• 01:06

    FILM: Meet Mira Nair & Riz Ahmed

    in Movies

    SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, and SAMMA, South Asians in Media, Marketing and Entertainment Association, present the latest in their series of high-profile webcasts - via BlogTalkRadio.com - with some of the leading South Asian names in global media, arts, entertainment, politics and much more...
    Acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair's newest film THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST releases in theaters Friday, April 26 in NY & LA, w/ additional US cities on Friday, May 3. Meet the director who brought you such hits as MISSISSIPPI MASALA, MONSOON WEDDING, NAMESAKE.
    Based on Mohsin Hamid's novel, THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST stars Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri & Shabana Azmi.  Joining us is actor Riz Ahmed - interview by SAJA's Aseem Chhabra, BTR's Chitra Agrawal & others.
    Send your questions to @sajaHQ or saja@saja.org - or call-in LIVE!
    Watch the trailer at: http://bit.ly/11ylqon

  • 01:06

    Oscar Sunday discussion w/ Hollywood insiders

    in Film

    SAJA, South Asian Journalists Assn & SAMMA, South Asians in Media, Marketing & Entertainment, present their annual BlogTalkRadio conversation about the biggest day in films - from a South Asian perspective.   Our experts: Lance Still, EVP, Integrated Marketing & Promotions, The Weinstein Company; Gitesh Pandya, founder Box Office Guru & Raja Sen, Freelance film critic, calling in from Mumbai.   Hosted by Aseem Chhabra of SAJA & Rajan Shah of SAMMA - both film industry insiders themselves, who will moderate this session.   You should also note these South Asian ties to the 2013 Oscars.     Ang Lee's India focused "Life of Pi" is nominated for 11 Oscars, including one for classical singer Bombay Jayashri for the song "Pi's Lullaby"   Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" focuses on the hunt and the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A substantial part of the film was shot in India, in and around Chandigarh.   Stephen Spielberg's "Lincoln" was co-financed by India's Reliance (which finances all Dreamworks films).   Anuradha Bhagwati, executive director of Service Women's Action Network and a former U.S. Marine, is featured in "The Invisible War," a nominee for feature-length documentary. It is an expose about the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military.   Tarsem Singh directed "Mirror Mirror," which has been nominated for costume design. (Eiko Ishioka, the designer, died this past year and is nominated posthumously).    Last year, SAJAer Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy won an Oscar for her short documentary "Saving Face."

  • 00:31

    How To Enjoy More Love and Pleasure in Your Life

    in Lifestyle

    "Are you feeling lonely and frustrated by the lack of love and passion in your life? Would you like to enjoy more pleasure and fulfilling relationships? Then listen to this show for some tips on embodying more love and pleasure in your life, no matter what the situation, with or without a partner." Love Guru, Kundan Chhabra, has the answers this Valentine's Day. Thursday, February 14, 2013 3 pm PST. More info on Kundan at his new site here: http://Love-Gasms.Com/ and http://KundanChhabra.Com/

  • 00:48

    Real Estate & More with Raj 08/18/12

    in Real Estate

    Raj talks to Sheetal Chhabra a Realtor from Keller Williams Elite NJ and Victoria Rivadeneira about Steps to take to sell your house for a better price, going into details of staging the house before putting it on the market.

  • 01:01

    Cinema in Noir - Bollywood and Indian Films

    in Film

    Unabashed film talk from three mahogany film mavens. Hosted by Candice, Rebecca,  and Kim. Today we will be joined by Aseem Chhabra, and authority on the South Asian Diaspora and film.

  • 00:48

    Real Estate More with Raj on 9/04

    in Education

    Raj Rajpal and Sheetal Chhabra talk about home buying steps Sheetal can be reached at www.SheetalChhabra.com


  • 00:46

    MOVIES: MIAAC Film Festival

    in Film

    South Asian Journalists Association presents a conversation with key players from the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival, one of the oldest, largest and most important film festivals in the South Asian diaspora. Join SAJAer
    ASEEM CHHABRA as he interviews AROON SHIVDASANI, founder of the festival; SOMI ROY, festival director; AJAY NAIDU, debut director and star of "Ashes" (he's also known for his roles in "Office Space" and the TV series, "Lateline"); APARNA SEN, director of "The Japanese Wife." They will discuss the festival, the state of South Asian-themed films and much, much more. Learn more about festival, which runs Nov. 10-14 in NYC: http://www.miaacfilmfest.org/

  • 00:59

    Shabana Azmi, legendary Bollywood actress and activist

    in Film

    SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, and SAMMA, South Asians in Media, Marketing and Entertainment Association, present the latest in their series of high-profile webcasts - via BlogTalkRadio - with some of the leading South Asian names in global media, arts, entertainment, politics and much more...

