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School wakes up a city with Clean India Green India rally

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The students of Nirmala Convent School in the western UP town of Bulandshahr have taken up the Clean India Green India cause with great enthusiasm. After hundreds of students took a Clean Indian Green India pledge earlier this month, the school principal Sister Daisy decided that it’s not going to…

Video: BKS Iyengar ‘Yoga is a path to ultimate freedom’

BKS Iyengar, Yoga Guru, Iyengar Yoga

Watch world’s most famous yoga teacher discuss his philosophy and techniques in a film from 1976. BKS Iyengar  passed away on Wednesday, the 20th Aug 2014 in Pune, India. He was 96. Iyengar began to teach yoga in Pune in 1937, when he was just 18. But his journey to international…

Indian Politics

Bande Mataram sung by Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore

This is an extraordinary find Bande Mataram sung by India’s greatest poet Rabindranath Tagore. Hemendra Mohan Bose (1864-1916) opened the Talking Machine Hall in Kolkata, a shop where one could get one’s voice recorded. Bose was a sound recording expert and also had an agency to sell Edison and Pathe…

When Netaji asked students to serve India

Subhash Chandra Bose

In this rare and inspiring  speech Netaji Subhash Bose asks Indian students to emulate the example of youth  in Russia, France and Italy to take part in freedom struggle and serve their country. The speech seems to be of the early 1940s when he was still a member of the…

Indians Abroad

Modi takes 2015 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas to Gujarat

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The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the next Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held at Mahatma Mandir, Gandhinagar, Gujarat in January 2015. As the year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the return of the greatest ‘Pravasi’ of all, Mahatma Gandhi, from South Africa, PBD 2015…

SH Raza: My childhood around beautiful Narmada river

Sayed Haider Raza

Sayed Haider Raza, one of India’s greatest painters, remembers his early childhood in and around the beautiful forests of Narmada river. Syed Haider Raza was born on 22 February, 1922 in Babaria, Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. His father  Sayed Mohammed Razi was the Deputy Forest Ranger of the district and his mother was…

Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi statue to be installed in UK Parliament Square

Gandhi Statue in Tavistock Square, London

New Delhi, Tuesday, July 08, 2014: A statue of Mahatma Gandhi would be installed by early next year in Parliament Square in Britain, the country he took on for India’s freedom. British Foreign Minister William Hague and Chancellor of Exchequer George Osborne, who are on a visit to India, announced…

Satyagrah: The Opera – Alan Oak plays Gandhi

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Legendary composer Philip Glass’s universally acclaimed Sanskrit opera Satyagraha is another milestone in Mahatma Gandhi‘s global legend. This critically acclaimed opera is creating waves in London. To help the foreign audience, the English translation of Sanskritised libretto appears on the corrugated iron backdrop that is imaginatively used to portray the…

Hindi

सच्चिदानंद हीरानंद वात्स्यायन अज्ञेय: कविता पाठ

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सच्चिदानंद हीरानंद वात्स्यायन “अज्ञेय”  (१९११-१९८७) का जन्म ७ मार्च १९११ को उत्तर प्रदेश के देवरिया जिले के कुशीनगर नामक ऐतिहासिक स्थान में हुआ था। प्रारंभिक शिक्षा-दीक्षा पिता की देख रेख में घर पर ही संस्कृत, फारसी, अंग्रेजी, और बांग्ला भाषा व साहित्य के अध्ययन के साथ। १९२५ में पंजाब से…

‘Jhansi ki Rani’ sung by the BBC veteran Kailash Budhwar

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Read ‘Jhansi ki Rani’ Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi Subhadra Kumari Chauhan became the first woman Satyagrahi to court arrest in Nagpur. She later wrote the highly inspiring patriotic poem ‘Jhansi ki Rani’. During India’s freedom struggle against the British Raj it became one of the most recited and sung poems…

Urdu

गुलज़ार: ये कैसा इश्क़ है उर्दू ज़ुबां का

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                  ये कैसा इश्क़ है उर्दू ज़ुबां का आँखों को वीसा नहीं लगता, सपनों की सरहद कोई नहीं  

Freedom movement in Urdu poetry

Freedom movement, Simon Commission, Urdu poetry

तहरीक़े आज़ादी और उर्दू शायरी : One of NRIfm.com listeners has sent this extraordinary radio feature about how India’s freedom movement was reflected in Urdu shayari. Recording seems to begin half way. Courtesy AIR Urdu service. अब दौरे मसर्रत आने दो, क़ौमी परचम लहराने दो जाती है ग़ुलामी जाने दो,…

Indian Classical

Pt Kishan Maharaj: Ganesh Paran on tabla सुनिए पंडित किशन महाराज का जादुई तबला जो हमारी और आपकी तरह बोलता है

