Meditational music and dance enthrals

Ratna Venkat –  The ‘14th Auckland Mehfil,’ held on Saturday, February 18 at the Blockhouse Bay Boat Club (Blockhouse Bay, Auckland) promised its readers that it would be an exquisite evening of Jugalbandi and Fusion for the audience and the artistes. It kept up its word. Tabla Beat Science The annual event, organised regularly by Chinmaya Dunster and his team…

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Music and Dance step up artistic science

Music and Dance step up- Tabla Group Web

Ratna Venkat –  Music and dance lovers will experience Auckland’s own ‘Mehfil,’ organised and presented by Auckland-based musician and Sarod exponent Chinmaya Dunster this weekend. Court Tradition The ‘14th Auckland Mehfil,’ (an intimate court tradition that was prevalent during the Mughal empire in India) will be held at 7 pm on Saturday, February 18 at Blockhouse Bay Boat Club, 91…

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Woman’s fury to take centre stage

‘Silappatikaram’ with Kannagi in Auckland on March 18 Venkat Raman –  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz “Anger is only one short of danger,” someone said in the 19th century except that the adage was proved in the South Indian city of Madurai several hundred years earlier. It was an era when chaste women could order the heavens to open up or the Gods to…

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This is our land of Eternal Tranquility, explore!

Ashok Kochhar – We have lost many natural habits to modern life style. More than a year ago, I started a journey in New Zealand, which I consider a pilgrimage. This land is one of the few places on the planet, which still has Eternal tranquility intact. Till now, I have travelled extensively throughout the country. Many New Zealanders have…

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Mehfil promises uncommon collaboration

Ratna Venkat –  In the old days in the Indian subcontinent, it was the norm for music and dance enthusiasts to host programmes catered to small audience numbers to bring the performer and the spectator closer. Known as ‘Mehfil,’ an Urdu word meaning ‘intimate gathering,’ such programmes are rare nowadays. ‘Bigger the better,’ in terms of audience turnout is in…

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Maharashtrian delights from Neha’s Kitchen

Kohlapuri Chicken In this recipe, marinated chicken is cooked in spicy, masala; a combination of fresh coconut, onions, tomatoes with spices makes the masala unique and with great taste. This is a real hot, exotic dish from the city of Kolhapur, Maharashtra. Ingredients for Marination Chicken Drumsticks/leg pieces 5 Ginger Paste ½ tablespoon Garlic Paste ½ tablespoon Red Chilli Powder 1 tsp Garam Masala…

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Africa in wilderness stuns Malaysian photographer

Venkat Raman –  venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz A rare collection of photographs capturing the wild life in Africa with breathtaking landscape of unexplored terrains and forests is on display at the Gallery at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple in the East Auckland suburb of Flatbush. Inaugurated on January 1, 2017 in the presence of a number of dignitaries, lovers of photography and…

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