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Dr. Vikas Bhatara – in conversation with us on various Health concerns

Dr. Vikas Bhatara, (M.D. FCCP, CHA) is a very well-known doctor practicing in the United States. We will be airing more of these conversations with him, on various health issues, from time to time.

This week too, Dr. Bhatara talks about Ct Lung Screening for Lung Cancer and much more about the topic.

If you have any queries as regards this or any other health-related issues please email at kanwal@merasangeet.com

Do tune in for the conversation, every Saturday, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, on MeraSangeet Gold at 7:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM,7:00 PM, and 11:00 PM – EST. And again – every Wednesday, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

Rohit Bhambi, Founder of Boston Bhangra, talks to us

Every year, around this time, Rohit Bhambi graces our show on Mera Sangeet- this for almost more than a decade – barring the pandemic years – and thereafter as Rohit says, Boston Bhangra is back with a bang!!

This year as well, like the year gone by – with all the energy and enthusiasm. So, do save the dates for Boston Bhangra.

Rohit tells about the many teams participating, about the venue, about the special guest, the date and time, and of course the contacts to reach for the tickets.

This will be the 20th year of BostoN Bhangra. This year’s competition will be taking place on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023 at the historic Strand Theatre in Boston. If you have any questions or for more details, do visit https://bostonbhangra.com/bbc2023/

So incase you missed this earlier, do tune – in for the conversation for more information about the event, today, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

From our Archives – In conversation with one of India’s finest Ghazal Singers, Penaz Masani

Penaz Masani is an Indian ghazal singer who started singing in 1981 and has made over 20 albums. She was honoured with the Padma Shree award on 26 January 2009.

Penaz has won a number of awards, including the title of ‘Shehzadi Tarunnam’, by the state government of Uttar Pradesh 1996 and the 11th ‘Kalakar Award’ for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’, in 2002. She has worked as a playback singer for Bollywood, in more than 50 Hindi movies and sung in over ten languages. Under the aegis of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, she has performed in countries as far reaching as Germany, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Vietnam. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penaz_Masani

This conversation goes back to July of 2010. We spoke about Penaz’s journey, her music and much more – and yes, she did sing as well. Do listen – in for sure, to the re – broadcast, today, 30th May, on our Hindi Radio Show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

Press Release by the Consulate General of India, New York

The Consulate General of India in New York, in partnership with Elements hosted an event to mark Ayurevda Day on November 18, 2023 at the Consulate. The theme for this year is “Ayurveda for One Health” with the tagline “Ayurveda for everyone on every day” focusing on interface among human, animals, plant and environment. The emphasis of the day was on ways to incorporate everyday natural ingredients/items for betterment of wellness and health and also highlight Ayurveda’s adaptability to contemporary lifestyle. Prominent members of the Ayurveda and yoga fraternity, and members of the community & media, besides people from diverse backgrounds, attended the event.

In his welcome remarks, Consul General Mr. Randhir Jaiswal spoke on how Ayurevdic principles and their applications in modern life can be of immense benefit. Insightful remarks from keynote speaker Dr. Bal Ram Singh, Professor at Institute of Advanced Sciences, highlighted the profound significance and proven benefits of Ayurveda. Ayurveda experts from various fields held interactive DIY sessions on herbal remedies, and mindful living. Ms. Shadoh Punnapuzha, founder of Taila Skincare, demonstrated how Ayurvedic ingredients in skin oil can promote better skincare and blood circulation. This was followed by a session on how the right colors can boost mental health, productivity and aid with sleep and stress. Ms. Alak Vasa and Mr. Kushal Choksi of Elements, spoke on mindful eating and its health benefits. Mr. Aniket Gune and Ms. Ruchika Lal of Art of Living Foundation, led a short meditation session to focus on mental & spiritual approach of Ayurveda to health. The event was well attended and was also showcased live on social media.

Eminent Immigration lawyer, Rajiv S Khanna, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai

Today we talk to eminent lawyer, Rajiv S Khanna joining in from Washington DC….Today, Rajiv ji answers various queries on immigration.

Do tune-in for the conversation, every Monday,  our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, on MeraSangeet Gold at 7:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM,7:00 PM , 11:00 PM – EST. And if you miss it, listen in to the repeat shows, every Thursday, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

For any immigration solutions, write in to kanwal@merasangeet.com. Alternatively, you could call in at 1-800-471-8987 ext 2


Indo-American Arts Council 2023 Literary Festival Director, Preethi Urs on our Radio Show

The Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC)Literary Festival 2023, is set to take place on 18th and 19th November at the Conrad New York Downtown. This year’s festival is set to be an extraordinary Renaissance Weekend, a celebration of literature, culture, and intellectual discourse.The Literary Festival is FREE to the public. It will be held at the Hotel Conrad New York Downtown.

On the show today with us is IndoAmerican Arts Council 2023 Literary Festival Director, Preethi Urs. She is originally from Bengaluru and is now a proud New Yorker. She credits these two cities for birthing and nurturing her love for literature and the arts. She started her career in public relations where she helped international companies connect with their American counterparts. After completing her Masters in education from Bank Street College of Education, she taught kindergarten and first grade. She and her husband live in Manhattan, where their two children were born and raised.