    Shabana_Azmi,_Davos Join us for a webcast with Shabana Azmi, one of the best-known actresses in India and the diaspora. A former member of the Rajya Sabha, India's upper house of parliament, she is a multiple national and international award winner and recently turned 60. There have been many retrospectives of her works around the world, incluidng one organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

    The Bollywood icon is kicking off another national tour in New York for her latest theatrical project, Girish Karnad's "Broken Images," directed by Alyque Padamsee. The play is dubbed as a psychological thriller that brings out the various truths of the life of a celebrity writer.

    On a live webcast this Monday, the award winning actress, who has worked in over 140 films
    and theater plays, will discuss her career as well as her dedication to the Indian village of
    Mijwan. Her father, the well-known Urdu poet the late Kafi Azmi, began building this village
    that was once frozen in time. Today, it has a computer center and a sewing center among other
    developments that uplifts the life of its habitants - thanks mainly to the efforts of Azmi and her friends.
    Interviewing her will be SAJA's Aseem Chhabra, freelance entertainment writer; and SAMMA's Pooja Kumar, award-winning Hollywood & Bollywood actress ("Bollywood Hero," "Flavors," "Anjaana Anjaani", "Law & Order") - and will be taking your questions live.

  • 01:09

    MUSIC: SAJA/SAMMA Grammys Show

    in Music

    SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, and SAMMA, South Asians in Media, Marketing and Entertainment
    Association, present the latest in their series of high-profile webcasts - via BlogTalkRadio - with some of the
    leading South Asian names in global media, arts, entertainment, politics, sports and much more... Join us for a chat with two South Asians who are nominated for this year's Grammys, will be joining us, both long-time friends of SAJA/SAMMA. Chandrika Tandon, nominated for Best Contemporary World Music Album; and Vijay Iyer, nominated for the Best Jazz Instrumental Album. We'll discuss (and listen to) some of their music and take your questions. Feedback, ideas welcome: saja@columbia.edy * Make sure you hit "favorite" on our SAJA channel so you get automagic email alerts before each of our shows - 2-5 a month.

  • 00:38

    PHOTOGRAPHY: Raghu Rai, India's leading photographer

    in Photography

    SAJA.org presents a conversation with one of the world's most influential photographers. India's most pre-eminent photographer, whose prolific and internationally acclaimed career has spanned nearly half a century, Raghu Rai (b. 1942) has focused on candid snapshots of India that masterfully capture the country's continuing regional, cultural, and political transformations. Nominated to the world's most prestigious photographers cooperative, Magnum Photos, by the legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, his work challenges viewers to confront a country where temporalities merge people, objects and animals, and buildings collide in a majestic visual symphony. His classic images are extracted from a complex external reality such that, in Raghu Rai's words, "In the course of my work, I find that I have been moving to focus on the changing equations of our times, trying to record the deeper universal human responses to realities, to energy, to the spirit." In recognition of his lifetime achievements behind the camera, Rai was awarded the Padamshree, one of India's greatest civilian honors, and L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France's recognition of significant contributions to the arts. NYC's Aicon Gallery is currently presenting a selection of Raghu Rai's works chronicling a changing India from the 1970's onwards,
    including his most recent emphasis incorporating staged compositions, all of which culminate in one of the most comprehensive retrospectives of the artist's work held in the United States to date.

    He'll be interviewed SAJA's Aseem Chhabra and photojournalist Preston Merchant and be joined by Prajit Dutta of Aicon Gallery. Details of the show, which runs through March 19, along with 48 web photos at http://bit.ly/raghurai2

  • 00:45

    Satyajit Ray films with Richard Pena

    in Movies

    Discuss the work of Satyajit Ray, one of the most influential directors of all time, with Richard Pena, one of the leading film scholars of our time. From the legendary Apu trilogy — Ray’s groundbreaking debut saga that influences filmmakers to this day — he is widely considered India’s greatest filmmaker. Pena, who is the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will talk about Ray and the program Pena has curated, April 15-30 at the Walter Reader Theater, "First Light: Satyajit Ray from the Apu Trilogy to the Calcutta Trilogy." MODERATOR: Aseem Chhabra, SAJA board member and entertainment writer

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