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A Spotlight on Contemporary Art in India Comes to San Francisco



THE MATTER WITHIN: New Contemporary Art of India, an art exhibition showcasing fine are and photography by contemporary artists from South Asian decent living in the US and India. This exhibit will open at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco Oct. 15 through Jan. 29, 2012.



“We decided to create an exhibition of contemporary art of India to coincide with the presentation of the ‘Maharaja’ exhibition that will be on view in the fall at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum,” Betti-Sue Hertz, YBCA’s director of visual arts in a statement.


Artists Include:

  •  Ayisha Abraham
  • Rina Banerjee
  • CAMP
  •  Nikhil Chopra
  • Anita Dube
  • Gauri Gill
  • Shilpa Gupta
  • Sunil Gupta
  • Siddhartha Kararwal
  •  Dhruv Malhotra
  •  The Otolith Group
  • Sreshta Premnath
  • Pushpamala N.
  • Raqs Media Collective
  • Tejal Shah
  • Sudarhan Shetty
  •  Bharat Sikka
  • Anup Mathew Thomas
  •  Thukral
  • Tagra

For more information or bios about all artists please visit The Matter Within official website


Come join the Non-Stop Bhangra for the exhibition kick-off


9 Hottest “Urban Desi” Artists Touring America This Fall



Starring: Imran Khan of “Amplifier” fame alongside: H-Dhami, Hard Kaur, Culture Shock Crew- Baba Kahn, Lomaticc & Sunny Brown and Durrani Bros. with DJ Kamran






Mogul Entertainment Group is proud to announce “The Takeover Tour”- America’s biggest South Asian music concert tour starring Imran Khan of “Amplifier” fame alongside some of the hottest Urban Desi musical acts of today!


This national tour will be held this fall, between September 16th and October  22nd  in major metropolitan cities throughout the U.S. including 13 of the top 15 South Asian population centers (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC/Virginia, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, and Seattle.)


“The Takeover Tour” will include numerous Desi artists including UK Bhangra sensation H-Dhami, Desi female rapper and vocalist Hard Kaur, North America’s favorite Desi boy-band the Culture Shock crew, and hip-hop music producers Durrani Hard KaurBros with DJ Kamran. Over 3,000 people are expected at each event with this all-star line-up!


“The new generation of South Asian artists that have adapted hip-hop or pop have been ignored by mainstream media, that’s despite the fast growth and large presence of this new subculture” said Rick Mogul, CEO of Mogul Entertainment Group, “the South Asian community is full of young, educated, enthusiastic fans that connect to these East-Meets-West artists.”


With a national South-Asian marketing campaign, inventive social media marketing and community outreach, this concert series will be the first of its kind.

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Mogul Entertainment Group has partnered with various sponsors including Shri Bala Ji Entertainment, M&M Entertainment and more organizations to make this concert series possible.


Zee TV, B4U and ARY Digital are official television broadcasting partners of the “The Takeover Tour” with promotional support from various radio outlets including Clear Channel, Pandora, Radio City, Urban Desi Radio and Punjabi Radio USA.The Takeover Tour H DHami


About Mogul Entertainment Group:

With more than two decades of experience, Mogul Entertainment Group represents the best in event booking and promotions. Bringing together the 4 pillars of a successful event: Talent, promotion, representation & development, Mogul Entertainment Group provides top-notch talent management. Located in America, Mogul Entertainment focuses both locally and internationally. For more information visit http://www.mogulentertainmentgroup.com



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Hargo Boparai Soon to Release Bhangra Album”Bhangrafornia” Putting California on the Map!



Do you feel like the Bhangra scene has been lacking good traditional music producers? Don’t worry. There’s finally a breathe of fresh air.

A new Pujabi music producer hailing from the San Francisco- Bay Area, Hargo Boparai is set to release a  his Bh261639_250043068345788_200742806609148_1208328_5130037_nangra album  – Bhangrafornia. What a wonderful mix of words, we’re hoping the album sounds just as nice :)

Hargo has  had an interest in music, particularly Bhangra music from a young age. With influences from traditional folk Punjabi music and local influences from Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti, this interest had led to the creation of his own album featuring some of the great well known vocalists in Punjabi music today, and others who are newer to the scene but have talented singing voices.

