Saturday, April 20, 2019

Sterling Reserve Music Project fourth release, “YoYo” by R.S. Chauhan feat. IKKA and Rishi Rich releases worldwide



Sterling Reserve Music Project is proud to present it’s fourth global release, “YoYo,” a collaboration introducing rising star RS Chauhan mentored by IKKA and produced by Rishi Rich.

“YoYo” is a Hindi – Punjabi urban club banger set to up tempo beats by Asian music producer Rishi Rich and appeals to fitness enthusiasts and club goers alike. With the hard hip hop beats that “YoYo” provides and the powerhouse of a vocal delivered by RS CHAUHAN; “YoYo” brings to the forefront the mentor – protégé relationship with IKKA penning the lyrics and delivering a bounce rap, coupled with the in-studio composition by IKKA and RS Chauhan.

“YoYo” is a tribute to Yo Yo Honey Singh and his impact on the world of music.

“YoYo” is a dance track with a party vibe building on the “twerk” dance form and is sure to be the party anthem of the season. The music video has been direct by Robby Singh and Inflict and the production house is Fab Entertainment.

Mr. Devraj Sanyal, Managing Director and CEO of Universal Music & EMI Music, India & South Asia shares, “YoYo” the next song from the Sterling Reserve Music Project has been written in dedication to my dear old friend Yo Yo Honey Singh, who defined the dance, hip hop and R&B space. It’s amazing, when IKKA who’s been inspired by him and considers himself his little brother, then in turn co-writes & co-produces for his protégé RS Chauhan, making this full circle. I’m also very grateful to my long-standing in-house exec producer Rishi Rich for creating magic on this track, which has a lot of the Rishi vibe on it. This one is a sure shot club banger & already has people playing it on loop. The initial reaction is absolutely amazing.”

Sharing his thoughts, Bikram Basu, Chief Operating Officer, Allied Blenders & Distillers said, “We are excited to reveal our fourth big ticket single from the Sterling Reserve Music Project. In line with the brand ideology of ‘Chase the Next’, the song “YoYo,” by RS Chauhan Feat. IKKA and Rishi Rich is sure to impact audiences all over India. It is simply wonderful. Sterling Reserve Music Project is beginning to realise its dream of encouraging emerging talent and presenting them to audiences.”

Punjabi rapper, IKKA said, “I’m so excited to present R.S. Chauhan’s sound to the world on the Sterling Reserve Music Project. It’s heartening to see a platform like Sterling Reserve Music Project enable young artists, especially RS Chauhan and break their releases in such a meaningful way. I was really happy to work with Rishi Rich and get his support on the song “YoYo.”

Rishi Rich shares: “The Sterling Reserve Music Project with Allied Distillers and Blenders and Universal Music India is a great collaboration for artists with a distinct and original sound. RS Chauhan is a young kid on the block with a very fresh voice and when I was asked to produce this record, it was an immediate yes. I’m  all about collaborating with young talent and it’s been great being a part of the start of his musical journey as well as collaborating once again with my brother IKKA.”

The Sterling Reserve Music Project is an enabler platform for independent music and is language and genre agnostic. The platform aims to provide a home to artists with 360 degree marketing promotions and to chase the next emerging sound across the nation.
The platform already boasts of 3 successful releases - “Hear Me” by Anushqa, “Dil Mera” by Left Turn and “Broken” by Arunaja.

About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world leader in music-based entertainment, with a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising and audio-visual content in more than 60 countries. Featuring the most comprehensive catalog of recordings and songs across every musical genre, UMG identifies and develops artists and produces and distributes the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music in the world. Committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship, UMG fosters the development of services, platforms and business models in order to broaden artistic and commercial opportunities for our artists and create new experiences for fans. Universal Music Group is a Vivendi company.

About RS Chauhan:
RS Chauhan started training as a vocalist at the age of 16, and though from Canada originally; now resides in India. RS Chauhan is heavily influenced by hip hop music as well as Folk Punjabi music and both genres of music are clearly emphasized in the “YOYO” release. Alongside his mentor IKKA, RS Chauhan regularly performs live wowing the audiences with the versatility and power of his vocal ability. The journey is just beginning for the star that is RS Chauhan.

About IKKA:
Commonly referred to as the ‘most underrated mainstream Desi rapper’; IKKA was firstly associated with the artist name YOUNG AMLI within a hip-hop crew called “BLACK WALL STREET DESIS” alongside fellow rappers LIL GOLU and RAFTAAR. As well as having the talent and musical know-how to create commercial music, IKKA has wowed true hip-hop appreciators with his pen game. Labelling IKKA as a multi-talented artist is an understatement, this one-man army is also one of the few lyricists used by Bollywood and Pollywood heartthrob DILJIT as well as being a mentor to other rappers in his array. IKKA is, without a doubt, one of the most passionate artists in and out of the recording studio and his success thus far is a testament to his hard work and commitment to the music scene both commercially and underground.

