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Toronto to host Bollywood awards show

Backview Bollywood #37 Artwork by Bobby Solanki uploaded by Meena Kadri

Backview Bollywood #37 Artwork by Bobby Solanki uploaded by Meena Kadri

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Toronto (Ontario, Canada) will host the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in 2011.

The four-day event from June 16-19 is claimed to attract over 500 leading names from India’s film industry and a worldwide television audience of over 350 million. Starting with London (United Kingdom) in 2000, these annual Awards events have been held in South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, and People’s Republic of China. IIFA Awards are said to recognize, honor and celebrate the achievements of India’s film industry.

Toronto events will reportedly include IIFA Awards gala, World Film Premiere and Film Festival, Global Business Forum, Film Workshop, Charity Fashion Show and Post Show Party. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, who was in Mumbai (India), reportedly thinks of it as an “honour for us to score this coup”, and adds, “Bollywood is quickly becoming as mainstream as Hollywood”.

Welcoming Toronto’s move to host Awards events, Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was time now for American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize India’s contribution to world cinema and introduce a new award category of “Best Bollywood Film” in Oscars for films made in India. This gesture would bring more credibility to Oscars also in the international arena, as it was long overdue, Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, added.

Toronto is North America’s third largest center for film and television production and home of Toronto International Film Festival. About 600,000 residents of Greater Toronto area have roots in India. Bollywood is said to be producing about double the number of movies than Hollywood and about four billion cinema tickets are sold annually in India.

Mumbai based IIFA endeavors to promote Indian cinema and showcase its talent globally. Its founder-directors are Andre Timmins, Viraf Sarkari, and Sabbas Joseph. Its Advisory Board boasts of big Bollywood names: Amitabh Bachchan (Brand Ambassador), David Dhawan, J.P. Dutta, Jaya Bachchan, Karan Johar, Manmohan Shetty, Pahlaj Nihalani, Ramesh Sippy, Shyam Shroff, and Vinod Khanna.

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Nominees for Earthpages’ Very First 2008 Polaris Award!

Okay, things are coming together fast here. We’ve decided that The Polaris Award will be presented to the most promising talent of any age, in any category. Since educational/spirituality web sites are our specialty, it should be no surprise that we might be a bit skewed in that direction, this first time around.

Here’s the current list of nominees. We expect to add more and also invite you to offer a nomination or nominations before we make our final decision, probably later tonight.

  • Galina Pembroke: The webmaster of http://www.nuvunow.ca/, Galina is a talented writer, organizer and knows how to get the message across. A champion of animals, natural health and the environment, we believe that New View Magazine is destined for great things under her guidance and direction.
  • Filip Moroz: This Polish blogger at filipmoroz.wordpress.com never fails to amaze us. Pushing through language barriers to get his unique message across, Filip combines well-rounded knowledge, wit and razor-sharp insight to further his noble agenda–i.e. SAVE THE PLANET! All we can say is Thank God Filip’s heart is in the right place or else we might all be in trouble!
  • E. Raymond and Janet V. Rock: These Buddhist meditation teachers at http://www.southwestfloridainsightcenter.com/ are unique in that they’re not hung up on any particular path or ideology. Earthpages has much to thank them for. And we believe they’re just coming into their own, right now!
  • Dr. Darryl Pokea and Jan Jennings: This forward-thinking couple is unique in that they actually DO what they believe in. Darryl and Jan are each persons of many talents, too numerous to list here. And we believe that their influence on the web is far greater than most people would recognize. Their respective websites are http://www.drpokea.com/ and http://www.janjenningsart.com/
  • Navniet Mahaajun: Among other things, Navniet is the webmaster at http://www.herbal-treatment.net. Like a bright celestial body she comes and goes according to her sacred path. Right now she’s not too visible on the web, probably because she’s too busy. But from previous years of higher visibility we believe it’s only a matter of time before she resurfaces and makes her mark toward the harmonious unification of all believers.
  • Patricia F. Hare: Pat is one of the few truly open-minded people in the realm of New Age and Spirituality. She’s a wife, mother, teaches creative visualization classes and is the webmaster of http://www.learntovisualize.com/. She’s also sharp as a tack and continually has her finger on the pulse of everything about science and spirituality.
  • Steve Hammons: Steve is a freelance writer on matters paranormal, political and just about everything else. A multi-talented person, Steve’s unique ability to bring the unusual down to Earth makes him a prime candidate for the Polaris. Steve’s work can be found in its entirety at American Chronicle.
  • Shaman Elder Maggie Wahls. Shaman Elder Maggie is one of those persons, like all good shamans, who work quietly in the backround to help others and make things go as they should. Her deep wisdom is rare and we believe she’s an important figure in the area of global transformation. She teaches courses on the web and publishes e-books from her web site at http://www.shamanelder.com/.
  • Gus St. Anthony: Gus is a man of many talents. He’s probably best known for having the integrity and resolve to question US involvement in the War in Iraq well before it was politically correct to do so. Gus used cartoons to critique the unthinking caricaturisation of everyday Iraqis – and Muslims in general – so prevalent at that time. We don’t know where he is now but one of his pieces can be found here: http://wingtv.net/issue8/godnguns.html
  • Stephanie Jacobsen: From the world of science fiction, we were stunned by the performance of Hong Kong-born actor Stephanie Jacobsen who played the new character Kendra Shaw in BattleStar Galactica’s recent Razor movie. Jacobsen charged right into the Galactica scene as if she’d been there a very long time. Impressive, to say the least.
  • Matt Dallas: Again from the world of science fiction, Matt Dallas plays the quietly exuberant Kyle in the ABC TV series, Kyle XY. We think it would be difficult to play a ‘blank slate’ boy created in a high-tech tank. Dallas’ performance is so convincing that the viewer is compelled to see the world in fresh, new ways, as if looking through the eyes of Kyle.

There are many others we could mention, but the list is getting long and we’re running out of time! So if you weren’t nominated this year, remember… there’s always next year!


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Earthpages.org’s Very First 2008 Andromeda Award!

That’s right folks. We’ve made some important last minute changes. What was to be the very first Polaris Award has become very first Andromeda Award.

We’re contemplating what to do with the Polaris Award. Right now we’re thinking we’ll present it for “most promising talent.”

So here it is! Earthpages’ very first Andromeda Award, presented to a living person for outstanding achievement!


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Earthpages’ first annual Halo and Polaris Awards is calling GRAPHIC ARTISTS…

…to design our new awards! These awards will be presented entirely online. Recipients will simply right-click-and-save or possibly watch a special video. The awards should include room for the name of the recipient and the year.

If we do happen to use your original artwork, be sure that we’ll put a visible link back to your website.

Submit/ask questions now as everything’s got to be settled by New Year’s Eve!

–Michael Clark

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