2012 THE YEAR THAT WAS
The peak and
break up of
Das Racist — Himanshu Suri (aka
Heems), and Victor
Vazquez (aka Kool
A.D.) and Ashok Kondabolu (aka Dap) — closed out 2011
on a high with their first official album being ranked 4th
on Spin magazine’s 40 Best Rap Albums of 2011, and 28th
on Rolling Stones 50 Best Albums of 2011. They broke our
our hearts in 2012 with the announcement that the band
had broken up.
December 28, 2012
New challenges Raju Narisetti went from the Washington Post — where he integrated its digital and print teams as managing editor — to managing editor of The Wall
Street Journal’s digital network. Within months he took
over as head of the WSJ’s digital network.
Madhulika Sikka was promoted to ‘a position overseeing
all news coverage for’ NPR after serving as executive producer of the Morning Edition for six years.
Aparism ‘Bobby’ Ghosh was promoted from deputy international editor at Timeto the magazine’s editor-at-large.
S Mitra Kalita, deputy global economics editor, WSJtook
her considerable ‘start-up smarts’ to Quartz, which is primarily aimed at tablet users.
Desi highlight at
The Tedeschi-Trucks Band’s (Susan Tedeschi and Derek
Trucks) album Revelator
took home the Grammy for
the Best Blues Album. And
a significant contributor to
the win was Alam Khan’s
sarod licks. The late Ustad
Ali Akbar Khan’s son —
Trucks incidentally trained
under the legendary Ustad
— was featured in the song
These Walls, one of the
highlights of the album.
M.I.A flips it at
Yale honors SRK In April, Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan became the first Indian movie personality to be honored with the prestigious Chubb Fellowship at Yale University.
More brown on screen and stage Cooking guru Madhur Jaffrey returned to television after 17
years with a 10-part show,
Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry
Nation, about the impact of
curry on the United
Kingdom for the Good
Mindy Kaling brought her
new show, The Mindy
M Night Shyamalan
made a foray into television
with a show titled Proof
for cable network Syfy and
Lost Horizon for NBC.
Raza Jaffrey came to our
television screens as Dev
Sundaram on NBC’s
Smash, while Poorna
Jagannathan scooped up
parts in films like Peace,
Thanks For Sharing. She
also landed a meaty role in HBO’s Criminal Justice, which
stars The Sopranos star James Gandolfini, is written by
Oscar nominee Richard Price ( The Color Of Money) and
directed by the Oscar-winning Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s
While Parksand Recreation was on hiatus, Aziz Ansari
joined the cast of The Apocalypse.
Archie Panjabi had a good year, scoring her third Emmy
nomination for her role in The Good Wife and landing a
role in BBC Two’s upcoming drama series The Fall.
The stage was no different. Aasif Mandvi returned —a
decade after he starred in Oklahoma! — as the protagonist in Disgraced.
Others like Manu Narayan in Glengarry Glen Ross,
Anjali Bhimani in Metamorphoses, Nick Choksi in Love’s
Labor Lost, and Jolly Abraham in Figaro were also seen in
meaty non-traditional roles.
Runway to Win campaign.
And having wooed the White House, Naeem Khan made
his mark at the year’s biggest red carpet events: The Emmy,
the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, the Tonys and even
the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It was no surprise that he bagged the Mercedes-Benz Presents title for
the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York in February.
Cooking in Washington
Chef Vikas Khanna, along with chef Ali Loukzada, prepared a multi-course dinner for an Obama fundraiser in May.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton anointed Vikram
Sunderam, executive chef at Rasika, Washington, DC, as
State Chef as part of the State Department’s Diplomatic
Culinary Partnership initiative.
Madonna was the star at the Super Bowl halftime, yet it was the
flipping of a middle finger by guest singer M.I.A that is most
remembered about this year’s show.
Fortunately, that was not the only desi connect at the event.
Contributing to the pomp was Kanika Saluja. The Indian-born
designer — who started the Nikka New York label — reportedly
accessorized Madonna’s troupe for the half-time show.
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The design gurus India-born, New York-based designer Bibhu Mohapatra not only continued rocking the runway at fashion shows, he also caught the eye of Michelle
Obama. The First Lady chose to wear his creation for her
appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in August.
Indian-American designer Rachel Roy and Nepali-ori-gin Prabal Gurung designed for President Obama’s
The unlikely Bollywood heroine
Sunny Leone kick started her Bollywood career. Jism 3 released; she bagged a role in Ragini MMS2; and hosted the South Asian Rising Star Film Awards
Gala at the South Asian International Film Festival in
New York with filmmaker Jay Chandrasekhar.