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, 29th July, on our show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST.
Kailash Kher is an Indian music composer and singer. He sings songs with a music style influenced by Indian folk music and Sufi music. He was inspired by the classical musicians’ Pandit Kumar Gandharva, Pandit Hridaynath Mangeshkar, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, and the Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
Kailash Kher received the Padma Shri award in 2017 from the Indian government. He has also received two Filmfare Awards for Best Male Playback Singer: one for the Hindi film Fanaa (2006) and one for the Telugu film Mirchi (2013), along with several other nominations. With his powerful voice and his unique style of music, Kher has established himself as one of the most popular playback singers in India. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kailash_Kher
Do listen – in to the re – broadcast of this wonderful conversation recorded many years back, for sure, today, 13th 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
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, 4th June, on our show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST.
Mahalakshmi Iyer is an Indian playback singer, best known for her Hindi, Assamese and Tamil songs. She has sung in many other Indian languages as well, including Telugu, Marathi, Bengali, Odia, Gujarati and Kannada.
She sang on the Academy Award-winning song “Jai Ho” for A. R. Rahman in the film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Specifically, she sang the Hindi words between the short “Jai Ho” chants, as well as portions of the verses (most of which were sung by Sukhwinder Singh). She was known for her performances in songs like “Kabhi Sham Dhale” from Sur – The Melody of Life (2002), and many more. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahalakshmi_Iyer
Do listen in to this conversation, recorded many years back – know about her journey, about her many mile stones and much more. Do listen – in for sure, to the re – broadcast, today, 3rd 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
Suman Kalyanpur is an Indian playback singer. Her career started in 1954.
Suman Kalyanpur’s first film song was a duet with Talat Mahmood in Darwaza (1954). She was a very popular singer and recorded songs for movies in several languages – Hindi, Marathi, Assamese, Gujarati, Kannada, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Rajasthani, Bengali, Odia, and Punjabi.
Suman Kalyanpur received the prestigious “Sur Sringar Samsad” award for the best classical song in a Hindi movie, thrice. She also received the Lata Mangeshkar Award 2009 from the Maharashtra government, the Ga Di Ma Award by Ga Di Ma Pratishthan, and the Mirchi Music Awards 2022 – Lifetime Achievement. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suman_Kalyanpur
On the show, we go back in time with Sumanji as she recounts many anecdotes – Do listen – in for sure, to the re – broadcast, today, 2nd 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
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Sukhwinder Singh is an internationally acclaimed Indian playback singer who primarily sings Bollywood songs. He is famous internationally for singing “Jai Ho” from the film Slumdog Millionaire which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
Sukhwinder Singh won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award for songs “Chaiyya Chaiyya” from the movie Dil Se.. and for the song “Haule Haule” from the movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. Courtesy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhwinder_Singh
This conversation, recorded many years back tracks his journey – Do listen in to this conversation, with Sukhwinder Singh – today, 22nd May, to our Hindi Radio Show, From our Archives, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST.
Tanwi Mookherjee Prigge serves as the 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 18 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 working with the Indian community and the community at large.
Ramla Hasanali was born in India but raised in a small country in the Middle East, “Oman”. Her roots are in Gujarat and Bombay. She moved to the US in 1999 to pursue a degree in Computer Science and has called Minnesota home for the last 12 years. An active member of the Dawoodi Bohra Community that practices in Plymouth, MN, she helps run Public Relations and Outreach for her group. She has served on the Edina Race and Equity Task Force for years drove systemic change in the City of Edina and helped her build deep connections in the school and government system.
Today, on the show, we talk about an event on Mental Health Awareness being organized by India Association of Minnesota – to learn about the event, do tune-in today, 17th May, on 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 interview on MeraSangeet East at 11:00 AM EST
Shweta Basu Prasad is an Indian actress, writer, and director. She started her acting career with Vishal Bhardwaj’s Makdee (2002) and won the national film award for this movie at age 12. Receiving the award from former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam.
This was followed by Iqbal (2005) The Tashkent Files (2019) Serious Men (Netflix 2020) Ray (Netflix 2021) Criminal Justice (produced by BBC Studios India, 2022) Jubilee (Amazon Prime 2023). Shweta studied mass media and journalism. She made a documentary film on Indian classical music after college which premiered at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and was then on Netflix for 3 years.
Shweta worked as a script consultant with Phantom Films under the mentorship of Vikramaditya Motwane and assisted Anurag Kashyap. Shweta is also a classical musician, she plays the Indian classical instrument sitar.
On the show today, we talk about her film, Retake, starring: Anupam Kher, Zarina Wahab, Danish Husain, being screened at the New York Indian Film Festival 2023. This episode is in partnership with NYIFF. So incase you missed it earlier, tune – in for sure, today, on 12th May, on our Show, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST.
Harshad Nalawade is an Indian filmmaker from Belgaum, Karnataka. His debut feature film, Follower, is based on his own experiences of living as part of a linguistically marginalized community in the town. The film had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, in 2023. Follower was partially crowdfunded and was selected for the NFDC Work-in-Progress Lab, 2021.
A graduate of Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Harshad started his career in films by writing and directing short films while working as an Assistant Director.
Harshad’s first short film, A Return Gift was nominated for Best Short at the New York Indian Film Festival, in 2016.
On the show today, we talk about Harshad’s debut feature film, Follower, being screened at the New York Indian Film Festival 2023. So incase you missed it earlier, tune – in for sure, today, on 12th May, on our Show, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST
Geetika Narang Abbasi is an independent filmmaker based in Gurgaon, India. She has edited and directed several documentaries and created media content across a range of subjects. She has collaborated with organizations like the Centre for Science and Environment, Landesa, Gates’ Ventures, Microsoft, and Public Service Broadcasting Trust, among others. She currently works under the banner of Also Ran Films.
Yasir Abbasi is a postgraduate in Mass Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and has been working as an independent cinematographer since 2002. His work, which spans different forms, has been shown and awarded at film festivals worldwide. He’s also the author of the bestselling book Yeh Un Dinoñ Ki Baat Hai: Urdu Memoirs of Cinema Legends.
On the show today, we talk about their documentary, URF, being screened at the New York Indian Film Festival 2023. In case you missed it earlier, tune – in for sure, today, on 9th May, on our Show, on MeraSangeet Gold at 2:00 PM EST and on MeraSangeet USA at 5:00 PM – EST
Alisha Chinai is a very popular Indian pop singer known for her Indi-pop albums as well as playback singing in Hindi cinema.
This conversation, recorded many years back, revolves around her journey – going back to the years when she started singing, to the many albums she recorded, to doing play back singing for many Bollywood films. Alisha also talks about her childhood days – and yes, a beautiful message for you. And not to miss are the many songs that she rendered that we would be airing, today, on the show, From our Archives.
Do listen – in to it, for sure, today, 8th May, 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