Monthly Archives: July 2014

SOAS celebrates the contribution of Sikh soldiers in World War I

Empire, Faith & War: The Sikhs and World War One, an exhibition at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London organised by the United Kingdom Punjab Heritage Association, celebrates  the rich history of Sikhs who served in the British Army. One soldier in every six in the British…

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

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…

Hilal Fareed in Harrow Mushaira

Dr Hilal Fareed, one of the UK’s leading Urdu poets, recites his Ghazal at a Mushaira organised by Islamic Cultural Society of Harrow on Saturday 21 June 2014.  

NRI Fund for Ganga: Jaitley asks NRIs to help save India’s holy river

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has placed special responsibility on the NRIs to come forward to help in the conservation of the holy Ganges. In his budget speech he announced a NRI Fund for Ganga to harness the enthusiasm of the NRI community towards the conservation of the river Ganga. An…

Living in the UK you can’t marry an Indian spouse unless you earn £18,600

Asian Wedding, UK Indian wedding

The UK Court of Appeal has cleared the way for a minimum income threshold of 18,600 pounds for British citizens bringing foreign spouses to live with them in the country, a move likely to affect thousands of visa applicants, including Indian-origin people. The appeal court ruling followed a legal challenge…

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…

Sarod maestro Ustad Haafiz Ali Khan: Video Interview

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…