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Friday, August 5, 2016

Bollywood Cinema and its influence on diaspora of nonresident South Asian Population

(Paper presented at panel discussion on cultural impact of popular Bollywood cinema on South Asian diaspora world wide specifically nonresident South Asians. The discussion was part of the Literary Arts segment of the "Festival of South Asia" in Toronto) 



Invitation for the Flag hoisting at Consulate on 15th August, 2016



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Star Studded Night of Mosaic International South Asian Film Fest Opens in Mississauga, Toronto




Toronto, ON (Friday, August 5, 2016) – Leading South Asian entertainment and lifestyle media company, ANOKHI MEDIA has released its third group of special guest attendance for its 13th Anniversary Awards-Fashion-Entertainment Show taking place on Thursday August 25th, 2016, at Toronto's hottest new entertainment complex, 11 Polson Street, Toronto, overlooking the Toronto skyline and lake. Full roster will be resident here: http://anokhimedia.com/13thanniversaryevent/. Join the buzz @ANOKHI_Media #ANOKHI13



Special Guest Appearance By:



Bollywood Actress/Model

 "Aditi is ANOKHI because I call Aditi Hindi Cinema's 21st Century Nutan [as] she has the same feminine mystique. Her persona has the fragrance of ancient India yet at the same time she is modern in the truest sense. She has proved to me that a postmodern Indian woman does not need to inject silicon in her breasts to find a place under the sun. She needs steel in her soul [and]Aditi has that." - Mahesh Bhatt, Director


After making her acting debut in Sringaram (2007), Aditi Rao Hydari went on to star in Delhi-6 (2009), Yeh Saali Zindagi (2011) and Rockstar (2011), the latter two getting her supporting best actress nominations. She broke new grounds with her singing debut in 2012's London, Paris, New York, and went on to claim stardom in Mahesh Bhatt's Murder 3, Boss (2013) and Khoobsurat (2014).


In 2015, Hydari became the ambassador for Japanese skin care line KOSÉ and recently became the celebrity face for beauty giant Avon Colour Cosmetics in India.


Hydari's success streak has continued, acting alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar in the thriller Wazir (2016) romantic drama Fitoor (2016). Currently, Hydari is working on her upcoming role as a modern day Chandramukhi in Sudhir Mishra's Aur Devdas.

"It's very exciting to be honoured by ANOKHI MEDIA. Apart from the fact that they stand for excellence, I also love the fact that they celebrate uniqueness. Be 'ANOKHI' and you'll shine forever." - Bollywood Actress & Model, Aditi Rao Hydari






Exclusive performance at the event


Tabla Fusionist

"Shobhit is ANOKHI because he wants to inspire the world by spreading positive vibes through his music. He is a unique and rare talent that the world needs to experience." - Kamal Khan, Bollywood playback singer.


Shobhit Banwait's love for the tabla began early on, watching his father play dholak in a band as his main inspiration. He has gained quite a following on social media thanks to his tabla covers of top 40 songs. He began posting 15-second tabla covers on Instagram in 2012 and, since then, he's accompanied dozens of hit songs — from Justin Bieber's "Sorry" (2015) and Adele's "Hello" (2015) to Calvin Harris'
  Photo Credit: Ashish Alang


popular track "How Deep Is Your Love" (receiving two million views and thousands of shares for the latter).


The young artist is making his name known among key music industry power players and although he aspires to create new hits with some of today's big deejays, he's also looking to produce his own material at a more mainstream level.


"I'd like to thank ANOKHI for recognizing me for my work and giving me a chance to join my fellow talented

South Asians from across the globe. It's honestly a blessing and an honor for me being included in 'The ANOKHI List 2016' and being a part of this celebration. Sharing such a platform with various successful South Asians is truly an inspiration for many including myself. That's the beauty of ANOKHI! Looking forward to celebrating South Asian success!" - Tabla Fusionist, Shobhit Banwait


Previously announced attendance by:



Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker


"I'm honoured to be a part of 'The ANOKHI List 2016' coffee table book and look forward to attending the 13th Anniversary Awards Show on August 25th"

Deepa Mehta


Photo Credit: Mongrel Media/TIFF





You Tube Sensation


"It's an honour to be included in 'The ANOKHI List 2016', an organization that provides an excellent platform for South Asian talent and brings awareness to the wide variety of skill and artistry we as a community have to offer. I am grateful that doing something I love, like comedy, could lead to such esteemed recognition. Thank you." - Jus Reign, You Tube Sensation


Photo Credit: Harman Dulay



Arjun Singer-Songwriter


"I am very honoured to be included in "The ANOKHI List 2016" amidst such stellar company.  A big thank you to ANOKHI for celebrating such a rich diversity of professions in the South Asian community across the globe.  Your recognition and support encourages all of us to strive for bigger and better things!" - Singer-Songwriter Arjun


Photo Credit: Julien Trivedi



   Celebrity Chef, Entrepreneur, Former Dragon On Dragon's Den


"I am truly honoured and humbled to be a part of 'The ANOKHI List 2016'. To be included in this beautiful coffee table book alongside so many other incredible people with deep roots in India, makes me recognize yet again, how lucky we are to be living and working in a country where cultures, diversity, language and cuisine are celebrated, rather than suppressed, and to see them integrated instead of resisted where we can bring up our families to succeed and thrive." Vikram Vij




