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BWW Interview: Sahar Zaman On Remembering The Legend Talat Mahmood

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 11:18:26 PST

Wearing many hats as a professional including Political Newscaster, Arts Journalist, Curator, Designer, Media Entrepreneur and a owner of a design brand for Home Décor Line and Jewellery, called Chamak Patti, Sahar Zaman is also spearheading a campaign to revive the historic musical legacy of India. Recently she organized unique tribute to her grand-uncle Talat Mahmood, involving music, dance and visual arts. 1. You have been trying to preserve the legacy of our music. Talk to us about your efforts? In my recent most effort to re-introduce vintage music to our youngsters came on a very personal note. My grand-uncle Talat Mahmood was a very famous singer and one of the most significant pillars of the Golden Era (1940-1970) of our Indian Film Industry music. Known as the 'King of Ghazals', he was the first to bring the genre to mainstream music in the film industry. I felt strongly about re-introducing his music to today's youngsters. And it's important to be humble about this effort. He was a very famous man but the children today neither know his name nor his music. It is a treasure trove we are sitting on and letting it fizzle away. In my own little way, I am literally helping our youth re-discover what already exists. 2. Why is it important to educate the youth about the music of our previous generations? It's our legacy, its our foundation. Without understanding this, you cannot move ahead. You can enjoy or create new genres of music but our legacy is what makes our foundation strong to move ahead with as much confidence. Our legacy adds depth to today's music and arts. And you never know which aspect of vintage music can make a comeback as a contemporary form! 3. Growing up what artists have influenced you and why? I grew up in a house with eclectic music tastes. I inherited the love for jazz and oldies from my mom, apart from the fact that she was mad about the Beatles and Cliff Richard. My brother introduced me to Andrew Lloyd Webber and SD Burman. My dad told me about Begum Akhtar's ghazals and added that Shirely Bassey is hot! And then there were those from my generation - Alka Yagnik, Celine Dion, Mariah Carrey, Udit Narayan, Backstreet Boys, Norah Jones and so many more. Having spent my early years in Kuwait, I was also introduced to Arabic music. That's when Amr Diab, Khaled, Fairuz and Umm Khulthum got diced into my ever-growing music repertoire. Much later, my husband introduced me to Argentine folk music and African Soul. But it's the Golden Era of the Hindi film music that had a constant, uninterrupted presence in my life. This meant that songs from the early 50s upto the 70s surrounded me, irrespective of what the current chartbusters were. Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Mukesh, Asha Bhonsle and Hemant Kumar songs were all instantly identifiable but Talat Mahmood was extra special to me. He was a significant part of the Golden Era of the Indian music industry, and delivered several memorable hits from the 40s to the 70s. Known as the 'King of Ghazals', he was the first to bring the genre to mainstream music in the film industry. 4. Talk to us about the tribute to Talat Mahmood. What are your memories of his music and how emotional was it to organize this evening? He was known for his velvet voice and gentle emotions emoted in his songs. I went to colleges and shopping malls with this endeavour. There were singing competitions conducted in colleges across Delhi where students sang only Talat Mahmood film song and private Ghazals. In shopping malls, kids did surprise flash mob dances on his vintage music. There response was stupendous. Not only were people pleasantly surprised, the young students got hooked to his voice and music. These ground events then culminated to a grand finale called "Jashn-e-Talat by Sahar Zaman" , where we had a combination of short listed college singers as well as established singers performs his songs on stage. I added the aspect of multi-arts performance to make this a cultural extravaganza. Fo[...]

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 3/16 - IN THE HEIGHTS, GUYS AND DOLLS, MOTOWN and More!

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature IN THE HEIGHTS, GUYS AND DOLLS, MOTOWN and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Louisville: Contributor Keith Waits reviews DO YOU FEEL ANGER at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He writes "By the end of the show, I found that I was a little disappointed - not with any of the performances, production value or even writing, as all of that was at a level befitting the Festival's history. I wanted to have answers. I was angry with what happened to the characters I had fallen in love with. I was as powerless to help them as they were to help themselves. I think that was precisely the point, but it didn't make the play an easy watch by the end. I'll put it another way by borrowing the play's title and one of Sofia's empathy exercises:" Indianapolis: Contributors Dylan and Celeste Caraker review LES MIS at the Old National Centre. They write "The costuming, wonderfully designed by Adreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland were expertly crafted and Matt Kinley's incredible set and images (literally based on images by Victor Hugo) provide a topnotch backdrop for the action. As a techie, if any part of the production design could really be the star of the show last night, it would have to be the intense lighting design by Paule Constable, which perfectly recreated the world of Hugo's France with admirable skill. The lighting was absolutely breathtaking and gorgeous, and it really helped focus the attention of the audience with ease and created a sense of wonderment as the story unfolded." Raleigh: Contributor Jeffrey Kare reviews THE WIZARD OF OZ at North Carolina Theatre. He writes "Though under the direction of Dean Sobon, there is a wonderful cast of performers that should keep audiences invested. Kalie Kaimann as Dorothy Gale gives a performance that really makes you care for her throughout the show. Her three companions in Oz are perfectly portrayed in this production with Chris Duir as the brainless Scarecrow, Christopher Russell as the heartless Tinman, and Victor Legarret as the Cowardly Lion. As the story's classic antagonist, Emily Perzan is wickedly spunky as The Wicked Witch of the West." Palm Springs: Contributor Stan Jenson reviews SISTER ACT at Palm Canyon Theatre. He writes "The energy throughout the evening is spectacular, especially in the numbers where Tillman is leading the sisters in enthusiastic sacred production numbers. Tillman hails from Asbury, New Jersey where she is the Worship Leader of the Shore Christian Church, so her role indeed finds art imitating life. From her first number in the nightclub, "Take Me to Heaven," we know that she is a very special talent, and it is obvious why PCT was willing to transport her across the country to take on this role. There doesn't seem to be a moment in the show when she sits back and takes a breath." Jacksonville: Contributor Jordan Higginbotham reviews Motown at the Times Union Center. She writes "Berry Gordon, played by Kenneth Mosley, was spectacular. My first thought to Mosley's performance was he portrayed Gordon as a voice behind the iconic voices, but Mosely's voice was just as memorable. Mosley performed with such strength and stamina through the entire production. His "Can I Close the Door (On Love)?" was breathtaking and pulled the entire show together. Not only were his singing abilities phenomenal, but Mosley's stage presence was astounding. The moment he walked on stage, the audience knew Berry Gordon was the boss and would do anything to make Motown Records a success. Mosley also had an incredible sense of wit. He made his witty comebacks so natural, such as the scene in the Bahamas where he continues t[...]

BWW Feature: YOGI OF THE RACETRACK, A New Ad Film Showcased At ITB -Berlin World Tourist Meet Goes Viral

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:13:06 PST

(image) On the last day of ITB -Berlin World Tourist Meet, India won the Best Exhibitor Award.
The ITB -Berlin World Tourist Meet
' was held at Berlin, Germany from 7th March to 10th March, 2018.

