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Artist from 124 countries recreate Gandhi’s favorite bhajan ‘Vaishnava Jan To’

On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, artists from over 124 countries have contributed in paying homage to the Father of the Nation through his favorite bhajan ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye’. The famous Gujarati hymn was penned by the 15th century poet Narsimha Mehta and was one of the favorite bhajans of Gandhi, who included it into the roster of prayers routinely sung before his meetings.

During the closing ceremony of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Conference (MGISC) and in the presence of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Gutierrez, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti, launched a medley version of the bhajan, sung by artists from over 124 countries.

All Indian Missions abroad identified local artist groups to record the bhajan who gave rise to an eclectic, colorful and rich rendition of the hymn infused with the local flavor of the region. Videos from different regions of the world have also been put together in a fusion video of about five minutes to give flavor to the bhajan. Amongst the star performers is President of Nauru Baron Divavesi Waqa. Waqa’s gesture was not just a tribute to Gandhi but was also a personal gift from him to Prime Minister Modi. The medley version and individual country contributions are available on the External Affairs Ministry’s YouTube page.

ગાંધીજીના પ્રિય ભજન ‘વૈષ્ણવજન તો તેને રે કહીએ’ને વિશ્વના ૧૨૪ દેશના કલાકારોએ સંગીત આપીને અનોખી શ્રદ્ધાંજલિ આપી હતી. ગાંધીજીની ૧૪૯મી જન્મજયંતિ નિમિત્તે નવી દિલ્હીમાં આયોજિત મહાત્મા ગાંધી ઈન્ટરનેશનલ સેનિટેશન કોન્ફરન્સના સમાપન વખતે આ અનોખું ભજન રજૂ કરવામાં આવ્યું હતું. વડાપ્રધાન નરેન્દ્ર મોદી દ્વારા આ ભજનની નવી સંગીતમય આવૃત્તિ લોન્ચ કરાવાઈ હતી.

વિદેશ મંત્રાલયે સત્તાવાર યાદીમાં જણાવ્યું હતું કે, આ પ્રસંગે યુએનના સેક્રેટરી જનરલ એન્ટોનિયો ગુટરેસ, વિદેશ મંત્રી સુષમા સ્વરાજ, વૉટર એન્ડ સેનિટેશન મંત્રી ઉમા ભારતી અને અન્ય મંત્રીઓ, અધિકારીઓ પણ હાજર રહ્યા હતા. વિદેશી પ્રતિનિધિમંડળ સહિત તમામ નેતાઓએ ‘વૈષ્ણવજન’ની આ નવી આવૃત્તિના વખાણ કર્યા હતા.

ગાંધીજીના કારણે વિશ્વ વિખ્યાત થયેલું આ ગુજરાતી ભજન ૧૫મી સદીમાં કવિ નરસિંહ મહેતા દ્વારા લખવામાં આવ્યું હતું. ગાંધીજીએ આશ્રમજીવનનની શરૃઆત કરી ત્યારે સવારની પ્રાર્થનામાં આ ભજનનો સમાવેશ કર્યો હતો. ભારતીય પ્રતિનિધિઓ દ્વારા વિદેશી સંગીતકારોને આ ભજનની માહિતી અપાઈ હતી. બાદમાં તેમણે સ્થાનિક સંગીતકારો સાથે તેને સંગીત આપ્યું હતું.

વિદેશ મંત્રાલયે જણાવ્યું હતું કે, આ ભજનને અંગોલા, આર્મેનિયા, શ્રીલંકા, સર્બિયા, ઈરાક અને આઈલેન્ડના અગ્રણી સંગીતકારોએ સંગીત આપ્યું હતું. આ દરમિયાન વિશ્વભરના કલાકારોની કલા ખીલી ઊઠી હતી. આ પ્રસંગના અમે પાંચેક મિનિટના બે વીડિયો પણ જાહેર કર્યા છે. અમારી ઈચ્છા હતી કે, આ ભજનને યુએનમાં નોંધાયેલા તમામ દેશોના સંગીતકારોનું સંગીત અપાય.

“Suryansh” a Gujarati movie directed by Sachin Desai a member of “Gurjarvani” team.

*ખ્રિસ્તી સમાજનું ગૌરવ*

On the release of his first feature film, Gurjarvani congratulates one of its members, Sachin Desai.

