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Jan272017

Taj Express - The Bollywood Musical Revue, announces US TOUR for 2017

New York, December 12th, 2016:  –  Taj Express,  an  Internationally acclaimed musical based out of Mumbai, India will be coming to the United States in early 2017. Over 50 cities across the country will be showcasing this theatrical spectacular that is wrapped into 120 minutes of swirling colors, sparkle, shimmer and electrifying energy.

Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation promises to take audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

Taj Express is produced by one of India’s leading entertainment families, the Merchants. The show is Produced and Directed by Shruti Merchant who is amongst the top choreographers in the Bollywood industry. Shruti has been seen as a judge on India's dance reality show "Dance India Dance". Alongside Shruti Merchant, is Director of Choreography, Vaibhavi Merchant. Vaibhavi has worked in over 75 Bollywood films and is known for her smash hits such as Dhol Baaje, Jhoom Barabar, Kajra Re & Kamli. Her recent work includes songs for Sultan, Fan and Befikre. She has received numerous awards for her choreography, including the prestigious National Award for Choreography, IIFA, and the American Choreography Award.

 

“Taj Express completes 5 years of International touring and the North American tour marks the second leg of finishing a decade. Vaibhavi, myself & the entire team are really looking forward to our performances across the US. We are delighted to be associated with CAMI and could not have asked for a better platform to present the show. The Company has been preparing for this tour for the past two years and the Cast & Crew are gearing up with fresh choreographies, latest music and a lot of surprising elements for the US run.

America: Do not forget your dancing shoes, Taj Express is going to make you LOVE DANCE and SING!” says Taj Express Producer and Director, Shruti Merchant.   

Taj Express is presented in the US by Columbia Artist Management LLC. (CAMI). CAMI is an international leader in managing the careers and touring activities of the world's most prominent performing artists and institutions. CAMI has been on the forefront of performing arts management and production throughout the world for nine decades.  CAMI is known to bring World Music and Dance to center stage with collaborations such as Dublin Irish Dance, Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, The Havana Cuba All-Stars and many others. 

“Our CAMI team attended a performance of Taj Express in France a few years ago and were instantly convinced that we needed to share this beautiful show with American audiences.  The energy on stage is very exciting and irresistible, every cast member is a star and the music, costumes and production elements are amazing.  The audience was dancing from the opening to the encore.  Immediately after the show, we invited Taj Express to make their U.S. debut and luckily they agreed.  This will be the first major coast-to-coast tour of a live Bollywood production and we know that audiences will be thrilled to see this fantastic show” says Tim Fox, President of Columbia Artists Management LLC.

 

Taj Express will kick off in New York in February and continue across the country throughout the months of March and April. To learn more about Taj Express, please visit: http://www.tajexpressthemusical.com/bollywoodmusical/index.html

For Tickets for the US Tour, please visit: http://www.cami.com/?webid=2486 

Taj Express You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/tajexpressthemusical

 

Taj Express USA Tour Showcase from AVS TV Network on Vimeo.

 

 

Wednesday
Oct122016

Hypokrit Theatre Company and Junoon Performing Arts present Chokher Bali and Devdas (Re-imagined)

NEW YORK, October 12th, 2016: Hypokrit Theatre Company and Junoon Performing Arts present Indian classics re-imagined with the showcase of Devdas and Chokher Bali. The presentation of the dual performances will run from November 4th – 20th, at the Theater for the New City in New York.

Devdas – a modern day dance spectacle is set in India’s hyper-competitive and hyper-masculine reality dance competition world. It’s the story of two women who coveted both, the main prize and the man. Devdas will be portrayed from the point of the two women that loved him through a ballet set in modern India. This theatrical presentation will use original music composed by Aalap Desai, and contemporary choreography by Swarali Karulkar. 

Chokher Bali is an exploration of the life of widows in 20th century Calcutta, in which our one particular widow Binodini becomes entangled and forbidden love triangle. The performance is adapted by Dr. Partha Chatterjee from Rabindranath Tagore’s novel of the same name.  Hypokrit’s performance of Chokher Bali will be adapted as a Greek tragedy and showcase the world of 20th Bengal as it relates to the world now.