India was represented by the Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism Mr. K. J. Alphons along with couple of Tourism Ministry officials who also received the award.

More than 100 countries participated in the ITB - Berlin meet with their respective Tourism Ministers. While the event was a great opportunity for all exhibitors what particularly caught the global attention was a short film.

India's Incredible India (Ministry of Tourism) presented a short film named "Yogi of the Racetrack" in the meet. The said short film has got 7.2 million and has gone viral.

The new TV commercial shows the effects of Yoga and how to effectively use the techniques for racing positions.



Tue, 13 Mar 2018 12:10:14 PST

It's the season of sundowners and what better way to enjoy an evening. One of the city's most eclectic dining spaces, Fio, Nehru Place will be organizing an evening where renowned singer Sona Mohapatra will be performing live. Sona is an Indian singer, music composer and lyricist born in Cuttack, Odisha. She has performed in concerts across the world and has been featured in albums, singles, concert webcasts, music videos, Bollywood films and advertisements.

RED FM will be launching a new show 'Lal Pari Mastani' that will see Sona Mohaptra in a new avatar of a radio jockey. This show aims to bring forth stories of women/ men who fought sexism, unequal representation of women, gender biased societal norms through their work and in their lives. The guests on the show will have a heart to heart conversation with Sona about their stories and experiences.


BWW Previews: Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, to kick off its annual college fest - Dastaan

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 10:15:01 PST

Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (M), University of Delhi, is back with its annual college fest. Dastaan 2018, promises to be an adrenaline kicking event, with a host of impressive line ups.

The fest that has been going strong for five decades now is one of the most awaited events for the university students. This year, Punjabi singer Akhil will be seen wowing the audiences. some of the other activities planned during the two-day long fest will include Sadak-Chaap a wall graffiti making competition organized by Promethean- the fine arts society Triathlon, a three tier quest competition which includes Haiku writing and Blackout poetry organized by Meraki- the creative writing society, Andaaz-e-Bayaan, an intriguing open mic and Behind The Scenes, an after movie on Dastaan by Filmtantra- the film appreciation society, Studio Vogue, a studio fashion photography competition by Envision- the photography society, etc.

The two-day annual extravaganza that will take place on March 10 and 11, 2018.


Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 3/9 - WAITRESS, RAGTIME, CHICAGO, and More!

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Waitress, Ragtime, Chicago, and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Pittsburgh: Contributor Greg Kerestan reviews WAITRESS at the Benedum. He writes " Sassy waitress Becky (Charity Angel Dawson) loves her invalid husband, but is having an affair with the more vital Cal (Ryan G\. Dunkin), the diner's grouchy manager. Dawson has an amazing voice, and Dunkin finds the meat in a one-dimensional role without any singing, but both of them are saddled with the most sitcom-generic of characters. Lenne Klingaman fares better as buttoned-up waitress Dawn, who learns to open up and love life with the help of her persistent, quirky suitor Ogie, as played by Jim Hogan. Hats off to Hogan, handling one of the most difficult comedic roles in contemporary musical theatre, charming the audience and winning over Dawn at the same time. We have every reason to see Ogie as a loser, a creep, or even a stalker- in his very first scene, he must bring enough joy and innocence to his persistence that we see why Dawn comes to fall for him quickly. Finally, Larry Marshall (who played a manic Simon Zealotes in the first Jesus Christ Superstar film) brings both warmth and crustiness to the role of Old Joe, the diner's owner and chief patron. At first, I was a little uneasy with seeing a black man in the role- there's a certain touch of the outdated "Magic Negro" trope around a lovably raunchy old black man who is always handing out sage advice and solving white people's problems with handy deus ex machina moments. (It's not an inherently offensive trope so much as a trite one- the Magic Negro cliché dates all the way back to Uncle Remus.) Nonetheless, Marshall overcomes this slight cultural baggage to make Old Joe more than just a Morgan Freeman wananbe." Los Angeles: Contributor Ellen Dostal reviews JACKIE UNVEILED at the Wallis. She writes "Burrows delivers the herculean task of presenting a two hour solo play with finesse but is also undermined by Jackie's accent. Though carefully studied and phonetically perfected, it is centered around one pitch and never varies much from it. The limited vocal range combined with a downward emphasis at the end of every sentence becomes monotonous with its predictable rhythm. And while she is working very hard to connect with the audience, it never feels like we truly get to see behind the veil. Something in the eyes still keeps us at a distance and that is a missed opportunity." Sioux Falls: Contributor Katie Becker reviews CHICAGO at The Washington Pavillion. She writes "Several cast members return to roles in this production of Chicago, including leads Dylis Croman (Roxie Hart) and Terra C\. MacLeod (Velma Kelly), bringing with them a familiarity and excitement for their characters. Throughout the show, MacLeod expertly conveys the desperation of Velma Kelly as she watches Roxie go from media revival to finally convincing her to become the other half of her double act. One of MacLeod's strongest scenes is during the Act 2 duet, Class, between her and Jennifer Fouché's Matron Mama Mortan; beautifully capturing the strong on stage chemistry between the two." Tampa: Contributor Deborah Bostock-Kelley reviews FOREVER PLAID at the Straz Center. She writes "The men are funny and engaging. Before performing their opening number Three Coins in a Fountain, there's a quiet warning of "it's time to start the show; check your flies." The quartet's perfected goofiness and appropriate stiffness took a backseat when the first notes waft through the theatre. The voic[...]

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 3/2 - ALLEGIANCE, RAGTIME, GHOST, and More!

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature Allegiance, Ragtime, Ghost, and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Los Angeles: Contributor Don Grigware reviews ALLEGIANCE at the JACC. He writes "As I mentioned above the entire 15 member cast do splendid work with their acting, singing and dancing. As a chorus, they sound terrific. Choreographer Rumi Oyama does nice work putting the cast through some fast and furious moves. Se Hyun Oh's scenic design is adequate, as are Halei Parker's costumes. Nice projection work from Adam Flemming, who puts his projections in several places across the stage. One very strange element is the use of box-like shapes that float down consistently. One side of each is used for projections, but why these curious shapes? Do they symbolize something in the Japanese culture? Very disconcerting!" Philadelphia: Contributor Pati Beuhler reviews SOMETHING ROTTEN at the Kimmel Center. She writes "Did I mention that the theatrical competition at that time is none other than William Shakespeare? Broadway legend Adam Pascal plays the strutting peacock "I am the Will with the skill/ To thrill you with the quill". Pascal is obnoxiously talented in his role. But Nostradamus assures Nick that one day he will dazzle the whole world with his immortal work - a musical called "Omelet". Well, that's almost all the plot you need, because there's entirely too much insanely crazy gobbledygook in Act Two." Madison: Contributor Scott Rawson reviews AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Overture Center. He writes "This combination ballet/musical has cleaned up most of the sexism and misogyny of the original film, as it should, we are, after all, living in a different age. The dancing was fabulous, if not excessive. The set and multi-media were breathtaking. The actors, for the most part, believable." Seattle: Contributor Jay Irwin reviews Seattle Rep's HERSSEY FELDER AS Irving Berlin. He writes "Felder's talent on the piano is only matched by his talent as a storyteller. He locks you into the ride from the beginning and never lets go. You need someone with presence to be able to carry a one-man show such as this and Felder has that presence in spades but it's an unassuming presence, so you feel like you're just listening to a friend and not a performance. He draws you in with heart and humor and delightfully with a couple of sing-a-longs into which the audience gleefully joined. And adding to the storytelling is a magnificent set from Felder that looks like a living room but then doubles as a backdrop for amazing lighting and projections from Richard Norwood and Christopher Ash & Lawrence Siefert." Los Angeles: Contributor Michael Quintos reviews THE KING AND I at the Segerstrom Center. He writes "From the moment the curtain rises to reveal the show's first "wow" moment---which finds a stunningly imposing ship Chow Phya slowly docking into Bangkok carrying widowed British school teacher Anna Leonowens (played by the spectacular Laura Michelle Kelly) and her young son Louis (Rhyees Stump)---the production will have you instantly mesmerized. Michael Yeargan's eye-popping sets and Catherine Zuber's Tony Award-winning costumes convincingly transport the audience to 19th Century Siam, where we find the country caught at the crossroads between many centuries' worth of traditional, old-world standards and a new modern, contemporary world outside their borders that is slowly spreading its forward momentum of progress." Germany: Contributor Mark Janicello reviews GHOST at Th[...]


Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:39:04 PST

The very popular annual performing arts festival in Jaipur, plans to be back with a bang.

Jawahar Kala Kendra has announced the third edition of its annual performing arts festival, NAVRAS. The festival will be held From 17 - 25 March 2018 and will showcase diverse programe of theatre, classical and contemporary dance, sufi, classical and fusion music. The festival will open on 17 March with Dhamaal, a celebration of the drumming traditions from India, with a performance curated and directed by the renowned percussionist Aneesh Pradhan. and will be followed by a week of outstanding performances.

The highlight of the event will remain plays such as Ismat Apa Ke Naam directed and acted by Naseeruddin Shah with his wife, Ratna Pathak Shah and daughter Sheeba Shah. There are many other outstanding performances to look ahead to including Partition: The Stories of Separation by Sonam Kalra; and morning raagas by Jayteerth Mevundi and Niladri Kumar. The closing of the festival will premiere the Rajasthan Roots Caravan, with more than 30 Rajasthani musicians on stage, directed by Aditya Bhasin.

Pooja Sood, Director General of JKK said, "JKK is proud to present yet again, a variety of nationally acclaimed performances in music, dance and theatre to audiences in Jaipur. If Navras means to have new experiences, then it is our endeavour that the audiences in Jaipur enrich themselves in experiencing theatre dance and music in new and diverse ways. We are also proud to showcase a commissioned theatre production by JKK."


Casting Announced for ALADDIN in India; Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 11:37:14 PST

(image) reports that Disney India is set to bring ALADDIN to Mumbai in April 2018. After their success with Beauty and the Beast, Disney India announced they will bring a Broadway-style production of the beloved musical ALADDIN to the stage, promising it will be full of the magic and comedy that fans of the movie and current Broadway production know and love.

Aladdin is set to play in Mumbai beginning April 20th, and will also have runs in Delhi, and Hyderabad. The production is set to be the first locally produced, non-replica production, specifically for Indian audiences.

The production is directed by Shruti Sharma, choreographed by Bertwin D'Souza, designed by Varsha Jain and Gavin Miguel, and features music direction and vocal coaching by Dhruv Ghanekar and Suzane D'Mello.

The production will star Siddharth Menon and Taaruk Raina in the title role, Kira Narayanan as Jasmine, Mantra as Genie, and Roshan Abbas and Vikrant Chaturvedi as Jafar.

The stage version of ALADDIN is based on the 1992 film of the same name, and opened on Broadway with Disney Theatrical Productions in 2011. It has seen huge success, including multiple international and regional productions as well as a North American tour that continues through summer 2018.

ALADDIN features music by Tony Award and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken, with lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman and three-time Tony Award and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow via BookMyShow.

Photo: Deen Van Meer/North American Tour Cast



Tue, 27 Feb 2018 10:41:26 PST

(image) An entire country awaits in mourning, as the mortal remains of one of century's most popular stars are flown back home.

Bollywood actor Sridevi who passed away while in Dubai, is making her final journey home. The actor's body according to news sources has been released and fans are awaiting to catch a last glimpse of their favorite star.

According to news channels all the formalities are over and the late actress' body will be accompanied by her husband Boney Kapoor and step son Arjun Kapoor.

The cremation is expected to take place tomorrow post noon in Mumbai, a city which the star owned by her charisma and talent.

According to cinema lovers, there has scarcely been any other female superstar in the country. Sridevi was one of the first Indian actresses who commanded the power to lead the audience to theaters.

Her loss came as a huge surprise to the entire fraternity. The family was in UAE attending a wedding function when this unpleasant news came in. Needless to add the loss is huge but the country is remembering their star with as much love as she bestowed on every character she portrayed.


BWW Previews: A TRIBUTE TO THE LEGEND TALAT MAHMOOD, With Guest Appearance By Talat Aziz

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:16:10 PST

A multi-performance tribute to the legend TALAT MAHMOOD, with special guest appearance by Talat Aziz and performances by Radhika Chopra, Vidha Lal, Sanjeev Choudhury and young college talent along with Bollywood Salsa by Ravi Rastogi and Dipasree being hosted by RJ Sachin at 6.30pm on Sunday, March 4th, 2018 at India Islamic Cultural Centre, 87-88, Lodhi Road, Delhi.

The legend's grand niece Sahar Zaman has put together this special evening dedicated to his music. The main effort is to re-live the charm of these classic melodies while reaching out to the youth of today. This is a multi-performance tribute, involving the participation of singers, dancers and artists for an action packed evening of gentle music.

One of the most popular singers of the Indian film industry, known for his soft velvety voice. He was a significant part of the Golden Era of the Indian music film industry, gave several memorable hits from the '40s - '70s. Known as the King of Ghazals, he was the first to bring the genre of ghazals to mainstream music of the film industry. He was the voice for all top actors including Dilip Kumar, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor and Sunil Dutt, to name a few.

When interviewed at the Joe Franklin Show, he was introduced to American audiences as 'Frank Sinatra of India'. He toured all over the globe, performing to packed halls such as Royal Albert Hall, London and The Madison Square, USA.


