Ramayana, our collective consciousness

Ramayana, our collective consciousness

Ramayana, a dance and music production presented by renowned Kalakshetra Foundation was hosted by the President of India and First Lady on their state visit to their honoured hosts King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. This dance music performance...
Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar (92) Passed Away

Nightingale Lata Mangeshkar (92) Passed Away

Legendary Indian singer Lata Mangeshkar has passed away at the age of 92, plunging the entire music community and fans into mourning. Whereas just the day before Art devotees, musicians and scholars celebrated Vasant Panchami, a festival dedicated to the Goddess of knowledge and music Sarasvati. Many would agree that she was the gracious epitome of the Goddess on earth. Lata Mangeshkar’s phenomenally gifted voice nurtured many generations and enchanted millions of hearts across the globe.

reCharkha: upcycling plastic into unique handwoven products (Advertorial)

reCharkha: upcycling plastic into unique handwoven products (Advertorial)

reCharkha – The EcoSocial Tribe is an inspiring organization born out of an urge to change the face of priceless natural surroundings. reCharkha gives waste plastic a second life and believes in a bottom-up approach. In the past few years they have given Indian tribal women the opportunity to earn their own money.

Standing On The Shoulders Of My Maternal Lineage

Standing On The Shoulders Of My Maternal Lineage

This month I experienced Rome like Audrey Hepburn did in the film Vacanze Romane. I must admit I roamed around the ancient city by foot in stead of a stylish Vespa. Nevertheless, it was a memorable journey.

Falling in and out of love with the Eurovision Song Contest

Falling in and out of love with the Eurovision Song Contest

In November 2019 I was invited to a Bollywood program at the Concert Gebouw. To mentally prepare myself for an evening of music & mingling I decided to drink tea at the Amstel Hotel. It’s no secret that lovely places make me zen! While sipping my perfect hot cup of Earl Grey tea I read an email that can be compared with winning a million euro lottery.

A Confession… Of A Frustrated Face

A Confession… Of A Frustrated Face

Primer, foundation, fixer, powder and shimmer are a few secret ingredients that makeup artists use to cake my face. An average session of caking easily takes up to an hour. Turning my face into a fifty shades of orange barbie doll or a Sonam Kapoor lookalike for Instagram.

Nāda Yoga: experience a sense of well being

Nāda Yoga: experience a sense of well being

The importance of practicing Yoga on a regular basis is accepted world wide as beneficial. Adi Shankaracharya calls it “an essential ingredient to attain freedom”. Yoga is therefore so much more than just stretching and bending the body in various postures.

Mantra’s For The Little Ones

Mantra’s For The Little Ones

It’s been a year ago that DesiYUP co-organized ‘Yoga Nidra’ for babies and toddlers. From initial idea to executing this concept into a live event with little ones as our target audience was quite an overwhelming experience.

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...