Rabindrasangeet exponent Santanu Roychoudhury’s musical journey began in 2008, when a private TV channel requested him to translate Tagore’s songs and perform for their audiences on screen. When Roychoudhury informed his guru, Pandit Subir Chakraborty of the Gwalior gharana about this development, he said that it was impossible to translate Tagore in any other language from Bengali. But then he started transcreating the songs and the first song he chose was ‘Megh boleche jabo jabo’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”When 10 songs were ready, HMV Sa Re Ga Ma released the album, Musafir in 2011. Soon, the Ministry of Culture rewarded our effort by asking me to perform at UNESCO, Paris. In front of a 5000 strong international audience I sang Rabindranath Tagore’s songs, in a new format”, Roychoudhury told Millennium Post. This was followed by a performance at Vigyan Bhavan and the songs gradually became popular in UP, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. Twenty more songs were added to his repertoire and resulted in two albums produced by Times Music, titled ‘Deewana’ in 2013 and ‘Intezaar’ in 2015. Ten new Tagore songs have again been prepared by the singer and are awaiting release in the public domain. The album is likely to hit the stores by the end of 2017. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMeanwhile, at the behest of the Ministry of External Affairs, Roychoudhury recently performed at the ASEAN -India Cultural and Civilisational Link’s 2nd International conference at Jakarta. The audience was treated to 15 unique Tagore’s songs. The musical presentation was based on the poet’s ‘Java Jatrir Patra’, which literally means “Letters of a traveller on his visit to Java”. It is a collection of 21 letters, written by Tagore originally in the Bengali language, while he was paying a visit to the South East Asia in 1927. “The songs were Hindi transcreations of ‘Mor Beena Uthe kon shure baaje’, ‘Danriye acho tumi’, ‘Anandadhara bahiche bhubane’ and ‘pagla haoar badal dine’, Roychoudhury added. Interestingly, during July – October 1927, Rabindranath toured Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar extensively. He was fascinated with the idea that the Island of Indonesia , especially Java and Bali contained remnants of the ancient India. It was a cultural mission from Visva-Bharati in Santiniketan. The mission had two aims. The first was to study the remains of Indian civilisation in the antiquarian relics as well as the life and living arts in Indonesia. The second aim was to bring about close cultural cooperation between India and these regions through an appreciation of Visva-Bharati. As for Roychoudhury, during the last twenty five years, he has performed in several parts of India, USA, Canada, UK, Bangladesh, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Paris.
Share PARIS — A nude restaurant has opened its doors in Paris, giving new meaning to the term Strip Loin.According to The Mirror, O’naturel is open for dinner only and reservations are required. To prevent unwanted advances, diners are warned ahead of time that the restaurant is not meant to be a meat market – owners Mike and Stephane Saada want it to be known as a restaurant and a restaurant only.Upon arrival, guests are asked to shed their clothes and are provided with slippers. Ladies, who make up 40% of the clientele, have the option to keep their high heels on.Click here to see more photosAnd if you’re worried about curious passersby, a large curtain is draped over windows to ensure complete privacy.Shockingly, O’naturel is not the first naked restaurant in the world. Bunyadi opened its doors in central London in 2016, and earlier this year, another in-the-buff eatery made its debut in Tenerife.More news: Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalAre three restaurants enough to label nude dining as a new trend? Just in case one comes to our hometown, we’ll be doing our sit-ups and lunges in the meantime.Bon appétit! Tags: Paris Posted by Friday, December 8, 2017 Is nude-to-table the new farm-to-table? Paris opens its first naked restaurant Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>
TORONTO — Sunwing is offering agents 2X STAR points and a chance to win a vacation with a new month-long promotion featuring Karisma Hotels & Resorts.With this new promotion, running through Feb. 28, agents can earn 2X STAR Agent Reward Points that convert into cash on all new bookings to Karisma properties, for departures until Oct. 31. On top of their earnings, each time an agent makes a booking to a participating resort, they’ll be entered into a weekly contest for a chance to win an all-inclusive vacation for two to a Karisma resort included in this promotion. The more bookings agents make, the more chances they have to win.Included in the campaign is a wide selection of top-rated resorts including family-friendly properties – Sensatori Azul Beach Resort Jamaica, Sensatori Resort Punta Cana, Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya, Generations Riviera Maya, Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana and Sensatori Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun, which will be renamed to Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun on May 1. Adults-only properties included in the promotion are El Dorado Casitas Royale, El Dorado Maroma, El Dorado Royale, El Dorado Seaside