As India gets increasingly globalised, the World is getting increasingly ” Indianized
Be it the celebrations of Indian Festivals across the world, Hollywood celebrities donning Indian fashion, Bollywood being feted across the continents, or Indian cuisine being hailed by the President – India continues to influence the world in more ways than we can imagine.Yoga. Mantras. Bollywood. Henna tattoos Once unique to India, each of them has now become commonplace in households across the globe. From curries to computers, self-realization to arts, India is likely to leave a positive and permanent impact on the World. Let’s celebrate this phenomenon as Proud-India
1- Yoga Festivals across the World
Millions of people around the world practice yoga to find spiritual insight and improved health. .Any gym is bound to teach a yoga class. Pilates has been influenced by ancient Indian spiritual exercises.Yoga has been in Vogue all over U.K, U.S.A and Canada.
Bhangra and Bollywood Dance In American Gym
Masala Bhangra is the first Indian-inspired dance and fitness program that is ACE, AFAA and AFLCA approved running successfully since 15 years.Bhangra, a North Indian folk dance, has been incorporated into gym workouts. Sarina Jain, the Indian American creator of The Masala Bhangra Workout, says she’s “the first to bring Indian dance to the U.S. fitness industry at a global level.” The DVD has been named one of the five hottest workouts by America Online
Indian Fashion roars in Hollywood
Hollywood and Bollywood have had a longstanding love affair, and there’s a rich history of inspiration and exchange between the two film production powerhouses. What do you think of celebrities wearing bindis, jewellery, mang tika and other Indian stylistic elements?Heidi dressed up as Kali for Halloween last year, and despite criticism, she says that she is a great admirer of Hinduism and Indian culture
Personalities like Ashley Judd, Cameron Diaz, Madonna, Jessica Alba, Patricia Arquette, Pamela Anderson, Lady Gag, Helen Mirren and Anna Kournikova have styled themselves in a sari.Designer Kanika Saluja has made forays into the Indian market with Hollywood celebs going gaga over her stuff
Karma, Moksha, Guru and Yogi are universally understood words from India
This ancient Vedantic technique to reach inner peace has been popularised by Indian gurus who have spread the practice throughout the West; one transcendental meditation organisation claims to have taught more than 50,000 students across the United States, Latin America and Africa during the past two years alone.
The bestselling book (and then film) “Eat, Pray, Love” has further popularised the use of meditation to tame the mind. Julia Roberts, who plays the protagonist in the film, even identifies herself as a Hindu who regularly meditates.
Ayurveda is nothing short of a Million Dollar Business
Today, about thirty companies are leading the way, with a million dollars or more per year in business to meet the growing demand for Ayurvedic medicine. The larger Ayurvedic medicine suppliers have also moved into the businesses of toiletries —soap, toothpaste, shampoo — which use traditional herbal ingredients. For example, L’Oreal has been reported to be looking into purchasing an Indian Ayurvedic skin care brand. Companies like Estée Lauder have created their own Ayurvedic spa treatments
Brazilians fascinated by Indian Shows
Through television, Brazil has been particularly touched by India. Brazil’s 2009 Emmy Award-winning telenovela (soap opera), Passage to India, introduced Indian culture there on a broad scale.Brazilians are now fascinated by Indian clothing. I noticed malls consistently had at least one Indian themed store selling kurta tops – Indian style blouses which are popularly worn over skinny jeans or tights. I also saw men wearing t-shirts with pictures of Indian Gods and Goddesses
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The World applauded India’s Mangalyaan, World’s cheapest Mars Mission
“Our scientists have achieved this at a cost which is lesser than some Hollywood movies,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The mission is cheaper than Hollywood movie “Gravity”, which cost $100 million to make.
Rockstar Narendra Modi, the World Leader
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is now the third most followed world leader.Only the President of the United States Barack Obama and the Pope have more followers on Twitter.He saluted the crowd not once, but twice amid thunderous applause and quoted the Sanskrit Shloka: “Save Bhavanthu Sukhina: Sarve Santhu Niramayaa: Sarve bhadraṇi pashyanthu. Maa kashchit duḥkha bhaagbhavet”, that calls for peace in the world.
Indian Cuisine makes a splash across the Globe
Indian cuisine is so popular that many Hollywood shows have references to it, showing it as part of their popular culture. No longer is curry made fun of as food that will give one a bad tummy. In any part of the world, you can find signature Indian Spices like ajwain, dalchini, cloves, black cardamom, star anise, dhania and tamarind seeds are among the more popular.
Indian spices have captured the popular imagination by featuring in films like Mistress Of Spices and Today’s Special and a whole host of television shows like Outsourced and The Big Bang Theory.
Indians chaats have now transformed themselves into hybrid versions globally, like naanwiches and chapati tacos.Indian food including kebabs, chicken tikka masala, biryani, curries, masala dosa and even the humble naan are immensely popular and available in places like UK, Canada, the Middle East, US and even China.
While one would believe that it is the chicken tikka masala or kebabs that would make for the most popular Indian dish across the globe, a food survey conducted a year back stated that masala dosa is the one Indian dish every global citizen must try before they die! In Britain, so popular is Indian food that chicken tikka masala is synonymous as the national dish, beating old favourites like shepard’s pie and fish and chips.
Indian Festivals create a BANG BANG across the Globe
I was left awestruck by the HOLI at the Beach when I was in Los Angeles last year. We, in India, celebrate it for a single day in a year but America celebrates Holi for quite more than four months covering most of the states of US.
Fireworks boom, bulbs flash, and flames flicker as tens of millions of people across the globe celebrate the beginning of the Festival of Lights.Diwali is also celebrated outside of India mainly in Guyana, Fiji, Malaysia, Nepal, Mauritius, Myanmar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Trinidad & Tobago, Britain, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Africa, Australia and the US.
Recent years have seen Diwali parties pop up in locations from Ontario, Canada to Melbourne, Australia, where traditional Diwali celebrations mix with showcases for Indian food, music, dance, and film.
From Singapore’s Little India district to rural Somerset, UK, Reporters have sent pictures of Diwali lights shining out.
“It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere on Earth does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. Enriched by successive waves of migration and marauders from distant lands, every one of them left an indelible imprint which was absorbed into the Indian way of life. Every aspect of the country presents itself on a massive, exaggerated scale, worthy in comparison only to the superlative mountains that overshadow it. It is this variety which provides a breathtaking ensemble for experiences that is uniquely Indian. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely. There are perhaps very few nations in the world with the enormous variety that India has to offer. Modern day India represents the largest democracy in the world with a seamless picture of unity in diversity unparalleled anywhere else.” – A rough guide to India
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