?Growing Up Smith? Expands Theatrical Release to Additional Cities in Second Week

(New York, NY ? February 3, 2017)? Due to an overwhelming response to advance ticket sales during opening weekend (February 3rd), the heartfelt family comedy Growing Up Smith, directed by Frank Lotito, and starring Jason Lee (My Name is Earl) and Anjul Nigam (Bad Words and True Detective), has been slated to release in several additional markets on February 10th, including?Philadelphia, Hartford, Boston and Detroit.

Here’s what critics are saying about the coming-of-age Little Miss Sunshine meets My Girl family-friendly?film:

“The film has accidental topicality now with the debate over immigration?swirling, but you don?t need to burden it with politics to be touched by its tale of a child who is pulled by two very different cultural worlds.”
– New York Times Review

Fort Worth Star Telegram calls the film “charmingly amusing and surprisingly timely…like an extended episode of ‘The Wonder Years.'”

Growing Up Smith?is a solid watch for kids of a certain age, or really anyone who has ever been a little bit different from those around them.” – Josh Hurtado, ScreenAnarchy

Distributed by Good Deed Entertainment and inspired by a true story set in the year 1979, Growing Up Smith is about a family from India that moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy, Smith, falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a “good old boy” propels him further away from his family’s ideas than ever before.

?In light of the recent immigration concerns in our country, this film highlights a positive immigrant experience in the late 70s and reminds us that love does not see race or creed,” said Scott Donley, CEO & Founder of Good Deed Entertainment.
Actor/Writer/Producer Nigam says that “the movie is a tribute to childhood heroes, first love and growing up in Small Town, America. We’re proud to say that it’s a film with no explosions, no profanity and no violence,” which is the unspoken mantra at Nigam’s production company, Brittany House Pictures.

Starring: Jason Lee (“My Name Is Earl”), Anjul Nigam (“Bad Words”), Brighton Sharbino (“The Walking Dead”), Hilarie Burton (“One Tree Hill”), Jake Busey (“From Dusk Till Dawn”),? Tim Guinee (“Iron Man 1 and 2”), Alison Wright (“The Americans”), Poorna Jagannathan (“Delhi Belly”), Samrat Chakrabarti (“Waiting City”) and introducing Roni Akurati as “Smith”

Director: Frank Lotito

Producers: Anjul Nigam, Frank Lotito, Steve Straka

Writers: Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn, Gregory Scott Houghton

Story: In 1979, a family from India moves to America with hopes of living the American Dream. While their 10-year-old boy Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a ?good old boy? propels him further away from his family?s ideals than ever before. A tribute to childhood heroes, first love and growing up in Small Town, America… in simpler times.

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Global Citizen Priyanka Chopra speaks out against Trump's Immigration action

American and Indian media is all abuzz with accounts of Hollywood-Bollywood star and self proclaimed “Global Citizen,”?Priyanka Chopra?speaking out against President Donald Trump?s temporary immigration ban.

Priyanka Chopra (photo credit: iampriyankachopra.com)

Ms?Chopra, who is gearing up for her Hollywood debut with ?Baywatch?,?made an emotional appeal for the suffering children.??As a global citizen, this has deeply affected me,? the Quantico star wrote.

In her widely circulated LinkedIn blog post, “We live in tough times… but I have hope“?Ms?Chopra says “As a global citizen, this has deeply affected me,” adding

Getting ready to post this blog, I was grounded by the news. All of the ‘banned’ countries are places where a lot of UNICEF work is going on, where children are suffering the most. What can I add that people across professions and age groups have not already said? But adding your voice will definitely make a difference.

And make a difference we must.?Please join me in making our voice stronger so that globally, our children are not discriminated against on the basis of their religion and do not have to bear the brunt of a political witch hunt.

Yes Priyanka, we join you in making our voice stronger !

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Event announcement: Inner Engineering with Sadhguru in North America

Inner Engineering with Sadhguru in North?America


Dear All,

We hope?that you have enjoyed the wisdom and clarity from Sadhguru through the
various videos, blogs, and articles that you may have perused. Perhaps you?have picked up tips on how to live happier, with less stress, and more?joyfully, or you have recalled Sadhguru?s jokes or anecdotes and it brought a?smile or sparked a moment of clarity.

