DJ Rising Star Episode 5 – Vinit R Rai

Vinit R Rai aka VRR is a Singer, Songwriter Composer, Mountaineer, writer, Actor from India.

Vinit has been into the independent music scene for almost 7 years now and has released on album back in 2014 by the title, “Aaghorii”.

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Lately Vinit has been touring India, playing at several places to promote his campaign, #indieRising, in order to promote the independent scene of the country. After playing gigs at places like Dehradun, Mussoorie, Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Goa, Hyderabad, Manali, Dharamshala, Kasol, now Vinit is engaged in recording his second album which is called as, “Dashaanan”. The album features 7 songs including Vinit’s most known and popular song, “Raavana”, as the title track.

Vinit intends to take Indian music to every part of the world, although Vinit likes to experiment with his music all the time by taking influences from the mountains, nature, different cultures but his forte still remains, Vedic Rock.

In the past Vinit has played with Bands like Bhramm (PUNE), Psy O Circle (Delhi), but since August 2014 he decided to go solo and that’s how his life is now, he loves to sing, write, trek, spend time within the nature.

Desi Junction wishes Vinit the best of the best! Keep Singing!

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DJ Rising Star Episode 5 – Aashna Prasad

Aashna Prasad a young aspiring rising star from Noida, India.

She is 16 years old and has been learning Hindustani Vocal Classical from her Guru Smt. Aparajita Dasgupta for the last 5 years.

She has performed Internationally at Poland and recently at the prestigious Nehru Centre, London.

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She has been a part of a vocal musical track of the National Award Winning film “Budhia Singh-Born to Run”.

“Her desire is to touch everyone’s heart with her music, she makes us so proud and happy” says her mother Ruchika and father Anurag. Her sister also encourages to give her best!

Desi Junction is proud and happy to present Aashna Prasad to the world of Music Lovers!

Wishing Aashna Prasad the best in the world!

Keep singing ….

 

THE IIFA AWARDS BROUGHT THE BEST OF BOLLYWOOD WITH A STAR STUDDED AWARDS SHOW!

 

Varun Dhawan performs at IIFA Awards 2017 

New York, July 16th 2017: The celebrated IIFA Awards took over the city of New York with a dazzling awards show bringing together the biggest names of Bollywood in celebration of Indian Cinema. Giving Indian cinema a global platform, the Awards was held at the iconic MetLife Stadium at New York, USA.

This year the IIFA Awards stage saw Bollywood’s most dynamic duo- the talented stars Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan – host India’s most awaited awards ceremony. The pair amazed the crowd present with their quick wit and zingers as leaving them in splits with their amusing one-liners and on-stage chemistry.

Salman Khan's finale performance at IIFA 2017

The IIFA Awards, the finale of the IIFA Weekend saw a host of stellar performances and acts. The show kicked off with Alia Bhatt performing on the Awards stage for the very first time since her debut in Bollywood five years ago. The night featured spellbinding  performances by Bollywood superstars- Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon, to name a few.

 

Varun Dhawan at IIFA Awards 2017

Bollywood’s Youth Icon, Varun Dhawan performed on the IIFA Awards stage with a stunning performance celebrating his father’s legacy in Bollywood. This year, IIFA presented the Woman of the Year Award to actress Taapsee Pannuand The Myntra Style Icon to Alia Bhatt. The award night included legendary actor Anil Kapoor and Sudhanshu Vats,Group CEO – Viacom18 honoring A.R. Rahman for his illustrious career and work as they celebrated his 25 years in the industry.

The NEXA IIFA Awards Powered by VIVO to broadcast on COLORS today, SundayJuly 16th with the Green Carpet at 6pm followed by the Awards at 7pm

The NEXA IIFA Awards Powered by VIVO aired LIVE exclusively on Saturday, July 15, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT in North America and the Caribbean on cablesatellite and digital Pay Per View via in Demand, Vubiquity, DISH and DIRECTV in the USA, Bell, Rogers, SHAW, SaskTel and Telus in Canada, along with the Flipps App and web site www.IIFAAwardsppv.com in both the USA and Canada.  The suggested retail price is $39.95. The live telecast is distributed exclusively via Integrated Sports Media.

Lycamobile – Presenting Sponsor, McDonalds – Associate Sponsor, NYC (Mayors office) – Host Destination, NewYorkBannerStands & Print Early – Printing Partner, Pierre Précieuse – Gifting Partner and Arya Dance Academy – Dance Company Partner.

Adding to the excitement of the Awards night, International Indian Film Academy Awards launched its brand new line of Official IIFA Merchandise partnered with New York based Easy Partners, a boutique licensing and merchandising company. The eye-catching IIFA Merchandise featuring a diverse range of T-Shirts, Caps, Key Rings, Hooded Sweatshirts, Tote Bags, Magnet, Ticket Holders stylized with IIFA’s logo and Mugs showcasing IIFA 2017 in New York were available at the famous MetLife Stadium during the show and also  exclusively on the IIFA website on https://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/iifa

Alia Bhatt - Best Actor (Female)

 

The IIFA Awards Winners:

  • Best Picture- Neerja
  • Best Story- Ayesha Devitre Dhillon, Shakun Batra (Kapoor & Sons)
  • Best Performance in a comic role- Varun Dhawan (Dishoom)
  • Best Direction- Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury (Pink)
  • Best Actor in a leading role Female- Alia Bhatt (Udta Punjab)
  • Best Actor in a leading role Male- Shahid Kapoor (Udta Punjab)
  • Best Lyricist- Amitabh Bhattacharya (Channa Mereya)
  • Best Music Director-Pritam (Ae Dil Hai Mushkil)
  • Best Negative Role- Jim Sarbh (Neerja)
  • Best Playback Singer Female- Kanika Kapoor (Udta Punjab- Da Da Dasse) and Tulsi Kumar (Airlift- Soch Na Sake)
  • Best Playback singer Male- Amit Mishra(Ae Dil Hai Mushkil- Bulleya)
  • Supporting Actor  Female- Shabana Azmi (Neerja)
  • Supporting Actor Male  Anupam Kher (M.S. Dhoni)
  • Myntra Style Icon Award-Alia Bhatt
  • Woman of the Year- Taapsee Pannu
  • Best Debut Male- Diljit Dosanjh (Udta Punjab)
  • Best Debut Female- Disha Patani(M.S. Dhoni)

Best Movie - Neerja

Best Movie Neerja

IIFA continues on its journey with strength to grow every year in the world of entertainment and building the outreach as a major event globally to bring positive results and impact. This year is set to be one of the biggest, most extravagant and amazing IIFA Weekends to date. Keep up to date with all the latest news and details on IIFA by logging on to www.iifa.com or checking out the social media handles:

 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IIFA/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/IIFA

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/iifa/

About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy)

Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India but an equally important objective of this prestigious brand is to create similar outcomes in its host country.  The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions.

Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd promotes the IIFA Weekend & Awards globally each year and travel to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity with it to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema and India to a wider audience. www.iifa.com.

 

ABOUT WIZCRAFT INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT PVT. LTD.

Wizcraft International Entertainment, India’s leading media and Entertainment Company is dedicated to showcasing its expertise on the world stage.  Having conceptualized some of the grandest events globally including the 50 Years of Indian Independence, the 30 Years of Mauritian Independence, the 10 years of the South African Freedom Struggle, the Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing ceremonies in Delhi as well as the Handover ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, & the prestigious International

Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards & Weekend for 15 years in over 12 countries, Wizcraft has contributed towards brand building for India across the world.  It has pioneered and developed India’s biggest entertainment brand IIFA which has taken Indian Cinema and culture to the world. The growth story of the company reflects the evolution of the Indian event management & entertainment industry itself. Driven by its vision “Believe in the power of your dreams” the company is committed to quality and innovation, while setting its sights on greater peaks of achievement.

 

ABOUT METLIFE STADIUM

MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Jets and New York Football Giants, is the number one stadium in the world. This 82,500 seat stadium, one of the largest in the National Football League, sets the standard for venue excellence with state-of-the-art technology, comfort and amenities. The only active venue to serve as the home stadium for two NFL teams, MetLife Stadium hosts 20 NFL games per season, more than any other Stadium.

MetLife Stadium hosts the World’s Biggest Events, on the World’s Biggest Stage. Major events hosted at the stadium include Super Bowl XLVIII, WrestleMania 29, Copa America Centenario, CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals, Paul McCartney, U2, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift

MetLife Stadium tops the industry charts annually since opening. The Stadium has ranked as the No. 1 Highest Grossing Stadium in the world for the last 5 years (2012 – 2016) by Billboard magazine. In 2011 MetLife Stadium was ranked No. 1 for safety by Security magazine’s “Security 500” in the Arenas/Stadiums/Leagues/Entertainment division.

For more information, visit:

www.metlifestadium.com

www.wizcraftworld.com

For further queries, please contact:

Wizspk Communications |PR

iifa@wizspk.com+91 9987099265

 

 

 

 

IIFA ROCKS 2017 CELEBRATED A.R. RAHMAN’S 25 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY WITH AN EPIC LINE-UP OF PERFORMANCES

 

 

New York, July 14th 2017: The 18th Edition of IIFA Weekend & Awards- The most spectacular celebration of Indian Cinema worldwide has begun in the cosmopolitan city of New York, USA from 13th– 15th July 2017.  EROS NOW IIFA Rocks this year transformed the MetLife Stadium with much fanfare and revelry as the hosts Riteish Deshmukh and Manish Paul brought their charismatic personalities for the musical spectacle!

 

 

IIFA Rocks has always been a dazzling musical extravaganza that featured a number of surprises and megastars all on one stage! This year, the spectacular global event was kick started by Multi-talented Bollywood star Diljit Dosanjh beginning the celebrations with a complete feast for the senses.

Diljit Dosanjh at IIFA Rocks (7)Diljit Dosanjh at IIFA Rocks (3)Diljit Dosanjh at IIFA Rocks (2)

 

IIFA Rocks celebrated 25 years of the musical genius A. R. Rahman in the industry with a mesmerizing 90 minute performance alongside a first time medley by Hariharan, Kailash Kher, Mika Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Jonita Gandhi, Neeti Mohan, Javed Ali, Kamaal Khan and Haricharan Seshadri among others. Adding to the extensive list of IIFA Rocks line-up, Aditi Rao Hydari captivated the audiences with her powerhouse performance at the IIFA Rocks Stage.

 

 

 IIFA Rocks also felicitated the winners for their excellence in the technical field. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil lead the winners list by walking away with 4 awards in the technical category including Background Score (Pritam), Best Engineer (Shadab Rayeen), Cinematography (Anil Mehta, ISC, WICA) and Costume Designing (Manish Malhotra).

Other winners in the Technical category featured Pink’s Ritesh Shah winning Best Dialogue and Best Screenplay and Bodhaditya Bandyopadhyay for Editing. Larnell Stovall, Parvez Shaikh, `ANL` Arasu winning Best Action and Anuj Mathur winning Sound Mixing for the film SultanKapoor and Sons’s Adil Shaikh earning the Best Choreography Award for the song Kar Gayi Chull and Sound Design won by Pranav Shukla for film Mirzya. Fanwon two awards for Best Make up (Greg Cannom) and Special Effects Visual (Red Chillies VFX) categories.Neerja took an accolade for Production Design (Aparna Sud & Anna Ipe). Myntra’s Style Icon Award was presented Youth Icon Alia Bhatt at the event.

 

With the excitement growing across the world, the Official IIFA merchandise is a perfect treat for ‘IIFAn’s’ globally. The Official IIFA Merchandise includes an interesting range of T-Shirts, Caps, Key Rings, Hooded Sweatshirts, Tote Bags, Magnet and Ticket Holders among others that are stylized with the Iconic IIFA’s logo. The Merchandise is exclusively available on e-store https://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/iifa and at MetLife Stadium from 14th – 15th July 2017 during the 72 hour IIFA Weekend and Awards.

 

IIFA continues on its journey with strength to grow every year in the world of entertainment and building the outreach as a major event globally to bring positive results and impact. This year is set to be one of the biggest, most extravagant and amazing IIFA Weekends to date. Keep up to date with all the latest news and details on IIFA by logging on to www.iifa.com or checking out the social media handles:

 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IIFA/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/IIFA

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/iifa/

 

About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy)

Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India but an equally important objective of this prestigious brand is to create similar outcomes in its host country.  The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions.

