Thursday, February 23, 2012


INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES TO CELEBRATE 10th ANNIVERSARY APRIL 10-15, 2012 AT ARCLIGHT HOLLYWOOD (LOS ANGELES, California – February 23, 2012) – The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will host a bevy of special events to mark its 10th anniversary and during the annual film fest to be held April 10-15, 2012, at Arclight Hollywood in Los Angeles, California.
The six-day fest will once again bridge the gap between the two largest entertainment industries in the world, showcase over 40 films from or about Indian culture, host the highly anticipated gala events, bring back the wildly popular “Bollywood by Night” film section, and feature live music and dance performances. IFFLA will also host and honor leading South Asian entertainment industry executives, present its annual seminars day, and offer jury and audience choice awards. WHO: Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) WHAT: 10th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles featuring special events, over 40 films, galas, IFFLA Industry Leadership Awards, seminars day, live music and dance performances, and awards for best feature film, documentary, and short film. WHERE: ArcLight Hollywood 6360 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles , CA 90028
WHEN: April 10-15, 2012 WHY: IFFLA aims to create a greater appreciation of Indian cinema and culture by showcasing films, honoring entertainment industry performers and business executives, and promoting the diverse perspectives of the Indian diaspora. MORE: Contact (310) 988-2602 or WEBSITE: for more details and a complete list of sponsors and archives.


There was a launch of a four-part film series celebrating the 25th anniversary of one of the sneaker world’s most iconic shoes – the Reebok Classics Workout Plus.
As part of the anniversary celebration, the international Sportswear brand hooked up with 15 retailers from Europe to Asia to the USA to create 15 unique interpretations, melding the retailer’s inspirations with the inherent timeless style of the Workout.
The shoes hit stores on February 15th – and in the run up, Reebok is releasing four short films that tell the inspiration story behind the Workout collaboration through
Kicking off with the SNS collaboration film on Thursday 9th February.
SNS x WORKOUT 25TH ANNIVERSARY: During a cold winter evening, the SNS x Workout is thrown into the depths of a foggy Swedish forest to hunt moose – only to find an aerobic workout with a very strange twist… check it out:
CREDITS: Reebok Classics The film was produced by Folke Film, Stockholm, Sweden. Director: Marcus Söderlund Producer: Kim Buisson DOP: Linus Eklund Postproduction: The Chimney Pot
Solebox x Workout 25th Anniversary: Reebok presents Berlin-based retailer – Solebox. Directed by Hertz & Kopf and featuring former MTV presenter and sneaker fan Patrice Bouédibéla– Solebox tell the story of two brothers who need to ditch the fast food and get a ‘healthy’ workout…and there lies the beginning of a genius master plan…. Check out the shoe here:
CREDITS: Reebok Classics Solebox Director: Hertz&Kopf Location: Solebox Berlin Guest Star: Patrice Bouédibéla (MTV)
Atmos x Workout 25th Anniversary:Japan-based retailer – Atmos. No need to tread on eggshells around these guys when you’re celebrating – they’ll be spinning and kicking up a storm for the Workout – so click here if you want to join them, just make sure you turn out the lights… Check out the shoe here:
CREDITS: Reebok Classics Production Company: DanceNotAct Inc. Director: Alex
Mita x WORKOUT 25TH ANNIVERSARY:Tokyo-based retailer – Mita Sneakers. Everyone lives life to their own beat - a unique sense of passion and hard work to get you where you want. Check out the distinctive sounds and style that Mita Sneakers bring to their Workout anniversary collaboration:
CREDITS: Reebok Classics Production Company: DanceNotAct Inc. Director: JUICYBULLDOG

LIVERPOOL is planning a very special 12 months to mark the biggest popular music phenomenon the world has ever seen. 2012 marks 50 years since The Beatles came together

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LIVERPOOL is planning a very special 12 months to mark the biggest popular music phenomenon the world has ever seen.
2012 marks 50 years since The Beatles came together and to celebrate the pivotal anniversary of Liverpool’s favourite sons, there’s a year worth of events taking place across the city.
The city council is joining forces with organisations across Liverpool to put together a programme of activities which pays tribute to four young lads who changed the music scene forever.
The programme so far will be launched at a special event on Friday 24 February, at the venue where it all began - The Cavern Club. The announcement will come just hours after it has been launched at Carnegie Hall in New York during an event aimed at attracting American Beatles aficionados to Liverpool.
Highlights include:

Liverpool City Council • August will see the 20th Mathew Street Music Festival and Fringe which will be a huge celebration of all things Merseybeat. Two of the stages will not only play host to the usual high quality tribute bands, but there will also be a special section for acts influenced by The Beatles.
The Cavern Club • Saturday with The Beatles – every Saturday throughout 2012 the club’s resident Beatles tribute bands will give special performances in the venue’s Live Lounge. • Beatles-mania will take over Hulme Hall in Port Sunlight on 18 August, as a musical extravaganza takes place to mark the historic day that Ringo Starr made his debut with The Beatles as their official drummer. • 19 August marks the 50-year anniversary of the Fab Four’s first gig at The Cavern and the venue will be in full party-mode to celebrate the occasion. • International Beatles Week (22 – 28 August) will mark the 50th anniversary in style with bands and fans from all over the world descending on the city. Gigs, guest speakers and the world’s biggest Beatles convention will all make this an unforgettable week. MORE

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• For the first time, on 25 August, Port Sunlight Summer Festival is teaming up with International Beatles Week and will see tribute bands take to the outdoor stage to give a Beatles flavour to the event.
The Beatles Story • To celebrate the release of The Beatles’ first single, a special Love Me Do Weekend will take place at the Albert Dock over the weekend of 5 – 7 October. It will be a weekend of fantastic music and performances, and maybe even a record breaking attempt… • On Sunday, 9 December, a John Lennon Peace Vigil will take place at the European Peace Monument in its new home near the Echo Arena, marking 32 years since his death.
The Epstein Theatre • Taking to the stage of the newly refurbished Epstein Theatre (formerly The Neptune) a long awaited theatrical production celebrating the life of Brian Epstein will raise its curtain on 15 November running until 1December. Produced by Bill Elms & Jen Heyes Productions Ltd, EPSTEIN is a one-man play with live music, written by Andrew Sherlock and directed by Jen Heyes.
Liverpool Philharmonic • The Two of Us: The Lennon and McCartney Songbook will see two very special evenings of songs written by the world’s greatest song writing duo performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conducted by John Wilson, there will be performances of favourites such as All You Need Is Love, Yesterday and Strawberry Fields by the highly original singer Joe Stilgoe, award-wining jazz singer Claire Martin and Liverpool favourite, actor and vocalist Mark McGann. The show is scripted by writer/director Bob Eaton, author of the Liverpool Everyman’s 1981 hit Lennon, which made a star out of a teenage Mark McGann. Two performances take place on 22 and 23 June at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall • Liverpool Philharmonic Beatles Weekend will take over the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall from 7 to 9 December: Friday 7 December – Re-live the sights and sounds of the sixties with the world’s premier Beatles tribute band The Bootleg Beatles and their spectacular two-hour multi-media stage production featuring all the classic Beatles hits. Using film footage of the period and 'with a little help from' their regular brass and string ensemble, the show traces the history of the Fab Four from Liverpool's Cavern Club through Sergeant Pepper to The Apple Rooftop. Saturday 8 December – A sell-out in 2008 and 2010, The John Lennon Songbook returns by popular demand. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be joined once again by vocalists Joe Stilgoe, Claire Martin and Mark McGann to perform classics such as Imagine, Woman and Ticket to Ride. Sunday 9 December - See Mark McGann return to Liverpool Philharmonic with his extraordinary portrayal of John Lennon. Lauded by critics and audiences alike, In My Life is a show which traces Lennon’s life, using both Fab Four and solo songs and interspersed with a first person account of a remarkable series of events.

More events are expected to be announced in the near future.
Further details about all the events taking place including times and costs (where applicable) go to
What they say:
Liverpool City Council Leader of Liverpool city council’s, Councillor Joe Anderson, said: “This is a hugely significant year in the history of The Beatles and it’s one Liverpool couldn’t let pass by without a huge celebration.
“We should never underestimate the power of The Beatles to attract visitors to the city, and this year-long celebration will bring even more fans to Liverpool which will bring a much-needed boost to our local economy.
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“I’m delighted the city council has joined forces with lots of organisations to put on an incredible programme of events, with music right at the heart of the tributes.”
The Beatles Story Jerry Goldman, Managing Director of The Beatles Story, comments: “I am confident that the stunning calendar of events the city has put together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles will showcase Liverpool to the USA and the world. We look forward to welcoming thousands of new visitors to our city and promise them all a unique cultural experience as they explore the roots of The Beatles and their enduring influence on the world.”
The Cavern Club Dave Jones, Director of The Cavern Club, said: "The legacy of The Beatles stretches beyond the timeless appeal of their music, for as well as being a pop legend they were a social and cultural phenomenon. The story of their rise to fame is one of the great chronicles of our time and it began here in Liverpool in 1962."
Bill Elms & Jen Heyes – co—producers of EPSTEIN “It is an honour for us to produce a new work that recognises Brian Epstein's contribution to popular music and to the success of the most famous band in the world, to be able to stage it at The Epstein Theatre is perfect.”
The Mersey Partnership – Tourist Board for Liverpool City Region Pam Wilsher, TMP’s Head of Visitor Economy Development, added: “This is an exciting programme of events to attract visitors from across the world through various channels, including the special microsite on Fifty years on, The Beatles still continue to be a unique selling point and nowhere else in the world can welcome fans like the band’s very own birthplace. TMP is delighted to be working with partners to promote this very special anniversary.”
Liverpool Philharmonic Michael Eakin, Chief Executive of Liverpool Philharmonic, said: “As a Liverpool music organisation with our own long and illustrious history, we’re delighted to be playing our part in this special Beatles anniversary, paying our tribute to the four Liverpool lads whose music continues to have an extraordinary impact around the world.”

