Monday, 20 May 2019

Sushant Divgikar aka Rani Ko-He-Nur launches Love Is Love, India's first Pride Anthem

Sushant Divgikar, former Mr. Gay India 2014, features in a single "Love is Love", a pride anthem by Swedish artiste Petter Wallenberg, founder of international LGBTQIA organization Rainbow Riots

'Love is Love’, features India’s first openly gay celebrity and drag queen, Sushant Divgikar. ”Love is Love” is India’s first Pride anthem, a mix of classic Western dance music with both English and Hindi lyrics.  Divgikar, former Bigg Boss contestant will be out on iTunes, Spotify and all major digital platforms worldwide on April 2nd.

“The single ‘Love is Love’ speaks about equal love, about being true to one’s authentic self,” Sushant Divgikar said. 

Model, VJ, reality show participant, actor, singer, and now drag queen—Sushant Divgikar wears many hats. The 27-year-old, hailing from Mumbai, debuted as a drag queen in Delhi in September.

“This track is very close to my heart and spreads the message that love always wins. This is a great time for this anthem to be introduced to the world and a new India that finally allows people to love freely and without fear.” added the former "Bigg Boss" contestant.

After scrapping of Section 377, India is slowly moving into a space of acceptance and inclusion, making all love legal. Sushant Divgikar as an LGBTQIA flag-bearer has showcased himself with belief. Sushant Divgikar has found himself a place internationally with, Rani-Ko-He-Nur his drag avatar.

This outstanding participant in a music reality show 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa,' has been a passionate singer since he was a 16-year-old.. His hard-work has led him to showcase his talent on television. Sushant started out with ads, progressed to TV shows, and gradually ventured into singing in both male and female voices.

He made this journey because of his honesty to himself. In an interview Sushant said, “I did face some challenges, given my orientation. I have done TV shows where people have not been friendly. But there are also those who don’t give a damn as long as the work is getting done. I was lucky to have these people supporting me”.

Thursday, 16 May 2019

JOSH Foundation is proud to be associated with CWAT, a social business ecosystem that will generate continuous and sustained funds and promote business for NGOs in India.

Seen in the pictures, at the concept launch of CWAT at Hard Rock Cafe, Andheri, are ENT Specialist Dr.Jayant Gandhi, Audiologist-Speech Therapist Devangi Dalal, Jagrat Desai and Varun Udeshi.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Nisha JamVwal hosts unveiling of Darshanaa Aswani's Ornella



The High Priestess of Luxury Nisha JamVwal launches Ingenue Darshanaa Aswani's stunning Ornella collection from Darshanaa Sanjanaa Jewellers

Ada Malik, Urvashi Dholakia, Nisha JamVwal,
Anju Anu Malik and Anmol Malik at
 Nisha JamVwal's launch of Darshanaa Aswani's Ornella
The High Priestess of Luxury Nisha JamVwal and Raveena Aswani celebrated the unveiling of Ingenue Darshanaa Aswani’s edgy jewelry line ‘Ornella’ at a grand *Champagne high tea where Bombay’s glitterati was enthralled by her range of corporate as well as edgy party jewelry. 

Ada Malik, Anmol Malik and Darshanaa Aswani
at Nisha JamVwal's launch of Darshanaa Aswani's Ornella
Enjoying chef Ashish’s tea scones, tarts, low-calorie hors d'oeuvres and champagne were Nisha JamVwal looking stunning in Poonam Trivedi's ostrich feather dress, Darshanaa Aswani, Raveena Aswani, Suzanne Bernert, Renu Bhandarkar, Vidya Malavade, Anusha Iyer, Adaa Anu Malik, Anmol Anu Malik, Anju Anu Malik, Roshni Damania, Parvez Damania, Rebecca Dewan, Coleen Khan, Sampada Vaze, Sangeeta Harindra Singh, Shashi Bansal, Dr Avnita Bir principal Poddar School, Author Neelam Kumar, Chef Rakhee Vaswani, Chef Amninder Sandhu, Abha Singh, Lavinia Chetan Hansraj, Sonali Rathore, Sharon Prabhakar, Actor Urvashi Dholakia, Marvie Beck, Achla Sachdev, Actor Manasi Verma, Designer Amy Billimoria, Designer Shireen Shah, Designer Babita Malkani, Author Leena Ramesh Prabhoo, Dr Amit Karkhanis, Actor Sonika Chopra, Socialite Malti Jain, Designer Poonam Trivedi among others.