BWW Interview: Aleya Sen, Director of Superstars like Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, Talks About Her Latest Venture DIL JUUNGLEE

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:39:25 PST

Talk to us about your latest venture Dil Juunglee. It looks like a candy floss romance targeted at the youth. What are your thoughts? Aleya: The entire film is about my perspective of how I see love and relationships. So yes, there is a deeper understanding in it, when you are younger, your understanding of love is influenced by different sources like the books you read and movies you watch, parents, cousins etc. To me the first love is like whole bag of expectations and because of age, there are things you understand and you don't. As you grow, your understanding of love is different, more mature. You understand that there is friendship and compatibility involved, so you start seeing the different layers in love. Now the entire profound thing is treated in a happy, comic, comedy, romantic way in my film. Every character in my film is very important, most of them are from my real life who I have observed, and maybe there is some reflection on how I perceive love or people that reflects in the film. 2. How different is say, doing a feature film than an ad film and what are the challenges? Aleya: If you look at the technical aspect then yes, there is a difference in technicians, equipment's, post-production aspects. On the whole, it is an experience, a journey, the time spent, emotional attachment that happens by default at least in my case as it is my first film. The project becomes your life and this is one big difference of course. Honestly, my biggest challenge was, the shift from advertising to feature because in advertising I had already reached an accomplished state. To condition myself, feature is a completely new thing, all I geared myself up was with a fact that it is going to be an adventure trip. I have worked with the other production house for the first time. As this is an original script, to find someone who would believe in my script to put in money and will be convinced was a challenge. 3. You have cast a powerful actress - Taapsee Pannu will she be seen in a new light, tell us more about it? Aleya: I think from the trailer and the feedback that I read, people have already got it that it is something she is seeing like for the first time and like I said personally it gives me a very big high because every bit of styling is a fragment of my imagination. So I am very happy that the character is being liked, people are intrigued by it and are interested to know what Taapsee is playing as an actor in the film. For example the small little things that I wanted her eyes to be lighter, her hair to be short. This is how I always saw it and I keep saying that Taapsee is an actress who completely surrenders herself to the director so she has been very supportive. 4. You have directed big stars such as SRK in the past. Any memorable moments that come to your mind. Aleya: With SRK, it is like a fan moment for me. Yes, that was one of my most memorable ads because I did it with him. I would want and love to do a film with him because I really like his charisma on and off screen. The best part was when I worked with him, I realize that he is so down to earth. He makes you so comfortable and he brings you on the same platform. There is no intimidation as such and that he makes you feel so comfortable to work with. For a film maker, things become so smooth when your cast and crew are so supportive who understands your passion and dedication. 5. What would you say about the state of films and performing arts in India currently? Aleya: There is no end to a creative process. Our film is a reflection of the environment in the society. I feel if it is just Bollywood then yes, we are only moving ahead and it can only get better from here. One of the biggest thing is that there is a whole lot of due respect given [...]

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/23 - THE LION KING, FINDING NEVERLAND, and More!

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature The Lion King, Finding Neverland, The Crucible, and more! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Orlando: Contributor McKenzie Lakey reviews THE LION KING at the Dr. Phillips Center. She writes "The Lion King" is the perfect introduction to Broadway musicals for audience members of all ages, but still maintains the pure talent, ingenuity and sheer power that only the best of Broadway can produce and maintain. No matter how well you know the story or how many times you have seen "The Lion King" (either animated or brought to life on stage), it always has a way of transporting viewers back to a period in their life filled with the awe and wonder of childhood that they may have long forgotten-and it's a trip definitely worth taking." Baltimore: Contributor Charles Shubow reviews THE GREAT SOCIETY at Arena Stage. He writes "This play should be required viewing for all high school students. No books or lectures could reveal how President Johnson was able to push through his "Great Society" legislation that included passage of the Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, Clean Air Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Head Start, Social Security, Public Broadcasting, National Public Radio, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Is there any doubt why this era was called "The Great Society"?" Jacksonville: Contributor Jordan Higginbotham reviews MADAMA BUTTERFLY at the Times Union Theatre. She writes "All parts were beautifully and poignantly portrayed in the opera. The cast was amazingly talented and dedicated to their characters. As someone who has listened to the Miss Saigon soundtrack, I could not help making the connections of each character to its inspired character, and the story in which it was based." Nashville: Contributor Jeffrey Ellis reviews SMART PEOPLE at Nashville Rep. He writes "Clearly, the four people who inhabit the world as presented in Smart People are indeed more intelligent than most of the people in your neighborhood (and certainly my neighborhood), they each represent some archetype in order to create a universal tale that is at once appealing, yet somehow troubling. In the manner of all compelling theater, Smart People makes you think, encourages you to consider your own thoughts and actions, and challenges the status quo in which we are all complicit. One thing you can be certain of - you'll have plenty to talk about after the curtain has rung down on Nashville Rep's articulate Smart People." Norfolk: Contributor Jeremy Bustin reviews A RAIN IN THE SUN at Virginia Rep. He writes "Jasmine Coles is perfectly cast as the eccentric and aspirational Beneatha, and has a show-stealing moment with a tribal chant and dance featuring an equally delightful Solomon. But it's Trezana Beverley as Lena 'Mama' Younger, who gradually inherits the reins of the production with a finely shaded performance. Audiences will hear the nuance in every word she speaks and absorbedly watch every move she makes." Milwaukee: Contributor Kelsey Lawler reviews FINDING NEVERLAND at Milwaukee's Marcus Center. She writes "But it can't be denied that there are shining moments aplenty in this Pan-themed spectacular. Again, the choreography is remarkably well-crafted and perfectly executed by a brilliant cast of characters. Especially unforgettable is the way in which Sylvia goes to Neverl[...]


Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:27:50 PST

(image) The breathtakingly beautiful site of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, bore witness to an extraordinary musical event. Presenting the most stunning and sacred traditions from the Orient, the East and Africa, the unique program was a treat to the music lovers. During the festival, one saw collaborations of artists from the West intermingling their cultural journeys with the local talent of Rajasthan.

The festival that spanned from Feb 15 - Feb 18, 2018 opened with a candlelight story tale of Pabuji Phad retold to the audience via 52 panwaras (poetic compositions) in the backdrop of the picturesque Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park. One also witnessed the feminine art of the young artists inspired by the richness of a sacred legacy of Ariana Vafadari singing the poems of Zarathustra, to the Andalusian tradition of Zainab Afilal or the Lithuanian harp of Indr? Jurgelevi?i?t? up to the Sardinian tradition of Elisa Marongiu.

His Highness Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Marwar-Jodhpur said, "This year more than two thousand people attended the festival. Having said that, we promise to bring the best artists in WSSF 2019 to make it even more exciting."



Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:22:23 PST


After the launch of the very successful Bounjour India, a program that was aimed towards strengthening Indo-French ties and was a huge success there is another spectacular show set to enthrall the public.

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in the capital will witness a stunning display on February 24. An aerial performance called Celestial Carillon will be organized by the French performance company Transe Express. This event is part of the National School of Drama 8th Theatre Olympics, with the support of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and is produced by Seher.

Bertrand de Hartingh, Curator General, Bonjour India said, 'France has an expertise in Art in public spaces and we are very excited to share this amazing experience with the Indian audience. It's going to be a spectacle for one and all. It will take the streets over by storm, and is sure to be remembered for a long time to come!'

DELHI, 24 February 2018, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts



Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:28:38 PST

(image) Gujarati regional entertainment industry in the country gives us some rare gems almost every year. Felicitating the hard work of this regional industry were the Annual Gujarati Screen and Stage Awards - 2017 recently held in Mumbai.

