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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, today, 16th July, 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

Manoj Singh,Executive Director, DC South Asian Arts Council talks to us

Manoj Singh, an IT Consultant, has always had a passion for the arts. He has acted in several prominent plays, including: Mere Bachhe, Jisne Lahore Nahi Dekhya woh Jamiya Nahi and A Tryst with Destiny. He is a member of Natya Bharati, the Actors Center, and Storytellers Short Film Club.

In 2012, Manoj and his wife Geeta started Ceasar Productions – it has fast become DCs premier company for hosting South Asian TV Talk Show, Theatre, Music, Films and Book-Reading events. In 2018, they together started a Not for Profit 501 (c)(3) organization, DC South Asian Arts Council Inc under which they now host the DC South Asian Film Festival and DC South Asian Literary Festival and soon to add more year round programming.

Do not miss the DCSAFF Summerfest 2022 – July 16 and 17th at the AMC Wheaton Mall 9, Wheaton, MD. A special 15% discount to MeraSangeet listeners – to avail, use the code MERASANGEET15 https://dcsaaci.org/dcsaff/july-2022-schedule/

To know about the films being screened at the festival, about the selection criteria and much more, do join – in the conversation with Manoj ji – today, 13th July, on our show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST. You can also catch the interview on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST

From our Archives – In conversation with one of India’s finest actors, Prem Chopra Sahaab

Prem Chopra is an Indian actor in Hindi and Punjabi films. He has acted in 380 films over a span of over 60 years. Since 1967, he has been a leading villain in Hindi films and his peak period as main villain was from 1967 to 1995. After 1996, he appeared as a villain in very few films. He took up positive character roles from 1996 and started getting more positive roles from 2007. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prem_Chopra

This conversation was recorded many years back. It revolves around Prem Chopra Sahaab’s growing up days in Shimla, about his journey to Mumbai (then Bombay), his initial films, his family and so much more.

Do listen – in for sure to one of India’s finest actors, Prem Chopra Sahaab, today, 11th July, 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

Tune-in to Science Masala on MeraSangeet

Science Masala is a special ‘Science’ based show, in which we unravel the mysteries of scientific world in a very simplified and masaledaar manner!

The topics are chosen by you (family members of Mera Sangeet) and our scientific expert answers questions related to them all, so that we all can understand ‘what’s going on’. If science has ever left you, awed, amazed or spellbound – this show is your cup of tea 😊

Amit K. Singh, Ph.D. Staff Scientist, Gene Regulation Section, Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Immunology, National Institute on Aging Biomedical Research Center, Baltimore, joins us, every week. Today, we are also joined in by Dr. Ritu Trivedi, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Endocrinology, CDRI, Lucknow, India.

You can also suggest topics to be discussed in the show, just email at sahil@merasangeet.com. Today, we talk about Osteoporosis.

To know more, tune – in for sure – on Sundays – at 7:00 AM, 11:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM – EST on MeraSangeet East and on Thursdays at 1:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM EST and

Anuradha Palakurthi, Founder and Prashanth Palakurthi, CEO – Juju Productions, with us

Widely regarded for her singing versatility across genres, Anuradha recorded playback for films. She was the featured singer in live shows and has recoded with stars Kumar Sanu, Suresh Wadkar, Deepak Pandit, Salim-Sulaiman, the late Bappi Lahiri and Guitar Prasanna. In 2020 Anuradha’s private song, “Jaan Meri” won an award. She is the Chairperson of MIT’s Heritage Arts of South Asia (MITHAS). She is also the founder of Juju Productions.

Prashanth Palakurthi is the founder and former CEO of Reflexis Systems. A serial entrepreneur from 1992, retired from software businesses, and now helps Anuradha, his wife, in her music business. He was named as one of 50 Outstanding Asian Americans in Business by the Asian American Business Development Center, in 2014. He is the CEO of Juju Productions.

Anuradha and Prashanth serve philanthropic causes ranging from Veterans, Education in India and productivity to the differently abled. On the show, we talk about their journey, about Samarthanam and the forthcoming event – Nazraana. Do tune-in for the conversation, on 8th July, on our Show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST. You can also catch the interview on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST

Chintan Pandya, winner of the James Beard Award for “Best Chef: New York State”, talks to us

Chintan Pandya, recently won the James Beard Award – for “Best Chef: New York State. It is America’s most prestigious culinary award -The James Beard Foundation recognizes exceptional talent in the food industry.

