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Happy 21st Birthday to Vidur Kapur

15Feb

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Ok, we lied, he’s not 21, he’s really 25 – but age is just a number right? 😉 In any case he’s celebrating a birthday, if you haven’t seen him on LOGO, New York Comedy Club or on a tour in your city – make it a point to go see him! His humor is outrageous and FABulous with a capital FAB :) We love you Vidur! Happy Birthday!

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Slumdog Comedy Tour 2009

Petz (Founder of Urban Desi Radio) Tina, Vidur Kapur and Miss Banga (Founder of Urban Desi Radio)

Cagebird Official Video (Mandeep Sethi)

15Feb

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Cagebird was one of my favorite tracks off Mandeep Sethi’s new album Poor Peoples Planet. When I saw Mandeep a few weeks ago, he told Mixman Shawn, AJ and myself this was an experimental album, I feel it speaks for the folks who can’t speak out do to a repress society and some artists living in fear of speaking their minds. Mandeep doesn’t hold back on this album, it’s a conscious flow of thoughts to wake our unconscious state of mind.

Directed By: Fridge Media

POOR​.​PEOPLES​.​PLANET

Mandeep Sethi

Fridge Media

Save this date – March 5th 2k11 – Yoni Ki Baat

14Feb

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Come out and support the South Asian Sisters, the monolougs will make you laugh, cry and laugh some more! Yoni Ki Baat was inspired by Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues. The South Asian Sisters have successfully produced Yoni Ki Baat, for the past seven years.  A portion of ticket proceeds will go to Narika, an organization committed to putting a stop to domestic abuse and violence in the South Asian community.

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, South Asian Sisters present a brand new script with moving, sensational, disturbing, titillating, and hilariously raw performances submitted by South Asian Women across the country! In keeping with the spirit of ending violence against women, a portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to Narika to assist survivors of domestic violence.

We’ll have two shows, both located at the Women’s Building in San Francisco!

Saturday, March 5th, 7:00 PM Buy Tickets

More information can be found at our website

We hope to see you there!!!

In Community,
South Asian Sisters

Painted Skies – Seba (Panjabi Architect)

14Feb

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Panjabi Architect’s beats puts me in a dream state, it just makes me want to close my eyes and drift out of my body. Painted Skies and Seba’s vocals are perfectly composed and marinated into one.

Painted Sky – Seba (Panjabi Architect’s Heavy Rotation Remix) by panjabiarchitect

Get advice PERSONALLY from Swami Guava

14Feb

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To use underarm deodorant or not? That is the question, the wacky the question the better. Swami Guava, your personal swami to every thing you could possibly imagine, but be warn he puts a humorous twist to his advice. He’s a character on DesiComedy.com. Please join DesiComedy.com Fan Page and submit your question. Swami Gauva will personally address you and your question on Desi Comedy youtube channel.

S-End Valentines Day Treat to his Neo Souljas

14Feb

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Oh S-Endz, besides free music downloads another way to my heart is anything EXCLUSIVE you put out. For all of you fans of Swami and personal S-Endz, this is super Valentines Day Treat… a sneak peak of Fashion, he adds that one of a kind Neofunk flavor with Kazz Kumar (whose responsible for making me say dirty words) enjoy this clip. I’m looking forward to featuring this track on the Junction!

Jan 28th: Urban Desi Artists coming together for CureSonia.org

22Jan

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It will be a mix of Desi and Non-Desi artists, coming together, with one sole purpose in mind – to find a bone marrow match for Sonia Rai, who has been diagnose with Leukemia. She’s only 24 years old. Vaishali Rana, a makeup artist, has put together this benefit party on behalf of Sonia. DJ Rav E, Mixman Shawn, New Day, Mandeep Sethi and Pree Mayall – are just a handful of names already confirm. Urban Desi Radio is proud partners with CureSonia.org. Let’s help find Sonia a marrow match, it just takes one match to save one life.

