World Music Day Lookback

World Music Day: Collabs and merging music between cultures

World Music Day is all about bringing music and joy to people in any form possible. This is especially true when music from different cultures is merged together. When two cultures come together to create music, it can create something truly special that transcends borders and languages. South Asian music and American mainstream genres have been collaborating for over 30+ years and there are many examples of successful collaborations (see our top picks below). One of the earliest and most famous examples is the song "Mundian To Bach Ke" by Panjabi MC and Jay-Z. This song was released in 2002......

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A Michelin star South Indian restaurant in NYC but are the flavors authentic?

South Asian Food Review #1 – Semma NYC

As South Asians who were raised with these exquisite flavors, we're here to spill the beans and give you the inside scoop. We have made it our promise to give you the most honest South Asian food review ever.A Michelin-starred South Indian sensation nestled in Greenwich Village, NYC. The name Semma itself means "Superb" in Tamil language, but does it truly live up to its reputation?The only way to book your spot is through Resy. If you're planning to dine with a group of four or more, brace yourself for a challenge. We had to secure our spot a whopping......

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Indo House: Genre That Took 3 decades to become mainstream

The most comprehensive list of musical genres we found on the internet still does not have the name 'INDO HOUSE' even though it originated in the 1990’s. In the early 1990s, DJs started incorporating Indian music elements into their House sets. It took 30 years for this music to become its own genre, but it's finally here: Indo House! This genre has gained popularity not only in India but also in other parts of the world, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. While it's still relatively new in the US, it's been gaining popularity in recent years,......

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Raja Kumari: The Underrated Artist America needs to listen to (& Album Review)

Over the past decade, we've seen a lot of female rappers and singers rise to fame with chart-topping hits, only to disappear from the music scene shortly after.  Some of the artists who have managed to stay at the top are from the West (North America and South America) like Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, M.I.A (only South Asian in this list) and Doja Cat have managed to remain relevant, there are only a few who can both sing and rap, and sound incredible doing both. Even fewer songs feature artists who excel at both skills and guarantee......

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Aavrani: Ayurvedic Skincare uniting Indian & American

Aavrani: Ayurvedic skincare uniting Indian & American

The company, which was founded by Indian-American entrepreneur Rooshy Roy, focuses on creating high-quality skincare products that are inspired by ancient Indian beauty rituals.Photo by @annannputtithanasorn from InstagramPhoto by @aavrani from InstagramAAVRANI's most popular products is the Glow Activating Exfoliator, which is a powder-to-paste exfoliator that is made with all-natural ingredients like turmeric, neem, and raw oats. This unique product gently removes dead skin cells and impurities, leaving the skin feeling soft, smooth, and glowing.Photo by @aavrani from InstagramAnother standout product from AAVRANI is the Softening Hydra-Whip, which is a rich and luxurious moisturizer that is made with ingredients like......

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Rupee Beer: Desi Daaru for the world from Maine, USA

Rupee Beer, the first Indian-inspired beer to bridge the gap between world cuisine and craft brewing.Photo by @rupeebeer from InstagramIt was created by brothers Van and Sumit Sharma (brothers of “drinkstructions”), sons of Punjabi restaurateurs who have been in the business for over 45 years. Van (left) and Sumit Sharma. (Photo by Jackie Ricciardi/Boston University Photography)The Sharma brothers were frustrated that they could not find any good Indian beer in Maine, the least diverse state in America. (Too much frustration leads to necessary innovations.) They decided to create their own beer and set out to change the food and beverage......

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Winter 2023 – Dictionary.com’s newly added South Asian Words

Photo from dictionary.comDictionary.com ( www.dictionarycom ) has added new words such as petfluencer, self-coup, trauma dumping in addition to also revising several words by adding more appropriate definitions. Among these additions/revisions, there are 9 South Asian words in the category 'BREAD'. Words such as dosa , roti , chapati and papadum have their definitions added/edited. Based on the article by Nick Norlen, Senior Editor at dictionary.com, he says "As more and more of these varieties become familiar outside of the cultures in which they originated, their names become part of the English lexicon". We have compiled a list of South......

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