DJ Rising Star Episode 9 – Kajari Sen Kabiraj

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Episode 9 – Our very own RJ Deep in conversation with Kajari Sen Kabiraj

Kajari was born in Kolkata in a very middle class family and spent most of her childhood in the greeneries of Assam. She is  a profound music lover and her day would start with music and end with more music. She loves to get drowned every minute of her day listening to and singing every variation of Indian and Western music.

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She grew up in a family environment where music was “a way of life”. The sound of music in her ears brought unusual joy and happiness in her  life from a very early age and this was identified by her Grandmother at the age of 5, she was her first Guru.

Her “Dida” (Grandmother) who never had a formal training in Vocal music herself was one of the most melodious singer Kajari has ever heard. Her initial introduction to Sa-Re-Ga-Ma was from her Grandmother “Dida”.  Later she learnt Rabindra Sangeet and Modern Bengali songs from her too.  Kajari started her Hindustani Classical Vocal training at the age of 10 from her first Hindustani Classical Guru, Monu Ghosh ji till the age of 14. During this period she  also participated and performed in the school cultural events and local club functions. Later, she  had to take a break for a good number of years from her music lessons and performances due to academic reasons.

 

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In her college days, where she pursued her BA Hons in Political Science, she was an enthusiastic participant in all cultural events held in college and at inter-college levels. She  was popularly known as a dancer, a dramatist and an excellent singer. After tying the knots and the responsibility of nurturing a family there was a long break of 16 years but the passion of singing never died within her.

She  started a new chapter of her  life one year back returning to music. Started her Talim in Hindustani Classical Vocal from Pt. Shri Geetesh Mishra ji from Banaras Gharana. Now Kajari is again back on stage with renewed energy, Love and enthusiasm for music. In the last one year she  has been performing on stage at Delhi NCR and have been engaged with a few projects for creating good music albums.

Kajari says “Music for me is Expression of Feelings from deep within, where simple words cannot reach. Inspired by the melodious voice of none other than Asha Ji, I want to dedicate my singing to create unique melodious compositions and help others to identify their talent and nurture their singing and music.”

 

Desi Junction family wishes Kajari all the very very best in all her future endeavors. Keep Singing!!

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DJ Rising Star Episode 8 – Ashish Das

Ashish Das is a singer and a songwriter from Kolkata, India. He is a very passionate singer and believes in Nature’s way of direction for him towards the Musical Journey in his life. 

He wants to experience the trip with all of his unique creation and dimensions that touch, enrich and uplift his mind in a way that opens everybody’s heart for a greater Joy.

He grew up listening to great musicians that nourished the world culture and helped bring people together of all nations. His mother was a great singer and he says that she was as melodious as the famous singer Geeta Dutt.

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He wanted to learn “sarod” as they used to go to Guruji’s house – Ustad Bahadur Khan, cousin brother of Ustad Ali Akhbar Khan. But due to his engineering studies he had to leave his Kolkata home. While he was in Kolkata he was a avid cricketer playing for South Kolkata and other clubs.

The Power of Love flows through music that shatters all barriers. He  sings in multiple languages and invites all the listeners to  be part of this beautiful journey of Music.

He has recently composed the title song for a Hindi Serial and had an opportunity to perform at Orlando with Sunidhi Chouhan and Abhijit.

Several of his songs are under considerations for Hindi Films.

Desi Junction family wishes Ashish Das all the very very best in all his future endeavors. Keep Singing!

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DJ Rising Star Episode 7 – Shruti Balakrishnan

A captivating singer Shruti Balakrishnan is passionate and a powerful performer who takes the listeners on a musical journey.
She hails from Kerala,India and belongs to a musically inclined family. She is trained in Carnatic music.
A designer by profession,she has always kept her paths open to every field of art which has given her a broader perspective and helped her venture into Music,Dance,Art and Design. 
Praised for the remarkable agility and warmth of her voice,Shruti has established herself as regions sort after performer.

Presently she is working on her youtube channel where she covers latest Hindi songs blending them beautifully with other melodies.

 

POLO MATCH :- INDIA RETURNS TO CHICAGO TO COMPETE FOR THE BUTLER CHALLENGE CUP!

 

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OAK BROOK, IL (August 15, 2017) –Oak Brook Polo Club is excited to welcome back the India Polo Team from the Delhi Polo Club and Anandpur Sahib for the second match of the International Polo Series. The Anandpur Sahib Blues, will compete against Oak Brook for the Butler Challenge Cup in a 4-chukker match on Sunday, August 20th at the Prince of Wales Field (2606 York Road) in Oak Brook, Illinois.  