Part 2: Kanwar’s (Sikh Knowledge) coming out story

21Jan

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Part 1: Kanwar (Sikh Knowledge) talks about his self mutilation and suicidal tendencies

I could do a mini-series of interviews with Kanwar (Sikh Knowledge) he just has so many ideas and well rounded thoughts. He’s one of those artists, where you can give him any topic, he will have something to say and there’s a profound message behind his thoughts. For the past two days, I’ve had some of his tracks on replay and I feel the way he uses particular words could best describe the darker days of his childhood. Where his innocence was robbed from him at a very young age, his coming out and coming to terms with his sexuality. I’m very grateful he took the time to tell a complete stranger, a journalist, for that matter, his story. If you didn’t know much about Sikh Knowledge before this interview, you’ll walk away knowing the true definition of a warrior –  Kanwar Anit Singh Saini

Petz: I’m very impressed how you stepped out on stage and mention how you were proud, gay Sikh man at Non Stop Bhangra (Monthly Bhangra party in San Francisco, California) did people approach you after your set?

Kanwar: Surprisingly no. I was hanging out after the performance, I saw a few people pointing and whispering around me. A few people came up just to say, what’s up! One dude addressed it, but he was more connected to me by the fact he was from Montreal. No one really seemed to care. I felt it was necessary to mention it because most of the shows, I do are festivals and rallies with a political tinge to it. And this was a Non Stop Bhangra show, something I’ve never done before! I felt the need to mention it, although some of my music is danceable, there’s a message behind it. It sort of just came out to the audience. I just think everyone wanted to dance and to have a good time.

Petz: As a child, when did you start feeling different from the other children?

Kanwar: Right off the bat! I was somewhat of a “bubble boy” which means I always had some sort of allergy from being away from home too long, I was always creative, I was attached to my sisters, I was so different in that respect. Intellectually, I always did things differently compared to the other kids. I was always beat boxing on my way to school. In terms of my sexuality, on a certain level I always knew, but like I said, the sexual abuse confused things for me. As soon as we hit 8, 9, 10, we have a Meta awareness of ourselves, maybe even earlier then that. When the abuse started, my Meta awareness of myself, I explained these feelings being a result of the abuse, when later in life I realized it wasn’t a result of being sexually abused at all. I was confused with the reasons why I felt this way, but indelibly, found out there’s no reasons why, that’s just the way it is. It took my own self-awareness to separate the abuse from who I am. I was introduced to sex way too early, let’s just put it that way.

Petz: Do you get annoyed when people tie sexual abuse to homosexuality?

Kanwar: Oh totally! I’m not going to lie; my family did that when I first came out. They did out of fear, my sister approached me a couple of times and tried to make me realize it was because of the abuse. I realized they were just saying that because they needed a reason because they’re not me, so they just didn’t understand it. After awhile, they just accepted it for what it was. They saw beyond the sexual abuse. It really aggravates me when people assume you’re gay because you were abused. Sexual abuse itself is a monster, especially when it’s an old person and young person. I remember reading statistically, a couple of years back, how attention is attention, and a child who might have homosexual inclination might give off these susceptible signals to predators. The numbers of those being sexually abuse, who are gay, are just higher because of those reasons, not because of the abuse itself. Of course that’s just a statistic and even statistics can be way off. From me, it kind of resonates, like I said I was a bubble boy and very sensitive. I think when my abuse started, the root of it was basically attention, I loved the fact attention was being showered on me. Abuse isn’t always physically pain, a lot of it is being too young to know that the pleasure you’re feeling is completely fucking you up. That was completely inappropriate and not meant for me to experienced or showered on me in any way, shape or form. It really disturbs me when people compound my sexuality to the sexual abuse. Or abusers and homosexuality, abusers exist in many areas; there are heterosexual abusers as well, so it’s very different. If someone finds out your gay, they may never want to leave their kid with you again. It makes it difficult to adopt a child. It aggravates me for sure.

Petz: What happen to your abuser?

