swetha Prabakaran might be just 15 but she is already the founder and chief executive officer of Everybody
Code Now!, a non-profit body working to
empower the next generation of youth to
become engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs, and as of September 15 a White
House Champion of Change.
‘Under Swetha’s direction, Everybody
Code Now! has taught hundreds of students how to code and has raised thousands of dollars for STEM activities in
schools,’ the White House said in its statement announcing the names of 11 young
women selected as Champions of Change.
‘Her mentorship programs have trans-
formed shy young girls into confident stu-
dents, community leaders, and budding
The Indianapolis-born Swetha, whose
parents immigrated from Tamil Nadu in
1998, is a junior at Thomas Jefferson High
School for Science and Technology in
Virginia, and hopes to continue inspiring
young women to transform their future
and the world.
Swetha Prabhakaran, first row third from right, and the other champions of change with valerie Jarett, first row third from left, senior adviser to President Barack obama and chair of the White house council on Women and Girls.
The festival of colors usually heralds the advent of spring in India. This year it also
signaled the end game of the rains
in Maximum City, when it was celebrated a few days ago at Worli
Gaon, a village-like locality within
Mumbai’s city limits.
Did the gods change their
No. A British guitar god from
New York decided he wanted a
replay of the fest. And gods get
what they ask for.
Yes, Chris Martin was in
Mumbai shooting a music video
for upcoming album A Head Full
of Dreams, with his band
Coldplay. They chose a few locations across the city and one them
was the said urban village, where
Martin and Co tossed around
color with the locals.
Incidentally, the band has never
performed in India formally.
There was that impromptu gig in
Delhi a couple of months back
(India Abroad, July 10), but it was
nowhere close to satisfying fans.
Maybe the new music video that
will reportedly be out next month
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Of Veshtis in Venice
From left, actor Dinesh Ravi, director vetri maaran, actor Samuthirakani and guest — part of the team representing visaaranai (Interrogation, a film in tamil and telugu) — on the red carpet at the 72nd venice Film Festival September 10. the film competed in the orizzonti category, an ‘international competition dedicated to films that present the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema.’ also among the official selections this year was the Indian classic Pyaasa. the iconic Guru Dutt film was screened in the venice classics section.
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Ruchika oberoi, center, the director of Island city, with actresses tannishtha chatterjee and amruta Subhash at the film festival. the film, which played as part of venice Days — an independent section — earned oberoi the Best new young Director in that category.
September 25, 2015