 “We’re bringing together the brightest South Asian talent for Devdas and Chokher Bali. For those familiar with the stories, the experience will be unlike anything they have ever seen. This modern retelling will also bring new audiences to the theatre. So often, the word ‘classic’ is relegated to works from the West, Devdas and Chokher Bali continue our mission of showing that works of art from South Asia have universal themes. Anyone that comes to our show will be able to see something familiar in something foreign.”

Arpita Mukherjee, Festival Co-Chair of Tamasha and Co-Founder of Hypokrit Theatre Company. 

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: http://www.hypokritnyc.org/nov2016rep/.

Founded by Arpita Mukherjee and Shubhra Prakash, Hypokrit Theatre Company adapts classical plays from different cultures for the contemporary audience. Hypokrit Theatre Company’s mission is to encourage artistic inquiry and break down the artifice in a work to reach its emotional core. Interested in positing the question of what makes a story universal, Hypokrit Theatre Company is dedicated to adapting classics, both time-tested and brand new, from around the world for the contemporary audience. Their mission is expressed through the choice of setting and time period. Through the collision of different worlds and aesthetics, Hypokrit challenges notions of universality in a multicultural world.

Junoon Performing Arts is an Indo-contemporary company born solely out of the plight of a few dancers for aesthetic innovation and creative expression. As artists, we care about the world. Through theatre, we spread awareness through movement. Junoon Performing Arts aims to both absorb and reflect the times around us through the art of dance. Art has no language, and so we strive to blend a range of styles to present stories to the world. Transitioning from indo-contemporary to jazz to bollywood to physical theater we reach for conceptually-themed operatic performances that are as fluid as they are distinct. Join the movement. ​www.junoonperformingarts.com 

For further information please contact:

Neerja Public Relations:                                                                                 
press@neerjapr.com   
646-481-1687

Monday
Sep122016

Actress Sunny Leone & acid attack victim Reshma Qureshi walk for Designer Archana Kochhar at New York Fashion Week

Designer Archana Kochhar

September 8th, 2016: Designer Archana Kochhar showcased the rural art of India in New York City as part of New York Fashion Week with her collection, “A tale of two travels”. The collection was inspired by her travel to the Taj Mahal and the village of Banjara tribe.  Sunny Leone, the first Bollywood actress to ever walk the ramp at NYFW, looked resplendent as the showstopper in an ivory Archana Kochhar gown. Reshma Qureshi, an acid attack victim who made worldwide headlines for her story, opened the show for the designer in a beautiful ivory gown, which was offset with digitally printed motifs, to create awareness of the initiative “Bring Beauty Back”.

Sunny Leone (Photo by Asim Farooki)“I am so excited. It’s unbelievable that I just walked at New York Fashion Week for Designer Archana Kochhar wearing her Banjara Collection. The energy here was superb and the response we received was phenomenal”, shared Actress Sunny Leone immediately after the show. “I love this gown, it looks so ethereal. Archana is my favorite Indian designer. She is someone who inspires me as a woman. She has a strong will and goes after what she wants and she is here at New York and has done a spectacular job. Very few Indian designers have reached New York Fashion Week, but she has”, she further added.

“It was a surreal experience. This is arguably, the largest fashion platform in the world. It is a great honor to be one of the few Indians to have showcased at New York Fashion week, for the second time. It is one of the most professionally run events in the world. As the NYFW organizers had told me, they don't talk fashion - they own fashion”, said designer Archana Kochhar. “I am very grateful to Sunny, who’s a dear friend, and I think she looks stunning in whatever she wears.

Reshma Qureshi (Photo by Asim Farooki)Beauty should not be affirmed by a certain height, color or size, it is beyond that. It should be an all-inclusive concept. We need such acceptance in society and I think such endeavors of mine will increase sensitivity towards this concept in our society”, Kochhar further added.