The award ceremony now in its 17th year, recognizes the hard work of artists and technicians every year.

This year, 33 Gujarati films, 31 Mumbai dramas, 18 Gujarati dramas and 4 Television series were in competition. Spread across 48 different categories, the awards night saw the nomination of more than 350 artists and technicians.

With continued efforts such as these, Gujarati films are beginning to get a great response within the country and also abroad.

Ananya, a Gujarati drama won many awards and amongst TV serials, Mahek, was the frontrunner. Love ni Bhavai and Carry on Kesar were amongst the films that drew maximum response.


BWW Previews: MIKA SINGH, SHARRY MANN bring bhangra and Punjabi tadka to The Swag Fest

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:05:26 PST


The Swag Fest, is fast becoming one of the most awaited music events in the country. After the massive success of the two earlier editions of Swag Feast, the music lovers are in for some more treat.

The upcoming edition of Swag Fest, promises to take things a notch ahead. Bringing in a lot of Punjabi tadka and bhangra into the partying spirit will be popular performers such as Mika Singh, Sharry, Akhil and Hardy Sandhu.

the singers will be making the audience groove to the beats of their infectious music. The performance will include everything from their hit numbers to punjabi songs that all of North India loves to gyrate on.

Brought by Red FM Live, Swag Fest Reloaded with Mika is one of finest places to be if you are in mood for some serious foot tapping desi style.

Date: 10th March 2018

Time: 5 p.m. onwards

Venue: Leisure Valley Ground, Gurugram

Pass Price:

750 onwards


Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/16 - HUNCHBACK, HAMILTON, FRANKENSTEIN, and More!

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature HUNCHBACK, HAMILTON, FRANKENSTEIN, and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Salt Lake City: Contributor Tyler Hinton reviews HUNCHBACK at the Hale Center. He writes "Director/choreographer Dave Tinney and musical director Kelly Dehaan have shepherded the performances to be much more than just the individuals on their own. There is a unity and power that radiates from the large group of actors and singers, skillfully costumed by Peggy Willis, as they navigate through the ever-shifting multi-leveled set." Seattle: Contributor Jay Irwin reviews HAMILTON at the Paramount Theatre. He writes "And now I must mention four tracks that may be the most demanding in the show and were stunners. These four actors have to pull double duty all night long, each with two very different characters. Elijah Malcomb starts the night as one of Alexander's best friends John Laurens with tons of resolve and dedication and then moved onto play Hamilton's son Phillip whose bravado will break your heart. Fergie L. Phillipe was probably my favorite of the four with his braggadocious Hercules Mulligan and then going into the meeker and sickly James Madison. Kyle Scatliffe who Seattle audiences may remember from his amazing turn as Jud in "Oklahoma" a few years back was a stunner as the quick talking Lafayette and then the scheming Jefferson. And last but certainly not least Danielle Sostre as the notably overlooked Schuyler sister Peggy who turns around to completely kill it as the sultry Maria Reynolds." Omaha: Contributor Natalie McGovern reviews AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Orpheum Theatre. She writes "Jerry Mulligan (McGee Maddox) has the je ne sai quoi you'd expect from a worldly artist and American GI, as he glides through scenes effortlessly, polished and charismatic. Other standouts are Lise, talented Houston Ballet veteran Allison Walsh, with her perfected French accent that comes off as charmingly authentic and demure, and a brooding yet sentimental Jewish composer, Adam Hochberg (Matthew Scott) already resigned to the fact he may only get the girl in the form of a muse." Portland: Contributor Krista Garver reviews A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at the Keller Auditorium. She writes "Where things get really fun is the murders themselves. All of the D'Ysquiths ahead of Monty are played by James Taylor Odom. As such, he dies eight times during the show, from causes ranging from wind and ice to barbells and bees. Odom does this brilliantly. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to John Cleese, Odom also has a gift for physical comedy, ratcheting up the outrageousness with each death. The whole show feels at times like a Monty Python sketch." Dallas: Contributor Samuel Weber reviews FRANKENSTEIN at Dallas Theater Center. He writes "Mary Shelley's now timeless speculative fiction concerns itself with more than green monsters and mad scientists. Rather, Shelley's work is almost an exercise in understanding what lies at the edge of contemporary science, and more deeply, exploring the themes of those who wanted more - the Lucifer figure. This is an archetype I like to believe Shelley identified herself with, an educated woman wanting more for herself than her time would allow. Finding thi[...]

BWW Previews: THEATRE OLYMPICS All Set To Take Place In India

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:31:32 PST


While the world is glued in to watch winter Olympics taking place in Korea, for theatre lovers in India, there is an onstage Olympics awaiting them.

For the very first time, India is all set to host the biggest theatre event. The 8th edition of Theatre Olympics will see participation from 30 countries and a varied series of performances will be spread across the country.

The events kicks off in New Delhi on February 17 and will be inaugurated by the vice president of India, Mr Venkaiah Naidu. No less than 25,000 artists from around the world will participate in the event, masking it the biggest theatre spectacle to watch out for.

The event is held by the prestigious National School of Drama, under the aegis of Ministry of Culture. The theme of this years' event is - Flag of Friendship.

The Theatre Olympics was first established in Greece, back in 1993. The most awaited theatre event is being eagerly looked forward to.


BWW Review: GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE by Birmingham Stage Company at Sirifort Auditorium

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:07:40 PST


You enter the venue and are welcomed by the sight of several children, probably hundreds of them as they trot around their parents. Roald Dahl has been a part of every childhood and has grown in to teach all of us a lot about the good and bad of things, in his own unabashed and hilarious way. The Birmingham Theatre Company brought to India its production of the novel, "George's Marvellous Medicine" and once again one could all but marvel at the storyteller. The play is championed by its excellent use of the modern technically equipped stage in addition to effective background score, building a darkness that fit the characters just like Dahl does it.

Little George is dismissed as "growing too fast" by his senile, cranky grandma and later it is her that spurts into a twelve feet giant, joyfully so, upon tasting George's marvellous medicine. Through such witty exchange of circumstances, we see a nuanced adaptation of the tale done to cater to its target audience- children. The creators employ several techniques to add to the literal effect of despair, chaos and frenzy in the form of levitating grandmothers, giant chickens and chemical air that can be smelt by the audience. The children in the audience have their complete attention and through many interactive Brechtian breaks, the characters engage with the crowd in a manner that pleases them and takes the story forward.

The impossibility of the replication of the medicine echoes the middle class dream and leaves the play with a contemplation that the adults stick with and the kids mostly look past. The shadow of a 'witchy' grandma and the prospect of having lost her forever takes the cranky grandmother narrative a bit too far and almost makes the viewer morose, but the recovery is quick and rational, true Dahl fashion and moralises the trifle significance of forgetting. Sentimental problems in ill-managed relationships find quirky medicinal solutions and good background score, reminding us to take life with a pinch of salt. The humour in the script and the characters is ever-present and invites chuckles, augmented by the detailed costume and prop usage. Erika Poole has tremendous presence and adds to the eccentricity of the grandma and Ed Thorpe is full of energy across the run of the show.

