Monthly Archives: October 2013

Melody King Manna Day passes away at 94

Manna Dey was in and out of hospital in the last five months for respiratory and renal problems. He died of cardiac arrest at 3:50 AM in Bangalore on 24th October 2013. He was 94. Dey sang more than 3,500 songs, including romantic ballads, intricate raga-based songs, Qawwalis and fast-paced…

Pran: Some of the best roles of my life

Veteran Bollywood actor Pran, who made a mark for himself portraying strong negative and supporting roles, passed away at the age of 93 on Friday, 12 July 2013, after prolonged illness. Pran has been known for remarkable roles in Bollywood hits like Zanjeer, Don, Amar Akbar Anthony, Upkaar, Parichay and…

Former UK Minister who loves Gandhi, Ganesh and Bollywood’s ‘Mother India’

Britain’s first black cabinet minister Paul Boateng was taught by Mrs Prakash when he was growing up in Ghana. He says while living in Africa he and his parents were inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. He grew up watching the classic Indian film ‘Mother India’ and he is fond of Hindu…

Sri Sri Ravishakar’s message to NRIs

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…

Aamir Khan:- My struggle to quit smoking

“Nothing is more dangerous than cigarette smoking.” We all know him as a great Bollywood star, but here in an off beat interview Aamir Khan talks about his struggle to quit smoking. He candidly talks about how he reluctantly got into smoking and the disastrous impact of cigarette smoking on…

Swami Ramdev on his life and yoga movement

Message to the NRIs In a rare personal interview Swami Ramdev, the pioneer of the world’s largest health awareness campaign, talks to the NRIfm.com editor Vijay Rana about his childhood and throws light about the origins of his unique yoga system. He talks about the early struggle and the roadblocks…

How Indian doctors saved the NHS

In 1963 the Conservative Health Minister Enoch Powell launched a campaign to recruit Indian doctors to save the NHS from an impending staffing crisis. Ironically, a few years later Powell warned Britain of the “rivers of blood” caused by the influx of foreign workers.  By the mid-sixties more than 18,000…

True story of a lucky escape from the silent killer

SD Bhardwaj is a hardworking London businessman, always active and smart. One evening after a slight pain in his chest he was taken to hospital, where to his great astonishment the doctors found massive blockages in all the four arteries. A quick quadruple-bypass, done by an Indian doctor in UK…

Early warning signals of heart disease

Cardiologist Dr Sandy Gupta, a member of British Heart Foundation’s ethnic minority panel, says that where ever South Asians emigrate to the risk of heart disease goes up. Heart disease is a silent killer and most people wouldn’t know unless it is too late. We asked Dr Sandy Gupta, a…

British NHS and Indian doctors in the UK

Why do Asians suffer from heart disease Coronary heart disease is rampant among the South Asians in the UK. According to some estimates the mortality rate among Asians in the UK  is fifty per cent higher  than the local population. Raj Bhopal, a prominent Indian doctory in UK, the Professor…

Remembering Maulana Azad in London

Nehru Center in association with Indian Muslim Federation, UK organised a remarkable tribute to the freedom fighter, Congress leader and India’s first education minister, Maulana Azad. What came out so vividly was his unshaken faith in India’s inherent cultural unity and his deep commitment to secular values. Yet he was…

A rare interview and recitation of Faiz Ahmed Faiz

NRIfm presents a rare tribute to one of Urdu’s greatest poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The programme was produced by BBC TV’s veteran journalist, now late Krishan Gould as a tribute to Faiz soon after his death in November 1984. It includes excerpts of a rare interview with Faiz in which…

A Tribute to Bollywood’s finest poet Sahir Ludhianvi

In this extraordinary tribute to Bollywood’s finest poet, Sahir Luahianvi (1921-1980), the veteran BBC journalist Raza Ali Abidi argues that Sahir created some of the finest imagery of  romance, patriotism, philosophy and devotion to god for many Bollywood films. His anti-establishment poetry gave voice to the weak and suppressed. He…

Waheeda Rahman remembers Guru Dutt and Devanand

Recently, the legendary Bollywood actress Waheeda Rahman  came to London to publicise the cause of her favourite Mumbai based charity Pratham and in her busy schedule she found time to talk to the History Talking.com editor Vijay Rana. She talked about her debut in Guru Dutt’s film CID, the rumours…

Mushaira Yaum-e- Mir Nehru Centre London

Dr Hilal Fareed Rasta bhi hai, mauqa bhi hai; Dekhen koi aata bhi hai…               Razi bakaram daste sitamgar bhi nahi tha, Varna to kisi haath me patthar bhi nahin tha.   Dr Gautam Sachdev Umra hai baras paaye na baadal mere man main…

Remembering Mir Taqi Mir: A presentation by Hilal Fareed

In 2006, the 283rd birth anniversary of one of the greatest of Urdu poets, Mir Taqi Mir was celebrated at London’s Nehru centre. Born in Agra in 1723, Mir was orphaned at the age of ten. He went through immense emotional and financial hardships in his life. In his loneliness, Mir…

Birju Maharaj on his early life and times

Kathak Maestro Birju Maharaj in a rare interview tells the story of his early life, his legendry father Achchan Maharaj and mother Mahadev. He also talks about a concert in Jhansi where disruptive audience were in no mood to listen to a classical artist, but the mood changed when he…

Pandit Jasraj: My most memorable concert

Pandit Jasraj, one to the giants of Indian classical music began his career as a percussionist, mainly focusing on Tabla, but then he turned his attention to singing. In a rare interview he talks about why he changed the track. He also talks about his most memorable concert that concert…

Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt: inventor of Mohan Veena

“How I invented Mohan Veena” Grammy Award winner Pandit Vishamohan Bhatt recently mesmerised a packed house in London’s  Kensington Great Hall in a concert organised by a London Indian classical group the Note Asia Foundation. Critics said this was one of the finest performances by the great maestro, who indianised…

Adoor honoured in London by SACF

India’s legendary film maker Adoor Gopalakrishnan was honoured by UK’s South Asian Cinema Foundation. As one of the greatest exponent of Malayalam cinema Adoor has received India’s highest cinema award Dada Saheb Falke Award. At this occasion a book – ‘A Door to Adoor’ – celebrating his life and work…