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Joseph Allen Stein
1912 - 2001
JOSEPH ALLEN STEIN, the
architect, who died at the age of 89 in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 6, was a major icon, quiet and self-effacing.
Stein arrived in India in 1952, as head of the newly formed Architecture
and Planning Department at the Bengal Engineering College in Calcutta,
little realising that he would stay on. While other famous
architects were coming and working in the country around the same time -
Le Corbusier, Louis Kahn, Charles and Ray Eames, Edward Durrel Stone,
Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew - Stein differed from them in that he made India his home and sought to
be actively involved in the making of the new society.
There are many stories which
will be chronicled in the rise of India [and the belated waking up of
Pakistan , Sri Lanka and other south Asian countries] as a small but
increasingly important player in the world Information technology
industry. Yet the stories of Indian
entrepreneurs have one thing in common - super-human pioneering work by
individuals struggling against the cultural bias of western countries and
surmounting immense financial and bureaucratic and industry competitive challenges.
Here are a few stories of
the heavy weights from India
L-R: Sunil Mittal & Hassan
Bharti Mittal or SBM as he is called, has at the age of 43 created a
Telecom Giant in India . It has risen from humble beginnings in 1970ís
as a bicycle parts manufacturer, knitwear and
stainless steel utensils in Ludhiana, Punjab state. Together
with other foreign companies he has raised $ 1.5 billion of which $
800 million is still in the bank.
President & CEO of Sonus, emphasizes that a good strong company
is possible when each member is plug compatible with each
other and able to back-up each other in terms of technology expertise and
marketing and other skills needed in starting-up a new company.
His latest album 'Dance of Shakti' was released this
just released his latest
album 'Visaal' (Coming Together) penned by the Indian poet Gulzar -
a coming together of two great talents from two neighbouring
George Harrison was
among the first western musicians to be drawn to Indian
music. Many followed his precedent.
Prem Joshua is a pioneer
in the field of World Music,
and Arnaud Azzouz got a group of Rajasthani folk musicians
and named them 'Maharaja'
"There are so many things to do
in life. Maybe I'll keep doing films. But there's no urge to act just for
the sake of acting. I'd like to do roles I am drawn to, roles that I
believe in, films dealing with issues that trouble me. Nothing more.
Nothing less.". Will she win the National Award for her performance
Rozalia has made India her home as Radha Priya. She is an accomplished
artist whose works centre around Lord Krishna in miniature format. Working
from her studio in Udaipur, she combines in herself the qualities of
western traditions and Indian values and remains a devout Christian.