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Naatak Radio is a fresh new podcast with stories, plays, songs, and more, produced by Naatak, America's Biggest Indian Theater Company based in the Bay Area, California. New episodes every Saturday. Bring back those memories of Hawa Mahal on Vividh Bharati. क्या आपको क़िस्से, कहानियाँ, और मधुर संगीत सुनना पसंद है? हर शनिवार एक नए episode के साथ, आपकी सुनहरी हवा महल की यादें ताज़ा कराने की ज़िम्मेदारी अब हमारी. #Naatak #Stories #Plays #Theater #Hindi #Drama #क़िस्से #कहानी #कहानियाँ
 
॥ भगवद्गीतायाः व्याख्यानं भगवद्भाषया श्रोतुं सुवर्णावसरः ॥ अध्यापकः - Dr. पद्मकुमारमहोदयः श्लोकपठनम्, पदच्छेदः, पदसंस्कारः, प्रतिपदार्थः, आकाङ्क्षापद्धत्या अन्वयक्रमः, तात्पर्यं च । सरलसंस्कृतेन संस्कृतपठनं गीतापठनं च । This podcast covers chapter 3. Please search for additional chapters. http://www.samskritabharatiusa.org/index.php/bhagavad-gita-online-classes
 
Self-Realization in the Tradition of the Himalayan masters as on www.SwamiJ.com. The goal of sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality. This Self-Realization comes through Yoga Meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra. The methods are thorou ...
 
॥ भगवद्गीतायाः व्याख्यानं भगवद्भाषया श्रोतुं सुवर्णावसरः ॥ अध्यापकः - Dr. पद्मकुमारमहोदयः श्लोकपठनम्, पदच्छेदः, पदसंस्कारः, प्रतिपदार्थः, आकाङ्क्षापद्धत्या अन्वयक्रमः, तात्पर्यं च । सरलसंस्कृतेन संस्कृतपठनं गीतापठनं च । http://www.samskritabharatiusa.org/index.php/bhagavad-gita-online-classes
 
॥ भगवद्गीतायाः व्याख्यानं भगवद्भाषया श्रोतुं सुवर्णावसरः ॥ अध्यापकः - Dr. पद्मकुमारमहोदयः श्लोकपठनम्, पदच्छेदः, पदसंस्कारः, प्रतिपदार्थः, आकाङ्क्षापद्धत्या अन्वयक्रमः, तात्पर्यं च । सरलसंस्कृतेन संस्कृतपठनं गीतापठनं च । http://www.samskritabharatiusa.org/index.php/bhagavad-gita-online-classes
 
Roshanai ("Ink" in Urdu, روشنائی , रौशनाइ) is a your dose of the best poetry in Urdu and Hindi. If you like poetry but don't have time to find, curate and read poetry then Roshanai is the place to be. #Urdu #poetry #Hindi #poem #hindipoetry #urdupoetry #india #pakistan Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/amit-singh073/support
 
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Chief ki Daawat is one of the legendary writer Bhishm Sahni's most famous stories. A humble Indian official invites his chief, an American, to his house for dinner. The low-ranked official believes that if his boss is impressed by his hospitality, he would surely grant him the long due promotion. The man and his wife turn the house upside down to m…
 
Lajwanti convinces her husband Kishore and his friend Narayan to spin a web of lies together with her. Will they get entangled or manage to escape? Presenting the 4th in the series of hilarious radio plays written by Saadat Hasan Manto. In 1940, when Manto left Lahore for New Delhi to take up the position of staff artist at All India Radio in New D…
 
Three men starving on a life raft, in the middle of the sea, employ a hilariously logical application of bureaucratic procedures to determine which of them is to become dinner for the other two. Actors: Surender Singh, Rohit Dube, Snehal Pachigar, and Rajiv Nema Adapted and Directed by: Surender Singh About the playwright Sławomir Mrożek, (born Jun…
 
Presenting Lucille Fletcher’s THE HITCHHIKER, directed by Kartic Bhargav and featuring Kartic Bhargav along with Edward Keyani, Shelly Perrier Smith. Sound mixing and remastering by Navi Viswanathan. NOTE: For the most optimal experience, we recommend using headphones for this episode. A typical cross country becomes anything but with a mysterious …
 
Munshi Premchand is one of the foremost Hindi writers of the 20th century. A novel writer, story writer and dramatist, he has been referred to as the "Upanyas Samrat" ("Emperor among Novelists") by writers. And Kafan, published in 1936, is thought to be the author's best, blackest, and most powerful short story. Set in an Indian village, the milieu…
 
