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SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, and SAMMA, South Asians in Media, Marketing and Entertainment Association, present the latest in their series of high-profile webcasts with some of the leading South Asian names in global media, arts, entertainment, politics and much more.






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SAJA looks at the Post-US-Election World

Join SAJA Vice President Shefali S. Kulkarni of BBC News and other journalists and experts for a conversation about what the US elections and their aftermath mean for the US in general and South Asian Americans. Guests include: Sayu Bhojwani, founder of New American Leaders Project, which works to elect first- and second-gen candidates for office (follow her @SayuBhojwani).Manu Raju, Senior Political Reporter for CNN who has been covering the US Election this year (follow him @mkraju).Arun...

Duration: 00:53:54

FILM: SAJA-SAMMA Oscars Episode

SAJA and SAMMA are coming together for their annual BlogTalkRadio conversation about the most glamorous night in Hollywood- the Oscars! At a time when the Oscars have come under fire for being #oscarsowhite, the Academy has honored a number of South Asians for their work. Among the nominees are Sanjay Patel (Sanjay's Super Team); Asif Kapadia (Amy); Oscar-Winner and SAJA member Sharmeen Obaid (A Girl in the River). And presenting this year is Priyanka Chopra (Quantico). So come join us on...

Duration: 01:23:46

SPORTS: SAJA-SAMMA Super Bowl 2016

SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, and SAMMA, South Asians in Media, Marketing and Entertainment, present their seventh annual BlogTalkRadio conversation about the biggest day in American sports - from a South Asian perspective. Join us as hosts Vijay Setlur (@VijaySetlur; who teaches sport, tourism and leisure marketing at Schulich School of Business, York University) & Sree Sreenivasan (@sree, Chief Digital Officer of @MetMuseum) chat with ESPN anchors Kevin Negandhi...

Duration: 01:08:15

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Duration: 00:00:02

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of the new novel, "One Amazing Thing" -

SAJA, the South Asian journalists Association, presents a conversation with Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, whose latest novel is "One Amazing Thing." See major praise for it below. She'll be interviewed by journalist and SAJAer LAVINA MELWANI. Jhumpa Lahiri, author of "Namesake" and "Interpreter of Maladies," winner of the Pulitzer Prize: “One Amazing Thing collapses the walls dividing characters and cultures; what endures is a chorus of voices in one single room.” Comments or questions to...

Duration: 00:58:33

BOOKS: Daniyal Mueenuddin, author of "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders" - Feb

SAJA presents a conversation with bestselling author Daniyal Mueenuddin of Pakistan, whose short-story collection "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders," has been named a top 10 book of 2009 by Guardian, Economist, etc - and is a finalist of The Story Prize 2009 [ http://thestoryprize.org - announced March 3, 2010] He will be talking about his book as well as taking your questions. He will be interviewed by Vibhuti Patel of Newsweek. Daniyal Muneenuddin | Vibhuti Patel | SAJA | In Other Room...

Duration: 01:11:40

MUSIC: Vijay Iyer, creator of the most acclaimed jazz album of 2009 - Feb 0

SAJA & SAMMA present a conversation with Indian-American jazz musician Vijay Iyer. His Vijay Iyer Trio's "Historicity" album was the most honored jazz album of the year. Among the awards: #1 Jazz/Pop Album of the Year - The New York Times #1 Jazz Album of the Year - National Public Radio, U.S.A. #1 Jazz Album of the Year - Los Angeles Times #1 Innovative Jazz Release of 2009 - Chicago Tribune #1 Best Jazz of 2009 - PopMatters.com He'll discuss his love of jazz, his career and much more....

Duration: 00:59:46

Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, two of Bollywood's biggest stars - Feb 01,2010

SAJA and SAMMA present a conversation with two of the biggest stars in Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, who are starring in "My Name is Khan." In this conversation, they join about 30 minutes into the conversation about Bollywood. See video of their chat with Aseem Chhabra (with louder audio for SRK) at http://bit.ly/sajasrk * Follow sajaHQ on Twitter: @sajaHQshah rukh khan | my name is khan | kajol | SAJA | SAMMA

Duration: 01:30:12

MUSIC: Salman Ahmad, Muslim rock star on a "Rock & Roll Jihad" - Jan 28,201

SAJA presents a conversation with Salman Ahmad, author of "Rock & Roll Jihad: A Muslim Rock Star's Revolution." With 30 million record sales under his belt, and with fans including Bono and Al Gore, Pakistan-born Ahmad is renowned for being the first rock & roll star to destroy the wall that divides the West and the Muslim world. "Rock & Roll Jihad" is the story of his incredible journey. Call in with your questions and comments. For more on the book and the band, see...

Duration: 01:05:45

MUSIC: Jay Sean, who hit #1 on the Billboard charts with "Down." - Jan 15,2

SAMMA, South Asians in Media, Marketing and Entertainment and SAJA, South Asian Journalists Association present the latest in their series of high-profile webcasts with some of the leading South Asian achievers in global media and entertainment... Jay Sean, chart-topping singer/songwriter/producer and first artist of Indian origin to top the Billboard Top 100 at #1 with "Down" (featuring Lil Wayne). Followed by Jay Sean's management and partners, Jeremy Skaller and Anjula Acharia-Bath,...