All of this?is just a glimpse of what is possible with Sadhguru. If you wish to know the
full depth and dimension of what Sadhguru has to offer, one should do the
Inner Engineering program with him.

This Spring Sadhguru will be offering the Inner Engineering Completion?program in Tampa and Vancouver for the first time.

Inner ?Engineering is a distilled essence of yogic science which is thorough?overhaul of body, mind, emotions and energy. The Shambhavi Mahamudra Kriya, a?simple 21 minute practice that you will learn from Sadhguru during this event?is a powerful and purifying energy process. This practice incorporates the?breath, giving access to your deepest life energies and making it vibrantly?alive.

This is a?rare opportunity for one to receive this life nurturing science from an
authentic source. Please don?t miss this opportunity as this program happens?only once or twice a year in North America.

Watch video:?Sadhguru on Shambhavi

To learnmore about the program visit?http://innerengineering.com/SadhguruLive/

Tampa April 29 – 30
Tampa Convention Center

Special Early Bird Offer For Single Registration: $350 valid until April?1st

Special Early Bird Offer for 2 or more Registrations: $250 each valid until?March 18th

For any other inquiries please email Tampa@IshaUSA.org.

Vancouver May 27 – 28
Vancouver Convention Center

Special Early Bird Offer For Single Registration: CAD 465
valid until April 29th

Special Early Bird Offer for 2 or more Registrations: CAD 330
each valid until April 15th

? For any other inquiries please email


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Looking?forward to seeing you for this life-transforming weekend.


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Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab at Philadelphia Museum of Art

On March 12, 2017 The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first major American exhibition of phulkari textiles, exquisite embroideries made in Punjab, a region that comprises north central India and eastern Pakistan. This vibrant tradition, shaped by women and passed down through generations, has become a powerful symbol of Punjabi cultural identity. “Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz” Collection celebrates the promised gift of their collection of these rare embroideries. Exhibited together with other examples from the Museum?s collection, these works span a period from the mid-nineteenth century until the Partition of India in 1947. The exhibition also includes contemporary fashion in which the creative use of phulkari embroideries suggests a powerful revival of this boldly designed and colorful textile art today.

Phulkari: Embroidered Textiles of Punjab

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, said:

?This exhibition, which examines the artistic, cultural, and political significance of phulkari, is long overdue and will certainly delight visitors who may be unfamiliar with this remarkable art form. Once again, our collection has been greatly enriched through Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz?s generosity. This promised gift has also enhanced the reputation of the institution as a premier destination for the study and appreciation of South Asia?s world-renowned textile traditions.?

The major focus of the exhibition will be on pre-Partition textiles handwoven in cotton and embroidered in lustrous Chinese silk. Some phulkaris feature animals and village scenes, while others are ornamented with elaborate geometric patterns in rich pink and gold conveying good fortune and social status. To demonstrate the continuing influence of these traditional textiles, contemporary couture created by one of India?s leading fashion designers, Manish Malhotra, will also be on display. Runway fashions from his 2013 collection celebrate the bright colors and intricate patterns found on traditional phulkaris, demonstrating their broad appeal on the international stage. In addition to high fashion, the show will include videos that examine the political and social upheaval created by the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 and how it disrupted this textile tradition as well as the later revival of phulkari as a symbol of Punjabi pride.

Phulkari embroideries historically served as a significant symbol of a Punjabi woman?s material wealth and were deemed an important part of her wardrobe. They were typically worn as shawls draped over the head on special occasions such as marriages, births, and other rituals.

Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi, co-curator of the exhibition, said: ?These works serve as a way to map a family?s or a community?s history. They are canvases upon which a woman could express her desires and worldview through needle and thread. By looking closely, we can study just how deeply these makers valued their cloths and how they invested them with meaning.?

Dr. Darielle Mason, the Museum?s Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art, notes: ?Phulkari embroideries hold immense historic significance and emotional power for those of Punjabi heritage and members of the Sikh religious community who now live around the world. On a purely aesthetic level, with their almost neon colored silk threads set against deep earth toned rough cotton, phulkaris are among of the most visually stunning textile types ever created.?

Support: ?This exhibition is made possible by Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz, The Coby Foundation, Ltd., and The Stella Kramrisch Indian and Himalayan Art Fund.


