Zakir Hussain is the greatest living exponent of the tabla. Starting as a child prodigy playing traditional music, Zakir expanded the scope of his instrument through his experiments with Indian and Western idioms. THE SPEAKING HAND is the most in-depth record of this living legend at his prime. Features archival concert footage and rare interviews … Continue reading Did ya know that Zakir can make his hands speak?
This just in – Asian Indians in seven San Francisco Bay Area counties have a median family income of $88,540 – 24 percent higher than the total population and the highest of any Asian group – but there are severe pockets of poverty in the South Asian community in the region, according to India West. … Continue reading Dirty Filthy Stinking …. Rich!
From September 6 through October 1, the Gene Siskel Film Center at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will show movies from Bollywood. According to the website for the exhibit, Bollywood is rivaled by Tollywood, the commercial cinema of south India. Both are represented in our series. The movies being shown include, Dil … Continue reading Windy City Goes Hindi
Okay I don’t know where to place these websites but if you can a delicious dose of irony, then I can recommend two marvelously funny websites by two un-NRIs who share our sensibilities. Get some funky art at Pardon My Hindi, and get a shot of visual offensiveness at TurbanHead. Continue reading Siteseeing
Neil Biswas, the writer of Second Generation, a television series for Channel 4 in Britain riffs on all things British Asian in this interview with The Guardian. Two years ago I started writing a two-part serial called Second Generation for Channel Four. I set it in east London around the Bengali community where I grew … Continue reading Channel 4’s Second Generation goes live
Britney “Kissed By Madonna” Spears is in talks with Bhangra MixMesiter Rishi Rich to work on a future track. Rich, of course has worked with the likes of Craig David and several other UK artists. No one really knows what they are thinking, but Clickwalla.com is reporting that Tirlok Gurtu has teamed up with Robert … Continue reading Rishi Rich, Britney Spears, Tirlok Gurtu and Robert Miles
‘Falling in Love’ is the sexy upbeat summer hit that’s been rocking the airwaves in Canada. And if you have not heard it in US or elsewhere, you will… soon. And that is when you will get to know Deesha. (Click here to listen to the song) Much like in her video for ‘Falling In … Continue reading Move over Beyonce, Deesha in da house
Talwar Gallery continues its tradition of bringing ground breaking artwork by un-NRI folks from all around the planet to Planet Manhattan. The latest one is an exhibit of photos and artworks by a long forgotten mastero: Nasreen Mohamedi. On exhibit are rare photographic works created by the artist from the early 1960s to the late … Continue reading Fading photos, shining talent
The New York Times Magazine:: Jhumpa Lahiri, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, thinks the new American fad for all things Indian is pretty funny and off base. Let’s start with yoga. She has a new book out. The Namesake is here second shot at literary fame. She did quite well in her debut. The Interpreter of … Continue reading Jumpha is so un-NRI, and we love her
The New York Times has finally discovered Monica Ali’s amazing new book, Brick Lane. Actually they quite like the book. Ali’s first book has spent most of this summer on the British best-seller lists, a popular success fueled by a critical one: earlier this year, Granta named her as one of Britain’s 20 best young … Continue reading Monica (Ali) takes Manhattan