The Associated Press to digitize vast video archive with CLEAR™ from Prime Focus Technologies

The Associated Press to digitize vast video archive with CLEAR™ from Prime Focus Technologies
MUMBAI, 22nd February, 2012 -- The Associated Press is working with Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) to digitize its unique video archive, making it available to a whole new audience across digital platforms. AP’s film and tape archive contains around 70,000 hours’ worth of footage, including more than 1.3 million global news and entertainment stories, in 16mm film and videotape, dating back to the beginning of the 20th Century.
The project is part of AP’s multimillion-dollar upgrade to its video business which will see AP switch its entire newsgathering, production and distribution systems to HD to continue to meet the technical, editorial and business needs of its customers in the digital age.
AP Director of International Archives Alwyn Lindsey said: “A legacy of being on the frontline of breaking news for more than 160 years is a fantastic archive. Ours is one of the finest visual documents of the events and people that have shaped the modern era. Today’s market is driven by giving customers breadth of content, ease of access, and value for money. While we have already digitized around 10% of our archive, it has been a top priority to get all of our most saleable archive footage online and make it available to our customers, wherever in the world they may be. To make this happen, we needed a partner who could handle our global business needs and a project of this scale, and for that reason, we chose Prime Focus Technologies”.
PFT will use the unique skillsets of its global organization to digitize AP’s film and tape archives, then catalogue, manage transcode and deliver AP’s content to a multi-media audience. PFT has decades of experience in digitizing archive content, partnering with organizations such as the British Movietone Library, British Film Institute, Imperial War Museum, IMG, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Eros International.
The project will be driven by CLEAR™, PFT’s award-winning content operations platform and supporting services. PFT has a large team of developers writing bespoke scripts to support the innovative workflows required by this project, and utilizes its own cloud technology for supporting services.
PFT is delivering this project in an unprecedented timescale, creating nearly 4 million new assets in just 18 months, including:
3,000 hours of film with an average of 60 news stories per hour - creating a total of 900,000 files
29,000 hours of video with an average of 20 news stories per hour - creating a total of 2,900,000 files
Newly digitized content will appear every day on AP Archive’s website, thanks to dedicated connectivity between PFT and AP. Vice President and Head of PFT UK Aine Healy said: “PFT is delighted to be working closely with AP to make its valuable archive of footage available to the world, and to preserve it for generations to come.”
About The AP The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world's population sees news from AP. On the net:
About Prime Focus Technologies Prime Focus Technologies (PFT) provides unified multi-platform content operations solutions to organizations that deal with content and are keen to exploit it across platforms. CLEAR™, its award-winning combination of a hybrid-cloud technology platform and managed services increases agility within a business, driving creative enablement, cutting operating costs and is available in a pay as you grow model. Backed by a global network of studios, CLEAR™ offers a secure solution for concurrent file-based new-media, channel, distribution & delivery and library operations.
PFT works with major content owners across the broadcast, film, sport, and advertising and brand sectors. Its clients include Star TV, Associated Press, Eros International, Sony Music, Viacom 18, Sony MSM, BCCI, Indian Premiere League, Hindustan Unilever Limited, A & E TV Network, Vijay TV, Netflix, Schawk! and WPP. PFT is part of Prime Focus, a global visual entertainment services company.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ministers from Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone and South Africa confirm their presence at E-Gov Africa 2012 in Gaborone, Botswana

Ministers from Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone and South Africa confirm their presence at E-Gov Africa 2012 in Gaborone, Botswana
Gaborone, Botswana, February 22, 2012 -- Sheka Tarawalie, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication, Sierra Leone; Hon. Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, Chairman of the National Council of Provinces of South Africa; Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, Ministry of Communications, Ghana and Hon. Baliddawa Edward of Ghana are among the officials from the Commonwealth who will lend their distinguished presence to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation's 6th Annual E-Gov Africa Forum 2012 hosted from March 5 to 7, 2012 by the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation in collaboration with national regulator and CTO Member, the Botswana Telecommunication Authority.
The Vice President of Botswana, H E Mompati Merafhe, is expected to inaugurate the opening ceremony as the guest of honour at the state-of-the-art Gaborone International Convention Center together with Hon. Nonofo Molefhi, Minister of Transport and Communications. Also in attendance are Thari Pheko, CEO of BTA, Paul Taylor, CEO of BTC and Ronald Ridge, Botswana's e-Government Controller. A showcase presentation by Alan Boshwaen, CEO of Botswana Innovation Hub will highlight Botswana as southern Africa's fast-emerging investment destination.
The speaker faculty includes high-level representatives from ICT implementing agencies in Ghana, Mauritius, Uganda and Kenya, the Cybercrime Convention Committee of the Council of Europe, the World Bank, World Health Organisation, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Governance and Institutional Development division of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
The host, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, will organise a gala reception at the Gaborone International Convention Centre and a farewell reception over a Bush Braai following a safari at Mokolodi Nature Reserve. ZTE will host another dinner for honoured guests, speakers and delegates at a nearby resort. RIM and Fujistu and the Botswana Innovation Hub will also provide hospitality to attendees.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Gaborone prepares for CTO's flagship E-gov Africa

Gaborone Prepares for CTO's Flagship E-Gov Africa

Gaborone, Botswana, 9 February – His Excellency Ltd. Gen. Mompati Merafhe, Vice President of the Republic of Botswana, has agreed to inaugurate the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation's 6th Annual E-Gov Africa Forum 2012 as a special guest of honour. Held under the patronage of the Republic of Botswana, the event will be hosted in the state-of-the-art Gaborone International Convention Center from March 5 to 7, 2012 by the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation in collaboration with national regulator and CTO Member, the Botswana Telecommunication Authority.
Nonofo Molefhi, Minister of Transport and Communications will be present at the august gathering, together with Thato Raphaka, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry. Also in attendance are Thari Pheko, CEO of BTA, Paul Taylor, CEO of BTC and Alan Boshwaen, CEO, Botswana Innovation Hub.
The speaker faculty includes high-level representatives from ICT implementing agencies in Ghana, Mauritius, Uganda and Kenya, the Cybercrime Convention Committee of the Council of Europe, the World Bank, World Health Organisation, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Governance and Institutional Development division of the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Some of our thought-provoking discussions and debate this year centre on: • The role of ICTs in strengthening trust between parliament and the people • Effective governance with smarter e-Government strategies • Walking the tightrope: Security vs Privacy in e-Governance • ICTs and the Arab Spring: Implications for Democracy • How can local and central government content be made available for mGov? • How can ICTs deliver qualitative health services to rural Africa? Industry has come out in strong support of the event with a number of major global players committed to attend the event.
The host, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, will organise a gala reception at the Gaborone International Convention Centre and a farewell reception over a Bush Braai following a safari at Mokolodi Nature Reserve. ZTE will host another dinner for honoured guests, speakers and delegates at a nearby resort. RIM and Fujistu and the Botswana Innovation Hub will also provide hospitality to attendees.

