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Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan Sings For Peace In Washington’s  Lincoln Memorial

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On Saturday  night India’s Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan and his two sons Amaan and Ayaan performed live with musicians from across the world for the Chant4Change peace concert at Washington’s Lincoln Memorial.

The  concert made use of music as the healing unifying force in wounded and terror-infested universe.

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However the rain gods played truant.

Speaking after the concert Khan Sahib said, “We three . my two sons and I,  performed while it was drizzling.We dedicated our concert to world  peace and harmony.We paid our humble Tribute to Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi , Rabindranath Tagore and  Hazrat Amir Khusrau who created the Qawwaali and  Taraanaa  singing styles.”

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Khan Sahib and his sons began the historical Chant4Change  concert with an inspirational  number. “The first item was We Shall Overcome Hum Honge Kaamyaab, then we rendered  Vaishnav Jana Toh, Ramdhun,  Raghupati Raghav Rajaram,  Ekla Cholo re and then we sang a Taraanaa. We  ended with Bengali Folk Music. We hope the whole world soon realizes  the value of peace and harmony. Collectively we must give our younger generations a peaceful and harmonious world.Our family feels very sad when we hear  about young soldiers dying in the War , no matter which country.We  feel connected with every soul every religion and every song of the world.”

Explaining how  music can and unify people across the world, Khan Sahib says, “People of the world have to think about the value of togetherness peace and  harmony.Collectively people of India and the world have to create a peaceful and harmonious environment  for our  children and younger generation.India was one before the  Partition.That is  why even today  it’s Indian Classical music that unifies the two countres and their people. We could only divide  the LAND  but could not divide the music or Swar… Zameen Ka Batwaaraa  hota Aayaa hai aur Ho Gaya Lekin Swar Ka Batwaaraa Naheen Ho Sakta.Unfortunately the political system of  countries everywhere  is based religion.But in our country it is most complex and  complicated. My guru once gave his opinion on politics said every election is a big gamble. How we play our cards .How cards are  played if you can manipulate you  win or if you are  unable you loose the election. Political Parties are not interested in our unity and togetherness.”

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Khan Saab wonders at the growth of radicalism in India. “I wonder how a PhD becomes radical or communal.There is a strong message there for our education system . Like Dubai or Singapore I wish in our country too people would be afraid of the law and  abide by the  rules regulations and discipline .It’s high time the judiciary found some other ways of gathering evidence and not depend only on eyewitnesses. So many cases  of  the judiciary are still waiting for a verdict and so many verdicts are not acceptable by the  people of theworld especially in India.”

Khan Saab worries about the rampancy of terror attacks even in America . “The USA  should not encourage  people to openly buy weapons especially for the younger generation it is very dangerous not to have  licence for the weapons.The greatest mockery is that every political  leader talks of peace and harmony at the  same time every country is busy producing weapons guns and missiles.The future of the world looks aimless and  bleak. The world is heading towards destruction .We  need to have  some powerful world body or organisation to intervene in the  mass killings every day in every country especially in Pakistan .Earlier we thought  thw  UN or UNO will take  care of all the world problems.But today unfortunately even  the UN is in trouble…I hope the  world soon understand the value of love peace and harmony.”

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Khan Saab’s own family is a portrait of peace and secularism

He says proudly, “In our family  my wife Subhalakshmijee my sons Amaan and Ayaan , my daughter-in-lawNeema and my grandchildren Abeer and  Zohaan  we all feel connected with every human being,every Religion and  every soul.We strongly believe in a Common God.  Only the seven  musical notes unite the world.I look forward to more compassion among communities and human beings. I have realised God Almighty Only through music..

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He ends with a plea for artistes to be exempted from political agendas, “Art, music and  musicians don’t belong to any cult or religion  Like flowers,air ,water, color,fire and fragrance we of the artistic fraternity also belong to NO Religion . In our Country every  classical musician is Worshipped like Goddess Saraswati.” If we can’t help each other for God sake don’t destroy each other. Think  seriously about the  future of every

 

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Pink Director’s Next  Featuring Yami As A Crime Reporter To Stream From February 16

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Anniruddha Roy  Chowdhury whose  Pink  featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu was one of  the  most important  films of  2016, is all set to  release his  next  Hindi film.

Entitled LostAnniruddha’s film , based on true  events, will see Yami Gautam Dhar(that’s  what the actress calls herself after her marriage)  as a crime journalist. LOST is an emotional social thriller that represents a higher quest, a search for lost values of empathy and integrity.

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Inspired by true events, Lost is a story of a bright young woman crime reporter in her relentless search for the truth behind the sudden disappearance of a young theatre activist.

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Says Aniruddha  “The shoot of LOST has been an incredible journey. I have been eager for the release of our hard-worked venture. The film is a realistic highlight of media in a social context and I am sure that it will give the audience a compelling watch. I am curious about its release and see the responses it shall get. I hope they will welcome it with open hearts.”

