Miss Indianz turns Sweet Sixteen and returns to maiden venue

Annual Pageant at Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Auckland on September 15, 2018 Venkat Raman When Dharmesh (a bachelor then), organised the first-ever Miss Indianz show in 2002, there were only two of us-Indian Newslink and Radio Tarana to offer him unconditional support. Success brings claims but as Dharmesh says, “Only these two organisations have stood by us, keeping us on track.…

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Nandini brings the finest legend of Rajam School of Violin

Venkat Raman The Rajam Family must hold the world record for having produced three generations of superb violinists, each with an impressive list of accomplishments of global recognition. While Dr N Rajam, the progenitor of the family has earned the third highest civilian award of the Indian government (Padma Bhushan), her daughter Dr Sangeeta Shankar is a Grammy Award Nominee…

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Bharata Natyam Dance Drama on Lord Krishna

Saturday, June 16 at Selwyn College, Auckland Venkat Raman The ‘escapades’ of Lord Krishna as a precocious child ‘thieving’ butter from homes, a youngster playing pranks on the village maiden and as the greatest manipulator at the Battle of Kurukshetra have all been subjects of countless dance dramas, television serials, documentaries and discourses. But these would acquire new dimensions under…

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Nandini brings the finest legend of Rajam School of Violin

Venkat Raman The Rajam Family must hold the world record for having produced three generations of superb violinists, each with an impressive list of accomplishments of global recognition. While Dr N Rajam, the progenitor of the family has earned the third highest civilian award of the Indian government (Padma Bhushan), her daughter Dr Sangeeta Shankar is a Grammy Award Nominee…

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The background score that SD Burman would have loved to hear

Venkat Raman One of the greatest attributes of Sachin Dev Burman was his ability to choose the ‘right voice’ and the right instruments to capture the mood the songs that he composed and their match with the film sequence. From path-breaking club songs ‘Tadbeer Se Bigdi Hui in’ (Baazi, 1951) to the best adaptation of the Bengali Kirtan in Hindi ‘Aaj Sajan Mohe Ang Lagaa…

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Three-day Music Festival to warm up the heart and soul

Venkat Raman Monsoon always accompanies the Carnatic Music Festival of the Auckland based New Zealand Carnatic Music Society and with the Queen’s Birthday affording a longer weekend, professional singers, students and enthusiasts look forward a heavy downpour of melody, soaked with challenges and rhapsody. True to its tradition, the Society put together its annual event with a combination of visiting…

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Young actress sees opportunity to grow in every challenge

Venkat Raman The Southern State of Karnataka, which is now the centre of attention in India with the election results (for the Legislative Assembly) due to be announced this week (with counting of voting starting today, May 15, 2018), is also known for its contributions to the Indian film industry. Super State with Superstars From Superstar Rajnikanth, the ‘Cultural Icon’…

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Hollywood Musical resounds in Pakuranga

Viraf Todywalla Students of Pakuranga College in East Auckland created waves among teachers, parents and others in the Auckland region with their stupendous performance of ‘High School Musical,’ with three consecutive days of showcase of talent at the School auditorium last weekend. Their final performance in a three-day series, held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 was a sell-out. I had…

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The spectacular deeds of Lord Krishna told again

Students to present Dance Drama on June 20 The ‘escapades’ of Lord Krishna as a precocious child ‘thieving’ butter from homes, a youngster playing pranks on the village maiden and as the greatest manipulator at the Battle of Kurukshetra have all been subjects of countless dance dramas, television serials, documentaries and discourses. But these would acquire new dimensions under the…

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