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Asha Bhosle mesmerizes American audiences in Virginia, one last time.

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Asha Bhosle singing and dancing in one of her concerts.
Asha Bhosle Performing at Vienna. Photo credit: Bryan Murphy, Wolf Trap.

Asha Bhosle Performing at Vienna. Photo credit: Bryan Murphy, Wolf Trap.

 

VIENNA, VA (Diya TV) The legendary Bollywood playback singer who sang over a 13000 songs, performed her farewell concert tour in U.S.A, on June 29th at the Wolf Trap National Centre for the Performing Arts’ Filene Centre in Vienna, Virginia.

The concert was at its best and mesmerized thousands of fans and filling the fans with joy and nostalgia – an evening that would be remembered as bittersweet by her fans.

Asha Bhosle singing and dancing in one of her concerts.

Asha Bhosle singing and dancing in one of her concerts.

“What an evening?”said Balraj Palli, a resident of Great Falls, Virginia. His wife, Kanta Palli, nodded in agreement. “It was not a concert but powerful moments of nostalgia,” he added.

Bhosle being in her early 80’s and almost six successful decades in the Bollywood industry her songs are still evergreen and heart touching. The concert had many attendees travelling from far places and was jam packed with her fans cheering “We love you Ashaji”.

There was a large screen in the background that showcased some of her popular soundtracks from the films that Bho

sle sang and were lip synced from the most famous actresses- Madhubala to Helen to Asha Parekh to Zeenat Aman to Poonam Dhilon.

Bhosle also gave a tribute in remembrance to her sister, Lata Mangeshkar who is another legend herself as a playback singer. Asha sang one of her sister’s popular songs ‘ Aa Lag ja gale ke phir mulakat ho na ho (Come embrace me in this life, we might not meet again)’. The crowd was all silent and felt heavy hearted while Asha was singing this song.

Paying tribute to her father, Dinanath Mangeshkar, Asha said the she owes her musical life to her father, her first teacher, who trained her from early childhood along with her siblings.

The crowd got on their feet as Bhosle got to the stage. She sang songs from fifties to her latest albums to please every single fan! Although Lata Mangeshkar her sister was named the nightingale of India, Bhosle didn’t stay her sister’s shadow, rather carved her own niche, becoming a versatile singer and singing everything from Ghazals, folk, Indian Classical to collaborations with western bands,

Its no wonder the Dadasaheb Phalke awardee (India’s highest award in cinema), Asha Bhonsle is acknowledged in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most recorded artist in the music history. She has also been awarded the Filmfare seven times as the “Best Playback Singer”, and the Padma Vibhushan ( is the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India) in 2008 for her contribution to the Indian Cinema.

The night concluded with a surprise performance by Bhosle’s granddaughter, Zabia Bhosle, who is an Indian Classical Dancer and an upcoming singer in the Bollywood industry. This was Bhosle’s last performances in the U.S and she once again proved herself the legend.

Zania Bhosle Performing Indian Classical Dance at the concert

Zania Bhosle Performing Indian Classical Dance at the concert

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U.S. and India conduct joint military drill on Diego Garcia in Indian Ocean

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DIEGO GARCIA, Indian Ocean (Diya TV) — The U.S. and Indian Navies went submarine hunting in the Indian Ocean, their first bilateral anti-submarine warfare exercise since a signing pact to work more closely together last fall.

India’s exports to China are up in 2019, while imports declined, leading to a $10 billion reduction in India’s trade deficit with China. Analysts say the current Washington-Beijing trade war has also opened things up for India.

The Jallianwala Massacre 100 years ago that left hundreds dead and 1200 injured at the hands of British troops is considered a key turning point towards a free India. British prime minister Theresa May marked the occasion by expressing “deep regret”, but there are still no apologies.

An effort by an American and British companies to help Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal save the airline from collapse dissolved after Etihad Airways and TPG Capital threatened to walk away themselves if Goyal was part of the deal.

And comedian Hasan Minhaj, who won a 2017 Peabody Award, received another Peabody nomination in the entertainment category for his Netflix show, “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.”