Yami Gautam Dhar  who plays  the lead  of  the  crime reporter  says,   “I can’t be happier and more proud of the film’s selection for the opening night at CSAFF. I feel like its one that the people will connect to and will be the one that you cannot miss, especially in the current age and time. I have loved playing this role because it was such a special experience, it allowed me to explore so many layers of emotions as an actor and the entire team has worked really hard on it. I genuinely cannot wait for the film’s release, especially to see the reactions of the audience to it.”

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The crime investigation  drama boasts a stellar cast. Along with Yami, the film will feature Pankaj Kapur, Rahul Khanna, and an ensemble of younger talent, including Neil Bhoopalam, Pia Bajpai, and Tushar Pandey, in pivotal roles.

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Jamuna Had A Love-Hate Relationship With  Bollywood

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Veteran  Telugu  actress  Jamuna who passed away on Friday, shared an uneasy relationship with  the Hindi film industry.She did eleven Hindi films including the iconic Milan in  1967 where Jamuna  agreed to play the  second lead, or the  supporting role if you will, to Nutan.

 Jamuna as Gauri was the Other Woman who craved for the hero Sunil Dutt’s attention whereas  he had  eyes and devotion  only for Nutan. In later  years  Aruna Irani played a similar  role in  Caravan.

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 In Milan Jamuna  was not keen to  do a supporting role. Producer L V Prasad tempted her with three chartbusting songs. Besides, Jamuna had played the same role in Mooga Manasulu, the  Telugu original  of  Milan. But it  was the songs composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal  which convinced  Jamuna to  take up the second lead in Milan.

 While  Nutan had no solo songs  in Milan, she did have the chartbuster duet  Sawan  ka mahina . Jamuna on the  other hand,  had two  splendid Lata Mangeshkar solos: Tohey saawariya naahin khabariya  and   the magnificent Ghazal Aaj dil pe koi  zor chalta nahin.Not only  these, Jamuna  also had a  hit duet  with Mukesh  based on her character  Gauri:  Bol Gauri  bol tera kaun piya.

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But  then, fate  intervened. After the film released  one of Jamuna’s solos, the poignant and memorable  Aaj dil pe koi zor chalta nahin was  snipped  out of the film.

Here is what  happened:  the  Ghazal , one of Lataji’s all-time greats, was very much a part of Milan when  it released on 17 March 1967. But then  it was seen to hamper the  flow of the  film and  edited  out. The  beautiful song occurred right after intermission. Producer  Prasad, a shrewd  filmmaker, got to know that audiences prolonged their  loo breaks as there was  a song after the break. Hence the sacrifice  of  a seriously  sonorous melody.

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Jamuna hardly did  Hindi films after Milan. Her last  Bollywood appearance  was in  Raj Kumar  Kohli’s Raj Tilak  where she  was lost in a multistarrer as  the royal  queen.

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Karan Johar Moves Alia Song From Switzerland To Kashmir

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The  romantic duet in  Karan Johar’s Rocky Aur Rani  Ki Prem Kahaani  which was to be  shot in Switzerland and which was  delayed  due to the film’s leading lady Alia Bhatt’s motherhood, is now being relocated to  Kashmir.

Purely out of  the  love for  new mom Alia.

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Says a source in the know, “Karan loves Alia  like his own daughter. He would do anything for her. He postponed  the  release of Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani as the love duet could not be shot before Alia’s maternity leave. Karan had decided to shoot the song in Switzerland  after Alia’s maternity love. But now he has relocated the song to Kashmir  as Alia doesn’t want to leave her  baby girl behind for  long stretches.”

And as Karan Johar argued, snow is  snow. How does it matter whether it is  Switzerland or Kashmir?

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This  song would be Karan Johar’s tribute to  his  idol Yash Chopra. Alia would be dressed in chiffon sarees while  Ranveer, for  a change, would be seen in  formals.

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Bobby Deol’s Switchover To Villainous Roles

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After  Prakash Jha’s webseries Ashram where Bobby  played a sleazy  godman, and Love Hostel  where  he was a ruthless assassin,   he is playing the villain to Ranbir Kapoor in  Sandeep Vanga’s  Animal.

Bobby says it is not conscious career decision to play negative characters  but a conscious  decision to play interesting characters. “ I don’t look at  characters as positive or negative.When I watch  films there is always  one character  that stays  with you. I want to play that  character.”

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Prakash Jha’s Ashram proved a gamechanger for Bobby.  He admits finding  challenging roles is tough.  “I am trying. I  am doing Sandeep Vanga’s Animal with Ranbir  Kapoor , Parineeti Chopra. Then I am doing the family film Apne  2 which I am  very excited  about.”

 In an  earlier  interview with  this writer Bobby spoke  about his   long absence  from screen  before Prakash Jha’s Ashram.  “My fans   would ask why I wasn’t being seen on the screen.And I couldn’t tell them it was  because  I wasn’t getting good roles. But my fans  stood by me. They gave me  the strength  to  keep looking for the right roles. Thankfully I found the roles I liked. My new  films have given  me  some new fans. I am  thankful  I am still here. Yeah , I am in a good space right now.”

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