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Lata Mangeshkar: Growing Up In The Invisible Presence Of Melody Personified

Lata Mangeshkar was a singer who could understand the emotions of the songs better than anyone. More than that, she was bestowed with a magical voice by the almighty.

Surendra Kumar

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Lata Ji is no more. The whole nation is mourning cutting across the barriers of religion, region, language, caste, gender and political affiliations. How many personalities do we have who enjoy such nationwide warmth, love, respect, adoration and emotional connect? I wish we had many! This would be a much more peaceful, harmonious, loving, caring and sharing world.

Many of us have grown with the invisible presence of her melodious voice in our lives. She has sung songs for all occasions and for all age groups, in all possible genres, expressing our emotions and sentiments, which we could not. Recently, at an Indian Idol episode, Iconic Rekh confessed that she managed to express her emotions and sentiments in Silsila film’s song: Yeh kahan a gaye hum yoonhi sath sath chalte by following the manner Lataji sang that line. Sharmila Tagore for whom Lata had sung many songs also mentioned on a TV channel that Lata’s rendition of songs made it easier for actors to perform on them.  

Long ago, when we had no colour TV, face book, internet, Instagram, twitter, YouTube or smart phones, Lata’s voice could still reach millions of hearts all over India even in small remote hamlets. In mid 1950s, in our village, sapreas (snake charmers) will take out a black king Cobra and play on their bin Lata’s immortal song: mera man dole, mera tan dole, mere dil ka gaya qarar re, kaun bajai bansuriya? If we bear in our minds the  communication constraints of that time, Lata’s this song of film Nagin with music by Hemant Kumar will go down in the Bollywood  history as arguably the most popular song of all times. Two other Lata songs which were hit on the Nautanki circuit in1950s were: jara samane to ao chhaliye ,chhup, chhup chhalane ka  kya raj hai ,chhup na sakega parmatma ,meri atma ke yehi awaj hai and chhup  gaya koi re dur se pukar ke, darad anokhe hai de gaya pyar ke.

In late 1950s and 60s the popularity of a song was judged by the frequency by which a songs was played on Band Baja aur Barat and lata’s voice ruled supreme. When Mother India turned a blockbuster, it is song: nagari nagari, dware dware, dundhun re saawariya piya, piya ratate ratate ho gayi re baawariya in Lata’s voice picturised on Nargis was heard at every wedding party. In those days, Lataji’s two songs from Meena Kumar’s film Aarti were also a huge hit: bar bar tohe kya samjhaye payal ki jhankar, tere bin sajan lage na jiyara hamar and kabhi to milegi, kahin to milegi baharon ki manzil rahi.

Lata who began singing at the tender age of 5 was initially trained by her father Dinanath Mangeshkar who was a known singer of Gwalior Ghrana. She was also tutored by two maestros: Aman Ali Khan Sahib and Amanat Khan. Though her first song at 13 years of age for Vasant Joglekar’s Marathi film Kiti Hasaal wasn’t very successful, her song in Kamal Amrohi’s Mahal : Ayega  Ayega ,Anewala Ayega picturized on Madhubala became an instant chart buster. This song catapulted Lata on the scene of Hindi film playback singing, which was dominated by Shamshaad Beghum, Mubarak Beghum & Noor Jehan .Soon; she created a distinct niche for herself.

Lata was blessed with uniquely melodious voice but she honed it with rigorous training in ragas and hours of riyaz. She also attained Mastery on Urdu diction with the help of a Maulana. Her ability to do justice to Indian classical ragas was applauded by Legendary Classical singers like Ustad Baer Ghulam Ali, Pt. Bhinsen Joshi & Pt.Jasraj. Some of Lata’s classical /semi-classical songs are timeless: Rasik Balama, Piya tose naina lage re, Bahiyan na dharo balama, Naina barase, rimzim rimzim.

Lata’s versatility and repertoire was matchless. In K Asif’s masterpiece Mughal e Azam, under the baton of Ustad Naushad Ali, she sang three unforgettable songs conveying very different sentiments and feelings: In Mohe panaghat pe Nandlal chhed gayo re picturised on ravishingly beautiful Madhubala, it is the classical and folk base, which enchants the listeners. In the song: Pyar kiya to darana kya; It is the daring, rebellious spirit that sparks out from every line Anarkali sings before Emperor Akbar. And the third song: Beqas  Pe Karam Kijiye, Sakaar e Madina drips with pathos, melancholy ,helplessness and fervent prayer for help that moves millions of hearts.

Besides, Ashok Kumar, Lata gave memorable songs in films of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor & Dev Anand. Besides, Mughal e Azam, Lata gave several hummable songs in Dilp starrer Madhumati like: aaja re pardeshi. Dilip had introduced Lata to the audience at her first concert at London’s famous Royal Albert hall and treated her as his sister who considered him as her Rakhibandh bhai.

