Analysis of Punjab Election 2017 Results – Talk with Bhai Ajmer Singh & Bhai Mandhir Singh [Video]

Topic of interest to NRIs from Punjab and elsewhere
Chandigarh: Counting of votes for Punjab State Assembly Elections was held on March 11, 2017 in which Congress party had a surprising victory with a clear majority of 77 seats out of total 117 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party performed much less than expected and it was able to secure 20 seats only. Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) though faced a massive defeat as it was able to retain 15 seats only but it is considered that it performed did not performed so worst as it was being expected.

Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) editor Parmjeet Singh talked to Sikh political analyst Bhai Ajmer Singh and Sikh youth leader Bhai Mandhir Singh to analyse these electoral results and their possible impact of the Punjab and the Sikhs.
Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) got a massive victory in assembly election of Uttar Pradesh, the results of which were announced on March 11, 2017. By bagging 325 seats the Hindutva political wing swept the state assembly which has 403 seats in total. Congress, Samajvadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party are pushed to margins. The BJP contested this election on Hindutva agenda and won with a large majority thus the results of this election hold significance. Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) editor Parmjeet Singh has talked to Sikh political analyst Bhai Ajmer Singh and Sikh youth leader Bhai Mandhir Singh to analyse the results of Uttar Pradesh elections 2017.

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Recording Of The Song “Crazy Balam”

Recording Of The Song  “Crazy Balam”  With Singer Ritu Pathak Featuring Abhijeet Aroon

Renowned singer Ritu Pathak of Gandi Baat, Jalebi Bai, Grand Masti, Kismat & many more gears up to storm the music scenes with his latest song “Crazy Balam” featuring Abhijeet Aroon. The singer was seen recording the song & addressing the media about the single & her future projects.

Amit Raj (Executive Producer), Abhijeet Aroon (Music Director) Ritu Pathak(Singer), Mayank Tiwari (Producer & Lyricists) with Rohit during song recording
The single ” Crazy Balam” opens with a fun opening verse and then launches into club mode with the party beats. When the song speeds up the tempo, it sounds very Punjabi-like which enhances the danceable mood of the song. Although the song has a western touch, it is undoubtedly high on its Hindi & Punjabi feel.
Producer & Lyricists – Mayank Tiwari; Executive Producer- Amit Raj ; Singer- Ritu Pathak & King Paul; Music- Abhijeet Aroon ; Programming & Arranged by- Abhijeet Aroon. 
Music which is given by Abhijeet Aroon was a semi finalist in  ‘Golden  Voice Hunt’ event of Hero Honda  Sa Re Ga Ma Pa (Zee TV). He has  also performed live with Javed Aktar in a lot of shows. has also  been blessed by nightingale of  India, Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar.
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NRI Event: Playback Singer Arijit Singh Live in Concert April 8th Tampa, Florida

Event announcement: Check out the concert by popular Playback Singer Arijit Singh

Event Date Saturday, April 08, 2017
Name Arijit Singh Live in Concert April 08, 2017 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL 8:30PM
Address 401 Channelside Dr, Tampa, FL 33602
Brief Description Arijit Singh Live in Concert April 08, 2017 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL 8:30PM
Category Concert Events
Cost $39.00 – $300.00
About Arijit Singh

Arijit Singh is an Indian playback singer, predominantly singing Hindi and Bengali songs. He is praised for his ability of giving soul to lyrics, and “life to a song”. He is known for being shy and emotional and often stays away from limelight despite huge fame and popularity that he enjoys in India.Some of his most popular Hindi songs are “Tum Hi Ho”, “Sanam Re”, “Muskurane Ki Wajah Tum Ho”, “Hamari Adhuri Kahani”, “Hamdard”, “Man Mast Magan”, “Kabira (Encore)”, “Kabhi Jo Badal Barse”, “Samjhawan”, “Sawan Aaya Hai”, “Suno Na Sangemarmar”, “Khamoshiyan”. – Wikipedia

Event organized by  Roshni Productions LLC

Contact 732-333-8116 or email :

“Growing Up Smith” Expands Theatrical Release to Additional Cities in Second Week

(New York, NY – February 3, 2017)  Due to an overwhelming response to advance ticket sales during opening weekend (February 3rd), the heartfelt family comedy Growing Up Smith, directed by Frank Lotito, and starring Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) and Anjul Nigam (Bad Words and True Detective), has been slated to release in several additional markets on February 10th, including Philadelphia, Hartford, Boston and Detroit.