JamVwal known for her penchant for motivating and inspiring Women Achievers and promoting brilliant talent said, “I’m excited to present gifted designer Darshanaa Aswani who has branched off at her own personal store showcasing an understated chic range of jewelry which I wanted to showcase to Bombay’s discerning audience and I was keen to be the catalyst to her growth along with her inspiring entrepreneur mother Raveena Aswani. I believe it is our ambitious industrious youth which is taking India to greater heights. It is also my belief that we are ready to take good brands to international arenas rather than covet international brands in India- we are in a place in India where we can enjoy our own wear with pride” 

Darshanaa Aswani Of Darshanaa Sanjanaa Jewellers added, “with Ornella, I seek to create a line for new-India where we may not wish to wear heavy bridal jewelry at all times,  but statement pieces for parties, as well as everyday pieces that go from morning to evening seamlessly and can be sported for corporate wear, glamorous do’s and cocktail evenings alike. I am keen to take my online presence to an international brand to be reckoned with, and I realise that the new age market is online. Ornella is making a big mark with e com.”

Friday, 3 May 2019

Standing Ovation for DS Pahwa’s Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye

Ace Director Raman Kumar, in association with Producer DS Pahwa, is back with an emotional rollercoaster of a play. Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye stars Sudha Chandran and Ridhima Rakesh Bedi as the mother-daughter duo along with Paintal, Avtar Gill, Ravi Gossain, Poojaa Raajput and Harshita Shukla.
“A play dealing with a sweet relationships gone sour. I am glad it received a standing ovation,” divulged Producer DS Pahwa while Raman Kumar averred, “The emotional turmoil between a mother and a daughter in the play was well received by the audience.”
The cast and crew of Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye were spotted at the do during their first show at Rang Sharda Auditorium, Bandra. Avtar Gill played Dinesh Kumar alias DK, who is a friend to Sudha Chandran’s on-screen character, Sagarika. Paintal played the role of a loyalist who accompanies Sagarika as a Tabla player whereas Ravi Gossain played Reema’s (Ridhima Rakesh Bedi) husband. Ridhima portrayed Sagarika’s daughter who blames her mother on her father’s alcoholism, eventually dying an untimely and unnatural death. The audience applauded the performance and the dialogue delivery.
DS Pahwa’s association with the Indian entertainment industry goes back to the 70s, where from running a cinema hall in Delhi, he has distributed over 40 Hindi films. Beside film distribution, DS Pahwa has produced several critically acclaimed plays with numerous Bollywood personalities. “The cast was a breeze to work with. The play has shaped up really well, all thanks to master director Raman Kumar,” concluded DS Pahwa.
Kuchh Meetha Ho Jaye is all set for another enthralling show at Royal Opera House, Mumbai, India’s only surviving opera house, before embarking on a nationwide tour soon. 

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

MY MOTHER ALWAYS SAID UNLESS YOU ARE INDEPENDENTLY EARNING, DO NOT GET MARRIED – SONALI BENDRE



AFTER SUSHMITA SEN AND SONAM KAPOOR, SONALI BENDRE TO BE HONOURED WITH THE 'I AM WOMAN’ AWARD

The ‘I am Woman’ Awards, an initiative that celebrates the inspiration of women was created by Harvard & IE Alumnus Dr. Karan Gupta and IE Business School four years ago. This award is a movement that believes the fact that women are reservoirs of strength. On this platform every year, powerful women speak about their personal and professional lives, thereby inspiring many others. 

