Golden Songbirds of Indian Cinema

Golden Songbirds of Indian Cinema

Indian film music—especially from the late 20th century—was a genre like no other in the world. Its legends benefited from influences of classical Indian music, and its unparalleled ability to evoke the Navarasas: the nine essences or feelings of human emotions. India is perhaps the only country where film music dominates its music industry. Traditionally, while classical music was appreciated by connoisseurs, folk music appealed to the common man. The 20th century saw the birth of film music, and radio brought it into the home. An entire nation hummed and warbled along with Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar, Asha Bhonsle, Manna Dey, Mukesh, Talat Mehmood and Hemant Kumar from the north, and S. P. Balasubramanyam, P. Jeyachandran, Malaysia Vasudevan, K. S. Chitra and P. Leela in the south. And these fabled names barely scratch the surface, considering there have been so many others with entire legions of followers. Read more »

Citizenship: Jon Ossoff Responds to South Asian Concerns

Khabar reached out to those running in the 6th District, with questions relating to the concerns of South Asians on their place, security, and future in this nation. Handel did not reply; Ossoff did. Read more »

TalkTime: A Delhi in Brooklyn

American-born Chitra Agrawal grew up eating Indian food, then decided to document her recipes for posterity. She launched Brooklyn Delhi (her line of achaars), and now has a cookbook. Read more »

Americana: White Trash, the story of Hazel Bryan

On September 4, 1957, two young girls had their lives changed forever. One is remembered for the walk she completed, the other for a photograph that no longer applies. God bless them both. Read more »

“What Part of ‘Illegal’ Don’t You Understand?”

We employed illegal immigrants for years, in construction, farming, hospitality, etc. We didn't stop the influx before these 'illegals' became entrenched into their American lives. Read more »

Letters from Readers

Winds of Disruption or Dysfunction? (re “The People and the Presidency,” March editorial) / The Trump and Modi Show (re Prof. Tinaz Pavri’s March cover story): Indo-American relations. Read more »

Insurance and Investments

A good financial strategy is not just about “making money”— it is also about protection. Insurance can help in a crisis, and it also can become a crucial part of estate planning. Read more »

Is It Time for Your Business to Pivot?

Pivoting is just an accelerated form of business evolution. Companies are constantly evolving anyway. A pivot is recognition that an immediate change may be needed to keep the business alive. Read more »

Ask the Doc: Is an Indian Vegetarian Diet Deficient in Protein?

Although the Indian vegetarian diet is lower in protein content than non-veg, a carefully planned vegetarian diet with milk products, nuts, beans, and lentils can provide the RDA of protein. Read more »

Frequently Asked Questions

With an L-1 visa and an approved I-140, when can I file for my green card (I-485), as the category should be current? H-1B lottery? change of status from B-2 to F-1? Dates for June? Read more »

Kapoor family gets together to celebrate Babita’s birthday

After Randhir Kapoor’s February birthday came Babita’s special day on April 20. And the Kapoor family got together in full force again to celebrate the occasion. Not everyone came, though. Read more »


While Anil Vannavalli rescued his coworker Madhuri Recherla from the train tracks, his backpack was stolen. The Edison, New Jersey police awarded him $1000, and Recherla is recovering. Read more »

Rockin Robots wins World Championship

Rockin Robots Team of 4th graders from Cumming, Georgia bagged the “Excellence Award,” the ultimate championship award at the week-long VEX IQ World Championship in Louisville, Kentucky. Read more »

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How Yoga Intrigued America in the 1920s

In the early 1900s, with few South Asians in the USA, America had fantastic ideas about yoga’s power and the itinerant men from India who taught it. Yoga even played a part in an impeachment! Read more »

Obedience: Not a Solution

Some authoritarian parents are not able to earn affection from their children, and they demand obedience. Love and respect must be earned, especially in a parent-child relationship. Read more »






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