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In conversation with Oklahoma House Democratic Leader and DLCC board member Cyndi Munson

Cyndi Munson became the first Asian-American woman elected to the Oklahoma legislature in 2015 and has focused on bolstering protections for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, providing equal pay for equal work, and striving to improve the quality of life for people who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. She has fought targeted bigotry against Asian Americans and is a staunch advocate for Oklahoma’s women and girls. Oklahoma has been on the frontlines of attacks against fundamental freedoms and Leader Munson is a rising star.

DLCC President Heather Williams says – “Leader Cyndi Munson is a force to be reckoned with. Her unwavering commitment to combating bigotry against AAPI communities is part of her important work in creating a brighter future – particularly in a state with entrenched Republican power and extremism. The DLCC is committed to electing a diverse slate of electors across the country who reflect the communities they represent. State legislatures shape the policy that impacts people’s lives the most, which is why having leaders with the lived experiences of their constituents is so essential. The DLCC is proud to stand with AAPI lawmakers like Leader Munson who are changing the face of power and the future of this country.”

Oklahoma House Democratic Leader and DLCC board member Cyndi Munson talks to us about her journey so far, about all that is at stake in the November Presidential elections, the polarization in politics in the US, and much more. Do join-in today, 15th May, for the 1st half of 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 same 1st half on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST.

From our Archives – conversation with Indian singer, actor and television presenter, Shaan

Shantanu Mukherjee, known as Shaan, is an Indian singer, actor and television presenter. In 2002, he won the MTV Asia Award for Favorite Artist India for best solo album for his album Tanha Dil.

Apart from studio albums, Shaan also sang several other albums songs such as Channel Hits, Bollywood Sensation 2, Club Class, A Reason To Smile, The Ultimate Party Album, among many others. He collaborated with international singers as well. After working with blue for the song “One Love” and singing the theme song (“Shuruaat”) for the movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Shaan collaborated with Michael Learns to Rock for his album Tishnagi. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaan_(singer)

Do listen – in to this conversation, recorded many years back – yet again today, 7th May, on our show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

From our Archives – a conversation with the one of India’s most versatile singer, Asha Bhosle

Asha Bhosle, is a household name – an Indian playback singer, known for her versatility, described as one of the most influential and successful singers in Hindi Cinema. In her career spanning over eight decades she has recorded songs for films and albums in various Indian languages.

Asha Bhosle has received several accolades including two National Film Awards, four BFJA Awards, eighteen Maharashtra State Film Awards, nine Filmfare Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award and a record seven Filmfare Awards for Best Female Playback Singer[, in addition to two Grammy nominations. In 2000, she was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in the field of cinema. In 2008, she was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian honour of the country. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asha_Bhosle

Do tune in for the interview, recorded many years back – yet again today, 6th May, on our show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST.

In Remembrance – From our Archives – Conversation with Indian singer, Pankaj Udhas

Pankaj Udhas is a very popular Indian ghazal and playback singer. After his success as a ghazal singer, he was invited to appear and sing for a film by Mahesh Bhatt, Naam. He did playback singing for many Hindi films after that. In 2006, Pankaj Udhas was awarded Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pankaj_Udhas

On the show, Pankaj Udhas talks about his growing-up days, about his father, his brothers – how music just became his first love, home, and much much more. This conversation was recorded many many years back but is as fresh as today – So know your favorite singer, and hear him talk about so many memories – as he does so, he also sings along – and we also play many many of his super hit nos.

The date and time to save is – our show, From our Archives, today, 5th May, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and 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, 29th April, 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 Indian Comedian and actress, Savita Bhatti

Savita Bhatti is a comedian and actress well-known for the show Flop Show in 1989, where she essayed the role of Preeti with her late husband, Jaspal Bhatti.

This conversation was recorded many many years back. She talks about how she accidently stepped into acting, about her institute, MAD Arts, about how she met her husband, about her son and so much more.

Do listen – in to this conversation, recorded many years back, today, 14th November, on our 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

According to latest National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5) data in India, 36% of children are stunted, 32% are underweight, and 21% are wasted. All that in spite of the fact that 64% of women exclusively breastfeed their babies. Behind this alarming data is the barely known fact – pervasive poor breastfeeding techniques that result in babies constantly crying for milk and mother’s giving up in frustration to switch prematurely to external baby feeds if they can afford& easily find. A problem that is completely fixable, and rather give those 86% of malnourished babies a chance of a healthy life – physically and mentally.

