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Jan152016

VIR DAS to bring UNBELIEVABLE to North America

VIR DAS to bring UNBELIEVABLE to North America


 

NEW YORK, NY, Jan. 14, 2016: After a successful premiere in the United States this past fall with sold out performances in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Actor / Comedian Vir Das will return to North America in early 2016 with his brand new UNBELIEVABLE TOUR.  The North America Tour will consist of 6 cities: San Jose, Vancouver, Tempe, Ontario, Washington DC and Chicago with a total of 23 shows in the months of February and March.  The show is an extension of Das’s “Unbelievablish” tour, which has been a roaring success in over 17 cities in India and has also toured in Dubai and Singapore, contributing to the sale of over half a million tickets in his home country for his stand up. 

Vir Das’s performance schedule for the North America Tour is: 

Feb 19 – 21: San Jose Improv
http://sanjose.improv.com/event.cfm?id=432418

Feb 26: Bell Performing Arts Center
http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/11004F8BDC4595EE

Feb 28: Tempe, Arizona - Coming Soon

Mar 3 – 6: Ontario Improv
http://ontario.improv.com/artist.cfm?id=9725

Mar 11- 13: DC Improv
http://www.dcimprov.com/home/vir-das.html

Mar 24- 26: Chicago Improv
http://chicago.improv.com/event.cfm?id=432232 
Tickets are available for purchase at the venue’s websites.

Vir Das started his on-screen career in Indian cinema with the hit film “Badmash Company.” Since then, he has been in nearly 10 films, including blockbusters such as “Delhi Belly” and “Revolver Rani.” His comedy career began with his own stand-up comedy late night show, “Ek Rahin Vir, where he was noticed and was immediately put on the comedic map in India.   

For more information on Vir Das, visit his website, http://www.weirdasscomedy.com.  Like his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/TheVirDasOfficial, and follow him on Twitter, @thevirdas.

 

Thursday
Oct152015

NetIP’s Silver Jubilee Conference hosts over 600 Professionals in NYC

NEW YORK, October 14th, 2015 The Network of Indian Professionals, North America (NetIP NA) hosted their annual conference from October 9 – 11 in New York City. The 2015 conference celebrated the organization’s 25th Silver Anniversary. Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Former Miss America, Nina Davuluri, Comedian Hari Kondabolu, Sree Sreenivasan, Chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jimmy Soni, author and former managing editor of The Huffington Post and NetIP Founder, Dr. Satish Chandra were just a few of the big names that were a part of making this conference one of the largest in NetIP history.

"It was wonderful to be part of the NetIP silver anniversary conference! What a wonderful group of individuals to share my story about diversity, cultural competency, and Girl Rising. I was so proud to be an integral part of the conversation and connect with future leaders to mobilize our community together" says Former Miss America and Girl Rising Advocate, Nina Davuluri.

NetIP’s annual conference brings together South Asian professionals, empowering them to explore their heritage and move beyond their traditional boundaries.  The theme for 2015 “Begin Again" aims to inspire individuals to reinvest in the organizations and communities in which they live and work. “Begin Again” signifies that NO challenge is too big to overcome and that “You are only as strong as your next move”.  This 3 day event was hosted in New York City at the iconic Marriot Marquis hotel in the heart of Times Square. For the first time organizations such as AAPI NYC Metro, SABA NYC, SAJA, TIE and SAALT have worked together on such a large platform. These collaborations allowed NetIP to feature panels on Health, Legal Advice, Media, Technology, Unconventional Careers, Non Profit, Cooking and the history of NetIP.  Special events included the screening of Girl Rising - Woh Padegi Woh Udegi, a health fair sponsored by AAPI NYC Metro, Comedy Show, Fashion Show by India’s POPUP and a Startup Competition hosted by Sava360. The Startup competition was one of the highest attended panels with standing room only. The competition was based on TV's Shark Tank where creative leads and start ups were given an opportunity to present their ideas in front of a panel of investors and venture capitalists.

NetIP serves as an organization that meets the needs of South Asian professionals in North America as they grow in their professional and personal lives. NetIP’s goal is to develop and engage a cohesive network of professionals to benefit the community in areas of business, philanthropy, political and cultural awareness. NetIP has 23 chapters across North America with 60% of NetIP members having graduate or professional degrees and over 35% work for Fortune 1000 companies.