Oak Brook Polo Club has a long history of hosting teams from other countries and is honored to have India’s team returning for the historic Butler Challenge Cup, which will be ‘on loan’ for the match by Jorie Butler Kent (daughter of Paul Butler). In March, Oak Brook’s team was invited to Delhi and Anandpur Sahib, India ​to play in a series of polo matches during the Hola Mohalla Festival, an annual Sikh event that draws nearly 5 million people to The Holy City of Bliss.

Captained by Vikram Singh Sodhi, managing trustee of the Anandpur Sahib Heritage Foundation and owner of the Delhi Polo and Riding Club, India’s team includes players Shailendra Sign (Hcap-0), Sachin Sarbalia (Hcap-0), and Tarun Bilwal (Hcap-2).  Oak Brook is led by team patron and captain Jim Drury and includes Horacio Onetto (Hcap-4), Tomas “Toto” Obregon (Hcap-4) and Mariano Gutierrez (Hcap-4).

Prior to the highly-anticipated match, Friends of Conversation (FOC) will host a benefit luncheon to celebrate the organization’s 35th Anniversary.  FOC President Reute Butler (granddaughter of Paul Butler) and Vonita Resscer will serve as Event Chairmen while FOC Founder and International Chairman Jorie Butler Kent will also be present.  Created in 1982, FOC was one of the world’s earliest leaders in the development of community conservation. It has been actively engaging the participation of communities in the Masai Mara area of Kenya since 1988 planning, decision-making and implementing actions and policies relating to natural resources management and capacity building. Today it continues its mission of changing attitudes of local people and officials towards sustainable natural resources management. FOC projects have scientific, cultural and aesthetic importance.  

Performing at Sundays match will be singer Anil Sharma, who will be singing India’s national anthem, and the Kalashree Dance Academy who will perform a piece of classic and modern bharatanyam dancing.

Oak Brook Polo Club’s “International Polo Series” includes matches with teams from Jamaica, India, and Great Britain (September 10).

2017 marks Oak Brook Polo Club’s 95th season as one of the nation’s oldest polo clubs in operation today and fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. Once considered the “polo capital” of the world Oak Brook was the destination for American Polo players and enthusiasts.   

Oak Brook Polo Club is located at 2606 York Road), seventeen miles from downtown Chicago.  A variety of ticket options are available at www.oakbrookpoloclub.com. For general information, event scheduling, and parking directions, please call 630.368.5095.  

About Oak Brook Polo Club

Founded in 1922 by legendary businessman, Paul Butler, the Oak Brook Polo Club is an American Polo treasure and one of the oldest polo clubs in the United States. It was once the sport’s epicenter for elite professional polo in the United States and served as home to the U.S. Open Polo Championship for twenty-four straight seasons and other prestigious international and national polo tournaments. For decades, the Club has been a popular Sunday tradition and social scene known for entertaining Hollywood celebrities, dignitaries, royalty and Chicago’s distinguished. Today, Oak Brook Polo Club hosts several Sunday matches and continues to attract thousands of fascinated spectators who marvel at the athleticism and majesty of this timeless sport.

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Oak Brook Polo Club – Oakbrook International Cup

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Oakbrook International Cup

In the third match of the International Polo Series and to close the Chicago Polo Season, Oak Brook Polo welcomes back the Wales Polo Team to compete for the International Cup. Oak Brook Polo has a long history of welcoming teams from other countries and has deep ties to England’s Royal Family. In 2015 India played for the Cup followed by Jamaica in 2016. Prior to 2015, the Cup was last seen in 1986 when it was presented to Prince Charles’s Wales Polo Team. An event that drew a crowd of over 20,000 spectators to see a young Prince Charles play on Oak Brook’s polo fields.

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

3:00pm – 5:00pm (Pre-match festivities begin at 1:00pm)

Oak Brook Polo Club (2606 York Road, Oak Brook, IL, 60523)

Price ranges from $10-$94, children 13 and under are free. Private tents and Club boxes also available for purchase

 

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oak-brook-international-cup-usa-vs-great-britain-tickets-32155979400

 

Oak Brook Polo Club – Butler Challenge Cup

 

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Butler Challenge Cup

The second match of the International Polo Series and for the third year, the Delhi Polo Club returns to Oak Brook. This time for a chance to put its name on the Butler Challenge Cup. This beautiful sterling silver cup was brought back to Oak Brook by Jorie Butler Kent in 2016 to see it reinstituted into Oak Brook Polo’s history and become an annual season event. The Friends of Conservation will host its annual fundraising event in conjunction with the Butler Challenge Cup match with the appearances by some furry African animals.