For years, Lata in white saree, like the Showman’s heroines was almost a permanent feature in RK films and sang inimitable songs, which have appealed to different generations. Ghar aya mera perdeshi in awara, Jago mohan payre Jago in Jagte Raho, O Jaanewale in Sri 420, Raja Ki Ayegi Baraat in Aah, remain etched on our memory screens.

Evergreen, Dev Anand gave Lata to sing some of the best songs of her long career. Kaanto se khinch key yeh anchal pictured on Dev & Wheeda Rehman in Guide bursts with infectious exuberance expressing freedom from social shackles. Rula Ke Gaya Sapana Mera in Jewel Thief conveys suffocating longing. But her Allah Tero Naam, Ishwar Tero Naam in Hum Dono is soaked in philosophical mysticism.

Lata’s songs: Ruk ja raat, thahar ja re Chanda (Dil Ek Mandir Hai) and the title song of Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai & Ajib dastan hai yeh contributed to the success of Raaj Kumar’s films.

A number of films of Dharam, Rajesh & Amitabh rode on the popularity of Lata’s songs. The first song of Gulzar’s filmi career for Bimal Roy’s Bandini featuring Dharam & Nutan: mora gora rang lai le, mohi shyam rang dai de emantes innocence and longing for the lover. In Mamata, which paired Dharam & Suchitra Sen, Lata’s duet with Rafi is a gem of a song: rahe na rehe hum mehaka karenge; it reflects undying optimism.

Rajesh Khanna’s  Aradhan had some of Kishore’s best songs but it also had Lata’s voice in Kora Kagaz tha yeh man mera and Chanda hai tu, mera suraj hai tu. In Amar Prem raiana biti jaye, Shyam na aye, in classical ragas, Lata pours the pathos of a lonely heart. In Kaka’s Kamoshi, Gulzar’s words and Lata’s voice created an ethereal fragrance which envelopes us all: Humane delkhi hai un ankhon ki mehakati khushoo, pyar ko pyar hi rahane do, koi naam na do.

In Amitabh-Jaya starrer Abhimaan, Lata gave a touching duet with Kishore: tere mere Milan ki yeh raina.

Even the films of the three khans: Salman, Shahrukh & Aamir benefited a lot from Lataji’s songs.  Didi tera devar diwana from Salman’s film Hum Aapke Haein Kaun and songs from Maine Pyar kiya and Jab Pyar kisi se hota hai sung by Lata in mostly in duet were a rage for the young generation.  

Several of Shah Rukh Khan’s films: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Dil to Pagal Hai, Dil Se, Veer-Zara, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi gham had chart-bursting songs sung by Lata. According to Javed Akhtar, Lata used to touch the sub text of the lyric while singing; she will bring out those sentiments and emotions which the songs was trying to covey rather than what the words said; her song from Veer Zara: tere liye, hum hien jiye and Jiya Jale from Dil Se vindicated this phenomenon.

Lata contributed to the success of Aamir Khan’s Lagaan (O Paalanhaare) & Rang De Basanti (Luka Chuppi) with her songs. She gifted a watch to Aamir after admiring his singing in the song Aati kya khandala.

The most amazing feature of Lata’s 70-year long singing career was her ability to sing for heroines of different eras separated by decades; she has sung for from Madhubala, Meean Kumari, Nargis & Waheeda Rehman to Twinkle Khanna & Soha Ali Khan! She sang for Sobhana Samarth but also for Nutan, Tanuja & Kajol! Besides singing for Raj Kapoor’s films, she sang for his son Rishi in Bobby: Hum Tum Ek Kamre mein Band hon, aur chabi kho Jaye which became an overnight hit.

Lata who is credited to have sung 30,000 songs in 36 languages. Not only with  Mohd Rafi, Mukesh, Manna De & Talat  & Suresh Wadekar ,& Dr Subramaniam ,Lata also sang  duets with much junior singers like Kumar Sanoo, Udit Narain, Sonu .Her duet in Sri 420 (Pyar hua Iqrar hua) and Kabi Kabhi mere dil mein khayal ata hai in the film Kabhi Kabhi are unforgettable.

She avoided scrupulously singing songs for cabret scenes and song, which presented obscenity .Yet, her song: Aa Jaane Jaan in film Intaqam oozed tons of oomph.

When she had a tiff with SD Burman, Raj Kapoor and Mohd Rafi, she would just stop singing with them. After several years of hiatus, when she made up with Raj Kaoor, she sang: Satyam Shivam Sudaram & Radha kyu gori mein kyon kala dipped in classical ragas and devotional fervour.    

In 1989 Lataji came to London for her major concert, which had some connection with Nehru Centenary celebrations. So, as the Minister (Press, Info & Culture) I organized and an hour-long press conference at the India House for Lata Mangeshkar.  She answered all the questions in her soft, unassuming manner without throwing any tantrums, which many celebrities often do. After the press conference, she sat with me for an half an hour-long interview in which I asked her 10 questions in Hindi touching various aspects of her long journey .She expressed her reverence for Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali, respect and fondness for Ghazal Maestro Mehdi Hassan and great admiration for Noor Jehan. She also mentioned Raj Singh Dungarpur as a friend who always stood by her.