He says ” Alcohol, Panjabi MC, Sukshinder Shinda and other great UK and Indian producers along with folk punjabi music singers such as Chamkila and Yamla Jatt” are his inspiration.

The new album “Bhangrafornia” features all original songs from Master Saleem (India), Surinder Shinda (India), and other talented vocalists in  Punjabi music.

 In anticipation of his new album, we caught up with Hargo himself to see what the deal was…


UDR: Hargo Boparai…… claim to fame?

HB: Ha! No claim to fame as of yet, just trying to put together some fun, exciting, energetic bhangra music. Eventually I hope this will get the Bay Area, California some recognition in the Bhangra scene. We have a lot of talent, some of which I have on the album; my good friends Teji Padda and Kulwant Dhanjal both living in Calfornia are featured on the album.

I was born and raised in the Bay Area. Like almost every other producer out there, I started of by deejaying and eventually followed that into experimenting in creating my own music. It took many years to get something that was presentable, so here if my first shot! I am hoping everyone enjoys the music. I have a lot of different flavors, from pure desi folk style, to more modern, to hip hop. Like California, I tried to make this album in ways a melting pot of sounds and styles.

UDR:You used to DJ in the 2000s, your finally back on the scene, what happened?

HB: To be honest, I was focusing on my professional career and completing all my educational goals, which I now am fairly comfortable with. Music definitely is not paying the bills :)

The past few years have been rather crazy personally (in a good way), and last year I decided to dust of the recording and production equipment and get back to work in the studio with a fresh approach.

I was funny in ways; after not touching music in a few years, I felt totally rejuvenated and actually felt like it was a fresh start. You know how it is, if you do something day in day out for a extended length of time, your creativity and originality really takes a hit.

I started spending time with Ustad Lal Singh Bhatti and continuing to get input and learn things from him. All of this in turn lead to a layoff that is now officially over!


UDR: What’s your inspiration for “Bhangrafornia”?

HB: The album name itself has taken a life of it’s own. What I wanted to do was to come up with a album name that really reflects who I am. Bhangrafornia; a mix of Bhangra and California. It was funny because I literally took a poll with friends on what name the album should have, and Bhangrafornia came out on top. I also took that approach in the thinking for the album and all graphics; I wanted to make it un252568_230896546927107_200742806609148_1127473_1909959_nique and reflect who I am.


UDR: What can we expect with your new album?

HB: You can expect some fun, energetic music that you can jam to with your parents, kids, or grandparents around. The tracks are high energy, desi, with a twist of west coast flavors to some. I am hoping that people enjoy the music as much as I enjoyed recording the music and putting it together. The album is out August 5th worldwide on I-Tunes and all other major digital retail stores!

UDR: What’s next for you?
HB: First I want to see the response to this album. I have gotten some nice feedback so far with emails, twitter messages, facebook messages from around the world. I also had my track featured on Bhangra Breakdown on the BBC Asia Network with Dipps Bhamrah, which was big! I will let this album take its own path, but have some unique ideas for some music I want to do in the future. I will keep that all a surprise but can give you one hint, it will be something for the Punjabi American guys and girls!
For more information about Hargo Boparai or “Bhangrafornia”:


Walk this way… with a Punjabi Twist




Hey  Diddle Diddle… you got to check this out. The Beautiful Losers feat. Mixman Shawn doing a cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” here’s the kicker…Mixman Shawn dropped some lyrics in Punjabi! It’s great to see Mixman OUT of the studio and up on stage, SHOWCASING his OWN talent, instead of enhancing other people’s talent. I really hope he focuses on his own music and career for 2011.

