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Tansen : A Glimpse of The Journey of an Artist

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Tansen, a beautiful play about the journey of an artist is presented by The Dramatic Art and Design Association. Written by Mohammad Faheem and Sudheer Rikhari and directed by Govind Singh Yadav, talks about the journey every artist has. The cast of the play includes senior theatre actors like Sudheer Rikhari, Mohammad Faheem and Ridhima Bagga.

An artist’s journey of an endless search is filled with ups and downs, acceptance and rejection, pain and satisfaction. The play “Tansen” explores this journey through the life of the legendary Tansen. The play begins with a dilemma about “Ibadat”(worship) and “Ishq”(love). Is the search of a destination called love or is losing oneself in that search called love? The intention is to talk about the dilemmas of an artist and explore the factors that make an artist feel liberated and also what makes him feel caught in his own emotions, expectations and pride.

“Tansen” is not only a documentation of Tansen’s life but also a parallel search of an artist that is never ending.

The performance aspect of the play includes a wide range of theatrical devices. It consists of the three major elements of performing arts namely music, dance and drama which are blend together to say the story. The play also focuses on the journey of Hindustani classical music from its origin where it was performed in the form of “Dhrupad” till today’s “Khayal Gaayaki”. Therefore, it includes live music ranging from Dhrupad, Qawwali, Hori to Khayal Gaayaki along with live instruments namely Sitar, Tabla, Pakhawaj, Harmonium and Tanpura that give a different flavour to the play.

 

To get a glimpse of the cultural, musical and philosophical aspect of Indian history, this play is a must watch.

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5 Memorable Moments of The Bollywood’s Legendary Icon Shashi Kapoor

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Shashi Kapoor is a member of the Kapoor family, a film dynasty in India’s cinema, and is the third and the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, the younger brother of Raj Kapoor and Shammi Kapoor.

Shashi Kapoor made his debut as a leading man in the 1961 film Dharmputra and went on to appear in 116 Hindi films, including 61 films as the solo lead hero and 55 multi star-cast films, 21 films as supporting actor and seven films in a special appearance. He was a very popular actor in Bollywood during the 60s, 70s and until the mid 80s. He has also acted in numerous English and American films, making him one of India’s first actors to go international.

5 of Shashi Kapoor’s most memorable moments

1. Mesmerising dialogues like “Mere Paas Maa Hai”

2. Truly mesmerizing songs like ‘Yeh Raasta Hai Zindagi’

3. Shashi Kapoor’s Unique Dance

4. In 2011, Shashi Kapoor was honoured with the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for his contributions to Art-Cinema. In 2015, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, making him the third member of his family to receive the highest award in Indian Cinema, after his father and brother Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor, respectively.

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Legendary Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor poses with actress Neetu Singh, Karishma Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor and Rekha after receiving Dadasaheb Phalke Award during a ceremony Mumbai on Sunday. Credits: PTI Photo by Shashank Parade

5. Shashi acted in plays directed and produced by his father Prithviraj Kapoor, while travelling with Prithvi Theatres.

He started acting in films as a child in the late 1940s, using the name ‘Shashiraj’, as there was another actor at the time by his real name. As a child star, his best known performances were in Aag (1948) and Awaara (1951), where he played the younger version of the characters played by his older brother Raj Kapoor, and in Sangram (1950), where he played younger version of Ashok Kumar.

 

Shashi Kapoor’s career spanned Indian and international cinema. He was as renowned for his theatre work as he was for movies. Shashi Kapoor was married to actress Jennifer Kendal and is survived by his sons Karan and Kunal and daughter Sanjana Kapoor.

Shashi Kapoor’s versatility could be seen in his movies as well as in theatre, which he promoted with great passion. His brilliant acting will be remembered for generations to come. The entire country has been saddened by his demise. Our condolences to his family and admirers.

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A Powerful Song on Delhi’s Pollution That You Need to Hear Right Now

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Residents in Delhi-NCR woke up to a thick cover of smog on the morning of 7 November, with several parts of the capital region reporting lowest visibility this season yet. Some thought it was the winter setting in, that is until one looked at the alarming pollution levels. The average air quality was 403 as per AQI, which lies in the ‘very poor’ category.

While several residents took to social media to post images of the low visibility due to the smog cover, journalists shared startling statistics about air quality. Within few hours #Smog became the top trend on Twitter. With poor air quality levels being recorded in parts of Punjab too.

Recently, Shivangi and Vasudev from Coverette made a composition, Dilli Chup Gaya, dedicating to the life of people living in Delhi.

Coverette is an Indian Duo who make covers, mashups and they even plan to release originals in no time. The Duo, Vasudev Chandna and Shivangi Meena, consists of two 18 year old who started their YouTube Channel two months back to deliver to the world what they’ve got, their undying love for Music! They’ve just started and there’s a lot more to come.

