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Living legend of Indian Classical music Pandit Jasraj turns 87, celebrates day in the form of a Concert
New Delhi, Jan 28, 2017: Living legend of Indian classical music Pandit Jasraj turned 87 on Saturday and he celebrated the day with music aficionado in the form of a concert. The event was organised by production house Navrasa Duende that was also announced on the same day by founder Dinesh B. Singh.
The concert, titled “My Journey: An Intimate Evening with Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj” took place at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, and saw the musical virtuoso give a masterful performance. He was accompanied with his family including wife Madhura and daughter Durga.
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Another highlight from the evening was the memorable interaction with Pandit Jasraj who shared fascinating anecdotes from his personal life, some being narrated by his daughter herself.
The occasion also marked the official launch of Navrasa Duende.
Navrasa Duende’s offerings will include unique productions of live entertainment across countries comprising music, dance, theatre, cinematic arts, visual arts, literature, architecture, and at times blending multiple genres.
“Young people today are exposed to so many different genres of music and are more open to various musical cultures and forms. I have always found them in attendance in large numbers at classical concerts, appreciating the music on offer.
“There are more crowds and more interest in classical music compared to just a decade back… I am very happy to see the dedication and enthusiasm with which Navrasa Duende is working towards bringing various art forms from around the world to Indian audiences and I am overwhelmed with the reception I have received at its maiden concert,” said Pandit Jasraj.
Commenting on the event, Singh said: “We have been extremely honoured and proud to have hosted a musical legend of such high stature like Pandit Jasraj in our very first concert. Listening to Panditji is nothing less than a spiritual experience.
“With this concert, Navrasa Duende has begun its journey dedicated towards the promotion of various forms of performing and fine arts from around the world. We also aim to foster a special connection between artistes and audiences globally to provide a unique entertainment experience,” he added.
With an innovative approach aided by latest technologies, Navrasa Duende plans to reach a wide audience around the world to promote multiple art forms and cultures through an assortment of productions and performances slated for its inaugural year. (IANS)
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday asked the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) to prevent dumping of toxic wastes in India. Speaking at an event to celebrate DRI's 64th foundation day, Sitharaman lauded DRI's compact strength of about 800 officers for their relentless efforts despite the imminent risks. The Finance Minister stated that the officers may be keeping a low profile, but they are acting like the frontline defence forces, doing spectacular work in safeguarding the economic frontiers of the country. "The recent smuggling attempts of huge quantities of narcotics, gold, red sanders, ivory, cigarettes etc. unearthed by DRI were appreciated by the Finance Minister," the Ministry of Finance said in a statement.
"Sitharaman said that the message through such enforcement actions should be such that these acts of brazen attempts at smuggling are nipped in the bud," the statement added. The Finance Minister also said that better coordination among the law enforcement and intelligence gathering agencies and sharing of actionable intelligence are the way forward in protecting the frontiers of the country more efficiently. "Sitharaman also asked the DRI to focus on interdicting dual use technology items as well as preventing the dumping of toxic wastes in our country," the statement said. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Nirmala Sitharaman, India, Toxic Wastes)
Tech giant Amazon has expanded the sound detection capabilities of Alexa along with more features. Alexa can now identify the sounds of running water and appliances beeping, reports Android Central. This means users can set up an Alexa routine to notify themselves when the washer beeps to indicate that laundry is finished, the report said.
When Alexa detects that the faucet has been left open, it will send users a notification as well so they can take appropriate action, it added. Amazon previously said at its event in September that it would add the ability to programme Alexa to recognise custom sounds, but that feature has yet to arrive. Having said that, the two new sound detection capabilities not only help users save energy, but they also make it easier to avoid paying for unnecessary charges on your home utilities, the report said.
The retail giant has also announced ultrasound motion detection, which will allow you to set up "Occupancy Routines" on additional Echo devices. This feature allows your smart speaker to detect nearby motion and initiate a routine, such as turning on the lights. It is compatible with many of the best Alexa speakers including the 4th-gen Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Dot with Clock. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: laundry, appliances, beeping, running water, Sound, Alexa , Amazon)
By Olivia Sarkar
Comforting Christmas cocktails help you enjoy the celebrations and get into the festive spirit. The Leela Palaces, Hotels, and Resorts offer distinctive cocktails ranging from Hot Toddies to Decadent Egg Nogs. Sit back and enjoy one martini at a time to make the festive season a little brighter.
Dirty Chai Eggnog:
30 ml Bourbon
30 ml Baileys
90 ml Hot milk tea
Sweet cream foam to top up
Cinnamon powder and star anise.
1. In a heavy bottomed med sauce pot, prepare tea with milk. Strain and let it cool.
2. In a cocktail shaker add egg white, Bourbon, Baileys with whole spices. Shake well.
3. Pour the tea in the glass followed by ingredients from cocktail shaker.
4. Garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon powder, whole star anise
Eggnog is a Christmas favourite that is accustomed to toasts for good health and prosperity.| Pikist
Inspired by the Christmas Spirits and holiday flavours is a wonderful concoction of warm whisky, sweet vanilla, and thick butter.
45 ml Butter fat washed Whiskey
20 ml Ginger bread syrup
15 ml Spiced Apple liquor
2 dashes of Bitters
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker
2. Shake well
3. Pour into an old-fashioned glass
4. Garnish with Gingerbread cookie
Inspired by the Christmas Spirits and holiday flavors is a wonderful concoction of warm whisky, sweet vanilla, and thick butter. | Flickr
(Keywords: Santa's Apple, Egg Nogs, December, Cocktail, Cocktail, Christmas, holiday, celebrations)