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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, 13th September, 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 very popular Indian Actor, Boman Irani

Boman Irani is an Indian actor, photographer and voice artist who works primarily in Hindi cinema. He has worked in more than a 100 films in his career.

Boman Irani trained under acting coach Hansraj Siddhia from 1981 to 1983, during his school and college days. His earliest theatrical appearance was in Roshni, in which he played a cameo at the Regional Theatre in Versova. He followed this up with serials like Family Ties and Mahatma vs Gandhi, playing Gandhi after the role was turned down by Darshan Jariwala. His most illustrious play to date would be – I Am Not Bajirao – which ran for 10 years. He moved to on-screen acting in 2000. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boman_Irani

Do tune in for the interview, recorded many years back – yet again today, 11th September, 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 popular ghazal singer, Talat Aziz Sahaab

Talat Aziz is one of the finest Ghazal singers of India and came across as a wonderful human being – talking with ease and singing along.

Talat Aziz took his initial training in music from Kirana Gharana. He was trained primarily by Ustad Samad Khan and later by Ustad Faiyyaz Ahmed Khan. After the initial training, Aziz learnt music from the Ghazal maestro Mehdi Hassan.

Talat Aziz released his first album in Feb 1980, under the baton of Jagjit Singh. Jagjit Singh composed this album titled “Jagjit Singh presents Talat Aziz”. This was a runaway hit Subsequently, in 1981 Khayyam Saheb, music director introduced Talat Aziz in the classic film Umrao Jaan with the famous ghazal Zindagi Jab Bhi and followed it by Bazaar, with Phir Chidi Raat which he sang along with Lata Mangeshkar. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talat_Aziz

Do listen – in to this conversation, recorded many years back – yet again today, 9th September, 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 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, 2nd September, 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”…

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, 23rd August, 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 Indian singer, musician and actress, Vasundhara Das

Vasundhara Das is an Indian singer, musician and actress. She began training in Hindustani classical music at the age of six under her grandmother Indira Das, who ran a music school on the top of their house. Later, she joined the Lalit Kala Academy, and later studied under Pandit Parameshwar Hegde, her Guru. During her college days, she was a lead singer of a girl band and was soprano in the college choir.

Vasundhara’s films include Hey Ram (Tamil/Hindi), Monsoon Wedding, Citizen (Tamil), Ravana Prabhu (Malayalam), Lankesh Patrike (Kannada) and several others. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasundhara_Das

Do listen – in to this conversation, recorded many years back – yet again today, 22nd August, on our show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST

In conversation with Arun Agarwal, Indian-American philanthropist and the CEO of a Dallas-based home textile company

Arun Agarwal is the CEO and Director of Nextt with more than 20 years of experience in the home and consumer goods industry. He is an avid propagator of American Cotton exports and very active trader promoting US Cotton for use in the global textile industry. He has been recently named by the Texas Governor Greg Abbott, to the Texas Economic Development Corporation’s (TxEDC’s) Board of Directors.

Arun Agarwal is the Co-Founder of IACEO – Indian American CEO Council. He is the President of the City of Dallas Park & Recreation Board, and is a member of many more Boards and Committees.

Arun Agarwal is also a recipient of many awards – 2018 Awarded an Order of Merit by President Donald Trump, 2016 Asia One Global Indian of the Year Award, 2015 NRI of the Year Award by the Time Group are some of the many awards that he has been bestowed with.

Today, on the show, we talk about Arun ji’s journey from India to the US, from Boston to Dallas, from starting his company to now his new role and much more – so, today, 18th August, listen in to the rebroadcast, 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 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