A conversation with Ms Pooja, head of the Amity Humanity Foundation, reveals that the performance in India was several years in the making. Having watched it with her family in Dubai, she realised that Indian audiences were thirsty for quality recreational content for kids. She brought the show in through several negotiations and is now planning to make this an annual event in order to foster more theatre for kids. The Amity Foundation used the proceeds of the show to build schools and libraries for unprivileged kids, a bunch of who even got around watching the show and meeting the cast. "It is essential that we in Delhi make an attempt towards creating more content and recreational spaces for kids. The response has been overwhelming; kids have sent letters and expressed their happiness", she adds.


BWW Previews: CELEBRATING BHARATANATYAM, Kuchupudi And Other Heritage Dance Forms in Mumbai

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:20:26 PST


One of the oldest classical dance heritage from India, Bharatanatyam, today has got a global following. Not just in the East but many schools in the West too are now teaching the ancient dance forms from India as part of the Indian heritage studies.

Just in time then, Keli Classical Dance Festival, 2018 is back to celebrate the dances of India in all their glory. The 3 days long Keli festival scheduled on 9,10,11, 2018 will focus on India's classical dance traditions, Bharatnatyam, Kuchupudi and Mohiniyaattam.

Bharatanatyam is a solo dance performed only by women. It initiated in Tamil Nadu and eventually flourished in South India. It is a dance form of an illustrative anecdote of Indian mythology themes and spiritual ideas emoted by a dancer with excellent footwork and impressive gestures. Its performance repertoire includes nrita, nritya and natya. It also continues to inspire several art forms including paintings and sculptures starting from the spectacular 6th to 9th-century temple sculptures.

Kuchupudi is a dance tradition that originated in the village of Kuchipudi of Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh. This ancient dance form finds place in the 10th-century copper inscriptions and in 15th-century texts like 'Machupalli Kaifat'. Traditionally it is regarded that the sanyassin of Advaita Vedanta sect, Tirtha Narayana Yati, and his disciple Siddhendra Yogi initiated, methodized and arranged the present day version of the dance form in the 17th century.

Mohiniyattam is ancient Indian classical dance form that evolved in the state of Kerala. Mohiniattam adheres to the Lasya type that showcases a more graceful, gentle and feminine form of dancing. Conventionally it is a solo dance performed by female artists.


Day 1 - Inaugural Program & Bharatnatyam

Event Details: Friday, 9th Feb 2018, at Y.B. Chavan Centre, Opp. Mantralaya at 6.45 pm

Day 2 - Kuchupudi

Event Details: Saturday 10th Feb 2018, at Anushakthi Nagar, at 7.30 pm

Day 3 - Mohiniyattam
Event Details: Sunday, 11th Feb 2018 at Terna auditorium, Nerul west, at 7.00 pm


Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/9 - DOGFIGHT, MOTOWN, WAITRESS and More!

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature DOGFIGHT, MOTOWN, WAITRESS and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! Washington DC: Contributor Elliot Lanes reviews DIGGING UP DESSA at the Kennedy Center. He writes "First, there are the performances. As Dessa, Alina Collins Maldonado commands the stage. She embodies a teenager with tons of angst. The same can be said for Chris Stinson as Nilo. He is the perfect match for Maldonado's Dessa. Both characters are, as drawn, pretty grating - and Director Rives Collins does nothing to soften them - but both of the talented actors work with what they have." Boise: Contributor Shannon Foy reviews BEER FOR BREAKFAST at Boise Little Theater! She writes "Now the rest of the audience seemed to bubble along with laughter -- remembering what it was like to dance with your girlfriend in the quad the night before graduation. Before kids and bills and high cholesterol levels gripped at you from every angle. I firmly believe that although I didn't like the script, that the target audience may enjoy it and have a fun, light-hearted time." Japan: Contributor Mara Jill Herman reviews DOGFIGHT at Toho Stage. She writes "Birdlace's tentative heart slowly opens over the course of the night. When Rose nervously invites him home, they consummate the relationship in "Give Way." The next morning, he leaves for Vietnam where Birdlace witnesses the senseless deaths of his friends, including his closest, the two B's. The play transitions to where it began in 1967 and as a sole survivor of the trio, Birdlace's delivery of "Come Back" as a lost and broken man is impactful. He surprises Rose at the diner and the estranged lovers embrace, left to an uncertain fate." Vancouver: Contributor Alyson Eng reviews MOTOWN at Vacounver's Victoria Theatre. She writes "Outstanding performances were made by many of the cast members including Trenyce as Diana Ross. Her impressive powerhouse vocals and overall stage presence as Diana was phenomenal. At one point in the show, she makes her way into the crowd to sing, "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)" with some lucky members of the audience. This component of the show really connected the audience to Diana and displayed Trenyce's dedication to the fine details of her character." New Jersey: Contributor Marina Kennedy reviews AINT MISBEHAVIN at NJPAC. She writes "The audiences at NJPAC were tapping their toes and enjoying every moment of the production that transported them to Manhattan nightclubs of yesteryear like the Cotton Club and Savoy Ballroom. The show opened with a thrilling rendition of the 1929 Fats Waller song that the show was named for,"Ain't Misbehavin". Some of our very favorites in the first act included "Honeysuckle Rose," Jitterbug Waltz," "Cash for Your Trash," and "The Joint is Jumpin'." The second act had charming and comical numbers like "Your Feets Too Big," "Fat and Greasy," along with moving selections that included "Black and Blue." The show also had vibrant dance numbers like "Jitterbug Waltz" and "The Viper[...]

BWW Review: Feroz Abbas Khan's MUGHAL-E-AZAM at JLN Stadium

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 13:23:51 PST

Not enough people have bothered about Indian movies enough to revisit them and create visual spectacles out of them in other mediums. Growing up in this almost dystopian temporariness of televised art, it was refreshing and all the more exciting to sit through three hours of extraordinary story telling that Feroz Abbas Khan's Mughal-E-Azam the play engaged in. The experience is loaded with generous music, the purest of Urdu writing, remarkable production value and most importantly, an overwhelming ensemble of actors and dancers that bring India's most remembered cinematic episode live on stage. It is obvious that the production is high brow and engages with the most elite of Delhi audiences, thus finding easy comparisons to Broadway. The stadium is packed and hardly thirty minutes into the play and the crowds are already singing along to the musical genius of Mangeshkar and Naushad. It is blasphemous to talk about the play and not discuss the musical experience it is equipped with. Neha Sargam and Aashima Mahajan shine as they take to battle their wits as Anarkali and Bahar with their live vocals, charm and delightful stage presence. The dialogue is crisp and even within the done to death paradigm of interclass love, socially relevant themes of class, gender and the perils of war are brought out with ease and confetti. Manish Malhotra creates the most picturesque costume for the ensemble as they undergo multiple transitions in very short periods of time enhancing the period-drama vibe of the play. The art direction is extensive and augments the sensationalism of the story; however nothing is ever too loud to overpower the central plot dynamics of the play. The most memorable moment is when all the Kathak dancers gather around a despondent Anarkali upon being ostracised for loving the Prince, they gather and with a loud thumping of their ghungroo laden feet they help her rise, vent and question the Mogul that dared to question her love.?? Mughal-E-Azam is so deeply involved in the Indian household that the story and its most endearing episodes are mere jokes and have to bear the blunt of parody by the popular. Most of us have grown up in the generation that sang its songs without having lived through the cultural genesis of its acclaim. It thus becomes a revival of sorts, a revival of the ghazal and the kathak form, seen in the subversive act of a courtesan employing the two to question the patriarch that denied her the right to love. As a modern millennial, one can't help but try to find larger schemas of the proto-feminist or Pacifist themes in this adaptation. Neha Sargam is a unanimous favorite for the audience; her voice persists across the duration and sentiment of the play and makes Anarkali bearable and veritably lovable in 2018 theatrics. Grab tickets to a show in Delhi here. [...]

