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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, and 7:00 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 3:00 PM – EST

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

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, 15th July, on our Hindi Radio Show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 3:00 PM – EST

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 Heat Stroke and much more around 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 and 7:00 PM – EST. And again – every Wednesday, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

From our Archives – Conversation with Indian singer and actor, Shailendra Singh

Shailendra Singh is an Indian singer and actor. He sang several Hindi and a few Marathi songs during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Shailendra Singh had many hit songs to his credit. The song “Main Shayar To Nahin”, from the film Bobby became a big hit. So did his song “Humne Tumko Dekha” from the film Khel Khel Mein.

On the show today, we go back in time to the recording and much beyond that – journeying with Shailendra Singh Ji through his acting and singing career. It was a delight to have him with us, as he talked lovingly about his colleagues in the industry, reminiscing so many many anecdotes.

So, tune – in for sure, for this wonderful conversation – on our show, From our Archives, today, 18th March, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Hosts Virtual “Summer of the States”

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Hosts Virtual “Summer of the States” Presser on Stakes of 2024 Elections, Featuring Key Battleground State Leaders.

Arizona, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin legislative leaders  joined DLCC President Heather Williams to highlight GOP extremism in the states and the need for attention on down-ballot races this summer.

This presser builds on the DLCC’s “Summer of the States” campaign, which calls attention to the critical window this summer to make key investments to build Democratic power in the states. The work being done in the states is essential for stopping Trump and his MAGA allies from a total takeover this fall.

Watch the Zoom presser, with the DLCC’s “Summer of the States” –  with DLCC President Heather Williams, Arizona Senator and ADLCC Board Chair Priya Sundareshan, New Hampshire House Democratic Leader Matt Wilhelm, and Wisconsin Assembly Democratic Leader Greta Neubauer –


Kavita Krishnamurti And Dr. L. Subramaniam on Bollywood & Beyond, presented by Townhall and Indo American Arts Council

“Bollywood & Beyond” is not just a concert; it is a testament to the enduring power of music to bridge cultures, inspire generations, and touch the deepest corners of the human soul.

Global violin icon Dr. L. Subramaniam and multi-platinum-selling singer Kavita Krishnamurthi, towering figures in Indian and world fusion music, will headline Bollywood & Beyond at The Town Hall in New York City on Saturday, July 20, at 8:00pm.  Accompanied by tabla maestro Tanmoy Bose and other accomplished musicians.  Bollywood & Beyond, is being presented by Townhall and Indo American Arts Council

Listen in to Kavita Krishnamurti And Dr. L. Subramaniam  as they talk about their journey and about the event, “Bollywood & Beyond”, on our show,  Saat Samundar Paar, today, 10th July, at – 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST MeraSangeet Gold and at  1:00 PM, and 9 :00 PM – EST MeraSangeet USA/East.

For more information, visit https://iaac.us/festival-of-indian-music-2024/?mc_cid=01542d874a&mc_eid=842b27bd3d

From our Archives: a conversation with the great Indian legend, Shammi Kapoor Sahaab

Shammi Kapoor Photos [HD]: Latest Images, Pictures, Stills ...Remembering Shammi Kapoor Sahaab…
As I go back to the time of the interview, I just have one wish to make like I did then , and that was to freeze the time, to hold on to the time , the era, the Shammi Kapoor Era….the magic continued I am sure in all those peoples lives which were touched by the wand of the legend called Shammi Kapoor… Yes, he happened to be my fav star of all times..I had grown watching his films…and it was a moment out of the blue for me to be able to speak with him.

The interview happened when he was at the fag end of his life..but little did we know then…he was still so full of life. He counted the days of a week that he would be in the hospital for Dialysis and asked me to call him on any of the remaining ones…Great people are great because they have greatness engraved in them…on the scheduled day, he got delayed by an hour as he was busy with another interview, but made it a point to come on the phone to tell me personally how “sorry” he was and that he would be back in an hour….Back he certainly was, apologetic again for the delay ….we have much to learn from you Shammi Kapoor Sahaab and you will always remain in our hearts…always be my fav star of all times…

Do tune in for the interview, recorded many years back – yet again today, 9th July, on our show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST — lets all take a peep into yesteryears, into Shammi Kapoor Sahaab’s films, his life…and as I said then, I say these very famous words again, “thehar ye dil ki bekhudi, itna tou dekh lene de
woh khud tashreef laaye hain, yaa unki yaad aayi hai”…

