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Mesmerizing India and making the nation dance with her soulful voice Shubha Mudgal has much to offer when it comes to music.
Born to parents who were both Professors, Shubha had a profound interest in classical music and soon started performing at a very young age. The 80s and 90s saw a lot of classical performances, especially favouring the Khayal and Thumri style.
It was in the late 90s, when Shubha started experimenting with other genres and gave us all-time favourites like Ali More Angna and Ab ke Sawan, each having a distinct relatable and idiosyncratic quality to it.
Shubha Mudgal is the trustee of an organization named Anhad that strives to combat hate ideology and has been inspired by the Gujarat carnage of 2002. The organization believes in tending to the roots of problems which lies in religious and communal hostility flamed by ulterior political motives.
She is also a regular columnist and writes for popular publications such as Live Mint.
Why we find her inspiring:
– For being open to contemporary music, without losing her classical roots
– For maintaining her individuality and striving for what she thinks is right
*Photo credit: hindilyrics.
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Rajshri Deshpande, who played the fiery protagonist in Trial by Fire along with Abhay Deol speaks of her journey and her social work.
Rajshri Deshpande as the protagonist in ‘Trial by Fire’, the recent Netflix show has received raving reviews along with the show itself for its sensitive portrayal of the Uphaar Cinema Hall fire tragedy, 1997 and its aftermath.
The limited series is based on the book by the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, who lost both their children in the tragedy. We got an opportunity to interview Rajshri Deshpande who played Neelam Krishnamoorthy, the woman who has been relentlessly crusading in the court for holding the owners responsible for the sheer negligence.
Rajshri Deshpande is more than an actor. She is also a social warrior, the rare celebrity from the film industry who has also gone back to her roots to give to poverty struck farming villages in her native Marathwada, with her NGO Nabhangan Foundation. Of course a chance to speak with her one on one was a must!
“What is a woman’s job, Ramesh? Taking care of parents-in-law, husband, children, home and things at work—all at the same time? She isn’t God or a superhuman."
The arrays of workstations were occupied by people peering into their computer screens. The clicks of keyboard keys were punctuated by the occasional footsteps moving around to brainstorm or collaborate with colleagues in their cubicles. Most employees went about their tasks without looking at the person seated on either side of their workstation. Meenakshi was one of them.
The thirty-one-year-old marketing manager in a leading eCommerce company in India sat straight in her seat, her eyes on the screen, her fingers punching furiously into the keys. She was in a flow and wanted to finish the report while the thoughts and words were coming effortlessly into her mind.
Natu-Natu. The mellifluous ringtone interrupted her thoughts. She frowned at her mobile phone with half a mind to keep it ringing until she noticed the caller’s name on the screen, making her pick up the phone immediately.
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