22, Feb 2024
Indian Revival Group presented, ‘PANCH PRAN’ at Jan Bharat Rang Mahotsav last evening

Jan Bharat Rang Mahotsav 2024, organized by the Ministry of Culture and National School of Drama, is celebrating 25 years of Bharat Rang Mahotsav. Indian Revival Group staged its new production depicting, ‘PANCH PRAN’ on Wednesday, February 21st, 2024 at Jan Bharat Rang Mahotsav for Bougain Villa Apartments Residents Association, Delhi at Gazebo Park, Sector B, Pocket 3, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.

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22, Feb 2024
Celebrating Courage and Legacy: Dr. Monica B. Sood Brings Back Till God Wakes

New Delhi, February 22, 2024
In a poignant tribute to her late father, esteemed author Paramjit Kumar, Dr. Monica B. Sood unveils the timeless masterpiece “Till God Wakes” in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Through the collaboration with White Falcon Publishing, Dr. Sood brings back to life the gripping narrative of the Sino-Indian War in NEFA, captivating readers with tales of bravery and sacrifice.

The event commenced with a solemn minute of silence, honoring the memory of Pramajit Kumar, an Indian luminary known for his contributions as an author, philosopher, and economist. “Till God Wakes” serves as a testament to his legacy, offering readers a glimpse into the tumultuous landscape of war and the indomitable spirit of Indian heroes.

Dr. Monica B. Sood, reflecting on her father’s profound influence, shared, “Paramjit Kumar was more than just my father; he was my unconditional mentor. His legacy of courage and empathy lives on through his remarkable work.” She emphasized his fervent desire for Indian youth to appreciate the valor displayed during the Sino-  Indian War, a sentiment echoed by attendees.

A highlight of the event was the screening of archival footage from 1985, featuring Paramjit Ji’s impassioned advocacy for patriotism and world peace. Angel Dsouza, Paramjit Ji’s elder granddaughter lauded the multifaceted narrative of “Till God Wakes,” inviting readers to embark on an emotional journey through its pages. The author’s meeting culminated in a book signing program, where Dr. Sood engaged with readers, imparting wisdom and inspiration to young attendees. Her empowering words resonated with all present, reinforcing the enduring significance of literature in shaping minds and hearts.

Till God Wakes” stands as a beacon of courage and legacy, inviting readers to immerse themselves in a narrative that transcends time and borders.

22, Feb 2024
Infinity Learn by Sri Chaitanya’s Inspiring Journey Spotlighted in ‘The Indian EdTech Story

India, 22 February 2024: Infinity Learn by Sri Chaitanya – India’s only Hybrid Learning platform delivering outcome-based learning at scale, has been featured prominently in the documentary series, ‘The Indian EdTech Story,’ produced by Edstead. The series, now available and streaming on Disney + Hotstar, highlights how this EdTech has been bridging the gap between dreams and reality, achieved significant outcomes, and brought about a transformation in the educational landscape for millions of learners across India.

Our episode (number 5), titled, ‘Infinity Learn: Beyond the Horizons’, highlights the real obstacles individuals encounter in pursuit of their dreams, showcasing how diligence, dedication, and a thirst for knowledge pave the path to realizing these aspirations. The episode depicts the journey of Ujjwal Singh, Founding CEO of Infinity Learn, by Sri Chaitanya, and Vibhati Jain, Faculty (Physics) at Infinity Learn, by Sri Chaitanya – how they boldly embraced ambitious aspirations, commencing their journey from humble beginnings, confronting numerous obstacles head-on, yet triumphing over each adversity to realize their aspirations. Their mission resonates with the desire to inspire and empower learners nationwide, striving to foster measurable learning outcomes, and ensuring ‘Baccha Seekha Ki nahin?’.

“This episode resonates deep within me. It touches on my own story, the values that grounded me, and the experiences that molded my life and career in education. This industry has become my very breath, fueled by 25 years of dedication. Through this episode, we share a powerful message: whether you’re a learner or an educator, dream big, embrace challenges, and rise above them. Let’s leave a lasting mark on the world we call home. A heartfelt thank you to Edstead and Disney+ Hotstar for capturing our story and message with such beauty,” says Ujjwal Singh, Founding CEO, of Infinity Learn, by Sri Chaitanya.

