Marking its 50-year milestone, the ‘National Centre for the Performing Arts’ (NCPA); India’s Premier Cultural Institution, announced its 3 days “ADD ART” festival showcasing a plethora of performances across various categories and genres therein, from the 29th of November to the 1st of December.
Aimed at the portrayal of its philosophy: “Adding Art to daily lives”, this festival celebrates 5 decades of NCPA’s initiatives and commemorates the wealthy cultural diversity and richness of Indian society through the ages. On this occasion, NCPA also released its new logo, marking this golden day of the history of the institution.
The festival, ranging over 3 days, was declared open on the eve of its commencement with an opening night gala on the 28th of November with an exquisite performance by the Symphony Orchestra of India.
Commenting on this special occasion Mr. Khushroo N. Suntook, Chairman NCPA said, “We are proud to announce the NCPA ADD ART FESTIVAL celebrating the glorious 50 years of the NCPA. It has been a long and exciting journey for everyone who has been associated with us. The 50th year milestone will serve as a direction for us to grow and be an integral part of the cultural life of not only Mumbai but the whole nation. With our constant endeavor to project only the best performances across the country and internationally, NCPA is truly becoming a beacon of culture”.
The 3-day celebrations include a wide range of events. From performances by well-known Indian artists such as Amit Tandon and Zakir Khan to Grammy and Billboard award-winning artist, Arturo Sandoval, this festival has a lot to offer. It also featured the talents of the students of the NCPA in a very special performance. Spoken poetry features, theatrical plays, comedic-musical crossovers are some of the many activities one could witness this weekend. A special ballet performance from the Abay Kazakh State Academy Theatre of Opera & Ballet featuring excerpts from the works of Chopiniana and Tchaikovsky was absolutely spectacular and was easily the highlight of last night’s visuals.
Today, the 1st December, marking the final day of the festival, focuses on a very special event unlike any other. This event titled “Morn to Dusk” which is scheduled to run from 9 am to 9 pm, is an amalgamation of performances by Indian music legends such as Rashid Khan, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Aditi Mangaldas. The day is set to conclude with a sensational performance by Roysten Abel and is known as “The Manganiyar seduction” as it calls together Manganiyar musicians to create an environment of soulfulness and magic.
Besides these major events, the visitors can also enjoy the scrumptious food traditions showcased from around the world at the NCPA campus, peep into the various screenings, workshops, and lectures taking place, thus making the entire experience, a wholesome and well-rounded one.
To make your lazy Sunday a little more energetic, head to the NCPA and join in on the last leg of the celebrations of culture and heritage of our Mother India.
So go on, ADD ART to your lives!
YouTube V/s TikTok Update : TikTok sensation Faizal Siddiqui’s accounted is now suspended for promoting Acid Attack
The account of TikTok star Faizal Siddiqui has been suspended by TikTok India. A video was posted which was promoting acid attack and it was banned as it was violating several community guidelines.
Faizal had around 13+ million followers on the video-sharing platform where he posted a video in which he was seen throwing a liquid at a girl’s face and later the girl’s face was seen disfigured which was indeed promotion of acid attack.
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Rekha Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission of Women in India have called for the ban of this app and told that she will be writing to the Government of India. She said, “It not only has these objectionable videos but also pushing youngsters towards unproductive life where they are living only for few followers and even death when the numbers decline”.
On Tuesday, Laxmi Agrawal, an acid attack survivor posted the video on Instagram and slammed ok ‘influencer’ Faizal by posting the video along with a caption. The caption reads, “Thanks to National Commission for Women for taking cognizance of the viral video by TikTok ‘influencer’ Faizal Siddiqui promoting acid attack. Such videos/actions should be strictly debarred which are against society.”
— Ravi Shankar🇮🇳 (@I_RaviShankar23) May 19, 2020
Not only Laxmi slammed Faizal but also many others from Bollywood like Filmmaker and Actor Pooja Bhatt, actress Swara Bhasker and Actor Ashish Choudhary took this matter to their Twitter handle and showed their aggression to TikTok India for promoting these kinds of contents.
The rating of this app has seen a severe downfall from 4.5 to 1.3. This downfall was seen in the past 1 week after the CarryMinati roast video was del cyberbullying for cyberbullying violating several community guidelines. This deletion of a video having nearly 40 million views erupted the social war between these two platforms. Since then, YouTube fans are giving 1 s1-starting to this app for promoting rape culture, sexual content, and now acid attack.
