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"Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems" - Epictetus

"Okay, so, flying," I started, taking a deep breath and focusing on the thing I loved most in the world. "Flying is … great. It feels great when you're doing it. It's fun. Pure freedom. There's nothing better." Dylan smiled, a slow, easy smile that seemed to light up his whole face. "So the first thing we're going to do," I told him, "is push you off the roof." - James Patterson, Fang

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Colors of the real world

It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you watch them on a screen." - Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

"From the beginning, Fassbinder's films showed that with the help of art it is possible to defend oneself against the destructive forces of the present, and that in the artistic process there is some kind of labour of resistance and a possibility of survival. It gradually also became a fundamental theme of his films." - Christian Braad Thomsen, Fassbinder: The Life And Work Of A Provocative Genius

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Her first really great role...

Her first really great role, the one that cemented the "Jean Arthur character," was as the wisecracking big-city reporter who eventually melts for country rube Gary Cooper in Frank Capra's Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936). It was the first of three terrific films for Capra: Jean played the down-to-earth daughter of an annoyingly wacky family in Capra's rendition of Kaufman and Hart's You Can't Take It With You (1938), and she was another hard-boiled city gal won over by a starry-eyed yokel in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). "Jean Arthur is my favorite actress," said Capra, who had successfully worked with Stanwyck, Colbert and Hepburn. ". . . push that neurotic girl . . . in front of the camera . . . and that whining mop would magically blossom into a warm, lovely, poised and confident actress." Capra obviously recognized that Jean was often frustrated in her career choice." ? Eve Golden, Bride of Golden Images"- Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

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Fassbinder's films

"From the beginning, Fassbinder's films showed that with the help of art it is possible to defend oneself against the destructive forces of the present, and that in the artistic process there is some kind of labour of resistance and a possibility of survival. It gradually also became a fundamental theme of his films." - Christian Braad Thomsen, Fassbinder: The Life And Work Of A Provocative Genius

"No law against waiting,"

"No law against waiting," I said, "people do it all the time." For once, I didn't say too much, I didn't say too little, I said just what I said and then walked." - Fanny Brice

 

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"Truth, meanwhile, was a weapon...

"Truth, meanwhile, was a weapon that even a damaged fist could still grasp and wield. It was a remarkably versatile commodity; it could be traded, or help serve an end, or produce a profit." ? Mark Allen Smith, The Inquisitor

Natural resources

"If we could treat every natural resource as a gift rather than a commodity, we would be on the path to sustainability. The difference is that a gift does not belong to us but to the universe. It comes into our lives from a source that is unknown and ultimately unknowable; eventually , it returns to its source." ? Victor Shamas, The Way of Play: Reclaiming Divine Fun & Celebration

Storytelling at a discount

"In our modern world, this elemental quality of storytelling is denied. We live today in a world in which everything has its place and function and nothing is left out of place. Storytelling is thus at a discount and like everything else in a world ruled by the laws of exchange value, literature is required to submit itself to the requirements of the market and must learn, like any other commodity, to adapt and serve needs that lie outside of itself and its concrete value. It is forced to stand not for itself but for an ideological cause of one sort or another, whether it be political, social or literary. It cannot exist for itself: like everything else it has to be justified. And for this very reason the power of storytelling is automatically devalued. Literature is reduced to the status of complimentary utilitarian functions: as a pastime to provide distraction and entertainment, or as a heightened activity that would claim to explore 'great truths' about the human condition." ? Michael Richardson, Dedalus Book of Surrealism 2: The Myth of the World

 

