Category Archives: Introductions

Singing for the Mayor – In the News!

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I found this photo of me on a NewsEastWest article about an event that I had performed at in the Toronto City Hall, in the presence of our Mayor, John Tory.

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http://newseastwest.com/toronto-mayor-canada-india-foundation-organize-first-ever-diwali-celebration-at-city-hall/

TORONTO: Organising the first-ever Diwali celebrations in collaboration with the Canada-India Foundation at the city hall here on Wednesday, Toronto mayor John Tory praised the contribution of the Indo-Canadians to the city and Canada.

“It is my great pleasure to host all of you here at Toronto’s city hall. This is one of the city’s first Diwali celebrations here. I want to thank you my co-host, the Canada-India Foundation,’’ the mayor said.

He said,“Diwali, the festival of lights, is a reaffirmation of hope, a shared commitment to friendship and goodwill…it is wonderful to be celebrating here with you at city hall.’’

The mayor recalled the discrimination faced by the first immigrants and how they have now become an important part of Canadian society.

– See more at: http://newseastwest.com/toronto-mayor-canada-india-foundation-organize-first-ever-diwali-celebration-at-city-hall/#sthash.Ln9EJ63X.dpuf

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The New Website!

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The past month has definitely been an eventful one on the creative front. Last week, my blog turned FOUR years old! I remember starting it while I was in University, before I had ever learnt how to paint, before I ever took a dance course, and my singing was limited to a classical concert a year. It was overwhelming to see how much had changed over the past four years, and how much my creative pursuits took over my life in that time. This blog is definitely not a popular one, but my small humble attempt to document my spare time also doubled as a source of inspiration.

After graduating university, and 2.5 years of night classes, I finally got my certification in Graphic Design, and launched a new and improved http://srisarts.com

What does this mean for the blog?

The new website is primarily there to focus my professional quality creative work, including my Oil Paintings, Graphic Design Packages, and Drawings. I’ve also thrown in a section on music, which is not quite professional quality, but the amount of time I put into video editing warrants its own section! 

This blog will keep on going, and it will be there to display all the fun creative stuff that I do. This includes things like my Push Pin Map Board, interesting Jewelry, Fun quick paintings, and cards. Of course, as Bharathanatyam, another hobby I take very seriously, doesn’t have a spot on my new website, I will also be posting things like News Clippings, and Dance Videos here.

Definitely bookmark my website, and follow my blog :) Hopefully this is the start of a brand new exciting creative journey.

Heer – Jab Tak Hai Jaan

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I did a cover of this beautiful song “Heer” from Jab Tak Hai Jaan. Thanks to my Punjabi friends who helped me a lot with the accent, and I apologize in advance for any mistakes :) I don’t speak any Punjabi!

The Story

Heer is a song about the stories of Heer-Ranjha & Mirza-Sahebaan. Ranjha left his beloved to get married to someone else, and Heer was forced to marry another man. However, Mirza takes his beloved Sahebaan away on a horse.

In this song, the girl wants to be called Sahebaan instead of Heer, as she is hoping that someone like Mirza takes her away on a horse.

 

Saricaalice!

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I have written about my friend Sigma in the past, and I think she is absolutely amazing! She puts her heart and soul into her DIY projects, and I love visiting her place to see what she’s working on! If you like reading my blog, you would be AMAZED by Sarica’s amazing sewing projects, beadwork, and home-depot DIY’s. What are you waiting for? Visit her blog, and enter the world of my super awesome creative parter in crime, Sarica!

http://saricaalice.wordpress.com/

Designer Dinesh Ramsay- Announcement Poster

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A few years ago, I had the opportunity to spend a month working at the Designer Dinesh Ramsay boutique alongside Dinesh Ramsay himself, a bollywood designer who has designed outfits for stars such as Raveena Tandon, Rekha, and Aishwarya Rai. Dinesh is a great person to work with, and we’ve kept in touch over the years.

Just today, I helped Dinesh design a quick email poster to announce his latest store in New Jersey. This poster was made on Adobe Photoshop, and I paired the bold and vibrant images with a clean and simple layout.

This is also the introduction to a new section of this blog- Graphic Design. Over the past couple of years I’ve designed two temporary websites and one real one (With drop down buttons and all. It was my pride and joy). I’ve also designed several posters, tickets, etc., and continue to be the official webmaster for my Bharathanatyam Academy. Similar to most of my other hobbies, I am definitely not a professional. In fact, all my formal training came from Grade 10 “Communications Tech” (Which was over 8 years ago when technology was slightly more primitive. Wow, I’m getting old!) I really should thank Google for all my informal training over the years :P

Enjoy :)