Jazz Superstar and Sitar Maestro to perform in New Plymouth

Kamasi Washington and Anoushka Shankar for WOMAD 2018 Venkat Raman Womad New Zealand 2018 will feature two critically acclaimed and exciting artistes. Los Angeles saxophonist, composer and jazz superstar Kamasi Washington and Indian classical and progressive sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar will be among the performing artistes at the three-day international music and dance festival scheduled to be held from March 16 to 18, 2018…

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Multitasker takes Miss Indianz title at glittering ceremony

Digital technology takes the 15th Edition to greater heights Venkat Raman Valentine Fernandes, a Nurse-in-the-making, moonlighting three jobs in addition to being a spirited volunteer, convincingly took the title of Miss Indianz 2017 at a glittering ceremony at Town Hall, in Auckland’s Central Business District on Saturday, September 16, 2017. More than 800 people were awed by the superb digital…

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Chinmaya youngsters prepare to present Mahabharat

Venkat Raman  Mahabharat or Mahabharatam, one of the greatest epics of all times will go on stage in Auckland later this month. Produced and presented by Chinmaya Mission Auckland in association with Relianz Travel and Kaysons, the drama, titled, ‘Mahabharat,’ The Rise of Dharma,’ will be staged at Dorothy Winstone Centre, Auckland Girls Grammar School (Howe Street, Newton) on September…

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Fundraiser to promote Charity work of ‘Hugging Mother’

Venkat Raman  Charity workers, community welfare organisations and especially those in the service of the world renowned ‘Hugging Mother’ will attend a programme on October 6 in Auckland. ‘Amma New Zealand,’ an organisation devoted to the cause of Mata Amritanandmayi Devi is organising the Programme on October 8, 2017 (from 4 pm) at the Blockhouse Bay Community Centre located at…

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Special items distinguish youngster’s Arangetram next week

Venkat Raman There is an old saying in Tamil, “Thayai Pola Pillai, Noolai Pola Selai,’ meaning that the character of a child is dependent on his or her mother, just as the quality of a saree is dependent on the thread with which it was woven.” This ‘Chip-Off-The-Block’ theory is true of Gaarunyaa, daughter of Kalaichchelvi (Selvi) Uthayakumaran, Principal and…

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Tribute to fashion legend brings beautiful memories

Dharmesh Parikh  Excitement abounds as we begin our countdown to the 15th Annual Miss Indianz cultural and fashion bonanza, with hearts filled with gratitude, gratification and goodwill. Jayaram Ramineni In that mood, I recall the with pleasure and tears my association with the late Jayaram Ramineni whose creativity shaped the formative years of this pageant. His fashion designs not only…

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