Kanwar: It’s fucked up, nothing happen. I blew the whistle on the abuse that I was experiencing and perpetuating. I’ll be honest about that; I was kid and abusing others as well. At some point, at the age of 16 or 17, I sat my whole family down and I told them everything. I blew the whistle on everything. My immediate family knows who the abuser is, my father knows who the abuser is and I know who the abuser is. The abuser knows who the abuser is and he knows that others know too. What’s funny is that, my abuser has never come to me to try to seek forgiveness. I haven’t made my peace with that person, but I made my peace with who I am. And who I am in relation to this abuse, especially it being known to my family. That’s huge and that’s really enough for me. This person, it’s funny, our parents generation has a weird way dealing with these issues, which we might consider very strange. It’s not that they don’t choose to talk about these things, but in fact for them breaking relations off with somebody is a very bad thing. Especially if the reason is something like this, they might not actually understand. In this instance, my abuser was my dad’s nephew. For my dad to break off the connection with that family, my dad just probably doesn’t understand, how he can do that and doesn’t know what to say. Which is sad, it’s not something I would do with my kid, but we have to understand they come from a different time and place. Just look at Monsoon Wedding, I would love it, if that was my life. If my father figure protected me in that way, that’s just not reality for a lot of people, it wasn’t a reality for me. I’m not living a fairy tale either, but thing is I can be loud about it, piss people off in the process and that’s fantastic to me.

Petz: When you were a kid, did you try to date girls just to fit in?

Kanwar: (laughs) I did, I had a girlfriend in grade 2. As I got older, I remember I tried to be intimate once or twice, not even just to fit in, but more just to prove to myself that I wasn’t gay. This was before shit hit the fan, I was really young, but I never tried to date girls just to fit in. I think I asked somebody out once, it lasted a night. (laughs). That was the end of that.

Petz: As you mention before, it is a long and difficult road out for a lot of folks out there in the Desi community to come to terms with their sexuality. And how you came out, it’s definitely different from other coming stories, because you blew the whistle on the abuse you endured as a child. From that point to your family developing a sense of acceptance to who you are, what happen in between? What made them come to terms with your sexuality?

Kanwar: I don’t think it’s acceptance for some people, I think if you are going to be a family member to Kanwar Anit Singh Saini, you are just going to have to deal with the fact I’m not going to care what you say. I’m lucky my family stuck around, I basically said, fuck you, I’m going to be who I want to be. Let’s just say my dad, this isn’t the ideal situation for his son. If you have a kid, think about it logically, you want your kid to succeed in “life” and you want your kid to have every opportunity to succeed. The reality is that includes not being gay, that’s a minority, if you are rallying for the maximum success for your off spring, obviously you are going to opt for them to be normative. So in terms for accepting, I think for somebody like my dad, he even says it himself, as long as my education is locked down then he just doesn’t care. I don’t think I could use the word acceptance with him. He tolerates who I am. For my sisters, on the other hand, who grew up in the western world, who know these terms, they accepted me. It’s a non-issue with them. My nieces are down with me, they are super proud of me. One of my nieces told me I was cooler because of who I am. (laughs) If I can take a handful of Punjabi kids and desensitize from this hetero normative macho crap that goes on in modern, pop, bhangra, movies and shit then I win. Between that point and now, my sisters are great, my dad is ok with it, but he comes from a different time and place. I can’t really blame him for that.

Petz: There are some people out there, in the Sikh community, who are still struggling coming to terms with their sexuality. They feel like they can’t be gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender, because it makes them a “bad” Sikh. What are some ways you overcame your guilt or is that still a work in progress?

