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Antara Nandy | Assam | ChaiTunes Artist

Antara Nandy | ChaiTunes
Antara Nandy is an Indian playback singer from Assam. She became known after reaching the final rounds and becoming one of the top three girl finalists in the music talent and reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs-2009 which was aired on Zee TV. She was nominated for 'Ramdhenu Viewers Choice Awards' in the Best Female Singer category in 2013. She is the recipient of the 'Star Wars Award 2012' conferred by Dream Catchers, Singapore, and Young Achiever Award in 2014 bestowed on by Integrated Council for Socio-Economic Progress, Kolkata.

Antara's ChaiTunes Videos

Aakaxok Subo Khojo is an Assamese song composed by Jim Ankan Deka and sung by 16 yr old Antara Nandy. It is the second of ChaiTunes series of music videos. Powered by Music Malt. Lyricist from Assam, Raj Dweep penned the lyrics of the song. The video is directed by Parmita Borah.


Queen Hazarika | Assam | ChaiTunes Artist

Queen Hazarika | ChaiTunes
Queen Hazarika is an Indian playback singer and actress from Assam. She has sung for Assamese films like Mon, Suren Suror Putek and Sneh Bandhan. She is the recipient of Rotary Young Achiever Award in 2013. In the same year she was nominated for Prag Cine Awards in the Best Female Playback category.

Queen's ChaiTunes Videos

Xaare Aasu is an Assamese song composed by Jim Ankan Deka and sung by Queen Hazarika. It is the first of ChaiTunes series of music videos. Powered by Music Malt, the song is based on poems by Assamese writer duo Prof. Bhabananda Deka and Nalini Prava Deka. The video is directed by Parmita Borah.



Anuron is an Assamese song composed by Jim Ankan Deka and sung by Rupam Bhuyan and Queen Hazarika. It is the third of ChaiTunes series of music videos. Powered by Music Malt, the song is written by Jim and the concept is developed by Debjani Hazarika. The video is directed by Tarunabh Dutta.


Rupam Bhuyan | Assam | ChaiTunes Artist

Rupam Bhuyan | ChaiTunes
Rupam Bhuyan is a playback singer from Guwahati, Assam. He is the front-man of the Indian fusion band North East Breeze. He sang in numerous Assamese films including Khobh, Anuradha, Mumtaz and Akash Chuboloi Mon. He has received multiple film and non-film awards for his songs. He composed the theme song for prestigious Jeevan Kite and River Festival-2015 as a tribute to the river Brahmaputra.

Rupam's ChaiTunes Videos

Anuron (live & unplugged) is recorded & shot live at the Eastern Fare Studios in Guwahati. It is the first of ChaiTunes Series' unplugged numbers & fourth of ChaiTunes series of music videos. The song is written and composed by Jim Ankan Deka and features Rupam Bhuyan, Veda V Sarma, Prabal Gogoi, Gaurav Choudhury & Jenie.



Anuron is an Assamese song composed by Jim Ankan Deka and sung by Rupam Bhuyan and Queen Hazarika. It is the third of ChaiTunes series of music videos. Powered by Music Malt, the song is written by Jim and the concept is developed by Debjani Hazarika. The video is directed by Tarunabh Dutta.


Catherine Khiangte | Mizoram | ChaiTunes Artist

Catherine Khiangte | ChaiTunes
Catherine was born in Aizawl, Mizoram and has been singing since she was child. She has performed across India and has been the first finalist from North-East India to represent at KWC - Karaoke World Championships held in Mumbai in 2011. She has released two Mizo albums so far which contain her original compositions. She was even nominated for the Best Newcomer at the Rimawi Khawvel Music Award and Lelte Magazine Award in 2004. Catherine has shifted her base to Guwahati in 2008.

Catherine's ChaiTunes VIDEOS

Eastern Fare and Catherine Khiangte team up to cover Charlie Puth's 'Let's Marvin Gaye and Get It On' ft. Meghan Trainor, a Billboard top 40 Hot 100 hit.


9th edition of Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in Thimphu, Bhutan

9th edition of Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in Thimphu, Bhutan
WHAT? Mountain Echoes Literary Festival
WHEN? August 23rd – 25th, 2018
WHERE? Thimphu, Bhutan

This August, Bhutan beckons all as the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival returns with its 9th edition. An initiative of the India-Bhutan Foundation and India’s leading literary agency, Siyahi, the festival will be held from August 23rd – 25th in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu.

Presented by the Jaypee Group and powered by the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan, the Festival is known for bringing together literary stalwarts from across the world in the lap of the Himalayas. This year’s edition of the Festival will celebrate 50 years of formal diplomatic relations between India and Bhutan and will pay tribute to the rich cultural ties between the two nations.

As each year, the three-day festival will celebrate Untouched Beauty, Unexplored Ideas and Unstoppable Voices from the heart of the Himalayas. The 2018 edition will focus on subjects such as Spirituality and Philosophy, Performing Arts, Environmental Conservation, Food, as well as Film & Theatre, among others. Each session will witness noteworthy names being a part of engaging discussions with the audience, thereby bringing together a range of expertise and perspectives on stage throughout the three days.

