Acharya Shivender Nagar, had been in Copenhagen, Denmark on the invitation of SHIV DHAM Denmark for a 2 day Seminar to educate youngsters and Indian community in Denmark. Harmony in relation was discussed during the seminar. Shivender Nagar is the Managing Trustee, Gita Foundation Trust New Delhi, who has been promoting (Prachar) Gita since last 28 years all around the world.

INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL to show Women Talent

For the last sometime in the field of filmmaking, more & more women are showing their talent & entering this world of glamour as directors, cinematographers, editors, art directors and other branches, besides of course acting. They are making short films, documentaries and animation films of their choices and commitments. The present film program, in some ways, has this curatorial imagination in mind – to reflect the changes in the screen persona of the woman and to see how even popular Indian cinema does that and that’s the theme of this Film Festival ‘The women in Bollywood’. To celebrate India@70 H.E. the Ambassador of India, Rajeev Shahare’s effort, Embassy of India Copenhagen planned an Indian Film festival from 12th to28th of May 2017. With the Gala opening on 12th May at Danish Film Institute premises Cinemateket, in Copenhagen. The film PARCHED will be screened at the Gala opening. The much younger Film Director, Leena Yadav, has been invited to attend the Gala opening. The films selected for the Indian Film Festival 2017 are, Parched, The Role (Bhoomika), Mirch Masala, Kahaani, English Vinglish, Mary Kom, Queen, NH10, PIKU, Original Copy, Neerja, The Cinema Travelers. The Indian Film Festival is sponsored by Embassy of India in Denmark, Air India, Incredible India Tourism and National Film Development Corporation (NFDC and Danish Film Institute (DFI). After the screening, Question & Answers with the Director Leena Yadav and Short Indian Bollywood Dance and Reception (finger food and wine) will be held. The Festival will continue to another big city of Denmark, Aarhus, where 3 films, Kahaani, Mary Kom and Queen will be screened on 19 to 21st May at Paradis Cinema in Aarhus.?


SIFA (Sweden India Film Association) in collaboration with Goa Marathi Film Festival organized the first ever SMIFF (Sweden Marathi International Film Festival) in Stockholm from April 20 to April 24. Lately the Marathi film industry has enjoyed enormous success as their quality films have awakened an interest from film festivals around the world. Sweden has had the honour of being the first country to profile these quality films. The themes of these films are very well-suited to Swedish sensibilities and values. The mainly Swedish audience responded very positively to the social themes portrayed in the films. The film festival was represented by 28 prominent representatives of the Marathi film industry. A total of 20 films were screened to a mainly Swedish audience which was the target of the festival. The opening film”Harishchandrachi Factory” established the fact that it was the Marathi film industry that set the stage for Indian cinema. The producers & directors are also interested in exploring the possibility of co-productions, shooting in Sweden and having Swedish actors in their films. This would open up new markets for both countries. Kunnie Topden of Topden Productions together with Sanjay Shetye of Vinsan World has been instrumental in bringing about this initiative. They have had the full support of all the 28 producers/directors who represented their films. Besides participating in the festival, the film delegates were taken around the city of Stockholm and Uppsala. A visit to the famous island, Grinda in the Swedish Archipelago was also made possible. To the delight of the film delegates they experienced snowfall on the island. It was a magical experience for them. This film festival and the five days spent in Stockholm was a memorable experience for the film delegates. Their curiosity has been awakened and the future looks promising for an interaction between the Swedish and the Marathi film industries.


Nabanita hails from the land of Rabindranath Tagore in Eastern India, Kolkata the capital of West Bengal and singing has been her passion since childhood. She has been titled “The Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood” by Jarl Friis-Mikkelsen, A legend and one of the most eminent personalities of Denmark, and a celebrity judge in the talent show “Danmark Har Talent”. He also said ” Thank you for bringing Bollywood to Denmark and hope it stays long here with you” Recently, she was called to participate in Danmark har Talent 2017, same version of “India`s Got Talent” or “Britain`s Got Talent” which was telecast on TV2. She won hearts and minds alike, and was complimented by the judges, applauded with standing ovation, as she became the FIRST INDIAN SINGER ever to reach the semi finals in the show with Bollywood music in the Danish television history.

She holds a Masters in English Literature, and is a free lance writer, a passionate blogger, an artist and a doting mother and a wife. Being away from her homeland has not dampened her interests in creative arts; she has been closely associated with her roots in the form of different cultural shows and community festivals organized by various Indian and other organizations in Copenhagen, as well as doing a cross-country tour in 2016 including the 4 big cities of Denmark, representing India among 14 other Asian countries in the famous Asian Culture Festival, where she toured singing Bollywood and Indian Muisc in Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus, and Odensee, among a footfall of approx 15,000 people, She has many more plans to encourage and promote the art of Indian Music and culture in Danish soil.

M. Harwani
NRI Achievers-Denmark Bureau

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