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 2/2 - WAITRESS, LES MIS, PRISCILLA, and More!

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 06:00:54 PST

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature LES MIS, WAITRESS, PRSCILLA, and More! Check out our top features from around the BroadwayWorld below! Want more great global content? Check out our "Around The World" section! New Jersey: Contributor Marina Kennedy reviews THE OUTSIDER at Paper Mill Playhouse! She writes "The cast of The Outsider is exceptional. They master their roles and capture the humor and charm of the play. The company features Lenny Wolpe as Ned Newley; Julia Duffy as Paige Caldwell; Manoel Felciano as Dave Riley; Erin Noel Grennan as Louise Peakes; Burke Moses as Arthur Vance; Kelley Curran as Rachel Parsons; and Mike Houston as A.C. Petersen. Audiences will love the dynamic scenes that keep you chuckling and wondering what will happen from minute to minute." Los Angeles: Contributor Michael Quintos reviews SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE at South Coast Rep. He writes "For SCR's staging in particular, I think it's a splendid bit of efficient maneuvering overall, which, for the most part, works well in retelling the same exact narratives featured in the film. I marvel at the logistics of this play---which presumably requires its enormous cast to zip in and out alongside or past each other in such a strategically mapped-out way. Like figurines on a war strategy map moved every which way by Commander Masterson, every single actor requires precision and concentration, while still keeping in character and dolling out bon mots of comedy gold, and working in conjunction with lighting, sound, and even the on-stage band. Kudos to director Masterson and his well-deployed troop/troupe for making it work and for keeping us laughing." Rhode Island: Contributor Veronica Bruscini reviews ON YOUR FEET at the Providence Performing Arts Center. She writes "Of course, even the most thorough biographical musical condenses decades' worth of history into roughly two hours of performance time, combining or eliminating events and individuals in order to move the plot forward coherently. If On Your Feet! does have a weak point, it's in pacing this aspect of the production. While the show highlights the Miami Sound Machine's early industry frustrations, a moving series of Estefan/Fajardo family heartbreaks, and Gloria and Emilio's struggles against racial prejudices (both personally and professionally), most of these incidents are taken at a fairly rapid clip. Even the Estefans' family life - including the couple's marriage and the births of their children - is more often implied than shown on stage. Still, in spite of this brevity, the production establishes enough key points to capture interest and tell the story in engaging fashion." Melbourne: Contributor Victoria Beal reviews PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT. She writes "Watching the show in 2018, there are a few cultural or racial moments in the show that have perhaps lost a little of their comedic shine, especially opening the production so soon after January 26th. Changes to these moments wouldn't have damaged the narrative or enjoyment of the show, similar to the song changes that have been made, so whilst this discomfort could have been addressed, those close to the show appreciated them nonetheless." Sacramento: Contributo[...]

BWW Previews: MAESTROS AMJAD ALI KHAN AND SHUBHA MUDGAL at Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:17:41 PST

Musical evenings that bring the stalwarts of classical music together in India are a delight for any true music lovers. The cooler January air saw some more magic getting infused in the atmosphere when a four day event lent an unmistakable charm to the city.

At the Swami Haridas Tansen Sangeet Nritya Mahotsav that was held between January 11, 2018 to January 14 2018 at at Shankar Lal Hall, Modern School, Barakhamba Road in New Delhi the music legends delighted the senses of rapt listeners.

The music personalities that lent their talent at the event included Smt. Kaushiki Chakraborty (Vocal), Shri Ayaan Ali Bangash (Sarod), Pt. Chhannulal Mishra (Vocal), Pt. Ulhas Kashalkar (Vocal), Ustad Aashish Khan (Sarod), Shri Bickram Ghosh (Tabla), Pt. Vishwamohan Bhatt (Mohan Veena), Smt. Shubha Mudgal (Vocal), Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia (Flute), Ustad Shujaat Khan (Sitar), Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod), Dr. Uma Sharma (Kathak).

The event that was attended in high numbers once again proved that there is a continued fascination even amongst the younger generation to revive and discover our ancient musical heritage.



Wed, 31 Jan 2018 16:17:35 PST

(image) These are exciting times for Indian cinema. Perhaps never before, Hindi cinema looked more vibrant with the variety of genres, subjects and crafts that are currently being tackled on screen.

An event, that will be focussing on new-age cinema, will be held at IMT Ghaziabad. The institute is organizing this co-branded event with SAREGAMA on "Business of New Age Indian Cinema" on 1st February 2018 between 0700-0800 pm at its Campus Amphitheatre.

The event will be addressed by Bollywood Director, Mr. Onir best known for his films My Brother...Nikhil, IAm and many others.

Two Bollywood actors Ms. Geetanjali Thapa, Mr. Zain Khan Durrani and Mr. Prithviraj Choudhury, Marketing Head, SAREGAMA will also join the event.

The team will also talk about their upcoming film Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz.

Details about the Event

An evening with "Kuchh Bheege Alfaaz" Team

Date: 01 February 2018, 0700-0800 pm

Venue: IMTG Amphitheatre


Mr. Onir, Bollywood Director & Producer

Ms. Geetanjali Thapa, Mr. Zain Khan Durrani, Lead Cast

Mr. Prithviraj Choudhury, Marketing Head, SAREGAMA

Topic: Business of New Age Indian Cinema



Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:15:51 PST


Chants for world peace will reverberate the skies in Vijaywada, India as the city gears up for the largest Buddhist festival in India.

The first-of-its-kind festival of Buddhist heritage being held in Vijayawada by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Authority, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, titled Global Shanti - Amaravati Buddhist Heritage Festival, will be spread across three days from February 3-5.

The festival will revolve around the universal message of peace and brotherhood. It will bring out the essence of Buddhism through a blend of chanting, meditation, exhibition and food, along with spiritual discourses by scholars and cultural performances by world-renowned artists.

Over 1,000 monks and artists will participate in the festival and a greater number of participants from different countries will join the global online chant for world peace. The event will bring together the world community to simultaneously chant at a common time from their respective locations by digitally connecting with the event. Those wishing to participate can log in to for live stream at 6.30pm IST (1pm GMT) on February 4, 2018.

