Thalassa: An Ode To The Spirit Of The Sea

In this hot concrete jungle of a metrop, what gives us some respite is the cool sea, the serene sands and the unbridled waves... These wild wild waves inspire artist Sanjukta Arun who captures their essence in her timeless canvases forever.
A management topper who turned homemaker and chose motherhood over management, Sanjukta never let her choice tame her wild side. Instead, she chose to be the inspiration, spelling artistic freedom for women, bound and shackled by their own thought chains. 
The waves in Sanjukta's canvas lash against the rocks, not caring about anything that comes in their way, a life lesson for each of us who wants to break free and soar.
In a way, her works are also of the love play between two lovers whose meeting lasts few moments of time, but their passion keeps bringing them back together. That is a shade of the eternal, diehard romantic in Sanjukta we see transferring her emotions on the canvas.
Says Sanjukta, "I want to portray the sea that most of us d…

Maharashtra Dinman's 1st anniversary celebrations with Smt. Pankaja Munde, Shri Sanjeev Jaiswal, Shri Sandeep Lele, Raaman Khurana, Shailendra Shirke, Archana Malvi & many others

Maharashtra Dinman celebrated its first anniversary with the Maharashtra Dinman Awards at the Ram Ganesh Gadkari Rangayatan, Thane. Smt. Pankaja Munde – Minister of Rural Development and Women & Children Welfare; Shri Sanjeev Jaiswal – Municipal Commissioner; Shri Sandeep Lele – BJP Thane President; Shri Vivek Bhimanwar, CEO - Thane ZP; Shri Sanjay Kelkar – MLA, Thane; Shri Rajan Vichare – MP; Shri Pratap Sarnaik – MLA and Ameet Palve, Raaman Khurana - Co Chairman, Indian Merchant Chamber, Navi Mumbai; Shailendra Shirke - Editor, Maharashtra Dinman; Archana Malvi - Director - Maharashtra Dinman and Geetanjalee Lele - Psychotherapist among others presided over the event, where eminent citizens were awarded for their contribution to society. Archana Malvi, Publisher and Shailendra Shirke, Editor – Maharashtra Dinman said “when we started the publication a year ago, we had to create a reach in a cluttered media market. We took the citizens into confidence, and focused on giving a ear…

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Amaan Ali Bangash & Ayaan Ali Bangash perform at the Kommissarzhevskaya Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia

Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan performed along with sons, the Sarod Masters, Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash, to a full house at the Kommissarzhevskaya Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. 

Enthused Amaan-Ayaan, "Russia always holds a special place in our hearts. As musicians, what keeps us going is the audiences. And in Russia, it is not just the Indian expats but the local Russians who share the love for Sarod. It is very touching when you realize that the land that embraced Raj Kapoor, the land of great composers like Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, has embraced us as much. We feel blessed." 

A multi-faceted woman of substance, Devangi Dalal, an audiologist by profession, has been instrumental in empowering the less-abled children and adults... her belief to not classify these children as different; her vision to reach the Government and seek its help to eradicate the illegal practices in her trade and to conduct tests for new born babies in the country to help identify hearing impairment problems at early stages. Devangi believes in imparting positivity to hearing-impaired people, that’ll help them in every walk of life. Excerpts from an interview....
1.     What inspired you to start JOSH foundation along with Dr. Jayant Gandhi? How does your organization empower the hearing-handicapped children?
In the year 2003, my colleague, a trustee of JOSH Foundation and a renowned ENT surgeon Dr. Jayant Gandhi, happened to visit one of the residential special schools for the deaf in Gujarat. It is being managed by a trust with the help of Government grants. To our surprise, 350 child…


Over 4000 runners from all across Mumbai and beyond participated in the Juhu Half Marathon, running through the scenic Juhu and Juhu Beach areas with Hrithik Roshan & Harbhajan Singh as brand ambassadors. The marathon was flagged off by Kunal Kapoor, Vatsal Seth, Darasingh Khuraa, Sujay Jairaj of Jamnabai Narsee School, and District Governor of the Rotary District 3141, Mr.Prafull Sharma among other dignitaries. Bharat Kapadia of Get Fit Thru Sports Foundation and Ujwal Andhari - President, Rotary Club of Bombay Aiport also graced the occasion.
The marathon was divided into three race events of 21km, 10km & an untimed race of 4km - all starting from the Joggers Park, opposite Jamnabai Narsee School. The route was through the tree-covered JVPD bylanes crossing the iLoveMumbai sign, JW Marriott, Juhu Promenade to the newly renovated Lions Garden towards Bandra National College & back for the 21km & a variant of the same for 10km & 4km — all the three getting to run up…

Rouble Nagi joins hands with Sachin & Sangeeta Ahir for Worli Koliwada Coastline cleanliness drive

A cleanliness drive was undertaken at the Worli Koliwada Coastline. The Coastline, located right opposite the Indian Coast Guard in Worli Village, had widespread garbage dumping issues and needed immediate attention. Artist and social activist Rouble Nagi, as part of her Misaal Mumbai initiative, teamed up with Sachin Ahir and Sangeeta Ahir of Maitree Charitable Trust, to bring about the said change and beautification to the lives of the Koli fishermen who dwell in that area.

The Misaal Mumbai artist Rouble Nagi has also been instrumental in Dharavi, Bandstand, Cuffe Parade and Colaba slums painting and revamping projects, wherein, besides just the paint, the slums are also refurbished, roofs redone with waterproofing to ensure the they do not leak in the rains. Also, recently her foundation, Rouble Nagi Art Foundation (RNAF) took it up on themselves to beautify Mumbai’s pride, the Dhobi Ghat in Cuffe Parade.

“At Misaal Mumbai, we want to ensure a clean and hygienic coastline for the fi…
JOSH Foundation in Mozambique

Audiologist and Speech Therapist, Devangi Dalal, got felicitated by the Indian Ambassador to Mozambique in Maputo in the presence of the American and Mauritius Ambassadors to Mozambique. Rizwan Adatia visited India and met us at the Josh Foundation and he had in his mind to conduct and organize a hearing camp in Maputo, Mozambique. Last year they organized a camp with USA’s Entheos. It was their first project and they found it difficult to screen and fit hearing aids at same time. The camp was conducted in two phases with 4 audiologists. 700 people were screened for hearing loss and out of them, 430 patients were fitted with technologically effective hearing aids. Entheos from USA, Rizwan Adatia Foundation from Maputo (Africa) and JOSH Foundation from India work together for humanity to create Hear the Future. And then we went to fit the hearing aid to them and see how to make long term plan to help people to hear well. Out of 400 hearing aids fitted, more tha…