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Shankar, Dongre, Johar, to participate in Harvard Business School conference

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Ravi Shankar Prasad

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (Diya TV) — Eminent Indians, including Union Minister for Communication and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad, fashion designer Anita Dogre, and film director Karan Johar will headline and address the upcoming 13th annual India Conference at Harvard University, to be held on Feb. 6 and 7.

Prasad will deliver the keynote of the conference, during a panel conversation addressing changes in India’s political climate in the past two years; this year’s theme will be: “India in Transition: Opportunities and Challenges.”

Made up entirely of business leaders, entertainment professionals, government officials, philanthropists and entrepreneurs, the conference will allow for the engagement of conversation surrounding India’s path to social and and global leadership. Other panelists, include columnist Ashutosh Varshney, Biju Janata Dal party member Jay Panda and Lok Satta Party founder Jayaprakash Narayan.

Former Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao is scheduled to deliver a keynote address on foreign policy.

“The panel will examine the foreign policy achievements of India in the last two years, its key blind spots and will discuss an effective strategy that can not only initiate but also sustain the initial momentum that India seemed to have originally achieved,” event organizers said in a statement.

Fashion designer, Anita Dongre

Fashion designer, Anita Dongre

Other discussions at the conference will address matters such as net neutrality, access to justice and women empowerment. The panel will address the topic of freedom of speech, and the 43-year-old film director Karan Johar will deliver a keynote titled, “The Hashtag Democracy” of his own. Anita Dongre will share her journey of taking Indian crafts to global consumers.

Dongre has a long and storied journey on her path to success—the fashion designer recently spoke about how exciting, and humbling, it was to receive the conference invitation.

“It is a privilege to be among the top names representing the Indian fashion industry at one of the finest institutes of the world,” Dongre said in a statment. “Grassroot has been a long cherished dream for me,” she added. “I have always wanted to create a bridge between the crafts of India from our remotest villages and the global consumer. And I am glad that we have created a sustainable platform for the artisans.”

 

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — President Trump spoke to Indian Prime Minister Modi by phone to get India’s perspective on Kashmir. Modi told Trump the anti-India rhetoric from Pakistani leaders was not conducive to peace. Later, President Trump in a tweet called Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan “good friends,” of his and that he’s working “towards reducing tensions in Kashmir.”

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Upcoming filmmaker Divyansh Sharma aims to reinvent cinema

From Street Play performer in remote rural India to turning heads in Los Angeles Divyansh Sharma has come a long way in a short time and hes only getting started.

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LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — “Reinventing the cinematic standard” one story at a time might sound like a ambitious undertaking for some but for Divyansh Sharma it’s only the beginning.

Sharma’s roots stem from New Delhi where he discovered his fascination for storytelling. At 16, he began performing street plays in remote rural India, educating people on social issues such as equal rights, education for all, and child marriage. He finished High School and went on to take a scholarship offered by the American Musical and Dramatic Academy where upon he graduated from their BFA Program which focused on acting and directing.

Studded from the AMDA degree in Acting for Film, Theatre and Telvision, Divyansh Sharma went on to shoot award-winning commercials from Apple and Google each amassing thousands to millions of views globally. Still feeling the urge to create more he decided he wanted to “re-invent the cinematic standard one film at a time” and began writing his own short film that would use techniques unseen in short-film storytelling such as Breaking fourth wall, plot jumps, interconnecting plot-lines.

The result was “Graffiti” which made a world premiere at the Chinese Theaters in March 2019 for the Golden State Film Festival. The story revolves around Michael Dawson, played by Divyansh Sharma, a grieving spoken word artist trying to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. The 30-minute short which Sharma wrote, directed, acted, and edited went on to amass more than 30 awards across the world at film festivals like New York Film Awards, Los Angeles Film Awards, Delhi International Film Festival and more.

Without skipping a beat, Sharma wrote, co-directed, starred and edited his next project “Cigarettes in December”. In this upcoming film Divyansh Sharma portrays Russ, a sexual assault survivor who attends court ordered support group therapy and enters a graduation isolation from the world. Sharma is currently in the final stages of Post Production and will be the first project to be completely done in-house by his own Production Company “Origins Productions”. Sharma is looking forward to a successful run in the festival circuit for Cigarettes in December as he begins to shift his gaze on Pre-Production for next his project he co-wrote called “a Dream in Frames” whose script has already gone to win a Screenwriting award at Los Angeles Film Festival.

From performing Street Plays in rural India to turning heads with his debut in Los Angeles Divyansh Sharma is on a path that continues to deliver. From starring in Award- winning commercials to creating his own Award- winning features his footprint is firm and felt and his message is clear: “Re-invent the cinematic standard one film at a time”.

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Tulsi, Kamala tussle on night 2 of Detroit Democratic debate

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DETROIT (Diya TV) — In another otherwise straightforward affair, night two of the Democratic debate in Detroit, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard and Senator Kamala Harris took jabs at one another, as they both aim to capture attention and move up in the polls.

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