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Israeli artiste to host music fest in Israel, India



Israeli electronic music artiste BEMET

Israeli electronic artiste Hod Moshonov, also known by his stage name BEMET, says he is working on a music festival that is expected to take place in Tel Aviv or Indian cities like Delhi or Mumbai next year.

During Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to India earlier this year, he said “the business partnership between India and Israel is doing wonders”.

What about a partnership between music artistes of India and Israel?

“I really want to do a festival kind of thing that will be located in very specific places like Tel Aviv or Delhi or Mumbai. I am working on it actually. The festival will feature aristes from Israel, Bollywood and underground music in India,” BEMET told IANS in an interview.

“This kind of stuff takes some time. I really hope it happens by next summer. Now I am working on my next album. I want to play as much as I can play in India and do as many collaborations as I can,” he added.

BEMET has performed at various festivals across Europe, the US and Asia. Won’t there be an excess of music festivals?

“My festival will focus on south Indian music and hip-hop genre,” said the talent, known for reviving the keytar instrument.

BEMET, who made a splash in the Indian market after producing his version of “Mumbai dance” of Indian electronic music producer Nucleya, is also looking for the “next big rapper” in the country.

“Girl or boy, it doesn’t matter. I am a big fan of rappers. I really want to work with (Indian American songwriter-rapper) Raja Kumari,” he said.

Without sharing any names, he said he is collaborating with a “Bollywood artiste”.

“It’s not going to be a romantic song. It will be epic… a very big festival song. It will talk to everybody in the nation. The single will be about a collaboration between Israel and India,” said BEMET, who will also be soon dropping a track titled “Chakadi” featuring Indian-Israeli pop singer Liora Itzhak.

He loves Bollywood music, but he wants to do away with the boundary between Hindi film and underground music.

“I know that in India, there is a big difference between underground music and Bollywood people. I am coming from outside. I want to break that boundary,” he added.

He loves being in India and performing here. The Israeli talent returned to India in March for a multi-city showcase curated by NCM Agency. As part of The Sababa Tour, he performed in cities like Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

“The Indian audience is the most loved (loving) people. They spread so much of love during the show and after the show. After ‘Sababa’, people started recognising me on the streets of Goa. People play the song at parties and beaches; they know the music. I feel the love and vibe,” said the artiste.

The Bollywood-infused Middle Eastern track “Sababa” was produced and composed along with Nucleya.

BEMET is also known for “Baba Yaga”, featuring Mc Tommy, that highlights East European folklore.

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Report: Food and spirits



Rhea Kapoor

She may be more known for her passion for fashion, but food is as much of a forte for Bollywood producer Rhea Kapoor, who finds cooking “spiritual”. In a free-wheeling chat with IANSlife, she shares how food helps get her closer to people. Excerpts:

Q) How big a foodie you are?
Hundred per cent. Not only do I take pleasure in food, I also seek inspiration from it. I look forward to travelling because I want to try new cuisines. I fall in love with people when they cook great food or their taste matches mine. I feel it’s at the core of my world, which is sad, but also good. Food is on my mind all the time.

Q) Your favourite cuisine?
My favourite cuisine keeps changing, but I love Indian food. I also love Thai, Italian, French cuisines. It’s too hard. I can’t pick one cuisine. But my current favourite is Italian.

Q) Do you cook?
I love cooking. And I cook really well, but I have so many chef friends that I am scared to cook before them. Though I’ve cooked only a few times in the past year because of all the work, but I really look forward to weekends when I can cook and I do everything from scratch. It’s like spiritual thing for me.

Q) When you buy food, do you read the label?
Whenever I buy food I try to ensure that the product is fresh and organic, and has less preservatives.

Q) You recently joined The Doers Club. Tell us about it.
Though I found the idea of collaboration with a chef to curate a menu interesting, I was a bit unsure of working with a scotch brand, because I have seen these commercials based on male bonding over whisky. Ironically, some of the best whisky drinkers that I know and that I like to drink with are women. But my love for the perfect old-fashioned whisky sour has evolved from the age of 21 to 32, and I love enjoying these cocktails with my girlfriends. So I thought it was cool that a scotch brand was reaching out to two women for collaboration and breaking the stereotype of bro-ship. Every cool girl that I know enjoys her scotch as much as a man and we discuss anything to everything while having it.

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Eat your good way to keep your healthy eyes



Prolonged usage of mobile, laptop and TV screens is becoming a necessary evil. With screen-time becoming so essential to our personal and professional lives, taking good care of your eyes is equally important. Two dietitians suggest some nutritious food for your eyes.