Catch Tulsi Kumar and Darshan Raval romantic duo in ‘Tere Naal’
Gulshan Kumar and T-series present a romantic number titled ‘Tere Naal’. The song is sung by playback singing sensations Tulsi Kumar and Darshan Raval. This is the first time the two join together for a song. Amid the coronavirus lockdown blues, the song is enough to cheer the fans up.
The song is sung by Darshan Raval and Tulsi kumar, penned by Gurpreet Saini and Gautam G Sharma. Music composed by Darshan himself. Released today (18th May 2020)
‘Tere Naal’ music video:
The song is recorded and shot by Tulsi and Darshan themselves from their homes in Delhi and Mumbai respectively. Tulsi stated about the song “This is my first song with Darshan and I felt that our voice sounds good together. Darshan has done a great job on its music keeping in mind my voice and accent, this is another specificity of the song. This collaboration is both for us and our fans, they wanted us work together for the longest time, and finally it’s happening. I have a very positive feeling about this number. “
Darshan too expresses his views saying “it was amazing working on this song. I will remember it for the rest of my life. There could be a delay in the release of the song because of the current situation. I would give credits to Tulsi as she recorded and shot it amazingly in the limited time period. “
Tulsi posted for the release of the song on her Instagram handle.
“Two cities and two artists, miles apart and only one day to go for Tere Naal”
Darshan too posted for the release with the message” Stay locked, unlock the love, music has no bounds”
Darshan also sang the ‘Yaara Teri’ Remix in the Amazon Prime India’s first successful women led series ‘Four More Shots Please ‘.
Gauri Khan clicks pictures of daughter Suhana Khan in her new look
Bollywood King Shahrukh Khan and Interior home designer Gauri Khan’s daughter Suhana is taking over Instagram with her looks. Recently she posted a number of her adorable pictures in a cute top. Captioning:- ” My mum took these @gaurikhan.”
Gauri too posted her princess’s photos on her page. Though she was trolled a little because of the caption she posted. ” No hair!!! No make up!!! Just my photography!!!”. The reason behind the attention on the caption was ” no hair”, from that she meant ‘ no hairs done’.
On 10th May, Suhana added to her story on Instagram celebrating Mother’s Day. She also putted in a line with the picture of her mother. “Happy Mother’s Day Ma. Honestly, kinda mad that I don’t look like you.” Later she added the story to the highlights.
Gauri also posted a collage of photos with her mother.
Yesterday (16th May), Gauri reposted ShahRukh’s post presenting a COVID-19 donating platform Meer Foundation. Which would be working towards the supply of PPE (personal protective equipment) kits ( masks, gloves, equipment and proper safety suits) to the brave medical personnel on the frontline.
Though the Meer Foundation do not works on donations but these are dier circumstances that requires is to unite and contribute for the safety of frontline warriors. The video brings forward the message ‘A little help can go a long way.’ The funds would entirely be used for the supply of sterilised PPE kits and other safety equipment as per the guidelines of the central government. To know more on how you can help you can visit the official website of Meer Foundation at www.meerfoundation.org.
Carryminati’s ‘TikTok vs YouTube: The End’ (Deleted roast video). Gains massive memer support
Ajey Nagar aka Carryminati, a successful content creator with humorous videos has landed on a number of controversies recently. His recent YouTube video roasting TikTok stars ( mainly Amir Siddiqui and Faisal Shiekh aka Mr Faisu) has been deleted.
The video broke the YouTube’s highest views record in just 24 hours and gained a lot of buzz. Talking about the content of the video, Carry talked about Amir Siddiqui’s tik tok video where he said inaccurate things about the YouTube content creators and their contents. Though Carry’s video is full of abusive words, he clarified each line of Amir in his own way.
What was the reason that YouTube deleted Carry Minati’s video against TikTok?
YouTube had to delete the video due to its policies. Under which the roast video which is despite being clamied as a joke seemed to ignite sheer hate to the other platform that is Tik Tok.
According to YouTube’s harassment policy page, “We’ve always removed videos that explicitly threaten someone, reveal confidential personal information, or encourage people to harass someone else. Moving forward, our policies will go a step further and not only prohibit explicit threats but also veiled or implied threats. This includes content simulating violence toward an individual or language suggesting physical violence may occur. No individual should be subject to harassment that suggests violence.”
“Beyond threatening someone, there is also a demeaning language that goes too far. To establish consistent criteria for what type of content is not allowed on YouTube, we’re building upon the framework we use for our hate speech policy. We will no longer allow content that maliciously insults someone based on protected attributes such as their race, gender expression, or sexual orientation. This applies to everyone, from private individuals to YouTube creators, to public officials.”
How fans reacting over it?
