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Musical Superstar Allah Rakkha Rahman on ‘SAJA’

International Idol.

AR: International Idol.

Time magazine has called him the “Mozart of Madras.”

But we like to think of him as the Sting of the Far East.

Either way, one thing’s for sure: Allah Rakkha Rahman is one hot musical act.

In the 10 short years since launching his career – which has since blossomed into an empire that includes film scoring, record producing and, of course, performing – he has sold more than 300 million albums.

That puts the 42-year-old Indian-born AR in the company of Elvis, The Beatles and Michael Jackson.

Rocking Rolling Stone’s June cover.

Rocking Rolling Stone’s June cover.

So when he drops into SAJA today at 12:15 p.m. ET, music fans of all ages will definitely want to tune in as host Sree Sreenivasan chats with AR about the superstar’s latest projects.

And, needless to say, takes calls from all five continents.

To listen, click here.

Terrorism Experts Robert Spencer, Randall Larsen Join SAJA Roundtable on Mumbai Attacks

As part of its ongoing coverage of news events unfolding in Mumbai, SAJA will present a roundtable discussion on terrorism in the Indian city – and heightened terrorist threats throughout the world – tomorrow, Nov. 28, on BlogTalkRadio.
Tackling global-terrorism issue.

Spenser: Tackling global-terrorism issue.

Terrorism experts Robert Spencer, author of Stealth Jihad: How Radical Islam Is Subverting America without Guns or Bombs, and Randall Larsen, founding director for The Institute for Homeland Security and author of Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions to Protect You, Your Family and America, will join SAJA host Sree Sreenivasan and BlogTalkRadio CEO Alan Levy on the two-hour special at 10 a.m. New York City time.

Expert in homeland security.

Larsen: Expert in homeland security.

Shortly after news of the Mumbai terrorist attacks broke Wednesday, SAJA launched a series of live webcasts on the horrific massacre. These special 120-minute reports will continue through tomorrow.

A professor of journalism at Columbia University, co-founder of the South Asian Journalists Association and  reporter for WNBC-TV, Sree is encouraging listeners with updates from Mumbai to call the show at (347)324-5991 and share information with the South Asian community, as well as with journalists worldwide.

They can also email questions and suggestions to saja@columbia.edu

To access SAJA’s complete Mumbai coverage, click here.

SAJA Helps Keep South Asian Communities Informed in Wake of Mumbai Attacks

For the past two days, SAJA host Sree Sreenivasan has been working tirelessly to share news and information on the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, with South Asian communities and journalists throughout the world.



And in the coming days, the Columbia University journalism professor and co-founder of the South Asian Journalists Association will continue his live 90-minute specials every 12 hours, with the next report beginning today at 10 p.m. New York City time. 

To access SAJA’s complete coverage, click here.

Meanwhile, PoynterOnline has recognized the organization’s efforts, calling SAJA “a group too small to even be part of the UNITY journalism coalition,” though nonetheless “showing itself once again to be the ‘little organization that could.’”

For more on SAJA’s coverage of the tragic events in Mumbai, click here to read the Poynter story.

BlogTalkRadio extends its thanks to Sree and his team for their efforts to keep the South Asian communities connected during this difficult time.

SAJA Grapples with Mumbai Horror; South Asian Journalists Association Airing Special 90-Minute Reports Every 12 Hours

The Taj Mahal Hotel aflame. (Reuters)

The Taj Mahal Hotel aflame. (Reuters)

UPDATE Nov. 28 @ 10:14 p.m. ET: SAJA‘s live 90- and 120-minute reports will continue every 12 hours in the coming days, with the next webcast beginning Saturday, Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. New York City time. To access SAJA‘s complete coverage, click here.

NEW YORK, Nov. 26, 2008 (BlogTalkRadio) — Shortly after news of the Mumbai terrorist attacks broke today, the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) took to cyber-space with a special report on the horrific events.

Journalists and experts in the Indian city and here in the U.S. joined host Sree Sreenivasan on his BlogTalkRadio program, SAJA, sharing real-time news and information in an effort to make sense of the massacres that have left more than 150 people dead – 15 foreigners among them – and some 300 wounded.

One of the unknown terrorists responsible for the carnage. (Sky News)

One of the unknown terrorists.

After seizing hostages, a group identifying itself the “Deccan Mujahedeen” claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks on the upscale Taj Mahal and Trident hotels, and for bombings and shootings elsewhere in the West Coast city – which targeted U.S. and British citizens.

Sree, a professor of journalism at Columbia University in New York City, co-founder of the South Asian Journalists Association and a reporter for WNBC-TV in New York, is scheduled for another special 90-minute report today at 10 p.m. ET.

Among the guests will be Suketu Mehta, the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost & Found.

Horrific aftermath at Mumbai’s Chattrapati Shivaji train station.

Horrific aftermath at Mumbai rail station.

Listeners with updates from Mumbai are encouraged to call the show at (347)324-5991 and share information with the South Asian community.

For SAJA’s complete coverage of the terrorist attacks, click here.


BlogTalkRadio Welcomes Sree Sreenivasan

Everyone can learn something from Sree Sreenivasan. Today is your chance to find out how and why.

Sree Sree is Dean of Student Affairs & professor at Columbia Journalism School; tech reporter for WNBC-TV; co-founder of South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA), and author of SreeTips.com and the New to Sree blog. He’s recently launched SreeTips on BlogTalkRadio.

Today at 3pm ET, SreeTips will be hosting Blogging for Journalists: Best Practices from SreeTips.com. Tips and advice for print and TV journalists who are now blogging. Topics will include: basics of blogging; how to get started; building traffic; building your blog’s brand; making money; taking it to the next level. It will be hosted by Sree and David Kohn, Baltimore Sun’s health and science reporter.

Questions about Facebook? Last week Sree hosted a great show on Facebook for journalists. All of Sree’s tips can be used for BlogTalkRadio hosts, too, just listen in for tips and advice.

Sree is also the co-founder of SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, which also debuted its show on BlogTalkRadio yesterday, where Sree interviewed Anusha Shrivastava, a reporter at Dow Jones Newswires and SAJA’s new secretary and coordinator of its mentor program. Today’s SAJA show features Sandeep Junnarkar, SAJA’s new president.

Welcome to BlogTalkRadio, Sree.