Himalayan Meltdown film screening at Mumbai, 20th Feb 2012

Ajay Chhibber, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations, and Assistant Administrator and Director for Asia and the Pacific,
Bittu Sahgal, Founding Editor, Sanctuary Asia
Monday, February 20th at 6:30 pm, Registration at 6:00pm
Max Mueller Bhavan, K. Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai
Asia Society Members- free, All others- Rs. 100 (free for press with a valid ID and pre-registration)
Himalayan Meltdown is a documentary film co-produced by the UN Development Programme, Discovery Asia, and Arrowhead Films. The movie examines the human development impact of the glacial ice melt on communities in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India and Nepal. It shows the plight of the affected countries and the ways they are adapting, adjusting and preparing for tomorrow’s inevitable changes in the Himalayan glaciers. It features innovative fog-catching in Nepal, man-made glaciers in India, views of life in the changing plateaus of China, and pioneering UNDP climate change adaptation projects in Bhutan and Bangladesh. Technological advances from leading glaciologists, experts at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and UNDP offer insights into what is in progress and what still needs to be done for countries to address the Himalayan ice melt.
Ajay Chhibber serves as Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and Director of UNDP's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. He has had a very diverse career at the World Bank for over 25 years covering both research and policy issues, and has worked across Asia. He was previously Country Director for Vietnam, where he managed over $1billion in lending. He has also been Director of the Independent Evaluation Group and a manager in the Eastern European and Asian Departments of the World Bank. He was Staff Director on the World Development Report in 1997 and has served as a Senior Economist at the World Bank. He has published widely on development and policy issues. Before joining the World Bank, he was a consultant researcher for FAO and the International Food Policy Research Institute. Prior to that he worked at the Indian Planning Commission and was also a lecturer in economics at the University of Delhi. He holds a PhD from Stanford University and an MA from the Delhi School of Economics.
Bittu Sahgal is the Editor of Sanctuary Asia magazine. He started Sanctuary Asia and Cub Magazines in the early '80s. To communicate the rationale for conservation to as wide an audience as possible, he has used the medium of film, having produced over 30 conservation-oriented documentaries that were aired over India's national television network. Sahgal's columns on environmental and development issues appear in a number of English and regional language publications in India. A journalist-writer, he has been closely involved with several national campaigns and is an active member on a range of government and non-government organization boards and committees. He is a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Trust, India and his key involvements focus around campaigns to save the tiger and to highlight the connection between human rights, biodiversity conservation, deforestation, ecosystem values and climate change.
The Energy & Environment Series focuses on pressing topics of environmental concern to inform current debates and incite dialogue among stakeholders at multiple levels.
This programme is part of the exhibition ZNE! Examples to follow!, which aims at raising awareness for the fact that a constructive sustainability cannot make do without the arts and sciences. It needs to learn from them how to think in transitions, interim solutions, models and projects.
This programme is presented in partnership with:
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This March, Asia Society proudly celebrates the opening of its new centre building in Hong Kong, and the forthcoming new centre building opening in Texas in April.
The new Hong Kong Centre opened on March 9, 2012, in a Former Explosives Magazine, and combines new construction with four former military buildings. Three of these buildings are listed as Grade 1 Historic Buildings and are part of the Former Explosives Magazine Compound. The compound was an integral part of the British military lands and as one of the few remaining sites, it is an important tangible link to Hong Kong’s past. The new centre has been designed by Tod Williams & Billie Tsien. Learn more about the Grand Opening celebrations here.
The new Texas Centre building combines contemporary international design with an understated elegance and serenity. Its 39,000 square feet is spread over two stories and basement, resulting in a low-slung profile that fits comfortably into its residential surroundings. It is designed by Japan-born, Harvard-educated Yoshio Taniguchi, who was responsible for the redesign of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Grand Opening is set for April 12-15, 2012.
In an article published by the New York Times, Robin Pogrebin notes that in a time of global economic decline, Asia Society's expansion shows that interacting with Asia is no longer simply a politically correct pleasantry, but a necessity. Pogrebin says, “Each center has art galleries, lecture halls, meeting spaces and offices. Both are opening with exhibitions that pay tribute to Asia Society’s founding with selections of traditional Asian art from its permanent collection.”The article quotes Asia Society’s President, Vishakha Desai, who said, “Because the world has changed, so has Asia Society’s mission. Where once the organization was focused on explaining Asia to Americans, now it emphasizes strengthening partnerships in areas like culture, business, public policy and education, not only between Asians and Americans but among Asians themselves…”

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The grammy's at a glance, 2012

Adele's '21' wins album of the year at Grammys Singer's 'Rolling in the Deep' nabs record of the year
By Christopher Morris Adele The Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters Chris Brown
Chris Brown Rihanna
Rihanna The Beach Boys and Maroon 5's Adam Levine
The Beach Boys and Maroon 5's Adam Levine Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood
Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt
Alicia Keys and Bonnie Raitt The Vegas oddsmakers were right: Adele was a sure thing at this year's Grammy Awards.
Further cementing her nascent superstardom, the English singer swept all six of the categories she was nominated in at Sunday's Grammy Awards ceremonies, collecting album of the year honors for "21" and record and song of the year trophies for "Rolling in the Deep."
Adele, who was named best new artist in 2009, is only the second artist in history to take all four major Grammy categories. Christopher Cross attained the feat in 1981 with a four-award sweep.
The singer, nee Adele Adkins, broke into tears as she accepted the album of the year award.
"This is ridiculous," she said, and made a point of thanking "every radio programmer and broadcaster" who helped put "Rolling in the Deep" and other tunes from "21" over the top.
This year's surprising best new artist winner was Bon Iver. The folk-skewed Wisconsin-bred singer-songwriter, ne Justin Vernon, triumphed in a field that included the ultra-hot rap talent Nicki Minaj. Vernon had publicly declined to perform at the Grammy ceremony.
Adele's "21" also won as best pop vocal album, "Someone Like You" captured best pop solo performance and the clip for "Rolling in the Deep" took best short-form video. Adele's six trophies equaled Beyonce's record one-night tally for a female performer, set in 2010.
Paul Epworth, who co-wrote "Rolling in the Deep" and produced that hit, was named non-classical producer of the year, and shared song and album of the year honors.
The night's other big winners, perennial Recording Academy favorites Foo Fighters, dominated the rock categories with five victories: best rock album (for "Wasting Light") best hard rock/metal performance (for "White Limo"), best rock performance and best rock song (for "Walk") and best longform video (for "Foo Fighters: Back and Forth," directed and co-produced by James Moll). The band performed twice on the Grammycast.
"We made this record in my garage with some microphones and a tape machine," said Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl. "It shows that the human element of making music is most important." As he left the stage Grohl shouted "Long live rock 'n' roll!"
Kanye West -- this year's top nominee with seven nods -- once again had to satisfy himself with rap wins. West captured four awards to add to his 14 previous wins, for best rap/sung collaboration and best rap song (for "All of the Lights"), best rap performance (for "Otis," shared with Jay-Z) and best rap album ("My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy").
Few Grammy triumphs have felt quite as inevitable as Adele's. The 22-year-old singer served as the music industry's savior last year with her sophomore album "21." The top-selling collection has sold 6.38 million copies domestically to date, and remains No. 1 on the U.S. album chart after nearly a year in release. With one more week atop the chart, "21" will tie Whitney Houston's 20-week SoundScan-era record for longevity at the pinnacle, set in 1992-93 with the soundtrack for "The Bodyguard."
With stylistic nods to Brit singers past, most notably Dusty Springfield and Amy Winehouse, "21" was lofted by three smash singles, "Rolling in the Deep," "Someone Like You" and "Set Fire to the Rain." The rich-voiced singer's seemingly universal appeal tagged her as an awards season shoo-in.
The vocalist was the headline attraction for this year's Grammycast, emerging from months off the stage after throat surgery for a hemorrhaged vocal cord forced cancellation of a sold-out U.S. tour.
Asked backstage how she handled the jolt of having to undergo surgery, Adele was sanguine about the experience. " "It's actually been really peaceful. Being silent in such a noisy world, it was sort of a blessing in disguise," she said. "I've actually never been happier."
By an accident of fate, Adele's ascension on Sunday seemed a passing of the torch after the death Saturday of Houston, who rose to fame in the '80s with a similar brand of soulful, highly accessible pop. Houston's memory loomed both on and off the Grammy stage on Sunday. Jennifer Hudson paid tribute with a televised performance of "I Will Always Love You," Houston's No. 1 hit from the 1992 soundtrack of "The Bodyguard." Hudson ended the performance by ad libbing, "Whitney, we loved you."
Stevie Wonder said from the stage, "I just want to say to Whitney up in Heaven, we all love you, Whitney Houston." Winners and performers offered their thoughts about the singer backstage. Vocalist-songwriter Melanie Fiona, who shared two R&B awards with Cee Lo Green for "Fool For You," said, "Whitney is the first voice and memory I have of music… I would not be up here as an artist, a nominee and a winner without her influence on my life … I feel so proud to be able say that she was such a huge influence on me."
Bonnie Raitt told reporters, "I'm sure you're still in shock, too…It's stunning, her vocal range and power."
Houston's impact extended beyond the pop discipline: Joyce DiDonato, winner for best classical vocal solo, said, "She was larger than life, and the summation of good singing for me. I have a lot of opera friends, and we were all heartbroken to hear the news." The diminutive, angularly coiffed electronic/dance artist Skrillex broke through with three wins, taking best dance/electronica album (for "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprights"), best dance recording (for the album's title track) and best remixed recording (for Benny Benassi's "Cinema").
Taylor Swift added two Grammy awards to her career total of four, winning best country solo performance and best country song for "Mean." Americana duo the Civil Wars' "Barton Hollow" won as both best folk album, while its title track won best country duo/group performance. As ever, some sentimental favorites prevailed. Paul McCartney, who was honored as MusiCares' person of the year on Friday and performed during the telecast, collected his 15th Grammy – a best historical album honor, for last year's reissue of his 1973 album "Band On the Run." A mere 49 years after receiving his first Grammy -- record of the year, for "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" -- Tony Bennett won Nos. 15 and 16, for best traditional pop album (for "Duets II," his all-star No. 1 album) and. best pop performance by a duo or group, for "Body and Soul," his track with Amy Winehouse. The late singer's parents joined him onstage at the afternoon ceremony. "We shouldn't be here -- our darling daughter should be here," said Mitch Winehouse. "These are the cards we're dealt." Alison Krauss, the most rewarded female performer in Grammy history, received her 27th trophy: "Paper Airplane," her latest release with her group Union Station, was named best bluegrass album. In the music for visual media categories, "Boardwalk Empire Volume 1," the soundtrack for the HBO series – collected best compilation soundtrack for Stewart Lerman, Randall Poster and Kevin Weaver. Alexander Desplat won best score soundtrack for Oscar winner "The King's Speech." Alan Menken and Glenn Slater received the prize for best song written for visual media, for "I See the Light" from Disney's "Tangled."
Tony winner "The Book of Mormon," written by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, was named best musical theater album. Apart from Adele's return to perform "Rolling in the Deep" -- which drew one of the longest ovations in recent Grammy history --the kudocast's chief draws were distinctly old-school.
McCartney performed "My Valentine," a track from his new standards collection, with Diana Krall and Joe Walsh, and a show-closing "Abbey Road" medley; the reunited Beach Boys played their 1966 hit "Good Vibrations" with Foster the People and Maroon 5; and Glen Campbell, who is retiring from performing after the onset of Alzheimer's disease, sang "Rhinestone Cowboy" to climax a tribute segment.
Alicia Keys and Raitt paid tribute to the R&B diva Etta James, who died in January at 73, with a duet on "A Sunday Kind of Love." Complete list of winners: 1. Record of the Year Rolling in the Deep, Adele
2. Album of the Year 21, Adele
3. Song of the Year Rolling in the Deep, Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth (Adele)
4. Best New Artist Bon Iver
5. Best Pop Solo Performance Someone Like You, Adele
6. Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Body And Soul, Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse
7. Best Pop Instrumental Album The Road From Memphis, Booker T. Jones
8. Best Pop Vocal Album 21, Adele
9. Best Dance Recording Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skrillex
10. Best Dance/Electronica Album Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, Skrillex
11. Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Duets II, Tony Bennett & Various Artists
12. Best Rock Performance Walk, Foo Fighters
13. Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance White Limo, Foo Fighters
14. Best Rock Song Walk, Foo Fighters, songwriters (Foo Fighters)
*** 15. Best Rock Album Wasting Light, Foo Fighters
16. Best Alternative Music Album Bon Iver, Bon Iver
17. Best Traditional R&B Performance Fool For You, Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona
18. Best R&B Performance Is This Love, Corinne Bailey Rae