Mahabharata
"Death comes, and makes a man his prey, A man whose powers are yet unspent; Like one on gathering flowers intent, Whose thoughts are turned another way. Begin betimes to practise good, Lest fate surprise thee unawares Amid thy round of schemes and cares; To-morrow?s task to-day conclude.* – Mahabharata
"Good words, good deeds, and beautiful expressions A wise man ever culls from every quarter, E?en as a gleaner gathers ears of corn. – Mahabharata
"It's not for gain, for fame, from fear That righteous men injustice shun, And virtuous men hold virtue dear: An inward voice they seem to hear, Which tells them duty must be done. – MahabharataVigilance of the wisest kind is to incessantly remain open to the reality that what I 'see' is but a single thread and solitary shard of what 'is', for to assume otherwise is to surrender the wisdom of vigilance to the decay of ignorance." - Craig D. Lounsbrough, An Intimate Collision: Encounters with Life and Jesus
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"A wound inflicted by arrows heals, a wood cut down by an axe grows, but harsh words are hateful?a wound inflicted by them does not heal. Arrows of different sorts can be extracted from the body, but a word-dart cannot be drawn out, for it is seated in the heart. - Mahabharata
"Do naught to others which, if done to thee, would cause thee pain: this is the sum of duty.* – Mahabharata
"Such deeds as thou with fear and grief Wouldst, on a sick-bed laid, recall, In youth and health eschew them all, Remembering life is frail and brief. – Mahabharata
Discontent is the root of fortune. -- Duryodhana (The Book of the Assembly Hall)
" do not blame you, Maharaja, for hitting an innocent man. For, cruelty comes quick to the powerful. - Yudhisthira to Virata (The Book of Virata)
 

Dil peer hai Mitali's melodious
offering with Bhumitaal music!

"When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest." ? Henry David Thoreau
 


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NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 08 :
Music carries the weight of being human, takes it away so you don't have to think at all, you just have to listen. Music tells every story there is."
― Estelle Laure, This Raging Light


"The earth has music for those who listen..."
"Mother Earth has given us so much, and as artistes, we have felt the need to give back what we got. Hence, we looked at setting up a record label that would help us pay an ode to Mother Earth in our own, melodious way. What else could be more apt than a way to celebrate the creative spirit of art with earth music," echo the legendary musical duo Bhupinder Singh and Mitali Singh as they bring to the music world, Bhumitaal Music, their latest melodious platform.

Aptly christened by veteran lyricist Gulzar, the word Bhumitaal embraces the totality of the thought of the duo, and their long-going aspirations to celebrate the art and cultures of the whole Earth.

"As artists of course we believe in music beyond boundaries. Bhumitaal Music strives to bring world music to the Indian audiences with international collaborations, fascinating fusion and also lending global talent into the Indian music scenario and film industry alike," feels Mitali Singh.

The maiden album from Bhumitaal Music is Dil Peer Hai, that boasts of compositions by Bhupinder Singh, lyrics by Gulzar with the voices of stalwarts Mitali Singh, Sonu Nigam and Rashid Khan with young talents Vaishakhi Desai Dave and Shivangi Desai. "With Dil Peer Hai, we unravel the first talents Vaishakhi Desai Dave and Shivangi Desai, whom Bhumitaal Music is introducing to the world of professional music. Simple and soulful, the duo holds immense promise.

"My compositions are not easy to render, but these talented children did total justice to the songs," avers Bhupinder Singh. "In Dil Peer Hai, Amandeep Singh has rendered his voice and played the solo guitar parts as well." The album also has Gulzar narrating the lyrics of Kya Dhoondta Hai, again an amazing experience in itself.
Says Shivangi Desai, "I felt very touched when we were chosen as the first duo to be rendering our voices to Bhumitaal Music. I have tried my best to do justice to the songs. It was a great learning experience for me."

Adds Vaishakhi Desai Dave, "I live abroad and have met Bhupinder-Mitaliji as a child. When they heard my songs and wanted us to sing Bhupinder ji's compositions, I was in shock. It was like an unexpected jolt of happiness. I have worked hard on the songs, each of which is unique in its own way."

Feels Gulzar, "Bhupinder is an amazing composer. He has composed my lyrics from the eighties and he is the only composer who has dared to compose my blank verses. He breathes life into my verses. Most of my non-filmi lyrics are composed by Bhupinder and sung by Bhupinder and Mitali."



Consorting with the two on their seamless creations through Bhumitaal Music, will be new talents, representative, emerging voices of Mother Earth. Bhumitaal Music aims to hone their artistic excellence by bringing young talents together. Bhumitaal Music is also looking at a musical extravaganza that bridges the gap between genres, stalwarts and novices, the classical and the cutting-edge, the performers and the audiences alike.

Let us listen to Dil Peer Hai... Be one with Bhumitaal!