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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Women filmmakers shine at the 2019 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

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IFFLA staff with the 2019 festival winners

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — The 17th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) concluded Sunday night with the zany slice-of-life film, The Odds, directed by Megha Ramaswamy. Complete with a glamorous closing night red carpet, and an awards ceremony, the festival ended with an after party at the Spice Affair in Beverly Hills.

(From Left to Right) Praveen Morchale, Christina Marouda, Shazia Iqbal, Anand Patwardhan, Nitin Sonawane , Divya Kohli Courtesy: Javeed Sheikh Photography

IFFLA was only four days this year (compared to five days in previous years), but there was still so much to see during that time. In addition to the curated set of films, there was an incredible panel discussion, Breaking in Brown: Making it to Series in TV’s Golden Age, that featured panelists working in various fields in the television industry and their struggles to rise up through the ranks in the Hollywood while being brown.

Panel Discussion Breaking in Brown. Courtesy: Javeed Sheikh Photography

This year’s film lineup boasted five world premieres, two North American premieres, two U.S. premieres and eleven Los Angeles Premieres, with films presented in nine different languages. The overall atmosphere was very relaxed, even with films that tackled difficult subject matters. Roughly fifty percent of the films were directed by women. Filmmakers and staff alike hoped for a future where it will be normal to have women and men equally making films.

Kicking off the awards ceremony, Director of Programming, Mike Dougherty, announced the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, Widow of Silence.

“We present the Grand Jury prize to a film that illuminates a condition that most of the world doesn’t get to see and shines a light on the characters that live through it everyday…This filmmaker’s civic disobedience illustrates their love and compassion for their country and their people, and the craft of their film-making was beautifully wise and refined.”

Director Praveen Morchhale was visibly surprised as he walked up to receive his award. The film he said was about those, “that nobody talks about and nobody treats them as a human.” Even though it was Morchhale’s first time at IFFLA, he felt as if he had been coming here for many years. He credited his win to the women in Kashmir the film portrayed.

The Audience Award for Best Feature went to Reason. Director Anand Patwardhan received a standing ovation when he went to collect his award. Patwardhan said, “most of the time our film is getting thrown out of festivals, I wasn’t expecting this.” He added that it meant a lot for the film to be well received at IFFLA and how that will hopefully impact its reception in India.

Shazia Iqbal’s Bebaak was a crowd favorite winning the Audience Award For Best Short Film. The jury mentioned how she almost gave up on filming because she was getting thrown out of mosques. Iqbal spoke about how when people think of Muslims, they only think of Muslim men and not women, many of whom experience tremendous misogyny. She hopes people will be able to “see beyond what misogyny and religion does to people.” Iqbal added, “a director is nothing without their team.”

“a layered portrait of a woman determined to pursue her needs and impulses,” the Grand Jury awarded their prize for Best Short to The Field from director Sandhya Suri. “the film takes images that normally evoke a sense of fear and flips the narrative on its head redefining a new more empowered world for the female protagonist and exploring an often unseen story of a woman’s drive and agency over her own body and life,” the jury added.

After the awards, Dougherty introduced the closing night film, The Odds by saying the film was the “perfect way to close IFFLA on a celebratory note.”


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One-on-One with Prime Minister Modi

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — In a rare sit-down interview in the middle of an election, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discusses his first term and what he plans to accomplish if he is elected to a second term. Watch the full interview tonight on a special Diya TV Dialogue at 7 pm.

Two U.S. Senators are urging more negotiations with India over a Trump administration plan to end preferential imports because it could raise costs for American consumers.

Meanwhile, India purchased a missile system from Russia. Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is hopeful the deal will avoid sanctions and scrutiny from the U.S.

Thiru Vignarajah a former federal prosecutor, who also once served as deputy Attorney General in the state of Maryland, announced he is running for mayor of Baltimore as a Democrat.

And our entertainment reporter, Kari Lane will take you behind the scenes at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, an event proudly sponsored by Diya TV, full of some of the brightest stars you will soon see on the silver screen.

Ravi Kapur & Alejandro Quintana contributed to this report.

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