Just after the video was deleted from youtube #CarryMinati and #JusticeForCarry became the two top trends on Twitter from Thursday night. Many of CarryMinati’s fans are tweeting in support to restore the original video. It is to be noted that this is not the first time the video made by carryMinati had been removed.
Carry gained a massive meme support, his lines “Har Vivek Oberoi ke liye ek Salman Khan jaroor hota hai” and a number of other are the most used in creating meme content. Content creators like Bhuvan Bam, Ashish Chanchalani, Harsh Beniwal, Beyounick also extended their support to Carry.
In reply of this, Amir created a video on his YouTube channel named Team Nawab where he apologised for the mistakes he had done in the IGTV video. And also revealed his aim of making the IGTV video which was his voice against some YouTube influencers who body-shamed tik tok girls. Because of this, the girls had to face a lot of rape threats and hate. Standing against this, Amir made that IGTV video. Now Amir’s IGTV video and Carry’s roast video both are not available on the internet though some channels have copied their content and posted it.
Because of all this, Carryminati’s social handles gained a lot of followers. In the next 24 hours of the release of the ‘Tik Tok vs Youtube: The End’ video Carry gained around 1.2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. His Instagram account is also heated up with millions of new followers.
#matkarforward: A TikTok initiative to stop unverified content
Jaipur. Social media is used as a weapon against fake news. Yes, you read it correctly. Actors Ayushman Khurana, Kirti Sanon, Sara Ali Khan and cricketer Virat Kohli have come together to combat the most vulnerable thing in the time of this crisis, i.e., spreading of fake news, messages, and videos. They have joined hands with TikTok to encourage people to verify the news with authentic sources and then forward it.
India faces a huge crisis at the moment and @imVkohli, @kritisanon, @ayushmannk, and Sara Ali Khan have joined hands with us to fight it. Be a part of the solution – #MatKarForwardhttps://t.co/AiTCLNIaDg#TikTokIndia #TikTok pic.twitter.com/ObL0ab4YAE
— TikTok India (@TikTok_IN) May 4, 2020
According to sources, the video was directed by Anurag Basu where the actors and cricketer is telling about the dangers of misinformation. After a while, they are seen requesting people not to spread fake news which in turn results in havoc. They are referring it as a pandemic greater than the current pandemic, COVID-19. If these fake forward do not stop immediately, it will result in hatred and loss of many lives.
Virat Kohli along with the video tweeted,” All of you support us with such fervor when we play for the nation. But now the nation needs you, me, all of us to play for it. Will you do your bit?”
Similarly, Ayushmann Khurrana tweeted,”All of us are responsible for it at some point or the other. All of us have helped this disease spread. But it’s time to bring the change, and the change begins with video.”
Likewise, Kirti Sanon too tweeted the video with the message, “This virus spreads by a single touch and adds stress in many people’s lives! It’s our duty to stop the spread. Be responsible, if you aren’t sure of some information, if it doesn’t come from government.” whereas Sara Ali Khan neither tweeted this video nor any message for tweeples.
We have to show that we are responsible for netizens. The only way to stop this in the crisis is “to verify the forwards before forwarding”. Not only TikTok but many other apps like Twitter, YouTube etc are also coming forward.
Now, people are taking it as a challenge and are posting their videos to create awareness. Be aware. Check the content and forward it.
PK actor Sai Gundewar dies of brain cancer at 42.
Amir Khan’s co-actor from the movie ‘PK’, Sai Gundewar died after battling against brain cancer on 10th May. A year ago he moved to Los Angeles, the USA for his brain cancer therapy.
On 25th October 2019, Sai shared of starting moringa supplements to get rid of his cancer. He asked if anybody is using it and also asked for feedback of the product positive or negative.
He posted another picture of himself dedicating to his dearest family and friends, he told them that by grace of god and great medical help he has been able to suppress cancer and not die. He then decides to share a lot of insights and tips for people who are suffering from serious ailments and seeking major lifestyle changes.
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Wife Sapna Amin shared a picture with his husband pouring out her love for him, she talks of four years ago when the picture was clicked. Then she talks about this year when they have realised that everything is unpredictable and change is the only constant. She expresses her gratitude for everything they have in their lives, even the little things and less time focussing on what they don’t have.
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Taking it back to 4 years ago with my love, my husband my best friend, Sai Gundewar ♡ . . . This year we have realized more than ever before that life is unpredictable and change is the only constant. So if you haven't already, let's take this time to be grateful for what we have in our lives, even the little things, and less time focusing on what we dont have. #thoughtoftheday #changeistheonlyconstant #positivethinking _______________________________ #sapanaamin #madewithlove #madeinindia
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh tweeted his condolences ” Actor Saiprasad Gundewar, who won the hearts of audience through popular films like PK, was defeated in his battle with cancer. With his demise , the Indian film industry has lost a talented actor. A heartfelt tribute!”.
