Thursday, November 19, 2015

New Biography about one of the all time greatest Indian actresses - "Smita Patil : A Brief Incandescence"

I'm very excited to get a copy of this new book about Smita Patil entitled "Smita Patil: A Brief Incandescence".  It's the first book written entirely in English about this legendary actress, whose untimely death in 1986 at the age of 31 shook the Indian film community.

 She was such an inspiring actress and played many daring and controversial roles during her career.

 I became a big fan of her acting after watching several of her more political / social "Parallel Cinema" / "Art house" films such as "Mirch Masala", "Bazaar", "Debshishu", etc

Later on in her career, she also acted in a few more mainstream Bollywood films like "Namak Halaal" where she co starred with Amitabh Bachchan, who took part in the book release event a few weeks ago.

Here's a great interview with the author of the book, Maithili Rao (pictured above).

You can also read a summary of her career here on Wikipedia.

In case you weren't aware, her son, Prateik Babbar, is also a talented actor and has played a wide variety of inspiring roles in his career already.  My favorites of his include "Dhobi Ghat" and "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na" among others.

 His latest film is called "Isaaq", and he's working on a Bengali film now entitled "Auroni Taukhon" 

If Music Could Talk - Nov 15, 2015 - PODCAST


If Music Could Talk - Nov 8, 2015 (Guest Host : Mikemetic!) - PODCAST


If Music Could Talk - Nov 1, 2015 - PODCAST


If Music Could Talk - Oct 11, 2015 - PODCAST


If Music Could Talk - Oct 4, 2015 - PODCAST


PODCAST - If music could Talk - Sep 27, 2015


Monday, August 03, 2015

If Music Could Talk - PODCAST - Aug 2, 2015 - Nigerian Music, Calypso and Soca from Charlie's, and more


If Music Could Talk - Aug 2, 2015 - Nigerian music, Classic Calypso and Soca from Charlie's Records in Brooklyn, and lots more

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


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Vinyl Countdown & MOVIE CLUB RICHMOND present:

a FUNDRAISER for MOVIE CLUB ! Happy hour from 4-9pm

with a Raffle sponsored by VIDEO FAN!
Prizes from Video Fan, Chop Suey, The Byrd Theatre, the Great Southern and more! 

Followed by BATIK BEAT! : Asian 60s Vinyl A Go-Go with DJ CARLITO!  (9pm--close) - Including groovy hits on wax from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan and other places!

Friday, January 09, 2015

If Music Could Talk - PODCAST - Jan 4, 2015


If Music Could Talk - PODCAST - Dec 28, 2014 - Special Guest: my awesome sister Xeni Jardin

If Music Could Talk is a weekly radio show on WRIR (every sunday from 7-9pm EST) -- this show featured a very special guest, my sister, Xeni Jardin, who you may know from During this show, Xeni played music from her days growing up in the '80s in Richmond VA (music that she also shared with me via cassette mixtapes when I young - which influenced my own musical tastes in a huge way...) PODCAST LINK