“I was very excited. This was my first time at New York” said Reshma Qureshi. “I am hoping that my participation in this runway will inspire hope and confidence in other acid attack survivors, that they can lead a normal life”.

  “A tale of Two Travels” is a thoughtful creation that imparts royal individuality of the surreal Taj and gleams in the colorful essence of Banjara. The first inspiration of the collection is by the nomadic tribe of India called Banjara, known for the craft of the vibrant mesmerizing colors and rustic mirror work in India. The color pallet of this collection is ivory offset with colorful digitally printed motifs, which is further highlighted with multi-color thread work and mirror work. The second inspiration of the collection is by the magnificent Taj Mahal. Depicting a dreamy vision, the collection is an exclusive range of colorful intricate digital prints depicting the vibrant symbolic motifs of the amazing Taj Mahal, the beautiful lotus flower, the mighty royal elephants balanced with geometric motifs. The new line is a foci of contemporary silhouettes fused with a glimpse of Indian conventional cuts to bring forward the concept of the east meets the west. The silhouettes comprised of cold shoulder crop tops, caplets, flared bellbottoms, flared skirts, pencil skirts, high waist shorts, paper bag skirts, dhoti pants, structured gowns, key hole gowns, flowy drapes and jumpsuits.

 

 

Tuesday
Mar082016

Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion to Perform at The Bushnell April 15

 

Hartford, CT, - Feb 22, 2016:  – Zakir Hussain, the reigning master virtuoso of the classical Indian tabla, will be joined by a combination of percussive and melodic performers for his upcoming 2016 tour.  Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion will be coming to Mortensen Hall at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, CT for one show only on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets and information are available online at bushnell.org, by phone at 860-987-5900, or in person at The Bushnell box office, 166 Capitol Avenue in Hartford.

Playing in the footsteps of his illustrious father, Ustad Allarakha, who with Ravi Shankar introduced the glorious music of India to America, Zakir Hussain has acted as a musical bridge between his birthland and the rest of the world.  Moreover, his remarkably wide musical vision has taken him and his tabla into unimagined realms of collaboration that make him one of the chief architects of the contemporary “world music” movement. A child prodigy, Zakir was touring by the age of twelve. He came to the United States in 1970, performing his first US concert at the Fillmore East in New York City with Pandit Ravi Shankar, embarking on an illustrious international career.  

In the past few years, his Triple Concerto for Banjo, Bass and Tabla, a piece co-composed with Edgar Meyer and Bela Fleck, was performed by them with the Nashville Symphony at the gala opening of the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall in Nashville. Zakir’s second concerto, Concerto for Four Soloists, a special commission for the National Symphony Orchestra, was performed at Kennedy Center in March 2011, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. Most recently, his third concerto, Peshkar, debuted in September 2015 to rapturous acclaim in Mumbai.  Performed by Zakir and the Symphony Orchestra of India at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, it was described in the Hindustan Times as “a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Simply sublime.”  

For more information on Zakir Hussain, visit: www.zakirhussain.com

Tuesday
Jan262016

We are Hiring! 

Part-time Social Media Intern

WHO WE ARE

Neerja PR is a boutique Public Relations firm specializing in South Asian Television, Movies, Fashion, Food and Lifestyle categories. We develop targeted, strategic publicity campaigns that ultimately create the kind of exposure to bring businesses to the frontline. With strong relationships on nearly every established South Asian media platform, Neerja PR delivers press coverage that enhances brand visibility, buyer response and ultimately consumer interest.

WHO WE NEED

We’re seeking a social media savvy intern to run our client accounts. Someone who knows social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and is creative and focused.  Candidate will be working remotely and independently, therefore, he/she must be responsible, professional and be driven.  Additional responsibilities will include assistance in planning events and managing event calendars. Must also have a strong interest in writing and communication.

Employment Type – Part Time
Compensation – Per Project
Availability: Can be flexible with your schedule.

Job Type: Paid Internship

Please email resumes and social media links to info@neerjapr.com.