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Dr Kumar Vishwas due in New Zealand Residents of New Zealand in general and Wellingtonians and Aucklanders in particular would have a unique experience of engaging with a colourful personality in their midst at an exclusive event this weekend. Dr Kumar Vishwas, renowned throughout the world as a bard, comedian and an orator will be the star attraction at Langham…

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The Twain meet as fusion ignites talent

A Correspondent –  Musical evenings organised by local bodies bring together a host of talents inherent among the members of our community but programmes that create a veritable platform for demonstration of East and West cohesion have the potential to become a strong movement. That was among the many comments that were sounded at a concert held at the Blockhouse…

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Miss Indianz brings 25 young women to centre stage

Venkat Raman –  Call it a fad, penchant, passion or even frivolous discharge of charm, Miss Indianz contest is here to stay and New Zealand’s popular cultural extravaganza gathers momentum, strength and er…. beauty, year after year. Organised, produced, directed, marketed and even criticised by its creator Dharmesh Parikh (Director, Reshab D Productions Limited), it is the only contest of…

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Indian star creates a sensation in Beverly Hills

Apurv Shukla –  One of the most liked Hindi films of this year has been ‘Piku.’ The Shoojit Sircar directed human drama saw Deepika Padukone play the title role of an ambitious, independent modern woman of today. Amitabh Bachchan played the role of Piku’s father and Irrfan Khan was her love interest. Everyone associated with the film was praised their…

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Sholay continues to inflame Hindi Cinema

Apurv Shukla –  As India completed 68 years of its Independence on August 15, it also marked a historic day for Hindi cinema. On that day, ‘Sholay,’ the biggest blockbuster of all times was released, changing the phase of Indian cinema forever. Directed by Ramesh Sippy, this extravaganza rewrote the concept of film-making, broke all records and brought to fame…

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Veena maestros to perform, teach here

Staff reporter –  Veena enthusiasts will have a rare opportunity to watch and enjoy the performance of famous brothers Ramnath Iyer and Gopinath Iyer in Auckland on Sunday, September 6, 2015. Rasikas NZ and Sangeetha Bharathi School of Music have teamed yet again to bring the Veena legends at a concert at 630 pm at Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom…

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India spreads global platform for Fijian

When Monisha Gounder wrote to us at press time, she was preparing to leave for Mumbai to participate in the ‘Miss India Worldwide’ competition scheduled to be held in Mumbai. “I am privileged to represent Fiji at this great event as a proud Indo-Fijian. I am excited to be on an international platform to gain better modelling skills, learn more…

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Sumedha debuts with a difference

Ratna Venkat –  Sumedha Hariswamy, a disciple of Renuka Ketheesan’s Auckland based dance school ‘Sai Natyalaya,’ presented her Bharata Natyam Arangetram at Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar School, on Saturday, August 1. Though this marked the 15th occasion for the Guru, Sumedha’s graduation ceremony was first of its kind in New Zealand in many respects. Margam Format She presented…

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Tradition comes alive in musical scores

Staff Reporter –  Called, ‘Parampara,’ or Tradition, the Programme, presented by ‘Naad,’ a local organisation, will be held at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall (773 Great North Road) Mount Albert from 6 pm on Saturday, August 29. Manjit Singh, Tabla Maestro and Principal and Director of Rhythm School of Indian Music, said that ‘Parampara’ will follow the traditional style…

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