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A film by Dr. Ravi Godse, Pittsburgh, USA
A film by Dr. Ravi Godse, Pittsburgh, USA
A Mumbaikar settled in US is a physician by profession. He has a passion for film making. He took formal education in film making for three years in US to take his passion to the next level.
Dr. Godse says: I have directed 4 movies so far. “Dr. Ravi & Mr. Hyde” was ahead of its time, poking fun at paranoia of minorities. I still don’t understand why the movie is not a cult classic. Very soon, hopefully. My second movie was called, “I am a schizophrenic and so am I”, it was shot in Pittsburgh and Poland, third one is called “Help me, help you” which had a plethora of Hollywood stars, and fourth one is the current one, “Remember Amnesia”, that is being released.
About the story of this movie, he says: A US based physician from India loses his memory during an accident while visiting India, his memory comes back but he can’t remember whether he killed his wife or not.
He shared an interesting experience in the making of this movie: A day at the live Indian train station and try and shoot the scenes in the moving train was a challenge I still have nightmares about. It was like an old India cricket match with Ravi Shastri batting, you know it is an excruciatingly slow march towards defeat. The city was under lock down due to political unrest, one actor did not show up, the shunting yard had to be abandoned for the live shoot on a real train but due to the incredible technical talent of our crew, actors remembering the lines, and me dropping my laissez-faire attitude brought it home.
The movie is rated by Motion Pictures Association of America as PG-13 for brief thematic content/images. The cast includes very well-known faces from Marathi/Indian artist names, like Mahesh Manjrekar, Vijay Patkar, Shruti Marathe, Mohan Agashe, Lokesh Gupte, Jaywant Wadkar, Aanad Kale.
American cast includes: Dileep Rao
(Avatar, Inception) in the lead role
Tovah Feldshuh ( Broadway, Golden Globe Nominee) Curtiss Cook ( House of cards, Shutter Island) Lisa Ann Walter ( Parent trap)
It also features a terrific NFL star James Harrison ( Steelers/Patriots)
When asked about making a Marathi movie he said: I would love to make a Marathi movie and hope that I never can ( Being busy with Hollywood!)
The movie opens nationwide in
multiple cities on June 14th
For the showtimes check the website www.RememberAmnesia.com
Enjoy the trailer:
Sambhaji Bhosale : An Extraordinary King
(14 May 1657 – 11 March 1689) was the eldest son of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Maratha Empire, and his first wife Saibai. He was successor of the realm after his father's death.
Born: May 14, 1657, Purandar fort, India
Died: March 11, 1689, Tulapur, India
Parents: Shivaji, Sai Bhosale
Siblings: Rajaram Chhatrapati Read More:
Picture Source: By मालोजीराव (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Jyotine Tejachi Arti
ज्योतीने तेजाची आरती
ज्योतीने तेजाची आरती
Sudhir Phake and G.D. Madgulkar Birth Centennial Celebration in Los Angeles
Maharastra Mandal of Los Angeles celebrated lives of Sudhir Phadke [ Babuji] and G.D. Madgulkar [GaDiMa] as 2019 is the birth-centennial year for both. The program highlighted the work of both these giants in the realms of vocal music and poetry respectively. As the world-wide Marathi diaspora celebrates the birth-centennial of the duo, MMLA joined the wagon with a program conceived and directed by Dr. Gopal Marathe of Los Angeles. Read More:
Bal Gangadhar Tilak Jayanti July 23
Bal Gangadhar Tilak born as Keshav Gangadhar Tilak (23 July 1856 – 1 August 1920), was an Indian nationalist, journalist, teacher, social reformer, lawyer and an independence activist who was the first popular leader of the Indian Independence Movement. The British colonial authorities called him "Father of the Indian unrest". He was also conferred with the honorary title of "Lokmanya", which literally means "Accepted by the people.
Tilak was one of the first and strongest advocates of "Swaraj" स्वराज (self-rule) and a strong radical in Indian consciousness. His famous quote, "Swaraj स्वराज is my birthright, and I shall have it!" is well-remembered in India even today.
