Top 10 Bollywood songs of 2019

IT HASN’T been a vintage year for Bollywood music, but there were some songs in 2019 that stood out and entertained millions of film fans around the world. With that in mind, the Eastern Eye team got together to select the top 10 songs of the year, limiting it to one per film and listing […]

‘Emotions make music special’

ACCLAIMED BRITISH SINGER SHAMA ON THE ART OF PERFORMING LIVE by ASJAD NAZIR LONDON-BASED singer Shama regularly lights up the live scene with winning performances in a variety of commercial genres. She has formed an impressive team with acclaimed band The 515 Crew, and they will be part of a strong line-up at Hotel Sofitel […]

Sound of success and the next chapter

RESUL POOKUTTY ON HIS OSCAR TRIUMPH AND JOURNEY AHEAD by ASJAD NAZIR INDIA may have the most prolific film industry in the world, but the country has only ever had four individuals who have won a competitive Academy Award and one of them is Resul Pookutty. The ace sound designer, editor and mixer won his […]

Monsoon Wedding to hit the UK in summer

MIRA NAIR TO SHOWCASE MUSICAL’S NEW AND ‘DEFINITIVE’ VERSION by AMIT ROY DIRECTOR Mira Nair, who is currently filming a BBC TV adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy on location in India, revealed another of her projects is ready for release in the UK. This is a musical version of Monsoon Wedding, her hugely […]

How Amina Malik has created a creative space for artists to thrive

YOUNG London-based artist Amina Malik recently launched her own gallery in the South Norwood district of London. The Amina Malik Art Gallery opened with a group exhibition featuring the work of four artists, including her own, and has already received a positive response. Apart from contributing to her local community through arts, she is hoping […]

Putting percussion on the musical landscape

DJ RAVIDRUMS ON AN AMAZING JOURNEY THAT INCLUDES OSCARS AND A-LIST STARS by ASJAD NAZIR DJ RAVIDRUMS has left a permanent mark on the North American musical landscape with a stellar career filled with scintillating moments. The DJ, drummer and radio host has performed with Mariah Carey and at events, including the Oscars, and delivered […]

The forgotten stories of sexual violence

LEESA GAZI GIVES A VOICE TO BANGLADESH WAR’S RAPE SURVIVORS by MITA MISTRY BIRANGONA meaning ‘brave woman’ was a term created as a mark of respect for the over 200,000 women and girls reportedly raped and tortured by the Pakistani army during Bangladesh’s 1971 Liberation War. After the country gained independence, the many women were […]

Warrior woman returns

RANI MUKERJI GOES BACK INTO BATTLE AS THE BRAVE SUPER COP IN MARDAANI 2 by ASJAD NAZIR IN 2014, Rani Mukerji threw a stick of dynamite into Bollywood with police thriller Mardaani and helped to redefine the Hindi film heroine with her explosive role of Shivani Shivaji Roy. She returns to the big screen as […]

Review: Cyrano de Bergerac at Playhouse Theatre, London

Cyrano de Bergerac Playhouse Theatre, London Director: Jamie Lloyd Starring: James McAvoy, Anita-Joy Uwajeh, Eben Figueiredo, Michele Austin, Adam Best, Sam Black and Nari Blair-Mangat By Lauren Codling IN the titular role of the French romance Cyrano de Bergerac, actor James McAvoy may have given one of the best performances of his wide-ranging career. Perhaps a […]

Book association seeks diversity among new fiction writers

  By Amit Roy WANTED: British Asian authors, especially women, capable of turning out “happy ever after stories,” but from their distinctive cultural perspectives. This is the call that is being put out via Eastern Eye from the Romantic Novelists’ Association, which wants much greater ethnic diversity among its authors. The RNA, the professional body that […]