Here’s what critics are saying about the coming-of-age Little Miss Sunshine meets My Girl family-friendly film:

“The film has accidental topicality now with the debate over immigration swirling, but you don’t need to burden it with politics to be touched by its tale of a child who is pulled by two very different cultural worlds.”
– New York Times Review

Fort Worth Star Telegram calls the film “charmingly amusing and surprisingly timely…like an extended episode of ‘The Wonder Years.'”

Growing Up Smith is a solid watch for kids of a certain age, or really anyone who has ever been a little bit different from those around them.” – Josh Hurtado, ScreenAnarchy

Distributed by Good Deed Entertainment and inspired by a true story set in the year 1979, Growing Up Smith is about a family from India that moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy, Smith, falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a “good old boy” propels him further away from his family’s ideas than ever before.

“In light of the recent immigration concerns in our country, this film highlights a positive immigrant experience in the late 70s and reminds us that love does not see race or creed,” said Scott Donley, CEO & Founder of Good Deed Entertainment.
Actor/Writer/Producer Nigam says that “the movie is a tribute to childhood heroes, first love and growing up in Small Town, America. We’re proud to say that it’s a film with no explosions, no profanity and no violence,” which is the unspoken mantra at Nigam’s production company, Brittany House Pictures.

Starring: Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl”), Anjul Nigam (“Bad Words”), Brighton Sharbino (“The Walking Dead”), Hilarie Burton (“One Tree Hill”), Jake Busey (“From Dusk Till Dawn”),  Tim Guinee (“Iron Man 1 and 2”), Alison Wright (“The Americans”), Poorna Jagannathan (“Delhi Belly”), Samrat Chakrabarti (“Waiting City”) and introducing Roni Akurati as “Smith”

Director: Frank Lotito

Producers: Anjul Nigam, Frank Lotito, Steve Straka

Writers: Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn, Gregory Scott Houghton

Story: In 1979, a family from India moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a “good old boy” propels him further away from his family’s ideals than ever before. A tribute to childhood heroes, first love and growing up in Small Town, America… in simpler times.

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Event announcement: Inner Engineering with Sadhguru in North America

Inner Engineering with Sadhguru in North America

Dear All,

We hope that you have enjoyed the wisdom and clarity from Sadhguru through the
various videos, blogs, and articles that you may have perused. Perhaps you have picked up tips on how to live happier, with less stress, and more joyfully, or you have recalled Sadhguru’s jokes or anecdotes and it brought a smile or sparked a moment of clarity.

All of this is just a glimpse of what is possible with Sadhguru. If you wish to know the
full depth and dimension of what Sadhguru has to offer, one should do the
Inner Engineering program with him.

This Spring Sadhguru will be offering the Inner Engineering Completion program in Tampa and Vancouver for the first time.

Inner  Engineering is a distilled essence of yogic science which is thorough overhaul of body, mind, emotions and energy. The Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya, a simple 21 minute practice that you will learn from Sadhguru during this event is a powerful and purifying energy process. This practice incorporates the breath, giving access to your deepest life energies and making it vibrantly alive.

This is a rare opportunity for one to receive this life nurturing science from an
authentic source. Please don’t miss this opportunity as this program happens only once or twice a year in North America.

Watch video: Sadhguru on Shambhavi

To learnmore about the program visit

Tampa April 29 – 30
Tampa Convention Center

Special Early Bird Offer For Single Registration: $350 valid until April 1st

Special Early Bird Offer for 2 or more Registrations: $250 each valid until March 18th

For any other inquiries please email

Vancouver May 27 – 28
Vancouver Convention Center

Special Early Bird Offer For Single Registration: CAD 465
valid until April 29th

Special Early Bird Offer for 2 or more Registrations: CAD 330
each valid until April 15th

  For any other inquiries please email


Click here to register


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Looking forward to seeing you for this life-transforming weekend.