He introduced sarvajanik Ganeshotsav सार्वजनिक गणेशोत्सव in Maharashtra State to bring community together and to stimulate social interaction.
बाळ गंगाधर टिळक (जुलै २३,इ.स. १८५६ - ऑगस्ट १, इ.स. १९२०) हे भारतीय स्वातंत्र्यलढ्यातील अग्रगण्य राजकीय पुढारी, भारताच्या स्वातंत्र्यलढयाचे आद्य प्रवर्तक, भारतीय असंतोषाचे जनक, गणितज्ञ, खगोलतज्ञ, राजकीय तत्त्वज्ञ, पत्रकार, संपादक, लेखक, वक्ते आणि स्वातंत्र्यसेनानी होते. लोकमान्य या उपाधीने त्यांचा उल्लेख केला जातो.
हिंदूंमध्ये घरांघरांत गणेशोत्सव अनेक शतकांपासून साजरा केला जात असे. परंतु हिंदुस्थाना मध्ये गणेशोत्सव घरोघरी साजरा केला जात असला तरी त्यास सार्वजनिक स्वरुप कधीच नव्हते, आम्ही सामाजिक दृष्ट्या एकत्र यावं, या साठी टिळकांनी सार्वजनिक गणेशोत्सवाची संकल्पना मांडून ती यशस्वी करून दाखवली. टिळक म्हणत, देवा-धर्माच्या नावाखाली लोक एकत्र येतात ना तर हरकत नाही, आणि अशाप्रकारे लोकांना प्रथम एकत्र करून मग त्यांना आपण स्वातंत्र्य मिळवण्यासाठी प्रेरणा देऊ शकतो. आणि अशाप्रकारे लोकांना एकत्र करून टिळकांनी त्यांना इंग्रजी सत्तेविरूद्ध उद्युक्त करायला सुरूवात केली. आणि त्याची परिणीती म्हणून सर्वसामान्य जनतेत इंग्रजी सत्ते विषयी राग निर्माण झाला.
Image source: See page for author [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
An Interview with Wonder woman
Anima-Patil Sable, California
Anima-Patil Sable, California
Anima Patil-Sabale is a Scientist-Astronaut Candidate (Commercial Space Projects) and a Software and Aerospace Engineer. Anima is a wonder woman who works for NASA and is a pilot, scuba-diver, NASA Speaker, NASA Girls Mentor, Boy Scout’s Assistant Scout Master, STEM advocate, NASA Astronaut Aspirant, Artist, Singer, Dancer, Performer, all this and more! What a personality, Anima sure is an inspiration to Marathi ladies (or anyone really) out there who want to think out of the box and peruse their dreams.
सेन रमोन केलिफोर्निया ची मराठमोळी नार अनिमा -पाटील साबळे आता भरारी घेणार अंतरिक्षात ! एक आई , बायको , मुलगी सुन आणि वैज्ञानिक हे सगळं कसं साधता आले ? आपण त्यांच्या कडूनच जाणून घेऊया. Read More
Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj of Kolhapur
(26th June 1874 to 6th May 1922)
The first Maharaja of
the Indian princely state of Kolhapur between 1884 and 1922. The most popular Maratha King with a
revolutionary vision. He was a social reformer to work for rural and low-caste
indigent by providing them free education along with hostel facility in
Image Source : By Unknown photographer (The British Library) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Suresh Bhat Death anniversary March 14
(सुरेश भट; April 15, 1932 – March 14, 2003) was a noted Marathi poet from the state of Maharashtra, India. He was known as Ghazal Samrat for his exposition of the ghazal form of poetry and its adaptation to the Marathi language.
Picture Source: http://www.sureshbhat.in/
published his first collection of poems, Roopgandha in 1961. In 1974,
he published his second collection, Ranga maazhaa wegalaa and in 1983
he self-published a collection named Elgaar. Other collections of his
poems include Zanjhaavaat and Saptaranga
Roopgandha and Ranga maazhaa wegalaa were the recipients of the state literary awards sponsored by the Government of Maharashtra in their respective years of publication. Ranga maazhaa wegalaa was later taught in three universities in Maharashtra for the Master of Arts course in Marathi.