19. Best R&B Song Fool For You, Cee Lo Green, Melanie Hallim, Jack Splash, songwriters (Cee Lo Green & Melanie Fiona)
20. Best R&B Album F.A.M.E., Chris Brown
21. Best Rap Performance Otis, Jay-Z and Kanye West
22. Best Rap/Sung Collaboration All Of The Lights, Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie
23. Best Rap Song All Of The Lights, Jeff Bhasker, Stacy Ferguson, Malik Jones, Warren Trotter & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West, Rihanna, Kid Cudi & Fergie)
24. Best Rap Album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
25. Best Country Solo Performance Mean, Taylor Swift
26. Best Country Duo/Group Performance Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars
27. Best Country Song Mean, Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
28. Best Country Album Own the Night, Lady Antebellum
29. Best New Age Album What's It All About, Pat Metheny
30. Best Improvised Jazz Solo 500 Miles High, Chick Corea, soloist
31. Best Jazz Vocal Album The Mosaic Project, Terri Lyne Carrington & Various Artists
32. Best Jazz Instrumental Album Forever, Corea, Clarke & White
33. Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album The Good Feeling, Christian McBride Big Band
34. Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance Jesus, Le'Andria Johnson
35. Best Gospel Song Hello Fear, Kirk Franklin, songwriter (Kirk Franklin)
36. Best Contemporary Christian Music Song Blessings, Laura Story, songwriter (Laura Story)
37. Best Gospel Album Hello Fear, Kirk Franklin
38. Best Contemporary Christian Music Album And If Our God Is For Us..., Chris Tomlin
39. Best Latin Pop, Rock, Or Urban Album Drama Y Luz, Maná
40. Best Regional Mexican Or Tejano Album Bicentenario, Pepe Aguilar
41. Best Banda Or Norteño Album Los Tigres Del Norte And Friends, Los Tigres Del Norte
42. Best Tropical Latin Album The Last Mambo, Cachao
43. Best Americana Album Ramble At The Ryman, Levon Helm
44. Best Bluegrass Album Paper Airplane, Alison Krauss & Union Station
45. Best Blues Album Revelator, Tedeschi Trucks Band
46. Best Folk Album Barton Hollow, The Civil Wars
47. Best Regional Roots Music Album Rebirth Of New Orleans, Rebirth Brass Band
48. Best Reggae Album Revelation Pt 1: The Root Of Life, Stephen Marley
49. Best World Music Album Tassili, Tinariwen
50. Best Children's Album All About Bullies... Big And Small
(Various Artists), Jim Cravero, Gloria Domina, Kevin Mackie, Steve Pullara & Patrick Robinson, producers
51. Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Story Telling) If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't), Betty White
52. Best Comedy Album Hilarious, Louis C.K.
53. Best Musical Theater Album The Book Of Mormon
54. Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media Boardwalk Empire: Volume 1, (Various Artists) Stewart Lerman, Randall Poster & Kevin Weaver, producers
55. Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media The King's Speech, Alexandre Desplat
56. Best Song Written For Visual Media I See The Light (From Tangled), Alan Menken & Glenn Slater, songwriters (Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi)
57. Best Instrumental Composition Life In Eleven, Béla Fleck & Howard Levy, composers (Béla Fleck & The Flecktones)
58. Best Instrumental Arrangement Rhapsody In Blue, Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band)
59. Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me), Jorge Calandrelli, arranger (Tony Bennett & Queen Latifah)
60. Best Recording Package Scenes From The Suburbs, Caroline Robert, art director (Arcade Fire)
61. Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story
62. Best Album Notes Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s
63. Best Historical Album Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection - Deluxe Edition)64. Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Paper Airplane, Neal Cappellino & Mike Shipley, engineers; Brad Blackwood, mastering engineer (Alison Krauss & Union Station)
65. Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical Paul Epworth
66. Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical Cinema (Skrillex Remix), Sonny Moore, remixer (Benny Benassi)
67. Best Surround Sound Album Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs (Super Deluxe Edition)
68. Best Engineered Album, Classical Aldridge: Elmer Gantry
69. Producer Of The Year, Classical Judith Sherman
70. Best Orchestral Performance Brahms: Symphony No. 4 Gustavo Dudamel, conductor (Los Angeles Philharmonic)
71. Best Opera Recording Adams: Doctor Atomic Alan Gilbert, conductor; Meredith Arwady, Sasha Cooke, Richard Paul Fink, Gerald Finley, Thomas Glenn & Eric Owens; Jay David Saks, producer (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra; Metropolitan Opera Chorus)
72. Best Choral Performance Light & Gold Eric Whitacre, conductor (Christopher Glynn & Hila Plitmann; The King's Singers, Laudibus, Pavão Quartet & The Eric Whitacre Singers)
73. Best Small Ensemble Performance Mackey: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide Rinde Eckert & Steven Mackey; Eighth Blackbird
74. Best Classical Instrumental Solo Schwantner: Concerto For Percussion & Orchestra Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Christopher Lamb (Nashville Symphony)
75. Best Classical Vocal Solo Diva Divo Joyce DiDonato (Kazushi Ono; Orchestre De L'Opéra National De Lyon; Choeur De L'Opéra National De Lyon)
76. Best Contemporary Classical Composition Aldridge, Robert: Elmer Gantry Robert Aldridge & Herschel Garfein
77. Best Short Form Music Video Rolling In The Deep Adele Sam Brown, video director; Hannah Chandler, video producer
78. Best Long Form Music Video Foo Fighters: Back And Forth
Foo Fighters
James Moll, video director; James Moll & Nigel Sinclair, video producers
Winners by number:
Adele - 6
Foo Fighters - 5
Kanye West - 4
Paul Epworth - 3
Skrillex -
Tony Bennett - 2
The Civil Wars - 2
Chick Corea - 2
Kirk Franklin - 2
Cee Lo Green - 2
Taylor Swift - 2

Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem Links Up at DBSF 2012 in Johannesburg

Digital Broadcasting Ecosystem Links Up at DBSF 2012 in Johannesburg
Vital links in the digital broadcasting ecosystem will hook up at The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO)'s Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum 2012 from February 22 to 24 at Hotel Protea Balalaika in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa:
Namibian broadcaster, Albertus Aochamub, Director-General, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, will reveal his country's distinctive path to conversion from analogue to digital transmission Advisor to public broadcasters, Beth Thoren, Communications Director at Digital UK, will share her frontline experience with public information campaigns about switchover Satellite service provider, Nicholas Baravalle, VP Sales, Africa for SES, will showcase satellite as a medium to promote digital broadcasting Content creator, Desiree Markgraaff, co-chair of the Independent Producers Organisation of South Africa, will evaluate industry's readiness to enable local content for digital TV.
The conference features two and a half days of information, debate and knowledge-sharing on the burning issues of dual illumination vs. switchover; horizontal vs vertical market structure; engaging the viewer vs. protecting the consumer, digital dividend vs. subsidies for switchover and much more.
DBSF 2011 will be graced by the presence of Hon. Dina Pule, Minister of Communications, Republic of South Africa and Hon. George M. Khaniri, Assistant Minister, Information & Communications, Kenya and broadcasters from South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Nigeria as well as broadcast and communication regulators from South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Nigeria have signed up to attend.

