Thousands greet Radio Tarana on 23rd Anniversary

Venkat Raman Thousands of listeners of Radio Tarana from around the world greeted Radio Tarana as it marked its 23rd Anniversary on June 15, 2018. The round-the-clock radio station received congratulatory messages from the country’s leaders, celebrities such as Salman Khan and a cross-section of people from New Zealand, Fiji, India, Canada, Britain, United States of America and other countries.…

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Search begins for Miss Indianz 2018 and other titles

Grand Finale on Saturday, September 15, 2018 (730 pm) at Mahatma Gandhi Centre, Auckland Venkat Raman Every year, as he launches his Miss Indianz Pageant and Competition, Dharmesh Parikh of Reshab D Productions Limited and Rhythm House Limited calls us and our colleagues at Radio Tarana to discuss promotional strategies for what is now the country’s most “Indian Newslink and…

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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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