* Vitamins
Foods rich in vitamins can help eyes fight problems, says dietitian Deepti G. Dua, who is the co- founder of Mutation Diet Clinic. Our eyes require Vitamins A, C and E rich food. Citrus rich food, such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons and tangerines contain free radical-fighting antioxidants, which can keep our eyes healthy. Non-citric food like strawberries, peppers, peaches are also vitamin sources, she explains.

Researches show that eyes need high amount of Vitamin C to function well and can prevent or delay eye-related troubles like cataract, says Harshita Dilawri, a nutritionist at Know Your Nutrients.

* Leafy vegetables
Eggs and veggies like spinach, kale, turnip green, brocolli, peas are good sources of Lutein and zeaxanthin, two nutrients key to lower the risk of AMD (age related macular degeneration) and healthy eyes.

* Omega-3 rich food
Cold water fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines are rich in good fats like Omega-3 and very good for dry eyes and macular degeneration. These are also rich in Vitamin D, which is equally good for healthy eyes. If you are not a fish eater or if you are vegan, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and thus good for protecting eyes.

* Legumes and Beans
Many beans and legumes are rich in zinc, which is a very important mineral found in high concentration in eyes. Zinc is found in mostly all beans, including lima, black eyed beans and kidney beans along with lean meats, poultry and fortified cereals.

Tip: Good breakfast combinations might be whole-grain cereal with low-fat milk, eggs and toast with jam, porridge, oatmeal, or muesli. Drinking water can also be beneficial for your eyes in many ways. Nutrient rich food such as garlic, tomatoes and soy milk, depending on their amount of intake, too could be a major add on to your eyes’ health.

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Ira Trivedi says, ‘Remaining fit is simpler than it seems’





Yoga instructor and author Ira Trivedi, whose tryst with the practice began not in India but in the US, feels that yoga has had a powerful comeback in the past few years in India, and remaining fit is simpler than it seems.

Trivedi, 31, says that even though yoga has been in the Indian culture and it originated from the country, it had a dip in its popularity. It, however, bounced back just about 5-6 years ago — owing to the governmental push and also as a greater public resistance against lifestyle problems.

“Problems like stress, anxiety, high or low blood pressure and diabetes come up because of the modern lifestyle, which is why yoga has become popular recently,” she told IANSlife in an interview.

The instructor-writer claims that sitting is the new smoking, and it is simple to stay fit.

“Prolonged sitting can lead to spine and mental problems. People can stay fit in simple ways: Eating correctly, moving with their spine, doing gentle spinal movements and walking. It’s very simple to stay fit, it just requires a habit and some amount of initial discipline.”

Trivedi’s personal journey with yoga began almost 15 years ago when she was a student at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

“I was exposed to yoga more there because I saw so many celebrities doing it. I remember I walked into a yoga studio, but it was so expensive that I could not afford it as a young student. Then when I came back to India, I became curious.”

In her quest to develop an authentic yoga practice, Trivedi landed up at the doors of the Sivananda Ashram in Thiruvananthapuram, and has since let the art of yoga give her life a 360-degree twist — physically and emotionally.

“I feel like a better and more compassionate person, a more mindful person who cares about the world, people, environment a lot more,” shares Trivedi, who has yoga programmes on Doordarshan to her credit.

Among her books, Trivedi has authored “India in Love: Marriage and Sexuality in the 21st Century” — a 2014 book which explores the mating habits of young Indians, the changing face of Indian pornography and prostitution, India’s gay revolution and understands how the nation that gave the world the Kama Sutra could have a high rate of rape and violence against women.

Having worked hard on her flair for writing, she now balances both careers.
For the Lucknow-born yoga acharya, it’s all about the right techniques and interesting ways of teaching.

“I personally swear by the Shirshasana — the head stand. It’s one of the best and is achievable by most people. It looks difficult, but with the correct technique, becomes easy.”

Trivedi is the founder of Namami Yoga — an organization that brings yoga to a wide swathe of people. She also has a mobile application called Ira Yoga, which has bite-sized yoga and meditation modules for learners, especially those from the busy corporate world.

However, Trivedi feels that the sooner one adopts yoga in their life the better.

“Kids’ bodies are so flexible and capable of doing so much. But if you make them remain still in an ‘aasana’ for two minutes, an 8-year-old cannot do that. The West is actually innovating on yoga for children and making it exciting.

“If yoga was taught to children in the correct way, where it was looked upon at that age as more of a sport, it would be more exciting,” she added.

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