When it comes to stories about the Indo-Pak partition of 1947, one stands out almost instantly, Toba Tek Singh by Saadat Hasan Manto. A powerful satire on the relationship between India and Pakistan, Toba Tek Singh presents a unique view of the lunacy of the times from the point of view of the lunatics of the Lahore asylum. The story is set two or …
 
The world of poetry lost an absolute gem of an artist on Aug 11, 2020. Rahat Indori, the undisputed king of "Mushairas", a poetic symposium where poets have the freedom to express themselves freely, passed away due to Covid-19. Naatak Radio's episode this week is a humble tribute to this legend, who transformed the world of poetry with his creation…
 
This week's bonus episode features a tribute to the king of Mushairas and one of the most impactful poets from the recent times, Rahat Indori. This is the original tribute as aired in Akashvani Ahmedabad composed and read by Paresh Vyas in Gujarati. Listen to Episode 26 for the tribute in Hindi by Rajiv Nema.…
 
Aug 21, 2020 was Padma Shri Ismat Chughtai's 125th birth anniversary. One of India's most prominent authors, Ismat Chughtai has written countless stories, novels, and even films, but none more controversial at its release in 1942 and popular after than LIHAAF. Written as a first person narrative, Lihaaf is a 'terrifying' memory of the narrator from…
 
"At the stroke of the midnight hour" on 15th August 1947, British India was divided into two independent and self-governing countries of India and Pakistan. As the two countries awoke to "life and freedom" nearly 15 million people found themselves displaced as the states of Punjab and Bengal were partitioned strictly on the basis of religion. Among…
 
In August, 1947, when the British finally left it after 300 years of subjugation, the Indian subcontinent was divided into two independent nations purely based on religion, India and Pakistan. This abrupt partition, and the hastily drawn borders, sometimes running across people's compounds, led to one of the greatest migrations in human history. Ne…
 
Covid-19 has spared no one. Among the hardest hit are the elderly who live in a state of constant fear. Many, especially in India, would have seen and survived the horrors of the 1947 partition, and could not have imagined reliving the panic and chaos. Anant Yatra (A never ending journey) by Rekha Rajvanshi is a story of one such individual. Shri J…
 
Microfiction is an art of telling a story in as few words as possible. In today's limited word-count driven short attention spans, Microfiction presents a unique challenge to writers. Tell the same hard-hitting tales, but with fewer words. And then, reduce some more. Presenting, Naatak Radio's first microfiction piece, Aasman Ka Sitara, by Savitha …
 
Presenting the second in our series of Microfiction short stories, Mannaton Ke Dhaage, by Trilochana Kaur. The village's beloved Babool tree was suffering due to the customs held dear by the people until the chief comes up with a clever solution. Narrator: Vikas Dhurka Background score: "Indian Tabla + Hangdrum Music" by Meditative Mind Story sourc…
 
Shattered by the discovery that her husband is leaving her, a devoted housewife retaliates, gathering the pieces rather cleverly. Based on “Lamb to the Slaughter”, a short story by Roald Dahl, and adapted and directed by Mahesh Umasankar, Bali Ka Bakra was also presented by Naatak in Mela, 2016. Voice Actors: Savitha Samu, Anush Moorthy, Dilip Ratn…
 
There is an undisputed law of lazy Sundays. The moment you relax, is the moment you lose the Sunday. Presenting Aao Baat To Suno, the third play in Saadat Hasan Manto's radio play series Aao. On a lazy Sunday, Kishore volunteers to run a small errand for Lajwanti who's feeling under the weather, and the neighborhood piles on. Cast: Kishore: Harish …
 
Songs from Naatak's Grand Musical: Mahabharat staged in 2018. It is said that every story that can possibly be told has been told in the Mahabharat. In 2018, Naatak presented this greatest epic ever written with live music and dance, and setting it in an undefined era that could be modern, ancient or anywhere in between. This was Naatak’s largest p…
 
Songs from Naatak's Grand Musical: Mahabharat staged in 2018. It is said that every story that can possibly be told has been told in the Mahabharat. In 2018, Naatak presented this greatest epic ever written with live music and dance, and setting it in an undefined era that could be modern, ancient or anywhere in between. This was Naatak’s largest p…
 
