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New York Indian Film Festival – save the dates

NYIFF is the oldest, most prestigious film festival screening premieres of feature, documentary and short films made from, of, and about India in the independent, arthouse, alternate and diaspora genres.

Seven days of screenings, post-screening discussions, industry panels, award ceremonies, special events, nightly networking parties, red carpet galas, media attention and packed audiences build an awareness of Indian cinema, entertain and educate North Americans about the real India, and add to the amazing cultural diversity of New York City.

For more information, please visit the website at nyiff.us and at nyiff.moviesaints.com. And yes, do save the dates!

‘Indian Visa Camp 2021’, held on Saturday, May 8th in Milford, MA

An ‘Indian Visa Camp 2021’ was held on Saturday, May 8th in Milford, MA, in partnership with several community members and organizations in the New England area.

It was a great effort to bring the Indian Consulate to the doorsteps of people

MeraSangeet.com supported the initiative as the Media partner for the event.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’, Raya and the Last Dragon, releases

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” is an epic journey to the fantasy world of Kumandra. Raya embarks alone on her quest to find the last dragon to restore the fractured lands and its divided people. In her pursuit, she learns that it takes more than a dragon to save the world— it takes trust, teamwork, friendship, and the wisdom of her community as well.

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Raya and the Last Dragon” is available on Disney+ with Premier Access and in theaters – watch it for sure!!

Hayley Arceneaux, physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and pediatric cancer survivor

Hayley Arceneaux, physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and pediatric cancer survivor, to represent Hope on historic flight
Two remaining seats on mission still available to the general public until February 28.

Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to space, has announced its second crew member, Hayley Arceneaux of Memphis, TN, a 29-year-old physician assistant at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital who was treated as a child for bone cancer at St. Jude. Arceneaux joins Inspiration4 mission commander Jared Isaacman. She will occupy the mission seat representing Hope

The remaining two seats representing Generosity and Prosperity are available to the general public through February 28, with details available at the mission website, Inspiration4.com. The Generosity crew seat can be secured by a member of the public who enters for an opportunity to join the flight to space. The Prosperity seat is available to any deserving entrepreneur who utilizes the new Shift4Shop eCommerce platform to submit their idea and be selected by a panel of distinguished judges.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude patient Zahaan, seen here at age 7 in 2017, plays with a plane and rocketship toy at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is joining the world’s first all-civilian mission to space – Inspiration4 – thanks to their partnership with Jared Isaacman. 

Isaacman has given St. Jude two seats on the Inspiration4 mission, helping kick off a unique fundraising opportunity to try and raise $200 million in support of a multi-billion dollar St. Jude expansion aimed to accelerate research advancements and save more children worldwide. 

The public has the exciting chance to join the crew. During the month of February, members of the public can enter for a chance to join the flight to space and support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.

In Conversation with Reshma Mehta, AARP Director of Grassroots Advocacy – on the Vaccine

Reshma Mehta is AARP’s Director of Grassroots Advocacy. She has spent over 15 years in the government and non-profit arena. In her current position, she manages grassroots messaging, training, and tactics for AARP’s millions of activists, making sure elected officials know older Americans are a force to be reckoned with.

Reshma has been involved in the enactment of a number of landmark laws, such as the Affordable Care Act, the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and the Medicare Modernization Act. She’s also been key to defeating bad proposals like the Social Security “chained CPI” and all the countless attempts to repeal the ACA.

Reshma earned her BA in Comparative Politics from the University of Pennsylvania and studied Public Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

The conversation was wonderful and very informative – So, if you missed it earlier, if you have had any concerns about “the vaccine”, this would be a must listen – Do tune-in, for sure, this Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 January, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, on MeraSangeet Gold at 7:00 AM , 11:00 AM , 1:00 PM , 3:00 PM , 5:00 PM , 7:00 PM , 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM – EST

In conversation with Sanjay Gowda, President, IAGB, on the upcoming India Republic Day Celebrations

We talk to Sanjay Gowda, President, India Association of Greater Boston – founded in 1962. Sanjay talks about the various activities as part of the upcoming India Republic Day Celebrations. 

To be a part of the many many competitions being held, to be able to contribute towards the Republic Day Magazine – to know these details about the celebrations, do listen – in to this conversation for sure!! Also , do visit https://iagb.org/

In case you missed it, do tune – in again, this Sunday, 10 January, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, on MeraSangeet Gold, at 7:00 AM , 11:00 AM , 1:00 PM , 3:00 PM , 5:00 PM , 7:00 PM , 9:00 PM , 11:00 PM – EST.


In conversation with Dr. Prakash Bhave, at North Carolina State University

Dr. Prakash Bhave was born in Michigan to first-generation immigrant parents from Belagavi, Karnataka.  Raised in California, he pursued his undergraduate course in Environmental Engineering Science from UC Berkeley. Thereafter, he completed his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees at Caltech, specializing in Fine-Particulate Air Pollution. 

Dr. Bhave went on to work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 11 years in their R&D section in North Carolina, developing decision -support systems for national-scale regulations of coal-fired power plants, truck exhaust, and automotive fuel standards. Over time, he grew wishful that his knowledge and work experience be applied to the most severe air pollution problems outside the U.S. He conducted a worldwide job search, focusing on developing countries with hazardous air quality. Eventually, he and his wife sold their home in North Carolina and quit their U.S. jobs to move with their 3 young children to Kathmandu, Nepal.  He describes working and living in Nepal as the experience of a lifetime.

After returning to the U.S., Dr. Prakash continued collaborating with researchers in Nepal while actively volunteering in the Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL).  He’s now a full-time math instructor in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at North Carolina State University.

So, the conversation revolves around this big switch from the Environmental Sciences to teaching Math – how that helped him shape his political views, the Georgia Senate elections, his focus in his free time – i.e, advocacy on Climate change, his passion for Indian Classical Music and much more – yes, this conversation is a must listen – Tune – in for sure, once again, in case you missed it – this Sunday, 03 January, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, on MeraSangeet Gold at 7:00 AM , 11:00 AM , 1:00 PM , 3:00 PM , 5:00 PM , 7:00 PM , 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM – EST

Conversation with Dr. Keerthi Gogineni on Healthcare

Dr. Keerthi Gogineni, MD, MSHP is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University. She is dual board-certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology.

Dr. Gogineni sees patients with breast cancer at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and at the Grady Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Keerthi directs clinical trials for patients with breast cancer to develop novel treatment approaches. She conducts research to reduce breast cancer disparities and increase access to care. She also serves as the Associate Director of the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology.

We talk to Dr. Keerthi Gogineni about Healthcare. In case you missed it, Do tune – in, today, 20 December, on our Hindi Radio Show, Chat and Chai, on MeraSangeet Gold at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, 9:00 PM & 11:00 PM – EST.

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