ગુર્જરવાણી ટીમના સભ્ય, *સચિન દેસાઈ* ના દિગ્દર્શન હેઠળ બનેલ ફિલ્મ, *સૂર્યાંશ* ૫ મી ઓક્ટોબરે સમગ્ર ગુજરાતના થિયેટરોમાં દર્શાવવામાં આવશે. આ ફિલ્મમાં દિગ્દર્શન, કેમેરા અને એડિટિંગના ત્રિવિધ કાર્ય દ્વારા સચિને ગુજરાતી ચલચિત્રને એક નવો વળાંક આપ્યો છે.

આ ફિલ્મનું ટાઇટલ ગીત સચિનના પિતાશ્રી અને કેથોલિક ધર્મસભામાં ધાર્મિક સાહિત્ય ક્ષેત્રે ઘણું પ્રદાન કરનાર, *કવિશ્રી યોસેફ મેકવાને* લખ્યું છે.

Making his debut in the Gujarati film industry as the lead character, Dabbo in ‘Rachna No Dabbo,’ Freddy Daruwala has unveiled this first look of his upcoming film ‘Suryansh’.

Donning a stubble, Daruwala rocks a rugged and intense look in this new clip that he shared his social media handle. ‘Suryansh’ has been written by Chintan Pandya, who also introduced us to the lead actress, Heena Achhra by sharing this image on his handle.

He captioned the click as, “On the floor with the ravishing @heenaachhra who is the female lead of my upcoming Gujarati film as the screenplay writer and lyricist!.”

Achhra also took to Instagram to promote the first look of the upcoming film. Punjabi star Navraj Hans will debut as a playback singer in the industry by lending his voice to a track in the movie.

સૂર્યાંશ Suryansh – Trailer | Gujarati Movie 2018 | Freddy Daruwala, Heena Achhra | Gujarati Film

Mahuva | SURYANSH Movie | Rutvij Pandya, Yashita Sharma, Archit Patadia | Gujarati Love Song 2018

Monkey Donkey Duck (Full Song) | SURYANSH Movie | Navraj Hans | New Gujarati Song 2018

“Suryansh” – Gujarati Movie Trailer and Song launch | Press Conference | Freddy Daruwala | Cinemagic

Fellowship to 7 women working towards the well-being of the society – News from Hollybollytolly.com

KUTCHINA FOUNDATION HOSTS ‘KUTCHINA KRRITIKA FELLOWSHIP 2018’

सप्तर्षि विश्वास | September 12, 2018 | General |

Fellowship to 7 women working towards the well-being of the society including Sr. Smita Parmar.

Kutchina Foundation hosted the ‘Kutchina Krritika Fellowship 2018’ to commemorate the outstanding contributions and efforts by the existing Krritikas in bringing about a social impact and change in the society and to introduce the new Krritikas who have been identified to be offered fellowship for their respective projects under Kutchina Krritika – an initiative to identify woman change-makers and support them. The women identified under this initiative are called ‘Krritikas’ as it stands for a group of stars (female Nakshatras) also known as the “Stars of Fire” and is related to a commander, foster mother, luster, glow of power, physical and creative force.

Smt. Chandrima Bhattacharya, Minister of State for Law and Health, Govt. of West Bengal, graced the occasion as the Guest of Honor.

The fellowship ceremony was followed by the live performance of ‘The Dynamic Duo’ Singers Anjan Dutt and Usha Uthup.

The Krritikas were chosen by a list of eminent jurists namely Smt. Usha Uthup (Singer), Sri. Victor Banerjee (Actor), Smt. June Malia (Actor), Smt. Kiran Uttam Ghosh (Fashion Designer), Dr. Michael Feiner (German Consulate General Kolkata) and Sri. Atri Bhattacharya.

So far, Kutchina has supported around 11 such women working for various social changes like education of the children of red light areas, women trafficking, self-defense among women etc. This year, Kutchina offered its helping hand to another 7 women from various states to offer fellowship and support. The courageous women whom Kutchina Foundation has identified for the fellowship this year are:

Amreen from Rajasthan who is working on empowering hundreds of adolescent girls across rural Rajasthan and is also helping them in skill trainings.

Apurva from Maharashtra who is an equal rights activist working with the youths of Mumbai in creating eco-friendly products and generating markets for them.

Smita from Bihar who is working in the interiors of her State with the women of the Mahadalit community against female violence.

Tapashi from West Bengal who is creating hope for both women and girls in the remote islands of Sundarbans. A proud mother and a leader for many who are struggling with gender discriminations.

Ranjita from West Bengal who is a veteran national transgender activist and the member of the Transgender Development Board of the Government of West Bengal. She is a hope to hundreds of people of her community fighting for their constitutional rights.