About Rishi Rich:
Award winning and multi-talented producer, composer and talent scout, Rishi Rich has been one of the pioneer music producers of the Asian R&B fusion music genre that emerged in the mid-2000’s. Rishi Rich has not only worked with mainstream artists such as Britney Spears, Craig David and Misteeq, this maestro has also developed and mentored Jay Sean, Juggy D, H Dhami and many others.

Rishi Rich has now settled in Mumbai under the wings of Universal Music India and EMI Records. 3 years into his journey; Rishi has already created waves with his music for Mohit Suri's "Half Girlfriend", "Behen Hogi Teri”, “Mubarakan” “Poster Boys” and “Gully Boy”. While working with a range of musicians, singers and song writers; Rishi Rich has been working alongside Sunny Deol for "Pal Pal Dil Ke Paas” as well as still continuing to mentor and develop independent artists.

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Dipika Kakar Inaugurates Divine Solitaires' lounge in Bulandshahr


People in Bulandshahr attended the much-awaited launch of the Divine Solitaires lounge at Pandit Jewellers. Actress Dipika Kakar, popularly known for her role in Sasuraal Simar Ka and her participation in Big Boss Season 12, was present for the inauguration. She enjoyed the interaction and was overwhelmed by the response.

The brand offers a wide variety of contemporary and traditional designs. Customers can access the private lounge through prior appointment for an exclusive digital solitaire jewellery experience. Mr. Gaurav Gaur, Director, Pandit Jewellers, Mr. Vijay Gaur , Mr. Ajay Gaur, Mr. Navin Sadarangani  and Mr. Jignesh Mehta, Founder & Managing Director, Divine Solitaires were present at the event along with other important guests. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gaur said, “Our brand Pandit Jewellers has been there for over a 100 years, and years of experience and services have not only built a business but also a legacy of trust and integrity with our customers. Today we are proud to be associated with Divine Solitaires and this lounge marks the beginning of exciting times ahead for our consumers.”

Commenting on the same, Mr. Mehta said, “We are proud to partner with Pandit Jewellers. We are sure that our association will help people from Bulandshahr and nearby areas get access to exquisite diamond jewellery coupled with a world-class buying experience at the lounge.”

Dipika Kakar then cut a cake followed by the lighting of the lamp and answered a few questions from the enthusiastic audience and delegates of the media. “I have always found solitaires to be attractive and I remember I bought my first solitaire when I started working in the television industry. It was a happy and a thrilling moment for me as I gave myself something so special and beautifulWhen I first saw the collection from Divine Solitaires, I was simply amazed. The Hearts & Arrows pattern inside the solitaire look so perfect! I believe that the collection is lovely and my quest for finding the right solitaire jewellery ends here,” said a happy Dipika. This was followed by a photo session where the actress tried on some Divine Solitaires jewellery.

With a focus on retail expansion, Divine Solitaires has expanded with retail partners in 151 stores in 86 cities across the length and breadth of India. And most importantly they have started supplying to the United Kingdom, Australia & New ZealandMaking a breakthrough, Divine Solitaires launched India’s first diamond assessment mobile applicationin December last year. They have several path-breaking industry firsts to their credit like a Nationwide Standard Price List and a Solitaire Price Index to ensure optimum transparency for the end consumer. Apart from the guaranteed buyback, the brand also insures your solitaire against damage and loss with a one-year free insurance.

“After establishing the strong pillars of our foundation and with the growing support of customers, we are now expanding our footprint to towns like Bulandshahr so that discerning customers get a first class international buying experience along with a variety of designs to choose from at different price points. We aim to take the solid growth trajectory forward in a steady manner. Pandit Jewellers has a rich heritage of serving customers, and with Divine Solitaires, they can further benefit from our technology, quality and our core value, transparency,” said Mr. Mehta.

About Pandit Jewellers:

For over a century now, Pandit Jewellers, has been one of the most trusted names in the field of jewellery in the Bulandshahr district. Late Pt. Ram Chandra ji Sarraff opened a small store for selling silver & gold ornaments in 1904. Since then they have been serving generations of families as their trusted jewellers for buying fine gold as well as silver jewellery. Pandit Jewellers have marked their presence over the years  in Sarraf Bazzar and now they have opened a brand new store at D.M. Colony, Bulandshahr. They are “progressive family jewellers” as their staff is well-trained and they keep jewellery designs updated according to the latest market trends. They also customise jewellery for their customers who have a fine eye for jewellery designs and the latest trends.