Repeated sin destroys the understanding And he whose reason is impaired repeats His sins. The constant practising of virtue Strengthens the mental faculties, and he Whose judgment stronger grows acts always right. – Mahabharata

B R Shetty to invest Rs1000 crore (US$ 150 mln)
to produce motion picture "The Mabharata"

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"Brahma said: Well, I shall now tell you somehing more. With even a thousand (explanations), one that has a bad understanding succeeds not in acquiring knowledge. One, however, that is endured with intelligence succeeds in attaining happiness, through only a fourth share (of explanations). - Krishna to Arjuna

Arjun: "na yotsya iti govindam, na yotsya iti govindam…Hey Govind, the very thought of war itself gives me grief and I feel dejected, therefore, I will not fight."

Krishna: "ashochann vashochatsvam pragyaaddanshch bhaashase, gataasoon gtaasoonshch naanushochanti panditaah… Hey Arjun, you grieve for those who should not be grieved for and yet seemingly speak like a wise man; but the wise men do not grieve for the living or the dead."

Arjun: "nimittaani ch pashyaami vipritaani Keshav…Hey Keshav! Wherever I look, I see nothing but evil and unpleasant omens in the upcoming battle."

Krishna: "yah sarvatraanbhistrehast-tattpraapya shubhashubham…a karma-yogi does not care for omens. He is unattached to everything because he neither rejoices when meeting pleasant circumstances nor does he ever feel dejected if he encounters any unpleasant events." And furthermore: "shubhaashubh parityaagi bhaktimaanyah sa me priyah…my devotee always renounces good and evil premonitions and circumstances, and he, while fixing his mind on me, by my grace, overcomes all difficulties."

Arjun: "In this battle, I do not foresee any good resulting from the slaughter of my friends and relatives."

Krishna: "sarva-dharmamapi chaavekshya na vikampitum-arhasi…there is nothing more welcome to a warrior than a righteous war, Arjun. One's own duty though devoid of merit is preferable to the duty of another well performed, because even death in the performance of one's duty brings happiness."

Arjun: "na kaankshe vijayam krishna na ch raajayam sukhaani ch…But I do not covet victory, kingdom or even luxuries. And of what use will this kingdom, luxuries or even life be to us, hey Keshav, if we kill all the friends of our childhood days."

Krishna: "A Karma-yogi should fight while treating victory and defeat alike, gain and loss alike, pain and pleasure alike and fighting thus, he does not incur sin."

Arjun: "ye shaamarthe kaankshitam no raajayam bhogaah sukhaani ch…those for whose sake we seek kingdom and pleasure- teachers, uncles, sons, nephews, grand uncles and other relatives, they all stand here today on the battlefield staking their lives, property and wealth."

Krishna: "niraashi nirmamo bhootva yudhyasva vigatjvarah…Dedicating all actions to Me and with your mind fixed on Me, freed from the feelings of hope and sadness and cured of mental fever, Hey Arjun, you must fight. Because he who has given up all desires and has become free from the feelings of "I" and "Mine" eventually attains peace."

Arjun: "nihatya dhaartraashtraanah kaa preetih syaaj janaardan…Hey Govind, I have yet to understand, what delight can we derive by slaying the relatives of Dhritraashtra."

Krishna: "raagdvesh_viyukttaistu vishayaanindriyaishchran…Delight is not derived either by fighting or by not fighting. On the contrary, it is derived by being free from likes and dislikes and that too, only after controlling one's senses."

Arjun: "Will I not incur sin by slaying my friends, relatives and my teachers?"

Krishna: "Hey Arjun, if you refuse to fight this righteous war and shy away from your innate duty, you will lose your reputation as a warrior and thus you will definitely incur sin."

Arjun: "How can we be happy by slaying our own friends, relatives or even the noble elders. Because even after killing them, we will only enjoy the blood stained pleasures in the form of wealth and sense-enjoyments."

Krishna: "Happy are the warriors who obtain such an unsolicited opportunity for war which opens the door to heaven. Stand up and perform your duty and, therefore, fight with peace in thy soul."

Arjun: "In this war, don't you think that we should restrain ourselves and withdraw from the sin of the destruction of the family?"

