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Why a Bindi Is NOT an Example of Cultural Appropriation

Anjali Joshi | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
Anjali Joshi

Why shouldn't the bindi warrant the same kind of response as the other cultural symbols I've listed, you ask? Because most South Asians won't be able to tell you the religious significance of a bindi.

The Bollywood Oscars Are Coming to Tampa Bay

Opal Vadhan | Posted 04.07.2014 | Arts
Opal Vadhan

Already, 20,000 tickets have been sold to the event, and the organizers believe it will be sold out.

Clean Drinking Water Can Save Lives -- Through 'Water Education'

Dr. Idit Harel Caperton | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Dr. Idit Harel Caperton

Can education save the one out of every five children in India who die before the age of 5 from infections caused by dirty water? I believe it can, and I believe India's 500 million children are the ones who can and must lead the transformation in hygiene practices that can save these lives and help address the nation's water crisis.

Pratham: Chelsea Clinton on Board USS Intrepid for Education in India

Jim Luce | Posted 03.12.2014 | New York
Jim Luce

In looking back at 2013's most successful Manhattan events, the one gala that stands out for me took place on the U.S.S. Intrepid along the West Side ...

Get Over Yourself At This Bollywood Dance Class

Anna Almendrala | Posted 02.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Anna Almendrala

Doonya will help you be the life of the party at the next South Asian wedding/graduation/birthday party you attend.

Philanthropists of the Year: PRIYANKA CHOPRA

Abhishek Seth | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment
Abhishek Seth

One of most gorgeous women on the planet, Priyanka Chopra, for the longest time, aspired to become either a criminal psychologist, or a software engineer. The other day, I sat down with her, and talked to her about Lady Gaga, UNICEF, Solar Power, and Rape.

Miss America and the Indian Beauty Myth

Asha Rangappa | Posted 11.17.2013 | Women
Asha Rangappa

The pushback is heartening and well-intentioned, but misses what ought to be the real shame target: India. After all, despite being a country of almost a billion people, India has left it to America to crown the first Indian beauty queen who looks... well, Indian.

Miss America Meets Bollywood: Democracy and the Promise of Popular Culture

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
Vamsee Juluri

Amidst the celebrations (and the wholly unnecessary controversies) about the crowning of Nina Davuluri as Miss America, we should not forget that events like beauty contests and talent shows often function as an informal mirror to the voices of the people in a democratic culture.

Bollywood in the Classroom: An Idea for India's Future

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 11.11.2013 | College
Vamsee Juluri

Each year, beginning with Teacher's Day in September and ending with the festival of Dussehra, India restores its reverence for the spirit of learning.

Hindus Celebrate Lord Ganesh's Birthday For Ganesh Chaturthi 2013

Posted 09.09.2013 | Religion

Ganesh Chaturthi, also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi, is the Hindu festival of Lord Ganesh. It is a 10-day festival marking the birthday of Ganesh, who ...

SAMAA Dedicated to Keeping Indian Classical Music Alive

Jim Luce | Posted 09.28.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

Preserving the classics is a noble endeavor. Jazz, for example, is an original American music art form that once dominated the airwaves, dance halls,...

PlayMusician Committed to Promoting Diverse Musical Talent

Jim Luce | Posted 09.18.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

Variety is wonderful, and that is exactly what you get at PlayMusician Jam Nights (PM-jamnites). For audiences open to experiencing an array of music...

PHOTOS: A Luxury Apartment In The 'Beverly Hills' Of Bollywood

The Huffington Post | Shana Ecker | Posted 07.15.2013 | HuffPost Home

We've seen amazing homes from around the world, but this Juhu Beach apartment on the coast of Mumbai, India is a force to be reckoned with. And we can...

Legendary Indian Actor Pran Dies At 93

AP | ASHOK SHARMA | Posted 09.11.2013 | Celebrity

NEW DELHI -- India's legendary actor Pran, who played some of Bollywood's most memorable villains in a career that spanned six decades, died of pneumo...

Bollywood Star Undergoes Surgery

AP | Posted 09.07.2013 | Celebrity

NEW DELHI — Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan has undergone surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain. The actor wrote on his Facebook page befo...

Hindustani Dabkeh

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 08.24.2013 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

With Shakti, I watched videos of her dance and I felt increasingly connected to this girl. She was a little less than a month older than me, we were both born in 1985 in vastly different parts of the world and here she had traveled thousands of miles to create something with me.

Bollywood's Biggest Star Expecting Baby!

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.16.2013 | Celebrity

Shahrukh Khan and Gauri Khan are expecting a baby! The Bollywood power couple will be welcoming a baby boy via a surrogate, according to reports from ...

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 08.04.2013 | Style
Tarun Sakhrani

For one night and one night only... I felt like a star, like a celebrity, like I belonged in those upper echelons of Bombay's society... So, this is w...

New Indian Wines Add to New York's Diverse Cuisine Scene

Jim Luce | Posted 07.30.2013 | Taste
Jim Luce

One of the things I love most about New York City -- why I moved here 30 years ago -- is its dynamic multicultural scene. European immigrants long ago...

Bollywood Actress Dies in Reported Suicide

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.16.2013 | Celebrity

Bollywood actress Jiah Khan was found dead in her Juhu apartment on Monday night in an apparent suicide, according to the Times of India. TV reports i...

NY Indian American Film Festival Triumphant in 13th Year

Jim Luce | Posted 07.25.2013 | Entertainment
Jim Luce

The New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) announced the winners of its competition categories at a ceremony at NYU's Skirball Center last week, in the...

Bollywood Actors Stand Up Against Violence

Nancy Schwartzman | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
Nancy Schwartzman

As we celebrate the support and endorsement from Bollywood actors to stop domestic violence and promote women's rights, we can't help but wonder where that same support is in the U.S. and the Western World.

India's Film Industry Tries To Distance Itself From Bollywood

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 05.20.2013 | Entertainment

CANNES, France -- Indian cinema is being feted in Cannes on its 100th birthday. But amid the celebrations, the B-word – "Bollywood" – rema...

Together, Wherever We Go

George Heymont | Posted 07.11.2013 | Arts
George Heymont

Togetherness sounds cute but can often be quite challenging. Four short films screened at the 2013 San Francisco CAAMFest show four very different approaches to companionship.

First Nighter: Workplace Woes Scrutinized in Three Plays, One Musical

David Finkle | Posted 07.10.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Perhaps it's this reviewer's imagination, but it seems that more than the usual number of plays set in the workplace are cropping up. Take Mike Bartl...