Archive for July, 2015

One Fire Movement presents – One Day – A Song For Peace

One Day was recorded with seven Toronto based artists including: Ania Soul, Brendan Albert, Jessica Speziale, Dean West, Alissa Vox Raw, Rory O’Hearn, and Tony Roost with a message of world peace and a portion of the songs proceeds going toward Amnesty International and the fight for human rights.


The song One Day was recorded in Kensington Market at Pawn Shop Studios by Juno award winning producer Mike Langford. The music video was shot in the world famous Kensington Market in Toronto.

The song and video is released with a campaign titled One Day Starts Now. The campaign is social awareness project meant to engage people into thinking about what they can do to help change the world.

One Fire Movement is an arts based organization that helps promote positivity and awareness via photography, video, music, clothing and events in support of charity organizations. With a mission to help bring about global peace and unity by sharing the message of WE ARE ONE.

Join the campaign:

One Day is available on iTunes:…
Video shot and directed by Jason Lutz for Bootleg Beta
Additional video footage by Fred Yurichuk and Josh Haggerty
Video edited by Jason Lutz

For more info on One Fire Movement: 

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India Day Festival at Yonge & Dundas Square on 16th August, 2015

TORONTO: Top Canadian leaders, including ministers, MPs, MPPs and mayors, will join the Indo-Canadian community in celebrating India’s 69th Independence Day at Yonge and Dundas Square in downtown Toronto on Sunday, August 16.

The biggest event of the community draws thousands of people to the colourful parade and subsequent cultural performances showcasing India’s diversity in dance, music and culture.

Toronto singer Shirsha Chakaroborty will be the lead performer this year.


Apart the colourfully decorated rickshaws, another unique feature of the India Day parade this year will be a 12-member military band led by Lt Col (Hon) Hari Panday. Panday is the only corporate honcho of Indian origin in Canada who dons the military uniform.

The day-long celebrations will begin with the singing of the National Anthem and patriotic songs. It will be followed by the downtown grand parade comprising VIPs and contingents of different Indian states.

After the parade winds up back at Yonge and Dundas Square, the high-voltage cultural show will unfold.

About three dozen cultural troupes and individual performances will showcase India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage non-stop till 8pm.

Over the years, Indian cuisine at the India Day celebrations has become a big draw for families. This year too, more than two dozen food vendors will treat visitors to an array of Indian delicacies – idli, dosa, chat papri, biryani, tandoori and other ethnic dishes. Ethnic Indian products will also be on sale at the venue.

There will be prizes and certificates for the largest and the most ethnic among state contingents.

Yonge Dundas Square can accommodate up to 26 vendors with several sponsorship opportunities. Vendors looking for a booth and those wishing to join cultural performances or register for the parade can contact

ICICI Bank will be the lead sponsor of this year’s India Day Festival.

For more info, visit: or contact: Anu Srivastava (Chair) :416.523.3935,  Shalini:416.907.3132, Dhruv: 647.680.3228, Suvarna: 905.882.4607


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Samyogita -Harmonizing myriad of Dance Forms

Toronto: Samyogita -Harmonizing myriad of Dance Forms is presented by Nrutha Kala Kendra and Regatta Kala Kendra on 22nd August, 2015 – 6.30 pm @ Don Bosco Catholic Secondary School (2 St.Andrews Blvd. Toronto).

” ‘Samyogita’ or ‘Unison’ is the primary theme of our composition, through which you will be witnessing the conjunction and integration of three different forms of art; Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattam and Kuchipudi.” – the dancer, director and choreographer Hari Kishan S Nair said.

Bharathanatyam that originated in the southern state of India, Tamil Nadu is perhaps one of the most evolved forms of classical art forms. Bharata Natyam is known for its grace, purity, tenderness, crispness expression, and geometric and sculpturesque poses. Mohiniyattam, a dance form of Kerala originated in the 16th century. The word ‘Mohini’ means a woman who enchants onlookers and ‘aattam’ means gracious and sensuous body movements involving the swaying of broad hips and the gentle movements of erect posture from side to side. This is reminiscent of the swinging of the palm leaves and the gently flowing rivers which abound Kerala, the land of Mohiniyattam. And Kuchipudi is a classical dance form from the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. It acquired its name from the village of Kuchupudi in Andhra and also from the surname of the resident Brahmins practicing this traditional dance form. Kuchipudi is performed with alluring expressions, swift looks and fleeting emotions evoking the rasa.