Duration: 01:01:24

FILMS: Ram Gopal Varma, Bollywood Filmmaker - Jan 14,2010

SAMMA, South Asians in Media and Marketing Association; and SAJA, South Asian Journalists Association present the latest in their series of high-profile webcasts with some of the leading names in world media... Ram Gopal Varma, director of "Rann," a fast-paced drama set in the world of media in today's India; starring Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal and Riteish Deshmukh. Varma is a leading Indian film director, screenwriter and producer and a voice of the new Indian popular cinmena. Varma...

Duration: 00:43:54

Shashi Tharoor, India's Minister of State for External Affairs - Oct 16,200

SAJA presents a conversation with author and former UN Under Secretary-General Shashi Tharoor as he visits his former home, NYC, after becoming an elected member of India's parliament and Minister of State for External Affairs. Call and and ask questions as he discusses his work in the cabinet and India's place in the world. Learn more about him at http://bit.ly/sajatharoorShashi Tharoor | India | SAJA | South Asian Journalists Association | Minister of State for External Affairs

Duration: 00:54:25

Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn on their bestselling book, "Half the Sky"

SAJA - in cooperation with AAJA, AMEJA and Columbia Journalism School - a special webcast with NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF & SHERYL WuDUNN, authors of the widely-acclaimed "Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" (and as seen on the cover of the New York Times Magazine, "Colbert Report," "Oprah," the NYT Bestsellers list). More about them and their book at http://halftheskymovement.org MODERATOR: Vibhuti Patel, contributing editor, Newsweek International and arts...

Duration: 00:59:37

Meet SAJA Award Winners 2009 - Jul 21,2009

SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, presents a conversation with winners of the 2009 SAJA Journalism Awards. Hosted by Jigar Mehta, SAJA Awards Chair and a video producer at the New York Times. SPEAKERS: Award winners Stewart Bell, Jonathan Foreman, Anand Giridharadhas, Kris Hundley, Sandip Roy. Learn how you, too, can produce outstanding journalism from some of the best reporters, editors and producers working today. See the results of the 2009 contest at...

Duration: 00:59:48

Sri Lanka Briefing #4: The Human Rights Situation - Jun 12,2009

Discussing the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) Special Report: on A Marred Victory and a Defeat Pregnant With Foreboding... SAJA features a rare interview with a member of University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna), Dr. K. Sritharan. UTHR(J) has just issued a special report focusing on the last two months of the war in Sri Lanka—and in particular, its ramifications for civilians.UTHR | K Sritharan | Sri Lanka | Human Rights | Lanka

Duration: 00:30:36

Sri Lanka Briefing #3: The End of the Tigers: What's Next in Post-War Sri L

South Asian Journalists Association presents the third in a series of webcasts about Sri Lanka. The war in Sri Lanka has drawn to a close in terms of military operations—but serious humanitarian and political questions remain. Will there be a return to armed conflict, or is it really over? How will the issues of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people be addressed? How will the human rights situation be addressed? As the international community and Sri Lankan government...

Duration: 01:01:14

Satyajit Ray films with Richard Pena - Apr 14,2009

Discuss the work of Satyajit Ray, one of the most influential directors of all time, with Richard Pena, one of the leading film scholars of our time. From the legendary Apu trilogy — Ray’s groundbreaking debut saga that influences filmmakers to this day — he is widely considered India’s greatest filmmaker. Pena, who is the Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, will talk about Ray and the program Pena has curated, April 15-30 at the Walter Reader Theater, "First Light:...

Duration: 00:44:19

Lydia Polgreen, NYT India Correspondent - Mar 30,2009

SAJA presents a conversation with Lydia Polgreen, one of three new correspondents who will be based in India for The New York Times (the others are Vikas Bajaj, former NY-based business reporter, already in Mumbai; and Jim Yardley, current NYT Beijing bureau chief, moving this summer to New Delhi). Polgreen, the NYT's award-winning West Africa correspondent, will talk about how she's preparing for South Asia and will take your comments, suggestions and questions. Please post your...

Duration: 00:59:48

Minal Hajratwala, author, "Leaving India" - Mar 26,2009

SAJA presents a conversation with Minal Hajratwala, author of "Leaving India: My Family's Journey from Five Villages to Five Continents" - a wonderful nonfiction book you won't want to miss. Here's what Alice Walker (The Color Purple) had to say: "It is what I imagine India itself to be like: incomparable, sprawling, rich, surprising, very old and wise and forever capable of recreating itself, no matter where pieces of it land." Send your questions to saja[at]columbia.edu - and see more on...

Duration: 00:54:06

Poets, editors and scholars discuss South Asian poetry - Mar 11,2009

SAJA presents a webcast on Wednesday about contemporary South Asian poetry, from the Diaspora and around the world. Join acclaimed poets and editors Ravi Shankar, Pireeni Sundaralingam, Patrick Rosal, Carolyne Wright, Kazim Ali and literary agent Sarah Jane Freymann to discuss the conception and shaping of the extraordinary anthology, "Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East and Beyond." Hailed by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer as "a beautiful achievement...

Duration: 01:13:37

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