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Navaratri 2013 – Day 1: Rama Ravi (Vocal) live in concert…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 5, 2013

Streamed live on Oct 5, 2013

Navaratri at the Isha Yoga Center will include various classical dance and music performances every night from 5.30 pm — 7:00 pm. The concerts will be webcast live at

Today’s concert features Carnatic vocalist Rama Ravi, a concert musician for over three decades. Ms. Ravi has featured in Sangeet Sammelan recitals, and national programs on Doordarshan and All India Radio. Her performances have also won international acclaim, for instance, at the Paris Autumn Festival, broadcast nationally in France, where her classicism was applauded by the perceptive audience.
(Source: 10/05/2013 – IshaFoundation | YT Channel)


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WORLD’S LARGEST BHANGRA DANCE / Launch on 6th Oct of the India Music Week (N.Y.)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 5, 2013




Join DJ Rekha as she sets the Guinness World Record for The Largest Bhangra Dance Sunday afternoon, Oct 6, at 5pm! It all takes place at the South Street Seaport – walk to the end of John or Fulton Streets, the stage is next to the big black sailing ship, ‘Peking.’ The hot dance set starts at 5 with music, dancing and a practice session in preparation for setting the record. Bring a crew and join 10,000 others for this fun and family friendly event. Don’t forget to post, chat, tweet, blog, ms, crowd, face all your friends…

The World’s Largest Bhangra Dance is part of India Music Week, Oct 6-13, organized by The ARChive of Contemporary Music. ( – a full week of concerts, radio shows and academic events occurring around the world to celebrate the importance and beauty of Indian music.



DJ RekhaDJ Rekha is a producer, curator and educator based in New York City. She is the founder of “Basement Bhangra™, Bollywood Disco and co-founder of Mutiny Club nights. She was named “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times. Rekha was the sound designer for the TONY award-winning Broadway Show, “Bridge and Tunnel” and the associate producer for the NPR Radio Documentary, “A Feet in Two Worlds.” Her debut album, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra was released in 2007. In 2009, DJ Rekha was inducted into the New York City’s Peoples’ Hall of Fame. Her record label Beat Bazaar Music issued its debut single release, Pyar Baile worldwide in Nov. 2011. She hasplayed for President Obama and has shared the stage with M.I.A., John Legend, Francios K, Sasha, Outkast, and many more. She has curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park Summerstage and has performed internationally. You can see her perform live the first Thursdays at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and hear her weekly podcast Bhangra and Beyond You can see some DJ Rekha videos here

 It takes a great many great people to swing an event like this – Dave Sharma’s foundation as a master percussionist is only one feather in his expansive musical cap. Having performed globally with a wide array of artists, including Escort, Moby, Cheap Trick, Kailash Kher have made him one of NYC’s most in-demand performers and producers. DJ Rekha and Dave Sharma are frequent collaborators and musical comrades. They recently joined forces to create a genre-defyingdance floor banger with a remix of “Exotic,” Bollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra’s single,featuring Pitbull.

Achinta S. McDaniel is a pioneer of contemporary Indian dance in the United States, working as a leading choreographer on both screen and stage for more than a decade. Her work appears in feature films, commercials, music videos, and live theatrical dance productions from Los Angeles to Mumbai. She has worked with Bollywood stars and choreographed for popular TV shows, like “The Amazing Race.” In 1999, McDaniel founded Blue13 Dance Company, the country’s first contemporary Bollywood dance ensemble, developing her signature Bollywood-Tech™ style. Blue13 has performed to sold-out audiences from Las Vegas to Paris.

The Association of Indians in America (AIA) is the oldest national association of Asian Indians in America. The New York chapter was founded in 1968, and for more than 25 years the group has been organizing an annual Diwali festival. The organization showcases India’s rich cultural traditions and supports charitable work.

Molecule Communications, based in Mumbai and New York City, is a respected resource within the entertainment industry bridging East and West, fostering international dialogue and facilitating collaborations among artists, writers, filmmakers, musicians and industry professionals. Molecule Communications produces special events and conferences such as Ticket to Bollywood to educate aspiring artists, filmmakers and musicians and provide networking opportunities on an international scale. We aim to connect people to global opportunities related to India’s history and connect the global community through Bollywood film, extending from India to the entire Subcontinent (Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan) and Afghanistan, Canada, the United States and South America. Thanks to Ajay Shrivastav for all his help.


(Source: 10/2013 – India Music Week (IMW))

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Navaratri & Nava Durga (5-13 Oct 2013): The Nine Forms of The Mother Goddess

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on October 5, 2013

Navaratri: The 9 Divine Nights

Hindus mark the advent of winter with Navaratri (5th – 13th October 2013) which includes nights/days of fast and prayer to Durga, the Mother Goddess… [more]

10 Days with the Mother Goddess!

The festive season for Hindus begins with the fast of “Navaratri”, and ends with the festivities of “Dusshera” and “Vijayadashami.” Read about the different ways it is celebrated… [more]

Nava Durga: The Nine Appellations – The 9 Forms of The Mother Goddess

Nava – that also means ‘new’ – denotes ‘nine’ the number to which sages attach special significance. Hence, we have Nava-ratri (9 nights), Nava-patrika (9 leaves / herbs / plants), Nava-graha (9 planets), and Nava-Durga (9 appelletions).

Here’re the 9 manifestations of Goddess Durga. Each goddess has a different form and a special significance. Nava Durga, if worshipped with religious fervor, it is believed, lift the divine spirit in us and fill us with renewed happiness.

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(Source: 09/30/2008 – Subhamoy Das | since 1999 Hinduism Guide @ (Blog & Forum))

Goddess Gallery: Durga – Contemporary Paintings of Goddess Durga

A selection of contemporary the Mother Goddess Durga paintings by courtesy of Exotic India Art Gallery, New Delhi.

For bigger images please visit the website.


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