For a classical musician, this is a challenging topic to talk about. But I am here to speak about some deep realisations that I have had, and I will stay true to that. Over the many centuries that classical music has been around in India, it has been passed on only through the oral tradition. A musician can become one only if he or she surrenders to a ‘Guru’ completely. The musician has to trust him or her, unconditionally, to guide and lead the path to musical and therefore spiritual, salvation through the pursuit of ‘Sur’, or the divine key of bliss. This was, and to an extent still is, needed because unlike written music of other genres, the nuances of Classical music can be imparted only directly. They are communicated orally and through the generosity of one’s Guru. The spiritual nature of the form adds an additional responsibility on the Guru, one that compels him or her to be spiritually enlightened, evolved and compassionate.
This is a lofty goal for any human being, irrespective of whether or not in the context of musical learning. Realising this made me delve deeper into the awesome force that musicians are moulded by — the Guru, and made me think about the nuances in the meaning of this word.
I came across an interesting WhatsApp forward recently about different Sanskrit words for a teacher. Among them stood out two words, Adhyapak and Guru, among a few other similar words. The difference between Adhyapak and Guru was stark and was striking. Loosely put, Adhyapak is a person who hands over knowledge and skills to his or her student. A Guru is an all-encompassing spiritual force that leads a student through to exemplary spiritual wisdom that includes qualities of compassion, generosity, and most importantly humility. This holds true irrespective of the Guru’s subject of specialisation. A Guru is spiritually awakened enough to know that in the human form, there is no possibility of perfection or complete mastery. And that the pursuit of music, just as life itself, is a deepening of a never-ending spiritual quest. In this quest, a true Guru realises how insignificant he or she is in the presence of the awesome nature of creation. The Guru also realises that he and the rest of humanity, including the students he guides, are in the process of evolving. He realises that he is not superior to anyone, including his students, in the ultimate sense. He may be just a little ahead in the spiritual evolutionary curve if that. He is there to help and guide but with a deep cognition of his failings and challenges as an artist and as a human being. He does not accept the superiority his student showers on him, reminding the student of the ultimate truth — that we are all fallible and will continue to be so till we attain salvation.
Despite this nuance, the terms Guru and teacher are often used very loosely nowadays, many times confusing one for another. I look at myself and see that as skilful as I may be as a musician, and as earnest as my meditative path may be, I still have a long way to go before I would like to be called a ‘Guru’ in the true sense of the word. If at any point in time, a student were to express that I have displayed qualities of a true Guru, I would be very thankful, but also humbled.
I have felt that in my own musical training, my teachers show genuine Guru qualities, qualities that have sometimes moved me to tears. One such moment was when after a few years of training, one of my earlier teachers told me that she wanted me to learn and grow more. She added that she had completed imparting whatever she had to and that I should move to someone else who be better equipped to mould me. She had never been more of a Guru to me than at that moment. I will remember this for life in my own role as an imparter of music.
One more such moment was when another earlier teacher of mine told me and even encouraged me to learn additionally from someone else so that I could tap into my potential further as a musician. She became cemented in my mind that as a true Guru that day.
I want my students to have moments with me when they can see that I am aware of my fallibility. Moments when they can hear me appreciating them for something they can do better than me. Moments where I can switch momentarily to the role of a student when my student has enabled spiritual enlightenment by showing me things I may not yet know. For, to genuinely lead one must learn to follow. To genuinely know one must learn to seek. And to genuinely gain wisdom, one must be ready to challenge what one knows. A Guru is humble, compassionate, forgiving and is forever craving to grow spiritually through his or her art. A Guru is always an eager student of music and of life. Such a teacher would be truly worthy of being called a Guru.
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MUMBAI: It seems actor Emraan Hashmi is preparing hard for his role in ‘Tiger 3’. On Sunday, the ‘Jannat’ star took to Instagram to share a picture, wherein he can be seen sweating it out in the gym. “Just another arms day,” he captioned the post. Emraan’s physical transformation has left netizens in awe of his fitness. “This is amazing. Can’t wait to see you in ‘Tiger 3’, “ a user commented. “Killer looks,” another one wrote.
A few days ago, he had even shared a picture of himself where he flaunted his chiselled abs, hinting he has been going through a lot of fitness routines to achieve a look for the antagonist in the Salman Khan-starrer ‘Tiger 3’.
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NEW DELHI: Kriti Sanon’s younger sister Nupur Sanon shared an emotional post praising her sister for her performance in the much-acclaimed movie ‘Mimi’. After watching the movie, Nupur posted a couple of still images of Kriti who is essaying the titular role of a surrogate in the movie. Nupur termed her sister as “phenomenal” and revealed that she was blown away by Kriti’s performance which also made her shed tears.
“I always knew your true potential. But I was blown away by what I saw!! You did it, Mimi!! You were phenomenal! My Words won’t be able to describe what I felt. I have laughed and laughed and then cried and cried. There wasn’t even a single scene when I felt you weren’t 100 per cent Mimi !!” she wrote. She added “a mother who fell in love with her child instantly. I could see her forgetting her own dreams in a split second for her child. I could see her world revolving around her child. I could see her being territorial for him! I saw so many subliminal emotions in you Kriti!”
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MUMBAI : Actor Shahid Kapoor on Sunday flaunted his tattoo look ahead of his digital debut, which is directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK. Taking to Instagram, he posted a short video clip in which he can been seen with temporary tattoos on his neck. He also expressed his excitement about sharing screen space with Vijay Sethupathi and Raashi Khanna.