Krishna: "kalaibyam maasm gamah paarth naittalavaya_padyate…don't yield to this unmanliness and shake off this faint heartedness also, Arjun. Stand up and perform your duty and, therefore, fight."

NEW DELHI, APRIL 18 :
"Let none with scorn a suppliant meet, Or from the door untended spurn A dog; an outcast kindly treat; And so thou shalt be blest in turn."
- Mahabharata

So setting a rare record in the Indian film industry, Dr B.R. Shetty, UAE- based billionaire businessman and philanthropist, is investing Rs. 1000 crore (US$ 150 million) to produce India's biggest ever motion picture, 'Mahabharata'. This magnum opus is being directed by noted ad man and advertising film maker V.A Shrikumar Menon.

The Mahabharata will be produced in two parts and is scheduled to go on floor by September 2018 and will be released in early 2020. The second part of the film will be released within 90 days of the first part. The film will be shot primarily in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil & Telugu and will be dubbed into major Indian languages and leading foreign languages.

The film will be a coming together of the crème de la crème of Indian and global cinema, in terms of its cast and crew. The technical crew would include some of the great names in the world cinema including some academy winners. The cast will have the best of talents from Indian cinema as well as some big names from Hollywood.

The film will have an identity across continents, with their representatives donning the myriad characters in Mahabharata! A global team led by an Internationally renowned casting director will handpick the cast.

Serial entrepreneur and billionaire Dr. B.R. Shetty has been a keen supporter of Indian arts and culture for over many decades. With his decision to back Mahabharata, Dr. Shetty will join the league of visionary producers like Lord Richard Attenbourgh who backed the biopic "Gandhi" which was based on the life of India's most famous freedom fighter, and Father of our nation, which appealed to a global audience.


It remains almost impossible to narrate the Mahabharata in the big screen except by way of adaptation of M T Vasudevan Nair's Jnanpeeth Award winning novel Randamoozham (The Second Turn). This novel narrates Mahabharata through the eyes of Bhima, the second of the Pandavas. The screenplay is written by the writer himself who holds a record of maximum national award for screen writing in the history of Indian cinema

The ancient Sanskrit epic of the Mahabharata has been a topic of creative adaptation in different formats for many decades. There have also been efforts to render it, but the success of these have been limited to the stage or serialization for the television audiences. Hence, this project will be the first of its kind to take the epic which has engaged generations of audiences on the silver screen at such a grand level. The Indian core team led by Dr. B.R. Shetty augurs well to ensure that the sanctity and the iconic status of the epic is upheld.

Dr B.R.Shetty, Founder and Chairman of UAE Exchange and NMC Healthcare said, "Mahabharata is an epic of all epics. This movie will be a true 'Make in India' made for the world. Mahabharata mesmerizes as well as brings focus on life and living". " I believe that this film will not only set global benchmarks, but also reposition India and its prowess in mythological storytelling. I am confident that this film will be adapted in over 100 languages and reach over 3 billion people across the world." Importantly, am awestruck by the fantastic screenplay by Sri. MT and I have tremendous faith in the ability of V.A. Shrikumar to paint this narrative on celluloid. His passion and energy are boundless" Dr Shetty added.

Commenting on the initiative, Padma Bhushan M.T. Vasudevan Nair, recipient of almost every literary award in the India including the Jnanpith Award and many abroad said "I'm extremely happy with Dr. B. R. Shetty's belief in the potential of the story and his passion and commitment to take it to global audiences. I sincerely congratulate him for his vision in backing a project of this scale."

Mr. V A Shrikumar, Director, who has been living the script and researching for this project for the past few years, said, "I would like to sincerely thank Dr. B R Shetty for having immense faith in this project and help bring it to life with his financial commitment & his innate pride on Indian heritage. We are fully geared to attain the next level of production quality and visual magic, as well as narrative wizardry with this initiative."