Welcome to Mela 2.0




Last night, there was a special private party for VIP costumers of Mela Tandoori Oven, their original location once situated underground in the Tenderloin district has gotten a major upgrade! The new Mela Tandoori Kitchen is located in the San Francisco’s Civic Center area, local business folks and city politicians are excited about Mela’s grand opening (happening later in the coming week) because their only other choice for Indian/Pakistani food is Naan n Curry. The Naan n Curry in the Civic Center area was mention in the 50 WORST PLACES to eat in the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper.

Mela has two floors, the first floor is the dining area and upstairs is the “Hookahs n Hose” lounge, where you can indulge in a wide variety of different hookah flavors. The charcoal is actually organic; made with coconut shells.

The restaurant is own and operated by Subedar Brothers (Sohel, Moiz and Zoaib)  they are following in their fathers footsteps who opened the first Indian/Pakistani restaurant in the Tenderloin in 1986, “Shalimar Gardens” after their father retired, the Brothers re-branded it to “Mela Tandoori Kitchen” which evolved into a after hour hookah lounge.

Congrats to the Subedar Brothers and Family!!

Mela Tandoori Kitchen/Hookahs n Hose

536 Golden Gate Ave. (between Van Ness and Polk St.)

San Francisco, CA

Mumbai’s DJ Ashrafi coming to the Bay!



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You folks living in the Bay Area… 3M productions is bringing us Mumbai’s lovely DJ Ashrafi, I talked about her on the junction, kind of hot! I couldn’t find any of her mixes, if so can you ping me some of her mixes urbandesiradio[@]gmail.com

Aug 28th 2010


316 11th Street
San Francisco, CA

3M Production
In Collaboration With
Radio Fundoo, Morning Masti, Sulekha & Desiclub.com

A Night with DJ ASHRAFI
First Ever Female DJ From India

Official North American Tour

Saturday, August 28th, 2010
San Francisco’s Most Premier Trendy Ultra Club
316 11th Street, San Francisco, CA
MIST is a trendy Ultra Club located in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district. It provides a very chic and contemporary upscale atmosphere with the capacity of a “mega club” but with an Ultra Lounge feel.

2 separate levels, 2 dance floors, and 3 bars
A very unique plexy glass “see thru” dance floor upstairs
A private VIP Room with its own separate sound system
Ample VIP seating areas overlooking the dance floor on the main level
Ambience lighting system which changes the interior color of the entire club

3 Separate Areas For Your Pleasure

Main Room Dedicated For All You Bollywood Fanatics
Playing the Best of Latest Bollywood Filmi Hits, Bollywood Remixes, Bollywood Pop & Bollywood Flashbacks

2nd Room
Playing the Best of Hip-Hop, UK Bhangra & Top-40

VIP Room
For VIP Ticket Holders ONLY


This Superb Party Was Created From The Desires Of A Party Catering Strictly To The Needs Of Who Love Indian Music. It Has Been Produced At The Most Famous Crossroads Of The World, Where Bollywood Meets Hollywood Through 1000’s Of Years Of South Asian Tradition.

Summer’s Last Party Of The Year

Bringing You For First Ever Female DJ From India
India’s No. 1 and Most Talked About Female DJ


Official 2010 North American Tour
Toronto – Edmonton – Dallas – San Francisco – Chicago – Houston
Artist Managed By 3M Productions

Dj Ashrafi is India’s No.1 Female DJ. Hailing from Kolkata and now rocking Mumbai with her Club and Bollywood remixes DJ Ashrafi figures among Asia’s leading female disc jockeys and is rated as the top female Bollywood DJ in India. She is popularly known as the ”Queen of Bollywood Remixes’’. With no professional training, DJ Ashrafi, started her career as a sound engineer in renowned Punjabi singer Sukhwinder Singh’s studio in Mumbai. She is a sound engineer by day and rocks the party scene by night.

Known for her high energy performances she within a short span of a few years has had the privilege of performing at top clubs and gigs in India and all over the world such as Prive, F-Bar, Manre, Hard Rock Cafe, Olive bar & Kitchen, Provogue Lounge, Elevate, Tantra, Enigma, In the Mix, Bottles & Chimneys, Capitol Orange, Lush, Dublin etc just to name a few. She plays a range of music from bollywood to hip hop, club to house, retro and lounge. Her spins are something to be spoken of….