Participants at the festival include Ven. Bhikkuni Kusuma, a Buddhist nun who pioneered the re-establishment of the Theravada Female Buddhist Order in Sri Lanka; Siri Rama (Singapore), Co-founder, Director, Kanaka Sabha Performing Arts Center; Prajwal Ratna Vajracharya (USA), priest of one of the Vajrayana Buddhist lineages of Nepal and a ritual master both of the Charya Nritya dance tradition; Rajesh Dhabre (Mumbai), a leading composer of modern music dedicated to Lord Buddha; Maitreya Children's Choir (Bodh Gaya) who will recite the Heart Sutras and The Lion and Yak Dance from the famous Tawang Monastery.

Padmashri Shovana Narayan, one of India's most celebrated Kathak Gurus, will also be performing at the festival. Narayan's 'Shunyata', first performed in Delhi with The Monks of Palpung Sherabling Monastic Seat, is a dance ballet essaying the philosophy of Lord Buddha.



Tue, 30 Jan 2018 14:35:31 PST

Exploring cultures through the medium of art is one of the most fascinating ways to know a new place and its unique habitudes. Keeping in mind the philosophy of enriching our cultural spaces, poets from two continents are stringing together their creativity. Ten poets from India and Wales are taking part in an exchange organized by Literature Across Frontiers and partners in India as part of the UK India Year of Culture. The project is aimed at exploring each other's home location and creating new work in six languages during a series of residencies in both countries. Alternating between the hustle and bustle of Indian metropolises and the peace and quiet of Welsh towns and rural locations, the project literally spans the two countries from Thiruvananthapuram in South Kerala to Shillong in the North-East, and from Bangor in North Wales to Swansea on the south coast. In January and February 2018, the poets are touring literary festivals across India, with performances, debates and workshops at Bhubaneswar Literary Meet, the Brahmaputra Literary Festival in Guwahati, The Hindu Lit for Life Festival in Chennai, Hyderabad Literary Festival, Jaipur Literary Festival, and Jaipur Book Mark, Kolkata Literary Meet and at higher education institutions in Delhi. Alexandra Buchler, Director of Literature Across Frontiers, said: "We are thrilled to bring together ten talented poets from India and Wales to visit each other's home locations and collaborate on producing new work reflecting their perspectives on historical and contemporary relations between the two countries, and their own creative relationships formed through intensive exploration of the theme of independence in the broadest sense. The project is a culmination of almost a decade of exchanges with India's rich and varied literary scene, and will no doubt lead to further cooperation in the future, apart from leaving a legacy of publications, documented performances, and most importantly, ever stronger creative links." Poetry Connections 2018 India tour: 24nd - 25th Jan Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet - KALAM 27th - 28th Jan Hyderabad Literary Festival 26th - 28th Jan Zee Jaipur Literary Festival 30th Jan 6 - 7pm Apeejay Oxford Bookstore N-81, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001 31st Jan 4:30 - 6pm Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication, Sri Aurobindo Society Campus, Adhichini, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110017[...]

BWW Previews: Iconic locations in Jaipur Come Alive with an Extraordinary Exhibition

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:33:50 PST


Iconic locations in the pink city of India - Jaipur will come alive with a one-of-its-kind exhibition. Places such as Hawa Mahal, the City Palace, the Jantar Mantar and the Albert Hall Museum, will form the backdrop of an international outdoor photography festival.

By exhibiting outdoors, in public locations, using large-size prints, an alternative way of viewing photography is being encouraged by the festival - one that is more accessible to the public and open to all.

During the opening weekend (23rd to 25th February, 2018), a series of talks, lectures and screenings at the Jawahar Kala Kendra by renowned personalities from the world of photography will complement the festival's exhibitions. The list of panelists features such distinguished speakers as Jason Fulford, Aveek Sen, Val Villiams, Anna Fox, etc. The inaugural lecture will be presented by the influential artist, curator, collector and ad man from The Netherlands, Erik Kessels. During those three days, Jaipur will become a platform for thinking and discussing photography.

"One of the gems of the 2018 edition is a show that will be staged in the UNESCO world heritage site, the Jantar Mantar. We are excited by the prospect of inserting contemporary photography into this monumental setting, and we have found a very interesting photographic work by the German photographer Regine Petersen, which documents meteorite falls the world over, including one in Rajasthan itself: the meteorite fall that took place in Kanwarpura village in 2006, " said Lola Mac Dougall, Artistic Director, JaipurPhoto.

"A highlight of the upcoming edition is an exhibition of select works taken from the archives of the Mr. Chand, who over forty years, ran his photo studio in the city of Ajmer. This collection of studio portraits, selected by the French artist Christophe Prébois, is so remarkable that we have decided to give it one of our most important venues: the first-floor platform of the Hawa Mahal, " said Nikhil Padgaonkar, Producer, JaipurPhoto


BWW Review: THE WHITE SARI in New Delhi

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:16:34 PST

The five meter long Indian drape has across epochs defined several aspects of an Indian woman's existence. 'The White Sari' is a tremendous and if I may say a very colorful attempt at understanding the several shades of cultural control over women. The play begins with a young woman losing her red bridal sari in exchange of a white one because of her new found widowhood. She is shown as a reluctant participant of the act yet later embodies the spirit of the new group she is attached to. Disowned by her family and loved ones, she finds shelter outside the vulnerable and palpable negligence of the world in an ashram for widows. The play then explores the lives of these women, their submission and subversion of the customs they have been thrown into. With the help of a mammoth cast and elaborate dialogue, the play speaks of issues that intrigue the urban theatre audience; it speaks of sadness and delusion and of a forgotten yet very real India. The play also employs a counter narrative of classical dance and music, women in the most vibrant costume swooning across the ends of the stage reminding us of the jubilance of happy dancing women- of women with the agency to be happy dancing women. Across the acts, the story employs ample interludes of well choreographed classical pieces that accentuate the emotional gravity of the losses and desires of the ashram's inhabitants. Loss, confusion, homosexual amour, grief and separation- all find language through these interventions. The cast is terrific and even the comic acts add to the cultural dexterity of the dialogue. Some of the comic dialogue tends to break away from the play especially when homophobia becomes an element of 'comedy' as opposed to the central plot of lesbian attraction. The play complicates its understanding of homosexuality by showing it through several unexplored angles of necessity, as the result of an "immediate absence of men". However, the dialogues remain true to the homophobic characters they belong to and hence not entirely shattering the liberal stance of the creators. Symbols like the ever-present burning incense in the Tulsi add to the aesthetic relevance of 'The White Sari'. The play has a lot of heart and its entire Hindi narration as opposed to the English title took me by surprise but added to the social relevance of the story. The ending is sad and does not paint like a moral lesson, leaving the audience with a need to contemplate and question social bifurcations and its immense impact on the well-being of women. Widowhood, migration, casteism, sexuality, upper-class bigotry, friendship and longing are some of the many themes that the play explores cementing Vayam the performing arts society's position has a social influencer and enabler of change. Find more from 'Vayam the performing arts society' here. [...]