Arts Gave Me Freedom To Survive Alone

Arts Gave Me Freedom To Survive Alone

Shivali Bhammer is a recording artist of The Bhajan Project and Urban Temple, she is a public speaker and Kathak dancer. This year, in the first week of February she performed in the theatre production ‘Many Faces of Love’ , produced by DesiYUP, at De Doelen...
Go With The Flow

Go With The Flow

Prewien Pandohi-Mishre is a vocalist, specialized in Indian classical and spiritual, Bhakti music. He is the founder of Rasique music school and teaches at SKVR in Rotterdam. Prewien is not only a great teacher and singer, but he also composes music for cultural organizations. Currently he is working on a devotional piece.

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats

Jenny Bhatt is a writer, literary translator, book critic, and the host of the Desi Books podcast. In 2020, she had a critically acclaimed debut short story collection out titled Each of Us Killers. Jenny also had a well-received debut literary translation (from Gujarati to English), released titled Ratno Dholi: The Best Stories of Dhumketu.

Being Loyal To My Daily Routines To Reach My Goals

Being Loyal To My Daily Routines To Reach My Goals

Neelam Matadin was only 8 years old when her uncle discovered her talent for singing. When she was 12 she performed together with Baitak Gana legend Kries Ramkhelawan. And since five years she is part of a Surinamese music band named Freestyle, where she sings popular Bollywood cover songs. Neelam’s music is loved by millions and with her voice she stole hearts in several countries Guyana, Curacao, Indonesia, Netherlands and India.

I Am Daring To Share My Vulnerability

I Am Daring To Share My Vulnerability

Nandita Shankardass is a UK based performing dance artist, choreographer and teacher. She is currently creating her own work from home. The foundation of her art finds it’s roots in awareness, current affairs and issues, which we as a human race have ignored for far too long. Humankind has inspired Nandita this year to stand up and speak out through her dance.

Let Your Creative Mind Find The Right Path To Walk On

Let Your Creative Mind Find The Right Path To Walk On

Who doesn’t know DJ Insane aka Marcel in The Netherlands? He is not only the most respected Desi DJ, but also a producer and label manager and that for 20 years! Over the years he worked with international stars such as Apache Indian, Daler Mehndi, Jay Sean, Rishi Rich, Himesh Reshammiya, Kumar Sanu and Bally Sagoo. Recently he released a mixtape and is working on a Bhangra remix for a British record label. His hectic life and playing gigs in clubs and festivals ended once the government announced a lockdown.

A Blessing in Disguise Rolled Into One Big Emotional Ball

A Blessing in Disguise Rolled Into One Big Emotional Ball

The 515 Crew is the best Bollywood band in Europe. Since 2010 they have toured with well-known British Asian Artists such as Navin Kundra, Taz Stereo Nation and they are the live band for Indian Idol UK. They gave three unforgettable concerts for DesiYUP. UK based musical director, pianist and producer Hinal Pattani remembers the events of this decade and is very proud of the band’s achievements. Although this year has been strange and sad, it was also beautiful and a blessing in disguise all rolled into one big emotional ball for him.

Cooking was my greatest teacher to develop my thoughts

Cooking was my greatest teacher to develop my thoughts

Mumbai based tabla player Amit Mishra is known all over the world for his music in the Indian classical and World Fusion genre. His passion for the Indian drum instrument started as a young child in his home town, one of the oldest living cities in the world,...
4 Christmas tips – Newspaper ‘Trouw’

4 Christmas tips – Newspaper ‘Trouw’

How to celebrate Christmas during the Covid-19 pandemic asked newspaper Trouw journalist Lodewijk Dros? He interviewed 3 representatives of the Jewish, Muslim and Hindu community how they celebrated their religious festivals during the lockdown. DesiYUP Founder...
Bhaja Govindam

Bhaja Govindam

It’s not a surprise that music plays a vital role in Hindu philosophy. In fact, sound is interwoven in almost every ritual. The idea of the sacred sound is, for example, incorporated into mantra chanting, and singing kīrtana, and devotional songs. The greatest...
Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia pays homage to Pandit Jasraj

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia pays homage to Pandit Jasraj

Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Mewati Gharana vocalist Hemang Mehta and tabla player Nitin Mitta pay a homage to Sangeet Martand Pandit Jasraj (28 January 1930 – 17 August 2020). The legendary Indian classical vocalist (90) had a music career of 75...
Navratri-campaign: Honour the woman next to you

Navratri-campaign: Honour the woman next to you

I bow down again and again to the Goddess who is manifest in all creatures as strength and power This year, nine women will reflect on Navratri in a different way. We will do this by drawing attention to the Forgotten People, the Yezidis. We will worship Goddess Durga...
First Lady of The Republic of Suriname Mellisa Santokhi-Seenacherry

First Lady of The Republic of Suriname Mellisa Santokhi-Seenacherry

DesiYUP did an exclusive interview with the First Lady of Republic Suriname, Mellisa Santokhi-Seenacherry. The film (12 mins) is made during her recent visit to The Netherlands. And introduces the viewer to the First Lady, how she will support her husband, the newly-elected President Chandrikapersad Santokhi, during his presidential term of 5 years. The First Lady requests the Surinamese Diaspora community to join hands and help rebuild their country.

DesiYUP featured on Open Rotterdam Festival TV via Livestream

DesiYUP featured on Open Rotterdam Festival TV via Livestream

DesiYUP is featured on the Open Rotterdam online platform called Festival TV. Because many concerts have been canceled. due to the Corona Virus outbreak, many people have gone digital to experience culture and art. This is DesiYUP’s contribution to the online...
Project Sharing Meaningful Music

Project Sharing Meaningful Music

Sharing Meaningful Music expresses the search for inner peace and attaining happiness. Music fuels us with new energy to keep us going and conquer the daily challenges that the metropole lifestyle gifts us. In this artwork the bridges integrate two concepts.