Warm Regards, Isha Volunteers 

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Our Mailing Address: 951 Isha Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110

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Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab at Philadelphia Museum of Art

On March 12, 2017 The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first major American exhibition of phulkari textiles, exquisite embroideries made in Punjab, a region that comprises north central India and eastern Pakistan. This vibrant tradition, shaped by women and passed down through generations, has become a powerful symbol of Punjabi cultural identity. “Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz” Collection celebrates the promised gift of their collection of these rare embroideries. Exhibited together with other examples from the Museum’s collection, these works span a period from the mid-nineteenth century until the Partition of India in 1947. The exhibition also includes contemporary fashion in which the creative use of phulkari embroideries suggests a powerful revival of this boldly designed and colorful textile art today.

Phulkari: Embroidered Textiles of Punjab

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, said:

“This exhibition, which examines the artistic, cultural, and political significance of phulkari, is long overdue and will certainly delight visitors who may be unfamiliar with this remarkable art form. Once again, our collection has been greatly enriched through Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz’s generosity. This promised gift has also enhanced the reputation of the institution as a premier destination for the study and appreciation of South Asia’s world-renowned textile traditions.”

The major focus of the exhibition will be on pre-Partition textiles handwoven in cotton and embroidered in lustrous Chinese silk. Some phulkaris feature animals and village scenes, while others are ornamented with elaborate geometric patterns in rich pink and gold conveying good fortune and social status. To demonstrate the continuing influence of these traditional textiles, contemporary couture created by one of India’s leading fashion designers, Manish Malhotra, will also be on display. Runway fashions from his 2013 collection celebrate the bright colors and intricate patterns found on traditional phulkaris, demonstrating their broad appeal on the international stage. In addition to high fashion, the show will include videos that examine the political and social upheaval created by the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 and how it disrupted this textile tradition as well as the later revival of phulkari as a symbol of Punjabi pride.

Phulkari embroideries historically served as a significant symbol of a Punjabi woman’s material wealth and were deemed an important part of her wardrobe. They were typically worn as shawls draped over the head on special occasions such as marriages, births, and other rituals.

Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi, co-curator of the exhibition, said: “These works serve as a way to map a family’s or a community’s history. They are canvases upon which a woman could express her desires and worldview through needle and thread. By looking closely, we can study just how deeply these makers valued their cloths and how they invested them with meaning.”

Dr. Darielle Mason, the Museum’s Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, notes: “Phulkari embroideries hold immense historic significance and emotional power for those of Punjabi heritage and members of the Sikh religious community who now live around the world. On a purely aesthetic level, with their almost neon colored silk threads set against deep earth toned rough cotton, phulkaris are among of the most visually stunning textile types ever created.”

Support:  This exhibition is made possible by Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., and The Stella Kramrisch Indian and Himalayan Art Fund.


Dr. Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Dilys E. Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi, Assistant Professor, ‎The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

Location:  Joan Spain Gallery, Perelman Building


The book, Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, edited by Dr. Darielle Mason with essays by Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi and Dr. Mason, accompanies the exhibition. It features color illustrations and vivid descriptions of the nineteen phulkari in the Bonovitz gift to the Museum. The essays examine the meanings of phulkaris, as well as their styles and techniques. They also discuss ideas of beauty, identity, and the politics of embroidery in South Asia. The catalogue is co-published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press. It is available in the Museum store.

About phulkari

Phulkari, which translates to “floral work” or “flower craft,” refers to embroideries using imported silk on a rough-weave naturally-dyed cotton ground. The names given to the many types of phulkari reference their visual qualities: thirma (meaning white) are embroidered on white cloth usually worn by older women; sainchi are any type featuring figural motifs including village and circus scenes as well as what are called darshan dwars (“doorway to the divine”) that depict large gateways or house fronts filled with figures. Most elaborate and labor intensive are bahgs (“gardens”). Taking several months or even years to complete, baghs are characterized by dense embroidery that covers the entire surface of the cloth in exquisite, usually geometric forms.