So do join in the show today – Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00 AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM, and 9:00 PM – EST. You can also catch the interview on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM EST.

Also, don’t miss this extraordinary literary event! For more information and ticket details, visit https://iaac.us/books/

Press Release by Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee – ICYMI:DLCC Recaps 2023 Election Victories and the Strong Path Forward for Democrats

WASHINGTON – The DLCC hosted a Zoom press conference recapping our full sweep of wins across all major elections. Victories for Democrats included gaining full control of the Virginia legislature, winning a critical Pennsylvania Supreme Court race, and defending both chambers of the New Jersey Legislature, as well as the important victory in Ohio where voters approved a ballot measure to protect abortion access. These wins prove that Democrats are aligned with voters’ priorities and put the party on a bright path to make more gains in 2024.

DLCC Interim President Heather Williams: “If there is one clear and resounding takeaway from last night’s results, it is that Democrats are winning and gaining ground in the states, and we are in a position of strength all across the country.”

DLCC Senior Advisor and President Emerita Jessica Post: “Holding power in the states is incredibly important, not just for the ways in which it directly impacts the day-to-day lives of millions of Americans, but because Democrats need strong leadership in both Washington and in state capitols around the country to move our shared agenda forward.”

DLCC Communications Director Abhi Rahman, excellently moderated the Press Conference. To listen in to snippets from the same, do tune – in today,9th November, on our show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00 AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM, and 9:00 PM – EST. You can also catch the interview on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM EST.


Press Release by Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee: DLCC Wins Full Legislative Control In Virginia

WASHINGTON – In the most important elections of 2023, the DLCC and our partners have won majorities in both legislative chambers in Virginia, protecting reproductive rights for millions of Americans and giving Democrats full control of the state legislature in a key political battleground. 

DLCC interim President Heather Williams issued the following statement: “The DLCC and state legislatures are helping chart the direction of this country. Voters have shown today that MAGA extremism is not welcome in Virginia, echoing the results we have seen in special elections all year long. The work to build Democratic majorities in the states is the work of building a brighter future for millions of Americans where fundamental freedoms are protected, public schools are fully funded, and communities are safer. This new era of leadership in Virginia will ensure that abortion remains legal and that Republican’s MAGA agenda is stopped in its tracks. When state-level Democrats run and have the support they need to win, we put ourselves on the path to progress.”

“Winning full legislative control in Virginia was DLCC’s top priority this year and we’ve been laying the groundwork since January to deliver these wins. We are so grateful for the support and work of all our partners and supporters working to elect Democrats this year as well as our fantastic Democratic candidates. Together we have made this victory possible and improved millions of lives.”

About Food, Beverages and Recipes – from the land of wonders – India

India is a land of wonders, no doubt, one bit on that – and so it is also a land of huge diversity – reflected through the varied cultures, languages, dialects, food, beverages and cuisines, to name just a few. MeraSangeet, in yet another attempt to bridge the gap, tries to bring these delicacies, right from the kitchens back home – some saved in our memories, some through our own skills, some shared by our dear listeners who hail from different parts of India.

Tune – in every Tuesday, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, on MeraSangeet Gold at 7:00 AM,11:00 AM, 3:00 PM,7:00 PM , 11:00 PM – EST.

Save the dates for Ramaavan – A Musical


Do tune -in for a conversation with the Artiste-Educator-Producer-Director, Creator of Ramaavan – A Musical, Rimli Roy. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Surati, We are also joined by, Rimli’s brother, Rajesh Roy, who works in Mumbai as a composer for Bollywood films. He has composed the music for Ramaavan. Also, joining in the show is Writer, Actor, and Director, Anand Rao. He has been associated with Surati for almost a decade. He works closely with Rimli Roy on both artistic and strategic fronts.

Tune – in for sure, today, 18th October on our Show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00 AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM, and 9:00 PM – EST. You can also catch the interview on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM EST.

From our Archives – In conversation with one of India’s finest Ghazal singers, Jagjit Singh Sahaab

Jagjit Singh was an Indian composer, singer and musician. He composed and sang in numerous languages.

He is credited for the revival and popularity of ghazal, an Indian classical art form. He did so by choosing poetry that was relevant to the masses and composing them in a way that laid more emphasis on the meaning of words and melody evoked by them.

In terms of Indian classical music, his style of composing and gayaki (singing) is considered as Bol-pradhan, one that lays emphasis on words.

Jagjit Singh Sahaab was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the government of India in 2003. The government released a set of two postal stamps in his honor, in February 2014,. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jagjit_Singh

We today bring to you an interview, recorded more than a decade back, and it sounds like it was just yesterday – listen – in for sure to your favorite Ghazal singer, as he shares his memories, his journey – breaking into singing a few lines of his so many Ghazals as he talks. Do tune – in for the rebroadcast for sure, today, 10th October, on our Show, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST.

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