Ritu Guglani

Ritu Guglani

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Shreya Ghoshal enthrals Vancouver – Music is forever

September 17, 2017 marked the very last event of team Shreya Ghoshal’s two month long North America tour. Shreya herself was highly emotional about her tour coming to an end. Like a true artist, Shreya was openly sentimental about ending her tour. But that was not really what audiences connected with last Sunday. For most audiences, the personal connection came with Shreya’s rendition of the classic Lata Mangeshkar song Roz Sham Aaati Thi magar aisi na thi. Those of us who are Vinod Khanna fans, were instantly hooked into her singing. We were remembering this dynamic hero of the sixties and seventies while flashes of this dashing hero who recently died, were showing on the audiovisual. After that, the entire concert was like a breeze of nostalgia, with one melody after the other taking Metro Vancouver’s music lovers to an era where Bollywood songs were sweet, melodious, innovative, and unforgettable!...
Shreya Ghoshal in Vancouver 2017
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Kamal’s Video Palace Presents Shreya Ghoshal in Concert on September 17

Shreya Ghoshal, an acclaimed singer from Bollywood, winner of four national awards, six Filmfare awards & nine South Filmfare awards, is fondly called the Melody Queen, Queen Bee and Future of Indian Singing. Shreya started singing at the age of six, and at 33 she has become the first Indian singer ever to have a wax statue at Madame Tussauds in New Delhi.  Her Bollywood debut was at sixteen, when she sang playback for Aishwarya Rai in the movie Devdas. Shreya won her first National Best Singer Award with her debut song, and never looked back. Having crooned for Bollywood’s leading music directors and lead heroines, complemented by the best male singers, the Nightingale of India is now on her most ambitious North American tour of 12 concerts in 12 cities. She’s performed to capacity crowds in Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and will now grace Vancouver’s iconic Pacific...
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Viceroy’s House. A Tale of Two Countries by Gurinder Chadha

Lord and Lady Mountbatten with Mahatma Gandhi in Viceroy's House the movie Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House will be in theatres on September 1, 2017. The movie records India of 1947 - how a bloody conflict ensued between the country’s Hindu- Sikh majority and Muslim minority that sought Pakistan, how British colonial rule informed those tensions, and how the last viceroy Lord Mountbatten was not the cunning architect of partition, but a man caught up unawares in a bigger political game. London based director Gurinder Chadha, known for Bend It like Beckham, has a personal connection to these events - her Indian grandparents lived through the partition that displaced 14 million people and killed one million, making it history’s largest human mass migration. Manish Dayal, Huma Qureishi - Viceroy's House Hugh Bonneville as Lord Mountbatten does what he does so well. He plays an endearing patriarchal aristocrat (read Downton Abbey) who...
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Silences and Echoes – KVP Entertainers Event

Silences and Echoes are two stories of love loss and betrayal, written in theatre style originally in Hindi, and adapted to English for the show. Each 30-minute-long story, the first narrated by Suma Muralidhar and second by Sushil Rattan, at Vancouver’s Fraser View Banquet Hall on Sunday May 28, was packed with passion. Producer Deepti Rattan from the Natya Bharti Academy says,” The text on love, loss, betrayal and redemption has been beautifully adapted in English by a theatre friend.” Director Manoj Tiwari, part of the visiting team, was happy with the acoustics at Vancouver’s prestigious Fraser View Banquet Hall. Suma’s act started as she came and sat on a bench she called hers in Goa, India. She was watching a church wedding across the road that made her reminisce about her own wedding at the same church 15 years ago. As she talked of her rotting marriage and painful...
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Metro Vancouver’s most romantic concert with Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik

It was a three hour romantic concert at PNE Agrodome. If you are from my generation of Bollywood lovers, you heard Kumar Sanu songs when you first fell in love, you heard them at your first heartbreak and you heard them on your honeymoon. And maybe when you got divorced. 4000 romantic Vancouverites were at PNE Agrodome on Sunday evening, April 30 to hear Sanu with Alka Yagnik in concert. I think romance and heartbreak live in the same corner of our hearts because we go to the same songs in all these emotions. Sanu came dressed in a glamorous electric blue and black suit, and enthralled romance loving Vancouverites with songs and anecdotes. His audience whistled, screamed and danced to Bus ek sanam chahiye, Dheere dheere se meri zindagi, and Ye kaali aankhen, while some quietly cried to these  evergreen romantic numbers. I wonder why all romantic Bollywood songs...