Rediff 'Deal Ho Jaye', Valentine's Day date with Actress, Amrita Rao on a Luxury Yacht

Rediff Online shoppers get a chance to go on a date with Amrita Rao
February 14th 2012, Mumbai: Rediff Deal Ho Jaye the daily deals service from offered its online shoppers an exciting opportunity this Valentine’s Day to go on a date with the charming bollywood actress, Amrita Rao.
The winners were chosen in a lucky draw contest. Six lucky winners were selected from the seven metros, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bangalore and Chennai. The winners went sailing in a luxury yacht with the charming actress off the coast of Mumbai on Valentine’s Day. For this event, Ms Amrita Rao wore a special dress made for her by celebrity designer Manali Jagtap especially for this occasion.
Amrita Rao said, “It has been a memorable association with Rediff Deal Ho Jaye for this valentine day initiative. I would like to thank all my fans and shoppers who have enthusiastically participated in this contest and Rediff Deal Ho jaye for taking such a wonderful initiative.”
Harshad Hardikar Vice President, said “We would like to thank Amrita Rao and our online shoppers for being a part of the Valentine’s Day initiative. Rediff Deal Ho jaye! will continue to organize such innovative initiatives in the future in order to provide great value to our customers”
The winners of the valentine day contest are as follows:
Arun Kumar Panddey- Delhi
Sumit Deb- Kolkata
Kinzal Vadera-Mumbai
Sreenath B V- Bangalore
Newman Fernando Diaz- Chennai b Nitesh Chauhan- Mumbai
About Rediff ‘Deal Ho Jaye’:
Rediff Deal Ho Jaye the daily deals service from, which enables consumers to discover new services and experiences in their city, such as restaurants, spas, hotels, healthcare, tattoos, hobby classes, adventure sports and other local attractions across 70 categories and at 30-80% discounts, thus helping them make the most of their quality time with their family and friends

Jodi Breakers -Valentines special

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‘Jodi breakers’ is a cheeky wicked entertainer which takes a peek- a -boo into dysfunctional romantic relationships that eventually lead to breakups. Pairing the vivacious and exciting actors – Madhavan and Bipasha,
together for the first time, the film also stars Milind Soman and Deepanita Sharma along with the ever –roguish Omi Vaidya and ever – charming Helen . The film has been shot in the scenic locales of Greece and Goa along with a considerable chunk on- sets in Mumbai. Sid ( R Madhavan ) is a break-up specialist ,helping wronged parties out of bad relationships .He guarantees a quick , uncumbersome, final freedom to his clients. A chance encounter with the sharp Sonali (Bipasha Basu ) takes his “business” to new levels. Both embark on a journey taking them through outrageous, hilarious cases that they solve with some wit and some vile… Till love happens .Unexpected twists and turns in a case, however, turn their world upside –down. Sid has a lot of explaining to do but little time to course- correct …. The ‘ Jodi- breakers’ have to turn ‘Jodi-makers’ this time .

Blood Money- Hindi film curtain raiser


KUNAL KADAM, the protagonist of the film, is an ambitious young man with dreams and aspirations reflective of young India. Having been orphaned at a tender age, he even delivered pizzas and worked part-time jobs to pay the college fees to complete his MBA. Being as ambitious as he is, he has always dreamt of working in the abroad and making it big there.
Blood Money starts with Kunal bagging his dream job. TRINITY DIAMONDS has offered him a job in their Trading Dept., in return for a six-figure salary, a fancy house, a car and the opportunity to move to Cape Town, South Africa. Kunal jumps at the offer and knows that he is now on his way to realizing all his dreams!
We cut to the exterior of a small nursery school in Madh Island. We see Kunal with a box of chocolates stand outside the nursery, which we learn is where Arzoo, his high school sweet heart, teaches. Arzoo, a nursery school teacher by profession, is the kind of girl every man would want to marry and take home to his mother. She is a traditional girl by personality and has a very Indian core value system. As she sees Kunal, she realizes that her day at work has now come to an end. We see Kunal throw chocolates in the air and as the children jump up for them, Kunal pulls Arzoo out of the nursery.
Kunal, holding her face, then tells her about his job offer. We see her expressions suddenly change, as her female intuition kicks in. We notice that she is a little skeptical of moving abroad and this job offer. She tells him how they are happy in their own country and how he could get a job in Mumbai itself, but Kunal tells her of how he has always dreamt of going abroad and making a life there. He goes onto tell her how he feels that there is only so much opportunity for growth in India, and that he has stellar aspirations. Finally Arzoo gives in to his desires and agrees. They get married and move to Cape Town.
We transition to a shot of an aircraft landing in Cape Town, and as the newly wed couple walk out of the airport, they are greeted by a chauffeur of a stretch limo. The chauffeur is to drive them straight to his new office building. As the car navigates through the streets of Cape Town, we see the couple soak in the beauty and opulence that surrounds them. As they reach the office building, Kunal is completely awestruck by the grandeur of this firm. He stands there, hand in hand with his wife, in a plush lobby, with a high ceiling and a massive sparkling chandelier. They are whisked away to Kunal’s new boss, Dinesh, who welcomes them to Cape Town, as he hands them their new house keys and some settling in money. We see Kunal now brimming with joy as he is told that he has a week to settle in and report to work.
We cut to the couple trying to settle into their new lives, shopping for new clothes and furniture for the house, and see how Kunal feels for the first time that he is able to provide for his love. They walk about the cobbled streets of Cape Town, dine at fancy riverside cafes, laze around in lush green parks and visit tourist hotspots as the intoxicating beauty of this country adds to the romance in the air.
We cut to Kunal starting his job, and see how eager he is to prove himself. On his first day of work he enters the office only to find a very surreal and gloomy atmosphere. One of the seniors in the company has died in a car crash with his family, and we see how a deal is now stuck in limbo. Kunal, seeing an opportunity asks to be assigned this deal and we see how his street smart past of being a sales person helps him swing the deal around, buying a big assignment of diamonds at a throw away rate. We see how he is serenaded at the office and how he is now assigned to the acquisitions department, where he cracks deal after deal, enabling him to grow rapidly in the hierarchy of the firm. DHARMESH ZAVERI, the owner of the company spots talent in Kunal and takes him under his wings. He starts grooming Kunal. It leads to Kunal spending more time at office and ignoring Arzoo altogether. Kunal’s dreams start coming true but at the same time he is slowly getting trapped into the world of wealth, money and exotic lifestyle. As he runs after the materialistic pleasures, Kunal makes a fatal mistake that could prove costly to his marital life.
Simultaneously we see Arzoo now spending endless nights home alone as Kunal works away at the office. We see how Arzoo tries to mingle with other firm wives, but, is unable to fit in with their champagne and spa lifestyles. Finally we see cracks start to form in their relationship and we see Arzoo starting to become a lonely wreck.
Growing as rapidly as he has, Kunal is now exposed to the inner operations of the company, and he starts to notice things that don’t add up. Sometimes the inventory of diamonds is far greater than supposed to be and other times values of invoices are manipulated. This is when he questions his boss, and Mr. Zaveri, reveals to him the dark secret, that this firm, isn’t only a diamond trading company but also a front for the mafia to launder their illegal money. Their modus operandi is that the firm buys illicit blood diamonds from Africa with hard cash made from drugs and guns trafficking, and then mixes them with licit diamonds, selling them at manipulated prices, in effect laundering illegal money. Mr. Zaveri goes onto say how he has been watching Kunal and is happy with his work, and if he carried on working the way he has, he could make much more money than he ever has dreamt of. However, he also reminds him that now that he is in the inner sanctum, there is no leaving the firm.
We see Kunal who now comes home to his wife and confides in her. Shocked she tells him how all she has ever wanted was to be with him, and that they could simply just disappear and go back to India. This is when Kunal’s past resonates with him and he realizes that by doing nothing, he would be supporting the mafia and creating more orphans just like him.
In the final act, we see how Kunal decides to take on the company, and works with the authorities to gather evidence against the guilty, putting his own life and his wife’s life in danger. In a pulsating, high-energy climax, we see Kunal chased through the back alleys of Cape Town as he struggles to get the evidence to the authorities and finally coming out victorious.
To summarize the film, the director wants the audience to come away from the film seeing the journey of a man who seeks external wealth, but through the process of life, comes out a richer man from the inside. BLOOD MONEY is about a young man’s journey back to his love and redemption after his dreams turn into nightmares.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Three cheers to a successful and fruitfull MIFF 2012

