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Bharathamohanam – A Milestone

‘Rangapravesam’ a Sanskrit word, literally means ‘entering the stage’, a milestone in the life of a stage performing artist. On August 15, 2015 the audience at the Meadowvale Theatre witnessed one such milestone- classy and enthralling – by Joshini Joseph under the training and guidance of her Guru Smt. Mala Pisharody, the Associate Director, Adishankara Academy of Performing Arts – ASAPA, Mississauga, Ontario.Aptly titled ‘Bharathamohanam’, Joshini’s Rangapravesam was both in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam. An Honours student, Joshini Joseph started her intensive training in Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam under Smt. Mala Pisharody when she was eleven years old.

The evening started with Joshini offering her Obeisance to the Almighty, her Guru, her parents, Orchestra and Audience. The welcome note was given by Shri Rajesh Pisharody who is the Founding Director of Adishankara Academy of Performing Arts. The opening Invocation was a Ganapathy Stuthi in praise of Lord Ganapathy followed by the Alarippu a piece that is based on intrinsic dance foot patterns and hand gestures. Joshini continued her performance with an interesting Mary Sthuthi in praise of Mother Mary, highlighting the birth of baby Jesus.Joshini then performed the traditional Jathiswaram. This was followed by a traditional Shabdam. Joshini’s expressions, intricate leg work and captivating eye movement kept us glued to our seats.

The orchestral ensemble comprised of renowned and seasoned artists, Shri Babu Parameswarn, the vocalist from California, Jayadevan Nair on the violin, Mala Pisharody – Nattuvangam, Sriram Suryanarayanan on the percussion instrument, the Mridangam and Mohan Ariyath on the Edaykkya a unique percussion instrument of Kerala in India.

The Varnam, a piece de resistance of a Bharatanatyamrepertoire show cased Joshini’s superlative grace, vigor and expressive brilliance in Nritha and Abhinayam. It was a dedication to Lord Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer for whom the whole universe is a stage. Here the dancer highlighted the well-known episodes of the life of two staunch disciples of Lord Shiva, Markandaya and Nandanar. Shiva is depicted here as the vanquisher of evil and one who always blesses all his devotees.

The performance post interval brought in a different experience, taking us to the shores of Kerala, the land of Parashurama. Mohiniyattamis a very unique art form of Kerala well known for its sway and very curvilinear movements. The pieces that followed were rendered in equal brilliance, with the opening piece, a Cholkkettu which was a combined effort of Smt. A.P.Saraswathy (Mala Pisharody’s mother), a Sanskrit Scholar, Mala Pisharody and Shri Babu Parameswaran. The Padam that followed was a well-known composition of Maharaja Swathi Thirunal the King of Travencore, in which the heroine pines to be reunited with her Beloved Lord Padmanabha. This was rendered by Joshini with precision and flawless expression.

The Dashavatharam or the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu were portrayed through the very famous slokam from the Geetha Govindam of Mahakavi Jayadeva. Joshini’s depiction of each Avatar, be it the ferocity of Narashima, the strength of Vamana or playfulness of Krishna were portrayed in the choreography to touch the heart of even the youngest in the audience. It took many to another time and space.The choice of the composition,Vande Matharam was a special way to celebrate August 15th, India’s Independence Day, it shone light on Mala’s astounding creativity of entwining the traditional with the current. The Thillana is usually the finale in an Indian Classical dance repertoire of both art forms of Bharathnatyam and Mohinyattam and the Mala’s choreography of this piece brought out Joshini’s mastery of abhinaya and nritha. The evening’s recital ended with the Mangalam seeking the blessings of the divine.

The performance was a culmination of a journey, of Joshini’s years of dedicated practice, augmented by her family’s support and her Guru, Mala’s commitment to the art. Mala Pisharody and Rajesh Pisharody, the Artistic Directors of the Adishankara Academy of Performing Arts, Mississauga, Ontario, awarded the Institution Certificate to Joshini Joseph conferring the title “Natyakusumam” to Joshni, in recognition of her commitment to Indian Classical Dance. Mary Ashok, Managing Director of Dancing Damsels Inc, seamlessly took the audience through the entire program as its MC while the well-known Stage and Lighting Director, Bradley Trenaman, brought the stage alive with his aesthetic lighting. The performance concluded with Joshini thanking everybody who was involved in the performance as well as the audience that included renowned senior dance choreographers Janak Khendry, Lata Pada and Anuradha Jagannathan and well-known Indian dance & music teachers/performers, Sujatha Suresh Sujatha Ganesh, Preetha Kandanchatha, Roshini Ambat, Harikishan Nair, and Sandhya Shrivatsan, all based in Ontario.