Dr. Darielle Mason, The Stella Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Dilys E. Blum, The Jack M. and Annette Y. Friedland Senior Curator of Costume and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi, Assistant Professor, ?The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

Location: ?Joan Spain Gallery, Perelman Building


The book, Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, edited by Dr. Darielle Mason with essays by Dr. Cristin McKnight Sethi and Dr. Mason, accompanies the exhibition. It features color illustrations and vivid descriptions of the nineteen phulkari in the Bonovitz gift to the Museum. The essays examine the meanings of phulkaris, as well as their styles and techniques. They also discuss ideas of beauty, identity, and the politics of embroidery in South Asia. The catalogue is co-published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in association with Yale University Press. It is available in the Museum store.

About phulkari

Phulkari, which translates to ?floral work? or ?flower craft,? refers to embroideries using imported silk on a rough-weave naturally-dyed cotton ground. The names given to the many types of phulkari reference their visual qualities: thirma (meaning white) are embroidered on white cloth usually worn by older women; sainchi are any type featuring figural motifs including village and circus scenes as well as what are called darshan dwars (?doorway to the divine?) that depict large gateways or house fronts filled with figures. Most elaborate and labor intensive are bahgs (?gardens?). Taking several months or even years to complete, baghs are characterized by dense embroidery that covers the entire surface of the cloth in exquisite, usually geometric forms.

Before Partition, in which the Punjab was split between India and Pakistan, phulkari embroidery was deeply rooted in Punjabi life. Usually worn by women as large shawls, some were also made as blankets or as wrappers to cover sacred items in the household. They were stitched by women of many religious groups?Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs (who consider the Punjab their holy land). The events of Partition led to the death and displacement of millions of people across what is today Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the northern half of India. This schism left in its wake fractured communities and enormous loss of heritage. Some phulkari were abandoned during the mutual flight across the new borders; many others were destroyed, leaving us only a small fraction of these once abundant historic textiles. Today, however, phulkaris are made and displayed around the world as a symbol of both Punjabi regional pride and Sikh religious pride.

About Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz

This exhibition is one of several in recent years that have featured gifts by Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz. In 2013, Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection, exhibited more than 200 works created by American self-taught artists between 1930 and 2010. In 2009, the Bonovitzes gifted their collection of embroidered textiles created by women in Bengal (today Bangladesh and West Bengal, India) which were included in the survey Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The publication garnered the prestigious Alfred H. Barr Award for outstanding museum scholarship.

Many phulkari and kantha works have hung in the Duane-Morris?s Philadelphia offices, in dialogue with other works from the Bonovitzes’ collection of self-taught artists. A selection of phulkari from the Bonovitz Collection is on permanent exhibition at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, in its Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Concourse of Lenfest Hall.

Sheldon Bonovitz is Chairman Emeritus and CEO of Duane Morris LLP and a long-serving Trustee of the Museum. Jill Bonovitz is a distinguished artist who works with clay and wire.

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Bappi Lahiri takes Indian Music "International"

Oscar and Golden Globes awards for music composer Bappi Lahiri

Music maestro Bappi Lahiri continues his National & International nomination spree by getting nominated for two films at Oscars 2017 & Golden Globes Awards for -“Best Animated film- Moana” & “Best Film- Lion”

The first time in the history of Indian Music Fraternity that a music composer & singer “Bappi Lahiri” is associated with “Two Oscar nominations & Tow Golden Globes Awards for the films “Moana & Lion”

?He says that music affects the way we live. Our thoughts, our joys and sorrows, the way we think and the way we dance; all of it moving to the unending melodies and patterns of the soundtrack of our lives.

With some of the finest pieces of music work to his kitty, ?music icon Bappi Lahiri feels overwhelmed with the musical association in the film Moana & Lion which has been nominated at Oscars & Golden Globes Awards where he has lend his melodious voice for songs in each films This year has bought the best gift for me. I feel 2017? is a big blessing of my long journey? in? musical life. I thank God, my parents, my family and all my fans all over the world “

Music Composer, Music Director, Singer, Actor & Record Producer thanks his friends and family members after his historical nomination “I feel proud to glorify our country on International platform. Not just me, the entire team of Moana, Lion are over the moon. For me it’s not about the win, it’s about recognition & appreciation. I hope the best person wins

“India is making its way to Hollywood not just in the field of entertainment & performing arts but everywhere. There is a feeling of acceptance and acknowledgment which feels nice” adds Bappi Lahiri.