Torsha from West Bengal who is a Young Child and Women Rights activist running her small school for kids of cross section of marginalized children in the Hooghly region.

Bobby Mahato from Jharkhand who is a light of hope, a proud mother of two children, is dedicated in giving life skill education to rural children of her State. She also imparts livelihood training to women and mothers.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Namit Bajoria, Chairperson, Kutchina Foundation and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Macedonia said, “While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals, including equal access to primary education between girls and boys, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.”

ABOUT KUTCHINA FOUNDATION

Kutchina Foundation is a Kolkata based non-profit organization engaged in charitable and social welfare activities. It was founded by Mr. Namit Bajoria and it began its journey out of its concern for the need to care for the marginalized and identify woman change-makers and support them. And the philosophy is aptly reflected through their tagline ‘Her Dream, Our Mission’.

Kutchina Foundation aspires to extend all round care and support to the disadvantaged girl child and women, thereby creating a pool of empowered and talented women activists and workers who would be the force multipliers in our society. For Kutchina Foundation, CSR is an inner calling carried forward with utmost passion, professionalism and care.

Titusji a Christian man from Kerala, one of the 78 “Dandi Marcher” – Story from Nalloor Library.

TITUSJI – An Unknow n Hero of the Mar Thoma Church –The Christian Dandi Marcher – Freedom Fighter, 1905-1980

Published by Thomas John Philip Nalloor

When  we  celebrate  Independence  Day  on  15  August,  it is noteworthy to  read  about  an unknown hero of the Church. It’s a pride to the Mar Thoma Church that it has men of such vision and mission, who worked untiringly for the freedom of the country. We praise and thank God for such leaders like Mr. and Mrs. Titus of Bhopal.
Titusji (b.18 Feb, 1905), hails from a farming family, (Theverthundiyil, Maramon) in Kerala. He was a member of the Maramon Mar Thoma Parish. After his high school graduation, he taught in a school in Vadasserikkara (a village about 20 km away from Maramon), for a few years  and  then  joined  the  Allahabad  Agriculture  University  and  passed  an  Indian  Dairy Diploma course with distinction.
He was selected by Mahatma Gandhi as a secretary for his milk project in the Sabarmati Ashram near Ahmedabad. Mr. Gulzarilal Nanda (who later became prime mister of India) was the secretary of another unit. Both of them were trusted friends of Gandhiji. Titus got married in 1933, and his wife joined the Sabarmati Ashram; her wedding ornaments were donated to the Ashram.
In 1930, when Mahatma Gandhi decided to break the salt law, he chose trusted Titus to be one of the selected 78 men. Gandhiji, Titusji and 77 others marched from Sabarmathi to Dandi beach to make salt in the symbolic way. Titus was the only Christian in that group. They were beaten up and arrested by the British.
During  one  of  his  visits  to  Kerala,  Titusji  burnt  the  British clothes  (foreign  clothes)  in Kottayam and gave a fiery speech to thousands of Keralites.
Mahatma Gandhi visited Titusji’s house in Maramon (Theverthundiyil) on his way to the famous Hindu temple in Aranmula near Chengannur. This was considered one of the greatest events in Central Travancore. In and around Maramon, thousands witnessed his visit.
After Independence, Titusji settled in Bhopal. He always wore a Khadi. He helped thousands of youngsters find jobs in Madhya Pradesh. He was a very active member of the Mar Thoma Church in Bhopal. In 1970, he published the book “The Bharat of my Dreams”.
He passed away on 8 August, 1980, at the Kasthurba Hospital in Bhopal. He never got any medals or pension for his participation in the freedom struggle.

NB. In his earlier days he was known by the name Titus. “Titusji” was the name given to him by Mahatma Gandhi as a token of love and honour.

Healing Mass & INNER HEALING Retreat by Rev Fr Augustine Vallooran during August 17-19-2018

DEAR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST

We are very happy to announce the Healing Mass & INNER HEALING Retreat by Rev Fr Augustine Vallooran (The Director of Divine Retreat Center – Kerala, India) and Spirit filled Counseling by Glen and Teresa from Aug 17th to Aug 19th 2018 to be held at St Philip the Apostle Church School Hall, Pasadena, California.

The flyer is attached herewith. We request you to please register your name at our web www.angelusretreats.com.

Please do spread the words around!

Thank You

GOD BLESS

Board of Directors

Angelus Faith & Healing mission

Information: Mr. Peter Jadav