WHEELS Global Foundation (a social impact platform of global IIT alumni community)’s Newborn Nutritional Health Initiative is scaling pioneering work of IIT Bombay’s Health Spoken Tutorials (HST) team to address pervasive newborn malnutrition at scale. Washington D.C. based RIST (Rural India Supporting Trust) with a large grant is supporting scaling of deployment of this initiative across one of the largest State in India, Madhya Pradesh, so as to impact lives of >10m mothers and babies. After amazing results in several districts across three States (Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Chhattisgarh) where the babies gained as much as five-fold more weight in first six months and exceeded all WHO standards, HST team has taken its Cuedwell technology-enabled train-the-trainer model to enable thousands of health & ICDS workers so mothers can be taught proper breast-feeding and nutritional intake practices.

On 9th April, Consulate General of India (CGI), New York, hosted WHEELS leadership team along with several well-known IIT alumni, and its partners who are complimenting its newborn nutritional health program with daily healthy meals to underserved school kids across rural India — Annapoorna Trust serving >9m meals a day and Akshaya Patra Foundation serving >2m meals a day. Given the massive benefits mothers and babies would drive from these simple-to-learn (via IIT-Bombay’s HST team’s >10010-min long video tutorials) towards a healthy life and healthy society, CGI and WHEELS hope those who missed attending the public event would visit WHEELS’ initiative page to learn and benefit from this pioneering research and dedicated effort from a passionate team, and help scale the effort to entire India and all over the world.

Press Release – Texas Democratic Party Held Press Call on Black Women’s Maternal Health Week

17 April -The Texas Democratic Party hosted a virtual press call to uplift Black Women’s Maternal Health Week. In Texas and across the country, Black women have long faced devastating barriers to accessible maternal care – leading to disproportionately higher pregnancy-related complications and mortality rates.

The speakers present were – Texas Democratic Party Vice Chair Shay Wyrick-Cathey, Dean Senfronia Thompson, Texas State Representative, Vice Chair Rhetta Bowers, Texas State Representative, Vice Chair Sheryl Cole, Texas State Representative and Joneatha Hunter, Black Maternal Health Advocate.

To listen in to some snippets from the press call, do join in today, 18th April, on our Show, Saat Samundar Paar, on MeraSangeet Gold – at 9:00AM,1:00 PM,5:00 PM and 9:00 PM – EST shows. You can also catch the same on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM – EST.

Meanwhile, you could also WATCH HERE

In Remembrance – a conversation from our archives – with Jaspal Singh Bhatti

Jaspal Singh Bhatti was an Indian television personality known for his satirical take on the problems of the common man. He is most well known for his television series Flop Show, Full Tension and mini capsules Ulta Pulta, which ran in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Jaspal Singh Bhatti was commonly known as “King of Comedy” and also “King of Satire”. He carried out various anti corruption crusades in Chandigarh. His frontal attack on issues like redtapism, nepotism, and corruption was both comic and awakening for masses.

In 2013, Jaspal Singh Bhatti was (posthumously) honored with the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaspal_Bhatti

Today, as we remember Jaspal Singh Bhatti, do listen – in this conversation, recorded many years back, today, 25th October, on our 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 popular Indian actress, model and singer, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi, on our Hindi Radio Show

Suchitra Krishnamoorthi is an Indian actress, model and singer known for her works in Hindi cinema, South cinema, and television.

Suchitra started her career with the TV series Chunauti while still in school in the year 1987–1988.She acted in a production of Peanuts: The Musical, a musical based on the famous comic strip Peanuts.She played the character Lucy. She appeared in television commercials endorsing many products.

On the show, we talk about her various roles – as a model, actor, singer, mother, painter — to name some – We also talk about her very popular movie, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, about her songs, and much more. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suchitra_Krishnamoorthi

Catch the conversation, recorded many years back, today, 26th September, 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 actors, Priya Gill

Priya Gill is an Indian actress, model and beauty pageant titleholder. She won the title of Femina Miss India International 1995 and represented India at Miss International 1995. She appeared mainly in Hindi films, along with a film each in Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Bhojpuri and movies in Telugu. She is best known for her role in the films Sirf Tum and Josh.

Priya began her Bollywood career with the ABCL production Tere Mere Sapne (1996) along with Arshad Warsi and Chandrachur Singh. Other film appearances include the hit films Sirf Tum (1999), Josh (2000) and Red (2002). She also appeared in some Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Punjabi films. Courtesy https://merasangeet.com/

This conversation was recorded years back, probably the winters. We spoke about Priya’s journey, her first film  and much more. Do listen – in for sure, to the re – broadcast, today, 7th April, 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.