Some conversations from IFFLA 2024 – on MeraSangeet

Leesa Gazi has dedicated her career to telling stories from women’s perspectives. She is a writer, theater practitioner, and award-winning filmmaker who co-founded the Komola Collective. Gazi directed the multi-award-winning documentary Rising Silence, about the survivors of sexual violence of the Bangladesh Liberation War, and has created several counter-violent extremism shorts for a United Kingdom think tank. In 2023, Amazon Crossing published the English translation of her critically acclaimed Bengali novel Rourob (Good Girls). Gazi’s first feature, A House Named Shahana, won awards at the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and BFI London Independent Film Festival 2023. She is also a founding member of the Global Survivors’ Network, SEMA.

Shuchi Talati is a filmmaker from India whose work challenges dominant narratives around gender, sexuality, and South Asian identity. Her feature film, Girls Will Be Girls, world premiered in competition at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. Her short film, A Period Piece, about an afternoon of period sex, was selected for SXSW Film & TV Festival. Shuchi is an alumna of Berlinale Talents, and her work has been recognized by the New York State Council for the Arts and Région Île-de-France. She is a graduate of the American Film Institute. She lives in New York City and is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, the Bitchitra Collective, and the Freelance Solidarity Project.

Shaun Seneviratne is a writer and director of emo movies. His first feature, Ben and Suzanne, A Reunion in 4 Parts, was shot on location in Sri Lanka and world premiered last March at SXSW Film & TV Festival. Seneviratne’s previous shorts have screened at Nantucket, Montclair, CAAMFest, San Diego Asian, and Bushwick. Based in New York City, he teaches at the Brooklyn STEAM Center, co-hosts the podcast Rohmercast, and runs Redacted Screenings.

Christo Tomy is a two-time National Award-winning filmmaker and an alumnus of the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute in Kolkata. He is the director of Netflix’s true crime show Curry and Cyanide, which earned a Global Top #2 viewership and was among the top ten most viewed titles in over 30 countries. Tomy’s feature film script for Undercurrent (Ullozhukku) won the Cinestaan India’s Storytellers Script Contest, India’s largest feature film script contest. It was also part of Film Independent’s Global Media Makers Los Angeles residency, the NFDC Film Bazaar Co-Production Market, and the NFDC Screenwriters Lab.

Join in for these wonderful conversations, this Saturday & Sunday, 29th and 30th June, on our Show, Saat Samundar Paar at – 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST MeraSangeet Gold and at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM, and 8 :00 PM – EST MeraSangeet USA/East.

Save the dates for IFFLA 2024 – June 27 – 30!

IFFLA brings to Los Angeles audiences the most exciting and groundbreaking independent cinema from South Asia and its diasporas.

The festival offers emerging and underrepresented storytellers numerous industry-facing mentorship, educational and networking opportunities. A highly curated program along with a direct access to the professional film industry in Hollywood make IFFLA a unique platform for South Asian filmmakers.

Save the date: June 27 – 30! IFFLA is at Landmark Theaters Sunset, bringing you the best in South Asian cinema and its diasporas.

Brace yourself for world premieres, star studded galas, an Industry Day forum with a pitch competition, mentorship and much more!

Passes and tickets are on sale at www.indianfilmfestival.org


In conversation with Romila Sadasivan and with Priya Murali, Saheli Boston

Romila Sadasivan is the Domestic Violence Program Manager at Saheli. With her 15 years of experience in social work from India and the UK, Romila manages the domestic violence team, which includes South Asian and Arabic-speaking domestic violence advocates, to provide culturally sensitive and trauma-informed case management to domestic violence survivors. Her experience working with various high-needs populations, especially women and children, guides her as she works to manage and strengthen Saheli’s Domestic Violence Advocacy Program has been the core of Saheli’s work.

Priya Murali serves as the Executive Director at Saheli. With a profound commitment to advocating for immigrant women, Priya has dedicated the past five years to working in the immigrant-serving nonprofit sector, where she has passionately developed and implemented programs to empower underserved communities. As an immigrant herself, originally from India, Priya brings firsthand experience and empathy to her work, having resided in the United States for 14 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Communication & Cultural Studies from Northeastern University, which has equipped her with valuable insights and skills to address the needs of diverse communities effectively.

We have a detailed conversation with Romila and with Priya about Saheli, about their services, about how they could be contacted and much more – Tune – in for sure, today, 11th June, 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.

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