Commenting on the release, Shekhar Bhattacharjee, Founder of Edstead, expressed, “The entire objective behind producing this series was to illuminate the transformation of education into an affordable and accessible realm for millions. The series not only captures the highs and lows of the EdTech sector but also underscores its ongoing commitment to creating a positive impact.”

22, Feb 2024
Usha International extends its partnership with the Mumbai Indians women’s cricket team

22 February 2024, National: Usha International, India’s leading consumer durables brand, is pleased to announce the continuation of its partnership with the Mumbai Indians women’s team for the second consecutive year, building on the decade-long partnership. Echoing the team’s slogan ‘Aali Re’ (the women have arrived) USHA International is excited to continue its journey with the Mumbai Indians family – a journey that promises to develop and strengthen women’s cricket, both domestically and internationally. The first season of the league was a resounding success for MI, having lifted the inaugural trophy but also to a packed stadium, fans tuning in to watch the games, and players now becoming household names.

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This year, Mumbai Indians will play the first game of the season at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on February 23, 2024. The league will feature 20 matches and 2 playoffs, leading to the final on March 17. The first half, including 11 matches, will be in Bengaluru, and the rest, including 9 league matches and the playoffs, will be in New Delhi at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. The Mumbai Indians women’s team, led by captain Harmanpreet Kaur includes world-class players from India and abroad such as Pooja Vastrakar, Yastika Bhatia, Natalie Sciver-Brunt, Amelia Kerr, Hayley Matthews, Shabim Ismail, find of season 1 Saika Ishaque, among
others.

Komal Mehra, Head of Sports Initiatives at Usha International, commented, “The incredible visibility and enthusiasm generated by the league’s inaugural season have been truly inspiring. Our partnership with the Mumbai Indians aligns with Usha’s ethos to promote health, and active and joyful living through sports. Joining hands with the MI Women’s Team would contribute to the development of sports among women in India by showcasing the aspirational value of being a sportswoman demonstrating our commitment to inclusivity and sports for all.”

Speaking on the partnership, the Mumbai Indians spokesperson said, “Our decade-long collaboration with Usha International reflects the strength of our partnership. As both brands have evolved and grown, this journey stands as a testament to the seamless synergies we share. Here’s to continued success and growth together.”

Usha has been a fervent supporter and promoter of a wide range of inclusive sporting initiatives across the country. This includes its affiliation with the Mumbai Indians; Ultimate Flying Disc; Football; Ladies Amateur and Junior Golf; Cricket for the deaf; and Sports for the visually challenged, including athletics, kabaddi, judo, and powerlifting. The brand is deeply committed to reviving long-forgotten sports and supporting indigenous Indian regional sports such as Kalaripayattu, Mallakhamb, Siat Khnam, Thang-Ta, Turai Kabaddi, Saz-Loung, Mardani Khel, Satoliya, Yoga, and Silambam.

22, Feb 2024
News18 Tamil Nadu presents Thoranam Aaiyiram, a festival of joy, culture and community in Puducherry

22nd February 2024: News18 Tamil Nadu is proud to present ‘Thoranam Aaiyiram – The Grand Carnival’, a flagship event that is set to captivate citizens and visitors in Puducherry. Designed to be a vibrant showcase of culture, entertainment, and community spirit, the event offers visitors a unique experience to come together for three unforgettable days of fun, learning, and shopping. The carnival will take place at Old Port Puducherry from February 23rd to 25th, 2024, starting daily at 3:00 PM, with the grand opening ceremony set for February 23rd at 6:00 PM.

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Thoranam Aaiyiram will feature an array of attractions tailored to suit every taste. The attendees can look forward to exploring an eclectic mix of shopping stalls, tantalizing food offerings, and engaging activities. From pottery workshops to baking demonstrations, the learning zone promises enriching experiences for all ages. It also includes a dedicated kids’ zone, along with live bands, concerts, and mesmerizing dance performances for entertainment seekers. Additionally, attendees can participate in various games and activities and get a chance to win exciting prizes.

Distinguished guests set to grace the inauguration ceremony include Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Puducherry; Shri. N. Rangasamy, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Puducherry; and Shri. K. Lakshminarayanan, Hon’ble Tourism Minister, Govt of Puducherry.

