BINDAAS: An evening celebrating Israeli and Indian music culture feat. Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Gypsys

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An evening celebrating the fusion of Israeli and Indian music culture

feat. Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Gypsys


A young professional networking event featuring food, music, dance and art.

Join us for an evening celebrating Israeli/Jewish and Indian culture. Come savor the exotic flavours of Israel and India. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of two of the hottest destinations and cultural meccas on the planet. Featuring internationally renowned Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthani express.

Tickets: $15 online/$20 door



Who is Shye Ben Tzur ?

Shye Ben Tzur is an Israeli Qawwali singer who composes qawwalis in Hebrew. He was formerly part of the rock band Sword of Damocles, which he founded. After attending a concert in Jerusalem by the Indian classical musicians Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain, he became interested in Indian music, which brought him into contact with qawwali. He went to Ajmer in India (the site of the mausoleum of the Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti), and learnt qawwali from qawwals there. In 2004, he performed at Jahan-e-Khusrau, the prestigious international Sufi music festival held in New Delhi in the spring annually since 2001.

Shye Ben Tzur has two albums to his name: Heeyam and Shoshan. In Heeyam, Shye Ben Tzur worked with traditional qawwals, who learned his compositions and poetry, and sang them in Hebrew. Shoshan was produced by EarthSync in 2009.

What is Qawwali ?

Qawwali (Nastaʿlīq: قوّالی; Gurmukhī: ਕ਼ੱਵਾਲੀ; Devanāgarī: क़व्वाली; Eastern Nagari: ক়ব্বালী) is a form of Sufi devotional music popular in South Asia, particularly in the Punjab and Sindh regions ofPakistan, Hyderabad, Delhi and other parts of India. It is a musical tradition that stretches back more than 700 years.

Originally performed mainly at Sufi shrines or dargahs throughout South Asia, it has also gained mainstream popularity. Qawwali music received international exposure through the work of the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, largely due to several releases on the Real World label, followed by live appearances at WOMAD festivals. Other famous Qawwali singers include Pakistan’s Sabri Brothers, Bahauddin Qutbuddin and Aziz Mian.

Source: Wikipedia


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Meet our Henna Tattoo Artist

Vaishali Shah of Shagun Henna Designs

“I am fascinated by the various forms of art especially the Henna Art since long time. I consider this as a continuous inspiration in addition to the comments and words by the clients. The art of Henna is very special to me as I enjoy my creativity and ability to try new things. I enjoy Henna Art in particular as it allows me to express feelings, ideas and the awesome beauty of the nature. I found my clients are generally very relaxed and motivated after the session as I enjoy applying the henna on my clients while making sure that they enjoy getting an excellent treatment that they deserves. I continue to explore new ideas and ways for the henna application on hands as well as off the body to fully enjoy this amazing art! When I apply henna, I pay attention to detail from simple and sophisticated to intricate and exquisite, each one is designed with great care.”

Read more about Vaishali here




Meet our Dance Troop

From the Panwar Dance Academy: Hemand and Vaishali Panwar

The Delhi based dancing duo, have been trained in Jaipur style of Kathak under the guidance of renowned Guru Sh. Rajindra Gangani at Kathak Kendra, a National Institute of Dance located in new Delhi. They have been touring in and outside the country with one goal i.e. to tell the tale of Indian history, myths & to explore the very rich cultural heritage of India by showcasing new, innovative and creative choreographic compositions of the dynamic art form. Dance in India’s cultural heritage is known to be closely linked & neatly knitted with oneness.

Read more about Hermant and Vaishali here


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Press Release

August 17, 2012

TORONTO Bright lights, Indian food and Indian-inspired Israeli music – these are merely a few of the highlights expected when Indo and Jewish Canadian youngprofessionals team up to for a networking event like none other. “BINDAAS: Indian and Israeli Fusion” will be held on Thursday, September 6th at Tryst nightclub, one of Toronto’s hottest destinations.

Join us for an evening celebrating Israeli/Jewish and Indian culture. Come savor the exotic flavours of Israel and India and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of two of the alluring cultural meccas on the planet. Featuring internationally renowned Shy Ben Tzur and the Rajasthani Gypsies in association with the Ashkenaz Festival. Truly a festival ofculture and a rare opportunity for young leaders to come together to build relationships and bridge communities.

BINDAAS – Indian slang for “it’s all good”, equivalent to Hebrew word “Sababa”.

This event is the first of its kind, bringing together such organizations as: Desifest, RANA, Panorama, Impact Toronto, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, The Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Hillel of Greater Toronto, Cineplex, Ashkenaz Festival, The Mifgash Program, RogersTV, The Panwar Dance Academy, The Consulate General of Israel, the Magen Boys, and


Event details:

What: Networking Mixer bringing together Indo and Jewish Canadian Young Professionals

Where: Tryst Nightclub, 82 Peter St., Toronto

When: September 6th, 7:30 p.m.



For further information contact:

Dan Hadad, 
Associate Director, Special Projects

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs &

Cell phone: (647) 985-3320


Yogesh K. Sharma, President

Rajasthan Association of North America (Canada)

Cell phone: (416) 834-9120