Mala’s stunning Choreography, the orchestra’s impeccable musical renditions and Joshini’s exquisite dance performance presented the audience with an evening of Bharathamohanam that has set the bar even higher for the patrons of the Indian Classical Art.

Reported by: Kavitha Ariyath

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5 Days Kuchipudi Workshop in Mississauga

Nupura School of Music and Dance is conducting a Kuchipudi workshop in Mississauga at the Toronto Malayali Samajam centre in Mississauga from September 21st to September 26th, 2015.
Prominent Kuchipudi artists from India Ms Vyjayanthi Kashi and Ms Prateeksha Kashi will be spearheading this workshop.
Ms Vyjayanthi Kashi is the former chairperson of Karnataka Music Dance Academy and nominated winner of Karnataka Central Music Drama Academy. She’s also a renowned artist of Doordarshan Kendra.

Smt Prateeksha Kashi is the winner of Aryabhatta International award, Kalabharathi youth artist award and Natyavedha award. She also has won the titles of “Nalanda Nrithya Nipuna” & “Nrithya Jyothi”.This is a golden opportunity for the students here to participate in a Workshop organised by artists of such high caliber, command and talent.
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The organizer Ms Gayathri Vijayakumar who is the principal & artistic director of Nupura school of music and dance is encouraging all dance students to avail this opportunity and participate.

The organizers will endeavor to give an opportunity to the participants of the workshop to perform on stage what they learned in the workshop.

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For registration and other information please contact Gayathri Devi Vijayakumar at 416-500-4681.

Report by: WNN

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DD Dance FEST – a multicultural dance festival for cultural integration

SHOWCASING ALL WORLD DANCE FORMS ON ONE STAGE TO PROMOTE CULTURAL INTEGRATION & EXCHANGE
Toronto: The Dancing Damsels Inc. – a registered not for profit organization and a multicultural dance promotions company is proud to announce their annual DanceFEST – a fundraiser dance festival showcasing all World Dance Forms on one stage.

The event will be held on Saturday 24th October, 2015 at Hamazkayin World Class Theatre (Armenian Youth Centre of Toronto, 50 Hallcrown Place, North York, ON M2J 1P6.) at 6pm sharp.

Top Canadian cultural leaders, including ministers, MPs, MPPs will join the Dancing Damsels to celebrate this multicultural Dance festival.
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All Indian dances like Bharathanatyam, Kutchupudi, Mohiniaatam, Kathak, Odissi, Bollywood and the International dances like Tap Dance, Contemporary, Flamenco, Salsa, Mexican, Brazilian, Ukranian, Hawaian/Tahitian, African, Belly Dancing, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, and Waacking etc. will be showcased in the festival.

Last year more than 200 performers from 30 dance companies showcased 34 different dance styles for the DD Dance FEST! This year they are trying to get more variety dance forms from different dance companies.

The main goal of this Dance fest is promoting cultural integration and exchange by celebrating arts from all cultures of life. By bringing in All World Dance Forms on one stage, it is also in concurrence with Dancing Damsels Motto, which being P.E.A.C.E. (PROMOTE -cultural arts and cultural exchange, EMPOWER-women to exercise equal opportunities, APPRECIATE- women success and achievements, CELEBRATE -womanhood and motherhood and ENCOURAGE -women to pursue their dreams and aspirations).
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This year, this effort takes on yet another noteworthy cause to use the proceeds of this event to serve the under-privileged. Dancing Damsels is always looking for new ways to support and encourage women to bring in the change by doing their little bit to the community.

Dancing Damsels Inc. is indeed proud to have Anu Srivastava, Jayadevan Nair, Mokshi Virk, Mercy Elengikal, Jobson Easow, Joey Verghese, Sudharshan Meenakshisundaram, Balu Naleil, Ramesh Bangalore, Sabita Panigrahi, Pushpa Johnson, Nirmala Thomas, Jayasanakar Pillai, Lata Menon, K Varadharajan and Sandhya Srivatsan on the advisory board.