Wizcraft International Entertainment

 

Pvt. Ltd promotes the IIFA Weekend & Awards globally each year and travel to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity with it to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema and India to a wider audience. www.iifa.com.

 

ABOUT WIZCRAFT INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT PVT. LTD.

Wizcraft International Entertainment, India’s leading media and Entertainment Company is dedicated to showcasing its expertise on the world stage.  Having conceptualized some of the grandest events globally including the 50 Years of Indian Independence, the 30 Years of Mauritian Independence, the 10 years of the South African Freedom Struggle, the Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing ceremonies in Delhi as well as the Handover ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, & the prestigious International

 

Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards & Weekend for 15 years in over 12 countries, Wizcraft has contributed towards brand building for India across the world.  It has pioneered and developed India’s biggest entertainment brand IIFA which has taken Indian Cinema and culture to the world. The growth story of the company reflects the evolution of the Indian event management & entertainment industry itself. Driven by its vision “Believe in the power of your dreams” the company is committed to quality and innovation, while setting its sights on greater peaks of achievement.

 

ABOUT METLIFE STADIUM

MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Jets and New York Football Giants, is the number one stadium in the world. This 82,500 seat stadium, one of the largest in the National Football League, sets the standard for ve

 

nue excellence with state-of-the-art technology, comfort and amenities. The only active venue to serve as the home stadium for two NFL teams, MetLife Stadium hosts 20 NFL games per season, more than any other Stadium.

MetLife Stadium hosts the World’s Biggest Events, on the World’s Biggest Stage. Major events hosted at the stadium include Super Bowl XLVIII, WrestleMania 29, Copa America Centenario, CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinals, Paul McCartney, U2, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift

MetLife Stadium tops the industry charts annually since opening. The Stadium has ranked as the No. 1 Highest Grossing Stadium in the world for the last 5 years (2012 – 2016) by Billboard magazine. In 2011 MetLife Stadium was ranked No. 1 for safety by Security magazine’s “Security 500” in the Arenas/Stadiums/Leagues/Entertainment division.

 

For more information, visit:

www.metlifestadium.com

www.wizcraftworld.com

 

For further queries, please contact:

Wizspk Communications |PR

iifa@wizspk.com+91 9987099265

The FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum 2017 Highlights “India And United States: Partners In Progress”

The FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum 2017 Highlights “India And United States: Partners In Progress”

 

 

Anil Kapoor at FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum 2017

The Business Forum was supported by Asia Society and US- India Business Council (USIBC)

~Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna,  Tulsi Gabbard, FICCI President Pankaj Patel and Anil Agarwal, Vedanta Resources Address Forum~

    

Sessions focused on:

 

  • The future of India-US Economic Partnership
  • Defense and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Women Safety

 

 

New York, July 14th 2017- The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), in partnership with the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) organized the 2017 FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum on July 14th as part of the 18th Edition of the IIFA Weekend & Awards in New York.

 

Ever since FICCI- India’s oldest and largest apex business organization associated with IIFA to create FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum, the annual one day event has been a major highlight of the IIFA weekend solidifying the business ties between India and its significant trade and investment partners.  A global business platform, ever since its inception in 2005 has hosted a number of international leaders as Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles, Prime Minister Tony Blair of UK, President Mahindra Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka as well as numerous CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

 

As IIFA once again returns to the shores of United States of America, the FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum was centered on “India and United States: Partners in Progress for the World”. The focus of the forum was on India-U.S. commercial relations respectively in sectors of The future of India-US Economic Partnership, Defense and Security, Manufacturing, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Media & Entertainment and Women Safety. The forum drew a gamut of imminent Indian and American speakers from various industries, featuring artistes, luminaries, experts, policymakers from around the world for discussions from both countries, The FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum created a platform to delve into further opportunities and build relationships facilitating a healthy exchange of ideas and innovations.

 

Hosted at the Asia Society Auditorium In  New York, the forum featured conversation on the future of India- US relationship under the new administration as well as on the association between the two countries in area spanning Indo-US Defense And Security, Energy, Trade And Investment, And Technology and Education.

 

The FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum featured key speakers such as the Ambassador of India in United States Ambassador Navtej Sarna, Anil Agarwal, Vedanta, Shiv Khemka, Sun Group, Nisha Biswal Desai, Bollywood’s leading stars Anil Kapoor & Preity Zinta.  The forum also included participation of high-profile Indian business delegation led by FICCI President Mr Pankaj Patel.

 

IIFA has always striven to act in the best interest of the Indian Film Industry and to work closely with the governments of host countries to build community engagement, better ties for business, trade, tourism and cinema ties.

 

#IIFA 2017

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IIFA/

Twitter- https://twitter.com/IIFA

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/iifa/

All Press release are available on the official IIFA website http://www.iifa.com/press-releases/

For any further information, please contact:

Wizspk Communications | PR

iifa@wizspk.com

 

About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy)

Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India but an equally important objective of this prestigious brand is to create similar outcomes in its host country.  The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions.

Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd promotes the IIFA Weekend & Awards globally each year and travel to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity with it to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema and India to a wider audience. www.iifa.com

 

ABOUT WIZCRAFT INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT PVT. LTD.

Wizcraft International Entertainment, India’s leading media and Entertainment Company is dedicated to showcasing its expertise on the world stage.  Having conceptualized some of the grandest events globally including the 50 Years of Indian Independence, the 30 Years of Mauritian Independence, the 10 years of the South African Freedom Struggle, the Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing ceremonies in Delhi as well as the Handover ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, & the prestigious International

Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards & Weekend for 15 years in over 12 countries, Wizcraft has contributed towards brand building for India across the world.  It has pioneered and developed India’s biggest entertainment brand IIFA which has taken Indian Cinema and culture to the world. The growth story of the company reflects the evolution of the Indian event management & entertainment industry itself. Driven by its vision “Believe in the power of your dreams” the company is committed to quality and innovation, while setting its sights on greater peaks of achievement.