Preetha Kandanchatha, the Director and Choreographer said that there will be 13 eminent and professional artists performing this show including the Guest artists Vinod Nair (UK) and Sanjukta Banerjee.

“With all the different cultures and traditions in India, there is a countless number of similarities in our people. Samyogita is an attempt to assimilate the close similarities between these sundry dance forms. It is an attempt to showcase the unity in diversity in India. Theoretically these art forms are very distinct from each other in the way of expression and movements through Samyogita you will be appraised of their parallelism.” – she added.

Jossi Karakkattu (Your Choice Realty Corp.) is the main sponsor of this event.

For more information and Tickets, contact:647.859.7772 or 416.825.4979 or E-mail:

Report by: Jaison Mathew (WNN)

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IAPC Canada Chapter formed

ടൊറന്റോ: നോര്‍ത്ത് അമേരിക്കയിലെ ഇന്ത്യന്‍ മാധ്യമ പ്രവര്‍ത്തകരുടെ കൂട്ടായ്മയായ ഇന്‍ഡോ-അമേരിക്കന്‍ പ്രസ്ക്ലബ് കാനഡയിലെ പ്രമുഖരായ മാധ്യമ പ്രവര്‍ത്തകരേയും എഴുത്തുകാരേയും ഉള്‍പ്പെടുത്തിക്കൊണ്ട് കാനഡ ചാപ്റ്ററിനു രൂപം കൊടുത്തു.

ചാപ്റ്ററിന്റെ പ്രസിഡന്റായി ആയി ജയശങ്കര്‍ പിള്ള (ജയ് പിള്ള ടൊറന്റോ) യേയും, ജനറല്‍ സെക്രട്ടറിയായി ഒ.കെ. ത്യാഗരാജനെയും (ബ്രിട്ടീഷ് കൊളംബിയ), ട്രഷറാറായി അജീഷ് രാജേന്ദ്രനെയും (ടൊറന്റോ) നാമനിര്‍ദേശം ചെയ്തു.

ഡോ. പി.വി. ബൈജു (വൈസ് പ്രസിഡന്റ്, ആല്‍ബര്‍ട്ട), ആനീ കോശി (വൈസ് പ്രസിഡന്റ് ടൊറന്റോ), സുജിത് വിഘ്‌നേശ്വര്‍ (വൈസ് പ്രസിഡന്റ്, എഡ്മണ്ടണ്‍), ഡോ. സമിത ലോയ്ഡ്, വിജയ് സേതു മാധവ്, മോഹന്‍ അരിയത്ത് (സെക്രട്ടറിമാര്‍), ജോയ് ജോസഫ് (ജോയിന്റ് ട്രഷറര്‍) എന്നിവരാണ് മറ്റ് ഭാരവാഹികള്‍.


ബാലു ഞാലെലില്‍, ഷിജു ദേവസ്യ, തമ്പാനൂര്‍ മോഹന്‍, സിജിന്‍ വിന്‍സന്റ്, ജോസ് സെബാസ്റ്റ്യന്‍, രാജേഷ് ജയപ്രകാശ്, ആമിന ഷബീന്‍, കുഞ്ഞൂസ് , സോണി സെബാസ്റ്യൻ, ഡോ. അമിത ജോയ് സി. മുണ്ടന്‍ചിറ എന്നിവരടങ്ങുന്ന എക്‌സിക്യൂട്ടീവ് കമ്മിറ്റിയും രൂപീകരിച്ചു.