“Waiting on set call me soon @rajanddk … can’t wait to share the frame with @actorvijaysethupathi sorry @raashiikhanna I’ve got too used to having you around on set,” Shahid wrote on Instagram.
The yet-to-be-titled project is touted as a quirky drama thriller, which will release on Amazon Prime Video. Reacting to Shahid’s post, Raj and DK of ‘The Family Man’ fame commented: “Shot ready! Let’s roll.” Fans quite impressed by Shahid’s new look poured in their comments at Shahid’s post. “You look so hot,” a fan wrote. “Sexy look,” another social media user commented. Apart from Raj and Dk’s project, Shahid will also be seen in ‘Jersey’ — a Hindi remake of the 2019 Telugu hit of the same name.
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MUMBAI: Kartik Aaryan will star in an upcoming romantic thriller titled ‘Freddy’. The film, set to be directed by Shashanka Ghosh, will go on floors on August 1 in Mumbai this year. The movie will be produced by Ekta Kapoor and Jay Shewakramani. The romantic-triller is said to be packed with unpredictable twists and sharp turns. The characters in the movie are set to take the movie buffs on a dark and chilling roller-coaster ride, where the lines between love and obsession will blur. Speaking about the movie, an ecstatic Kartik said, “As an actor, I crave to explore different facades of entertainment and with ‘Freddy’, I’m venturing into an uncharted territory which is both exciting and intriguing in equal measures.”
The actor also said that he is looking forward to bringing the romantic thriller to life. He added, “I look forward to dwell in the world of Freddy and bring alive this dark romantic thriller. It also marks my first collaboration with a visionary like Ekta Kapoor and creatives forces like Jayu and Shahshanka. Couldn’t have asked for a better team on this new journey.”
Shashanka, who has helmed films like ‘Khoobsurat’ and ‘Veere Di Wedding’, also spoke about the upcoming project and said it is going to be one of the “best thrilling cinematic experiences” for the viewers. The director said, “As a filmmaker, there is a lot to play with the genre, like a thriller. I am more than excited to work with an incredible team on a project as inspiring as Freddy. I am sure that the film is going to be one of the best thrilling cinematic experiences for the audience across the nation.”
Ekta Kapoor said, “I’m thrilled to have Kartik on board. His choices of subject have always been unique and this one is no different. I’m excited to take the audience into this dark, delicious world. Collaborating with Jayu makes it even more special!”
Jay said, “It is the first time I am collaborating with Ekta and Kartik on a film and for it to be on a script like this, makes it all the more exciting! Freddy is a script we worked on incessantly and we can’t wait for Shashanka to bring to life these crazy characters.”‘Freddy’ marks Ekta and Shashanka second film after the hit flick ‘Veere Di Wedding’.
AYUSHMANN SHARES EXPERIENCE OF SINGING TRACK FOR WIFE TAHIRA’S FILM
MUMBAI: Actor Ayushmann Khurrana, who is also a singer, has once again swooned viewers with his voice in his wife and filmmaker Tahira Kashyap’s latest film ‘Quaranteen Crush’.
Taking to Instagram, Ayushmann shared the song’s video and revealed that he composed and wrote ‘Kinni Soni’ along with his college friends — Sameer Kaushal and Gurpreet Saini.
“Wrote and composed this butterflies inducing song with Sameer Kaushal and Gurpreet Saini for Tahira’s lovely short film #QurantineCrush which comes under #FeelsLikeIshq. Loved collaborating with my college friends after so long. Felt like we were back in college during our late night jam sessions in Chandigarh winters,” he posted.
Singer Jonita Gandhi has given English vocals to the song. “Thank you Jonita for the angrezi vocals,” Ayushmann added. For the unversed, ‘Quaranteen Crush’ is a part of the just-released Netflix anthology ‘Feels Like Ishq’. The short movie revolves around the concept of a teenage crush and friendship during the pandemic.
Tahira even posted a short note on Instagram thanking Ayushmann for giving her ‘Kinni Soni’ song. “The song we were waiting for #kinnisoni..An integral part of my short #quaranteencrush that is a part of #feelslikeishq. This song really inspired me to create some magical moments between nimmi and Maninder on their terrace! Thank you @ayushmannk for giving me the song, thank you @s_a_m_k28 and @ghuggss for creating magic with it and thank you @jonitamusic for the mesmerising vocals, and thank you @gazaldhaliwal for this sweet script,” she wrote.
Meanwhile, on the film front, Ayushmann is busy shooting for ‘Doctor G’ in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. The movie also stars Rakul Preet Singh and Shefali Shah..
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MUMBAI: Prabhas’ most anticipated film ‘Radhye Shyam’ has finally got a release date. It will arrive in theatres on January 14, 2022.
On Friday, Prabhas took to Instagram to share the update with his fans. “Can’t wait to watch my romantic saga, ‘Radhe Shyam’, which has a brand new release date — 14th January, 2022 worldwide,” he wrote.
Along with it, Prabhas shared a new poster of the film, wherein he can be seen all decked up while walking on the streets of Europe.
For the unversed, ‘Radhe Shyam’, a multi-lingual film, is helmed by Radha Krishna Kumar, and it features actor Pooja Hegde as well. Pooja, too, expressed her excitement about the film’s release date as it is debuting on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti. “Woke up to this surprise. Sakranti has been lucky for me..fingers crossed for this epic love story,” she wrote on Instagram Story. ‘Radhe Shyam’ is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Vamsi and Pramod.
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