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Film, Art and Culture

by Kishan Sharma

Mangeshkar junior begins career

Radha Mangeshkar, daughter of music director-singer Pandit Hridaya Nath Mangeshkar, has released her first album. She is fortunate enough to be a member of the Mangeshkar family. Her eldest aunt Bharat Ratna Dr. Lata Mangeshkar blessed her and said that she was very happy to find the young singer to be melodious, sentimental and full of talent. Pandit Hridaya Nath Mangeshkar not only groomed her into music but was also present in the recording studio to guide and encourage her. Radha has sung Marathi songs for the album and plans to give her live stage performances in near future, informs Pritam Sharma, media manager, who looked after the event.

Let’s talk education

U.S. Secretary of State Mrs. Hillary Clinton, during her recent India visit, had a very tight schedule. She spent quite some time at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, where actor Aamir Khan had a lively interaction with her on education. Large number of students and teachers had gathered to listen to Mrs. Clinton. Aamir Khan is the brand ambassador of Teach India campaign launched by The Times of India group. Mrs. Clinton praised Aamir Khan for his services in the field of education through films. Later, she also met some traditional crafts-women and appreciated their art work.

Lyrical issues

Maharashtra Government’s Hindi Academy (Mumbai) and Saaz Aur Aawaz (Nagpur) organised an interesting programme at Nagpur during the Sarva Bharatiya Bhasha Sammelan. The theme had a question – “Who is responsible for the falling standard of Hindi film songs – the film-maker, the audience or the lyric writer?”. Three top ranking lyricists Samir, Ravindra Jain and Naqsh Lyallpuri represented three generations of lyric writers. They spoke on the subject and answered the main question in their own respective style. Well known playback singer M. A. Kader and his singer wife Zeenat Kader alongwith Ashok Patel and Dinesh Kale presented melodious old and new film songs of the three lyric writers and also sang several literary hit songs of other lyricists. Vijay Naidu, Sandeep Balapure, Adv. Ramesh Pulkundwar, Pravin Jain, Ramesh Pusam, Vinod Kale, Baldev Singh, Sanjay Gade and Vivek Jain gave musical support on various instruments, while Adv. Kashi Prasad Chaurasia, Kalim, Aarif, Anil, and Guddu looked after the stage presentation. Mr. Nand Kishore Nautiyal, Executive President of the Academy, who presided over the function, praised Aziz Patel for his beautiful concept and untiring efforts in presenting the programme, which was hailed by the large audience.

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