Three cheers to a successful and fruitful MIFF 2012- Johnson Thomas
The hustle and bustle of a film festival is always a welcome change from the routine rigmarole of a hectic, unfullfilling city life. MIFF 2012 , is one such film festival where directors, technicians, actors, cinematographers, international delegates throng together in the hope of catching some invigorating fare. This premier documentary, short and animation festival of India threw up some interesting surprises along the way. Socially illuminating films, Interesting discussions, exhilarating tete-a-tetes, interviews and surprising events. Master classes with International directors, Open Forums to discuss the various trends within documentaries, Press conferences with filmmakers and much sought after parties, MIFF 2012 had them all.
The events were also well attended by both delegates , press as well as celebrities from the world of Documentaries. The films were of course the most important part of MIFF 2012. This year threw up some of the most interesting and varied subjects and the films themselves were of a very high quality. Both the National and the International competition sections were smattered with worthy gems. Kundan Ranjan’s ‘The Man who moved the mountain,’ Navroze Contractor’s ‘Broom Stories/Jharu Katha, ’ ,’ Makarand Brahme’s ‘Indivisible Music/Adwait Sangeet,’ S Someetharan’s ‘Mullaithivu Saga,’ noted film critic and Bolly wood filmmaker Khalid Mohammed’s ‘ the Last Irani Chai’ Dr Gaurav Chhabra’s controversial banned film ‘Inklab,’ Ajitesh bSharma’s much feted ‘ Visible Bra Straps’ were some of the much sought after filmsin the Indian competition section. The International competition had some exciting documentaries, shorts and animation films to it’s credit too. ‘Abel versus Pythagoras’by jesus Neito Esteban and Angel Esteban, ‘Dream of a Painter’ by Sudheer Gupta, The Silent Poet ‘ by Borun Thokchom, ‘dancing with dictators ‘ by Hugh Piper, Anand Patwardhan’s epic length ‘Jai Bhim Comrade’, ‘Pink Saris’ by Kin Longinotto and ‘Trafficked-The reckoning’ by luigi Acquisto and ‘Womb of the world’ by Rajendra Kondapalli were some of the films worth catching from the international section. Even the FTII crop of films from the past decades since inception saw a good turnout. All in all this was a very fruitful MIFF 2012. Hopefully the next one will throw up many more surprises.!

FTII gearing itself up to face the digital challenge

FTII gearing itself up to face the digital challenge

Mumbai / February 8, 2012
India’s premier film school Film and Television Institute of India is gearing itself for the digital challenge in film making. “A fortnight ago, Kodak has filed for bankruptcy and the writing is on the wall. Digital technology is the future and FTII is seized of the developments and restructuring accordingly” said D J Narain, Director of the Institute at a press conference in MIFF 2012 today.
Mr Narain said a Group of Experts constituted by the Governing Council of FTII has prepared a Detailed Project Report for the Institute, laying down the path to be followed. As part of modernization plan, FTII proposes to have additional facilities in terms of introduction of new technologies, screening theatres, studio floors, classrooms and hostels for the existing and proposed new courses. At the same time, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is also working on getting the FTII declared a ‘Centre of Excellence’ through an Act of Parliament’. Mr. Narain said that FTII’s courses are being restructured and all one year courses are being converted into full fledged three year courses, consisting of one year foundation training and two years of specialization. While new courses will be introduced keeping pace with changes in film-making, the grammar would continue to remain same. “Digital technology is capable of breaking the stranglehold of heavy capital investment, but creativity needs to be nurtured in an institutional framework” Mr Narain said.
Director, FTII admitted that, while Government control ensures equity, some of the rules and regulations act as constraints in attracting best talents for the teaching faculty. As a result, he said, FTII has to depend heavily on visiting guest faculty from Mumbai.
Mr. Narain said “while FTII alumni are part of who’s who of the film industry, the present crop is no less talented”. He said three films – Khara Karodpati by Piyush Thakur, One Two by Prantik Basu and Light Animation by Animation batch are in Competition section of the Mumbai International Film Festival 2012.
Besides, FTII has sent 15 other films in Retrospective made by legends like Kumar Shahani, Girish Kasarvalli, Rajan Khosa among others.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Interaction with Afghan filmmakers Javed Taiman, Alka Sadat, Mohammed Hassani At MIFF 2012

MIFF 2012 Interaction with Afghan filmmakers Javed Taiman, Alka Sadat and Mohammed Hassani

Johnson Thomas

Javed Taiman made his first film on women and children drug addicts in Afghanistan. The film has been to several festivals in the west and has earned quite a reputation. The topic surprised many because the West hitherto looked on Afghanistan as the conduit for drug trafficking. No one thought that Afghanistan would also be affected by this terrible problem. This film is now being showcased as one of the films made by several young Afghan filmmakers as part of the special Afghan package at MIFF 2012.
In their interaction, Javed and his fellow filmmakers, spoke about the various difficulties they face while making films in Afghanistan. The present regime and it’s attitude towards documentary filmmakers came in for a fair bit of discussion. Javed, Alka and Mohammed are a trio of young filmmakers who have chosen to depict the true picture of a country torn by strife. Javed said, " As filmmakers we still face threats when we chose touchy subjects for our documentaries. We receive veiled threats from the government and in fact I was even told not to make a specific film on state of children in our country. I received an anonymous call and was told to discontinue. I had no option but to do so. As filmmakers we have to seek permission from the information and broadcasting ministry even to take a camera along with us. If we do not have the required permissions on our person we are waylaid by thieves and dacoits and our equipment gets stolen or destroyed. In some regions of our country we even have to have armed guards with us to protect us from aggressive and violent conservatives.”
Alka spoke about the cultuiral exchanges that Afghanistan has been having with India , over the years. “ Our people watch a lot of Bollywood cinema. Shah Rukh Khan is very popular in our country. Our films have next to no viewership within the country. We seek co-productions from people outside our country in order to make our projects viable. Our films are viewed mostly on TV in Europe and the West.”
Alka said, “ There aren’t many filmmaking opportunities in our country because we do not have any public cinemas and filmmaking schools. Kabul University has a media course which turns out a handful of filmmaking professionals but the equipment is poor and the knowledge they gain is purely theoretical. That is why we have to go abroad to study filmmaking. I went to Italy to do my film studies.”
Javed studied filmmaking in Paris at Eicar while Alka was encouraged to make films when she saw her older sister succeed at it. Alka was studying to be a journalist before she moved to documentaries. Mohammed Hassani on the other hand was an actor before he started making fiction shorts for International television. All three filmmakers have been able to have private invite only screenings of their films in their country . It has been difficult for them to exhibit their films on TV in their own country because the TV honchos demand money for screening their films. Javed says, “ as it is we find it difficult to get finance for our films. I have self financed my film and Alka and Mohammed have had theirs co-produced on right sharing basis. We may not face direct censorship from the Government but we have to face indirect censorship in the form of rogue elements from the administration who ban films based on their own conservative parameters.”
When I asked the three how they procured raw stock for their films, All three acceded to making digital films where raw stock was not needed. Javed and Alka did their own editing and post production while Hassani out-sourced it to a source within the country. Now they have been to MIFF they have come into contact with several Post-production outfits who have offered them good deals and Javed is confident that he will be looking at outsourcing post-production for his second film (which is in the pre-production stage)to India. Alka ,Javed and Mohammed Hassani are also looking for finance for films they want to make in the near future.
Javed is trying to make a difference in his own country by conducting free workshops for students wanting to be future filmmakers. He says “ I conduct workshops once a month and the number of students attending have been increasing. In fact it has become impossible for me to manage within the current space. I have already produced 4 documentaries for my students and I am encouraged by the interest and diligence they show towards film making.”
As a woman filmmaker, Alka travels around Afghanistan without any bodyguards , wielding her camera as a weapon against those who want to curb her freedom. Her bravery came in for a lot of comment and praise by fellow filmmakers as well as the press present there. Alka said, “ When I started film making, I was the only woman filmmaker around. So it was very difficult for me to get my first project off the ground. We are not allowed the freedom to chose any subject. I could choose only those which were acceptable to the government. Yet I chose to go ahead and make the film the way I wanted to. I have had to face a few difficulties along the way. But I think the result was worth the effort.”
“Alka won an award for her film at the Al Jazeera film festival , which was a great achievement for a young woman filmmaker from a country which was not looked upon in a positive light by the world,” added Javed.
Mohammed Hassani also spoke about the difficulties he faced while making documentaries in Afghanistan. To a question that Anand Patwardhan raised, about the lack of documentaries on the pre-Mujahideen /Taliban phase in Afghanistan during Soviet control, he said, “ as young filmmakers we do not know that much of our own histories so we have a long way to go. Learn and research and document before we can even try to bring that phase to the public eye. I agree that that was a rosy period compared to the Taliban phase when our freedoms were completely curbed. Even before the Soviets entered Afghanistan, our country had a great culture and freedom. “
According to the trio the Taliban still exists in most parts of the country and they have to be wary at all times when they set out to make a film. They really don’t know when they will have to face a bomb attack or any other threat from radicals within the fold. Javed’s family lives in London. He is the only one living voluntarily in Kabul. Alka and Hassani are also residents of Kabul.
Javed Taiman concluded by saying, “ whatever the difficulties we face , we will continue to make films that depict the truth of our people in the years to come.”
Johnson Thomas