Suites, Hidden Beach Au Natural Resort and the Palafitos Overwater Bungalows.In addition to incentives for agents, travellers can also benefit from savings of up to 40% when they book a Karisma Hotels & Resorts vacation package with their agent throughout the month of February. Customers will also receive resort credits totalling $500 that are redeemable for wine, massages, a romantic dinner and a room upgrade when they choose to stay at select Karisma resorts. Several Karisma properties also offer group rates where the eighth adult travels free for every seven adults booked. This offer is also combinable with Karisma’s Double Canada Cash, Cash for Your Bash and Your Stay Your Way promotions. Posted by Share Monday, February 4, 2019 Travelweek Group Book Karisma and get 2X STAR points with Sunwing Tags: Agent Incentives, Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Sunwing << Previous PostNext Post >>
Posted by IPW 2019 highlights the need to reauthorize Brand USA Share ANAHEIM — More than 6,000 attendees from over 70 countries gathered in Anaheim, CA, June 1-5 for this year’s IPW, the travel industry’s premier international marketplace for the U.S and the country’s largest generator of travel.IPW gathers travel professionals – including U.S. destinations, hotels, attractions, sports teams and transportation companies, and international tour operators, buyers and wholesalers from around the world –in one place to help bring the world to America.At this year’s IPW, there were 110,000 prescheduled business appointments between suppliers and buyers, which is estimated to result in $5.5 billion in future international travel to the U.S. over the next three years. This has been revised upward from the $4.7 billion that was estimated in past years.But despite this, “there’s still work to do,” said Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association President and CEO.“When we met last year, I told you that the U.S. is losing international travel market share. Unfortunately, that is still the case. Just this past Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce put out figures showing that international travel to the U.S. grew 3.5% last year,” he said. “That might sound pretty good, but not when you consider that globally, long-haul travel grew by 7%. What that means is that the U.S. is still falling behind in the competition to attract international visitors. That’s the bad news. And it means we have work to do.” More news: Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesOn how President Trump and the current administration has impacted tourism, Dow added: “I know a lot of people want to lay this at the feet of our president. But we’ve come a long way helping the administration appreciate travel as a crucial U.S. export and job creator. We certainly don’t think the president says often enough that he wants healthy numbers of visitors to come to the U.S. But there is an opening to talk to this administration about policies that help with visitation. And we have done just that.”In 2018, international visitors to the U.S. spent US$256 billion for the economy and generated a $69 billion trade surplus. Without the travel industry, America’s overall trade deficit would have been 11% higher. The U.S. enjoys a travel trade surplus with nine of its top 10 trading partners. “America’s share of the global travel market dropped from 13.7% in 2015 to just 11.7% in 2018. This is why we need Brand USA reauthorized this year,” continues Dow. Brand USA is the destination marketing organization for the United States, established in 2009 by the Travel Promotion ACT of 2009 under the Obama administration. It is the nation’s first public-private partnership created to spearhead a global market effort to promote the U.S. as a travel destination. Brand USA boasts of successes such as welcoming an incremental 7 million visitors over the past six years and establishing marketing campaigns in 40 different international markets. Efforts even include two big screen cinematic efforts, National Parks Adventure and America’s Musical Journey, to inspire travellers. More news: Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Despite these successes, the fate of Brand USA is uncertain. The marketing organization is up for reauthorization by the U.S. Congress, set to expire in 2020. Dow has made reauthorizing Brand USA a top priority for the U.S. Travel Association, saying, “This program is more crucial then ever. And throughout history, Republicans and Democrats alike have recognized the importance of Brand USA.”A letter to Congress was signed by more than 580 organizations in support of Brand USA’s renewal and it’s a hot topic at IPW in Anaheim. The widespread sentiment is that it will likely be reauthorized due to its successes and industry-wide support. Canada now has its very own Brand USA market representative, Colin Skerritt, who’s one month into his new role as regional director. Based in Toronto, Skerritt will focus on promoting U.S. travel destinations to Canadian travellers and will oversee travel trade outreach, consumer marketing, consumer public relations, and partner marketing.Skerritt’s 15+ years of industry experience includes a two-year stint as Director of Tourism in Canada for the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) from 2016 – 2018, plus sales and marketing roles at Air Canada and Virgin Atlantic Airways. Tags: Brand USA, IPW