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

3:00pm – 5:00pm (Pre-match festivities begin at 1:00pm)

Oak Brook Polo Club (2606 York Road, Oak Brook, IL, 60523)

Price ranges from $10-$94, children 13 and under are free. Private tents and Club boxes also available for purchase

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butler-challenge-cup-usa-vs-india-tickets-32155805881

Oak Brook Polo Club- Drake Challenge Cup

Drake Challenge Cup

 

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2017 marks Oak Brook Polo Club’s 95th season as one of the nation’s oldest polo clubs in operation today and fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. Once considered the “polo capital” of the world Oak Brook was the destination for American Polo players and enthusiasts.

 

Oak Brook Polo is excited to welcome the Jamaica Team back to play for one of the Club’s oldest and most celebrated trophies, The Drake Challenge Cup. Named after The Drake Oak Brook Hotel, this beautiful brass trophy has been played for since 1964 by some of the most celebrated polo players in American history during the Club’s glory days. In 2016, India’s Delhi Polo Club, led by Vikram Singh Sodhi and 5-goaler Samir Suhag, competed against Oak Brook in a heavily fought 8-goal match.

 

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

3:00pm – 6:00pm (Pre-match festivities begin at 1:00pm)

Oak Brook Polo Club (2606 York Road, Oak Brook, IL, 60523)

Price ranges from $10-$94, children 13 and under are free. Private tents and Club boxes also available for purchase

 

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drake-challenge-cup-usa-vs-jamaica-tickets-32142063778

Oak Brook Polo Club Presents “International Polo Series” Featuring Teams from Jamaica, India and Great Britain

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OAK BROOK, IL – Oak Brook Polo Club is thrilled to announce that teams from Jamaica, India and Great Britain will participate in the upcoming “International Polo Series that will take place at Prince of Wales Field (2606 York Road) in Oak Brook, Illinois.  

Desi Junction Worldwide Radio is exclusively promoting the event to Indian American Community and we are proud to partner with Oak Brook Polo Club. Some of India’s best polo players will descend on Chicago to compete against the Oak Brook Polo Team for a chance to put their name on the historic Butler Challenge Cup.

Teams will compete for some of Oak Brook Polo’s most prestigious trophies, including the Drake Challenge Cup, Butler Challenge Cup, and International Cup.  Scheduled dates are:

  • August 6th, Drake Challenge Cup (Jamaica)
  • August 20th, Butler Challenge Cup (India)
  • September 10th, International Cup (Great Britain)

 

Oak Brook Polo Club has a long and storied history of welcoming teams from other countries, from as close as Canada to as far as Singapore, and is honored to have three international clubs returning for high goal polo.  In 2016, Oak Brook hosted Jamaica and India and in 1986 H.R.H. Prince Charles and the Wales team played in the inaugural International Cup in front of a crowd of more 20,000 spectators.

“Since Oak Brook’s establishment in the early 1920’s, the Club has been a plant for international polo competition for over 70 years,” explains Jim Drury, President of Oak Brook Polo Club.  “It is our mission to rebuild Oak Brook as an international polo destination and reestablish relationships with overseas clubs that once called Oak Brook their summer home.  We are more than thrilled to be welcoming back Jamaica and India, and the return of the Wales Polo Team, whose patron still remains Prince Charles himself.”

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On Sunday, August 20th, prior to the match against India, Reute Butler (granddaughter of Oak Brook Polo Club Founder Paul Butler) and her mother, Jorie Butler Kent, will host a benefit luncheon for Friends of Conservation’s 35th Anniversary.  Founded in 1982 by Kent, Friends of Conservation was created to help prevent, through education and management, wildlife and habitat degradation in Kenya’s Masai Mara – one of the most ecologically important regions of the world.”

Oak Brook Polo’s International Series is supported and sponsored by Friends of Conservation, English Speaking Union, Land Rover Hinsdale, Jamaica Tourist Board, India and Jamaica Consulates of Chicago, Merrill Lynch, ALTOUR, Barbour, David Yurman, Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Barrington Saddlery, Occhi Lash & Brow, Jerk Jamaican Grill, Naansense, and Best Truckin’ BBQ.