The classical age of Urdu poetry came to an end in 1960 when Jigar Moradabadi, the poet we are going to listen today, took his last breath. He was born as Ali Sikandar but is fondly known by his nom-de-plume, Jigar which translates to “courage” in Urdu. True to his name, his poetry was courageous, free-spirited and beautiful . His poetic expression…
 
Why is the Ace, a faceless card considered the most supreme? Why are there only 3 female cards in the whole suite? Kishore is clearly up to something. Can Lajwanti get him to reveal his secrets through a game of cards? Does Narayan's entry change anything? Presenting Aao Taash Kheien (Come, let's play cards), the second in a series of short plays w…
 
Presenting the first in a series of short plays written by Saadat Hasan Manto. While working as a writer for the Urdu service of All India Radio, Manto wrote these short plays in Mumbai specifically for radio and the collection was published in 1940. Each play presents a delightful banter between the husband Kishore, the wife Lajwanti, and their fr…
 
Nearly 300-million (30 crore) people in India live at or below the poverty line and the 2020 pandemic is expected to throw many more in deep penury. This story, written by eminent story writer, Gnanpeeth (2009), Vyas Samman (2009), and Sahitya Akademi Award (2007) winner, Amarkant presents a tale of such a family. It presents the real life struggle…
 
A satire on the modern Indian urbanized society, Bholaram Ka Jeev, starts with a unique premise: Great confusion has ensued in Yamraj's offices in heaven. The soul of the story's protagonist, Bholaram a government servant, has gone missing. This causes Yamraj to issue a search warrant for Bholaram and deploy Narad to investigate. Narad visits Bhola…
 
For episode 7, I decided to stay with Ramdhari Singh Dinkar whose poem we heard in the last episode. I chose this poem, Rashmi Rathi because I have always been mesmerized by it. It has a lyrical quality while being a study in Hindi grammar and vocabulary. It is a retelling of the Hindu epic Mahabharat from Karna’s perspective. Karna is the most int…
 
Thursday, May 21, was International Tea Day. To celebrate we present not one but two episodes this week on Naatak Radio. First is a short story - Raawat Tea Stall, by Varsha Thakur. We all have our favorite hidden gems in our favorite vacation spots. A tea stall, a restaurant, a coffee shop, a book store, etc. Arup tries to retrace his path to the …
 
The second episode this week to celebrate the International Tea day. "Chai Anthem" from Naatak's Mr. India. ABOUT THE PLAY A half-blind, bumbling tea-seller in Delhi rises to become Prime Minister of India in this hilarious and hard-hitting satire on Indian democracy. Based on the 2007 novel The Peacock Throne, acclaimed by Time and The Guardian, t…
 
Ramdhari Singh “Dinkar” (23 September 1908 – 24 April 1974), was an Indian Hindi poet, essayist, patriot and academic, who is considered as one of the most important modern Hindi poets. He remerged as a poet of rebellion as a consequence of his nationalist poetry written in the days before Indian independence. He has been hailed as the national poe…
 
Written by Gulzar, Seema is a poignant and touching tale about love and longing, and has appeared in many of his short story collections. “Seema” revolves around three individuals, theatre director Sudhir, his actor wife Seema, and their mutual friend TK. Seema’s and Sudhir’s life appears picture perfect, but appearances are often deceptive in the …
 
Kanupriya is a narrative poem written in 5 parts from Radha’s perspective, who is the lover and eternal consort of Hindu God, Krishna. In each part it explores a woman’s joy, pain, sexuality, confidence and indispensability in love. #Hindi #Kanupriya #Dharmvir #Bharati #poetry #poem --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/amit-singh073/support…
 
A couple in their thirties has completed ten years of marriage. One late afternoon, the wife tells the husband that she is pregnant but the child is not his. The husband meanwhile has secrets of his own. Numerous intricate confessions are revealed in the plethora of twists and turns of the tale. A classic comedy of a couple taken by their desires. …
 
Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib is the most celebrated and unarguably the greatest poet of Urdu. This poem is an example of his brilliance (aka spunk in millennial speak), where he combined his masterful verse to cheekily taunt Zauq, the royal court poet. Zauq was the more established poet and Ghalib was a mere upstart. This poem triggered a very (in)f…
 
Having recently moved to a new house, a seemingly well-to-do family is visited by a supposedly petty thief whose, arrival throws their lives into confusion. Written by: Narendra Kohli Directed by: Monica Mehta Chitkara Cast: Deepal Pandya, Ashok Vijay, Manasi Raje Deshmukh and Rajat Sharma Also staged by Naatak in Mela'16…
 
