Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A.R. Rahman: “The lessons my Gurus taught me were like a drug… a good drug!”

Bin guru gyan kaha se pau, dijo dan hari gun gau…

(Without a teacher where will I get knowledge, if you give me alms I will be blessed) 

Remember this super hit song sung by singing legend Mohd Rafi in the film BAIJU BAWRA, where Baiju, a music enthusiast is begging to his teacher to give him his blessing. 

Written by eminent lyricist Shakeel Badayuni and composed by music wizard Naushad the song is still a hit and so are its apt words that beautifully capture the significance of a teacher in our life.

True a teacher plays a pivotal role in refining the talent of his students and it is his meticulous nuances that make the student greater than his Guru! However it is a tragedy that in today’s jet age world there are hardly any students who revere their teachers with such esteem and admiration! 

But all are not the same there are few gifted souls who never fails to esteem their Gurus and despite reaching the peak of popularity and stardom they bow to their Gurus as they did when they met them the first time. 

Recently distinguished music director and Oscar award winner A.R. Rahman paid his ode to his gurus while receiving the prestigious Global Living Legend Award from the Adding Smiles Foundation.

Going memory down lane Rahman reminisced that his first Guru as a music teacher was none other but his father R.K. Shekhar, who was a popular music composer and used to help out many musicians. 

He said, “I owe my success to my Gurus. Beginning from my father, who was loving, to my strict teacher Mrs YGP, who once slapped due to my lack of concentration in the class.” 

He added, “I am also obliged to my teacher who used to beat severely on my knuckles and of course my spiritual teachers; the lessons they taught me were like a drug… a good drug.”

Asin and Rahul Sharma wed; Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, the matchmaker, played the Best Man!

Bold and beautiful South Indian film actress Asin Thottumkal tied the auspicious nuptial knot with her long time boy friend tall and handsome Micromax co-founder Rahul Sharma in New Delhi on January 19, 2016. 

The marriage ceremony was performed both according to Christian rituals in the morning at a makeshift Church and later with the typical Hindu customs in the evening. 

According to reports the wedding ceremony in the morning was an exclusive private affair with only handful relatives attending the wedding. The hotel management had erected a makeshift church in the hotel premises itself. It was followed by a strict vegetarian lunch at the hotel’s Chinese restaurant. A special 10-tier vanilla-flavoured cake was designed for the occasion.

Asin was dressed in a white gown in the typical attire of a Christian bride designed by Vera Wang and looked fabulous while Rahul Sharma wore a black suit with western style bow. 

The evening ceremony was a typical North Indian type Hindu shadi with band and barati at Dusit Devarana, a resort hotel, on NH-8 near Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.

A mandap was erected on a water body for the Hindu ceremony at night. Asin wore a gown by designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s for the evening’s ceremony. The groom arrived in an open car for the baarat. Both the functions were kept private with tight security arranged at the hotel entrance.

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who was instrumental in introducing Asin to Rahul played the Best Man during the Christian style wedding. 

Delhi-based music group Elohim Worship performed at the wedding. While the Delhi functions were meant for the close family and friends, the couple will host a reception in Mumbai on January 23, which will be attended by who’s who of both Bollywood and South Indian film industry!