FICCI-IIFA GLOBAL BUSINESS FORUM 2017 TO FOCUS ON: “INDIA AND UNITED STATES: PARTNERS IN PROGRESS”

 

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The FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum in partnership with Asia Society Policy Institute and USIBC highlights to include:

  • Anil Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarn,  Tulsi Gabbard, FICCI President Pankaj Patel and Anil Agarwal, Vedanta Resources to Address Forum

 Sessions focused on:

  • The future of India-US Economic Partnership
  • Defense and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Women Safety

New York, 12th July 2017: As preparations for the 18th IIFA Weekend and Awards are underway, the International Indian Film Academy and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and industry announced the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum to be held on July 14th, 2017 at the Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue as part of the IIFA Weekend and Awards in New York. Supported by Consulate General of India- New York, Asia Society and US-India Business Council (USIBC), the Business Forum is an initiative which began in 2005 and has grown into a global platform which has hosted international leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles, Prime Minister Tony Blair of UK, President Mahindra Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka and a number of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum, the annual one-day event has been a major highlight of the IIFA Weekend And Awards, solidifying the business ties between India and its significant trade and investment partners. This year, the Global Business Forum 2017 will focus on the theme “India and United States: Partners in Progress”with discussions on India- US commercial relations, with panel sessions focusing on key aspects of the relationship:  The future of India-US Economic Partnership, Defense and SecurityManufacturingInnovation and EntrepreneurshipMedia & Entertainment. 

 

The 9am- 5pm, day long programme is expected to draw participation from some of the most prominent personalities of Indian and American industry and will be seen bringing together business leaders, policy makers, and dignitaries from India and United States on a common platform to discuss opportunities of collaboration.

IIFA has always striven to act in the best interest of the Indian Film Industry and to work closely with the governments of host countries to build community engagement, better ties for business, trade, tourism and cinema ties.

#IIFA 2017

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IIFA/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/IIFA

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/iifa/

 

 

IIFA Stomp in Times Square!

Day 1

IIFA Stomp-Thursday 13th July

Time: 18:00 – 22:00 hrs

(Open to Public)

Venue: Times Square

 

 

The 18th Edition of the IIFA Weekend and Awards have kick started with much fervor and revelry as the celebrations commenced with – IIFA Stomp in Times Square!

The center of the city transformed into a buzzing blend of music, dance and fashion with Myntra presents IIFA Stomp.  With the charming host Siddharth Kannan welcoming New Yorkers and tourists alike, IIFA Stomp raised the energy levels featuring a host of talented artists and a few surprises as well!

 

 

Shahid Kapoor with host Siddharth Kannan at IIFA Stomp (3)

 

Fans of Indian Cinema can look forward to a host of events kicking off with the music and fashion welcome party- Myntra presents IIFA Stomp at Times Square on 13th July. Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan  showcased his dancing skills at IIFA Stomp alongside DJ Amann Nagpal, Electronica icon B.R.E.E.D, DJ Nasha, as they raised the excitement with their unique music. Another facet to IIFA Stomp is a glamorous Fashion Show right in the heart of the city!

Myntra presented its collection with show-stoppers Bollywood actresses’ Dia Mirza and Taapsee Pannu. Leading ladies Shilpa Shetty, Neha Dhupia and Disha Pataniwere show-stoppers for Shane and Falguni Peacock collection presented by NEXA and a Jewelry collection presented byGitanjali by designer Sonaakshi Raaj with Huma Qureshi as the showstopper.

 

In addition, Myntra  announced the MOGOmuch logo launch featuring a 10 minute performance by the talented multi-instrumentalist Karsh Kale.

 

Shane and Falguni Peacock witj Disha Patani at IIFA Stomp (2)

IIFA continues on its journey with strength to grow every year in the world of entertainment and building the outreach as a major event globally to bring positive results and impact. This year is set to be one of the biggest, most extravagant and amazing IIFA Weekends to date. Keep up to date with all the latest news and details on IIFA by logging on to www.iifa.com or checking out the social media handles:

#IIFA 2017

 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/IIFA/

Twitter- https://twitter.com/IIFA

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/iifa/

IIFA Awards 2017: NEW YORK CITY GEARS UP FOR THE 18TH EDITION OF THE IIFA WEEKEND AND AWARDS!

NEW YORK CITY GEARS UP FOR THE 18TH EDITION OF THE IIFA WEEKEND AND AWARDS!

  • The 18th Edition Of Lycamobile Presents IIFA Festival New York in Association with McDonalds to be held from 13th – 15th July 2017 in the host city of New York
  • The 72 hours extravaganza, Eros Now IIFA Weekend  co-presented by NEXA powered by VIVO will feature string of events and unique associations: Myntra presents IIFA Stomp, Shuruaat Gala Dinner IIFA Societal Innovation Summit  in association with tGELF, The FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum 2017, the spectacular EROS NOW IIFA Rocks and the one and only- The NEXA IIFA Awards Powered by VIVO

 

New York, 13th July 2017: The International Indian Film Academy have commenced today in the city of New York! The anticipation is building as IIFA travels to the United States for the second time. Known to be the center of entertainment, business, fashion and culture, the premiere edition of IIFA in New York is all set to be star studded event filled with splendor and revelry!

The 18th Edition of the IIFA Weekend and Awards began with an Official Press Conference held at the Metropolitan Ballroom at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel. The conference was attended by leading notable figures and members from the media, eminent Bollywood stars Salman Khan, Shahid Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt, Sushant Singh Rajput, Kriti Sanon, Varun Dhawan among others were in attendance as they welcomed the Biggest IFA ever in New York.

 

IIFA inaugurated its festivities by ringing in the Nasdaq stock exchange bell at Times Square, thus marking the globalization of Indian cinema. International Indian Film Academy especially rang the bell to announce its support for the Nand Ghar Project, a unique Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), led by Vedanta Resources, which is listed on the NYSE stock exchange, along with the Government of India to transform Early Childhood Care and Education Centers. Designed in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a view to eradicating malnutrition, providing education and skill Development, Vedanta has adopted 4,000 villages in India. Taking the benefits of development of healthcare, children’s education and skill development for women, Project Nand Ghar is a meeting point of the social initiatives by the government such as Swaach Bharat, Startup India, Skill India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Digital India campaigns all under one roof. With a strong focus on health, safety and environment and on enhancing the lives of local communities, Vedanta founders have pledged 75% of their wealth for social development.