The first episode of Roshanai ("Ink" in Urdu, روشنائی , रौशनाइ) is my rendition of Faiz Ahmed Faiz's poem Subh-e-Azadi (Dawn of Freedom) Faiz is widely regarded as one of the best poets in Urdu who gave voice to the melancholy of the Indian sub-continent. He wrote Subh-e-Azadi to lament the partition, loss and violence that accompanied Indian indep…
 
Ek Saste Jahaaj Ka Sapna is a comical take on the life of a common man and his vision towards society. The story revolves around Genda Singh who dreams of owning a new affordable airplane designed in Latvia. Will he be able to turn his dream into a reality? Actors: Yaduvir Singh, Surender Singh, Shreya Bhattacharji and Avadhoot Bhambare Directed by…
 
Presenting songs from Naatak's 50th production, VRINDAVAN. Staged in 2015, Vrindavan, a Knight Foundation Grant Winner is THE most popular musical in Naatak's 25 year history. Credits: Vocalists: Nachiketa Yakkundi, Vidya Murthy, Lakshmi Shankar Rao, Poonam Yakkundi Organ: Anand Karve Tabla: Ashish Tare Manjira: Gandhar Tare Triangle: Poonam Yakkun…
 
Ande Ke Chilke : A tale set in the 1960s, about a strict vegetarian household where even eggs are a taboo. The daughter-in-law of the house however, was brave enough to break the rules for herself, her husband, and her brother in law. Will the matriarch of the house discover these nefarious activities happening right under her nose? Or will the fam…
 
https://archive.org/download/Anjaneya-rAmAyaNam/4-02-kiShkindhA-kANDaH.mp3 Click here to listen Anjaneya rAmAyaNam-4-02-kiShkindhA-kANDaH-duHkhamayI kathA Original (Telugu) - Dharmavarapu Seetaaraama Anjaneyulu Samskritam Translation by - Kandala Venkata Narasimhacarya Kandala Venkata Ramakrishnamacarya Book Published by Samskrita Bharati, New Delh…
 
https://archive.org/download/Anjaneya-rAmAyaNam/4-01-kiShkindhA-kANDaH.mp3 Click here to listen Anjaneya rAmAyaNam-4-01-kiShkindhA-kAnDaH Original (Telugu) - Dharmavarapu Seetaaraama Anjaneyulu Samskritam Translation by - Kandala Venkata Narasimhacarya Kandala Venkata Ramakrishnamacarya Book Published by Samskrita Bharati, New Delhi, 2013 Audio rec…
 
https://archive.org/download/Anjaneya-rAmAyaNam/3-04-araNya-kAnDaH.mp3 Click here to listen Anjaneya rAmAyaNam-3-04-araNya-kAnDaH Original (Telugu) - Dharmavarapu Seetaaraama Anjaneyulu Samskritam Translation by - Kandala Venkata Narasimhacarya Kandala Venkata Ramakrishnamacarya Book Published by Samskrita Bharati, New Delhi, 2013 Audio recorded by…
 
https://archive.org/download/Anjaneya-rAmAyaNam/3-03-araNya-kAnDaH.mp3 Click here to listen Anjaneya rAmAyaNam-3-03-araNya-kAnDaH Original (Telugu) - Dharmavarapu Seetaaraama Anjaneyulu Samskritam Translation by - Kandala Venkata Narasimhacarya Kandala Venkata Ramakrishnamacarya Book Published by Samskrita Bharati, New Delhi, 2013 Audio recorded by…
 
https://archive.org/download/Anjaneya-rAmAyaNam/3-02-araNya-kAnDaH.mp3 Click here to listen Anjaneya rAmAyaNam-3-02-araNya-kAnDaH Original (Telugu) - Dharmavarapu Seetaaraama Anjaneyulu Samskritam Translation by - Kandala Venkata Narasimhacarya Kandala Venkata Ramakrishnamacarya Samskrita Bharati, New Delhi, 2013 Subscribe to other podcasts by Podc…
 
https://archive.org/download/Anjaneya-rAmAyaNam/3-01-araNya-kAnDaH.mp3 Click here to listen Anjaneya rAmAyaNam-3-01-araNya-kAnDaH Original (Telugu) - Dharmavarapu Seetaaraama Anjaneyulu Samskritam Translation by - Kandala Venkata Narasimhacarya Kandala Venkata Ramakrishnamacarya Samskrita Bharati, New Delhi, 2013 Subscribe to other podcasts by Podc…
 
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