Karan Gupta and Deepika Singh Rajawat at the
 Karan Gupta Education Foundation's
I Am Woman Awards 2019
In its fourth edition, the I Am Woman Awards once again celebrated and awarded women achievers for their extraordinary work, breaking the glass ceiling in their respective fields. The awardees this year included Actor and Author Sonali Bendre, Entrepreneur and Designer Neeta Lulla, Activist Dr. Sindhutai Sakpal, Infosys Learning Head Kisha Gupta, Genesis Cofounder Deepika Gehani, Author Priya Kumar, Activist and Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat and Activist Neehari Mandali while the event was hosted by power women Actress Manasi Joshi Roy and Singer Manasi Scott alongside Actors and Directors Rohit Roy, Tanuj Virwani and Parvin Dabas. Guests and celebrities at the prestigious award ceremony included Zayed Khan, Sulaiman Merchant, Aarti and Kailash Surendranath, and Sandeep Soparkar, among others. I Am Woman 2017 winner Krishika Lulla and I Am Woman 2016 winners Kiran Bawa, Maheka Mirpuri and Reshma Merchant were also present.

This discussions this year ranged from empowering women in business to how women can create positive impact in their respective communities. 

Empowering women, actor Sonali Bendre who was undergoing treatment for a high-grade cancer in New York and is back to work after a long hiatus, stated, “My mother always said unless you are independently earning, do not get married. If you are not economically independent, you can never really stand up for yourself. Then it’s up to you, if you want to give it up tomorrow. That’s different. That’s a choice you make. But you have to start out with being economically independent. Given that, there is always a kind of equality in your relationship.” She further added, “I always love awards, as well as the rewards but awards are always special. And I think that the Karan Gupta Education Foundation is doing a lot of good work and this award means more specially because there is so much of good work going into it,” enthused Sonali Bendre. 

The other awardees of this year also shared their honour and delight at receiving the award this year. In 2018, the I Am Woman Award was given to Sushmita Sen, Tata Group Industrialist Leah Tata, Actress & RJ Malishka Mendonsa, Activists Jyoti Dhawale and Preethi Srinivasan, Advocate Abha Singh, Artist and Philanthropist Michelle Poonawalla, International Designer Falguni Shane Peacock, and Entrepreneur Bhavna Jasra; in 2017, the I Am Woman Award was given to Amruta Fadnavis, Laxmi Agarwal, Gauri Sawant, Farah Khan Ali, Malini Agarwal, Shaheen Mistry, and Krishika Lulla while in In 2016, the award was given to Sonam Kapoor, Reshma Merchant, Maheka Mirpuri, Raunaq Roy, Kiran Bawa, Nisha Jamvwal, Devita Saraf, Amrita Raichand, Rouble Nagi and Lucky Morani. 

Expressed Dr. Karan Gupta, ““IE Business School and KGEF actively support and encourage women in business and have special scholarships for women. We recognize the challenges that women in business face and wish to support them in every way that we possibly can.” 

Winding up, one cannot help but think of to a song that dates back to the 70’s… ‘I am a Woman… Hear me roar, In numbers too big to ignore. If I have to, I can do anything. I am strong, I am invincible, I am a Woman.’

Friday, 26 April 2019

Educationist Rohit Sharma’s Lunch & Learn Conference.

The University of the West of England’s Student Outreach Programme

Educationist Rohit Sharma conducted a Lunch & Learn conference at The Lalit, Andheri East, with the representatives of The University of the West of England (UWE), United Kingdom, on courses available, studying in the United Kingdom, Masters programmes with work placement to the United Kingdom, how to apply to the same etc.

“The conference is dedicated towards transforming the way we operate, to continuously improve our abilities in order to be more supportive to everyone and to make sure we achieve our goals. We are also looking at the market change and how adaptive we have been to the new changes I feel we all should be proud of where we are today and excited about where we are headed next,” said Rohit Sharma, Business Development Officer & Consultant, University of the West of England. He also has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in research, customer service, sales, strategic planning and marketing strategy are some of his fortes. “We shall continue to grow and develop, remaining always adaptable, motivated and responsive,” added Rohit Sharma.

Throughout this conference, students stayed engaged, staying proactive and helping shape the future of UWE, Bristol. “India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Only a truly globalized world will be able boost Indian student participation to universities in the England,” signed off Rohit Sharma.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Writer-Director-Animal Rights and Gender Activist Anusha Srinivasan Iyer,
Audiologist-Speech Therapist-Philanthropist Devangi Dalal and
 Filmmaker Dr. Aleena Khan felicitated with the Garnet & Gold Women of Influence Awards.