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DanceFEST Kick Off by Anu Vittal (Executive Director, Mississauga Arts Council)


Earlier, the kick off of the DanceFEST was headed by the chief guest Ms. Anu Vittal, Executive Director of Mississauga Arts Council and CEO of AVC, with lighting of the lamp on Mother’s day event on May 10, 2015 at The Payal Banquet Hall, Mississauga.
Grand Sponsor of DD DanceFest 2015 –Manoj Karatha of Remax Realty Inc; inaugurated the sponsorship campaign by handing over the sponsorship cheques.
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Sponsorship & Ticket Sales Kick Off by Manoj Karatha (RE/MAX Performance Realty Inc.)


Under the leadership of Mary Ashok (Managing Director), Fawzia Khan (Chief Executive Director), Shobha Sekhar (Program Director), Bhavna Bhatnagar (Artistic Director), Asha Vishwanath (Marketing & Media) Kushalini Kumar (Sponsorships), Manjula Das (Ticket Sales) and Suganya
Sivaraja (Volunteering), a big team of volunteers are working hard behind the scene for the success of this event.

The Early bird ticket pricing for this dazzling event is $20 for regular seating and $50 for priority seating which is available till the 31st August. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ddshows.com and also by contacting anyone of the Team DD.
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For more info, tickets and sponsorship enquiries, you can contact: Mary Ashok (Managing Director) : 416 788 6412, Fawzia Khan (Chief Executive Director) : 647 793 4959, Kushalini Kumar(Sponsorships): 647 633 6146. Or visit their website: www.ddshows.com

Report by: Asha Vishwanath

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Rev.Dr. Jose Kalluvelil, the first Apostolic Exarch of the Syro-Malabar Catholics in Canada

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Toronto: Today (6th August 2015), HH Pope Francis erected an Apostolic Exarchate for the Syro-Malabar Catholics in Canada with its See in Mississauga (in Greater Toronto Area) and Fr. Dr Jose Kalluvelil as its first Exarch, assigning him the titular see of “Tabalta”.

Fr. Jose Kalluvelil was born on 15 November 1955 at Thottuva near Kuravilangad in the Eparchy of Palai. Now his family is settled in St. Peter’s Parish, Jellipara, in the Eparchy of Palghat. Having completed his minor seminary formation in St. Mary’s Minor Seminary, Trichur and Major Seminary formation in St. Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor, Kottayam, he was ordained priest on 18 December 1984 for the Eparchy of Palghat. After his ordination he served at Agali, Kuruvampadi, Puliyara, Panthalampadam, Olavakode, Doni, Ottapalam, Kottayi, Kallekad, Cathedral Church, Palakad, Kodunthirapully, Kanjirapuzha, and Mezhukumupara parishes and Boys Homes at Agali and Thavalam. He was also Director of the Eparchial Pastoral Centre, Catechetical Centre and Director of KCSL, besides being one of the Eparchial Consultors. He obtained his Doctorate in Catechesis from the Salesian University, Rome. For the past two years, he was doing pastoral ministry to the Syro-Malabar faithful in Toronto. According to official statistics, there are 35000 Syro-Malabar Christians in Canada. Many priests from various dioceses and religious congregations offer pastoral ministry in the different parishes and mission centres in Canada.

An Exarchy is an ecclesiastical administrative set up which is not yet erected as an eparchy, but very similar to it. It can be raised to the status of an eparchy when the number of faithful, parishes and other structures are sufficiently adequate for such a status. Many Syro-Malabar eparchies outside Kerala in India were in the beginning erected as exarchies. The Exarchy of Mississauga in Canada is the first exarchy for the Syro-Malabar faithful outside India. Information regarding the inauguration of the new Exarchy and the Episcopal ordination of the newly appointed Bishop-Exarch will be given later.

Report by: WNN

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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.

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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: www.onedaystartsnow.com

One Day is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one…
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:
www.onefiremovement.com 

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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.

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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 info@panoramaindia.org.

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

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

(Source:newseastwest)

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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.
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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: samyogitadance@gmail.com

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.

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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: iapcphotocontest@gmail.com (Don’t forget to include “IAPC Photo contest” on the subject line of the E-mail).

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RULES AND REGULATIONS:
 
·          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, pintorajasree@gmail.com. Arun Kumar Gopalakrishnan: 201.214.9858, arunkumarg_cet@yahoo.com

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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