Before Partition, in which the Punjab was split between India and Pakistan, phulkari embroidery was deeply rooted in Punjabi life. Usually worn by women as large shawls, some were also made as blankets or as wrappers to cover sacred items in the household. They were stitched by women of many religious groups—Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs (who consider the Punjab their holy land). The events of Partition led to the death and displacement of millions of people across what is today Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the northern half of India. This schism left in its wake fractured communities and enormous loss of heritage. Some phulkari were abandoned during the mutual flight across the new borders; many others were destroyed, leaving us only a small fraction of these once abundant historic textiles. Today, however, phulkaris are made and displayed around the world as a symbol of both Punjabi regional pride and Sikh religious pride.

About Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz

This exhibition is one of several in recent years that have featured gifts by Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz. In 2013, Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, exhibited more than 200 works created by American self-taught artists between 1930 and 2010. In 2009, the Bonovitzes gifted their collection of embroidered textiles created by women in Bengal (today Bangladesh and West Bengal, India) which were included in the survey Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The publication garnered the prestigious Alfred H. Barr Award for outstanding museum scholarship.

Many phulkari and kantha works have hung in the Duane-Morris’s Philadelphia offices, in dialogue with other works from the Bonovitzes’ collection of self-taught artists. A selection of phulkari from the Bonovitz Collection is on permanent exhibition at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, in its Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Concourse of Lenfest Hall.

Sheldon Bonovitz is Chairman Emeritus and CEO of Duane Morris LLP and a long-serving Trustee of the Museum. Jill Bonovitz is a distinguished artist who works with clay and wire.

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India’s Most Distinctive Awards for the Global Indians #YouDeserve

After its resounding success in the last three seasons, Times Now and ICICI Bank are back with the fourth installment of the prestigious NRI of the Year awards, 2017 to salute the spirit of the nimble-footed globetrotting Indians.

This prestigious award brings to fore the proud achievements of NRIs, bringing them to the world platform. This award is judged by an eminent jury, each of whose members, are accomplished individuals.

The NRI of the Year award commends exceptional achievements of NRIs, PIOs and OCIs in the following six categories: an entrepreneur, a professional, a start-up founder, a student, an artist, philanthropist across 4 major regions: America (Canada and USA), Middle East (Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE), Asia Pacific (Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore) and United Kingdom and Europe. These exceptional men and women have inspired many to not be deterred by challenges, to soldier on towards new landmarks, and give Indians the relentless zeal to work towards their goals.

From across the world, this year too, many inspirational stories of the Indian Diaspora are pouring in.

If you too have reached a milestone that you want to tell the world about or be recognized for, write in to us. This award will truly help catapult your many successes in front of your peers and those that are truly looking for inspirational stories that have borne the brunt of drawbacks, difficult circumstances and upheavals.

Entries for NRI of the Year, India’s most distinctive global awards, are closing soon.

Register now on

About NRI of the Year :   Times Now ICICI Bank NRI of the Year awards powered by Global Indian International School (GIIS) is India’s most distinctive awards recognizing the outstanding achievements of the Indian Diaspora globally. With their grit and perseverance, Non Resident Indians (NRIs) have achieved tremendous success in various fields in the countries they have chosen to adopt as their homes. Many NRIs are accomplished politicians, scientists, sportsmen, businessmen, professionals and academicians in various countries and Times Now ICICI Bank ‘NRI of the Year’ awards recognize the success of these achievers.

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NRI businessman offers cash prize for Paralympics heroes Deepa Malik, Davendra Jhajharia, t Mariyappan, Varun Singh Bhati

Paralympians, including shotputter Deepa Malik and javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia, will be bestowed with cash awards for their medal-winning performance at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

NRI businessman Mukkattu Sebastian has announced a cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs for Jhajharia and high jumper T Mariyappan, who won gold medals at the Rio Paralympics.

Sebastian, who is based in UAE for four decades, also announced Rs 3 lakhs for Deepa, who won the silver medal and Rs 2 lakhs for high jumper Varun Singh Bhati for winning the bronze medal at the Rio Paralympics.

