Desilicious Hot Pink Pride on Saturday, June 27th

Desilicious Hot Pink Pride on Saturday, June 27th

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 27 and join us for one big, hot pink Pride celebration! Watch this space for details. Sholay Productions presents The Seventh Annual Desilicious: Hot Pink Pride! Saturday, June 27th Doors Open 10pm Bolly-Mix by Ashu Rai with Visuals by Neeraj Opening set by Atif Pachita 618 West 46th St | Btwn 11th and 12th Ave (VIP top floor of Pacha) 21+ to enter $15 Early

Posted: April 27th, 2015

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D’Lo featured in The Guardian

D’Lo featured in The Guardian

Kudos to our good friend D’Lo and his recent article in the Guardian! You probably caught D’Lo in the first season of Amazon’s “Transparent”,  HBO’s “Looking” and he just completed a successful tour of “D’FunQT“, where he “considers queer love and the artist’s personal and complicated relationship with Sri Lanka as a trans masculine person”.  And, he’ll be in the upcoming Netflix series, “Sense8″ directed by the “The Matrix Trilogy” creators,

Posted: May 28th, 2015

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Hai ma! Desi Mom Posts Gay Matrimonial Ad for Son

Hai ma! Desi Mom Posts Gay Matrimonial Ad for Son

“Seeking 25-40, well-placed, animal-loving, vegetarian GROOM for my SON (36, 5’11”), who works with an NGO, Caste No Bar (though IYER preferred)” Harish Iyer’s mom, Padma, felt her son needed a little push in the romance department and like many meddling Indian parents, she decided to take the matter into her own hands by placing a personal ad in a local Mumbai newspaper. The fact that her son—an activist and

Posted: May 21st, 2015

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In Memoriam – Prashant Bhargava (1973-2015)

In Memoriam – Prashant Bhargava (1973-2015)

We were shocked and saddened early Saturday morning to hear that Prashant Bhargava suddenly passed away the previous evening .  Prashant, born and raised in Chicago and based in Brooklyn, was a vital part of our South Asian creative community in New York.  He made international headlines with his debut feature film “Patang“, which was based in Ahmedabad during India’s largest kite festival.   His most recent venture was “Radhe Radhe”, a collaboration

Posted: May 18th, 2015

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Desilicious on NPR’s “Weekend Edition”

Desilicious on NPR’s “Weekend Edition”

If you woke up early this morning with your alarm clock set to NPR and heard Desilicious and ‘gay desi“, you weren’t dreaming. NPR reporter Alexandra Starr, who wrote a piece on Desilicious for the “New York Times” in 2007, attended our Sholay Birthday Bash last month.  You can listen to the audio version of Alexandra’s  “Weekend Report” here and read the text version.  A big thanks to Sazzad Reza,

Posted: May 9th, 2015

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Junoon Brings Bollywood and Heart to the Dance Floor

Junoon Brings Bollywood and Heart to the Dance Floor

Guests at our Sholay Birthday Bash this past April may have caught a flash of orange sequins and smiles as Junoon Performing Arts took over the dance floor for a dazzling Bollywood fusion performance. The dance troupe will be taking their talents to Manhattan Movement Center with “Dil Se–a Journey of Emotions.” Coming up on Sunday, May 10th. We had a chance to sit down with them between rehearsals to

Posted: May 6th, 2015

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Sabeen Mahmud—a Progressive Voice Brutally Silenced

Sabeen Mahmud—a Progressive Voice Brutally Silenced

“I wondered if I could create a minuscule postmodern hippie outpost, a safe haven for artists, musicians, writers, poets, activists, and thinkers — essentially anyone who wanted to escape the relentless tyranny of the city for a little while,” Sabeen Mahmud described her inspiration behind founding The Second Floor—a coffeehouse and haven for progressive expression—in a recent interview with MIT’s Innovations Magazine. On April 24th, the Karachi-based human rights and counterculture

Posted: April 28th, 2015

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Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts

With the death toll climbing to 4,000 as a result of Saturday’s 7.9 earthquake in Nepal, the deadliest in 80 years, the situation is extremely dire.  While humanitarian aid is beginning to flow into the capital, authorities are still trying to deal with the situation outside of Katmandu.  There are many ways we can help – most important for Nepal is to donate money to effective and efficient charities that have

Posted: April 27th, 2015

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