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From our Archives – conversation with Atul Karwal, an Indian Police Service Officer

Atul Karwal is a 1988 batch Indian Police Service Officer from the Gujarat cadre. He has served in various capacities. He is the first Officer from the All India Services to have scaled the world’s highest peak, the Mt. Everest in May 2008. This also led him to write, the book, “Think Everest”.

This conversation was recorded way back, in the summer of 2010, and it holds all the home truths- today as well, just as these did when we spoke – that about life, about success, about setting goals and achieving them, about being content with what we have, about living in the moment and much more.

Do listen in to the conversation, from our Archives – tune- in for sure, today, 15th of August, on our Hindi Radio Show, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

From our Archives – conversation with Indian singer and actor, Abhijeet Sawant

Abhijeet Sawant is an Indian singer, actor, anchor and the winner of first season of Indian Idol.He was the first runner up of Jo Jeeta Wohi Super Star and finished third in Asian Idol.

Abhijeet grew up in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra and developed an interest in music. After graduating from Chetana College of Commerce & Economics, Sawant became keen on joining and working in the music industry. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abhijeet_Sawant

On the show, we talk about Abhijeet’s journey, his many albums, his family, his better – half and much more. This conversation was recorded years back and you will love to hear him. Do tune in for sure, today, 14th of August, 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

In conversation with the legendary Indian classical Sarod player, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Sahaab

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Sahaab, the legendary Indian classical sarod player, needs no introduction. He is well known and much loved across the globe. He was born into a classical musical family and has performed internationally since the 1960s.

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan Sahaab was awarded the 21st Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award. He received the Padma Shri in 1975, Padma Bhushan in 1991, and Padma Vibhushan in 2001, and was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for 1989 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship for 2011. He was awarded the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in 2004.The U.S. state Massachusetts proclaimed 20 April as Amjad Ali Khan Day in 1984. He was made an honorary citizen of Houston, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee, in 1997, and of Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2007. He received the Banga-Vibhushan in 2011. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amjad_Ali_Khan

It was a delight for us to have this conversation with Khan Sahaab, as we journey back to his childhood days, learning about his music and and much more. He also talks about his concert to be held on the 15th of August. Do tune – in for the rebroadcast for sure, today, 13th August, 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

Tanwi Prigge, Vice President and Rupali Gupta, on the Board of Directors, India Association of Minnesota, with us

Tanwi Mookherjee Prigge serves as the Vice President, India Association of Minnesota. She started volunteering at a young age for Mother Teresa and Ram Krishna Mission. She has been a resident of Minnesota for the last 15 years. An IT professional, she believes in service to others through her profession and volunteer work. She enjoys working with children and women in various communities, through her volunteer work, drama/theater/music and encourages folks to step out of their comfort zone and have fun. She is excited about Outreach and Government relations this year with IAM, working with the Indian community and the community-at-large.

Rupali Gupta serves on the Board of Directors, India Association of Minnesota. She holds her MS in Regulatory Affairs from St. Cloud State University, MN. She is a seasoned regulatory professional, currently working as a Sr. Principal Regulatory Specialist at Medtronic. She has supported coronary, peripheral, diabetes and digital health medical devices. She was born in India and immigrated to the United States in 2008. Rooted in her cultural identity, Rupali became involved with non-profit organizations having a mission to support child education, women empowerment and community engagement. Following her great interest in dance, Rupali choreographed theme based dance performances for awareness towards child education, women empowerment, and Indian culture.

Today, on the show, we talk about India Fest 2022, being organized by India Association of Minnesota – learn about the event, all that the celebrations would hold. We also about Tanwi’s and Rupali’s journey – listen in to the rebroadcast for sure, today, 12th August, to 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

In conversation with Neil Makhija, Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Executive Director of Indian American Impact

Neil Makhija is a public interest attorney and election law professor who serves as the Executive Director of Impact. He led Impact and its affiliates through the 2020 election on their mission to engage South Asian and Indian American communities and help them run for, win, and be successful in elected office.

Neil was born and raised as a son of immigrants in Carbon County, Pennsylvania and went on to earn his law degree at Harvard Law School. In his legal work, he has represented essential workers, consumers, and the public interest.

Neil has served as president of the South Asian Bar Association in Philadelphia and is a member of the board of trustees at his alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College. He was listed as one of the “40 under 40” influential people in Pennsylvania by City & State PA. In 2021, he was chosen as one of 13 Asian American civil rights leaders to meet President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House to discuss immigration and voting rights.

