The “lowering of the flags” ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border.

The lowering of the flags ceremony at the Attari-Wagah border is a spectacle one should not miss. The entire atmosphere is filled with excitement and patriotism. The show is a symbol of the two countries’ brotherhood and cooperation. People from either sides of the border cheer, shout and celebrate. This military practice is jointly carried out by the Border Security Force of India and Pakistan Rangers.

Here is the video of the “lowering of the flags” ceremony shot from Attari (Indian side).

 

4 Must Read Books From Entertainment Industry

These are 4 interesting books that you must read, if you are passionate about Media, Film and Entertainment industry.

1. How to be like Walt  

A wonderful book on life and works of the genius Walt Disney, written by Pat Williams with Jim Denney The captures the rise of Disney empire and the ups and downs of Walt- providing powerful lessons from his life you can apply right now. Check the book here

2. Dream With Your Eyes Open

Ronnie Screwvala is often considered as India’s Walt Disney. In this autobiography , “Dream With Your Eyes Open, An Entrepreneurial Journey” , he tells his story. In this book, you get a fair good idea about the Media & Entertainment scenario of India post 1990s.  Check here

3. The Movie Book

If you want to know the evolution and history of World cinema, this is the book you should read. The book covers in detail the various technological advancement the industry has undergone over the years. Its a great reference book for the students of cinema. click here for more details

4. Losing My Virginity

One of the most flamboyant entrepreneurs of our time, Virgin group’s Sir Richard Branson. In this autobiography, he tells about his life, adventures, crazy things he has done and the business he kickstarted. The book is a rollercoaster  and a must read 🙂 Check here

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Global Ghazal Project by Sachin Shankor Mannath

Global Ghazal Project is the brainchild of musician Sachin Shankor Mannath that aims at reinventing the sound of traditional ghazal genre for world music audience around the globe. This is by collaborating with international artists, mixing different genres like pop, rock, classical, edm, world music etc, basically aiming at popularising Indian music in a global platform

The project will focus on releasing a series of singles (originals) in the coming months by collaborating with artists all over the world. The first song, Zindagi Mein To Sabhi Pyaar.. is a tribute to the legendary ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan who popularised the ghazal. The song will feature American guitarist Matt Bacon and Malaysian artist Marvellous Vish on Tabla. Sachin has sung, arranged and produced the song while Ishit Kuberkar did mixing and mastering.

Song: Zindagi Mein To Sabhi

Singer – Sachin Shankor Mannath

Music Arranged and Produced – Sachin Shankor Mannath (Genome Records India)

Guitars, Bass – Matt Bacon

Tabla – Marvellous Vish

Recording Engineers – Manoj Raman (AM Studios) , Leroy C Jerson (Le Music Studio)

Mixed and Mastered – Ishit Kuberkar (Sound Potion Studios, Strum Studio)

Original Composition Credits – Nashad (Composer), Mehdi Hassan (Singer),

Lyrics – Qateel ShifaI

Kiruba Shankar’s Adventure With Brands!

I was, as usual , going through my work on Facebook and suddenly noticed this post from my friend Kiruba Shankar.

Kiruba was on his way to Coimbatore, flying with Jet Airways and when he reached the destination, he was received by a shocking news! Jet Aiways forgot to load his luggage. Now Kiruba was visibly angry and upset and he posted this on Facebook.

"Pathetic! JetAirways say they "forgot" to load my luggage. Now, I've landed in Coimbatore and in a few hours scheduled to speak at an elite gathering of over 200 CEOs and leaders. I'm in Tshirts & Jeans. Have to now hurriedly shop for my formal wear from suits to shoes. Unnecessary stress because some lady behind the counter in Chennai "forgot" !!" 

Now Kiruba is one of the leading authority in Social Media and has got a huge follower base. People went berserk , sharing similar stories, sympathising with Kiruba and asking him to tag Jet Airways and lodge a formal complaint.

Couple of hours later Kiruba was back with this post!

He went and purchased whole set of formal ware and shoes and was saying still no clue about the luggage. I had a close look at the clothing and figured out that it was Raymonds, a well known brand 🙂 And hour later his latest post came.

Now his mood has changed from being angry to being awesome! He was sharing how confident he was in his brand new dress. I thought, Raymonds’ slogan is “The Complete Man”, yes a man who feels awesome even after going through the trauma of missing the luggage. Branding is all about this. Creating experiences, play with human emotions!

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Mindscreen Film Institute’s one year certificate course in Acting

Remember the political leader in Iruvar, or the blind musician in Rajiv Menon’s Minstar Kanavu, the ever powerful villain in Mukham or Bijjaladeva in Baahubali series? Nassar is no doubt one of the finest actors in Indian cinema. Now he is sharing his 500 plus cinema experience, Nassar is heading the newly announced One year certificate course in Acting by Mindscreen Film Institute.