Viewpoint on : A Muslim family moving to America?

Here is a question from an online forum answered by our Editor.

My wife doesn’t want to move to the USA because she’s afraid of racism. What should I do to convince her?

I want to build my startup in the Silicon Valley.

If you want to know what kind of racism she?s afraid of? we are Indian Muslims.

Googled image of ?Citizen Khan?

A Muslim family moving to America? Your wife is probably right in voicing her concerns. Here are a few facts to think about:

  • As an outsider to a new community, one might encounter some element of ?racism.? This does not necessarily have to do with religion, but could be due to parochial mindsets, pre-conceived notions of accent, language or other factors.
    • As others have also mentioned, the Bay Area and Silicon Valley is among the most liberal parts of the country. You and your family will not face much ?racism.?
  • The bay area is home to a vibrant Desi community, and also has several mosques and Islamic community. (list of mosques).
    • You and your wife will find a welcoming community and find new firends!
  • The new President has proven that he can walk-the-talk, when it comes to his ?promises? on immigration and border control.
    • We can only speculate on other Executive Actions that the president might or might not take

Bottomline: As an entrepreneur, you are willing to take risks. The risk of moving to a new place is par for the course. Go in with your eyes wide open, and explore the opportunities.

5 Healthy Berry Pancake Recipes That Will help You Lose Weight and Make Your Skin Glow

Why choose berries instead of any other fruit? Well, the most obvious answer is because of their taste. Strawberries are no. 1 best-tasting fruit on the planet, followed by the rest of the berry cousins: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries? Also, the color. In pancakes, it ranges from pale pink to deep blue and purple, depending on how you use them. Pure beauty.

But the key reason for choosing berries is their healthiness.

Strawberry Pancakes

Strawberries are full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. They contain anti-aging flavonoid antioxidants (anthocyanin and catechin), which are responsible for lowering the risk for various diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Other health benefits of strawberries include better vision, neurological health, better skin health, and ability to prevent inflammation.

Besides being full of dietary fiber, strawberries are low in calories and low in sugar. however, you can always spoil their healthiness and combine them with some (or plenty of!) Nutella? Oh, yes! Add them to the batter (chopped) or simply on top of the pancake stack. The choice is yours.

Blueberry Pancakes


Blueberries are one of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet! They are also rich in vitamins C and K, as well as manganese. Their health benefits include fighting cancer, weight loss, and younger skin.

I have tried combining blueberries with many different ingredients, and I am struggling between the chocolate/blueberry and almond/blueberry combo. But why choose one when you can have them both in one blueberry-based recipe? Almond Blueberry Pancakes with Chocolate Ganache. If there is a recipe that is healthy and decadent at the same time, this must be it.

Blackberry Pancakes


In the botanical world, there is one golden rule: the darker the fruit, the more powerful its antioxidant properties. Blackberries are rich in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C, similar to spinach, raisins, and grapes. Besides making your skin glow and protect you from various types of cancer, blackberries are great for the stomach ? they help reduce intestinal inflammation, soothe hemorrhoid problems and alleviate diarrhea.

Berries and lemon go hand in hand, so add some lemon juice and zest to the batter and top with fresh blackberries or blackberry jam.

Raspberry Pancakes

These berries contain phytochemicals, responsible for their dark color and their numerous health benefits, which include preventing cancer, heart disease, and weight loss (did you notice that all berries include weight loss on their list of benefits?)

You can add them chopped to the batter, but I have a bit different offer ? add them in the form of preserves on top of peanut butter pancakes. P & J sandwich in a pancake recipe right there!

Mulberry Pancakes

I think that mulberries are quite underestimated berries, always in the shadow of their more widely used relatives. Mulberries are filled with nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, potassium, phosphorous, iron, and calcium, plus dietary fiber, phytonutrients, resveratrol, anthocyanins, lutein?

Add juiciness by suspending a handful of mulberries over the pancake batter while cooking and use some more on top of the stack, together with melted butter. They will contribute some tanginess and wake you up quickly and efficiently if you eat them for breakfast!