Sai debuted in the Hindi film industry with the movie Muniya in 2008. He rose to popularity when he participated in Indian reality show MTV splitsvilla season 4. His appearance led h to be casted in Indian franchise of the American hit reality show, Survivor, Star Plus in 2011.
Soon he started signing a number of movies and TV advertisements gaining him Bollywood identity. His movies include David (2013), I, Me Aur Main(2013), Baazaar(2018) and many others. He was also the co-founder of Foodism a healthy food delivery service in Mumbai. He was both an actor and an entrepreneur.
Sunny Leone turns 39; shares thanksgiving video for Birthday Wishes
Karenjit Kaur Vohra, (Stage Name – Sunny Leone) born on 13th May 1981 in Canada is Punjabi by birth. Her father being Tibetian and mother from Himachal Pradesh, she grew up in Delhi, India. The ‘One Night Stand’ actress turns 39 today (13th May), she took to Instagram to thank everyone for their wishes.
Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes everyone!! I am so lucky you are all a part of my family! Xoxo
Husband Daniel Weber uploaded a picture of Sunny holding a bouquet and poured out everything he feels for her, in the caption.
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Happy birthday baby !!!! You are so much in life and I wish everyday I can tell you everything that comes to my mind !!! You are the greatest wife , mother and lover !!! An inspiration to millions and a role model !!! Iconic !!! You have never cared what anyone has ever thought and took your own path in life even when the road was less traveled !!! Be proud of yourself and all you have achieved all while staying so humble !!! I love you so much !!! Xoxo!!! Love you baby love !! @sunnyleone
Recently, Sunny flew to the US with husband and three kids, as she believes that the place would be safer for her family as the world fights against COVID-19.
On 10th May, she uploaded a picture of her with her kids Nisha, Noah and Asher celebrating Mother’s Day. She wished a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there stating-” In life when you have children your own priorities and we’ll being takes a backseat. Both @dirrty99 and I had the opportunity to take our children where we felt they would be safer against this invisible killer ‘ corona virus ‘. Our home away from home and secret garden in Los Angeles.” She also wished her mom a happy mother’s day.
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Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there. In life when you have children your own priorities and well being takes the back seat. Both @dirrty99 and I had the opportunity to take our children where we felt they would be safer against this invisible killer “corona virus” Our home away from home and secret garden in Los Angeles. I know this is what my mother would have wanted me to do. Miss you mom. Happy Mother’s Day!
On 5th May, Sunny uploaded a video where she was mopping the floor all dressed up.
Sunny played a prank with her husband hurting her finger with a kitchen knife.” This is really happening!!! Lol epic #prank on @dirrty99″
Sunny started her Hindi cinema career back in 2012 with the movie ‘Jism 2’. Whereas debuted on TV program ‘My Bare Lady 2’ on Fox Reality Channel.
Jerry Stiller dies at 92 due to natural causes confirms son, Ben Stiller
Comedy veteran, Jerry Stiller, died at the age of 92 due to natural causes on Monday. His son, the Hollywood star Ben Stiller confirmed the news.
He studied drama at Syracuse University and launched his acting career. Stiller found work on television including celebrity game shows and “The Love Boat” as well as on Broadway.
Jerry Stiller played George Costanza’s short-tempered father Frank on the smash TV show “Seinfeld,” he won the Funniest Male Guest Appearance in a TV Series at the American Comedy Awards in 1998. It was being cast as the curmudgeon Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld,” which premiered on NBC, that made him a superstar.
Jason Alexander, who played George in “Seinfeld”, said in a tweet, “He was perhaps the kindest man I ever had the honor to work beside. He made me laugh when I was a child and every day I was with him. A great actor, a great man, a lovely friend.”
He was nominated for an Emmy award the year before for the same role.
He also played Leah Remini’s father in the sitcom “The King of Queens” and starred alongside Ben in the “Zoolander” films.
Stiller was married to Anne Meara but lost her in 2015. the two met in a New York casting call and in a few years they became the timeless “Stiller & Meara” comedy team they starred on the stage and TV in the 1960’s. They were seen performing comedy sketches and routines which they had written together
Most memorable was a series of bits for a little-known wine called Blue Nun. The duo’s ads boosted sales by 500%. Ben Stiller recalls the family trips with his sister to California when his parents would head west to do television appearances.
