on a visit to india in his role as a climate activist, Leonardo diCaprio sat down with sunita narain of india’s Center for science and environment to discuss the effects of climate change. apart from extensive discussions on energy poverty and use of renewable energy as the way forward, the hollywood star also went to a haryana village to see the impact of unseasonal weath- er on farmers. ‘he wanted to understand our perspectives on the issue and discuss how the world should work together to combat catastrophic climate change,’ Cse, which accompanied diCaprio to the haryana village said in a media statement. ‘in this village, he saw acres of productive farmland that was still under water because of extreme rain that had hit the district in mid- september. Farmers said they did not know if this was climate change, but they told diCaprio, in no uncertain words, that their experience of over 50 years in farming was telling them that there was something new and catastrophic afoot.’ diCaprio also made a quick stop at the Taj mahal in agra and played tourist. india calling Leo, again Satnam Singh made history as the first India- born player to be drafted into the National Basketball Association. And the NBA, along with the ACG Worldwide Group, has now launched a national basketball talent search program in India to identify play- ers who can follow in Satnam’s footsteps. ‘The program will provide basketball players from around the country the oppor- tunity to develop their skills and one top layer from the pro- gramme would also receive the opportuni- ty to attend the NBA Development League (NBA’s official minor league) National Tryout in the United States,’ a media release said as Satnam kicked off the program in Delhi.
‘With Sim Bhullar becoming the first player of Indian
descent to play in the NBA and Satnam Singh becoming the
first India-born player to be drafted into the NBA, basketball
playing youth in India now have relatable figures to look up to,’
Yannick Colaco, managing director, NBA India, told the
media. ‘This program will give them the opportunity of a
Desis in opera are still a rare thing. To then have two of them on stage in the same month is even rarer. But
that’s what is happening this month.
Alok Kumar — ‘one of only four Indian
operatic tenors that perform internationally,’ according to Lancaster Online — performed his recital of An Afternoon of Gypsy-Themed Art Song Inspired by Indo-Romany
Music and Culture at The Ware Center in
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, November 8.
This was the debut of Kumar’s Romany
music program, ‘a piece he says connects
him to his Indian-born roots — the origins
of the Romany people can be traced back to
India,’ Lancaster Online wrote.
Next came Coloratura soprano Maya
Kherani, who sang Savitri and Meera — the
principal roles in Gustav Holst’s Savitri and
Jack Perla’s River of Light — for the Festival
Opera’s fall presentation November 14 & 15.
Holst’s classical Savitri is based on the
Hindu mythological story of Savitri, who
brings her husband Satyavan back from
death. (Not many know of the British composer’s fascination with India, that he knew
Sanskrit and completed the Vedic Hymns
for voice and piano, and started on four sets
of Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda.)
Perla’s contemporary River of Light, written with librettist and author Chitra
Banerjee Divakaruni, is the story of Meera,
who moves from India to America, and
finds her path to assimilation while holding
onto her culture.
Kherani, who has played Meera since the
premiere of River of Light last year, studied
at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
and is currently in residence at the Boston
University Opera Institute. Her voice is rapidly spreading through names like Opera
Parallèle, Central City Opera, San Francisco
Bach Choir and now the Festival Opera
Chef sam Talbot and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi came together with about 30 other chefs on Capitol hill recently for a day of action and advocacy. The chefs met with members of the us Congress about the Childhood nutrition act that will be up for reauthorization before 2015 draws to a close. The act not only pushes for increased nutri- tional value in school meals but also provides reduced-price and free meals. What was Padma Lakshmi doing on Capitol hill? The soprano
and the tenor
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Searching for the next Satnam