So come see India’s No. 1 female DJ live for the first time ever in Bay Area, as she makes her appearance in San Francisco straight from Mumbai, India. She is ready to take your breath away by making you dance all night long with her flawless mixing abilities and her precise beat matching skills.

Also Featuring Bay’s Finest DJz

SALIM J – Bay’s #1 Bollywood DJ
3M Resident DJ

DJ VIK – Ultra Soundz Entertainment
3M Resident DJ

Hip-Hop/Bhangra Room

DJ Sikhness – Bhangra Phenom
3M Resident DJ


Doors Open At 10pm
Strictly A 21+ Event

To Ensure Guaranteed Entry Purchase Tickets in Advance

(Limited Tickets Available Online Only)

Pre-Sold General – $10
Ensures Guaranteed Entry

Pre-Sold VIP – $25
*No Waiting in Line
*Access to VIP Area
*Meet & Greet with DJ Ashrafi
*Guaranteed Entry

*Bottle Service (Choice of Grey Goose, Crown or Black)
*No Cover for 5 Guests
*Reserved Table on the Main Floor
*No Waiting in Line
*Ensures Guaranteed Entry

Online Tickets Available at desiclub.com

$15 Entry With Guestlist Before 11:30pm
For Guestlist, Email Us Your Full Name At: mmm_prod@yahoo.com
Guestlist Will Only Be Accepted Until 2pm On 8/28
(Patrons Must Be Paid For Or By The Ticket Booth by 11:30pm)

DRESS CODE IS UPSCALE ATTIRE : NO Baggy or Faded Jeans, NO T-Shirts or Athletic Apparel, NO Sneakers, Boots or Tennis Shoes and NO Hats or Caps Will Be Allowed
Those Dressed Inappropriately Will Be Turned Away And Absolutely NO Exceptions Will Be Made At All!!!

Contact Info:
Call: 408-605-5915 / 408-234-6709
Email: mmm_prod@yahoo.com
Website: www.mmm-prod.com

Interview with the Phone Sex Operator



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I remember this boy in my class, it was 5th or 6th grade… his parents didn’t block the 900 sex chat line, he invited us all over and we prank called a bunch of these numbers … later that month the phone bill came, it came out to be 800 dollars!!!! His mother was pissed!!! Ironically the boy never got caught, the mother just blamed the husband… yikes!!! Have you ever thought, whose really behind that sexy voice? What do they go through… how much money do they rank in… everything you always wanted to know about phone sex operators, but were afraid to ask… Lipsticks and Politics brings us this interesting feature!!!

Timing For Newson in Governor Race, All Wrong




By Mira Veda

It’s no major surprise that Gavin Newsom, current mayor of San Francisco abruptly abandoned the race for California Governor. There are so many things were standing in his way, including himself. The race was destined to be an uphill battle. Newsom had such weak poll numbers; there is no way he could have jumped ahead of Attorney General Jerry Brown to win the Governor’s seat.

Firstly, the lack of support is a result of Newsom’s own doing. The affair with his top aid’s wife still lingers in the minds of his constituents, mostly men who feel like he broke the ‘man code’. This loss in personal belief of his character as a candidate is one reason he couldn’t scrounge up more support. Had he allowed enough time to pass and settle into his new family to build a new reputation, people would have forgotten about his past. Successful leaders don’t just tell about the attributes we value and what makes them fit to lead, they show us.

Secondly, his absenteeism as a Mayor didn’t do him any favors. Many San Franciscans were unimpressed with the constant campaigning that left the Mayor’s office empty. The slippage of standing dropped the funds and support from a community that boasted very high approval ratings previously. Newsom acknowledged this in his statement released at 3pm on Friday October 30 where he cited family obligations and city duties as a reason for bowing out of the race.

