Archive for April, 2015

Adi Sankar – the Little “Grand Master” of Arts!


The name Adi Sankar has become familiar to Canadian Malayalees as the little “Grand Master” of Arts!

“Kalaprathibha”,  “Malayalee Ratna” – the titles he bagged within his small age, are many!!

Adi, son of Jay Pillai & Lovely Sankar, is only 10 year old and studying in grade 4 at Copeland PS, Brampton, Ontario.

Recently, on 25th April 2015, Adi won the highest individual award of “KALA PRATHIBHA – 2015” in the arts and cultural competitions conducted by the South Indian community organization called ‘Toronto Malayalee Samajam”(TMS). There were over 200 participants in 21 catogories. Adi particpated in English Speech, English Recitation, Malayalam Recitation and Bollywood Dance.


Adi  was  the winner of ”Malayalee Ratna -2015″ award with 76 points conducted by Brampton Malayalee Samajam (BMS) in March 2015.

He was also the award winner of competitions conducted by “Follow Me TV” at its launching ceremony in 2014.

He has also got lot of prizes in Piano, Guitar, Violin, Drums and Vocal Music.

He is a student of Karate and Chess. He is the leader of Chess Club in his school too.

He is excellent in studies with A+ in all subjects. Math and Science are his favorite subjects.

Hoisting a Canadian flag on Mars is his greatest life ambition. He is a great lover of books on History and Astronomy.

Adi is a great fan of Terry Fox and is soon going to launch a voluntary fund raising program through public events at parks and malls for Cancer Care and Research, in Summer weekends.


Report by: Jaison Mathew (WNN)

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We have all tried and tested in front of mirrors or a selfie style phone to imitate our favourite movie star rendered dialogs or sounds. Just imagine that in a video with the original sound dubbed to your acting. Dubsmash is a video messaging application for iOS and Android. Using the application, users can choose an audio recording of a well known quote from a list and record a video of themselves in which they dub the quote.

Dubsmash app officially launched on November 19, 2014. Dubsmash app founders, Jonas Drüppel, Roland Grenke and Daniel Taschik. It has become quite the rage with some of our very own movie stars in the South. Well I am about to try mine!

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Garlic Rasam

Rasam is a must have for all seasons, for cold, sinus, indigestion…a cup of Hot home made rasam..0r pepper water as some call it, exudes the much needed comfort food feeling.


2 teaspoons vegetable oil

1/4 teaspoon black mustard seed

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

5 fresh curry leaves

1 large ripe to overripe tomato, diced

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

salt to taste

1 tablespoon chopped fresh Coriander leaves.

To Grind:

1 teaspoon cumin seed, freshly ground

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

4- 5 red dry chills, vary accdg to taste

To Soak: 

Tamarind ball the size of a loonie with 3 cups of water


  1. Grind the items in the ‘To Grind’ list.
  2. Soak the tamarind ball in 3 cups of warm water for 10mins  and squeeze the juices out.
  3. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  4. Add mustard & Cumin seeds. As they start to sputter, add the curry leaves and tomato.
  5. Stir until tomatoes look almost cooked.
  6. Add salt, the ground powder, turmeric and let cook for a minute.
  7. Add the Tamarind juice, bring it to a boil for around 10mins.
  8. Check to taste, a spoonful of cooled rasam (careful its still hot!!) and adjust tamarind or salt.
  9. Then add crushed garlic and coriander leaves, let boil for 2 more minutes.


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Vincy’s Mushroom chilli Masala

Koonu(Mushroom) chilli Masala

Koonu, the Mushrooms, also known as Kaalaan in Tamil. Mushrooms are low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and very low in sodium, yet they provide important nutrients, including selenium, potassium (8%), vitamin D and more. This ‘Indianised’ recipe is quick, tasty, and ideal as a side dish for any meals.

Serving for 2 to 3

Cooking time: 20 to 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS 200-250 gms button mushrooms
1 large onion or 2 medium sized onions
2-3 green chilies
½ tsp cumin powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
¼ tsp black pepper powder
¼ tsp red chili powder (optional)
a generous pinch of garam masala powder
1 tbsp oil
1 or 2 tbsp coriander leaves
salt as required


Rinse and chop the mushrooms.
Slice the onions thinly.
Slit the green chilies
Heat oil in a pan or wok.
Add the onions and saute till they begin to get light browned.
The onions should have softness in them. so when you see them beginning to get light browned, proceed to the next step.
so to quicken this process, add a pinch of salt to the onions. this helps the onions to cook faster.
Add the green chilies and saute for half a minute.
Now add the chopped mushroom and stir.
Add all the spice powders including salt.
Saute the mushrooms till they shrink in size and leave water.
continue to cook till all the water has evaporated and you can see oil in the mixture.
Saute till the mushrooms turn a light golden.
Add coriander leaves and cook for a minute.
switch off the fire and serve the Koonu (Mushroom) chilly masala with Pulav, chappathi or Rotti.

don’t make the onions crisp or browned.
this process of cooking onions take a lot of time.