Currently 2-1 on their home field, Oak Brook Polo Club has brought back the speed and excitement of high goal polo.  Led and supported by Drury-team patron and Chicago business leader, players include veterans Horacio Onetto (position #3, handicap-4) and Tomas “Toto” Obregon (position #2, handicap-4), and newcomer Mariano Gutierrez (position #4, handicap-4).

2017 marks Oak Brook Polo Club’s 95th season as one of the nation’s oldest polo clubs in operation today and fourth oldest sports property in Chicago. With many iterations over the years, the first season dates to 1922 when Polo visionary Paul Butler first established the Oak Brook Polo Club.  He expanded his polo operation to fourteen fields, plus built the necessary horse stables to serve the visiting teams. Eventually, Oak Brook became one of the “polo capitals” of the world with Butler’s son, famed HAIR producer Michael Butler, and daughter, philanthropist Jorie Butler Kent, acting as the club’s stewards through the years.  The summer Polo seasons were not only the stomping ground for celebrities and notables alike for decades but also the destination for American Polo players and enthusiasts.

For ticket information, event schedule, parking directions and general information, please visit the website or call 630.368.5095.

About Oak Brook Polo Club

Founded in 1922 by legendary businessman, Paul Butler, the Oak Brook Polo Club is an American Polo treasure and one of the oldest polo clubs in the United States. It was once the sport’s epicenter for elite professional polo in the United States and served as home to the U.S. Open Polo Championship for twenty-four straight seasons and other prestigious international and national polo tournaments. For decades, the Club has been a popular Sunday tradition and social scene known for entertaining Hollywood celebrities, dignitaries, royalty and Chicago’s distinguished. Today, Oak Brook Polo Club hosts several Sunday matches and continues to attract thousands of fascinated spectators who marvel at the athleticism and majesty of this timeless sport.

 

 

DJ Rising Star Episode 6 – Abhishek Laxman

Abhishek Cornelius Laxman is a singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Keyboardist & Percussionist from Bhopal & currently based in Pune, India.

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He started off playing for college/church Choirs/ competitions & being a worship Leader, after having picked up both the Keyboard and guitar.

He began performing his originals & renovated songs in 2013 with a gig for Axis Bank Ltd at Bangalore and has since played at several venues including Where Else Cafe & Bar, Largo Pizzeria, Furtados Live Sessions and also performed as part of the Live Concerts in Pune, Bangalore, Bhopal & various other cities.
Besides being a musician he is a Senior Compliance Analyst for Tata Consultancy Services and has a good experience in Audit & compliance.

He also won one of the Christian gospel live singing talent show on Swargdhwani Channel.

And, he continues to make various videos on YouTube, and homemade audios , to pimp out his music on social media .

Desi Junction wishes this young talented singer all the very best! May you achieve newer heights with your soulful music!

Keep singing!

DJ Rising Star Episode 6 – Alee Houston

Mansoor Ali Khan born July 30 is a Desi American Pop & R&B Singer, Rapper, Composer, songwriter, lyricist and Actor who is widely known by his professional name Alee Houston.

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Alee was discovered in 2011 by DJ Statik aka Young Movie who is also based In America. Statik happen to come across Alee’s videos on youtube and later became his official Manager and Dj Statik arranged for Alee to meet many artist in USA and he soon joined venture with Statik and then to a recording contract with GT Mayne from 97.9 FM radio a well known rapper and many other artists in USA.

Alee Houston’s first studio release was in 2011 and has since received similar success. Alee has a great response from the underground music world in United States and since then Alee has been working on his upcoming projects.

Started performing from his childhood days. Alee also attended a boarding school Bishop Cottons in Bangalore, India for 3 years and then he went back to States for his higher education. He graduated as an Aircraft mechanic and then later started making music and now had made music his profession after getting the positive feedback.

Alee Houston is now based in UAE to join his family business and also to be close to Bollywood and India for his upcoming projects. He recently signed 2 songs called O Bewafa FT DJ Shadow Dubai and Jaan his solo track with Zee Music Company which was released in 2016 & 2017. He had a great response again and crossed over a million views within 2 weeks of the release on Youtube from his latest singles.

Alee Houston has also received Best Singer Male NIFF music award for year 2016 for his song O Bewafa.

He is now working on more upcoming projects for Bollywood which will be releasing soon. Make sure to follow Desi Star Alee Houston on his social networks and stay tuned for more.

Desi Junction is wishing Alee Houston the best of the best, may you achieve more and more accolades in the upcoming projects. Stay blessed!

Keep Singing!!