Bhat's best-known verses gained popularity after they were set to music by Hridaynath Mangeshkar, and were sung by Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. To name a few are: Tarun ahe ratra ajuni , तरुण आहे रात्र अजुनी sunya sunya maifilit mazya सुन्या सुन्या मैफिलीत माझ्या
Bhat's poem 'Maayboli' was composed by music director Kaushal Inamdar as the Marathi Abhimaangeet as a mega song featuring more than 450 singers.
List of poetry collections
Ranga maazhaa vegalaa [ रंग माझा वेगळा]
Rasvanticha Mujara [सप्तरंग]
Dr. Murlidhar Devidas Amte
December 26, 1914 - February 09, 2008
was a highly dedicated Indian social worker for the cause of rehabilitation and empowerment of poor people, particularly those suffering from leprosy. He gave up all his luxurious way of living. He gave up his wealth and established three ashrams for treatment and rehabilitation of leprosy patients, disabled people, and people from marginalized sections of the society in Maharashtra, India, of which Anandwan was the precursor. He also adopted non-violent means to fight the Indian government for independence. He was the recipient of many international and national awards of which the most prominent are: The Ramon Magsaysay Award; the Padma Vibhushan, the highest civilian honour of the Government of India; and the Gandhi Peace Prize. Visit ANANDVAN
Born: January 6, 1812, Konkan, India Died: May 18, 1846
Gajanan Digambar Madgulkar (October 1, 1919–December 14, 1977) was an Indian poet, lyricist, play-writer, actor and orator. Ga Di Ma, as he was popularly known, was the leading name in Marathi literature and one of the great modern poets of Maharashtra.
Ga Di Ma successfully tried his hands in many stream of literature, including poetry, stories, epics, novels, autobiographies and lyrics. He has almost 30 acclaimed works across these categories. The subjects covered by him in his creations are just as varied.
Ga Di Ma was equally proficient in Hindi. He first entered the world of films in March 1938 at Kolhapur. His pen contributed to as many as 157 Marathi and 23 Hindi films. It was Ga Di Ma who penned the story and dialogue for V. Shantaram's film Do Ankhen Barah Haath, which won recognition at international film festivals.
He is especially admired for having written Geet Ramayan, a collection of 56 verses encompassing the entire epic of Ramayana. It earned him the title of "Modern Valmiki". The music was composed by Sudhir Phadke
Image Source : http://www.aathavanitli-gani.com/Geetkar/Ga_Di_Madgulkar
Information Source: http://www.gadima.com/main/index.php
Devotional Singers group from Konkan;
Devotional songs means a music composition sung to generate positive energy and to get blessings of God."
Konkan or the Konkan Coast is a rugged section of the western coastline of India.
Navdurga Prasadik Bhajan mandal Kinjavade
( Ghadi Wadi )
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, (धुंडीराज गोविंद फाळके) popularly known as Dadasaheb Phalke ( दादासाहेब फाळके) (30 April 1870 – 16 February 1944) was an Indian producer-director-screenwriter, known as the father of Indian cinema. ‘Father of Indian Cinema, whose pioneering efforts laid the foundation of Indian cinema. Despite heavy odds and scathing criticisms, Phalke went ahead with his endeavors and made people realize the cultural and financial worth of the film medium. As more and more entrepreneurs took to film-making, films became an integral part of mainstream entertainment.
Vijay Tendulkar विजय तेंडुलकर (6 January 1928 – 19 May 2008) was a leading Indian playwright, movie and television writer, literary essayist, political journalist, and social commentator primarily in Marāthi. He is best known for his plays Shantata! Court Chalu Aahe (1967), Ghasiram Kotwal (1972), and Sakharam Binder (1972).
Dr. Prakash Baba Amte - The Real Hero",
Successful Movie screening in Los angeles by Maharashtra Mandal LA and BMM
There were two screenings held in LA with tremendous response. A salute to the great work done by Dr. prakash Amte and making an excellent movie on his life and work by Director Producer Samruddhi Porey"Read this movie review by Priti Barve Los Angeles,