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Ottawa Sangeet Presents Sangeet 2015

Ottawa Sangeet organizes and celebrates Indian Classical music in the Ottawa region with high profile Indian classical musicians from India. In continuation to this endeavour, Ottawa Sangeet presents Sangeet 2015, Jugalbandi with Grammy nominated Flautist Maestro Shashank Subramanyam along with the one only Rakesh Chaurasia. Sai Giridhar will be on Mridangam and Vineet Vyas on Tabla on May 2nd, 2015 @ 6 PM – Kailash Mital Theatre, Ottawa.

A Grammy nominated exponent of the Bamboo Flute, Shashank stormed into the music world at the age of six in 1984.  He was the youngest musician to have been invited by The Music Academy, Chennai to perform the senior most slot of The Music Academy, (often performed by Legends of Indian Classical Music), at the age of 12  – a record yet to be broken in the history of South Indian Music. Shashank often collaborates with many legendary musicians from India and around the world including Guitarist John McLaughlin, Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan, Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborthy  to name a few.

Rakesh Chaurasia, the nephew and child prodigy of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, has a famous name to live up to. Amongst the promising musicians of the second generation, Rakesh has carved a niche for himself , as an accomplished flautist. Incorporating the tradition of his renowned uncle and infusing his personal style , he has evolved a style which while maintaining the purity of the flute manages to capture the attention of the young listeners too. The most accomplished of disciples of his uncle, however, shows all the promise to carry the Chaurasia legacy to new heights.

Ticket on Contact details are available on the website.

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Divya Raj -the first Malayalee for Mrs South Asia Canada

Toronto: Divya Raj is the first Malayalee to be selected for the Pageant titled “Mrs South Asia Canada” !!

Divya is currently working as an IT professional and also pursuing her passion for fashion and dance. She is a trained Indian classical dancer and a model who has performed dance stage shows, fashion shows, and TV shows .

When she was 4 year old she has started taking lessons in Indian classical dance forms such as Bharata Natyam, Mohiniyattam, Kuchipudi and Kathakali. She was awarded the title “Kalathilakam” during her school and college days.
Divya is an active supporter of many charity and fundraising events in Canada and India.


To vote for Divya Raj to win the “Public Choice” Award for Mrs South Asia Canada, Please ‘Like’ this FB Page:



Divya’s vision for Mrs South Asia Canada is to provide a voice and motivation for all the married women who wanted to come out and showcase their talent. It is a voice for you!

Report by: Jaison Mathew (WNN)



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Warraich Grill Naach Meri Jaan Toronto – Participant Focus

The Warraich Grill Naach Meri Jaan Toronto Dance competition is the first Indian Dance Reality Competition in North America. The auditions, organized by Glitterati Entertainment and Sanskriti Arts, began in March with the Toronto finals to take place on April 25, 2015 at the Randolph Academy of Arts at Bloor and Bathhurst. Judges include Bollywood star Javed Jaffri, Bollywood actor Vatsal Seth, Puja Amin and ace choreographer Rujuta Vaidya.

Beginning in March with auditions, over thirty participants took part in the semi-finals which occurred on April 4, 2015 at Sanskriti Dance and Yoga Center, 2249 Dunwin Dr, Mississauga, Ontario. This fantastic dance opportunity has brought out amazing talent in our city.

Mayank Paul, a nineteen year old student studying at York University, was given a ticket to the semi-finals after having passed the first audition in Brampton. Beginning to dance at the young age of two his Fusion –Bollywood inspired dance style won praise from the judges in the auditions. His dream is to use this great platform to showcase his talents to a wider audience.

Gautam Tiwari, eighteen, works as a dance instructor after having completed Grade 12. Born in Montreal, he moved to Toronto when he was 5 and completed his schooling here. Gautam’s preferred dance style is mainly hip-hop although for this competition he performed a fusion composition. He started dancing at the age of fourteen and his passion is to make dance a career. Both of them have paired up together to make an amazing duet team for the finals!


Medha Wadhwa

Medha Wadhwa is an absolute delight to speak too! Her enthusiasm for life both on and off the dance floor radiates from her. At the young age of thirteen, Medha already has many achievements to her credit. Studying at Hawthorne Village Public School in Milton, she has had dance run through her blood since being a toddler of two. She began her formal training in Bharathanatyam, a classical Indian dance form at the age of five.

In addition to dance, Medha also participates in competitive gymnastics and has won many awards in this sport as well. She became interested in the Naach Meri Jaan competition after having placed as a runner-up in the Aaja Naachle Canada competition that took place in January and February of this year. At the suggestion of one of the judges, she decided to give this competition a chance. Her motivation to dance is to make people smile and has visions to reach a much wider audience. She is clearly looking forward to the Grand Finale taking place in New York!