Guftagu with Gulzar at the Partition Museum
& Kharashein launches ALFA 2017

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Labour force

I am an excitable person who only understands life lyrically, musically, in whom feelings are much stronger as reason. I am so thirsty for the marvelous that only the marvelous has power over me. Anything I can not transform into something marvelous, I let go. Reality doesn't impress me. I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy, and when ordinary life shackles me, I escape, one way or another. No more walls." - Anaïs Nin

"Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be...and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart...no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them." - Robert A. Heinlein

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 31 :
"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."- Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

 

And so the Partition Museum (an initiative of the The Arts And CulturalHeritage Trust ) launched the Arts and Literature Festival of Amritsar (ALFA 2017) with events showcasing the selected works and memories of the eminent poet and screenplay writer Gulzar. The events include 'Guftagu with Gulzar at the Partition Museum'.

 

In a conversation with poet Sukrita Paul Kumar, Gulzar will map his memories of Partition. Later in the evening, the critically acclaimed play 'Kharaashein' based on the writings of Gulzar on Partition will be performed at the Guru Nanak Dev University auditorium, Amritsar.

 

The play directed by Mumbai based Salim Arif of Essay Communications is a collage of Gulzar's literary creations. It has received rave reviews and opened to packed theatres. The cast comprises of prominent television, film and theatre personalities from Mumbai includingAtul Kulkarni (Rang De Basanti) and Yashpal Sharma (Company and Lagaan) .

 

"The Arts and Cultural Heritage Trust, a charitable NGO, is honoured to invite such a sensitive and iconic poet as Gulzar sahib —and the play based on his Partition writings—- to Amritsar. The mandate of The Arts And Cultural Heritage Trust is to not only set up the Partition Museum but to also create interaction and dialogue through cultural events which will run throughout 2017, the 70th year since the Partition of India. We are also very interested in exploring the cultural and social heritage of Amritsar, " said Kishwar Desai,Chair, The Arts And Cultural Heritage Trust ( TAACHT).

 

Vikramjit Singh Sahney, a Trustee of TAACHT and head of the Sun Group, said 'The launch of the Arts And Literary Festival of Amritsar (ALFA) is being done through Gulzar sahib who is a great artiste. We hope to make this one of the best literary festivals in the country — as Amritsar with its rich history and cultural contribution deserves to have a world classfestival , and we do hope everyone will support the Partition Museum and ALFA, which will be annual event.'

 

The details of the events are;

'Guftagu with Gulzar, conducted by Sukrita Paul Kumar '- 12 noon, 5th February 2017 at the Partition Museum, Town Hall , Amritsar

"Kharaashein, play based on the stories of Gulzar"- 5 pm, 5th February 2017 at the GuruNanak Dev University auditorium, Amritsar

'Guftagu with Gulzar' is a public event and passes will be available in advance at the Partition offices at Town Hall, Amritsar and at 39, Khan Market, Delhi. They will also beavailable against online submissions—details of which are available on the Partition Museumwebsite and Facebook page.

Kharashein is strictly by invitation only. Some invitations will be available at the Partition Museum offices in Delhi and Amritsar .

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." ? Richard Lingard, A Letter of Advice to a Young Gentleman Leaving the University Concerning His Behaviour and Conversation in the World

"The Play's the Thing, wherein I'll catch the conscience of the King." ? William Shakespeare, Hamlet
 

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THE MOTH AND THE BUTTERFLY:

When the sun rises over the horizon, the butterfly emerges to dance in its brilliant light. It flickers its colorful wings with euphoria, To celebrate all the beauty found in the majestic garden of life. When the moon arrives in the darkness, The moth appears at the disappearance of sunlight. It flickers its pale wings as it shakes from its deep slumber, To go search for food To carry it through the night. The moth prefers the moon and detests the sun, while the butterfly loves the sun and hides from the moon. Every living creature responds to light, But depending on the amount of light you have inside, Determines which lamp in the sky Your heart will swoon. Poetry by Suzy Kassem"

 

The most colorful and brilliant classical dance forms of India with their roots in the ling and rich cultural traditions across the country, offer a feast for the eyes during a weeklong extravaganza here. DD Bharati channel will bring all the action live from the state of Madhya Pradesh for its audiences. Subsequently, the event's repeat telecast will be done the next day.