Thirdly, Newsom seemed to be having an incredibly difficult time raising funds. In the reporting period last June, Newsom had raised $1.2 million to Jerry Brown’s $7.4 million. Since then, Newsom has raised another $709,000 and Brown has raised $1.3 million. With such huge a discrepancy in monies, Brown could have easily created a more compelling campaign, embarrassing Newsom without really trying. Politics is as much about the ability to create a public personality as it is as having a great personality. Without matching funds, Newsom had no chance.

The few good things that Newsom has going for him is what he should focus on. His family and daughter would be a first step. He has an opportunity to position himself as a family man rather than just look like one, thereby exposing Californians to the fact that their personal values are inline with his values. Second, he should focus on the city that made him who he is. In the course of his time as Mayor, he has used the city’s platform to gain a global position. He has utilized celebrity-centered politics to bring light to very critical issues. If Newsom were to wait a few more years and become a part of the culture rather than above it, he could truly gain back authenticity that he has lost due to bad decision-making. He could regain relationships he’s that seem to be simmering his reputation. He needs to reach out to his constituents and be a part of the community. Create an open-door policy like he did when he was campaigning. His celebrity style and unapproachable office often makes him distant from the public that elected him.
All and all, the time is not right for Newsom. Perhaps, in a few years when he’s proven he has the character everyone admired in him in the first place he can jump into another race in politics.

Follow Mira Veda on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Mira Veda

Welcome to San Francisco Mr. President…




It’s not everyday the president of the US comes to SF, I don’t recall Bush ever visiting (not that I wanted to see him – but I would of  participated in a protest against him and his policies)

I got a call from Deeps, telling me that I should head to Union Square  because Obama was going to be there (to speak at US Democratic Fundraiser). I heard about this news a couple of weeks ago from my aunt, but couldn’t find any articles linking back to Obama’s speaking engagement. The only article I could find said he might be in the Bay Area for the golf tournament.

At 4:53pm, Obama’s plane landed at SFO, it was a dreary day, but towards the end of the afternoon, the sun came out – a perfect theme song to end the day, would of been the Beatle’s George Harrison’s “Here comes the Sun”

Union Square, it’s a significant place between Obama and myself, after he was elected my friends and I headed to one of the Hotels to see his speech on the big screen. Emotion was mixed on November 2nd, with the California’s YES on Prop 8 winning, but Obama defeated McCain. For the first time in US history, a newly elected US President, acknowledged LGBT citizens in America deserves the same rights privileges, just like any other citizen.

Last night, I was back in Union Square, I just wanted to catch a glimpse of him. Back in the 60s, my mother got to see President Kennedy’s motorcade in the San Francisco Market St area. It was my turn to see a President that I elected…. security was tight… there were groups of protesters for health care, bringing the troops back home and the Defense Marriage Act. I spent a better part of the night on the Union Square side, I happen to come across this young couple and this older woman, who was a cancer survivor. That caught my attention, I told her about Urban Desi Radio, and our breast cancer campaign. The young couple took down our website, because his mother was a cancer survivor too.

For the rest of the night, Bobby (the older woman) kept me company. She worked for Obama’s primaries here in SF, it was around the same time she found out she had cancer. She told me it was her will to live that kept her going, she didn’t break down, one of her daughters kept breaking down at the thought of losing her mother. She had to be close to my mother’s age, and she had that motherly compassion because she used to be a school teacher. We talked about Kennedy, Mascone, Harvey Milk, Women as cops, her experiences living in the South during segregation, and of course our love for Obama. We made our way across the street and she pointed out that she remembered the SUV because Obama had rode in one, when he campaigned in SF.

Sure enough, he finally came out, I saw his shadow because the cop lights started to blink. I wish we could of got closer, but I know he will be back in SF… until next time, have a safe journey back Mr. President.

I hope the next time he comes to SF, he makes it a point to have the Democratic Committee in SF, set something up for the folks who can’t afford 3-10k a head fundraisers. Everyone deserves a chance to hear our President speak in person.