Tag Archives: 2011

Singing with Shankar Mahadevan- IIFA 2011

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If you are visiting my blog after a while, make sure you read the prelude to this post. It will give you a little bit of a background.

The last time I left you, there were no videos posted of the entire music workshop, and definitely nothing of me singing with Shankar Mahadevan. I did finally find a video for you :). (Edit: I originally had the RawalTV video here, along with my singing and the MC Siddharth Kannan mentioning it in an interview afterwards,  but unfortunately it no longer exists). My singing starts at approximately 1:01:30

It sounds like my voice was shaking along with my body :P It’s either nervousness, or the fact that I was singing at “C”, which is quite a few notches higher than my regular “G#”.

[Edit 03/11/2012]

The above clip is a shortened version of the entire IIFA Workshop, with just my part. The sound is terrible, as it got sped up, but if you don’t feel like searching through the entire video, this will give you a glimpse. It has been over 8 months since this experience and thinking about it still gets me excited. How I wish I could go to India and get the opportunity to really sing with such stalwarts.

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A Bollywood Weekend- IIFA 2011

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This past weekend was definitely an epic time in the life of an average Torontonian. With IIFA being hosted at the Rogers Center, all our lives just became a little bit more Bollywood. In my case, they became a lot more Bollywood!

It all started on Thursday. I decided to check out the Royal York Hotel during my lunch and was interviewed by “City TV”.

On Friday night, when I attended the IIFA Rocks Green Carpet, was when it started to get interesting. I got to shake hands and/or take pictures with Shahrukh, Madhavan, Genelia D’Souza, Rakesh Roshan, Gulshan Grover, Anupam Kher, Arshad Warsi, Sonakshi, Sonu Sood, Anil Kapoor, Omi Vaidhya, Lisa Ray, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sonu Nigam, Neha Dhupia, Vivek Oberoi, and more! Not only were my screams and excitement all over “OMNI TV” the next day, but I was also featured in the National Post, in this picture alongside Dia Mirza.

If you think that is as Bollywood as it gets, well, what happened next would prove you wrong. I attended the IIFA Music Workshop on June 25th. The IIFA music workshop was a free workshop hosted by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsan, Loy, Javed Akhter, Vishal Bhardwaj, and Salim. I was first in line, and we got fourth row seats, also the first row open to visitors. Before I got into the auditorium, I was interviewed by “Special Report- Rogers“. In the front row were special guests including Shabana Azmi and Javed Jaffrey. We were literally 15 feet away from the stage! Near the end of the workshop, I had the most amazing celebrity encounter of my life! Shankar Ehsan Loy composed a song to Javed Akhters lyrics on the spot, and I had the extreme honour of learning two lines on stage of the song from Shankar Mahadevan himself. I believe that art is something that you never stop learning, and to even learn two lines from undoubtedly one of the best musicians in India, was the most phenomenal experience ever. The cheering audience was like the icing on the cake. My picture was featured on several websites including SantaBanta (This was funny, because in the thumbnails they accidentally focused on my face instead of Shankar Mahadevan’s, so my face really was one among the stars), BollySpice, and Filmi Cafe. Unfortunately, my camera ran out of memory space at that exact moment! I have contacted two media companies that were there, and as soon as I can find a video I will post it here. Rawal TV was a media company that I contacted at the venue itself, and they did say that they would soon be posting the entire workshop within a couple of days! I have been checking their website every couple of hours!! :P

Here are a few pictures from several websites. I promise I’ll get that video to you as soon as I can. The last picture is the funny printscreen from santabanta, and my image now has nearly 3500 views! The only thing that really was too bad, is that my name was never mentioned on stage, and I didn’t think to introduce myself (In the shock and excitement I am happy I was atleast able to get SOMETHING out of my mouth). So that picture has thousands of views but nobody really knows who I am. Yet ;)!

(The picture above is the one on several IIFA workshop articles)


Toronto Bead Convention

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In mid March, I attended the Toronto Bead Convention at the Metro Convention Centre. Here are some of my purchases, taken by my Sony Cybershot camera.

1) Amethyst Balls

2)Peuter caps. These make any bead look so expensive!

3)More Peuter beads

4) Bali beads, and Garnet pendant from Indonesia (These were my expensive purchases of the day)

5) Peuter end peices

6) Crystals (A string of crystals cost only $4.00)

7) Onyx.

8) This bead was handmade in africa, and I got it because I thought it looked like a Mridangam. Istill haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to use it

Following the bead convention, I made an amethyst set, and the set with the Bali beads. Both turned out great! I will definitely be posting them soon. The moral of this post is that, if you’re into beading, you should definitely check out the Toronto convention. It’s an amazing place and the prices comparitively are GREAT! You can also get some really unique quality items.