Kanwar: I guess a few words on Sikhism, my name is Sikh Knowledge as an artist, and I got this name from a Black Jewish friend of mine. I didn’t give myself this name, because I was Sikh; my black Jewish friend had a double entendre and just gave me this name years ago. So people often approach me and think I know a lot about Sikhism. I do know a thing or two, this is the number one argument, and people say it’s against Sikhism because they assume it to be hypersexual. From what I understand, within the frameworks of Sikhi, to move away from worldly attachments, which includes sexuality is basically the goal in life. It’s not the sexual preference, it’s sexuality in general, and that people should be moving away from – under that framework.  Even heterosexuals are anti-Sikhi, the difference is preference and it’s not the amount of desire one has for the act. In terms of Sikhi, I just say its sexuality; people should be moving away from, if that’s your argument. Another argument that often comes up – it’s unnatural. To love another human being, is that unnatural? I don’t think so. We have to look into these arguments, when someone says it’s unnatural, what they are referring to is anal sex. They are referring penetrating in the asshole. What you have to realize, this isn’t the end all and be all of what it means to be gay. The goal isn’t anal sex. That’s very wrong, because people have sexual preferences, it doesn’t mean they all fall into this “anal sex” category. There are many gay people out there, who don’t have penetrating sex; they just need the companionship of the same sex. What about lesbians who don’t have penises to penetrate each other, the underline assumption – gay people are just running around looking to penetrate something else or be penetrated. Which is so stupid, foolish and it’s a big misconception. It’s so King James, because King James wrote the bible and that shit went all over the world, and then everyone wrote laws against homosexual at some point in history. Sikhism was founded on inclusive principals. So when some people use it to exclude anybody, not even gay people, just anybody – I resent the hell out of that. Right then and there, they are being preachy. I find that to be the antisepsis of the faith.

Petz: Do you think the younger Punjabi community lacks knowledge and acceptance towards the LGBT Punjabis out there?

Kanwar: Hell yeah! I told you Punjabi Sikh culture is hetero normative and too macho for it’s own good. If I had a function in arts, other than music, it would be desensitizing these idiots to what it means to be a human being. Which is basically what I am. Are they ignorant to it? Yessssss! Sooooo ignorant to it. Think about it, when do we often get exposed to different types of people? University. What happens in University? People group themselves into cliques; there will be a Punjabi clique, a Hindu clique, and a Gujarati clique – people stick to their own cliques. It’s familiar; it’s a homely feeling, it’s funny HA HA. What ends up happening to their detriment, they become less cultured as people. This isn’t an absolute truth, even in the Diaspora, people can grow up not ignorant and just knowing their own, not experiencing the world for what it is. They need to come to terms with this fact that gay people come from this world. 10% of people in this world are gay, I don’t care what culture you’re from, I don’t care what President Ahmadinejad says, how gay people don’t exist in Iran, of course there’s gay people in Iran. Trust me, they do exist. It’s foolish.

Petz: What would you like to do to bring awareness to the community?

Kanwar: Be me, just like every one else should be themselves.  I will just be me, if that can bring awareness, I’m not one to go wave my flag in anyone’s face. I don’t want someone to wave their flag in my face. I will just be there, be me and do the stuff I’m supposed to do. I love producing, I love making music, I love my other career – I love all these things. Just by being me, if I can desensitize these people – fantastic! I’m not at the point yet, where I will march anywhere and infringe or push it in people’s faces. That’s up to them to accept me, one day I might be treating them in the hospital or their kid in the hospital – who will have the last laugh? I’m still a human being, people just need to accept for what is what.

Petz: I love your music, especially the track you did with Humble the Poet, Singh with Me. How will you take your sexuality and compose it into a rhyme?

Kanwar: I talk to Humble about this often, about how I can incorporate this part of myself into lyrics, without being so overt about it. If I had an album, I would probably address in a song or two. When your rhyming, basically hip-hop tracks aren’t about anything at all. Humble the Poet, is one of the emcees I know who can stay on topic; he can have a lot of rhymes on one topic. If I were to incorporate it, I would incorporate it, the way I corporate my views on Israel/Palestine. In other songs, where I just rhyme for the sake of rhyming, I can still incorporate my views in on metaphor. In our song “Slick Slick” I say something like, spark the night, with no reason like Israel. Right then, I’m bashing Israel for whatever my beliefs are, but I just said it in a simply assembly or rhyme. I do actually have a rhyme on Humble the Poet’s last album, on this song “Middle Ring Pinky” I end up saying something like, Knowledge the boggy, iconoclastically breaking fag perception. I’ll incorporate it in my rhymes, like I’m a regular hetero emcee.

