July 2019 Newsletter - I for India

Happy summer and good to interact here with you all once again!! This is a quick note to remind you on the upcoming events including the much awaited Margazhi Mahotsavam event

Please read and action on the Early Bird bookings for both Y Gee Mahendra play and Margazhi Mahotsavam before you pack your bags for the summer holidays !!

Y Gee Mahendra - Maiden Europe Tour 2019

We are very pleased to report that plans are progressing very well on the UK and Europe tour of cine and theatre celebrity Mr. Y Gee Mahendra. A celebrity who needs no further introduction in South India, we are very fortunate to be able to facilitate their maiden UK & Europe tour.

It’s great to see the buzz and excitement around this event, as seen from the response to our ticket plans opened recently. We have also recently confirmed a number of additional venues and dates, the schedule as it stands is as below:

# Day, Date & Time Venue / Timings Status
1 13 Sep 2019 (7 - 10 pm) Ruislip Confirmed. Bookings Open
2 14 Sep 2019 (AM) Croydon Confirmed. Bookings Open
3 14 Sep 2019 (PM) Bracknell Confirmed. Bookings Open
4 15 Sep 2019 (5-8 pm) Ilford Confirmed. Bookings Open
5 21 Sep 2019 Cologne, Germany In Progress. To confirm soon
6 Potentially 1-2 shows on above dates or 21/22 Sept Milton Keynes, Dublin, Manchester, Paris In Progress. To confirm soon

Early Bird bookings have opened in many of the venues - available until stocks last ! Please grab your tickets today at a convenient venue at the link below:



True to our mission to create a home away from home, we are trialling our maiden concept of a Margazhi Mahotsavam themed event in the UK. This is an extremely popular cultural season in south India which falls in Margazhi (December), featuring a string of rich classical events by eminent musicians and many from the UK even travel to Chennai for this !! Clearly, given the logistics and practical issues of securing prime artistes in December, we have resorted to October as the U.K Margazhi and celebration of our upcoming winter season!

Thanks to your enthusiastic response to our polls to plan the event, we have now finalised the weekend of 12/13 October with 2 events at Harrow and Reading as below:

12th October (3 pm to 9 pm): Bulmershe School, Woodlands Avenue, Woodley, RG5 3EU

13th October (3 pm to 9 pm): Zoroastrian Centre, 440 Alexandra Ave, Harrow HA2 9TL

We are pleased to present to you the artistes, performances and booking link for the event as below:


Spiritual / Well-being discourse - Shri. Dushyanth Sridhar: is one of the most sought after public speakers in Sanātana Dharma who renders discourses in English and Tamil (as pravachana/ upanyāsa) on Rāmāyana, Mahābhārata, Bhāgavata, Vishnu Purāna, Bhagavad Gitā, Vishnu Sahasranāma, Divya Prabanda. He delivers discourses interspersed with music (as harikathā) with musicians and interspersed with dance (as kathānritya) with dancers. He has conceptualized and scripted for dance productions with leading choreographers. He has rendered over 3000 discourses in 150 cities across 24 countries including India. He has a wide spectrum of audience following on YouTube with over 50,000 subscribers and 10 million views. He is known in households through his talks in regional television channels. He manages a mobile application called Desika Daya that gives free access to over 1000 hrs of his audio content to 10,000 subscribers across 40 countries, as on date. He manages a charitable trust called Desika Daya, that has contributed towards the livelihood of temple staff, running of temple festivals, mass recitation of ancient hymns, running of old-age homes and disaster-management funds.

He has authored a coffee-table book titled ‘Vedanta Desika-peerless poet-preceptor’, a best-selling book in its genre. He also penned the story, screenplay and dialogues of a movie titled ‘Vedanta Desika:’, besides donning the role of the protagonist. He has curated heritage tours accompanying over 2000 passengers to over 200 ancient temples spanning 6 countries. He has received titles such as ‘Sarva Kalā Chudāmani’, ‘Harikathā Bhārati’, ‘Sollin Selvan’ and awards such as Young Achievers’, Global ‘30 under 30’, Best Parliamentarian, Best Outgoing Student from revered organizations. He has learnt Sri Bhāshya, Gitā Bhāshya, Rahasya Traya Sāra, Bhagavad Vishaya and Satadushani from revered preceptors. He has studied in BITS-Pilani, worked at MNCs in market research for 6 years and taught in a B-school for 3 years.

Classical Music (Vocal) - Shri. P Unnikrishnan: is an Indian Carnatic vocalist and playback singer. He is a national award-winning playback singer for his debut film songs "Ennavale Adi Ennavale" and "Uyirum Neeye" and the first male playback singer to win a national award for a Tamil song. These songs were composed by A R Rahman, with whom Unni Krishnan gave most of his memorable songs. He is also the recipient of many other prestigious awards and titles such as “Kalaimamani”,"Nada Bhushanam”, “Isai Peroli”, Yuva Kala Bharathi”, Isayin Punnagai", "Isai Selvam", "Sangeetha Kalasarathy", "Sangeetha Chakravarthy", etc.

He was one of the judges in reality television show AIRTEL Super Singer on Vijay TV since season 2006, as well as 2008 Idea Star Singer on Asianet. His daughter Uthara also won the National award for playback singing for her debut song "Azhagu" in the movie "Saivam".

Classical Music (Instrumental) - Shri. Mandolin (Uppalapu) Rajesh: is an Indian mandolin player in Carnatic classical music, a music producer and composer. He was specially honoured by the President of India in April 2007 and his work with John McLaughlin’s album Floating Point received a Grammy nomination in 2009. His music performance at New York in 2006 was voted among the best concerts of the year by The New Yorker.

He is the younger brother of music legend late Mandolin U.Srinivas and started playing carnatic classical music on mandolin at the age of 6, with his first concert at Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham in the presence of Shri. Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi. He has performed at many prestigious venues, philharmonic orchestras and concerts globally with several music veterans such as Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Sultan Khan, Late U.Srinivas, Sivamani, Rajhesh Vaidhya, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariharan, Louis Banks, Ranjit Barot, Bickram Ghosh, Pete Lockett, George Brook, etc.

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Once again, we remind you to make your bookings before your summer holiday plans to avoid losing out on our highly preferential and time limited Early Bird bookings.

On behalf of the entire team, partners and volunteers at “I for India”, we thank you for all your support, trust and patronage. Please write to us at team@iforindia.uk for any suggestions or inputs.

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