Fans of Indian Cinema can look forward to a host of events kicking off with the music and fashion welcome party- Myntra presents IIFA Stomp at Times Square on 13th July. Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan will be showcasing his DJ skills at IIFA Stomp alongside DJ Amann Nagpal, Electronica icon B.R.E.E.D, DJ Nasha, as they raise the excitement with their unique music. Another facet to IIFA Stomp is a glamorous Fashion Show right in the heart of the city! Myntra shall present its collection with show-stoppers Bollywood actresses’ Dia Mirza and Taapsee Pannu. Leading ladies Shilpa Shetty & Neha Dhupia shall be show-stoppers for Shane and Falguni Peacock collection presented by NEXA and a Jewelry collection will be presented by Gitanjali by designer Sonaakshi Raaj with Huma Qureshi as the showstopper. In addition, Myntra shall announce the MOGO much logo launch featuring a 10 minute performance by the talented multi-instrumentalist Karsh Kale.

 

Day 1 of the 18th edition of the IIFA Weekend and Awards also introduces the first-of-its-kind “Shuruaat Gala” Dinner IIFA Societal Innovation Summit, a charity fundraiser organized by IIFA in association with The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF) at The Pierre in New York. As star studded evening, Shuruaat Gala Dinner at IIFA shall bring together the biggest celebrities from Bollywood and leaders from business, philanthropy, media, education and Arts.  

As part of the IIFA Weekend and Awards in New York, IIFA and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and industry announced the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum to be held on July 14th, 2017 at the Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue. An initiative, supported by Consulate General of India- New York, Asia Society and US-India Business Council (USIBC), the Business Forum began in 2005 and has grown into a global platform which has hosted international leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles, Prime Minister Tony Blair of UK, President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka and a number of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum, the annual one-day event has been a major highlight of the IIFA Weekend And Awards, solidifying the business ties between India and its significant trade and investment partners. This year, the Global Business Forum 2017 will focus on the theme “India and United States: Partners in Progress”, with discussions on India- US commercial relations, with panel sessions focusing on key aspects of the relationship:  The future of India-US Economic Partnership, Defense and Security, Manufacturing, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Media & Entertainment.

Additionally, the iconic MetLife stadium shall transform into an unforgettable musical experience at EROS NOW IIFA Rocks on July 14th with the Multi-talented Bollywood star Diljit Dosanjh kick-starting the performances. A never-seen-before medley and energetic performances from Hariharan, Kailash Kher, Mika Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Jonita Gandhi, Neeti Mohan, Javed Ali, Haricharan Seshadri and Kamaal Khan among others will be seen with the legendary artist A.R. Rahman at IIFA Rocks. Bollywood’s Riteish Deshmukh and Manish Paul will host the sensational global event.

The final and most awaited event of the weekend is the NEXA IIFA Awards Co-presented by Eros Now Powered by VIVO, a spectacular and glamorous night which honors and celebrates excellence and deserving work in Indian cinema will be held at MetLife Stadium on July 15th featuring Saif Ali Khan and Karan Johar hosting the star studded night with dazzling performances by Bollywood megastars Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Katrina Kaif, Shahid Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon, to name a few.

The NEXA IIFA Awards Powered by VIVO to broadcast on COLORS on Sunday, July 16th with the Green Carpet at 6pm followed by the Awards at 7pm.

Lycamobile Presents IIFA Festival New York in Association with McDonalds will air LIVE exclusively on Saturday, July 15, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT in North America and the Caribbean on cable, satellite and digital Pay Per View via in Demand, Vubiquity, DISH and DIRECTV in the USA, Bell, Rogers, SHAW, SaskTel and Telus in Canada, along with the Flipps App and web site www.IIFAAwardsppv.com in both the USA and Canada. The suggested retail price is $39.95. The live telecast is distributed exclusively via Integrated Sports Media.

With the excitement growing across the world, the Official IIFA merchandise is a perfect treat for ‘IIFAn’s’ globally. The Official IIFA Merchandise includes an interesting range of T-Shirts, Caps, Key Rings, Hooded Sweatshirts, Tote Bags, Magnet and Ticket Holders among others that are stylized with the Iconic IIFA’s logo. The Merchandise is exclusively available on e-store https://www.jsrdirect.com/webstores/iifa and at MetLife Stadium from 14th – 15th July 2017 during the 72 hour IIFA Weekend and Awards.

As fans from all across the world await for the biggest celebration of Indian cinema worldwide, International Indian Film Academy is pleased to announce its diverse range of official IIFA merchandise. New York based Easy Partners, a boutique licensing and merchandising company ties up with IIFA as the official merchandise partner to produce, market and sell the merchandise.

Commenting on the occasion, Andre Timmins, Director- Wizcraft International, the producers and creator of the IIFA movement says, “The 18th Edition of IIFA Weekend And Awards is going to be one of our biggest ever IIFA Festival to date.  We are bringing together the very best in music, fashion, dance extravaganza and celebration of Indian Film and we can’t wait for IIFA to take over the City of New York and America.  The multi-faceted nature of IIFA also presents a great opportunity through FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum, with which we aim to create a business networking platform to further trade & policy relations between India and America.”

Varun Dhawan shared saying, “I am absolutely excited to be a part of IIFA Awards in New York this year. I’m looking forward to join everyone and see fans at the amazing MetLife Stadium. This year is truly going to be a grand celebration and I can’t wait to be there!”

Commenting on the occasion, Salman Khan says, “It always feels great to be a part of the IIFA Movement and I look forward to the IIFA Festival in New York.”

Expressing his excitement, Shahid Kapoor says, “IIFA is all about creating memories and experiences. I had a great time last year hosting the show. This time around I will be performing at the IIFA Festival New York. I am hoping to give the audiences a power packed performance in the City That Never Sleeps.”

Speaking about her debut at IIFA, Alia Bhatt shares, “I am very excited to be a part of IIFA 2017, as this is going to be my debut at the IIFA Festival after 5 years in the industry. I am super excited that IIFA is being held in the beautiful city of New York. IIFA is all about togetherness and the celebration of the Indian cinema globally and I eagerly look forward to this celebration”.

