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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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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — Non-profit group Texas India Forum announced they are organizing “Howdy, Modi!”, an Indian American community event for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Houston September 22nd. The venue has yet to be announced, but tens of thousands of people are expected at the event.

Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal was among the members of the House antitrust committee with sharp questions for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon in a hearing focused on competition and anti-competitive behavior online.

Saravana Bhavan founder P Rajagopal died days after the Indian Supreme Court threw out his plea to postpone imprisonment in a murder conviction. He was 72. The ‘dosa king’ was found to have orchestrated the murder of a man, whose wife he wanted to marry.

And the managing director of the State Bank Of India, Anshula Kant, is taking the helm at the World Bank as managing director and chief financial officer.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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House vill passes removing Green Card country cap

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The House of Representatives passed a bill to lift the current seven percent country-cap on issuing Green Cards, a development that could benefit thousands of skilled Indian IT professionals.

The United States India Strategic Partnership Forum had a bipartisan feel to it in Washington, as the event was keynoted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senior Advisor to President Trump, Jared Kushner. Watch both of their speeches to the USISPF crowd exclusively on Diya TV.

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is resigning his post amid controversy over the way he handled a sex crimes case a decade ago against wealthy businessman Jeffrey Epstein when Acosta was U.S. attorney for southern Florida.

Billionaire Richard Branson’s spaceflight company Virgin Galactic will be the 1st publicly traded space tourism company in a $800 million deal backed by venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya’s investment company.

And Mindy Kaling’s open casting call for her upcoming Netflix series led to the hiring of Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who was cast out of 15,000 people.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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New Zealand eliminates India in cricket World Cup

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MANCHESTER, England (Diya TV) — After a rain delay stopped play between New Zealand and India, when play resumed, the Kiwis held on to win by 18 runs, knocking India out of the Cricket World Cup. It’s on to the championship round for New Zealand.

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided an Indian restaurant in Washington DC, detaining several employees.

Airbnb, the Silicon Valley couchsurfing startup turned hospitality behemoth, says they made a direct economic impact of around $150 million in India in 2018.

Indian Airbnb hosts collectively made almost $28 million and welcomed nearly 800,000 guests last year. 

Chennai-based speech recognition startup, Uniphore Software Systems, raised $38 million as part of its Series C round. They’ve received funding from California venture capital firm March Capital Partners and former Cisco CEO John Chambers. 

And Indo-Australian Priya Serrao was crowned Miss Universe Australia 2019.

The 26-year-old policy advisor from the state of Victoria said she will use her new platform to promote multiculturalism. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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