“As we look ahead into the next 25 years, NetIP will continue its mission to serve as the unequivocal voice for the South Asian Diaspora by developing and engaging a cohesive network of professionals to benefit the community." says Mr. Dhaval Shah, President of NetIP North America. Mr. Shah worked very closely with Conference Chair Mr. Dhruv Marwaha for this sold out gathering with over 600 attendees.  “We are absolutely thrilled with the response the NetIP Conference has received. We look forward to continuously raising the bar as we did with the Begin Again Conference in our 25th year” says Mr. Dhruv Marwaha

 More information on the 2015 Begin Again Conference can be found on: http://ny2015.netipconference.org

Comedian Hari KondaboluKeynote by Preet BhararaDhaval Shah with NetIP Founder Dr. Satish ChandraNetIP Board with Ravi Chaudhary

Thursday
Oct152015

SINGER-SONGWRITER ANJALI WORLD RECEIVES 2015 PAUL WALKER OCEAN LEADERSHIP AWARD

MONTEREY, Calif., Oct. 5, 2015 – Singer-songwriter Anjali World, a marine conservation activist who channels income from her successful performing career toward ocean wildlife protection, receive the 2015 Paul Walker Ocean Leadership Award from the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Saturday, October 3. 

The award was presented in public ceremonies at the aquarium by aquarium Executive Director Julie Packard and by Brandon Birtell with The Paul Walker Foundation

The award, established in 2014 in collaboration with Walker’s daughter, recognizes individuals who are using their public stature to advance ocean causes and support philanthropic ventures. 

Before he began his acting career, Walker was an aspiring marine biologist and he remained a lifelong friend of the ocean – and of the aquarium.   

“I can’t begin to express how humbled and honored I am to receive this award from the Walker family,” said Anjali World during the ceremonies. “Paul’s dedication to marine conservation inspired me tremendously. I will forever fight to carry on Paul’s legacy in protecting marine life.” 

Anjali Ranadivé, who performs under the stage name Anjali World, grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and developed an early passion for wildlife – as a middle school volunteer at the aquarium, and with other nonprofits including The Ocean Project. 

She began her performing career after earning a marine science degree from UC-Berkeley. At the same time, she founded Jaws & Paws, a marine and wildlife conservation nonprofit that campaigns for protection of sharks, sea turtles, polar bears and tigers. She gives all the proceeds from her music to Jaws & Paws. 

At the October 3 celebration, the aquarium also presented its Paul Walker Youth Award to 17-year-old high school student Katie Ridgeway of Monterey, a Teen Conservation Leader and volunteer at the aquarium.

While Paul Walker’s daughter, Meadow Walker, was unable attend, she said in a statement that, “My dad was in awe of the ocean and wanted to see it protected.  It's exciting to know scholarships and students like Katie will ensure the future of our oceans. It's an honor to be supporting her and the Monterey Bay Aquarium's teen program.” 

On behalf of The Paul Walker Foundation, Birtell presented a scholarship check to Ridgeway and a contribution to the nonprofit aquarium for its Ocean Education and Leadership Center

“Ocean conservation plays a central role in Anjali’s life, as it did for Paul Walker,” said Julie Packard. “Like Paul, she is passionate about creating a future with healthy oceans, and inspiring others to do their part. We’re proud to have played a formative part in shaping that passion, and look forward to honoring her for all she’s accomplished.” 

“We’re also so proud of what Katie is doing to inspire her peers and our visitors as an ocean conservation leader,” Packard said. “She has such a positive influence on the adult staff, volunteers, and all the aquarium guests with whom she interacts. I can’t wait to see all that the future holds for her.” 

 “I was fortunate to have visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium with my father on several occasions,” said his daughter, Meadow Walker. “It held a special place in his heart, as it now does in mine. I am proud of him, and this award that honors his commitment to ocean conservation.” 

The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.

Wednesday
Aug192015

Network of Indian Professionals, North America (NetIP NA) To Host 24th Annual Conference in New York 

NEW YORK, July 27, 2015 The Network of Indian Professionals, North America (NetIP NA) will be hosting their annual conference from October 9 – 11 in New York City. The 2015 conference will be celebrating the organization’s 25th Silver Anniversary. NetIP serves as an organization that meets the needs of South Asian professionals in North America as they grow in their professional and personal lives. NetIP’s goal is to develop and engage a cohesive network of professionals to benefit the community in areas of business, philanthropy, political and cultural awareness. NetIP has 23 chapters across North America with 60% of NetIP members having graduate or professional degrees and over 35% work for Fortune 1000 companies.