It was in New York that Chintan joined the Michelin-starred Junoon for a brief stint before he met restaurateur Roni Mazumdar in 2017 and became the chef at the modern and upscale Rahi, followed by Adda Indian Canteen for which Chintan was the winner of the 2019 StarChefs New York Rising Star. Within a year after Adda opened, the restaurant was on the short list to be nominated for a James Beard Foundation award for “Best New Restaurant” Food & Wine Magazine’s “Top Ten Best New Restaurants 2019”, Eater National’s Best New Restaurants 2019” and Bon Appetit’s “Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2019”. In 2021 the duo opened Dhamaka, for which Chintan won The James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef, New York State.

On the show today, we talk to Chintan about his journey, in India and from India to the United States – about food – and much about it – one message hits the point – “Do your best in what you do” – So incase you missed it earlier, join in today, yet again, for this must listen conversation, today, 1st July, on our Show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST. You can also catch the interview on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST

From our Archives – In conversation with Kapil Dev, first Indian captain to win the Cricket World Cup

It was today, 25 June 1983, when India lifted its first World Cup title. The 1983 Cricket World Cup (officially the Prudential Cup ’83) was the 3rd edition of the Cricket World Cup tournament. It was held from 9 to 25 June 1983 in England and Wales and was won by India.

Kapil Dev captained the Indian cricket team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, and in the process became the first Indian captain to win the Cricket World Cup, and is still the youngest captain (at the age of 24) to win the World Cup for any team. He was a fast-medium bowler and a hard-hitting middle-order batsman, and was named by Wisden as the Indian Cricketer of the Century in 2002.

Kapil Dev retired in 1994, at the time holding the world record for the highest number of wickets taken in Test cricket, a record subsequently broken by Courtney Walsh in 2000. At the time, he was also India’s highest wicket-taker in both major forms of cricket, Tests and ODIs. He is the first player to take 200 ODI wickets. He is the only player in the history of cricket to have taken more than 400 wickets (434 wickets) and scored more than 5,000 runs in Tests, making him one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket. On 11 March 2010, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. In 1982 awarded with the Padma Shri and in 1991 the Padma Bhushan. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapil_Dev

So, lets relive the moments from 1983 with the person who made history – with Kapil Dev. The recording is from a long time back – but it will surely inspire you today as well – listen – in for sure, today, 25th June, 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

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. The date and time to save is today, 24th June, 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

From our Archives – In conversation with Indian-American economist, Gita Gopinath and her parents

Gita Gopinath is an Indian-American economist who has served as the first deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She had previously served as chief economist of the IMF.

Prior to joining the IMF, Gopinath had a two-decade-long in the academic field including at the economics department of Harvard University where she was the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics and earlier an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is also a co-director of the international finance and macroeconomics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has earlier worked as the honorary economic adviser to the Chief Minister of Kerala. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gita_Gopinath

This conversation is from our archives, recorded way back in 2010 – with Gita Gopinath and her parents – this is an inspiring conversation and not to be missed – so, listen – in for sure, today, 21st June, 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

From our Archives – In conversation with the Indian singer and composer, Leslee Lewis

Leslee Lewis is an Indian singer and composer known for his work with Hariharan, for Colonial Cousins. They won the MTV Asia Viewer’s Choice Award and then the U.S. Billboard Viewer’s Choice Award for ‘Colonial Cousins’, their debut album. He conceived and created all the music for Coke Studio, MTV India debut season.

Popularly known as ‘Lezz’ in the industry, Leslee Lewis is one of the first Indian composers to have introduced the Indian audiences to Rock and Pop music. His creative side comes as an inherited value from his father, P L Raj, noted choreographer from the film industry. He has been successful in keeping his originality intact with advertisement jingles, film music and other forms of modern music. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesle_Lewis_(composer)

This conversation was recorded many years back – wherein Leslee talked about KK – and the songs – yarron…dosti, Pal rahein na …, of Colonial Cousins and the journey before and after, of the many jingles – yes you would love to hear them – So incase you missed it earlier, tune – in for sure, today, 20th June, 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

From our Archives – In conversation with the wonderful Indian actress and model, Mahima Chaudhry

Mahima Chaudhry is a Indian actress and model who worked in Hindi films. During the 1990s, Chaudhry did a few modelling assignments and appeared in several television commercials before venturing into films.

Mahim made her acting debut in the 1997 film Pardes, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She established a career with several roles in films including Daag (1999), Dhadkan (2000), Kurukshetra (2000), Dil Hai Tumhaara (2002), and received critical recognition for her performances in Dil Kya Kare (1999) and Lajja (2001). Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahima_Chaudhry

This conversation was recorded many years back – and you would love every word of it – Mahima talks about how she got working with Subhash Ghai ji, who gave her a break in the film Pardes, about her many other movies and roles, about her great equation with Preity Zinta, about her daughter and much much more – in case you missed this earlier, tune – in for sure, on 18th June, on our Hindi Radio Show, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

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