About Divine Solitaires:

Divine Solitaires, a premium solitaire jewellery brand from India, was conceptualized by the visionary entrepreneur Mr. Jignesh Mehta, as he felt the need for an Indian brand to spearhead the organized diamond market. Founded in the year 2006, Divine Solitaires is India’s first and only solitaire brand which offers its consumers the world’s finest and brilliantly-crafted quality solitaire diamonds that have been obtained through ethical sourcing and given quality certification. The brand offers quality guarantee on all their diamonds on the basis of 123 parameters as against the international standard of 40 parameters. Globally, only Divine Solitaires prices its diamonds on the basis of a fair and transparent Nationwide Standard Price List.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Tiger Shroff Kickstarts Celebrations as Lifestyle Launches 20-20 Bash


Celebrating 20 illustrious years, brand announces month long celebrations with new offers every weekend of April.

Lifestyle, India’s favourite fashion destination, has announced a month long 20-20 bash to celebrate 20-year anniversary of its operations in the country. Unveiling its 20-year celebration logo in a glamorous ceremony with Youth Icon Tiger Shroff in Mumbai, the brand announced a slew of attractive offers across categories that the customers will get to enjoy every weekend of April.

Every weekend of April, Lifestyle is offering its customers exciting offers across popular categories such as Menswear, Womenwear, Kidswear, Make-up, Footwear, Handbags and more. Each of these offers will be applicable on popular brands across the store and will allow customers to shop from the latest collection at a great value.

“This is a remarkable milestone for us” Vasanth Kumar, Managing Director – Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd. said “Completing two decades of successful operations in the country, we feel humbled by the support we’ve received from our customers who have been a critical part of this incredible journey. We, therefore, are dedicating the whole month of April to our customers and inviting them to enjoy great offers every weekend on our new collection”.

“Lifestyle is a brand that has been a part of the fashion retail story for over two decades in the country. I love their fashion offering, especially denimwear brand Forca. I am happy to be here for this significant moment and wish them many more years of similar success.” added youth icon and Bollywood actor Tiger Shroff.

During the 20 years of its existence Lifestyle has significantly contributed in continuously improving the shopping experience of the customers in the country. Bringing together the latest trends from across the globe, leading national & international brands, curated fashion lines, friendly customer service and tech-enabled convenience, Lifestyle has served millions of customers across the country with delightful shopping experiences. In its endeavor to allow its customers the convenience to shop from anywhere anytime, the brand introduced omni-channel commerce in the year 2019 and currently has a country wide presence across 77 stores in 44 cities and delivers to over 26000 pin codes through its online store, www.lifestylestores.com .

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MADONNA TO RELEASE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED 14th STUDIO ALBUM MADAME X GLOBALLY ON JUNE 14th

FIRST TRACK MEDELLÍN WITH MALUMA OUT NOWListen here: https://UMGI.lnk.to/MadonnaMedellin

MTV PRESENTS MADONNA LIVE & EXCLUSIVE:
“MEDELLÍN” VIDEO WORLD PREMIERE ON APRIL 24
  

Madonna’s highly-anticipated 14th studio album Madame X will be released on June 14th globally from Live Nation, Interscope Records and Maverick. The first track from the album “Medellín,” with Colombian superstar Maluma, will be Zane Lowe’s World Record today on Apple Music’s Beats 1 and is available now.

Madonna will exclusively unveil the world premiere of her video and single “Medellín” with Maluma, during a globally televised MTV music event, “MTV Presents Madonna Live & Exclusive: ‘Medellín’ Video World Premiere,” on Wednesday, April 24 at 9:00 pm BST / 4:00pm ET/ 1:00pm PT/April 25th 01: 30 am India Time . Madonna will join British DJ Trevor Nelson and fans live from London for a conversation about the influences of her new album, and the creative forces behind her transcendent career.  “Medellín” collaborator and Colombian pop star Maluma will join live from Miami. Madonna will also take questions during the global event via satellite from MTV’s Sway Calloway and fans in New York City, with additional MTV-hosted events in Milan and São Paulo.

Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences.  Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, highlights on the album include “Medellín,” which was co-produced by Mirwais and captures the spirit of Maluma’s hometown, the anthemic song “I Rise,” the Jamaican dancehall vibes of “Future” featuring Quavo, and co-produced by Diplo, as well as the sonically innovative Mirwais produced “Dark Ballet.” Recorded over 18 months in Portugal, London, New York and Los Angeles, Madonna collaborated on Madame X with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.

