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New Delhi: No matter how much Delhiites groove to the tunes of international Disc Jockeys (DJ) like Tiesto and David Guetta, when it comes to a hardcore party, nothing gets them moving like the Bollywood and Punjabi songs do, say owners and DJs at nightclubs here.

On Christmas night, the crowds at various pubs and bars kept rooting for Bollywood and Punjabi songs but the DJs played what they wanted to. It, at some places, led to a heated exchange of words between the crowd and the DJ.

“Its disgusting that these DJs and owners do what they want to. We requested the DJ to play Punjabi songs, but he kept playing what he wanted to. It feels bad, especially after paying a good sum of money entry charges,” an irritated Sonal, who was partying with her friends at the My Bar Headquarter here, told media.

Most of the DJs and the restauranteurs said while they do get a healthy demand of the songs of the international singers, latest Bollywood numbers and the Punjabi songs top the chart in the clubs.

Asked what he was planning to do to take care of the party rockers, Yasheel Anand Singh, the owner at Pamphilos said: “We are offering two different genres — Bollywood and commercial — on our two floors this new year. People with different preferences and liking can enjoy both Hindi and English tracks.”

He said not only the theme and the tracks but selecting an appropriate DJ for the occasions also requires a lot of thinking and hard work.

“Depending on the preferences and demand of our guests, we select the music theme. Selecting the DJ on a special night also needs a lot of hard work. We finalise them after hearing their samples. A lot of internal brainstorming and research goes while selecting the theme for the party and a DJ which fits perfectly,” Singh told media.

DJ Static Arora said: “Delhi crowd loves rapper Honey Singh and Baadshah’s songs when it comes to the mix of Punjabi in the Bollywood Tadka. And in Bollywood numbers, they love to groove to the tunes of the latest songs.”

Asked about the people’s preferences in the Hollywood numbers, DJ Sam said: “In English, David Guetta’s numbers top the list. We get the demand of commercial music mostly from the youngsters.”

Arora and Sam would be making their audience shake legs, playing Bollywood and Commercial music respectively this New Year Eve at Pamphilos.

DJs Skull and HRD at the Elf Cafe and Bar at Hauz Khas Village here said they put in a lot of research to finalise the tracks for the special nights and events.

“Music is a universal language, we know what youngsters out there will love. There is a plenty of research involved while selecting music tracks on special nights, where people spend money to enjoy the party,” Skull said.

“…On New Years Eve we are playing Bollywood music. We love playing original tracks instead of remixes. But to give the music a personal touch we remix them live on the console,” HRD noted.

Hauz Khas Village, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash are among the places where most of the Delhi crowd turns up to party.

So, as the clubs and pubs get ready to make you groove this coming 31st night, make sure you welcome 2016 on a high note – dancing to the tunes of your choice!(Prashant Kumar, IANS)

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India’s #MeToo Movement Makes The Most Glamorous Industry Its Subject Of Scrutiny

While India has been under the spotlight for sexual violence against women, sexual harassment at the workplace has seldom been under scrutiny.

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Bollywood actress Tanushree Datta presents a creation by designer Sanjeet Anand at the Bangalore Fashion Week in Bangalore, India. VOA

India is in the midst of its #MeToo moment as leading figures from the country’s entertainment and media industries face a volley of accusations of sexual misconduct from growing numbers of women.

The firestorm has had a powerful impact. In recent days two leading editors have stepped down, a Bollywood production house has been shuttered, India’s top comedy troupe faces an uncertain future and a popular author has apologized.

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India’s Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar (front) arrives in Venezuela’s Caribbean island of Margarita for the 17th Non-Aligned Summit in Venezuela. VOA

The allegations have also touched the government. India’s junior foreign minister, M.J. Akbar, is among those named by several women journalists for alleged misconduct during his previous tenure as a leading journalist and editor. He has not yet responded to the allegations and foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, did not comment either.

The trigger for India’s #MeToo campaign came from Bollywood actress Tanushree Datta who last month filed a police complaint in a 10-year-old case alleging that a leading actor, Nana Patekar, behaved inappropriately during a film shoot. He has denied the accusations and sent her a legal notice.

Soon after, a female comedian, Mahima Kukreja, accused a former member of comedy group All India Bakchod, Utsav Chakraborty, of sending her lewd messages and photos. Following similar accusations by other women, Chakraborty apologized on Twitter saying, “It’s a little too late, but I am sorry.”

The two allegations appeared to have touched a nerve among many women in media. During the past few days, there has been an outpouring on social media from scores of women journalists sharing their experiences of inappropriate behavior, ranging from suggestive messages to unsolicited advances with #MeToo.

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Christine Blasey Ford testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sept. 27, 2018 in Washington. VOA

The Network of Women in Media group called it a “watershed moment for all of us in journalism,” and said it encouraged more women to “document their accounts without fear or inhibitions.”

In the glitzy Bollywood industry, producer and writer Vinta Nanda, accused actor Alok Nath of sexually abusing her almost 20 years ago on a Facebook post. Nath has told a news agency, “It must have happened, but someone else would have done it.”

Nanda told reporters the movement taking place is “very encouraging, very enabling and this is the reason why I have brought it up.”

Lawyer Vrinda Grover who has helped draft India’s laws on sexual abuse and harassment, said that enabled by technology and social media, women had spoken out because in a new environment, “They will not be immediately blamed as in the past.” On the other hand, it is bringing consequences for harassers.

A high profile movie company, Phantom Films, was dissolved after HuffPost India published an investigation alleging that one of the founders, Vikas Bahl, had assaulted a female employee after a party in 2015. The other partners apologized for mishandling her complaint.

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Queen” star Kangana Ranaut hasn’t been far behind in calling out Bahl,

A popular author, Chetan Bhagat, issued an apology after a woman uploaded a screen shot of a text in which the married writer said he wanted to “woo” her.

The editor of a leading newspaper, Times of India, K.R. Sreenivas, has been sent on leave pending an investigation after several women accused him of making sexual propositions. The political editor of another popular daily, the Hindustan Times, Prashant Jha, stepped down after a former colleague accused him of harassing her.

Amid a global movement to hold powerful men accountable for sexual misconduct, Indian women have picked up courage, said journalist Rituparna Chatterjee. “The floodgates to women’s anger have been opened.”

Some women said they were inspired by the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, the university researcher in the United States, who accused, without evidence, U.S. supreme court judge nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers. He is now a Supreme Court justice.

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This is not the first time when efforts have been made to bring the #MeToo movement to India, but in the past it has quickly faded away. Last year for example, a crowd-sourced list of academics accused of harassment got little attention.

Also Read: Nana Patekar Denies Accusations of Sexual Harrassment

But lawyer Vrinda Grover calls the ongoing spontaneous campaign a “significant moment” in the effort to address workplace harassment. But she points out that the women who have spoken out largely represent the educated, urban elite and says it will be much harder for those working on shop floors, on construction sites and as household maids to bring attention to their stories.

While India has been under the spotlight for sexual violence against women, sexual harassment at the workplace has seldom been under scrutiny. (VOA)

One response to “India’s #MeToo Movement Makes The Most Glamorous Industry Its Subject Of Scrutiny”

  1. Although this exposure applies only to the famous men, it surely will open eyes of less successful men involved in this kind on action. But just like men many women employees are also lazy/useless/inefficient etc. So punishing those women employees could be tricky for bosses because they can claim punishment for their refusal for bosses’ advances.