielding over a thousand calls from dedicated listeners who pledged their donations. On Saturday November 24th, a food drive was organized with the support of over two hundred volunteers, spanning almost twenty-five South Asian grocery stores and gurdwaras to collect food donations across  the Peel region. Continue reading “CJMR Radio Hosts Raise Over $180,000 and 40,000 Pounds of Food For Seva Food Bank”

“ What’s behind that door?”

Doors Open Markham features seven NEW sites

Have you ever wondered, “ What’s behind that door?” Doors Open Markham provides visitors with exclusive access to 19 locations that are not generally open to the public. This is a free one-day event to tour cultural and historical sites that reflect our community’s past, and experience the diverse cultures that contribute to Markham’s unique charm.

“This is a chance to explore Markham’s hidden gems, learn about our community’s history and cultural heritage … the possibilities are endless!” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “There is something for everyone: Markham Fire Station is a favourite for kids of all ages, architectural enthusiasts will be wowed by the Wong Dai Sin Temple and if you haven’t yet, be sure to visit the Aaniin Community Centre and Library, Markham’s newest facility!”

“One day + 19 fascinating locations + FREE admission = Doors Open Markham,” says Doors Open Committee Chair Kenneth Ng. “Visit first-time sites and past favourites, for their architecture, their heritage, or the interesting things going on. The Doors Open Markham Committee looks forward to seeing you there!” Continue reading ““ What’s behind that door?””

Panorama India to mark India’s Independence Day by showcasing India’s culture and heritage

INDIA DAY FESTIVAL AND GRAND PARADE EXPECTED TO DRAW OVER 50,000 PEOPLE AT CITY HALL

  More than 50,000 people are expected to converge at Nathan Philips Square to celebrate the 19th Annual India Day Festival and Grand Parade on Sunday, August 19, 2018.   Organized by Panorama India, with the support of Consulate General of India, the all-day event to celebrate India’s culture and heritage will present music and dance performances, a kids zone and an international bazaar with 100 kiosks exhibiting fashion, jewellery, handicrafts and an array of food.  The King of Bhangra Malkit Singh, Indo-Canadian singer Parichay and Indian Actor Pukhraj Bhalla will be on hand to perform for the massive crowds.

The event kicks off with the National Anthem at 1pm followed by the Grand Parade, marshalled by Bollywood actor Jimmy Sheirgill.  According to organizers, the grand parade will have 20 floats representing the various States of India put together by the diverse number of cultural groups in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). The parade will begin at Nathan Phillips Square, journey west to University Avenue, turning North to Dundas, East to Yonge Street, South to Queen Street and culminating back at City Hall.

Consul General of India in Toronto, Amb. Dinesh Bhatia will preside over the India Day event with participation from several political dignitaries from all levels of government. Continue reading “Panorama India to mark India’s Independence Day by showcasing India’s culture and heritage”

ROM to Host Exclusive Exhibition of Photographs by Raghubir Singh

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will be the final North American and exclusive Canadian venue for Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs. Organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art with the cooperation of Succession Raghubir Singh in Paris, this retrospective presents the visionary works of late photographer Raghubir Singh (1942-1999), who pioneered the use of colour film to document the rapidly changing social, political, and cultural scenes of India from the late 1960s to the 1990s. The exhibition will be on display at the ROM from July 21 to October 21, 2018, following its run at The Met Breuer in New York City and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

“As home to one of the world’s largest collections of South Asian art and culture, we are pleased to host this retrospective on the pioneering work of photographer Raghubir Singh,“ says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO.“Singh’s illuminating portraits of India, taken from within the culture, have had a major influence on shaping our understanding of the richness and complexity of South Asian society and its unique place in the modern world.”

Modernism on the Ganges: Raghubir Singh Photographs traces the full trajectory of Singh’s career from his early work as a photojournalist in the late 1960s through to his last unpublished projects of the late 1990s. The exhibition features more than 80 photographs and other objects on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Succession Raghubir Singh. Continue reading “ROM to Host Exclusive Exhibition of Photographs by Raghubir Singh”

YYZ Live music series returning to Toronto Pearson International Airport

Building upon the positive response from audiences and artists alike, YYZ Live, a musical celebration featuring live performances by local musicians, has taken to the stage again in Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Terminals 1 and 3. The encore music series starts this week and will run until the end of the year.

“We are pleased that this successful partnership will continue and generate more paid performance opportunities for Toronto musicians,” said Mayor John Tory. “YYZ Live is a program that helps reinforce Toronto as a music city to visitors and residents alike.”

