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Interview: Founder, South Asian Performing Arts Festival NYC

New York, N.Y. Recently I had the privilege of spending a day with the multi-talented Arpita Mukherjee, co-founder of the South Asian International Performing Arts Festival (SAIPAF). Impressed with her vision, I decided within minutes that her story needed to be shared. Gayatri Patel Bahl, another South-Asian risk taker, participated in SAIPAF 2015 as part […]

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Indo-American Arts Council: Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance

New York, N.Y.  The Indo-American Arts Council is delighted to announce the IAAC’s Eighth Annual Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance in three parts – OUTDOORS at Wagner Park, Battery Park City, hosted by The Battery Dance Festival on Saturday, August 15 from 6:30-8:30pm, an INDOOR concert entitled AN EVENING OF POETRY, DANCED at Schimmel […]

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Controversial Pittsburgh Police Chief Gives Thumbs-Up to Officer’s Protest Art

Pittsburgh, PA.  Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay said he’s proud of an officer’s courage to “speak difficult truths” through his artwork, which protests police brutality against unarmed black men, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. “The preservation of human life, all human lives, is the most foundational value in the policing profession. His statement against police misconduct […]

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Young Arab, Jewish Musicians Showcase Music’s Power to Transcend Boundaries

New York, N.Y.  The Polyphony Foundation—an organization dedicated to using the power of classical music to bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel—hosted a  performance by four young Arab and Jewish musicians comprising The Polyphony Quartet Thursday, May 28. at All Souls Church in New York City. The quartet featured two Arab […]

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Concert to Celebrate Diversity with World Heritage Cultural Center

“I kind of view everybody like a rainbow. Everybody on the planet has all the colors of the rainbow inside.” – Actress Alexia Fast Danbury, CT.  The World Heritage Cultural Center (WHCC), soon to open its new offices and studios at 155 Main Street, Danbury, CT, will celebrate diversity and recognize leading individuals, partnerships, or organizations […]

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Young French Clarinetist of Extraordinary Talent Plays New York

New York, N.Y.  One can become addicted to the young global talent that plays upon the stages of the world under the banner of Young Concert Artists (YCA), directed by the indomitable Susan Wadsworth. Last week’s concert by a 20-year-old French clarinetist of extraordinary talent and musical exuberance was particularly engaging. Raphaël Sévère. Photo courtesy […]

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NYC’s Delhi Art Gallery Opens First International Gallery

New York, N.Y.  India’s Delhi Art Gallery has announced the opening of its first international venture, a stunning, 7000-square-foot gallery space in the iconic Fuller Building on New York’s Madison Avenue, beginning March 18, 2015. Its first exhibition, India Modern, will preview on the evening of March 17 for select, by-invitation only, guests.  I was […]

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First Family Hosts Reception for 2014 Kennedy Center Honorees

Washington, D.C.  Singer Al Green, actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks, ballerina Patricia McBride, singer-songwriter Sting, and comedienne Lily Tomlin were honored this week at the White House. The President and First Lady hosted a reception for this year’s Kennedy Center Honorees. The Kennedy Center Honors, now in its 37th year, recognizes “living individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made […]

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Bernie Sanders Surge Reflects U.S. Shift on Socialism

Migrants: ‘Shock Must Be Matched By Action,’ UNICEF

Highlighting Importance of Iran Deal in Israel

‘Every Kid in a Park’ Initiative Kicks Off at Red Rock Canyon

Conflict Keeps Millions of Children Out of School, Warns UNICEF

Russell Simmons’ Arts Foundation Raises $1.2 million in the Hamptons