Petz: This has been a wonderful interview; I believe people out there will feel truly inspired by your story. We are truly blessed to have you open up the way you did. I’m truly blown away by you. Thank you once again Kanwar.

Kanwar: Don’t mention it. It was great, thank you for letting me speak my mind.

The Celebrity Line up for the Anokhi 5th Annual Gala

20Jan

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Three weeks today, Toronto will be a buzz when Johnnie Walker presents ANOKHI’s 5th Annual Gala in association with Bisha Hotel & Residences. this much anticipated event will be taking place on Friday February 4th 2011 at the prestigious Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex to celebrate the release of ANOKHI magazine’s 8th Anniversary Collector’s issue and ‘Sexy & Successful List’ of today’s hottest South Asians from around the world.

Anokhi Media Corp. is pleased to honour and showcase today’s South Asian movers and shakers from the fashion, entertainment, media and entrepreneurial industries who will be in attendance from Canada, the US, the UK and India.

The event will showcase a spectacular runaway show by one of India’s most celebrated Bollywood fashion designers, Vikram Phadnis who will be showcasing his spectacular collection for the very first time in North America, followed by an intimate exhibition where attendees will have the rare opportunity to meet the designer and purchase his clothing which will be available for the first time in Canada at this event. In the words of Bollywood star and former Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen: “Vikram has an individualistic style and when he dresses up stars, he keeps in mind their personal style”.

The gala will also host an array of live performances by acclaimed South Asian artists:

International musical artist, Canada’s Raghav: One of “Canada’s best-kept secrets in the Arts” – The Globe and Mail

International celebrity DJ from the US, Donna D’Cruz: “Donna’s enthusiasm and passion about music and life permeates the whole atmosphere” – Deepak Chopra, International Spiritual Life Coach

UK’s hottest musical artist Mona Singh: “She is the Asian Madonna” – Kanya King, Founder of The MOBO Awards

US’s hottest musical artist Tina: “TINA can sing and dance, and her killer abs don’t hurt either!” – New York Post

Celebrated classical Indian dancer, Canada’s Bageshree Vaze: “An absolutely electrifying performer” – Michael Crummey, award-winning author of Galore.

This will be Donna D’ Cruz’s and Mona Singh’s first official performances in Canada, Tina’s and Bageshree Vaze’s first performances at an ANOKHI event, and Raghav’s returning performance through popular public demand.

Also in attendance are well known personalities such as:

One of Canada’s top journalists, CBC News Toronto anchor, Anne-Marie Mediwake: “She is an incredible talent and well loved” – Susan Marjetti, Managing Director, CBC Toronto

Hot international model, Azura: Has Modelled for Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, Betsy Johnson & the Late Alexander McQueen.

This glitzy red carpet event will host a two hour awards and entertainment show for five hundred attendees over a four course meal with wine, as well as an exclusive VIP after party thereafter at the same venue. Doors open at 7:15 pm for the show and dinner which will run from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, and at 9:30pm for the VIP after-party, where attendance is expected to increase to over a thousand people.

Anokhi Media Corp. is also a proud supporter of the Canadian Foundation For Aids Research (CANFAR) in its mission to raise awareness and generate funds for research in all aspects of HIV infection and AIDS, and is pleased to provide the attendees with the opportunity to donate at their booth on site. Additionally, a percentage of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated in support of its objectives by Anokhi Media Corp.

Guess whose coming to Pioneer Bhangra???

20Jan

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Mark your calendars, Pioneer Bhangra, presented by Cal State East Bay — February 19th. The after party is promoted by Desi Productions. This year Jus Reign and En Karma will be performing at the after party. En Karma made a HUGE splash on the scene with his first album simply titled Debut Album (clever). It was on the SimplyBhangra charts for weeks!!! Jus Reign seemed to be a top pick among students and fans of Pioneer Bhangra. His comedy, outburst and music can eat away hours of your time on youtube. Jus Reign has over 26k subscribers, followed by his tagline … “What can I say? I’m brown. I wear a turban. Old white ladies are scared of me.”