MIFF 2012 - Interaction with renowned documentary film maker Anand Patwardhan

MIFF 2012 Interaction with Anand Patwardhan, Filmmaker, Jai Bhim oomrade- Documentary film

Filmmaker Anand Patwardhan’s film on atrocities committed against Dalits throughout the country included the much talked about incidents like the Ramabai Ambedkar incident and the Khairlanji incident that garnered newsprint space right across the country(in real time). Anand’s film documents the history of these struggles and talks about the mindset that terms these events as leftist/maoist / anti-national sentiment , allowing the governments to overlook the real problem that these disadvantaged face in terms of livelihood and existence itself. During the interaction that was held on the following day, an erudite Anand Patwardhan fielded questions that labeled him as controversial and boring with quiet elan. In his defence he said, “ I make films that speak about the reality of the disadvantaged. It is possible that some people might not like to face the bald truth that my films depict. I don’t set out to create controversies. I make films about legitimate struggles- struggles which concur with the constitutional provisions of law so how can they be termed controversial? As far as ‘boring and unduly long ‘ tag for my films is concerned I think that it is a matter of opinion. When I showed this film that runs over 200 minutes at Ramabai Nagar just yesterday, there were more than 1500 people there watching with rapt attention without moving an inch from their seats.”
Anand’s film received an award at the Kathmandu film festival but was rejected by most of the European ones. Anand was asked why his film was rejected by the European film festivals. To this he replied, “ My film doesn’t fit into their time slot requirements. Most of the festivals have television networks as sponsors and look to promote only those films that fit into TV time slots. My film is obviously too long for that.” He went on to say “ I am satisfied by the reception my film and I have been receiving from the people who matter to me most. Wherever I have shown this film, the reception has been phenomenal. People have been thronging in large numbers to watch this film. For a filmmaker that is the biggest victory!”
Anand Patwardhan said he was amazed by the ‘Fair and lovely’ fixation of the classes. “ I find it incredible that in a country where the majority is dark skinned , there is such a craving for fair complexions -as signified by the number of fair and lovely ads promoted by Bollywood’s biggies on Dish TV and other satellite networks, “ he said. These are some of the people who do not care much for the dalits and the disadvantages they face because of centuries of neglect. It is therefore time, these issues acquired central focus so that something can be done to bring about a change in their lives.”
He advocated further, “Until people begin to accept inter-caste ,inter-community alliances this problem will be difficult to eradicate. Dalits and other disadvantaged like them will only find acceptance and equity when generations of inter-caste and inter-community progeny find it difficult to pinpoint their exact origin of caste or community.”
On how he generates funds for his films, Anand said, “ I don’t make proposals and go around submitting them to producers for funds. My films are mostly self funded. Since I have been making films for several decades now, I have managed to make enough money to recycle into the production of new ones. My creative spirit is never hampered for want of funds. My films are team work. It is not me alone who does all the filming. I have my team members who work with me on the film and we do it together in perfect harmony.”
Johnson Thomas

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Public Service broadcasting Trust films at MIFF 2012 explore diverse topics

PSBT films at MIFF 2012 explore diverse topics

Mumbai / February 5, 2012
Public Service Broadcasting Trust, PSBT has more than a dozen film being screened in various categories of the Mumbai International Film Festival.
Some of the important entries are -
Sumit Khanna’s All Rise for Your Honour examines the issues concerning the judiciary in India.
Bit of Both – the Disappearing Horizon examines how both Hindu and Muslim revivalist organizations are vying with each other to draw the Cheeta-Merat community of Rajasthan in to their fold.
Umesh Agarwal’s Brokering News examines the menace of paid news and reinforces the need for media to look within. His other film Incurable India looks at the factors ailing Indian health system, besides tracing the nexus between the health care system and the powerful
Eer.. Stories in Stone by Shri Prakash is an attempt to understand how the tribals have recorded, understood and and kept alive their histories with little access to the written word.
Journey to Nagaland is an animation film by Aditi Chitre, who tells the story of a young girl in search of her roots Arun Chaddha’s Mindscapes of Love and Longing explores the sexuality of people with disabilities. The film attempts to reconstruct the disability and sexuality debate through personal voices and choices.
Shabani Hassanwalia and Samreen Farooqi through their contemporary film Online and Available examine the phenomenon of social networking sites and online identity formation.
Sab Leela Hai by Nirmal Chander tells the tale of Hindu Muslim unity through the story of Rudahi and Bargadi villages in Uttar Pradesh. For the last 38 years the villagers have been staging Ram Leela, where all the main characters are played by Muslims So Heddan So Hoddan by Anjali Monteiro and K. P. Jayasankar is a journey into the music and every day life of Mustafa Jatt – a Muslim pastoral community that live on the edge of the Rann of Kutchch.
Lalit Vachani’s Tales from Napa is the remarkable story of a little village that resisted the forces of Hindu fundamentalism during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.
About PSBT
New Delhi based Public Service Broadcasting Trust, PSBT has emerged as one of the largest documentary film making body in India. Over the last 10 years, it has commissioned more than 400 documentary films from over 300 independent film maker, covering diverse topics . Nearly half of the film makers are women. PSBT films have won 125 international and 16 national awards.

Brokering News : It’s time for media to look within, Documentary film, MIFF 2012

Brokering News : It’s time for media to look within
'Brokering News'— is a film by Umesh Agarwal that examines three aspects of paid news — how politicians pay for positive coverage during elections, how coverage and movie reviews are orchestrated and paid news about business and industry. “Brokering News’ looks into the charges of paid news that sent shivers down the fourth pillar of democracy but it seldom becomes a headline as a large section of the media doesn't seem eager to look within.”
“During Maharashtra Assembly elections when three rival newspapers carried the same article on on the former chief minister of the state under different bylines without caring to clarify that it was an advertorial, it was clear that something was wrong” says Umesh Agarwal. The film also questions the ownership of the media where many news channels are owned by political parties and political families.
Treaties struck between media houses and corporate empires are another aspect the film examines. The film goes beyond highlighting the issue of selling space on Page 3 to celebrities to question the increasing programming on gadgets and cars where criticism is the last thing on the mind of the anchor/ reviewer.
It depicts in detail how journalists are forced to broker deals to offer editorial coverage to politicians. The duration of the film is 52 minutes. The film is produced by the Public Service Bion films, roadcasting Trust, New Delhi. Umesh Agarwal is a national award winning film maker from Delhi, whose other notable films include Divided Colours of the Nation, Incurable India and Whistleblowers among others.

Screening schedule : Sunday, February 5, 2012, 11 a.m. Tata Theatre, NCPA.

Films from Afghanistan at MIFF 2012

Films from Afghanistan aim to present ‘real Afghanistan’ through insiders insights
A 13 film special package from Afghanistan is one of the key attractions of MIFF 2012. As the curator of the Afghanistan package Ms Reena Mohan says “Afghanistan is the most reported but least understood region in the world.”
The war at Afghanistan has ensured a heavy international media presence in that country, but the coverage and depiction is often ‘narrow and limited, with emphasis on conflict, opium and feuding tribes. A number of other documentaries made by non-Afghans show topics like cricket in Afghanistan or women playing football.
Curator Reena Mohan says her main aim of putting together the Afghanistan package was to show to the world the depiction of ‘real Afghanistan’ through the eyes of Afghan film makers. The package aims to trace the differences in their way of representing and seeing their own country. It also explores the challenges faced by artistes in expressing their thoughts amidst growing opposition to creative freedom.
Addicted to Afghanistan by Jawed Taiman addresses the issue of opium and drug’s devastating effect on the children of Afghanistan..
Death to the Camera by Sayed Qasem Hossaini examines the delicate gender issue, while Shabana by Mohammad Haroon Hamdard is an insight into the life of a girl child in Afghanistan. Hameed Alizadeh’s Checkpoint looks into the life and work of 15 border policemen..
Half Value Life is the story of Marya Bashir, the first woman public prosecutor in Afghanistan..
A letter to light, House No111, Joys of Fervency, Playing the Taar, You Don’t belong to this country are some of the other films in the package.
The package also includes three animation films –Hope, Shelter and Death to Freedom..
Cinema in Afghanistan .
Cinema entered Afghanistan at the beginning of 20th century. The political changes in Afghanistan have not allowed cinema to flourish, but several Pashto and Dari film makers, both inside and outside Afghanistan have been producing films .
Amir Habibullah (1901–1919) introduced film to Afghanistan, but in the royal court only. Pahgam was the first silent film shown to public in 1924. In 1968 Afghan Film, a state run film production company was formed and it began producing documentaries and news films highlighting official meetings and conferences of the government. These newsreels where shown before the screening of feature films, which were mostly the Hindi films from India. The civil wars of the 1990s were not conducive to creative work and many people working in the Afghan film industry migrated to Iran or Pakistan. Since 2000, the cinema of Afghanistan has slowly started to emerge from a lengthy period of silence..