ചാപ്റ്ററിന്റെ രൂപീകരണത്തിനായി പ്രവര്‍ത്തിച്ച ഇന്‍ഡോ- അമേരിക്കന്‍ പ്രസ്ക്ലബ് ബോര്‍ഡ് ഓഫ് ഡയറക്‌ടേഴ്‌സ് മെംബറും എക്‌സിക്യൂട്ടിവ് അംഗവുമായ ആഷ്‌ലി ജോസഫ്, സെക്രട്ടറി ജൈസണ്‍ മാത്യു എന്നിവരെ ഇന്‍ഡോ അമേരിക്കന്‍ പ്രസ്ക്ലബ് ബോര്‍ഡ് ഓഫ് ഡയറക്‌ടേഴ്‌സ് ചെയര്‍മാന്‍ ജിന്‍സ്‌മോന്‍ സക്കറിയ , പ്രസിഡന്റ് അജയ് ഘോഷ്, എക്‌സിക്യൂട്ടീവ് വൈസ് പ്രസിഡന്റ് ഫാ. ജോണ്‍സണ്‍ പുഞ്ചക്കോണം, ജനറല്‍ സെക്രട്ടറി വിനി നായര്‍ എന്നിവര്‍ അഭിനന്ദിക്കുകയും ചാപ്റ്റര്‍ ഭാരവാഹികള്‍ക്ക് ആശംസകള്‍ നേരുകയും ചെയ്തു.

നോര്‍ത്ത് അമേരിക്കയിലെ സാമൂഹിക പശ്ചാത്തലത്തെ അടിസ്ഥാനമാക്കി മാധ്യമ രംഗത്ത് പ്രതിബദ്ധതയോട് കൂടി പ്രവര്‍ത്തിക്കുന്നവരുടെ ഉന്നമനവും മാധ്യമ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനത്തെ സുതാര്യമാക്കുന്നതും ലക്ഷ്യം വച്ചാണ് 20 അംഗ എക്‌സിക്യൂട്ടീവ് ബോര്‍ഡ് പ്രവര്‍ത്തിക്കുക. കാനഡയിലെ ദൃശ്യ, ശ്രാവ്യ, അച്ചടി മാധ്യമ രംഗത്തെ ഒരു പുതിയ കാല്‍വയ്പാണ് ഇന്‍ഡോ- അമേരിക്കന്‍ പ്രസ് ക്ലബിന്റെ ഈ ചാപ്റ്റര്‍. സാമൂഹിക, സാംസ്കാരിക, രാഷ്ട്രീയ, മാധ്യമ രംഗത്ത് പ്രവര്‍ത്തിക്കുന്ന എല്ലാ അഭ്യുദയകാംക്ഷികളുടെയും സഹകരണം പുതിയതായി ചാര്‍ജ് ഏറ്റെടുത്ത ചാപ്റ്റര്‍ ഭാരവാഹികള്‍ അഭ്യര്‍ത്ഥിച്ചു.

Report: ജൈസണ്‍ മാത്യു (WNN)

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Jenine and Harvi: the unbeaten Dancing Partners!


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IAPC invites entries for photography contest


New York: Indo-American Press Club (IAPC), an organization of journalists and media professionals of Indian Origin in North America  invites entries for photography contest – “Dhrushti” , which is organized as a part of  their First International Media Conference.

The subject of the contest will be “colors of life”. All talented photographers who participate are expected to capture any events in society which has a true message to convey. Let your ” Dhrushti” or “eyes” are open to all colors of life which can make an impact through your creativity.

The winners will be selected by a panel of professional eminent judges and the prize for the winners will be presented during the International Media Conference scheduled at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, (3845 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, NewYork, 11779, US) from 9th to 12th October, 2015.

You can send your Entries to: (Don’t forget to include “IAPC Photo contest” on the subject line of the E-mail).


·          The photo contest will be in two category :
                        1. For Indo American citizen journalists.
                            (All the Indo-Americans aged above 18, are eligible to make their entry.)
                          2. For Journalism students in Kerala . (Along with the photos students must submit a certified proof from the institution authorities clearly stating year of study and course.)
·          By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the IAPC Photo contest.
·          Photographs must have been shot by the entrant  in 2015 (should be less than 1 year old; taken recently).
·          The theme of the contest will be: “Colors of Life”. The photo should be a reflection of participant’s social commitment to highlight ‘colors of life’ within the society. It can be associated with nature but should be meaningful. The photo should be accompanied by a two liner description of the message that the photo has to say to the world.
·          Cropped photos are eligible  (but restricted to less than 20% of the original file format). We do not accept digitally or otherwise enhanced or altered photos.  If the judges determine that a photographer has altered his or her photo, they reserve the right to disqualify it.
·          Obscene, provocative, or otherwise objectionable content will not be considered, and such determination is solely at the discretion of Indo American Press club.
·          The photograph previously submitted for any other competition will not be accepted.
·          Photographs must be in a .jpeg, .jpg or .gif format. Files submitted should raw (unedited); preferably 2000 pixels longer side,  not be larger than 15 MB.
·          We do not accept more than one photo from a contestant. (If the contestant send more than one; judges will pick only one for the contest)
·          Please include a short description about the photograph  such as: subject (Importance of the photograph), place and time of the photo taken, camera and specifications used; and send along with the photograph.
·          The Photograph and the Description, each in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted Photograph and Description are original works created solely by the entrant and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the Photograph or the Description. Though you retain copyright in each image submitted, the digital image file(s) submitted will not be returned or acknowledged.
·          By entering the contest, entrants grant the Indo-American Press Club, Inc. a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any promotional, publicity, exhibition, related to IAPC International Media Conference, New York.
·          Indo-American Press Club, Inc. will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
  • IAPC reserve any right to take any decision on the rules and conduct of the photo contest.