So, you know for sure, this conversation is one that is not to be missed at all. In case you missed it earlier, tune – in for sure, today, 9th August, 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 – Conversation with Fuzail Rafi, grandson of the legendary Mohammed Rafi Sahaab

Does the picture look familiar – Well, this is Fuzail Rafi, grandson of the legendary Indian film playback singer, Mohammed Rafi Sahaab and he certainly is doing his family proud. He joined us from Atlanta, for this lovely conversation about his latest venture which has all us Rafi Sahaab fans excited!

We travel back in time and remember Rafi Sahaab – of all the fond memories that Fuzail has about his grandfather. We have all grown listening to Rafi Sahaab’s beautiful songs, his voice so touching our souls, and today, you get to know the person – so many things that Fuzail has to tell us.

So, while you wait to listen in to the conversation, do visit https://mohammedrafiinstitute.com/home/. Fuzail talks in detail about this on our show too.

To know more about what all Fuzail is doing , do tune in for sure, today, 6th of August, 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 – conversation with the prominent Indian Hindi and Urdu poet, lyricist and dialogue writer

Nida Fazli, was a prominent Indian Hindi and Urdu poet, lyricist and dialogue writer. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 by the government of India for his contribution to literature.

He was honored with the National Harmony Award for writing on communal harmony. He wrote 24 books in Urdu, Hindi and Gujarati. Some of his works are also present in National Council of Educational Research and Training Hindi textbooks which millions of students study. He received the Mir Taqi Mir award for his autobiographical novel Deewaron Ke Bich from the Government of Madhya Pradesh. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nida_Fazli

Today, we get a chance to relive some moments with Nida Fazli Sahaab – each word of this conversation is poetic – taking the listener through a high through our very own languages, Hindi and Urdu – weaved into each other, so beautifully. Catch the conversation, recorded many years back, today, 5th of August, 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

Vaishali Gade, President along with the Directors of IAGB, in conversation with us

Vaishali Gade joined IAGB team in 2017 and now serves as the President. She earlier served as the Vice President of New England Marathi Mandal. Dancing is her passion and she has participated in many fundraising events to benefit area charitable organizations.

Maya Tamhankar is a Program Management professional, passionate about giving back to the community, and has been part of many non-profit organizations in the area. She now serves as Director, IAGB. She enjoys Indian classical music and dance and has dabbled in theater both on-stage and back-stage.

Nilesh Agrawal is a Senior it Project Manager and manages the database team globally as dba manager. He has over 20+ years of it experience. He now serves as a Director with IAGB and helps with their various initiatives such as civic collaboration. He loves music and sports.

Tanu Basu started with IAGB In her late teens, and is now running her 10th Executive term. Her Community Service ‘Mantra’ for this IAGB term is to be instrumental in enthusing the larger immigrant community to come together in synergy and also serve the Senior Community in the area.

On the show today, we talk to about the India Day celebrations and the many events that lead up to the day along with the ones that follow. So, in case you missed it earlier, tune – in for sure, today,5th August, 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

Abhishek Singh, President of FIA, New England, talks to us

Abhishek Singh, President of Federation of Indian Association, New England, talks to us about the forthcoming India Day Celebrations.

Abhishek is a software engineer, entrepreneur, social activist, and a family man, as he says. He lives in Boston. He was awarded the Leadership & Community Service Award for his best contribution to the Indo- American Society by Mr. Randhir Jaiswal, Counsel General of India, New York, on the eve of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2021.

Abhishek provided humanitarian services to the Indian Diaspora when the world was grappling with COVID-19. He organized massive food drives. He urged the Indian Diaspora to uphold the principles of ‘Nation First, Always First’ and be a force for positive impact. He also organized the festival of lights, Diwali and urged people to recognize the importance of ‘Jyotismati’ or ‘inner light’.

On the show today, we talk to Abhishek ji about the India Day celebrations in Boston. For details about the event, and in case you missed it earlier, tune – in for sure, today, 4th August, 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 – conversation with the Indian Ghazal singer, Chandan Dass

Chandan Dass is a popular Indian ghazal singer. He has many albums to his credit and some very unforgettable Ghazals.

On the show, recorded many years back, Chandan Dass ji talks about his journey, of being introduced to a well known Indian record company by Talat Aziz ji. He also talks about his many albums, his ghazals, of his many live performances, and so much more. We also talk about his family.

So listen – in for sure, to this wonderful conversation and some beautiful ghazals, rendered by Chandan Dass, as we rewind the clock and go down memory lane, today, 31st 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