Category archives: Artist


Pakistan YouTube Video “Tajdar-e-Haram” smashes with100 million views

Pakistan YouTube Video “Tajdar-e-Haram” smashes with100 million views Music is Universal It has No Boundaries …..As Atif Aslam’s ‘Tajdar-e-Haram’, a 10-minute-long song from Coke Studio’s eighth season becomes the first song from Pakistan to cross hundred million views on YouTube. The song has been watched by people living in more than 186 countries across the world. The qawwali was initially produced by songwriter Shiraz Uppal. Atif had planned to keep […]

Thumri queen Girija Devi passes away at 88

Thumri queen Girija Devi passes away at 88 Doctors at Kolkata’s BM Birla Nursing Home said she suffered a cardiac arrest. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled her death, saying the singer’s music appealed across generations and her pioneering efforts to popularise Indian classical music would always be remembered. Devi made her public debut on All India Radio Allahabad in 1949. She was given all three Padma awards – she was […]

Amitabh Bachchan turns 75: How the veteran superstar established a strong south Indian base

For some it was Zanjeer. For a few it, was Deewar, maybe Don. For many, it would be Sholay. For me it was Mohabbatein. No, these are not answers to ‘name your favourite Amitabh Bachchan role’ but a list of his films, which people saw for the first time in a movie hall in South India. Yes, it took me the turn of the millennium to watch Mr Bachchan on the big screen. Forgive me Big […]

The Maestro of Music Is Celebrating 25 Years of Creating Magic – Will You Be There?

Twenty-five years ago, a young musician in then Madras was given the opportunity to create music for Mani Ratnam’s movie Roja. The young boy went on to create some everlasting magic. This young boy is none other than the maestro himself – A.R. Rahman. Having created quite a stir in the south, he ventured into creating music for Hindi movies as well. In 1995 he composed music for a movie […]

Tom Alter, Padma Shri awardee and veteran theatre, film and TV actor, passes away at 67

“Veteran theatre and film personality Tom Alter on Friday lost his battle against skin cancer at his residence here,” his manager said. He was 67. Tom Alter was battling stage four skin cancer at a Mumbai hospital, where he was admitted earlier in September. He returned home on Thursday and breathed his last on Friday night, the acclaimed actor’s manager Ismail Ansari told IANS. Earlier, Tom Alter’s son Jamie had […]

TEAM VADOARA MARATHON announces NRI HOME-COMING RUN at the event of Navratri in NJ.

On Saturday, September 2, BE UNITED LLC organized event of NAVRATRI (literally means “nine nights”), a multi-day Hindu festival celebrated in the autumn every year, with India’s legendry Garba singer Shree Atul Purohit at the National Guard Armory in Morris town and continue to tour 14 different States of America this season. Navratri is observed for different reasons and celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian subcontinent, however, over […]


Vuva Harsha us back: Telugu you tube sensation takes hilarious potshots at drunk drivers

Popular YouTube star ‘Viva’ Harsha, who rose to popularity with The Viva, a comedy video, has come up with his next video, Drink and Drive, a funny video against drunken driving. Alongside actor Harsha, several YouTube stars including Das Anna feature in the nine-minute video. The video also features actor Sai Dharam Tej. The hilarious video, depicting the several incidents of how drunk people try to evade cops, citing influence, […]

Historian Ramachandra Guha on his landmark book 'India after Gandhi' and why he thinks ordinary, tolerant, peace-loving Indians will resist their country becoming 'Hindu Pakistan'

Ten years ago Ramachandra Guha’s landmark text, India after Gandhi, proved that a complete and detailed exploration of India’s post-Independence history could be written in a single volume. Championing Guha’s achievement, The London Review of Books claimed that, prior to India after Gandhi, the best book on the period was ‘a stodgy piece of nationalist-Marxist writing from the rank and file of plodders at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University’. Guha […]

Book review: These small-screen thrillers influenced generations of Indians

India has vibrant cinematic and literary traditions, but its most compelling stories, messages and performances have come from another source entirely – at least in the last four decades or so. For exuberant dances, persuasive pitches, catchy dialogues, memorable music, or even challenging social conventions and mores, you can’t beat advertisements. In a time frame usually lasting less than a minute, ads made cases for products spanning washing powder to […]

Happy Birthday, Premchand: A beginner’s guide to his novels

Munshi Premchand is considered to be among the greatest writers of Hindi-Urdu fiction in the early twentieth century. Born Dhanpat Rai Srivastava (on July 31, 1880) in Varanasi, UP, he began writing novels and short stories under the pseudonym Nawab Rai. In 1909, he changed his pen name from Nawab Rai to Premchand after he was censured by the British government for the “seditious” content of his short story collection […]