This is the end
This is the end
My only friend, the end.
This is the end
I was reading Sashi Tharoor’s tweet and he recommended working on October 2nd every year if we truly want to celebrate the life and times of Mr. M.K. Gandhi. I find myself in agreement with this thought.
Among all freedom fighters, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (called Mahatma with due respect) is a name that resounds in the hearts of millions of Indians. He never took a day off during the struggle for India’s independence.
A working October 2nd would be the ideal tribute to the man who moved a nation.
“If people fall in love, do they rise out of it?” – Anonymous
That was the name of the Jagjit Singh concert organized by Smile Foundation last night at the Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. For anyone who likes listening to ghazals or nazms, attending a Jagjit Singh concert is a must. The man is absolutely magical and mesmerizing. The accompanying team of musicians is equally talented with the violin player in the team a first rate artist in his own right.
He began with some of his lesser known numbers and slowly progressed to to the popular ones such as hum to hain pardes mein, chithi na koi sandesh, main nashe mein hoon, hosh walon ko khabar kya, kiska chehra, hazaron khwahishen aisi etc. A medley of tera chehra kitna suhana, woh kagaz ki kashti etc came up in the middle. The entire audience joined him in singing along on tumko dekha toh yeh khayal aaya. Towards the later part of the concert, he sang aahista aahista and the entire auditorium came alive at this moment.
People arriving late could be seen seated on the stairs or standing at the back of the auditorium inspite of having valid tickets which led Jagjit Singh to comment that Delhi is a ‘sarkari‘ city, so genuine ticket holders end up standing to accomodate the government officials who are seated in the front rows. He added that the situation stays the same whenever he performs at the Siri Fort Auditorium; government officials present at the concert always inconvenience the genuine audience.
Over the years Jagjit Singh has developed a distinct style of performing on stage – interspersing his ghazals with very brief explanation of difficult urdu words, or having the audience applauding with his wisecracks.
In all, he performed for a close to two hours and had the audience wanting for more by the time he concluded the concert.
For everyone who dreamt of watching Michael Schumacher behind the wheels of Ferrari once again, it came as a sad news. He confirmed that he won’t be returning to Formula 1; via his official website. He stated that his neck had still not recovered enough to permit him to get behind the wheels of a Ferrari for the upcoming European GP.
Luca Badoer, a test driver for Ferrari, will now race in the European GP in place of Felipe Massa.
More than often, the music/motion picture studios manage to surprise me with their policies for piracy control. Most of the dvds currently being sold are region locked – Asia, Europe, US etc. all have their region codes and a dvd from one region can’t be played in a player/computer drive from some other region.
I can fairly assume that it must somehow help the music/motion picture studios curb piracy. What they forget in this hurry is to port their dvds to various regions. As a result, many of the imported dvds being sold in India are region locked for the US, hence they can’t be played by players manufactured for Asia. This has happened with me many a times in the past with dvds of famous artists such as Metallica, Phil Collins, BA, MJ etc.
I’m sure there are people who share the same story – of buying original “import” dvds from retail stores in India only to find that they are unplayable here while there are others who find it convenient and easier to access the dvd content of the very same artists from the internet paying zilch for the stuff.
It makes me wonder whether the music/motion picture studios are trying to curb piracy or promote it.