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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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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

More than 30 interfaith organizations in the U.S. are urging the State Department to sanction India and designate it as a country of “particular concern”. Their resolution claims that the Indian government is promoting policies that lead to the persecution of religious minorities, especially Muslims.
Despite growing concern over rising Covid-19 cases in Japan, the 2021 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony got underway. India is sending its largest ever contingent to the Olympics with120 athletes competing across 85 events.  The country hopes to win medals for shooting, wrestling, boxing, archery and badminton.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Nearly 200,000 ‘Documented Dreamers’ appeal to Congress for help

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — With no clear path to citizenship and facing deportation, younger Indian Americans who have aged out of their parents’ visas are now appealing to lawmakers for help. The Migration Policy Institute says about 190,000 kids and young adults will be in this situation once they turn 21 years old. Some of them have now formed a coalition saying it’s time to address this ongoing issue.

Electronic signature platform DocuSign appointed Indian American Shanthi Iyer as its new Chief Information Officer. Iyer spent more than 20 years at Cisco and will lead Docusign’s efforts to improve employee productivity and the customer experience.

And Indian start-up SimSim has been acquired by Youtube. The company helps small businesses connect with social media influencers and customers. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say the company was valued at more than $70 million.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR (Diya TV) — Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Indian national was Reuters news agency’s chief photographer in India. Siddiqui was credited for capturing some of the most powerful images during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17-year-old Indian-American Samir Banerjee clinched the junior Wimbledon singles tennis title. Celebrating Samir’s achievement, many Indians took to social media to congratulate the youngster.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday on his Blue Origin rocket ship. It was the company’s first flight with people on board.  Bezos is now the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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