Mindscreen Film Institute

Mindscreen Film Institute is one of the leading institutes in India that offers various courses in Photography, Cinematography and acting. The institute is the brain child of well known Director -Cinematographer Rajiv Menon.

One Year Certificate Course in Acting

The program is designed for individuals who desire to achieve a position in Film & Television, but want to focus exclusively on acting, with a concentration on acting for film. Classes include various techniques in acting and other aspects of acting. In addition to the course work, students perform projects, both on-camera and on stage.

For more details regarding the course, click here

 

Nazia Amin Mohammad : A singer from across the border.

I first came to know her when she shared my brother’s song ‘Malare’. At first I couldn’t believe, the way she was singing the song. First time someone from Pakistan was singing a Malayalam song.  We became friends on Facebook and started interacting. She used to send songs that she had sung.

But on 13th August, she gave me a real surprise. She pinged me on Facebook and asked me to check whether the song was ok.  The song what she had sent was ” Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon”, originally sung by Lata Mangeshkar.

Nazia and her Brothers

Childhood Memories in Pakistan

Nazia started  singing from a very young age. “I have got my voice through my mumma that is why my voice tone has an Indian touch. My mumma is an Indian. From Adilabad in Andra Pradesh.” She says.  Her parents used to listen to songs of Great Kishore da… Rafi sir… Mukesh sir… LATA DIDI AND ASHA JEE… and thats how she started loving music.

Favourite Indian Singers!

I asked who is her favourite singers and she says without hesitation, “My Most Most Most favt Singer is Lata didi.. then Kishore da… Chitra chechi… Yesudas sir, ALKA JEE… Shreya ghoshal… Sonu nigam… Arijit Singh, Jagjit jee, srinivas sir, Kumar Sanu sir and Pankaj Udas sir too.

Music in Pakistan

I think… Music is treasure of India. Pakistan got it from India only. “We do not have musical schools and music is not being taught to kids in schools”. Says Nazia.

Nazia and her Mumma

Indian Roots

“My father was not a pakistani… My grand father was an Indian too… He married an African lady (Tanzanian). My father was born in Tanzania and then he got settled in Pakistan for business and studies. We have grown up listening to stories about life in India. My mumma came to pakistan afyer marrying my father in december 1983. Through her wedding, she thought of  building a bridge.

Looking forward to visit India

“My Mumma is dying to visit her native place and see her entire family…. Her last visit was in year 1988. I really wish to come to India with my mumma… Am going to apply for a visit visa,” says Nazia.

28 Languages and counting!

Nazia’s family is so much diversified and as a result of that she picked up so many languages.  “I knew several languages at a young age… Later… I started singing in different languages to build bridges and bring people closer”, says Nazia.

“I have sung in 28 lnguages as of Now… 4 more are in progress… I check songs on youtube and try to google the lyrics… Otherwise i jot down the lyrics after listening to the song line by line.”, says Nazia.

Malayalam Songs

Malayalam was difficult in the beginning, admits Nazia. But now she feels like none of the language is difficult. Till date she knows around 13 to 14 songs in malayalam. “K J Yesudas Sir… S Janaki amma, Chithra Chechi… And shreya Ghoshal are her favourite malayalam singers.

Why Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon?

Nazia shared how she chose this song. “I actually prepared Indian National Anthem for Independence Day… My mumma used to sing it for us all the time… Few days back When i sang it for the first time… It brought tears into my eyes… I got goose bumps… I shared the demo with my few Indian friends too It was a risky thing… Because of the sensitivity …I got scared and changed my mind… Looked for national songs.. I know almost all Indian National songs… Vande. Maatram… And few. More… But never thought to sing.

Independence Days Gift

But this was the right time to show my love and respect to all my Indian friends

One thing that i can never forget about this Indian National Song tribute… It made Me cry… It gave me goose bumps… I felk. Like i was singing my own national song of pakistan… There is no difference in the feelings of patriotism, whether a person is Indian or a Pakistani

Nazia’s message to India

I wish All my Beloved Indian Friends “A Very Happy Independence Day” in Advance.

Please accept a very Little Musical Gift on this Occassion.

AYE MERE WATAN KE LOGON!

Originally sung by My True Mentor, My Most Favt. Musical Angel, Grand Legend, Most Respected Lata Didi (15 Aug 1947)

Dear All!
India and Pakistan are like siblings who live independently! But, we belong to a Single Global Family! Borders are Men-Made! God created all of us in a Single Global Family!

Let’s Love eachother more and more!
I, being a Pakistani Citizen, respect you All amd Love you All!

God bless both our Nations!

Love and Prayers

VOCALS: @nazaminmohd, @naziaaminmohammad

MUSIC: @BENOYABRAHAM