Katrina Kaif says, “I’m really excited and looking forward to performing at the IIFA Awards this year. It is such a great platform that not only showcases the celebration of cinema globally, but also it’s a great opportunity for us to reach out to our fans worldwide. I am excited that this year, it is happening in one of my favorite cities – New York!”

Sharing his experience with IIFA, Sushant Singh Rajput says, “I have always been excited for IIFA since my college days, because that’s when my association with IIFA began. From being a back-ground dancer to performing for the audiences as an actor, IIFA has always been very memorable to me. I am very grateful to IIFA for giving me a chance to perform. I doubt I will be performing on my songs, because the films I have done, don’t really have peppy numbers. However I look forward to my performance at the IIFA Festival New York 2017.”

Commenting on her excitement for IIFA, Kriti Sanon says, “IIFA is a great platform where everyone from the industry travels globally and celebrates the glory of Indian Cinema. The IIFA Awards has always been held in the most beautiful destinations and this time it’s being held in New York. I am enthusiastically looking forward to my very first performance at the IIFA Festival and my first visit to the City.”

Lycamobile – Presenting Sponsor, McDonalds – Associate Sponsor, NYC (Mayors office) – Host Destination, NewYorkBannerStands & Print Early – Printing Partner, Pierre Précieuse – Gifting Partner and Arya Dance Academy – Dance Company Partner.

The NEXA IIFA Awards will broadcast on COLORS – the Broadcast Partner, with the Title Sponsor NEXA, Weekend Title Sponsor – EROS NOW, Powered by VIVO, Cause Partner- WOOSH Washing Expert,   Styled by Myntra, Official Airline Partner – AIR INDIA, Thought Leadership Partner – VEDANTA, Brand Partner – Closeup, Carnival and Ease My Trip and Franchise India, Jewelry Partner – Nakshatraworld.com, Outdoor partners – Bright Outdoor Media and JR Creations, Multiplex Partner –PVR

Commenting on the occasion, Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO – Viacom18,Historically, Indian cinema has been the biggest ambassador of our culture, and IIFA has been instrumental in a big way to take our cinema to the Indian diaspora. IIFA is the biggest celebration of Bollywood, and it has been a very rewarding partnership between COLORS Viacom18 and Wizcraft to take this entertainment extravaganza a notch higher every year. The increasing appeal of Indian movies across geographies have established the international appeal of the local Indian content. This focus on content driven cinema is a cause that is very dear to our Studio, Viacom18 Motion Pictures. In the coming days we will strive towards making our stories, our cinema find increasing global audiences and spread the essence of Bollywood across cultures.”

Sharing on the same, Raj Nayak, COO – Viacom18, said “After months of preparations, we are in New York today to celebrate the world’s biggest Bollywood awards. Three days of celebration that started with ringing the bell at Nasdaq, having a dance & fashion show at Times Square, celebrating 25 years of A. R. Rahman with IIFA Rocks and finally the IIFA awards, it’s just been amazing. 40,000 people will watch the event LIVE at the MetLife stadium in New York and viewers across the globe will get to watch the extravaganza on COLORS.”

Speaking of the association, Mr. R. S Kalsi, Executive Director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki said “We are delighted to associate with NEXA IIFA Awards 2017 for the third consecutive year. NEXA and IIFA are symbolic of breaking the status-quo and creating experiences which are new and exciting. NEXA is synonymous with offering premium experiences matched with spectacular segment defining products like S-Cross, Baleno, Ignis and Ciaz. NEXA creates moments which consumers experience just like IIFA which builds lifetime experiences and felicitates excellence in Indian cinema at a global stage”

Commenting on the association, Rishika Lulla Singh CEO – Eros Digital said, “We strive to offer the best of Bollywood content to our viewers and it gives us immense pleasure to associate with Wizcraft and come on board as Title Sponsor for IIFA Weekend, one of the most celebrated and recognized Indian film award ceremonies across the globe. Eros Now will stream the awards reaching out to our subscribers across the world to give them the opportunity to witness these grand celebrations before its telecast on any other digital platform. With two leading players from the entertainment space coming together for the awards gala, the teams promise to magnify its scope and amplify our vision to reach out to Indian cinema lovers across the world’.

Delighted at the association, Vivek Zhang, CMO, Vivo India, said, We are thrilled to have partnered with the most coveted platform representing Indian cinema globally. As a global smartphone brand, we constantly try to connect closely with our target audience in different parts of the country. We believe that the popularity of India International Film Awards (IIFA) is a splendid opportunity for Vivo to strengthen connect with the right audience and create a strong brand recall. Our latest offering in the Indian market is a step ahead in our endeavor to revolutionize the selfie phenomenon.”

Speaking of the association, Mr. Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Resources Plc said; “IIFA has been a platform that showcases India’s art & cultural excellence to the world, just as we believe Vedanta champions India’s natural resources globally. I am pleased that IIFA is supporting our flagship CSR programme; Nand Ghar as a social cause which will benefit 8.5 crore children and 2 crore women across India. This is aligned to our Honorable Prime Minister’s social development vision for our country.”

Sharing on the association, Mr. Allirajah Subaskaran Group Chairman and founder, Lycamobile Group of Companies said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring this year’s International Indian Film Academy Festival, an event showcasing the best of Bollywood, with nominations from some of the industry’s biggest stars, including Anushka Sharma, Amitabh Bachchan and Shahid Kapoor. Our sponsorship of the Festival demonstrates Lyca Group’s ongoing commitment to excellence in Indian cinema, an area we are dedicated to supporting as we continue our expansion into film through our entertainment business Lyca Productions”

I join Mayor de Blasio in extending a warm welcome to IIFA for its annual celebration of Indian Cinema,” said Film and Entertainment Commissioner, Julie Menin. “As both a film production capital and the proud home to so many Indian Americans, New York is the perfect host city for this wonderful celebration.  We also welcome the many Bollywood film lovers, fans and tourists who will visit our city for these prestigious awards.”  

Drawing a close parallel between the two mega brands, Air India’s Commercial Director, Mr. Pankaj Srivastava said that “As has IIFA been growing to be a global phenomenon over the years, so has Air India been expanding its wings internationally, especially in American, European and Australian markets. Both Air India and IIFA are dream merchants and true ambassadors of Indian goodwill abroad.”

