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Indian-American composer, Reena Esmail, is a graduate of Juilliard and has a masters from the Yale School of Music. She was a recipient of a Fulbright-Nehru grant for the 2011-2012 year and studied Hindustani vocal music in New Delhi, India. She was selected as a 2011 INK Fellow to speak about her work at the INK Conference (in association with TED) in Jaipur, with additional speaking engagements in Chennai, Delhi and Goa. Her work draws elements from both Western and Hindustani (North Indian) classical music.
Her primary teachers have included Susan Botti, Aaron Jay Kernis, Christopher Theofanidis and Martin Bresnick, Christopher Rouse and Samuel Adler. . Her most recent Hindustani vocal studies have been with Srimati Lakshmi Shankar and Saili Kalyanpur in Los Angeles, CA.
She has won numerous awards, including the Walter Hinrichsen Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (with forthcoming publication of a work by C.F. Peters) and two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. She is currently a Post- Residential doctoral candidate at the Yale School of Music. Reena’s doctoral thesis, entitled Finding Common Ground: Uniting Practies in Hindustani and Western Art Musicians explores the methods and challenges of the collaborative process between Hindustani musicians and Western composers.
For the 2010-11 season, she was the conductor and arranger for Yale’s Hindi a cappella group, Sur et Veritaal. Her commissions include: Teen Murti, for string orchestra, Curiosity for the Pasadena Master Chorale, Tuttarana for Mount Holyoke Glee Club, and Vishwas for the Albany Symphony and bharatanatyam dancer Sisira Gorthala. Reena’s recent film work includes scores for Kali Juger Kumbh, a Bengali film by Ashish Avikunthak and Radha, by Rupeshi Shah.
Reena currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
We continue to participate in the SEASON FOR NONVIOLENCE: a 64 day campaign, co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Arun Gandhi and The Association for Global New Thought (AGNT), spanning the January 30th and April 4th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
TODAY'S PROGRAM, "Fear and the Nonviolent Soul", focuses on one of Mahatma Gandhi's "key characteristics of the nonviolent soul" which is FEARLESSNESS. In 1928, Gandhi wrote "Satyagraha in South Africa" in which he defines the inner force that a nonviolent activist must cultivate: SATYAGRAHA ( Sanskrit and Hindi: “holding onto truth”). Satyagraha is inner strength or “soul force” that is grounded in the universal Truth that all humans are endowed with the absolute right to freedom, justice, peace, and life sustaining provisions.
A satyagrahi bids goodbye to fear. Gandhi, M.K.~"Satyagraha in South Africa" 1928
The Satyagrahi’s object is to convert, not to coerce, the wrong-doer.~Gandhi, M.K. “Requisite Qualifications” Harijan 25 March 1939
"We can learn to let fears be our teachers and when we accept, or even embrace, a fear and let ourselves learn what we have to learn from it, it has less control over us.The more I am able to be with my fears, the more freedom I have to do what my heart is calling me to do.~Linda Sartor, in Turning Fear into Power
Shor in the City 2011 movie Hindi film that revolves around five people, change, and the kidnapping of a famous author by a small time publisher for his next books mauscript in hopes to cash in on being the first to publish it, tragedy does arise with other issues The film, directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. starring Tusshar Kapoor,Sendhil Ramamurthy, Preeti Desai, Girija Oak,Radhika Apte, Nikhil Dwivedi, Pitobash Tripathy,Sundeep Kishan, and Amit Mistry
Go check it out and you will enjoy this one. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1916728/?ref_=nv_sr_1
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New Bollywood Star and sensation who has acted in new Hindi blockbuster film Haider :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haider_(film)
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International pop sensation Farahri, is quickly gaining attention as one of the most sought after singers and performers for her catchy songs and electrifying stage presence.
A ferocious musical talent, Farahri blends her own unique style of Pop along with the best of Dance, R&B, Hip-Hop, Reggae/Dancehall and Hindi Pop.
However, Farahri’s’ abilities as a vocal powerhouse do not only transcend musical genres. Able to sing in English, French, Spanish, Hindi, Swahili and Jamaican Patois, Farahri makes fans out of any audience with her mesmerizing performances; a true representative of the international music scene.
'America's Stonehenge' attracts visitors — and vandals — from across the globe, but the identity of the man who commissioned the monument remains a secret.
On a Friday afternoon in June 1979, a well-dressed man with a Midwestern accent walked into the Elbert Granite Finishing Company in Elberton, Ga., and commissioned a monument "to the conservation of mankind."
The man identified himself only by the pseudonym Robert C. Christian and said he represented a "small group of loyal Americans who believe in God" who wanted to leave message.
Shrouded in mystery, the hulking granite slabs are engraved in eight languages — English, Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Hebrew, Arabic, Chinese and Russian — that relay 10 principles for "an Age of Reason." Here's what is written there:
Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
Guide reproduction wisely — improving fitness and diversity.
Unite humanity with a living new language.
Rule passion — faith — tradition — and all things with tempered reason.
Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.
Let all nations rule internally, resolving external disputes in a world court.
Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
Balance personal rights with social duties.
Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.
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Vijay Mallampati, from Global Peace Creators, is a producer of the film Namo Adi Shankara which was recently released in the United States in Hindi. It is a feature film originally made in Telugu by Producers Nara Jayasridevi and Vijay Mallampati from Global Peace Creators. The film, directed by South Indian Veteran Writer/Director J K Baravi, is now releasing in its Hindi dubbed version. It’s well known cast includes Nagarjuna as Chandala, Kaushik Babu as Adi Shankara, Chiranjeevi as Lord Shiva, Kaamna Jethmalani and introducing Sriramchandra from Indian Idol fame.
The film depicts the life history of Jagadguru Adi Shankara, filmed in the Kaladi village of his childhood. It shows how he convinces his mother to allow him to take Sainthood at an early age in his life, his travel to the Himalayas, learning Siddhis from his first guru, and later taking the Sanyasa from his second guru. Based on his Guru's teachings, he simplifies the explanation of Advaita and spreads the same across India. Finally, he is declared as a Jagadguru in the climax when he announces four branches of Shankara muths and before leaving this abode for his next journey after life. Watch the film trailer at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-JvNaD4Q3I and visit www.namoaadishankara.com for information.
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