MIFF 2012 Mike Pandey

Need support for information films that make difference to our lives – Mike Pandey

“A filmmaker’s role in the society is to share information, which brings about a change and that is what I constantly aspire to do through my films” said Mike Pandey addressing a press conference at the MIFF Media Centre in Mumbai, the day after he was honoured with the V Shantram Life Time Achievement award. “Documentary films are the backbone of a country and the Indian documentary film scene is now finally emerging after overcoming a stagnant period” said Pandey recounting his experiences as a veteran of informational films.
Mr. Pandey said that the government has also realized the importance of documentary films and informed media that a half an hour documentary chunk has been made available on Doordarshan. He said these films need to be supported by the governments, people as well as media.
Mr. Pandey informed that digital has opened a whole new vista of opportunities in film making and has been responsible in broadbasing film making. He informed that powerful and informative short films are being made using even the mobile phone camera. Mr Pandey highlighted the need to make the documentary films entertaining as well, so as to sustain the viewer’s interests. He said the docu-drama format has opened many possibilities in this regard, as can be seen from the popularity of the History Channel MIFF 2012 Festival Director Shankar Mohan also spoke and underlined the commitment of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting for promoting documentary and short films. He said, in order to encourage documentary films by Indian film makers, the Indian section of the competition has been reintroduced at MIFF 2012. Mr. Mohan also informed that the Prize money has almost been doubled.

Friday, February 3, 2012

MIFF 2012 opens in Mumbai with a package of 101 best documentary and short films; Environmental film maker Mike Pandey honoured with V Shantaram Life time Achievement Award ;

MIFF 2012 opens in Mumbai with a package of 101 best documentary and short films;
Environmental film maker Mike Pandey honoured with V Shantaram Life time Achievement Award ;
Mumbai : February 3, 2012
India’s veteran environmental film maker Mike Pandey has been honoured with the prestigious V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award of the Mumbai International Film Festival – MIFF 2012. The award carries a citation, a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs. (Rs 500,000)
Instituted in 1996 in memory of India’s foremost film maker V Shantaram, the Life Time Achievement Award aims to recognize the multi-faceted contributions of an Indian for the documentary film movement.
The Award was presented to Mr. Mike Pandey by the Governor of Maharashtra, Mr. K Sankaranarayanan in the presence of Union Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Mr. Chaudhury Mohan Jathua, veteran film historian Ms. Vijaya Mulay and popular Marathi actor Ms. Amrutha Khanvilkar.
MIFF 2012 – What is in store? MIFF 2012, will showcase more than 101 documentary, short and animation films from 37 countries. 22 Awards including the Golden Conch Award for best films in International Competition, Indian Competition, best fiction, best animation films, will be given away.
World renowned film maker John Bradbury of Australia, Japanese animation director/producer Sayoko Kinoshita, Austrian cinematographer and Director Michael Glawogger, Bulgarian film maker Adela Peeva, Irish film maker Stefanie Dinkelbach, acclaimed film maker Kumar Shahni are attending the week long event taking place at NCPA, Nariman Point from February 3-9.
Mumbai International Film Festival 2012:
About Mike Pandey Mike Pandey is one of India's foremost wildlife and environmental filmmakers with over 300 national and international awards. Several of his films, such as Shores of Silence, The Last Migration, Broken Wings and The Timeless Traveller, to name a few, have been directly instrumental in bringing about legislative changes to protect species such as whale sharks, elephants, vultures and horse-shoe crabs.
The Delhi based film maker Mike Pandey was born in Kenya and trained and educated in the UK and the USA.
In 1994, he became the first Asian producer / director to win a Wildscreen Panda Award, also known as the Green Oscar, for his film The Last Migration - Wild Elephant Capture in Sarguja.
In 2000, his film Shores of Silence - Whale Sharks in India, won a ‘Green Oscar' for the second time. The film also led to the ban on the killing of whale sharks on Indian shores. This film has also won a National Award for Best Film in the "Exploration & Adventure" Category, 2005.
On October 2004, he did India proud once again by winning a Panda Award for the Third time for his film Vanishing Giants - a story of his passion and involvement with elephants. This film also led to the ban of cruel and outdated techniques of elephant capture in India.
The prestigious United Nations International Award For Outstanding Achievement In Global Conservation, the Prthvi Ratna was awarded to Mike at the Vatavaran Film Festival in November 2003, for his outstanding contribution towards generating awareness, which led to the conservation of a global heritage - the Whale Shark.
Mike Pandey’s Riverbank Studios has produced some of India's most popular programmes like Earth Matters, aired on Doordarshan national network for 13 years, so far reaching over 800 million viewers .
With over three decades of filmmaking experience Mike Pandey has produced over 600 films. His powerful films are living proof of the difference a film can make in bringing about changes locally, nationally and globally.
In recognition of this fact, the Mumbai International Film Festival is proud to honour him with the prestigious V Shantaram Life Time Achievement Award.
Mumbai International Film Festival 2012: V SHANTARAM LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD C I T A T I O N
Shri Mike Pandey, the iconic nature and wild life filmmaker is internationally renowned for his pioneering conservation work. With over 35 years of relentless contribution towards protecting our Earth, his single minded dedication led to the protection of several endangered species from extinction.
A three time Green Oscar winner, Shri Mike Pandey, through his powerful films, commitment and dedication has been able to create awareness both at the grass roots and impressed policy makers nationally and internationally, leading to legislative changes in many countries including India.
For his singular dedication and exceptional contribution to the conservation of wild life and environment through his path breaking documentaries, the Dr. V. Shantaram Lifetime Achievement Award for the year 2012 is conferred on Shri Make Pandey.
  Mumbai International Film Festival 2012:
Bamboo Symphony – where there is a message in the music
Mumbai : February 3, 2012
Bamboo Symphony – ‘Mula Paadum Ravu’ the cultural attraction of the MIFF 2012 opening ceremony is a unique Indian Folklore Fusion, founded by Unnikrishna Pakkanar of Thrissur, Kerala. It is based on the principle that music has its origin in nature and hence there is a need to develop an art form that is eco-friendly.
Most of the modern day musical instruments are not bio-degradable. But the musical instruments used in Bamboo Symphony are all made of natural material like bamboo or reed.
The symphony derives its inspiration from the natural music produced by bamboo clusters singing and dancing in rain and wind.
Mula Puadam Ravu conveys the role and message of bamboo and motivates people to conserve forest and environment.
There is a message in the music.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Talent house filmmaking competition

Vizag to witness a Celebrity Weekend on 4th and 5th Feb

This weekend Celebrity Cricket league hits Vizag and this will be the final stop for the preliminary matches. All the six teams will be playing on 4th and 5th and the semifinal spots will be decided depending on the matches. The only team which has qualified for the semis is the Telugu warriors for now. With three wins and one tie in the four matches which they have played, they are on the top of the points table. The weekend will see a massive gathering of stars from all the industries and will have superstar Venkatesh, captain or Telugu warriors along with his full fledged team of actors Tharun, Sreekanth, Tarakratna and many more looking at a clean sweep. The glamour quotient is high on agenda and will see a huge list of actresses too present supporting their respective teams. Charmee, Lakshmi Rai, Madhuri Bhattacharya , Ria Sen, Kangana Ranaut, Amla Paul are just the few of the many actresses who will be present. The matches tobe played on 4th february are Kerala strikers vs Bengal Tigers and Telugu warriors vs Chennai Rhinos and the matches on 5th will be played between Karnataka Bulldozers vs Kerala Strikers and Bengal Tigers vs Mumbai Heroes. The matches will be held at Aca Vdca stadium from 2.00pm to 10.00pm on both the days.. Mumbai Heroes Win Against Bengal Tigers and Get into The Semifinals of Celebrity Cricket League...... Mumbai Heroes Played against Bengal Tigers and WON on 5th Feb in Vizag.....Mumbai Heroes Won by 6 Wickets... It was very important for the Heroes to Win this match as this was the only chance to get into the semifinals happening on the 11th Feb in Chennai. The Most important Reason to win this match was Ritesh and Genelia to be a part of this game, even though they got married a day back. Shabbir Ahluwalia was the Man of The Match, He took four 4's and Six 6's and made the team win. Raja Bherwani was consistent too and made 54 runs. For More Details Please visit :

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Seiko Launches 'Ananta' the luxury watch collection in India

Seiko Watch india Pvt.Ltd. lauched it's latest series of high-end luxury mechanical hand-assembled watches , 'Ananta' in India. Named for the sanskrit word for infinite, the 'Ananta' collection is made up of exclusive luxury timepieces whose design is inspired by 'Katana' the ancient art of Japanese sword making. Elaborate movements used in Ananta are designed and developed by expert craftsmen in-house. The Ananta collection consists of watches with unique Spring Drive and high-grade mechanical movements. At the launch event, japanese National Watch Skill competition winner Mr Junya Kamijo assembled the latest marvel of infinite perfection.- the Ananta Spring drive mechanism. Mr Susumu Kawanashi , President , Seiko Watch India Pvt Ltd, inaugurated the launch event by cutting the blue ribbon and then went on to the stage to make a presentation to the assembled news persons and invitees. He said ," with the launch of Ananta , we want to reinforce our committment of providing cutting edge technology watches for the luxury watch market in India." Niladri Mazumdar, Vice President , Seiko Watch India Pvt Ltd took the audience through the making of the master-piece watch. The watches on display were truly magnificient, fit for kings!