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As winter sets in, early mornings become more pleasant than ever and the concept of ‘Morning Ragas’ catches on. The eighteenth edition of ‘Morning Ragas’, a series introduced by Legends of India in association with Sangeet Natak Akademi, was organised in the national Capital, recently. The depth, the style and perfectness of Kedia Brothers in presenting the tradition of ‘Maihar Gharana’ with effortless ease, enchanted the audience. It is said that when lord Shiva was carrying the body of the dead mother goddess (Mai in Hindi) Sati, her necklace (har in Hindi) fell at this place and hence the name ‘Maihar’ (Maihar = Mai+Har, meaning the ‘necklace of mother’) was originated. The Kedia Brothers had a wonderful taiyari, perfect mutual understanding and marvelous anticipation which attracted the audience to the dizzy heights of ecstasy and brought them to fathom eternal tranquility and serenity of music. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith young talented artistes, many young music lovers swayed their heads and tapped their feet while some sat still – heads bowed and eyes shut – in deep thought, throughout the soulful recital in ‘Raag Sindhu Bhairavi’. Mormukut and Manoj Kedia commenced their concert with ‘Raag Todi’ where vilambit and chhota khayals were set in ‘Teen taal’.Then the artiste-duo drenched the audience in the labyrinth of music-ocean. Through their soulful and intelligently woven presentation of both the ragas they depicted their absolute command and maturity in their crafts. It was indeed an amazing and spectacular jugalbandi of two great artistes in a true sense. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Founder Chairman of Legends of India and the curator of Morning Ragas, Dipayan Mazumdar said that the purpose of presenting these soulful renditions were to bring the young generation into the fold of Classical music and uphold our Cultural traditions.Over the years, traditional ragas meant to be played essentially in the mornings have been widely neglected. Therefore, the concept of this weekend series was designed by Legends of India primarily to resurrect our tradition and cultural heritage. ‘Morning Ragas’ shall help re-live the traditional morning ragas which are on the verge of extinction. This concept of the on-going series is designed to promote dedicated young musicians. The series of ‘Morning Ragas’ showcase the Legends in the making.
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Dimdim is about simplicity. From its name to its web conferencing software, the company strives for ease of use. “We want to democratize real-time, rich media collaboration,” says CEO DD Ganguly, who chose the name Dimdim not because of any relation to his first name, but because it’s memorable, easy to spell and has international appeal.Though officially based in Boston, Dimdim’s founders and board members live all over the world. Ganguly travels the most, splitting his time mainly between India, Boston and San Francisco, while co-founders Prakash Khot and Jayant Pandit live in Boston and Ottawa, Canada, respectively.The co-founders got the idea for Dimdim while brainstorming startup ideas from their far-flung locations. They were using Hotmail and Skype to communicate, but they needed more. They researched the web conferencing space, but were unhappy with expensive and complex legacy products and frustrated by the lightweight free ones–so they decided to build their own.They had already created a successful startup together–a company called Advanced Internet Management, which helped stabilize e-commerce sites and was acquired by Computer Associates in 2001. When they started Dimdim, all their initial employees came from the close-knit AIM team.With $500,000 out of pocket, the team launched Dimdim in 2006, offering free, browser-based web conferencing for up to 20 people. Users can share presentations, websites, videos, chat sessions and more on the open-source platform without having to download any software. If they want to share their screens, there’s a small download.There’s also a call-in number for those not using VoIP, and you can record the meeting for reference or sharing. For web conferencing with larger groups, there are paid Pro and Enterprise versions of the application. Users also pay a licensing fee to become partners and can customize Dimdim to their current systems. Dimdim has also opened up its API and invites developers to create new integrations for the product. Dimdim now integrates with CRM software that manages web conference contacts, as well as e-learning programs that present their lessons over Dimdim.Since 2007, Dimdim has received two rounds of funding totaling $8.4 million. To date, 1.7 million people have signed on to its web conferences, and Dimdim hopes to bring in $5 million in 2009.The company also continues to reap the benefits of its product internally when connecting its worldwide partners and employees. “We eat our own dog food,” Ganguly says. “By using Dimdim for board meetings, I calculated that we’ve saved about $250,000 in travel costs this year.” Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals March 4, 2009 3 min read
Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Local commerce is the epitome of a simple, common human interaction. Images of the flour-covered baker taking hot buns out of a brick oven or the mustached barber sliding a gleaming blade over a man’s cheek are ingrained in our collective minds. Despite few of us having grown up with those experiences, many still hold up that model of local commerce as it was “meant to be.”But consumer behavior has shifted, with 90 percent of consumers relying on mobile while out shopping. Perhaps even more indicative of our new reality, 58 percent prefer to use their mobile device over talking to a customer service representative.Related: 7 Ways to Get Your Customers to Actively Promote Your BrandToday’s market is built for personalized automation.While major enterprises have plenty of resources to throw at the problem of keeping up with customer behavior, the average business owner might not have the time, money or savvy to learn digital and mobile marketing on the fly. The biggest challenge to maintain an effective relationship is avoiding batch messages (spam) and engaging in the right conversation at the right time. The goal is to make customers feel as if you’re talking specifically to them, with personalized content that makes sense based on who they are and what they’re doing. This is especially true among millennials. As digital natives, they expect personalization in all branded interactions.The good news is artificial intelligence (AI) has made it easier and more impactful for businesses to personalize their content. Early data suggests AI interactions are outperforming their human-triggered counterparts. Across a sample of 1,500 businesses leveraging the flok customer engagement platform in Q1 2016, we