Entry deadline will be: 31st August 2015

For more information regarding the photo contest, contact: Coordinators: Rajasree Pinto: 973.619.5262, Arun Kumar Gopalakrishnan: 201.214.9858,

IAPC will also be conducting news/feature writing contest,caption contest etc, to encourage Citizen Journalists in North America and honor them with prizes at the International Media Conference.

For more information, contact: Ajay Ghosh (203.583.6750), Ginsmon Zacharia (516.776.7061), Fr.Johnson Punchakonam (770.310.9050), Vini Nair (732.874.3168)

Report by: Rajasree Pinto

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Janson Kappen – 2015 Canadian National Brain Bee champion!

Janson Kappen, a Grade 10 student at Calgary’s Westmount Charter School, dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon. He is fascinated by the brain; his favourite fact about the human brain is that it contains nearly 100 billion neurons, the same number of stars in our galaxy – now he has become the 2015 Canadian National Brain Bee Champion!.

On March 7, Kappen had the opportunity to put his neuroscience knowledge to the test at the 8th annual Calgary Brain Bee, a neuroscience competition for students in Grade 9-12 hosted by the Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) and organized by the Hotchkiss Brain Institute Trainee Organization (HBITO), an organization that seeks to inspire curiosity about brain research and encourage the study of neuroscience through various community outreach initiatives.

Cheered on by his family and classmates, Kappen made it through a preliminary round, as well as 10 rounds of oral questions and two written tiebreaker rounds of questions before being named champion.

Kappen was one of 28 students from Calgary and the surrounding area participating in this year’s competition. Contestants were asked questions about a wide range of neuroscience-related topics including: neuroanatomy, brain chemistry, neurological disorders, brain development, and the history of neuroscience.

On May 30th he participated in the 2015 CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee Eighth Annual Competition, at McMaster University.

The competition was fierce; fifteen incredibly bright students excelled at every test. The morning challenge included the neuroanatomy bell-ringer (2 minutes at each of 20 brain sections) and patient diagnosis (4 minutes with each of 10 patients). The afternoon was intense, with 50 rapid-fire multiple-choice questions, 15 high-challenge questions, and 25 short-answer questions. The top 2 competitors then battled for first place over 40 challenging oral questions and answers.

Competitors came from coast to coast: Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, London, Waterloo, Guelph, Hamilton, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, and Newfoundland. These are the top students in their region – champions who have already won their local brain bee competitions. It was a pleasure to get to know all the students and their families. They met this weekend to engage in these challenging events, testing their knowledge of neuroscience and their skills at patient diagnosis and neuroanatomy. They are well on their way to becoming the next generation of neuro scientists!

Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners received trophies and cash prizes ($1500 for first place; $1000 second place; $500 third place). Our 2015 champion, Janson Kappen, takes home a beautiful ever-rolling trophy to display at his high school for one year, and he will be given the opportunity to work in a neuroscience laboratory.


The challenge is not over for Janson! He receives a trip for two to Cairns, Australia, in August, to represent Canada at the International Brain Bee (IBB). The 2015 International Brain Bee will be held from 20th August to 26th at Cairns, Australia – at the joint meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS), the International Society for Neurochemistry (ISN) and the Asian Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN).


Janson with his Malayalee parents – Mrs & Mr. Cyriac Kappen


Let us wish and pray for him to be the 2015 International Brain Bee Champion!

Report by: Gayathri Devi

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