The carnival is presented by Pondicherry Tourism, co-powered by Fybros Switches – Switch to Life, Satyabhama Institute of Science and Technology, Pondy Thanga Maaligai and Reliance, with a special partnership from Ponvandu Matic Liquid. The event is supported by associate sponsors Strong Aana Ply Sharonply, De’Shayra Skinz, and Shri Venkateshwara Group of Institutions.

News18 Tamil Nadu invites everyone to join in the festivities from 23rd to 25th February 2024 and experience the magic of Thoranam Aaiyiram.

22, Feb 2024
Alliance Française Du Bengale & Nandan, West Bengal Film Centre Launches the 1st Edition of French Film Festival Kolkata

Nearly 35 years to the day after the last visit to Kolkata by the then French president, François Mitterrand, who came to award the iconic filmmaker from Bengal Satyajit Ray the highest French decoration, France once again celebrates cinema in Kolkata with great pomp through the inaugural edition of the French Film Festival. A lineup that shares with a cinephile audience the best of French Cinema over 9 days from 16th-24th February at Nandan.

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– Tailored for the Indian Audience: Recognizing the unique tastes of the Indian audience, the festival proudly presents French cinema, known for its diversity in cinematic brilliance. From high-quality animation films targeting young audiences to renowned recent French releases like “Three Musketeers Part II: Milady” and “Jungle Bunch, ” having their national premieres at the festival, there is something for everyone.
– The inaugural ceremony of the 1st Edition of the French Film Festival Kolkata has been adorned with the esteemed presence of actor Anil Kapoor, director Anurag Kashyap, Actor-Musician- and acclaimed actress Rituparna Sengupta, Model-Actress, Richa Sharma.
– ⁠Screenings: 60 screenings featuring 28 full-length films Following the screenings each evening during the Film Festival, there will be panel discussions on various film sections featuring specialists, eminent filmmakers, and actors from the film fraternity of Bengal and beyond.
– Within the framework of this festival there will be 9 hours of short film screening from the 23rd of February evening to the 24th of February morning (9:00 pm-6:00 am) at Park Mansions Courtyard.
– The festival will cover 4 sections- French New Wave, French Contemporary Films, Films for Young Audiences and Indian Filmmakers featured in the Cannes Film Festival.

Nicolas Facino, Director of Alliance française and the Director of the 1st ever French Film Festival in Kolkata noted: As co-creator of this festival together with our Consul General I am thrilled to welcome Bollywood personalities Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap together with Tollywood star Rituparna Sengupta and Director Gautam Ghosh. Cinema unites people, inspires, stirs our souls, and ignites our imagination. In the dim-lit sanctuaries of theaters, we are transported to distant lands, where we walk alongside captivating characters and immerse ourselves in diverse cultures. Despite the vast expanse that separates us, the universal language of talent unites us all, leaving an indelible mark on our hearts and minds. As we eagerly anticipate the inaugural edition of the French Film Festival, spanning eight enchanting days from the 16th of February, we will connect bridges between Bengal and France. In the vibrant city of Kolkata, where literature and cinema intertwine, we celebrate the rich heritage and the newest productions of French and Indian cinema.

Mr Anil Kapoor, Indian Actor-Director-Producer said, “I started my career here in Bengal way back in 1980s. This is one of the best cinema destinations and both France and Bengal have some best filmmakers. “

Actor Rituparna Sengupta said “France is my favourite place and Paris is my favorite destination. We are connected by an emotional bond.”

22, Feb 2024
Premiere of upcoming Bollywood film Kusum Ka Biyaah held at Kolkata

Kolkata, 22nd February 2024: iLEAD Films and Balwant Purohit Media proudly present the premiere of “Kusum Ka Biyaah,” a Hindi film based on a true story on 21 February at PVR Mani Square Mall, Kolkata, marking a significant moment in Indian cinema directed by Suvendu Raj Ghosh.

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Directed by the talented Suvendu Raj Ghosh and written by Vikash Dubey and Sandip Dubey, “Kusum Ka Biyaah” boasts a stellar cast including Lovekansh Garg, Sujana Darjee and Pradip Chopra in leading roles, supported by a talented ensemble featuring Raja Sarkar, Suhani Biswas, Panya Darshan Gupta, Atanu Mahata, Samir Kumar Dutta, Khurshid Alam, Manoj Ojha and Raj Singh Sidhu among others.