saw contextual, AI-driven push messages perform 3.8 times better than messages sent by humans. In that same span, AI-triggered visit reminders performed 1.6 times better than humans, and requests for online review sent by AI performed more than five times better than those sent by an actual person. Related: Personalization is Giving Customers What They Want Before They Demand ItTiming isn’t everything, but it’s close.How is AI besting humans in managing relationships? Message timing and context are common themes across all AI engagements. Push messaging allows businesses to perfectly time personalized messages, which could lead to better engagement rates. Visits for store reminders often are proximity-based, making them more contextually relevant than a static message.Review requests could be a simple matter of AI sending the message after the store visit. This frees the business owner from remembering to send it. It also means the request can go out right away, not hours later when the owner has time to catch up on digital marketing and the experience no longer is fresh in the customer’s mind. In each case, AI and automation improves the timing, engagements are personalized and businesses avoid “blasting” all customers with one batch message.Related: 4 Techniques to Expand Retail BusinessSmart software helps build brand loyalty.Software-based automation systems and the ambient intelligence they add might not be as glamorous as in science fiction — yet — but AI now governs many aspects of our lives. AI is helping businesses fight against the commoditization of commerce, keeping relationships alive and building brand loyalty over time. In the early going of this brave frontier, it appears AI’s immediate and personalized touch is resonating nicely with customers. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min read August 10, 2016
Travelweek Group Posted by ‘Havana After Dark’ plus Mexico, D.R. for Virgin Voyages’ debut season Tags: Openings & Renovations, Virgin Voyages Friday, February 1, 2019 Share MIAMI — Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady, setting sail from Miami to the Caribbean in 2020, will offer four and five-night ‘Havana After Dark’ itineraries with overnight stays in Havana.The 2,770-passenger ship will also offer five-night ‘Mayan Sol’ sailings to Costa Maya and five-night ‘Dominican Daze’ itineraries to Puerto Plata.Virgin says passengers will also have more time to explore in each destination, with extended port hours and an overnight stay or a late-night sail away on all voyages.Virgin also says news about an additional destination for all sailings will soon be released.“Our research with Sailors unearthed their desire to go to places that allow for a variety of experiences,” said Diana Block Garcia, Vice President of Itinerary & Destination for Virgin Voyages. “Our destinations offer a combination of opportunities for exploration and relaxation, to complement our Virgin Voyages experience.”The inaugural season opens for bookings on Feb. 5 for pre-sale deposit holders, and Feb. 14 for the general public.The cruise line also has new details about its staterooms. Designed for function and mobility, they will feature flexible furnishings for increased socializing opportunities, upgraded bathroom experiences and tech-forward, ‘clever cabin’ touches.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaVirgin has already teased its dining options and luxe-focused RockStar Suites.For the cabins, “We wanted … a place people actually wanted to hang out in,” says Jamie Douglas, Senior Product Design Manager, Virgin Voyages. “The cabin feels like a reflection of modern city living. A design that works harder with what are normally constricted spaces.”To counter what it calls the boxiness of traditional sea cabins, an exclusive patent pending cabin layout was born in partnership with Pearson Lloyd Design of London. The layout uses intelligent architecture to optimize space with an angled wall. Though hardly detectable, the angled wall “vastly alters” the room, says Virgin.Another innovation is the Seabed, the first-ever transformational cabin bed at sea, specially engineered and handcrafted by German-based, Walter Knoll designers.SeaBed in Day ModeSustainability was another consideration. PIR presence detectors with eco modes were added, where air-conditioning, lighting and curtain settings auto-adjust for energy conservation when a passenger steps out of the cabin. If there’s a phone charging in the room, power still stay on for the phone but switch off for everything else. All of the technology can be controlled on the in-room tablet.SeaBed in Night ModeSome 93% of the cabins have sea views, and 86% have sea terraces with outdoor hammocks for lounging beneath the stars. That includes an XL Sea Terrace option for more added room and terrace space.Terrace at NightThere’s also a variety of Insider Cabins with solo options for more personal travel, as well as loft-style, bunk bed lined Social Insider cabins for groups.More news: Direct Travel names Smith as Senior VP, Leisure Marketing, North AmericaVirgin says most of Scarlet Lady’s standard cabins will have transitional Seabeds, sustainably sourced, hand-woven hammocks, sensory mood lighting, in-room entertainment with 43”+ 4K flat-screen HDTVs, minibars, ‘glam areas’, flexible wardrobes and premium products in upgraded bathrooms with rainshowers. << Previous PostNext Post >>
OTM 2017 has been great and I got the opportunity to meet various suppliers from the target market that I was looking forward to. The show has given broad prospect to understand the market itself which has grown tremendously over the few months that we have been working together. OTM is a one stop show where I got the opportunity to meet supplier from not only India, but from all over the world.
Cable mogul Charlie Ergen is stepping down as CEO of US satcaster Dish Network.Charlie ErgenErik Carlson, who took over Ergen’s role as company president two years ago, will replace him.The reshuffle sees marketing, programming and media sales chief Warren Schlichting become president of Sling TV, the over-the-top TV service that Carlson previously led as company president and COO.Brian Neylon, formerly EVP of customer acquisitions and retention, becomes group president of Dish TV, and EVP John Swieringa succeeds Carlson in the COO role.Carlson will continue to report to Ergen, who is stepping down to focus on Dish’s new wireless business. He will remain company chairman.“With more than 20 years’ experience at Dish, Erik brings a complete understanding of the business opportunities both Dish TV and Sling TV possess,” said Ergen.“I have every confidence that under Erik’s leadership our new organisational structure will deliver value for Dish TV and Sling TV and will aid our entry into wireless.”Carlson has been with Dish since 1995, and has been president since December 2015.Ergen had retaken the CEO post in April that year after Joseph Clayton retired.