Commenting on the occasion, Ananth Narayanan, CEO, Myntra-Jabong says, “The strong bond between Bollywood and fashion needs no foreword! An association between the nations’s leading destination for fashion online and the most awaited screen award ceremony in the country makes for an excellent combination that symbolically connects these brands with consumers. IIFA represents glamour and fashion and we are looking forward to a long-standing relationship with them as their fashion partners.”

Talking about the collaboration with IIFA, Mr. Yogesh Jain, Managing Director and Chairman ‘Woosh Washing Expert’ says, “It gives us immense pleasure to have associated with IIFA. As cause partners, we will be happy to promote Woosh’s ‘Soft Soft Hands’ at the event and empower women, in our own little way. This is our first association with IIFA and we look forward to continuing our journey with it, going forward”.

Commenting on this, Shashwat Sharma, Category Head, Oral Care India, said, “Closeup as a brand celebrates two individuals coming close by shedding all inhibitions that they face. Our signature tune “Paas Aao” has been an iconic jingle building our brand philosophy. We are excited to bring to you a fresh and edgy take of the much-loved melody. What started out as a romantic number has now evolved into a bold and catchy track which resonates with the pulse of today’s youth. We want to inspire the youth to break all barriers and overcome their hesitation. This thought has been brilliantly brought alive by Ahmed Khan and his vision for the song and the charm of Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon. We are confident this new exciting avatar of “Paas Aao” will be loved by all.” Tune in to Colors, at 10 am and catch Kriti and Sushant share their ‘PaasAao’ moment with their electrifying performance on stage!

Commenting on the association, Mr. Nishant Pitti, CEO & Co-Founder, EaseMyTrip.com shared, “Joining IIFA 2017 as support partner will bring EaseMyTrip more close to Bollywood as we always welcome our association with entertainment world.”

IIFA continues on its journey with strength to grow every year in the world of entertainment and building the outreach as a major event globally to bring positive results and impact. This year is set to be one of the biggest, most extravagant and amazing IIFA Weekends to date. Keep up to date with all the latest news and details on IIFA by logging on to www.iifa.com or checking out the social media handles.

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About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy)

Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India but an equally important objective of this prestigious brand is to create similar outcomes in its host country.  The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions.

Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd promotes the IIFA Weekend & Awards globally each year and travel to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity with it to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema and India to a wider audience. www.iifa.com.

ABOUT WIZCRAFT INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT PVT. LTD.

Wizcraft International Entertainment, India’s leading media and Entertainment Company is dedicated to showcasing its expertise on the world stage.  Having conceptualized some of the grandest events globally including the 50 Years of Indian Independence, the 30 Years of Mauritian Independence, the 10 years of the South African Freedom Struggle, the Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing ceremonies in Delhi as well as the Handover ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, & the prestigious International

Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards & Weekend for 15 years in over 12 countries, Wizcraft has contributed towards brand building for India across the world.  It has pioneered and developed India’s biggest entertainment brand IIFA which has taken Indian Cinema and culture to the world. The growth story of the company reflects the evolution of the Indian event management & entertainment industry itself. Driven by its vision “Believe in the power of your dreams” the company is committed to quality and innovation, while setting its sights on greater peaks of achievement.

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THE 18TH EDITION OF IIFA WEEKEND AND AWARDS RINGS IN THE NASDAQ STOCK EXCHANGE BELL

 

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THE 18TH EDITION OF IIFA WEEKEND AND AWARDS RINGS IN THE NASDAQ STOCK EXCHANGE BELL

New York, 12th July 2017: As the highly anticipated 18th edition of IIFA, to be held from 13th – 15th July 2017 descends on the captivating city of New York, the International Indian Film Academy commences its festivities by ringing in the Nasdaq stock exchange bell at Times Square, thus marking the globalization of Indian cinema.

 

 

Seen at the prestigious event were members of Nasdaq along with IIFA’s founders Mr. Andre Timmins and Mr. Sabbas Joseph, Directors of Wizcraft International, the producers and creators of the IIFA movement, along with Bollywood diva Sonakshi Sinha.

International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) especially rang the bell to announce its support for the Nand Ghar Project, a unique Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), led by Vedanta Resources, which is listed on the NYSE stock exchange, along with the Government of India to transform Early Childhood Care and Education Centers.

 

Designed in line with the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a view to eradicating malnutrition, providing education and skill Development, Vedanta has adopted 4,000 villages in India. Taking the benefits of development of healthcare, children’s education and skill development for women, Project Nand Ghar is a meeting point of the social initiatives by the government such as Swaach Bharat, Startup India, Skill India, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Digital India campaigns all under one roof. With a strong focus on health, safety and environment and on enhancing the lives of local communities, Vedanta founders have pledged 75% of their wealth for social development.

Commenting on the occasion, Sabbas Joseph, Director- Wizcraft International, the producers and creators of the IIFA movement says, “Given IIFA’s multi-faceted nature, we are pleased to ring in the 18th Edition of IIFA Weekend And Awards at the Nasdaq Stock Market Bell ringing ceremony. We are thrilled to bring in India’s biggest and most spectacular global celebration of cinema and we can’t wait for IIFA to take over the City of New York and America.”

The 18th Edition of the IIFA Festival New York is presented by Lycamobile in association with McDonalds. The highlight of the Eros Now IIFA Weekend is the NEXA IIFA AWARDS powered by VIVO.

The 18th Edition of IIFA Awards and Weekend is set to be one of the biggest, most extravagant 72 hours extravaganza with a myriad of events and unique associations in its premiere edition in New York: Myntra presents IIFA Stomp, “Shuruaat” Gala Dinner in association with tGELF, The FICCI- IIFA Global Business Forum 2017, the spectacular EROS NOW IIFA Rocks and the one and only- NEXA IIFA Awards Powered by VIVO.

IIFA is the most coveted and highly anticipated award celebrations that honors the very best of Indian Cinema, a brand that is not only recognized as a major international event but also an institution in its own right. Synonymous With Indian Cinema, IIFA is dedicated to building bridges across cinemas, businesses, communities and nations as it welcomes its first ever IIFA in the City of New York.