One Sunday in April 2017, an intimate group of 15 met over an Indian brunch in Surrey, to talk about education, healthcare and affordability issues that have become Metro Vancouver’s pain points. Jen Marchbank, professor Gender Equality at SFU and long-standing member of the Surrey Pride Society, brought everyone together although she had a broken foot – only because she believes in British Columbia’s future with everyone’s dreams fulfilled. Notable participants were two NDP (National Democratic Party) candidates for the upcoming provincial election - Jinny Sims, the brown lady from Surrey Panorama, and Morgane Oger, a trans community powerhouse advocate from Falsecreek, Vancouver. The duo talked about stigma and equality, and are leading a political fight for human rights and education. While their personal stories were very interesting, some other amazing voices were also heard around the huddle: Morgane Oger, Jinny Sims NDP Candidates Vancouver False Creek and Surrey Panorama...

Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu in Metro Vancouver. The Most Romantic Concert of 2017

Metro Vancouver’s leading broadcasting and media production company, KVP Entertainers, brings its second event of 2017 - Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik with Symphony Orchestra, on the last Sunday of April. Don’t forget to share this post on your Facebook page to enter Surrey604’s draw to win two free tickets. Tickets are available on Ticketleader.ca or at Kamal's Video Palace. Call Kamal Sharma at 604592977 for more information.
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A Ghazal Night to Remember by Bollywood’s Rising Star – Tauseef Akhtar

On the evening of 19th March 2017, Hard Rock Casino was sprinkled with colourful Indian sarees and salwar-kameez. Ghazal fans, dressed to kill in all their glam and glitter, were getting ready to enjoy the tribute to the legendary Jagjit Singh. And so the stage was set for a nostalgic evening of ghazals, which I think of as somewhere between song and poetry. Surrey’s own Kamal Sharma of KVP entertainers kick-started the evening with his ever-smiling face as he greeted everyone with a Happy Nowruz (Persian New Year) – his passion for ghazal and Bollywood music showing in everything he does. Kamal brought on Mr. Kabir Bedi who connected naturally with the day’s creative audience as he celebrated the creativity within. Mr. Bedi interspersed the ghazals with stories from the legendary Jagjit Singh’s life journey: Hazaaron khwahishen aisi ki har khwahish pe dum nikle – Millions of desires reside in my...
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A Tribute to Legends Jagjit Singh and Om Puri

KVP (Kamal Video Palace) Entertainers present A Tribute to Jagjit Singh and Om Puri on March 19 Tauseef Akhtar was just 15 when he composed the widely acclaimed ghazal album Aashiyana. He attributed Aashiyana's resounding success to his mentor Jagjit Singh,  who nurtured Tauseef's talent and treated him as his favourite disciple. Talented Tauseef became assistant to the popular duo of Nadeem-Shravan, and sang many songs for  films like Yeh Dil Aashiqana, Dil Hai Tumhara, Yeh Dil, Tumse Achha Kaun Hai and Ansh, to name a few. However, ghazal was his first love and he eventually returned to his passion. Encouraged by his seniors, Tauseef Akhtar became one of the most admired young ghazal singers in Mumbai and soon started performing with big names like Talat Aziz, Pankaj Udhas, Chandan Das, Bhupinder Singh and Radhika Chopra amongst others. The sudden death of his mentor Jagjit Singh moved Tauseef and he composed...
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SheTalks YVR 2017 Comes to Surrey City Hall

On Sunday, March 4 2017, Surrey will see 16 inspiring speakers with 8 amazing stories. Come join this gallery of inspiring speakers in Central City, Surrey from 10 am to 4 pm on 4th March at the third Shetalks Vancouver. Each story will motivate you, and you will also network in a meaningful way. Enter contest to win two free tickets to SheTalks through Surrey604. We’ll draw prizes on Monday, February 26!

Faith and Strength (Shakti) Rewarded

“There are some amazing women among us who work tirelessly, in raising their children, in creating careers for themselves, in volunteering and in following their dreams. The strength I have seen in these women always inspires me to continue to make our world a better place. The Shakti Awards are a celebration and recognition of these women. Once a year we come together to acknowledge the work of the award recipients and also ourselves.” – Sonia Andhi