Indian Culture

Nadanam, a Tribute to Gurus


ShareNadanam – nuthana samvathsara subhakankshaluNadanam (meaning beautiful dance) was formed in September 2005. It is a dance company comprising of Bharatha Natyam graduates from various schools throughout the country, who have united in their shared passion for dance to create a company where ideas, creativity and excellence can be explored. The company aims to pursue the study of dance, with Bharatha Natyam as its base in order to research, create and present works of a high professional standard and with innovative ideas. It also serves to give qualified dancers the opportunity to nurture and develop their talent in an open environment and to also further develop Bharatha Natyam and dance, locally, nationally and internationally. A Tribute to our Gurus marks the beginning of our journey and many such offerings from the Nadanam Dance Company. The performance which is set to …

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Not just another Bollywood festival…Vaisakhi Mela

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ShareThe showcase auditions for next week’s highly anticipated Vaisakhi Mela (Punjabi/Sikh) New Year event taking place 3rd April, at the George Lea Sandton Sports Club was exceptionally electric! The Vaisakhi Mela 2011 is an extraordinary event designed to offer emerging artist career advancement opportunities to artists and to raise funds for charitable organizations around Gauteng. Festival Director Naufal Khan, Ganesha Communications goes on to say that “a diverse selection of pure art forms that encompass our South African culture with a burst of Punjabi will amaze patrons all day long. The Vaisakhi Mela 2011 will be showcasing a very unique and selective entertainment component that will set a new benchmark for quality, authentic Indian entertainment of the Punjabi community.” Showcase Auditions: Ushi Goshalia, Creative and Cultural Director for the Vaisakhi Mela was highly impressed with the talent that registered for …

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Rani fights for Jhansi

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ShareIt’s no mean task to essay a historical character like Jhansi Ki Rani especially when the story track revolves around the famous battles she fought. We have seen big Bollywood stars get fit & beef up for a particular role but the sets of Zee TV’s Jhansi Ki Rani looks like the battle ground in preparation for war. And war indeed it is! In their efforts to recreate the battle of Bithur to perfection, the team is pulling out all stops and has laid a very strict training regimen for the cast. The hours devoted to training for the battle scenes have been increased and the actors are up at the crack of dawn to rehearse for the major war that is currently being shot.  Kratika Sengar, the lead actress of the show, is training for nearly 4 hours each …

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Jhansi’s Jewellery Woes

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ShareIf you thought re-creating battles from a bygone era was all about merely assembling men on horses and elephants and getting them to cross swords, check this out! A thousand women with ornate jewelry ranging from earrings and necklaces to payals and bangles, hundreds of men in bejeweled pagdis, kadas and traditional neck-pieces, even animals adorned with olden era baubles and gems – all to be captured in violent, vigorous battling action! Phew!! With the arduous efforts taken by the channel in sourcing authentic jewelry from the pre-Independence era and its closest substitutes, it is every producer’s nightmare to see practically half the jewelry getting smashed to pieces or falling off and getting lost in the very first take. It is under these trying circumstances that the channel is currently shooting for the upcoming wars on Jhansi Ki Rani. With …

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Pavitra Rishta

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ShareMuch has been said about the alleged relationship between television’s most sought after couple – Manav & Archana. While actors Sushant Rajput and Ankita Lokhande who personify love for the great Indian Middle-Class on Zee TV’s Pavitra Rishta have always denied rumours of their supposed link-up and tagged each other as the cliched “good friends”, here is something that speaks of volumes “what lies beneath”! Recently, Sushant is said to have stopped requesting for the food provided by the caterers on set. A little investigation revealed that the handsome actor has a new source for scrumptious, authentic Marathi-style pithla-bhakri, saanza, sheera and dalimbi usal on the sets … none other than Ma Lokhande! Yes, it is “good friend” Ankita’s mother who brings an elaborate tiffin for her daughter’s “colleague” every single day. Why so much mamta, we ask, if she …

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Lack of tolerance, says Tamil Federation

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ShareThe Tamil Federation of Gauteng (TFG) North Region promotes Religion and Culture within its respective communities. As South Africans of Indian Origin we have been marginalized for many years during the country’s colonization and than Apartheid. For years during the Apartheid the various members of our various religious communities worked side by side. We respected each others cultural, religious and value systems. Subsequent to our democracy and the adoption of our new constitution our religious and cultural rights have become enshrined in our constitution. This is an extract from the South African Constitution: 31. Cultural, religious and linguistic communities Persons belonging to a cultural, religious or linguistic community may not be denied the right, with other members of that community to enjoy their culture, practice their religion and use their language; and b. To form, join and maintain cultural, religious …

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P Susheela in concert, South Africa by India Cares

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P. Susheela. The very name would evoke memories of many a number rendered in her rich, reverberating and resonant voice to the fans of South Indian movies, be it Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada or even Sinhalese. With her mellifluous voice she has breathed life into thousands of lyrics, bringing out the right emotion lying under each word and making the song waft straight into the listener's heart.

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Canefields to Freedom

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Canefields to Freedom promises a heart-wrenching tale of the indentured Indian labourers, dancing from the heart, this 14 cast troupe make up this ensemble to present Canefields to Freedom, and infectiously exhilarating dance drama at The Dance Factory, 10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Johannesburg for 3 nights only!

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