“The awards will be presented by the Chief Minister of Kerela, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, on January 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm. The ceremony will be hosted at St. Joseph Higher Secondary school, Trivandrum,” Sebastian said in a release.

Jhajharia became India’s second gold medal winner at the Rio Paralympics after he broke his own world record with a throw of 63.7m in the men’s F46 Javelin Throw, while Mariyappan won the gold in the men’s high jump T 42 event, with a leap of 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in).

Deepa won the silver medal in the women’s shotput F53 event with a personal best throw of 4.61m, while Varun Bhati, clinched the bronze medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event with a personal best jump of 1.86 metres.

Read the rest of the article in Mumbai Mirror.

Miss India Nepal Worldwide 2013

ON HER WAY TO SUCCESS! Miss India Nepal Worldwide 2013.. Garima Pandey, the only actress in Bollywood after Manisha Koirala who makes her way into Bollywood.

Hailing from Nepal, she has already made her mark in the beauty industry by carving her name on the trophy of Miss India Nepal Worldwide  2013 & now she is on her way to mark her brilliance in Bollywood.

She is probably the only actress after the very gorgeous Manisha Koirala who is on her way to make it big in Bollywood “There are not many actresses in Bollywood who have successfully made a mark in the industry after Manisha Koirala who has not only done some brilliant work but made Nepal proud. Earlier she was the daughter of Nepal not she is the daughter of the nation”

“She has been my inspiration in every way. From her acting skills to the way she has conducted herself, she has been outstanding. Just like her I would like to do some iconic work and make Nepal proudadds Garima Pandey.

I belong to a simple family back ground where we don’t have any association with Bollywood, but it was my passion for this art which made me pursue acting” says Garima.

Cultivating Pluralism at a Critical Time

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Dear Friends,

We greet you at the end of 2016, an extraordinary and critical year for the Pluralism Project and for America’s public and political commitment to pluralism. At a time when many Americans are uncertain about the strength of our identity as a multireligious and multicultural nation, the Pluralism Project looks with confidence to the vision, the reality and the future of the American experiment. It is a vision based in the Constitutional promise of religious freedom, a blueprint for the very diversity that is ours today. As we move forward, we do so with renewed resolve, and a new mission that will inform our ongoing, and increasingly important efforts: The Pluralism Project: Engaging, Educating, and Strengthening the Next Generation of Religious and Civic Leaders in the United States.

For more than two decades, the Pluralism Project has studied the changing religious landscape of our nation. Our confidence in pluralism –the engagement of our differences in the common project of citizenship—is based on grassroots research among the religious communities of the United States. We have come to know the diverse and dedicated faith communities of our nation through their hospitality, their energy, and their commitment to American values. Our vision is deeply informed by the enduring principles and practices of the world’s religions and, above all, by the emerging infrastructure of interfaith engagement that is strengthening local communities across the country.

We are confident that these gains cannot be reversed by the forms of fear and division that have come to the surface in the turbulence of the election and its aftermath. Engaging our diversity in cities and towns across the country will continue to be the strength of our democracy. Our goal is to support and encourage the next generation of civic and religious leaders as they strengthen the bridges and networks of relationship that will serve a diverse, dynamic, and interdependent society.

In his most recent book, Thomas Friedman has forcefully mentioned Harvard’s Pluralism Project and our insistence that pluralism is not mere diversity, but engagement with that diversity, not relativism, but the encounter of commitments based on dialogue across differences. “Being able to embrace and nurture this kind of true pluralism is a huge asset for a society in the age of accelerations,” he writes. “Indeed, I would go a step further and say that the return on investment on pluralism… will soar and become maybe the single most important competitive advantage for a society –for both economic and political reasons.”

We ask you to invest in the promotion of pluralism. The Pluralism Project engages students, teachers, and citizens in tackling the most important issues of our time. But the project of pluralism must engage all of us –and we invite you to that engagement in the New Year that lies before us.


Dr. Diana L. Eck

Director, The Pluralism Project
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