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Indian American actor Bhavesh Patel shines on Broadway

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Indian-American Actor Bhavesh Patel is shining on Broadway.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Playing the ‘crazy playwright’ in Present Laughter’s four-month Broadway stint, Indian-American Bhavesh Patel shines bright alongside Tony-awardee Kevin Kline.

“Theatre can be very under the radar,” Patel says.

“But it’s the only medium that requires you to have the energy of an athlete and the focus to gauge an audience’s reaction and transform that into a powerful performance,” said the 37-year-old actor in a GQ India article.

Patel has been working the New York Broadway scene for over 14 years.

Following gigs at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Patel earned a masters in fine arts from New York University.

He began landing roles in Broadway productions like five-time Tony award-winning War Horse and off-Broadway shows like Indian Ink, playing a first-generation Anglo-Indian with a penchant for lengthy monologues.

Patel hasn’t focused on television, though he has landed several minor roles. A turban-wearing pharmacist who’s been robbed. A cop on NYC 22. A doctor on Gossip Girl. A techie on Person Of Interest. He also had a recurring 2013 role in The Good Wife.

He played a banker who strikes a business deal with Matthew McConaughey’s character Kenny Wells in Stephen Gaghan’s Gold.

Watching McConaughey freestyle for a month in Thailand “was a great reminder that, in this digital age, we’re no longer ‘wasting film’. That it’s worth it to try anything once,” Patel stated.

Patel is committed to stage. “There are no questions like why a first-generation Indian-American can play Hamlet while his father, King Hamlet, is played by a white actor,” he says.

One of his recent highlights is securing an important role as as King Theseus in an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for Shakespeare in the Park.

“An Indian man gets to play a powerful warrior King who wins the love of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, played by a black actress on a global stage,” Patel said. “It’s going to be glorious.”

His passion for drama began in high school, when he made his performance as crazy Doctor Einstein in a high school adaptation of Arsenic And Old Lace. “For the first time, I felt people noticed me for what was inside of me, rather than the way I looked.”

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Indian Supreme Court ends Ayodhya dispute: Hindus receive land, Muslims get alternative site

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — In a decision over a subject that has been politically and culturally sensitive for several decades, the Indian Supreme Court awarded the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to Hindus, while deeming the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1991 a crime.

The unanimous decision by five justices, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, paves the way for the construction a new Hindu temple at the site, believed to be Lord Ram’s birthplace. The decision ends the oldest land title dispute in India.

A board of trustees will be established in the next three months to determine construction plans for the temple. While the court ruled in favor of the Hindu petition, they ordered five acres of land to be set aside at an alternative site in Ayodhya for a mosque to be built.

Ahead of the verdict political leaders appealed for peace and calm. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict in this sensitive case will “not be a matter of victory or loss,” appealing to his nation to “strengthen India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity.”

The court was also clear the desecration of the Babri Masjid was still a criminal matter and a court case on that issue is still pending.

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Indian Supreme Court to rule on ‘Ayodhya’ dispute

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Indian Supreme Court To Rule On Ayodhya Dispute | Diya TV News

AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — The Indian Supreme Court is expected to issue its verdict on the dispute over the Ram Janmabhoomi / Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, India on Saturday, November 9th. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict in this politically sensitive case will “not be a matter of victory or loss,” appealing to his nation to “strengthen India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity.”

India’s credit rating was cut to negative by Moody’s Investors Service, the first step toward a downgrade, as concerns mount an economic slowdown will be prolonged and debt will rise. Meanwhile, China said it has agreed with the United States to cancel tariffs on each others’ goods in phases, a key demand of Beijing to end a trade war that has affected economic growth globally.

India and China will surpass the U.S. as the World’s Centers of Tech Innovation by 2035, according to Bloomberg New Economy Global Survey, which gathered views from 2,000  business professionals in 20 markets.

And Harsimran Kaur becomes first female player from the NBA Academy’s Women’s Program in India to be invited to The NBA Global Academy.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Skilled immigrant category H-1B visa denials continue to rise

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H-1B visa denial rates dramatically increase | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Trump administration’s new immigration policies are leading to a significant rise in the rejection of petitions for H-1B visas, with the highest denial rate among major Indian IT companies, according to a study by the National Foundation for American Policy.

The Maine Ethics Commission imposed a $500 fine on House Speaker Sara Gideon‘s former political action committee over reimbursements worth $500 made to her in 2016. The commission said there was no attempt to deceive the public. Gideon is now running for Maine’s Senate seat against longtime incumbent Susan Collins.

Next week, the U.S. and India will hold their first-ever tri-service military exercise. It’s codenamed “Tiger Triumph” and will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. All three Indian military services will work alongside the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine corps

On the heels of announcements by Facebook and Google putting forth $1 billion each towards affordable housing initiatives in the Bay Area, Apple upped the ante and will set aside $2.5 billion for housing programs, including $1 billion for first-time home buyer mortgage assistance.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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