Click here to watch the full composition.



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Don’t Judge People on Skin Colour, Every Skin Glows : Sejal Kumar

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Every Skin Glows : Sejal Kumar

Recently Sejal Kumar travelled to different cities in India and spoke to 6 gorgeous girls about what beautiful skin tone/color means to them and what their opinion on skin tone/color discrimination is. It was a week full of new experiences, conversations and thoughts. Skin colour discrimination is still so prevalent in our society but it is great to see these girls having such strong opinions against it and how they held their own against such norms!

Beauty of a dark skin can only be seen by a good soul. Judgments based on the skin tone is not just a mental problem but is also a larger social problem.

The change has to begin with an individual. One has to believe in their beauty irrespective of their skin tone. One is not the colour of their skin but instead the opinions they make and carry.

A comment on your skin tone does not tell as much about one’s physical attributes, as it tells about their mental and emotional attributes.

Click here to check out the complete video in collaboration with Clean and Clear as a part of the amazing campaign #EveryFaceIsBright .



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De Taali Nehraji Ft Ashish Nehra | Breakfast With Champions

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Storyteller par excellence, Ashish Nehra is the ageless warhorse. Through injury and pain, he’s played for India for almost 2 decades, quite an achievement for a fast bowler who’s undergone 12 surgeries. There is never a dull moment with Ashish Nehra in the house.

Ready for yet another international comeback, veteran Ashish Nehra is hardly bothered about the doubters and cynics as he revels in the feeling of being a sought after pacer for India at the age of 38.

Nehra has been recalled to the side for a three-match T20 series (the only format that he plays), having last competed for the country against England, earlier this year. He had suffered an injury during the IPL after the England assignment at home.

“Who isn’t happy if he is playing for India? I have never been bothered by criticism. The Indian dressing room knows what I bring to the table. The skipper knows it, the selectors know it. If I am in the team, definitely, I must be contributing something,” Nehra told PTI on Monday.

Click here to watch the full interview with Gaurav Kapur.

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Maanvi Gagroo : The First Lady of Indian Web Series

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Maanvi Gagroo, born on 5 September 1985, hasn’t been from the world of lights, camera, and action. Away from all the glamour, she had a protected and loving childhood in Delhi. But the bug had caught her early in her acting career. She still managed to go back to Delhi and  finish her graduation and then it was clear to her that Mumbai is the city, where she wanted to be. Equipped with a Psychology degree Maanvi never looked back.

Maavi is not new to the camera. You might have discovered her recently, but she had been in entertainment industry for ten years now. She debuted with a Disney TV series, Dhoom Machao Dhoom (DMD), in 2007, did a series of Idea ads with Abhishek Bachchan in 2011, and had minor roles in films like No One Killed Jessica (2011) and PK (2014).

Maanvi in TVF Pitchers
Picture Credits: TVF

From being a familiar face on Telly, to be a highly popular name in Web series circuit via TVF Pitchers 2015, Maanvi shot to fame with one of India’s earliest web series, Pitchers. She also played a strong character Chanchal in TVF Tripling , which is primarily a sibling road-trip drama show. While growing up, Gagroo realised that she had a passion for dance after she received training in kathak at the age of 12.

Maanvi has been part of  interesting videos with Being Indian like “Every Bombay Girl in the World”. One has to agree that Maanvi made the character looked lively and realistic.

During her time at the theater, she came in touch with Nidhi Bisht who introduced her to the world of The Viral Fever and since then she had been hooked onto it.

Gagroo’s character in Pitchers is self-aware which is a stark contrast to her previous work as that chirpy girl. The stint on Pitchers got her an audition for TVF Tripling as Chanchal, the middle child among three siblings. It is an unusual story of a road trip with immediate family, Tripling looks like TVF’s most elaborate venture so far, and was shot for over a month across northern India. She co-stars with Sumeet Vyas and Amol Parashar.

Picture Credits: TVF

Even today, Maanvi loves her morning siesta time and makes sure she catches up with her family and friends during those few days she isn’t working. She has a fundamental belief that, having a family which is totally cut off from the glam world keeps he sane and grounded. She believes one of the biggest challenges in her life has been growing up and it would be great if we all could just go back to your childhood and be carefree once again.

Maanvi also shared that how she often wonders if she hadn’t pursued acting and ended up getting a normal job, had a family, kids and everything that her peers are doing how different would her life be! In moments like these, Maanvi steps back and remembers why exactly she decided to follow her passion and it always brings her right back to the wonderful reality.

In one line Maanvi Gangroo is a passionate actress and a great human being.

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