23 November 2019 - 25 Heshvan 5780 - כ"ה חשון ה' אלפים תש"פ
Arts & Culture
Renowned Israeli conductor inspires Myanmar with an appreciation of music E-mail

Israeli pianist Maestro Nir Brand visited Myanmar in February and gave a series of special performances in the country, organised by Israel’s Embassy in Myanmar.

Brand is a conductor of orchestras, a presenter on the Israeli Galgalatz radio station, and an educator with a love of classical music.

On 12 February he performed in a concert titled Life is a Concert at the Goethe Villa, co-hosted by the Embassy of Israel and the German Goethe Institute.

The next day he conducted the musical workshop at the National University of Arts and Culture, followed by an evening performance at the Novotel Hotel Max for an “Israel Tourism Celebration” event. Then on 14 February he gave a special performance for children at Yankin Children’s Hospital.

Brand regularly travels around the world, promoting music to people in less fortunate regions and countries. He was born in Beersheva to Romanian parents, and was raised with a profound appreciation for music from an early age. “My mother and grandmother insisted that I nurture my talent and pursue piano lessons,” he said. “My parents both loved the piano, but had no means to learn how to play in Romania. They invested in my learning, and my grandmother would accompany me to lessons regularly, taking two buses to get me there.” He added: “Because of their commitment to me despite our modest circumstances, I feel I must make an effort to change the world through music and bring its beauty to others.”

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Chinese-Jewish chef’s show nominated for Emmy E-mail

Chinese-Jewish chef Molly Yeh has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for best culinary host for her show Girl Meets Farm. The show, which is aired on the US Food Network Channel, premiered on the Food Network last summer and is now in its third season.

In an Instagram post, Yeh wrote that she was “completely verklempt” to be nominated.

Yeh, 30, became popular through her casual, aesthetically pleasing blog, “my name is yeh”. She occasionally melds her two heritages together in recipes, and now uses ingredients from the North Dakota farm she moved to with her husband, Nick Hagen.

“Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago and living in New York, it didn’t even strike me as a possibility that a place could really exist without tons of Jews,” Yeh told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, about her culture shock moving to the Midwest. “If I wasn’t going to be maintaining my Jewish identity and celebrating Jewish holidays and cooking Jewish food on the farm, nobody was going to be.”

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Talented artist exhibits for International Women’s Day in India E-mail

In celebration of International Women’s Day, a special art exhibition titled From my Quill to the Canvas: A Tribute to Femininity, showcasing works by talented Jewish artist and author Ludmilla Chakrabaty, was held in March at the Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi.

Israel’s Ambassador in India, Ron Malka, was the guest of honour at the launch of the exhibition on 7 March. Many diplomats and art enthusiasts attended the event.

Ludmilla Chakrabarty was born in Russia. While there, she taught English at the University of Tver and wrote a regular column in the Sestra newspaper. Since marrying an Indian orthopedic surgeon, she has lived in India, where she combines two professions: a lecturer of English and an artist and book illustrator.

Chakrabarty’s first book of stories, The Winged Tree and Other Fairy Tales, takes readers to an unusual world where trees dance to the tune of musical notes, an alchemist prepares a unique elixir and little kids take care of their naughty, troublesome, grown-up parents!

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