Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Deepika Padukone ‘Real Mardaani’ of Bollywood?

Rani Mukerjee’s movie MARDAANI has peeped up women with vigor to fight against remarks attacking their modesty. A picture of this was seen in Bollywood itself, when Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone valiantly hit back at a leading national daily that attempted to garner titillation displaying her photo exposing her cleavages in a report titled "OMG: Deepika Padukone's cleavage show".

Peeved at the photos, Deepika Padukone strongly condemned the media house tweeting “YES! I am a Woman. I have breasts and a cleavage! You got a problem!!??"

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She added, “Supposedly India's 'LEADING' newspaper and this is 'NEWS'!!??," She further blasted the media house lambasting, "Don't talk about Woman's Empowerment when YOU don't know how to RESPECT Women!" 

The bold and gallant reply against the media house by Deepika Padukone generated a dynamic support for her from the film fraternity. Famous producer, director Karan Johar expressed his shock and anger at the media house. In his tweet he wrote, “Appalled....shocked and disgusted at the level of disrespect shown. Deepika or any women in the world cannot and should not stand for this!!"

Eminent actor Arjun Rampal praising Deepika Padukone for her fearless outrage criticized yellow journalism that in lure of attracting readership retort to cheap sensational journalism. 

Film Director Shoojit Sircar, known for making hard hitting sensational movies like VICKY DONOR and MADRAS CAFE condemning the act of the media house related the media report as an eve teasing of different kind. 

Interestingly aghast by the actresses’ wrath and the superlative support that she garnered from the film fraternity and the citizens alike, the media house took a U Turn and tweeted to the actress that the report was meant to be a ‘compliment’: "You look so great that we want to make sure everyone knew! :"

Ironically hitting back at the media house for their U Turn, director Farah Khan, in whose film HAPPY NEW YEAR, Deepika Padukone plays the lead opposite Shah Rukh Khan wrote, "Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. @deepikapadukone doing just that!! (N THATS how u pay a compliment!)"

MS Subbulakshmi : Melody Personified

MS Subbulakshmi is unarguably the queen of Melody, particularly a legendary vocalist in classical Carnatic music. Her devotion in singing bhajan was so electrifying that when Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, heard M.S. Subbulakshmi sing the bhajan, 'Vaisnava janato tere kahiye, jo pir paray, jane re ' (Only those who are religious understand the sufferings of others),Mahatma Gandhi could not control his emotions and tears began to roll down his cheeks. Complimenting M.S. (as MS Subbulakshmi was fondly called) Gandhi said, ‘To sing a bhajan is one thing, but to sing it by losing oneself in god is another.'' 

Sept 16 Marks the birth anniversary of MS Subbulakshmi, the queen of melody; Raaga.Com pays our humble homage.

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MS Subbulakshmi was born on September 16th, 1916. She was introduced to music through her mother Shanmukhavadivu. Her first guru for vocal music training was Madurai Srinivasa Iyengar. She cut her first 78-rpm disc at ten. She was also trained under Musiri Subramanya Iyer and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.

She gave her first public performance in 1929 when she was just 13 at the esteemed Madras Music Academy. The performance comprised bhajans. The academy was known for its discriminating selection process. It broke its tradition by inviting a young girl as an important performer.

MS had also acted in a few Tamil films. Her first movie 'Sevasadanam' was released in 1938. With her title role of the Rajasthani saint-poetess Meera in a 1945 film she gained national distinction. In 1947, this movie was re-made in Hindi. MS Subbulakshmi also sang the famous Meera bhajans in this film. After a short foray in films, she concentrated only on concert music. 

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar referred to Subbulakshmi as Tapaswini (the Renunciate). 

To salute her contribution in carnatic music, the Indian government conferred upon her country's highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1998, thus making her the First artist to receive the coveted award in the music field. Besides Bharat Ratna, MS also received the Padma Bhushan, the Magsaysay award, the Padma Vibhushan, the Spirit of Freedom award and the Indira award for National Integration Award. Her Concerts and Recordings have risen over three core rupees for charity. 

Google too paid her homage on her 97th birth anniversary by posing M. S. Subbulakshmi as Google doodle in India. 

Applauding her mastery in classical Carnatic music Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru said, “You are the queen, I am just Minister!”