“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” the award-winning actor and director tweeted.
“He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years,” Stiller added. “He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.” Added Ben Stiller.
Legendary singer, Betty Wright, dies of cancer at 66
Betty wright, iconic R&B singer, died after a hard battle with cancer at the age of 66. The Grammy winner passed away on Sunday in her hometown Miami, Florida. The cause of the death was not immediately known but Wright’s niece confirmed the news as she took to twitter and commented, “Sleep in peace aunty Betty Wright. Fly high angel.”
The news came a week after singer-songwriter Chaka Khan tweeted, without mentioning the cause of ailment. “Calling all my #PrayWarriors | My beloved sister, Betty Wright, is now in need of all your prays. ‘Que Sera, Sera | Whatever Will Be, Will Be’ In Jesus Name We Pray for Sister Betty All My Love Chaka,” she wrote.
Wright was born in 1953, her real name was Bessie Regina Norris. She started singing as part of her siblings’ musical group called the ‘Echoes of Joy’, but she rose to fame in the 1970s.
Her first album ‘My First Time Around’ wasn’t released until two years later featuring the hit “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do.”
The singer was a member of the gospel ensemble until they parted ways when she was 11, leading her to embrace R&B music.
Wright signed with the label Deep City Records in 1966, it later became a local hit with songs “Thank You Baby” and “Paralyzed”.
The biggest hit of her career “Clean Up Woman” came a year later, which was certified gold a few days after her 18th birthday.
Many stars from the entertainment industry expressed sorrow and paid tributes to the late star on social media.
Remembering the late star, singer John Legend took to Twitter and wrote: “I loved being around Ms. Betty Wright.”
“She was always so loving and giving to younger artists. Always engaged, always relevant. She will be missed,” the 41-year-old musician wrote.
Rapper Snoop Dogg also shared a video of the late singer on Instagram where she is seen performing one of her hits ‘Tonight Is the Night.’
Taking it to the captions, the rapper wrote: “Thank u for bringing me to thankful Thursday’s at your house in Florida years ago for the fellowship mentoring and prayers and blessings u shared with me.I know God is pleased with your work. Tonight is the night u get to heavens. Gates. Long live. Betty Wright,” added the 48-year-old rapper.
American DJ D-Nice also posted a beautiful solo picture of the late musician on instagram.
“This has been an emotional weekend. Rest peacefully, Betty Wright,” he captioned the post.
Wright released solo music throughout her life. She has collaborated and influenced with multiple hip-hop stars. Her 2011 album Betty Wright: the Movie was made with hip-hop group the Roots, while her most recent album, 2014’s Living, Love, Lies, featured rapper Rick Ross and rap producer DJ Khaled. She appeared alongside rappers Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean on a 2016 DJ Khaled track, Holy Key.
Wright was celebrated worldwide because of her soulful character and mesmerizing songs, her demise is a massive loss to the western music industry.
Poonam Pandey pulled over by Mumbai Police for breaking lockdown norms
Actress and model Poonam Pandey was pulled over by Marine Drive Police violating the lockdown rules. This happened on 10th May that Poonam and Sam Ahmed were caught roaming nearby Marine Drive in their car without any reason.
As stated by the senior inspector Mrityunjay Hiremath, a case has been registered against both of them under section 296: Negligent act likely to spread infection of a disease dangerous to life and section 188: Disobedience of order duly promulgated by public servant of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and under the provision of the Natural Disaster Act.
Poonam born on 11th March 1991, is an Indian film actress and erotic model who has worked in Hindi and Telugu language cinema. In her modelling career, she has gained a position among the top ten contestants of the Gladrags Manhunt and Megamodel Contest. Posting a number of her semi-nude photos she rose to fame and gained a lot of followers on her social media handles.
In 2011 she gained all the media lights when she promised to strip naked if the Indian cricket team wins the World Cup 2011. India won the cup but Poonam disagreed to fulfil her promise due to people disapprovals BCCI denied permission. Later she uploaded a video where she was stripping clothes at the Wankhede Stadium at night.In 2012, she posed nude when Kolkata Knigh Riders won the IPL Trophy.
She debuted in Hindi cinema with the female lead role in the movie Nasha in 2013. When people stated that she excelled in being the sedutress in the role, she clarified she played a properproper, responsible drama teacher. The movie posters were set on fire which featured Poonam covered her body just by two playcards. That angreed the people and lead to protest. The general secretary of Shiva Sena stated -” We find these posters highly vulgur and derogatory and won’t allow such hoardings. “
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