“Lisbon is where my record was born,” Madonna says. “I found my tribe there and a magical world of incredible musicians that reinforced my belief that music across the world is truly all connected and is the soul of the universe.”

Madame X will come in a standard and deluxe version of the album.

The full track listing for Madame X standard and deluxe versions are:
1.    Medellín with Maluma  
2.    Dark Ballet
3.    God Control
4.    Future ft. Quavo  
5.    Batuka
6.    Killers Who Are Partying
7.    Crave ft. Swae Lee  
8.    Crazy
9.    Come Alive
10.  Extreme Occident **deluxe version only
11.  Faz Gostoso ft. Anitta
12.  Bitch I’m Loca ft.  Maluma
13.  I Don’t Search I Find  
14.  Looking for Mercy **deluxe version only
15.  I Rise  

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Statewide Programs on The Occasion of Classical Vocalist Dr Vasantrao Deshpande Birth Centenary


The birth centenary year of Dr Vasantrao Deshpande, renowned Hindustani classical vocalist and Marathi stage artist, who left indelible impression on theatre and films with his immemorial compositions including “Bandish”, “Thumri” and “Natya Sangeet” and ruled the hearts of music lovers, begins from 2nd May 2019.

The work of his Vasantrao’s disciple Pandit Chandrakant Limaye and his bondage towards his “Guru”, is well known. As such it would have been surprise if Limaye was not to take initiative to organise master class programs on the occasion of Dr Deshpande’s birth anniversary.

Pandit Limaye, had set up the Vasantrao Deshpande Sangeet Sabha (VDSS) in 2000, to continue the legacy and cultural heritage of his Guru, who had command over “surs”, purity in singing and had capacity to captivate listeners with his mercurial and dramatic style of singing.To revive the memories of Vasantrao and take forward his heritage, Pandit Limaye has organised different programs.

Pandit Limaye is the chief trustee of the VDSS, which has organised inaugural program on 5 May 2019, from 5 PM to 10 PM at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi. A special souvenir dedicated to Vasantrao will also be released in the program. Achyut Godbole, Pandit Shankar Abhyankar, Pandit Satyasheel Deshpande, Faiyyaz, former Police Commissioner Arvind Inamdar, former Lok Sabha Speaker and Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi and others will be present. The speakers will revive the memories of Vasantrao on the occasion. 

As part of the function, a special program titled “Vasant Bahar”, throwing light on Vasantrao’s singing, will be staged. Pandit Limaye will perform with his disciples, the immemorial compositions of Vasantrao, including “Bandish”, “Thumri”, “Natya Sangeet” and film music, in an audio visual program. The audience will also get the opportunity to enjoy the songs by Nupur Kashid-Gadgil (Gwalior gharana) and Padmbhushan Pandita Prabha Atre. This program has been kept free for the audience on the occasion of birth centenary.


The programs will be organised by VDSS also in Pune, Kolhapur, Sangli, Nashik, Solapur, Belgaon and Goa on the occasion of the birth centenary. Besides, workshops will also be organised.

Qatar Visa Center inaugurated in Mumbai



Qatar Visa Centers in 7 metros to be functional for the convenience of visa applicants from India

 Mandated by the Ministry of Interior, State of Qatar, Qatar Visa Center was inaugurated byHis Excellency Mr. Saif Bin Ali Almohanndi, Consul General, The Consulate General Of The State Of Qatar, in MumbaiHaving already launched in New Delhi and now in Mumbai, 5 other visa centers in Kochi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chennai and Kolkata will be operational shortly.

At the new Qatar Visa Center, work visa applicants for the State of Qatar will be able to sign on work contracts digitally, enroll their biometrics and undergo mandatory medical test all under one-roof, thus saving time and making it hassle free for the applicants. The move to get work visa applicants to complete the most essential and critical part of their visa processes in the country of origin (India in this case) is aimed at guaranteeing prospective employees their rights in a manner consistent with the best international standards.

The visa center is in sync with international standards guaranteeing greater transparency, traceability and improved anti-fraud measures and security screening mechanisms for the visa applicants. The center will operate between 08:30 am to 04:30 pm from Monday to Friday.

As part of the visa application process, the employer in Qatar will ensure all necessary procedures and make the visa payments on behalf of the applicant. The applicants will only need to book an appointment online and visit the Qatar Visa Center fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled time on a given day. Once at the center and after the identity of the visa applicant is verified and the list of required documents are checked a token gets issued. Once the token is being referred to, the respective visa applicant will be explained the contract terms and can thereby digitally sign the work contract. Biometric enrollment and the mandatory medical tests will be done at the center. Upon completion of the processes at the visa center, the visa applicant then can choose to track the status of his application online or through their employer in the State of Qatar.

