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BIG FM, Hungama Artist Aloud tie up to launch ‘The Big Mic’ for indie music



Mumbai, Sep 30: One of the countrys leading radio networks, BIG FM, has joined hands with the premier talent and independent content platform, Hungama Artist Aloud, for their latest offering, The Blue Mic, which seeks to recognise and celebrate the talent and music of independent artists across India. Starting on October 11, the show will air from Monday to Friday between 4 and 5 p.m.

Euphoria, the pop rock band that was among the pioneers of independent, non-film music in the late 1980s, will kickstart the show. A media release announcing the show said it would be “a platform for artists, budding as well as established, to showcase their talent and reach out to a wide base of listeners spread across the nation.”

With its network of 58 stations, BIG FM reaches out to 1,900 cities and towns, 1.2 lakh villages, and a population of 34 crore across India.

The Blue Mic, according to the media release, will present an ‘Artist of the Week’, bringing out the persona and talent of each selected performer. Each week will feature one exceptionally talented artist or band and delve into his or her “journey, music, inspirations, passions and future plans” through “interactions, on-air jam sessions and requests from listeners”.

The release added: “Building on to the excitement, each week will end on a high note, as every Saturday the ‘Artist of the Week’ will perform exclusively on BIG FM’s Facebook handle through their property BIG Café Online to entertain and engage with fans.”

Adding to the listener engagement, the show will also be available on-demand in the podcast format across leading audio streaming platforms, with each episode bringing out the highlights and key conversation pieces of an artist’s weekly spotlight on radio. The show will also be promoted extensively across social media handles of BIG FM and its partner platforms.

Explaining the context of the initiative, Sunil Kumaran, Country Head, Product, Marketing and THWINK BIG, BIG FM, said: “Over the last couple of years, Indian audiences have turned to independent music like never before and its loyal following is snowballing by the day. We are glad to provide a platform to renowned as well as budding talents so that they can showcase their passion and give our audience fresh content that they can enjoy.”

Reacting to the announcement, Euphoria’s founder and frontman Palash Sen said: “With new artists being discovered, it’s great to see these talented voices get the opportunities that they deserve. I am sure listeners will instantly connect to the show as they explore fresh music.”

As reported by IANS, the indie pop rock band released its latest (and eighth) album, ‘Sale’, in the form of a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) using block-chain technology earlier this month.

Speaking about the engagement of Hungama Artist Aloud, the platform’s Senior Vice President, Soumini Sridhara Paul, said: “Music is a language that connects all. Today, almost everyone we know takes solace in music to relieve their stress and anxiety. At a time like this where we are fighting a global pandemic, we feel it is the need of the hour to provide our young listeners with content that they like and enjoy.”

Launched in 2010, Hungama Artist Aloud has emerged as a one-stop destination for commercial Independent content across languages, genres and talent. It provides independent content creators digital and on-ground avenues and manages an ecosystem of services, including acquisition, distribution, venue programming, talent management, and digital and event IPs, all dedicated to the non-film space.

The initiative marks the coming together of two organisations, which, in the words of BIG FM’s Kumaran, “share the same vision and create opportunities for independent artists to display their talent to those who will appreciate it the most.” For the country’s indie music ecosystem, it is truly a euphoric moment.

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Unakoti in Tripura: Where Lord Shiva spent a night on his way to Kashi



Agartala: Colossal sculptures of Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh, Goddess Durga and many more sculptures carved out of huge mountain are part of the largest open air rock sculpture gallery in India at Unakoti in Tripura.

Tripura is now opening to the world with its rich art, culture, music and heritage as it is being brought about to the people. This magical place is an Ancient Saivite pilgrimage.
Even the name of Unakoti district is derived from Unakoti hills and its Kokborok name is Subrai Khung.

The place hosts an ancient Shaivite place of worship with huge rock reliefs celebrating Shiva. It is the prime tourist spot of Unakoti district in the Kailashar subdivision of Tripura. This Shiva pilgrimage dates back to an unknown era.

There are two kinds of image at Unakoti — rock-carved figures and stone images. Among the rock-cut carvings, the Shiva head and gigantic Ganesha figures deserve special mention. The central Shiva head known as Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava is about 30 feet high including an embroidered head-dress which itself is 10 feet high.

On each side of the head-dress of the central Shiva, there are two full-size female figures – one of Durga standing on a lion and another female figure on the other side. In addition, three enormous images of Nandi are found half-buried in the ground. There are various other stone as well as rock-cut images at Unakoti.

Legend has it that Lord Shiva once spent a night here on his way to Kashi and 99,99,999 gods and goddesses followed him. He had asked his followers to wake up before sunrise and make their way towards Kashi.

Unfortunately, none awoke, except Lord Shiva himself. Before he set out for Kashi alone, he cursed them all to turn into stone. And that is how the site got its name. The place is peaceful and surrounded by lush greenery.
Annual fair Ashokastami Mela is held in the month of April which is visited by thousands of pilgrims from all across.

Another smaller festival takes place in January. The place is around 178 km to the north-east from Agartala district of Tripura and 148 km to the south-east from Silchar district of Assam.

But the site has suffered centuries of neglect causing degradation and loss of considerable scale to the rock art. Since its adoption by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) as a heritage site, the situation has slightly improved, though a lot of work including substantial excavation remains to be undertaken.

The government of India has approached to UNESCO to declare it as a World Heritage Site. The Government of Tripura is also trying to create all kinds of facility for the convenience of pilgrims and tourists.

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Did you know these five waterfalls exists in Tripura! Checkout details 



Agartala: Tripura is well known to people across the country for its natural flora and fauna and historical places like Unakoti and Eastern India’s lone water palace Neermahal.

But, did you know Tripura also has as many as 5 small waterfalls, while many are yet to be discovered by govt and organizations.

However, if you are planning to spend your time chilling out in , these are the five places you can plan your next trip.

These are the waterfalls you can visit when in Tripura.

1)Tayung Tuku Waterfall
2)Dumla Waterfall
3)Saika Tuisoi Waterfall
4)HawaiBari Waterfall
5)Buddha Waterfall

So, are you excited and want to know the location? Follow RiseEast for to know more about these waterfalls and how you can reach them.


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Lucknow shoot done for Vidyut Jammwal-starrer ‘Khuda Haafiz 2’



Mumbai, Oct 1: Actor Vidyut Jammwal’s ‘Khuda Haafiz Chapter II – Agni Pariksha’ shoot in Lucknow has been completed.

The film stars Vidyut Jammwal and Shivaleeka Oberoi in the leading roles.

Talking about the experience of shooting in Lucknow, director Faruk Kabir says: “I have to say that Lucknow showed us a great time. We lived like a family for almost two months. The film’s team was relentless in ensuring that we finished the day’s work as planned. We’re happy that the schedule has concluded within the intended number of days. The team is at it to be certain that we bring the audience an intense action love story very soon.”

The film is written and directed by Faruk Kabir, produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak and Abhishek Pathak, co-produced by Sanjeev Joshi, Aditya Chowksey and Hasnain Hussaini, with music by Pritam, lyrics by Irshad Kamil,

‘Khuda Haafiz Chapter II – Agni Pariksha’ is a Panorama Studios Production.

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