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After four decades, Mysore palace witnesses “The Royal Wedding”

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Illuminated Mysore Palace

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MYSORE, India (DIYA TV) After nearly 40 years, Mysore Palace was illuminated and  witnessed the Royal Wedding of the Wadiyar Family on 27th June, 2016 in Mysore. The 27th king of the Wadiyar Family, formerly known “Yaduveer Krishnadutta Chamaraja Wadiyar” tied the knot with Trishika Kumari, princess of Dungarpur in Rajasthan.

The ceremony took place in the “Kalyana Mantapa” of the Amba Vilas Palace. The wedding witnessed over 80 Royal families and a thousand dignitaries from India and other foreign countries. As per the Wadiyar dynasty traditions, the intricate wedding ceremony began with invocations to the royal family deity Hindu Goddess Chamundeshwari followed by 50 other traditional rituals performed by the bride and groom.

The 24 year groom old was made the 27th titular head of the Mysore-Wadiyar family after the passing of Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wodeyar. According to the legends, no king of Mysore can have a son to succeed the throne and, Yaduveer too was adopted by the royal family as the successor in a ceremony. He was adopted on February 23, 2015 and later, he was crowned as the 27th Maharaja on May 28, 2015.

Yaduveer Krishna Datta Chamaraja with Mother Pramoda Devi and Trishika Kumari Singh

Yaduveer Krishna Datta Chamaraja with Mother Pramoda Devi and Trishika Kumari Singh

“Maharani Pramoda Devi, Yaduveer’s mother, was very particular that the wedding ceremonies took place according to the wedding customs. Every puja (prayers to god) was in accordance with the scriptures and the tradition of the Mysore royal family”, said M. Lakshminarayana, Secretary to the mysore Palace.

“It is all about following our customs and preserving our heritage”, said one of the royal invitees. The palace is off public limits for over 6 days and the royal wedding is going to pursue according to all the South-Indian customs.

The newly-weds will later make a public appearance and on June 28th, 2016 a special private reception will be held at the Durbar Hall for over 2000 invitees from across the country.  

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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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Redacted Mueller report, detailing Russian election meddling, released

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — A redacted version of the Mueller report is now public. The 448 page document is the result of a two year investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Democrats say the report shows President Trump tried to obstruct justice. But Trump’s campaign in a statement says otherwise.

Read the redacted report here.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said no Pakistani soldier or citizen died in the Indian Air Force air strike in response to the Pulwama terror attack in February, reversing claims made by other officials after the strike.

Anita Malik announced she is running once again for Arizona’s 6th Congressional District seat. She fell short last year. But this time, she will face additional competition, as fellow Democrat Dr. Hiral Tipirneni (Ti-per-neh-knee) as also running for this seat.

And Hasan Minhaj won another Peabody, his second in a row, for his work on “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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U.S. stance on Iran affects Indian oil imports

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WASHINGTON, DC (Diya TV) — With the Trump administration declaring Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization, India is now dealing with the ramifications when it comes to buying Iranian oil since tough sanctions will be imposed on anyone dealing with the IRGC.

President Trump renominated Indian American prosecutor Diane Gujarati to be a federal judge with jurisdiction over parts of New York City and Long Island

Billionaires Mukesh Ambani and Sunil Bharti Mittal are competing for a large stake in Zee TV, who are looking to come out of major debt.

The face of Google India is step down after eight years. Rajan Anandan is leaving for Sequoia Capital to mentor Indian & Southeast Asian startups.

And Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West is facing criticism for wearing a traditional Indian maang tika on Instagram. We’ll explain.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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