Kusum Ka Biyaah” narrates the tale of a middle-class mining worker and an aspiring student who agree to marry for the sake of their parents’ happiness. However, their plans take an unexpected turn when a government announcement disrupts their wedding day, leading to a series of comedic and heartwarming adventures.

This film has earned numerous prestigious awards for its portrayal of social issues and nomadic life. Mr Pradip Chopra, the lead actor and producer, was recently honored with the Best Actor Award by a prominent Bollywood Town Magazine at the film award ceremony in Mumbai. Through meticulous research, the film authentically captures the traditions and lifestyle of the Santali tribe, including their intricate wedding ceremonies.

Moreover, the film’s cultural richness will be accessible to a wider audience through dubbing into Bengali, Rajvanshi, Santali, and Bhojpuri languages, sparking interest in tribal communities and beyond. Its catchy songs, beloved by Zee Music, will further enhance its appeal. Beyond entertainment, this cinematic gem serves as a compelling case study, offering invaluable insights into crisis management and prompting reflection on navigating turbulent times with foresight.

The movie “Kusum Ka Biyaah” depicts a real-life event that unfolded during the COVID-19 lockdown. The story revolves around a wedding procession traveling from Bihar to Jharkhand, which finds itself stranded at the state border due to the sudden enforcement of lockdown measures by the government. The trailer vividly portrays the chaos and challenges faced by the characters as they navigate through the unprecedented situation brought about by the pandemic.

Amidst the nationwide lockdown, imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, countless individuals across cities and villages found themselves in distressing situations, with life seemingly coming to a halt. The film captures the struggles encountered by Kusum’s wedding and highlights the broader impact of the pandemic on society. It serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience and endurance exhibited by people during times of crisis.

The film’s trailer and music have already garnered attention on Zee Music Company, setting high expectations for its release. As audiences eagerly await the much-anticipated first night of the newlywed couple, the film also delves into timely themes surrounding government bureaucracy and state-to-state security. The film is all set to release at the theatres on 1st March 2024.

22, Feb 2024
WION hosts special episode in collaboration with India Fashion Awards on Sustainable Fashion

WION hosts special episode in collaboration with India Fashion Awards on Sustainable Fashion In a compelling episode titled “INDIA FASHION AWARDS: FASHION FOR GOOD,” hosted by MollyGambhir, the spotlight was on the pressing need for sustainable practices in the fashion industry. Joined by esteemed panelists Dr Darlie Koshy, Neeva Jain, and Prof. Somesh Singh, the episode shed light on the critical need for eco-friendly practices in the fashion industry and outlined strategies for fostering a more sustainable future.

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Key Highlights:
The urgency of sustainable practices: Fashion is evolving beyond trends; it reflects values
and ethics. There was also an emphasis on the need for sustainable development in the
fashion industry, stressing the pivotal role of initiatives like “Fashion for Good” in promoting
eco-friendly practices and empowering local artisans.
Stakeholder collaboration: By facilitating dialogue and cooperation, initiatives like ‘Fashion
for Good aims to address challenges and drive positive change towards sustainability.
Educational empowerment: Prof. Somesh Singh also highlighted the crucial role of
educational institutions in shaping the future of fashion. Integrating eco-design principles
into curricula can equip aspiring designers with the knowledge and skills needed to
champion sustainability in the industry.
Consumer awareness: The “seven Rs” framework – reduce, reuse, recycle, research, repair,
rent, and repurpose – serves as a guide for consumers to make eco-conscious choices and
support sustainable brands.
Policy advocacy: The importance of policy interventions to incentivize green practices and
support the transition to sustainable fashion. Aligning policies with sustainability goals can
drive systemic change and create a conducive environment for industry-wide
transformation.
Empowering artisans: Professor Singh emphasized the need to uplift and support local
artisans, preserving traditional craftsmanship while promoting sustainable livelihoods.
Recognizing the value of indigenous knowledge is essential for fostering a thriving ecosystem
of sustainable fashion.
By amplifying the voices of stakeholders, raising awareness among consumers, and advocating for policy reforms, this responsible initiative aims to catalyze a shift towards a more sustainable and ethical fashion industry.