Lycamobile – Presenting Sponsor, McDonalds – Associate Sponsor, NYC (Mayors office) – Host Destination, NewYorkBannerStands & Print Early – Printing Partner, Pierre Précieuse – Gifting Partner and Arya Dance Academy – Dance Company Partner.

The NEXA IIFA Awards will broadcast on COLORS – the Broadcast Partner, with the Title Sponsor NEXA, Powered by VIVO, Weekend Title Sponsor – EROS NOW, Cause Partner- WOOSH Washing Expert,   Styled by Myntra, Official Airline Partner – AIR INDIA, THOUGHT LEADERSHIP PARTNER – VEDANTA, Brand Partner – Closeup, Carnival and Ease My Trip, Jewelry Partner – GITANJALI, Outdoor partners – Bright Outdoor Media and JR Creations, Multiplex Partner -PVR, Radio Partner- Red FM, Print Media Partner- Rajasthan Patrika, Support Sponsor- VEDANTA for Shuruaat Gala- IIFA Societal Innovation Summit.

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Conceptualized and produced by Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and supported by the key members of the Indian film fraternity, IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India but an equally important objective of this prestigious brand is to create similar outcomes in its host country.  The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions.

Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd promotes the IIFA Weekend & Awards globally each year and travel to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity with it to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema and India to a wider audience. http://www.iifa.com

ABOUT WIZCRAFT INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT PVT. LTD.

Wizcraft International Entertainment, India’s leading media and Entertainment Company is dedicated to showcasing its expertise on the world stage.  Having conceptualized some of the grandest events globally including the 50 Years of Indian Independence, the 30 Years of Mauritian Independence, the 10 years of the South African Freedom Struggle, the Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing ceremonies in Delhi as well as the Handover ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, & the prestigious International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards & Weekend for 15 years in over 12 countries, Wizcraft has contributed towards brand building for India across the world.  It has pioneered and developed India’s biggest entertainment brand IIFA which has taken Indian Cinema and culture to the world. The growth story of the company reflects the evolution of the Indian event management & entertainment industry itself. Driven by its vision “Believe in the power of your dreams” the company is committed to quality and innovation, while setting its sights on greater peaks of achievement.

 

Desi Junction Welcomes Brahmakumaris Sister Shivani to Chicago on “Awakening with Love and Forgiveness”

Brahmakumaris Sister Shivani, an Internationally renowned and a great inspirational speaker, is in US. Brahmakumaris Americas are hosting Sister Shivani in Chicago with other more than 10 cities with the theme of “Awakening with Love and Forgiveness”.

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Sister Shivani presents spiritual solutions to the complex problems of contemporary life through a TV program called Awakening with Brahma Kumaris and a YouTube channel with over 33 million views and over 160,000 subscribers.

Desi Junction team members Trupti Patel, Surender Mathur, Ashita Mathur, Vinita Gulabani and Gaurav Tuteja could attend the “Awakening” and share their wonderful experience.

RJ Neesha of Desi Junction had the golden opportunity to talk to  Sister Shivani and ask few questions.

RJ Neesha : Why was this theme of awakening chosen?  What does awakening truly means to all of us ?

Sister Shivani : Awakening to a new way of thinking, a new way of living a new way of being, as most of us are living our life with belief systems and conditioning which we have accepted from society , from parents, and generations down the line which we need to check and see if they are the right ones for us .

For eg: stress is normal, anger is normal, competition is a way of living, successful is the one who achieves the most, so these are certain belief systems which we are living for many births now. And so, its time, as these belief systems have started to take a toll on us, that’s the reason our emotional, physical and mental health, relationships everything is getting affected by these belief systems. Hence awakening is awakening to a new belief system to a new way of thinking. We are sleeping in ignorance and awakening is waking up to a new belief system.  There should be no fear to change the belief, we should have the power to change it. Create beliefs which are good for the mind, relationships should not be challenging, one should have the power to change it. That’s where spiritual knowledge and daily practice of meditation helps.

 

 

RJ Neesha : There are so many spiritual and religious organizations in Chicago, what does Brahmakumaris have to offer that can apply to all individuals irrespective of religion and nationalities?

Sister Shivani : Bramhkumaris offers the technique of Rajyoga, by which I can understand myself, understand the sanskars (nature ) which I have not been using for some time, so RajYoga gives us the power to emerge those sanskaars- way of living to connect to the supreme power , strengthen the soul by which  I understand what is the right belief system ,and I shall have the power to live by that belief system. Basic purpose of Rajyoga is to help transform the basic nature – Sanskaar. The world changes if the Sanskaar changes. Therefore Rajyoga has the power to change the world and is applicable to everyone, irrespective of religion, caste , creed. Dharam of the individual is peace, love and happiness and we have to live by our Dharam and abide by our duties. RajYoga teaches us to do that and is for everybody

Website: brahmakumaris.US and  also there are centers located everywhere where the volunteers will guide you get in depth information on meditation and spiritual well being.

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RJ Neesha :All of the Brahmakumari followers, desi junction listeners and aspirant members like me are looking forward to attending the upcoming event, what would be their biggest take away ?

Sister Shivani : They would get some very simple equations that can apply to various complexities of life. Just like in Math we have equations where the equation is the first line and the solution goes into pages, so it is very important to get the equation right to have good solution and spiritual connection helps us get the equation right and when we all come together to share those equations we will find those equations which will address our personal and professional life issues.

Sister Shivani holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and  a Gold Medalist from Pune University. She received ASSOCHAM’s Woman of the Decade award and is a goodwill ambassador of the World Psychiatry Association.

RJ Neesha : Sister Shivani, you are an Electronics engineer, I am sure all of our listeners would like to know when and how did this enlightened journey start for you.

Sister Shivani : It was about 20 years back and as my parents were following this way of living and the change in their life inspired me to go on the same path.

 

Jain Temple, Bartlett invited Sister Shivani and conducted a very special evening for all the followers of the Awakening Family.

The Brahma Kumaris are hosting free public programs in US .Free tickets and information on these programs of different cities are available at bkawakening2017.org. In Chicago, it is at UIC Pavilion on July 1st from 3 pm to 5 pm. You can RSVP for your free ticket at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/awakening-love-and-forgiveness-with-sister-shivani-tickets-33429404248