Produced by the City in partnership with Toronto Pearson International Airport, YYZ Live will present up to six free, live music performances a week for the enjoyment of passengers. Shows are scheduled for 6 to 6:40 p.m. and again from 7 to 7:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights at the YYZ Live stages in the Terminal 3 Departure Gate Area (past security) and the Terminal 1 International Arrivals meet and greet area (pre-security). The program was initially launched last summer and featured 150 performances in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

YYZ Live 2018 kicked off yesterday with a performance by alternative singer-songwriter Jong Lu in Terminal 3. The YYZ Live performance schedule is available at http://www.torontopearson.com/yyzlive and social media users can follow #yyzlive for schedule updates. Continue reading “YYZ Live music series returning to Toronto Pearson International Airport”

The City of Markham launches Indigenous History Month celebrations

Today, the City of Markham launched celebrations for Indigenous History Month with a special ceremony that featured a friendship dance and ceremony of laying down the sacred medicine of tobacco. Indigenous Art Educator, J’net Ayayqwayaksheelth, was joined by Sue Croweagle to lead the celebration at the Markham Civic Centre.

“Celebrating the achievements of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples is an opportunity to listen to their stories, learn from their experiences and recognize the outstanding contributions of Indigenous communities,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “At the City of Markham, we believe in building and nurturing strong bonds with our Indigenous communities, and I am proud that together, we have been able to create those connections through mutual respect, trust and cooperation.”

National Indigenous History Month is recognized during the month of June, providing the unique opportunity for municipalities across Canada to join together and take action towards reconciliation. Markham supports Indigenous History Month through the City’s award-winning  Diversity Action Plan – Everyone Welcome.

“In recognizing the history of Indigenous Peoples, Markham is demonstrating our gratitude to be able to call Turtle Island home,” says Cheryl McConney-Wilson, Senior Diversity, Accessibility, Wellness and Recognition Specialist at the City of Markham. Continue reading “The City of Markham launches Indigenous History Month celebrations”

48th International Film Festival of India inaugurated at Goa

Inviting film makers to India is the endeavour of IFFI: Smriti Zubin Irani 
Cultural extravaganza highlight of IFFI 2017 

Minister of Textiles  and Information & Broadcasting, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani has said  that India is a land of festivals, celebrations, dynamic youth and stories, where in  stories were told in over 1600 dialects.  Minister said this while addressing the opening ceremony of 48th international Film Festival of India in Goa.

Elaborating further, Smt Smriti Zubin Irani  said that the endeavor of Government of India through International Film Festival of India is to invite film makers from all over the world to the land of stories. Speaking on the role of IFFI, Minister said that the festival will help the film lovers to meet the biggest and brightest names of Indian film industry.

Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Manohar Parikkar in his address welcomed all the delegates to IFFI 2017 and said that Goa will be ready in 2019 to host the 50th edition of IFFI in a magnificent way. Shri. Parikkar added that Goa has developed a good film culture over the last few years and the state government would continue its work towards further developing the film industry in Goa.

Earlier, Indian film star Shri. Shahrukh Khan while welcoming all film makers and delegates to IFFI 2017 said that films are about loving, about an idea transformed into reality by hundreds of people working together. He further added that story tellers and story listeners are like a family and stories have the power to bind each and every one together. Continue reading “48th International Film Festival of India inaugurated at Goa”

Fish Eyes Trilogy: Teenagers Viewpoint

Written by Anita Majumdar. Directed by Brian Quirt. Until Oct. 15 at Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst St. FactoryTheatre.ca

Anita Majumdar, the award winning playwright, dancer, choreographer and performer presents this coming-of-age play at the Factory Theatre, at the launch of their new season ‘Shaping Stories’. Corresponding with the back-to-school season, this Trilogy ‘Boys with Cars’, ‘Let Me Borrow That Top’ and ‘Fish Eyes’ depicts beautifully, through the eyes of three different teenage girls who attend the same school (Port Moody Senior Secondary) in small town BC.

In this fascinating story, the actor portrays the fish-out-of-water experiences of self-doubting teenagers, with an additional viewpoint of a student from a different ethnic background. The generation gap between the older people and the second generation is beautifully dealt with, by the multi-talented artiste.

The play, which although humorous, speaks to serious issues regarding racism and multiculturalism, and the advancement we’ve made in discussing these sensitive issues.

Boys with Cars is about sexual violence, blaming the victim, the young girl Naz. The naïve, love-lorn girl is misunderstood by the object of her admiration. In Let Me Borrow That Top,  a blue-eyed blonde, who’s interested in Indian dancing  gives  makeup tutorial to her Youtube subscribers. In Fish Eyes, Meenakshi, a student training in traditional Indian dance aspires for teenage freedom and  a boyfriend. Her dance teacher or ‘Aunty’ has her own take on these topics! Continue reading “Fish Eyes Trilogy: Teenagers Viewpoint”