Wednesday, September 19, 2018

"Beneath the Hagia Sophia" set to Premiere at the LACMA on Sept. 23

Kinostanbul presents the world premiere of "Beneath the Hagia Sophia," ( a documentary about the secrets under one of the world's most iconic structures. The event will be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's (LACMA) Bing Theater on Sunday, Sept. 23rd.

"Beneath the Hagia Sophia" is directed by Göksel Gülensoy and is based on decades of exploration of the legendary structure's underwater tunnels and waterways. A short presentation by archaeologist Haluk Çetinkaya, PhD will precede the screening.

"The Hagia Sophia's dome and minarets are breathtaking symbols of Istanbul," says filmmaker Gülensoy. "We have dedicated ourselves to uncovering a world just as spectacular as the one above, and we are incredibly excited to be able to show our discoveries at this prestigious museum." With a team of divers, Gülensoy carried out a series of underwater shoots in the area in 1998, and most recently in 2012, uncovering sites that have been buried for centuries.

ET to launch the first edition of BFSI Innovation Tribe at The Sahara Star, Mumbai, on September 20

India’s financial ecosystem is on a roll, and focused technological innovations have given a fillip to this upwards curve. Technology has been disrupting the way businesses function across the globe, and online transactions, mobile payments, wire transfers and e-wallets have already reshaped the entire banking sector, with newer technologies being introduced at a rapid pace. Information Technology is one of the most important facilitators for the transformation of the Indian banking industry, and if banking today is a flourishing industry, it is because of the underlying technological innovation it has so readily embraced. Over the last three years, there have been countless numbers of innovative applications and systems used by the financial services industry to offer world-class products and services to the Indian market.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Lakecity International Film Festival opens entries for 2019

With a huge appetite for new horizons, this illustrious chap is making it big with renowned chefs

Food was always his hobby, munching was his first love and soon his first love became his work. He is at present, learning and experimenting with not just ‘food’ but the food angles, shots and renowned chefs including Chef Ranveer Brar, Chef Kunal Kapur, Chef Ananya Banerjee, Chef Rakhee Vaswani, Chef Rajshri and the list seems endless. In a tete-a-tete with Devashish Mishra over a cup of coffee at his studio (yea, no food included), he goes on reveal what made him a favourite among the top chefs and food brands.

It’s a joy to be interviewing someone who is from the food industry and have been working with renowned names. Yea, the chefs with whom he is working are the heroes of this industry that have been a favorite with mommies and aunties and even newcomers trying to cook at most of the food channels. They are the Salman Khans and the SRKs and the Aamirs of this industry dressing and undressing the food to get not only a lovely texture, but also make it easy to cook. And here I was interviewing the editing whizz Devashish Mishra at his studio. Instead of going around with our usual questionaaire, I thought of taking the route uncharted and let him start off on his own.

6th Guru M.L. Koser festival of Music & Dance concludes with Sitar & Bharatnatyam presentations

6th Guru M.L. Koser festival of Music & Dance concluded with the remarkable Sitar recital and dazzling Bharatnatyam dance at Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi. The two day mega musical bonanza of classical music and dance featured celebrated artists including accomplished musicians. The concluding day programme commenced with melodic sitar recital by Pt. Kushal Das, a well-known Sitar exponent and Bharatnatyam presentations by Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan & her troupe.

Kushal Das is one of the leading sitar players of India today. He hails from a family of musicians and was born in Kolkata in the year 1959. His grandfather late Bimal Chandra Das was a famous Esraj player; his father Sri Sailen Das and his uncle Sri Santanu Das are highly recognized Sitar players. Kushal received rigorous training in advanced Sitar styles and the art of music under the tutelage Prof. Sanjoy Banerjee and Pt. Ajoy Sinha Roy. Kushal Das has performed in almost all the famous Music Festivals in India and has also traveled widely all over the globe. Kushal Das is a Top grade musician of All India Radio and Doordarshan, the leading media regarding classical Indian music in India. Since 2002 Kushal Das also plays the Surbahar in addition to the Sitar. He has many commercial albums to his credit.