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My Top 10 Inspirations By Lotus Ari

Erykah Badu: I have truly been influenced by her spiritual lyrics, unique voice and style from a young age. I remember someone telling me to sing her songs when I was finding my own vocal style and it came so naturally to me that it shaped me as a vocalist. Songs like Bag Lady, On And On, Next Lifetime and Love […]

A-Z of qawwali: Music of the Sufis

by ASJAD NAZIR. AN ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW GUIDE ABOUT THE OLDEST COMMERCIAL MUSIC GENRE IN THE WORLD. THE oldest commercial music genre in the world, qawwali has been going strong for over 700 years and remains popular today. A genre that was founded by a Sufi saint in the 13th century, it has survived history and […]

My Pod with Rabeel

By Asjad Nazir. TALENTED Pakistani singer/songwriter Rabeel has released four songs, including his successful hit Roya Karengi. The emerging artist has had his music featured across a  number of channels and is currently based in Dubai, where he is making a name for himself on the live circuit. When Eastern Eye asked him to select 10 songs he loves, […]

ALI FAZAL ON HIS NEW PROJECT MIRZAPUR AND WHAT INSPIRES HIM AS AN ACTOR

by ASJAD NAZIR. All guns blazing. ACTOR ALI FAZAL ON HIS GANGSTER SERIES AND NEW-FOUND INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS. TALENTED actor Ali Fazal has become a man in demand after his winning turn in the international film Victoria & Abdul, which was a massive critical and commercial success. The latest project from the versatile actor sees him play a lead role in […]

50 greatest Bollywood dance numbers, best of the Bollywood boogie wonderland 

by ASJAD NAZIR. EASTERN EYE PRESENTS A COUNTDOWN OF SUPERB SONGS THAT TWIRLED THEIR WAY TO GREATNESS. MUSIC NUMBERS THAT MADE THE BIGGEST DANCE IMPACT IN THE HISTORY OF COMMERCIAL HINDI CINEMA. SONGS playing a major part in the identity of Hindi cinema have resulted in eye-catching dances being included to add a special visual touch to […]

THE REMARKABLE STORY OF A PIONEERING INDIAN BEAUTY SALON THAT TRANSFORMED A CITY

by ASJAD NAZIR. A beautiful Miracle in Hyderabad. A PIONEERING beauty parlour chain in Hyderabad, south India, grew from the dream of a young lady from Iran into a story which has had a transformative effect on women across different generations. Born in Yazd, Iran, Puran Abbas Farid possessed all the signs of being a great entrepreneur from a young […]

Fan Club Of The Week – Shivangi Joshi

By Asjad Nazir. YOUNG actress Shivangi Joshi has made an amazing impact on television, including a winning turn on smash hit serial Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and gained herself a global fan base. One of her ardent admirers, who is based in Rajasthan, India, runs a fan club dedicated to the small screen superstar. Eastern Eye caught up with the fan club […]

My Top 10 Reasons why literature matters

By Abul Bashor Ansari. Memories: Wonderful words can create moments in time that will stay with you forever, and this includes lifelong connections to whatever inspired those thoughts. I am 92 now, but still remember how my dearest mother inspired me to write poetry as a 14-year old. That one poem was the beginning of a beautiful journey. Treasures: Writing down a simple thought, poem, […]

ZERO MOVIE HOPES, DEV’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT + DRASHTI’s Star promise and PRIYANKA’S WEST WOES

by ASJAD NAZIR. SUCHITRA SINGING AGAIN THE multi-talented Suchitra Krishnamoorthi has returned to her first love of singing after a gap of 18 years with the song Sawan Barse, which she describes as a song of yearning and a return to innocence. The writer, painter and actress told me she had lost her voice over the years and never thought she would sing again. “I had […]

SURBHI CHANDNA TALKS ABOUT HER HIT TV SERIAL ISHQBAAAZ AND ADORING FAN BASE

by ASJAD NAZIR. Power of love. ISHQBAAAZ LEAD STAR SURBHI CHANDNA CREDITS HARD WORK AND FANS FOR THE SUCCESS OF HER TV SHOW. THE amazing success of Ishqbaaaz has been a huge turning point for leading lady Surbhi Chandna and helped turn her into one of the biggest stars on Indian television. The actress has shown off her […]