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"Peace is the only battle worth waging." - Albert Camus

World Culture Festival to bring 3.5 mln
people from around the world
 

Thesynergyonline Culture Bureau

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 11 :
"Every thought, every word, and every action that adds to the positive and the wholesome is a contribution to peace. Each and every one of us is capable of making such a contribution." - Aung San Suu Kyi

The World Culture Festival , 3-day mega cultural event (March 11-13, 2016) organized by The Art of Living will celebrate Art of Living's 35 years of service to humanity, spirituality and human values , global cultures, music and the arts to share a common platform on world's largest stage set up over an area of 7 acres to over 370 million people across 155 countries.

The festival emphasizes co-existence and celebrates diversity by bringing together the power of 3.5million people on a common platform.

To be held from March11-13 in New Delhi, the venue for the festival will cover an area of 1000acres and will witness the world's largest stage set-up spread over an area of 7 acres. Over 25,000 artists are expected to perform at the festival which includes 8,000 musicians playing 40 instruments in a musical symphony, 650 drummers from South Africa and several tribal artists from Indian statessuch asChhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Sikkim and others.


Peace meditation:

-World's largest Peace meditation- This will be the first time in the world that 3.5 million people will meditate for world peace on all three days at one physical location. Millions will also participate virtually -Over 33,000 people will perform at the festival in 3 days -In the Grand Musical Symphony 40 instruments will be played together -The Global Leadership Forum, co-hosted by the World Forum of Ethics in Business and The Art ofLiving Foundation in New Delhi on the-12th and 13th March 2016 will bring together senior leaders from business, government, politics, science, NGOs, faith-based organizations, sports, academia and media to reflect on the paradigms of leadership needed to manoeuvre the world of today World's largest stage-WCF will witness the world's largest stage set up over an area of 7 acres. This will be an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the 'Largest temporary stage' in the world -Size of the venue- The total area of the venue would cover 1000 acres -Over 1000 people are working on stage and venue development. -More than 20,000 international guests are expected. Sizable contingents from South America, Mongolia, Russia, U.S., Europe, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Pakistan among others. -Revival of tribal art forms-WCF will revive some of the tribal art forms from India from states such as Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Sikkim among others -For Bharatnatyam 3 Padma awardees are training the participants -650 drummers will arrive from South Africa -Pt Birju Maharaj is choreographing the Kathak performance for the festival

 

 

 

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, The Art of Living, said, "With the World Culture Festival, we hope to foster deeper understanding between people of different faiths, nationalities and backgrounds. By showcasing rich cultural traditions of dance, music and art from around the world as well as Yoga, this festival will be a unique platform for spiritual and religious gurus, politicians, peacemakers and artists to spread the message of global peace and harmony in diversity".

Chairman of the World Culture Organising Committee and VVKI trust, Commodore Sarvotham Rao, said, "The World Culture Festival will be a one-of-its-kind experience which will have a majestic gathering of 3.5 million people where everyone will unite as one big family. The festival aims to bring to the forefront age old values and traditions that are today fast disappearing. Thousands of years old heritage of yoga and Ayurveda will play a central role in the festival through performances, information booths and join in sessions".

"[...] just remember, the storm doesn't last forever. It can scare you; it can shake you to your core. But it never lasts. The rain subsides, the thunder dies, and the winds calm to a soft whisper. And that moment after the storm clouds pass, when all is silent and still, you find peace. Quiet, gentle peace."
― S.L. Jennings, Fear of Falling

A very special highlight of the festival will be a 'peace meditation' led by humanitarian and spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar which will be held on all three days of the festival, for the millions in attendance.

"Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It is the product of Faith, Strength, Energy, Will, Sympathy, Justice, Imagination, and the triumph of principle. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism." - Dorothy Thompson

“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.”

Finally, “We are all born as empty vessels which can be shaped by moral values.”

 

" I saw my first angel. And it was you." - Tegan Quin

Shah Rukh Khan to beam live on #fame

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SRK live:

 

NEW DELHI, India, JANUARY 25 :
"When you see a man often wearing the robe of office, when you see one whose name is famous in the Forum, do not envy him; those things are bought at the price of life. They will waste all their years, in order that they may have one year reckoned by their name." - Seneca
 

And so India's superstar, Shah Rukh Khan is all set to interact with his fans globally with live beams on #fame, Asia's fastest growing Live Video Social Platform.