Natasha Balakrishnan

Our final participant focus is on Natasha Balakrishnan, a South Indian of Tamil origin, born in Kerala and raised in the Middle East where she began her Bharathanatyam training at the age of five. Moving to Toronto at the age of fifteen, Natasha completed her undergraduate degree at York University and is currently completing her last semester in the Law Clerk Program from Humber College. Natasha has a wide range of dance styles that she enjoys sharing including, but not limited to, Bollywood, classical, hip hop, contemporary, Ghana, and Bhangra. Her passion and enthusiasm for dance has further developed as she competed and danced for the South Asian Alliance of York University and the Tamil Students’ Association. Continuing her passion for dance, she has moved on to doing her own choreography and has started her own YouTube channel where she shares her vision and choreography. Dancing makes Natasha happy-completely transforming her from a shy, quiet girl to a whirlwind of energy and vitality. Her ability to convey her emotions through this art form is clear to anyone who watches her.

The future lies open for these young performers. The five or six minutes of dance that we witness does not really show the hours and hours of practise, commitment and struggle they have gone through to get to this level. Along with them are parents, siblings, extended family members and friends who all wait with bated breath to see what’s next. Wishing all of them the best, we look forward to seeing these and all the other talented young dancers at the Toronto Finals!

The names of the competitors who are heading to the Toronto finals on April 25, 2015 include:

  • Krystal Grover
  • Shreya Kaushik
  • Mrigank Kothyari
  • Medha Wadhwa
  • Janvi Pathak
  • Neha Javed
  • Isherdeep Gill
  • Ishika Talwar
  • Sanskriti Arts Junior Ensemble
  • Agarwals Based in Canada
  • Sanskriti Arts Junior Ensemble
  • Erika Ramirez
  • Vrudhee Shah
  • Arshiya Bhan
  • Natasha Balkrishnan
  • Auyonika Choudhury
  • Sanskruti Marathe
  • Mihrin Popatiya
  • Dilrazvinder Sidhu
  • Tricube
  • Agarwals Based in Canada
  • Ambitious Movement
  • Harvi Karatha and Jenine Paulose
  • Kavya Pathak and Kashish Pathak
  • Mayank Paul and Gautam Tiwari
  • Yugti Khaira and Jalay Trivedi
Manav Sharma
  • Saffatt Al Munsur

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Follow like a shadow : Poem by Jose Pinto Stephen

Remember! I will follow you like a shadow
Because I love you so much
I am a shadow because you don’t want to see me otherwise
I am a shadow because I don’t want to be separate from you

I will follow you wherever you go
I will be in heaven if you go there
I will be in hell if you are there
Better stay on earth so I can stay here too

Your happiness is mine too
Your sorrows make me cry
I know you don’t want to share your feelings to me
But I feel the same way even before you feel anything

I wish you would walk on the light always
Then I can exist forever
I don’t know shadow can exist on darkness
Don’t ever choose darkness just to destroy me

Whenever you looked back you saw me standing there
You turned away your face and moved away with hatred
I followed you as fast as you ran away
Still my mind was filled with pure love

When you climb the ladder of success
I will be there to congratulate you
If you ever fall and weep
You will hear my soothing voice

Why shadow has different feelings now?
In terms of love and hatred shadow can only love
Thank God for creating shadows
If not how could’ve I follow you?

My final words…..
Don’t ever try to run away…
You can’t be the real you…
Without your own shadow…

By Jose Pinto Stephen


Calvary -Malayalam Song by Alex Abraham



Warraich Grill Naach Meri Jaan finals in Toronto

Sanskriti arts and Glitterati Entertainment present Warraich Grill Naach Meri Jaan Toronto finals !!!
Buy your tickets now !
25th April , doors open 5 pm
Randolph Acedemy of performing Arts ( Bathurst and Bloor)
For tickets call 647 444 7152 or email:
Buy online on



Naach Meri Jaan (NMJ) is an Indian reality dance competition looking for the next Bollywood superstars. This competition was created to promote the awareness of talent specifically revolving around South Asian dance forms (Bhangra, Bollywood, Fusion, etc.), and is designed to showcase some of the most talented children, men, and women comprising individual contestants, couples, and dance teams. NMJ is the first of its kind in bringing an Indian reality dance competition to the United States and Canada.

The Toronto finalists compete in North America finals in New York and the final winners go to Bollywood get to exhibit their talent in a Bollywood movie and a photoshoot with a Bollywood photographer.
Life ok(StarPlus) are broadcasters of the show in India. Bollywood Star Javed Jaffri and Bollywood actor Vatsal will be judging the Toronto show alongwith a local celebrity judge.

Report by: Jaison Mathew (WNN)


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