Three Indian-American Writers named among 2017 Henry Award Winners

Three Indian-American Writers named among 2017 Henry Award Winners

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Indian-American authors Shruti Swami, Amit Majumdar and Jai Chakrabarti were named among the 2017 class of the Henry Awards, distributed annually to commemorate short stories of the highest merit. First presented in 1918 and funded by the Society of Arts and Sciences, the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories is an annual collection ..

British Indian playwright Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’ debuts in Chicago

British Indian playwright Tanika Gupta’s adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’ debuts in Chicago

CHICAGO (Diya TV) — Charles Dickens’ famous novel ‘Great Expectations’, adapted by British-Indian playwright Tanika Gupta, has made its way stateside, the production debuted in Chicago on May 11 and will continue through July 2. It is being co-presented by Silk Road Rising and the Remy Bumppo Theatre. The production is co-directed by Lavina Jadhwani and Nick ..

Northwestern’s Anubhav team victorious in California Bollywood Dance Competition

Northwestern’s Anubhav team victorious in California Bollywood Dance Competition

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Northwestern University’s dance team Anubhav were crowned champions at the 2017 rendition of California’s Legends Bollywood Dance Championship, marking the group’s third win in a national championship in the last four years. In addition to taking first overall, Anubhav was also recognized for best choreography, best costumes and best male lead. Ushasi Naha, a ..

Baltimore county to honor 3 south asians for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Baltimore county to honor 3 south asians for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Baltimore County announced this week the 2017 recipients of the county’s Asian American Excellence Award — a recognition event to be held in May, which is designated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The award is presented annually to individuals whose life work has successfully contributed to the vitality of the greater Baltimore County region, ..

Bollywood Star Vinod Khanna dead at 70

Bollywood Star Vinod Khanna dead at 70

MUMBAI (Diya TV) — Veteran Bollywood sensation Vinod Khanna passed on Thursday at the age of 70, according to a hospital statement. Khanna died of advanced bladder cancer on Thursday morning, said Tushar Pania, from the HN Reliance Foundation and Research Centre in Mumbai. Khanna, who was dubbed Bollywood’s “original heartthrob,” had reportedly been battling the ..

New York City will host the 18th annual IIFA awards this July

New York City will host the 18th annual IIFA awards this July

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — The countdown to India’s biggest, most extravagant and spectacular global celebration of cinema has begun, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) announced Wednesday that New York City will play host to the organization’s 18th edition of the IIFA Weekend and Awards festival. The festival, one of the world’s most renowned and ..

Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan and Dave Holland to perform in New Jersey

Zakir Hussain, Shankar Mahadevan and Dave Holland to perform in New Jersey

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, along with accomplished bassist Dave Holland and singer Shankar Mahadevan will perform at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall on Nov. 5. The performance, which has been dubbed “Crosscurrents,” will be delivered as part of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival. Other notable musicians such as saxophonist ..

15th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles kicks off tonight

15th Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles kicks off tonight

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Now in it’s 15th year, the Indian Films Festival of Los Angeles is scheduled to kick off tonight with the premiere of “Lipstick Under My Burkha.” Widely recognized as the premiere showcase of groundbreaking Indian cinema globally, this year’s rendition of the festival will take place from April 5-9, and will be held at Regal L.A. ..

Third Annual Dallas South Asian Film Festival opens March 3

Third Annual Dallas South Asian Film Festival opens March 3

DALLAS (Diya TV) — This year’s DFW South Asian Film Festival will kick off on March 3rd. The three-day extravaganza will open festivities with a screening of bold and sensitive film about race and ethnicity, A Billion Colour Story, directed by Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy and produced by Satish Kaushik. “We are excited and honored to welcome the Texas ..

Pixar Partners with Khan Academy to launch online storytelling course

Pixar Partners with Khan Academy to launch online storytelling course

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Pixar Animation Studios is partnering with Khan Academy to launch the first of six free online lessons covering the art of storytelling, the course is taught by Pete Docter, Mark Andrews, and other filmmakers from the renowned Disney-owned studio. The new series includes Pete Docter, director of “Inside Out,” “Up” and ..

Indian American designers make their mark at the New York Fashion Week

Indian American designers make their mark at the New York Fashion Week

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Indian American and Chicago-based fashion designer Mac Duggal made his New York Fashion Week debut this year, among the items featured this year from his highly-acclaimed ‘Fabulouss!’ line were a prom collection for plus-sized teens, who often go unrepresented in the fashion industry. Duggal’s line has become the gold standard in plus size ..

Sikh Band White Sun wins Grammy for Best New Age Album

Sikh Band White Sun wins Grammy for Best New Age Album

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Adam Berry, best known in Hollywood for his four seasons spent as the musical director of the television show “South Park,” also co-founded the Santa Monica-based band White Sun. He already has two Emmy awards in his trophy case. Bery and his bandmates can now add “Grammy-award winning” to their biography section. ..