22, Feb 2024
KMF-Kasauli Music Festival 2024 in March, poster unveiled

New Delhi, Feb 22, 2024: A 2-day music festival ‘Kasauli Music Festival 2024’, KMF 24, is all set to enthrall the audience on 29th and 30th March 2024 in Santa Roza – A WelcomHeritage Resort, nestled in the picturesque Pine hills of Kasauli. Organizers have unveiled KMF’s poster.

Organisers of Kasauli Music Festival(KMF) unveil the festival's poster.

The event is being organized by the team of Santa Roza-A WelcomHeritage Property in association with Showcase Events, with support partner City Woofer, a leading online ticketing platform from Chandigarh. Details of the upcoming musical extravaganza were shared by Dr Zoya Singh, Director, Santa Roza; Gunjan Pandey-GM Santa Roza and Nanni Singh-Chief Executive Officer of ShowCase Events, which is also KMF’s curator.

Nanni Singh said, “This year we are marking the first edition of KMF 24 whose theme is ‘Folk and Bollywood’ music. What sets the festival apart from others is the motive to showcase live music spread across different genres in a unique setting – the beautiful Kasauli hills.”

According to Dr Zoya Singh, “What will accentuate the experience to music lovers is the venue – Santa Roza – A WelcomHeritage Resort, which located in the heart of a lush green forest, is itself an ode to the great natural beauty of Himachal. The ambiance will be one-of-a-kind with melodious, musical performances reverberating in the middle of the enchanting ‘pines’ and the pristine environs of our resort in Kasauli.”

What also makes the fest different is the organizers’ vision to provide local musicians with an opportunity to present their talent. “The fest aims to give local singers and musicians of Himachal a fillip. HP 14, The Band- A Hindi rock music band with its roots in Solan and Himalayan Roots, a band from Shimla are a part of the lineup. In addition to this the music fest will also promote the rich culture of Himachal’s folk music,” said Gunjan Pandey.

The fest will be headlined by Kavita Seth, a Sufi composer and music director and Singer known for Bollywood hits like ‘Rangi Saari’, ‘Iktara’, ‘Tum Hi Ho Bandhu’, and many more. Music Composer and instrumentalist Abhijit Pohankar will present ‘Bollywood Gharana’, a fusion of Classical, Folk, and Bollywood. There are performances by Akaash Verma, Kutle Khan, and Jasleen Aulakh planned. What’s more, with Fouzia Dastango & renowned vocalist Vidhi Sharma’s Musical Dastangoi on Meena Kumari – ‘Meena Kumari Ki Dastaan’, the festival is slated to be a big draw. Notably, Dastangoi is an ancient way of ‘telling a tale or story.’

“There will be something for every age group. In addition to soulful music there will be a festival bazaar, fun engaging games, a dance workshop, meditation & treks, an open stage for younger artists to come and perform in the day, and more,” added Dr Zoya.

“Surrounded by breath-taking landscapes and fresh mountain air, attendees can escape the chaos of city life and indulge in soul-stirring music and a sense of connection with nature with their family and friends,”

22, Feb 2024
Malaka Spice Partners with Countertop and Diageo for Charity Fundraiser

In a philanthropic collaboration, Malaka Spice and Countertop, in partnership with Diageo, is set to host a fundraising event for the Live Life Love Life Charity Foundation on Sunday, 25th February. The initiative aims to raise funds for cancer treatment, particularly for financially disadvantaged individuals, with a special focus on women.

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Guests are encouraged to contribute by indulging in specially crafted cocktails by the skilled mixologists Mac and Akshit of Countertop. All proceeds from the sale of these beverages will be directly channeled towards the Live Life Love Life Charity Foundation.

Founded in 2013 by Praful Chandawarkar and Suraj Repe, the Live Life Love Life Charity Foundation not only provides financial aid but also conducts cancer screening camps in rural India for early detection. The foundation is dedicated to offering palliative treatment and support to those affected by cancer.

Not just this, one rupee for every recipe that is ordered from the menu will be donated to the Live Life Love Life Charity Foundation.