NetIP’s annual conference brings together South Asian professionals, empowering them to explore their heritage and move beyond their traditional boundaries. Over the years, NetIP has hosted this signature event all across North America. The 2015 conference will be hosted in New York City at the iconic Marriot Marquis hotel in the heart of Times Square.

The conference themed “Begin Again" aims to inspire individuals to reinvest in the organizations and the communities in which they live and work. “Begin Again” signifies that NO challenge is too big to overcome and that “You are only as strong as your next move”.  The conference will achieve this through thought provoking panels and workshops, inspirational and motivational speakers, and professional development seminars, networking opportunities and tools to build an action plan for change. It will host hundreds of professionals of varying backgrounds, empowering individuals to build relationships, explore new ideas, and move beyond traditional boundaries. The conference will showcase the organization and emphasize the foundational pillars on which NetIP was founded 25 years ago: professional development, community service, political and cultural awareness.

Agenda for the conference will include influential South Asian speakers from various fields of Health, Technology, Business and Entertainment. NetIP also plans to include a Health Fair as part of the 3 day event and introduce a Shark Tank competition where creative leads and start ups are given an opportunity to present their ideas in front of a panel of investors and venture capitalists. Other activities include a speed dating event, evening galas and social mixers. Another highlight of the 2015 conference will be for attendees to experience the Big Apple via a boat cruise and other organized activities centralized around NYC. Early registration is encouraged, as previous conferences have been sold out with over 500 attendees.

For more information and registration, visit: http://ny2015.netipconference.org or email conference@netip.org

About Network of Indian Professionals, North America (NetIP NA): NetIP is a cohesive network across North America of over 350,000 professionals across 23 chapters and serves to benefit the community in areas of business, philanthropy, political and cultural awareness. Our members are not just today's professionals, but also tomorrow's leaders in business, politics, and civic life. We have volunteered over 100,000 hours across 200+ organizations and hosted over 50 events across 23 cities each year to benefit our community. 

Wednesday
Aug192015

Mystic India: The World Tour Will Perform in New Jersey and D.C. this Fall

NEW YORK, July 10, 2015 After performing to sold-out audiences across the world, Mystic India: The World Tour comes to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall in Newark, NJ on Sept. 18, and the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium one of the most historic concert venues in D.C. on Sept. 19.  Mystic India is an internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India.  The show features renowned musicians, brilliant dancers, breathtaking aerialists and acrobats, and 750 opulent costumes. 

Founder and Director of Mystic India, Amit Shah said “We are so honoured to be bringing Mystic India: The World Tour back to  NJPAC and extremely excited to perform for the first time at the historic GW Lisner Auditorium in DC. We have travelled to four continents and performed for over 200,000 people. When I first created the show, I wanted to spread our love for Indian culture around the world and represent India in the most accurate way.   My goal was to change the way Bollywood dance was represented on the international platform, as its being commercialized and losing authenticity. I am proud of our diverse cast for being such genuine ambassadors of Indian culture.” 

Mystic India, which first debuted in New Jersey in 2014, will bring an explosion of color and culture and embark on a journey through various regions of India and culminate with a celebration of the Bollywood film industry. The show's concept is to demonstrate India's transition from ancient to modern times via a creative journey through dance. During the past year, the cast and crew have worked to bring a new dimension to the show by creating custom live music pieces and newly designed visually stunning sets. Additionally, for the first time, Mystic India, will also be selling their album at the performances. 

The team of diverse, impeccably trained dancers combine authentic Indian and modern techniques bringing the streets of Mumbai and New York into perfect harmony. Musicians and acrobats join a team of 60 dancers to create a global spectacle. 

Tickets will be onsale via the venues websites. NJPAC tickets can be purchased at www.njpac.org, by calling 1-888-GO-NJPAC or by visiting the box office at One Center Street in Downtown Newark. GW Lisner tickets can be purchased at http://bit.ly/1glkkZ7, by visiting or calling the box office at 202-994-6800

NJPAC’s performance is part of the World Music Series sponsored by American Express.
Programming has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by Discover Jersey Arts. NJPAC is a wheelchair accessible facility and provides assistive services for patrons with disabilities.