H.E Mr. Saif Bin Ali Almohanndi, Consul General, The Consulate General Of The State Of Qatar, Mumbai expressed gratitude and said, “Our thanks and appreciation to the officials in the Ministry of External Affairs- Republic of India, and the Government Of the State Of Maharashtra for their continued support to achieve this goal by opening the Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) on Friday 29/03/2019 in Mumbai. This project is one of the advanced projects for the State of Qatar in the field of protection of labour rights, and would facilitate the recruitment procedures in countries where centers have been opened including the Republic of India, and would provide necessary services for obtaining visas, both for the purpose of visit and residence. For Indian expatriates who travel to Qatar for employment, can complete their medical tests and sign work contracts before their departure - and this stands confirm to the State of Qatar's keenness to ensure safety and protection for expatriates and residents.”

"As part of Qatar's willingness to facilitate the work process and protect the rights of expatriates, Qatar Visa Centers will be opened in a number of countries which include India,"said Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi, Director of Visa Support Services Dept at the Ministry of the Interior, Doha, Qatar. "Medical examinations, biometric data enrollment and the signing process of employment contracts will be done through the Qatar Visa Centers in the expatriate country of origin at the 7 Indian centers including the one in Mumbai. All of this, reflects the extent and depth of Qatar's endeavors to ensure the protection and safety of expatriates under a simplified and effective recruitment regime upheld and facilitated by the visa center," he added.

Suhail Shaikh - Business Head said, “We are honored to launch the Qatar Visa Center in India in Mumbai on behalf of Ministry of Interior, State of Qatar. We take great pride in being able to provide transparent, standardized and streamlined visa services for Indians seeking work visas through a simple process managed by our capable colleagues.”

Qatar Visa Center maintains robust multi-lingual information services for the benefit of visa applicants across multiple touch points. Information on appointment scheduling, requirements and steps at the visa center can be found in English, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil and Malayalam through a dedicated website (http://www.qatarvisacenter.com), call center helpline (+91 44 6133 1333) and walk-in at the reception.

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Rajneeti ki Pathshala conducted a workshop on awareness of Indian Politics

 Bollywood, Cricket and Politics are three favourite topics of every Indian, we want to have good leaders and parties but forget to practice what we preach.

Rajneeti ki Pathshala  is an initiative started by Mr. Ajay Pandey which is a team of people who believe that Politics should be taken seriously. He says that “It is important for all the citizens to know how the political and administrative system works. There are not many ways through which an interested candidate can obtain information about Indian politics and administration. Hence, we at RKP aim to educate the citizens about politics and bring about a revolution. We believe that educated citizens would make our society a better place to live in. We conduct workshops and sessions to educate people and explain to them the reason why politics is so important. We truly believe in this initiative and hope that it will be a successful endeavour.”
Continuing his mission of recognizing achievers from various fields, the Rajneeti Ki Paathsala team, not only felicitated various women achievers, but also held a seminar on the topic “Women in Politics”.


And when names like Advocate Abha Singh, Socialite Nisha Jamvwal and Dr. Naavnidhi.K.Wadhwa come together at the same platform. One can expect a flow of thoughts and ideas that can change enlighten anybody.
Amongst the awardees were names like “Ms. Seema Negi”, “Ms. Savita Pande” , “Ms. Aarti Notiyal” etc,
These ladies have defied all obstacles and have stood proudly against all odds and made a mark in their respective fields.
Rajneeti Ki Pathshala (School of Politics ) has been started to take the initiative for taking Indian politics at another level and empower it by putting moral and ethical values in it. The main objective of the school is to create awareness amongst the youth about the basic rights and duties given in the constitution of India. They want to make the Indian masses aware of the existing social and political state of affair. They help citizens understand and accept those noble elements of the politics, on the basis of which great leaders had created the nation and the constitution. They want to sow the seeds of knowledge and consciousness in public and fiercely support the principles of inexplicable honesty and integrity in all political activities. They are committed to recognise the system and to change the negative image of politics in the modern public opinion and make aware of the power of an honest democratic order.  They are committed to bringing awareness amongst the citizens, that they can apply these political principles based on honesty and integrity, in different aspects of their lives. They encourage active participation of the youth; focus on public welfare, bracing the elements of constitutional principles and politics, so that we can prepare future leaders for our country. The basics of observing, learning and leading are rooted in our primary efforts. They firmly believe that the political education and understanding, constitutional integrity and honesty can bring a positive change in our country.

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