Shah Rukh who has been often been called the world's biggest movie star, enjoys a cult fan following across the world. With a global fan base exceeding a billion, SRK, as he is popularly called, will interact and engage with his fans through several live beams on #fame.

Apart from being India's biggest global ambassador, SRK has been a pioneer in adopting and using social media to connect and communicate with his followers. iamsrk, Shah Rukh's official social media handle, is already one of the largest and most influential in the world with over 35 Mn fans across popular social platforms. SRK fans can now look forward to interacting with him through live video beams on #fame - from Q&A's and life lessons to interesting moments from his work and life and causes he believes in.

"Fame is a bee.
It has a song -
It has a sting -
Ah, too, it has a wing."
― Emily Dickinson

Mr Shah Rukh Khan said, "I have been fortunate to receive love and affection from so many lovely people from around the world, over the years. I don't like calling them just my "fans", they are the ones who love and support me and I always look for ways in which I can give back this love. Social media has been one easy way of connecting with a lot of them. #fame now will make video interaction possible with all of them and get me a step closer to them. So, I am delighted to invite everyone - Follow iamsrk on #fame. I look forward to my live beams and interactions on #fame."

Adding to this, Mr. Puneet Johar, CEO - TO THE NEW Ventures (#fame is part of TO THE NEW Ventures) said "As a Live Video Social Platform, we have seen massive user growth with over 3 Mn installs within six months since launch across Asia and we are very excited to welcome Shah Rukh to the platform. We believe that Shah Rukh will inspire millions of talented young people to use #fame as a platform to showcase their talent to the world."

Finally, "It's possible to walk out of your house with "local" footsteps, printing them one by one till they go on to make "global" consequences! Go, make a safe journey!"

"The only place where you can be a dictator and still be loved is on the movie set" - Federico Fellini 

Bollywood revenues might cross
Rs 19,300 crore mark: Study

Thesynergyonline Entertainment Bureau  

NEW DELHI,  JANUARY 04 :
"I am easily moved to tears and rarely survive a visit to the cinema without shedding them, racked, as I am, by the most perfunctory, meretricious or even callously sentimental attempts at poignancy (something about the exterior of the human face, so vast and palpable, with the eyes and the lips: it is all writ too large for me, too immediate for me.)"
― Martin Amis, Experience: A Memoir

So clocking a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 11 per cent, size of Indian film industry is likely to cross Rs 19,300 crore mark by FY 2017 from current estimate of about Rs 15,500 crore owing to growing revenue contribution from overseas markets, improved quality of Bollywood movies, aggressive marketing campaigns, increase in number of multiplex and growing digitisation in the industry, according to a just-concluded ASSOCHAM-Deloitte joint study.

" Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me." - Tim Burton

“Box office collections in India that are currently estimated at over Rs 11,500 crore are likely to cross Rs 14,200 crore mark by 2017 and will account for about 74 per cent of the majority of film industry revenues,” noted the study titled ‘Digitization & Mobility: Next frontier of growth for M&E,’ conducted by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) along with knowledge firm Deloitte.

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― Nick Hornby

While the film industry’s revenues from overseas box office collections are likely to cross Rs 1,300 crore mark from current size of about Rs 1,100 crore, it said.

Rising demand for movies on TV together with growing penetration of smart phones across India will spur growth in cable and satellite rights and online/digital aggregation revenues which is likely to grow at a CAGR of about 15 per cent till 2017.

The ASSOCHAM-Deloitte study also highlighted that home video industry will further shrink at a CAGR of 10 per cent due to increasing piracy and growing popularity of digital platforms. “Home video has lost share to video on demand (VoD) through direct to home (DTH) operators and over the top (OTT) platforms.”

Highlighting the role of a fairly large and active regional movie industry both in local market and abroad, the study said noted that cinema in southern India especially Tamil and Telugu might soon dethrone Bollywood from the top spot which accounts for 43 per cent share in terms of box office collections by language.

“Large national producers plan to spend 20 per cent of their annual budgets on regional cinema.”

Considering that Indian film industry has not yet been able to create universally appealing movies for a global audience, as such entertainment companies in the country need to develop content that would appeal to viewers (excluding Indian diaspora) abroad, suggested the ASSOCHAM-Deloitte study.

 

 


 

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