Pandit Kishan Maharaj

 Ganesh Paran  Invocation of Lord Ganesha. It’s a famous  traditional composition, which refers to Ganesha (the elephant-headed god, son of Shiva). The first part describes a scene where Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh sing Dhrupada, accompanied by Ganesha on the Mŗdańga. This Paran was one of Kishan Maharaj-ji’s favourites. सुनिए पंडित…

Sarod maestro Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan: Video Interview

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Even before Ustad Haafiz Ali (1888–1972) Khan gave Sarod his magic touch at a public performance, the atmosphere used to become electric. Tall, massive fair with a neatly trimmed beard, Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan was more than handsome. He was overwhelming with his charming manners and large eyes, as eloquent as…

Writers

Booker Prize after seven yrs of toil and torments

Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai became the youngest woman writer to win the 2006  Man Booker Prize. In this remarkably candid interview she talks about her struggle in New York while writing her second novel ‘The Inheritance of Loss’. She pays her tribute to her mother Anita Desai who was nominated for Booker…

UR Ananthmurthy on his life and literature

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Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, born December 21, 1932, is a leading contemporary writer in the Kannada language. He is counted among the most eminent Indian authors. A winner of India’s highest literary honour, the Jnanpith Award for the Kannada language, he was also honoured with Padma Bhushan by the Government of…

History

How much Asians love their children

One of Peter Chitsy’s old family friend had retired from India. He was very brutal and had a very poor opinion of India. Later on in the seventies he realised how much Indian immigrants love their children. He met an Asian businessman who was mortified because his son had gone off the…

Knowing India through Sabu, Forster and Southall

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Judith Cunningham was introduced to India through the movie ‘Sabu the Jungle Boy’, EM Foster and Bhawani Junction. Her family lived in Southall. But unlike other white families one of her cousins refused to move out of Southall and the old man is still cared for by his Sikh neighbours.  …

Health

Narayan Hrudayalaya wins the 2013 FT ArcelorMittal Business award

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Bangalore based hospital group Narayana Hrudayalaya was given the 2013 FT ArcelorMittal Boldness in Business award for ‘Corporate Responsibility’ to create an ‘innovative financial model for helping ordinary Indians access vital medical services’. NRIfm presents an exclusive interview with Dr Devi Shetty who set up this remarkable national institution.      

Sri Sri Ravishakar’s message to NRIs

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Help us to make a healthy and happy world During his recent visit to the UK Sri Sri Ravishakar taught the Art of Living to thousands of NRIs. His speech and yoga demonstrations were a great source of inspiration to lead a happy and healthy life and to spread world…

Sports

Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ coming soon

Playing It My Way

‘I knew that agreeing to write my story would need me to be completely honest, as that’s the way I have always played the game. It would require talking about a number of aspects I have not shared in public before… So here I am, at the end of my…

Sachin Tendulkar’s First Media Interview: England Tour 1990

Sachin Tendulkar

Though Indian cricket team’s 1990 England tour was dominated by the experienced stars like Muhammad Azharuddin, Kapil Dev, Dilip Vengsarkar, the 17-year-old Sachin Tendulkar was treated as the baby of the team. He had a disappointing start scoring just 10 and 27 in the first Lords Test. But in the…

Religion

A unique Ganesha symphony

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Pranamya Shirsa Devam; Gauri putram Vinayakam.. Music directors Ajay-Atul, who have composed music in films like Viruddh and Ghayab, present a unique experience for the devotees of Ganapati Bappa in the magical voice of SP Balasubranaiam. Never before the devotees of Ganapati have heard such a soulful Ganapati vandana.  …

Videos

Afghan KL Saigal Nashenas sings Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya in unique Bhairavi mode

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Nashenas was born as Sadiq Fitrat Habibi is one of the oldest surviving musicians from Afghanistan. His fame began in the 1970s, and since then he has produced many albums consisting of Dari, Pashto and some Urdu songs. He is sometimes called “the Afghan Saigal”. Nashenas was born in Kandahar…

Life of Pt Bhimsen Joshi in his own words

Pt Bhimsen Joshi

Tribute to Pandit Bhimsen Joshi on his 92nd Birth Anniversary DD Bharati, Published on 6 Feb 2014

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Bodhgaya Temple

Buddha at Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhigaya, Bihar, India

Buddha was born 563 BC in Lumbini, Nepal. As Siddhartha, he renounced his family at the age of 29 his gaining enlightenment in 534 BC and travelled and meditated in search of truth. After meditating for six years at Urubela (Buddhagaya) in Gaya, he attained Buddhatva or enlightenment. Enlightenment is a…

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