Bhutan’s literary festival was established under the patronage of Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, and the ninth edition of the festival will serve to be a collaborative platform for knowledge sharing, leading to a global cultural potpourri of ideas.
The inaugural session will see His Excellency Ambassador General V. Namgyel (Bhutan’s Ambassador to India) and His Excellency Ambassador Jaideep Sarkar (India’s Ambassador to Bhutan) in conversation with Dasho Chewang Rinzin (Deputy Chamberlain to His Majesty the King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck). The three eminent personalities will lead a discourse on 50 years of friendship between India and Bhutan.

Continuing the literary extravaganza across the festival will be named such as Andrew Quintman, a scholar of Buddhism in Tibet; authors and environmentalists Daniel C. Taylor and Dave Goulson; celebrated spoken word poet Sarah Kay; renowned Indian singer Usha Uthup, Indian actors and theatre veterans Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah.

Other prominent speakers attending the three-day festival include Nilanjana Roy, author of The Wildings, Kunzang Choden, Bhutan’s first woman writer to write an English novel; L. Somi Roy, the author of Binodini: A Photographic Memoir; Chador Wangmo, author of various illustrated children’s books, Kezang Dorji, one of Bhutan’s most loved rappers, Dechen Roder, director of Honeygiver Among the Dogs, and Tandin Bidha, actress.

Adding to the heritage and legacy of the festival will be popular names such as Tiger conservationist Valmik Thapar, theatre personality Sanjana Kapoor, celebrated dancer Dr. Sonal Mansingh and Ritu Dalmia celebrity chef and author of popular culinary books Travelling DIVA and DIVA Green.
The 2018 festival will also explore global and locally relevant subjects related to Natural History, Travel, and Poetry, including a tribute to 50 years of the Beatles in India, amongst others.

Founder and Co-Director of Mountain Echoes, and celebrated author Namita Gokhale said, “Mountain Echoes, the Bhutan Literary Festival, is an exuberant celebration of cultural connectivities, resonating with the joys of books and cinema, the shared narratives of music and folklore, food and sport, as well as deep spiritual perspectives, and the challenges of our changing world. This year, we also have a special and important focus honoring the strong ties between India and Bhutan in their 50th year of diplomatic relations.

Commenting further, Festival Co-Director Pramod Kumar KG, Managing Director of Eka Archiving Services Pvt. Ltd, said, “Mountain Echoes has become an epicenter connecting cultures and geographies through the powers of human imagination. It brings alive the roots of our origin, connecting us to others through an exchange of thoughts and ideas. Our aim has always been to bring a different flavor to the festival each year and the ninth edition will be yet another powerful celebration of literature.”

The ninth chapter of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival will combine the breathtaking locales of Bhutan with its cultural prowess. Bringing together the best of minds from Bhutan and the globe, the festival will discuss a host of topics making a strong connection with the literary enthusiasts. Its idyllic location and programming make it one of the most unique literary festivals in the world and a leading event in the international literary calendar.

Edited by - Debjani Hazarika

Live Viacom18 and Jazz Addicts come together to create a unique jazz tour property - “Jus’ Jazz”

Live Viacom18 and Jazz Addicts create a unique jazz tour property - “Jus’ Jazz”
WHAT? “Jus’ Jazz” in Mumbai and Bangalore
WHEN in Mumbai? Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 7.30 pm onwards
WHERE in Mumbai? Royal Opera House, Mumbai
WHEN in Bangalore? Thursday and Friday, August 23 & 24, 2018, 7.30 onwards
WHERE in Bangalore? Windmills Craftworks, Bangalore

After making their mark in the live music scene of India with many genres such as EDM, Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Folk and more across varied entertainment IPs, Live Viacom18, and Jazz Addicts now come together to create a sublime jazz tour property in the country called Jus’ Jazz. This property aims to bring to the Indian audiences the finest world-class mainstream and classical jazz from around the world.

Jazz Addicts, founded by Pradip Bhatia and Apurva Agarwal, is an association of jazz enthusiasts who have several times in the past brought blue-ribbon jazz to the Indian stage. Live Viacom18 and Jazz Addicts have joined hands with Jus’ Jazz to fill the void of jazz that clearly exists in the soundscape of this country. As part of Jus’ Jazz this month, bringing her exuberantly unique take on jazz to India is singer Loretta Holloway – also known as ‘South Carolina’s Official First Lady of Song’.The singer will embark on a two-city tour including Mumbai and Bangalore. The ticket sales for this concert will go LIVE exclusively on BookMyShow on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, with ticket prices starting at just INR 499.

Speaking about the tour, Saugato Bhowmik, Head, Live Viacom18 and Consumer Products, Viacom18, said, “At Li ve Viacom18, we constantly endeavor to cater to the diverse needs of all music lovers. We have always created properties across multiple genres and we are very excited to try our hand at jazz with Jus’ Jazz. With this event, we hope to revive the romance with the cherished traditional rhythmic jazz music and bring it back to India. We are delighted to partner with Jazz Addicts who will help us bring this extravaganza to all the jazz enthusiasts in the country.”

Pradip Bhatia, co-founder of Jazz Addicts, adds, “Jazz is a way of life for us. My partner Apurva Agarwal and I have been passionately organizing jazz shows for years now, and it makes us very happy that this time Live Viacom18 is sharing their diverse experience with live music with us and Jus’ Jazz. Loretta Holloway is a unique and special jazz personality and we are thrilled to bring her to India for the first time along with Live Viacom18.”

Live Viacom18 and Jazz Addicts create a unique jazz tour property - “Jus’ Jazz”

Edited by- Debjani Hazarika

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