Musician & Composer


"I am so honored and proud to be recognized by ANOKHI for my work, and moreover, to be celebrated within my incredible community of peers. Thank you ANOKHI for including me in the 'The ANOKHI List' for 2016 and I am thrilled to attend the Awards Show on August 25th!"  - Composer/Instrumentalist, Gingger Shankar


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Founder/CEO of The Marketing Zen Group & Best-Selling Author


"It's such an honor to be included in 'The ANOKHI list 2016' coffee table book, and I am truly thrilled to be attending the 13th anniversary Awards show in Toronto on August 25th also. To be among South Asian movers and shakers at an event unlike any other is truly remarkable!" Shama Hyder


Photo Credit: Cory Neill 




Anchor, Global News


"Thank you for the honour ANOKHI.  I am so humbled and proud to be honoured by an organization that celebrates my success, not only for who I am and what I do, but also for my roots. Thank you also ANOKHI, for celebrating the incredible breadth of talent within the South Asian community." Farah Nasser


Photo Credit: Katherine Holland





 "A light of hope in the industry which has given me a chance to showcase my art. I am really grateful for being honored in The ANOKHI List, 2016 amongst 30 global South Asian success stories and look forward to seeing you all at the 13th Anniversary event on August 25th in Toronto!" Amrit Dasu


Photo Credit: Nick Z





Menswear Celebrity Fashion Designer


"I'm beyond honoured to make 'The ANOKHI List 2016'!! Previous versions of the list have featured some phenomenal talents and I'm humbled to be mentioned alongside them. It's serves as validation to the gamble I took when I began this journey and now makes me hungry for more success.  Thanks to ANOKHI, my team, my family, and all those who believe in me; I couldn't have done it without you!" – Hussein Dhalla


Photo Credit: Vimal Singh


***More attendance announcements next week***




A limited number of tickets are available for purchase to this mostly "by invite only" event.


Ticket holders will be able to attend all three portions of the event as follows:


Pre-Show Red Carpet Celebrity Media Reception

6:00pm – 7:30pm


Awards, Fashion & Entertainment Show

8:00pm – 10:30pm


After-Show Soiree

10:30pm – 1:00am


Also, launching at the event is the highlight anticipated keepsake coffee table book entitled, The ANOKHI List 2016, that will showcase the regional, national and international success stories of some of today's most prolific South Asian personalities across 5 pillars: Business, Entertainment, Media, Glamour, Crusader. The book will be available for one night only, as a gift for all ticket holders of ANOKHI MEDIA's 13th Anniversary Event's Awards-Fashion-Entertainment-Show, as well as attending celebrities, VIPs and media.







To see highlights from past events, please click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfsNq09X5Lk


Additional details about the event, (as they are released over the next six weeks leading up to the event) can be found on the official event microsite at: www.anokhimedia.com/13thanniversaryevent.


And to join the buzz @ANOKHI_Media #ANOKHI13.


Website: www.anokhimedia.com

Facebook: ANOKHIMedia

Twitter: @ANOKHI_Media

Instagram: @anokhi_media

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Significance of Raksha Bandhan - INDIA SAJAWAT AND PUJA HUT

Raksha Bandhan, meaning "Knot of Protection" is one of the most important festivals celebrated by Hindus throughout the world. The festival stands for the beautiful relationship shared between brothers and sisters. A lifelong promise of protection is made on this special occasion. It exhibits the beautiful relationship of love, care and affection between brother and sister. It is celebrated in India on "Sharawan Purnima" and it is also sing of all festival starts from it. First, Krishna Ashtmi, Dusserha,, Krwa chauth, and then Dipawali, Goverdhan or Gau Puja and finally Chhath Puja/ Sruya Vandana. Festival ends after Kartik Purnima by taking holy deep in scared river Ganga Maiya. 

It  is a beautiful Hindu festival where sisters dress up beautifully in order to celebrate this special occasion with their brothers. Sisters also pray for a prosperous future and a long life for their brothers. Rakhi holds great emotional and religious significance. The festival keeps the deep rooted culture of the country alive, strengthens the relationship of siblings and ensures togetherness.

History and Significance. 
Raksha Bandhan, also called Rakhi Purnima or just Rakhi, has deep rooted historical significance. The main story behind Raksha Bandhan is during the time of "Devasur Sangram" All gods, goddess  and even Indra were kicked our from heaven by demons in the war. Gods were not so mighty to face the mighty demons.  They had no options to stay anywhere so they went to Lord Shiva for solutions. It was this day "Shrawan Purnima" so Mata Parvati immediately tied up a yarn on the right wrist  of all gods and blessed with extra divine powers for war with demons.  After having tied up Raksha Sutra, gods fought war with demons and it kept on going for thousands of years. And finally, gods won the war and Indra got his throne of heaven. 

Gods then came over to Kailash for darshan of Lord Shiva and Maa Bhagwati. So, since then  "Raksha Sutra or bandhan" on the wrist of her brother is a guarantee for life long protection of brothers and in reply brother also guarantees  for safe and security of sisters at all cost have been celebrated in Bharat.   
It  is a nice  Hindu festival where sisters dress up beautifully  to celebrate this special occasion with their brothers. Sisters also pray for a prosperous future and a long life for their brothers. Rakhi holds great emotional and religious significance. The festival keeps the deep rooted culture of the country alive, strengthens the relationship of siblings and ensures togetherness. No such festival is visible anywhere except India. 

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