Her love for cricket is well-known .Her efforts to raise funds for the cricketers after 1983 World Cup victory was commendable. She also assisted in raising funds for Bangladesh.

Without the paraphernalia of a head of state, and without the ICBMs and jet fighters at her command, this frail Singing genius commanded so much of respect, love, affection and admiration. How? Why? Is not there a message for the political classes in India? 

I would tweak Ghalib’s lines a bit and say:

Hain aur bhi duniya mein gulukar bahut achchhe,

magar Lata Mangeshkar ki gulukari ka andaz e bayaan aur!

My favourite six from Lata’s treasure are:

Aye Mere Watan Ke Logon; Lag Ja gale ki phir kabhi; Tum Na jane kis jehan mein; Allah Tero Naam; Thare rahio o banke yaar; Piya tose naina.

Surendra Kumar is a former ambassador of India.

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Five Top Benefits of Buying Moissanite Jewelry

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Moissanite jewelry has continued to become famous. If you love quality jewelry pieces, you must be aware of the many advantages, and impact diamond has in this industry. Diamond is an expensive gemstone. It’s rare and exists in small quantities. However, moissanite is a similar gemstone to a diamond. But, although moissanite is close to the diamond, they are not the same. It is a synthetic gemstone but with high durability and hardness features. There are many advantages of buying jewelry designed with this gemstone. 

One distinct difference between these two gemstones is that diamonds are obtained through mining from the earth. However, moissanite stones are artificial. However, these two gemstones have many similarities, although moissanite has many distinct characteristics and is much better than diamond. It has carbon and silicon carbide. These elements are also common in all the other gemstones, including ruby, emerald, sapphire, etc. But, although the other gemstones are natural, moissanite is artificial, hence manually manufactured through different methods. This gemstone is transparent, has consistent color, and does not have impurities. Wondering if you could wear your Moissanite earringsBelow are the incredible benefits that this gemstone has to offer. 

Durable 

Jewelry designed with moissanite is strong and highly durable. They are resistant to scratches and abrasion. Although diamond is considered more robust than this gemstone, moissanite offers similar durability features. In addition, this gemstone does not break or chip easily, hence makes the best option for your everyday wear. 

Easy to clean and maintain 

Once you own a diamond, you know it is not easy to clean or maintain. This is because it gets dirty quickly. When you sweat, the diamond easily gets stained. However, moissanite gemstone is easy to clean. You can effectively use a soft cloth to wipe, and your jewelry will be sparkling clean. If you compare this with other gemstones, moissanite is extremely easy to maintain. 

High quality

Moissanite is made of carbon and silicon carbide. These materials are solid, making this gemstone more durable than others. Hence, it can withstand extreme pressure, heat, and regular wear and tear elements. Thus, moissanite gemstone makes the best option for long-lasting jewelry, depending on your lifestyle. 

Affordable

Buying diamond jewelry is extremely expensive. But, moissanite costs half the price that you pay for the diamond. It is also cheaper than the other gemstones, including emeralds, sapphires, and rubies. In addition, this gemstone can be manufactured in labs, making the cost much more affordable than the mined gemstones. 

Lightweight

Diamonds gemstones are heavy, 1oo times heavier than moissanite. Diamond is also huge, hence occupying lots of space. But on the contrary, moissanite gemstone is lightweight and still gives a brilliant shine. This makes it an excellent option for designing jewelry. 

In addition, this gemstone is developed in labs, hence offering a vast selection. Unlike diamond mined, you can easily choose the grade and a style that suits your needs. If you could wear your Moissanite earringsthey come in different shapes and sizes. Whether you want the pillow cut, round or royal cut, or the emerald, orange, or blues, these are some options. 

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How green is the new black in fashion industry?

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Fashion sustainability has been dominating the fashion industry for quite some time now. Yet, it was during the pandemic when humans were locked in from the outside world that they had the time to slow down and reflect on what they had done to the planet.

Sustainable fashion.

The fashion industry alone is responsible for a high impact on the environment when it comes to the use of chemicals to treat the fabric and it was the need to find alternatives to high waste fashion production that led to the emergence of sustainable fashion.

Fashion sustainability is driving advancement in a wide range of ways for certain significant brands leading the way. The Rising demands for designer brands to commit to environmental wellbeing have pushed them toward specific action plans moving to more sustainable production and selling. These incorporate eco-friendly designs, corporate social responsibility, sustainable assembling, and the use of honest raw materials and ingredients. However, with limited information and awareness, greenwashing issues, the absence of guidelines, and the general lack of execution, sustainability continues to face challenges.

Until recently, those wishing to purchase sustainable clothes had to buy from individual businesses at higher price points. While this has given rise to many bespoke boutiques and businesses, consumers often feel more comfortable with larger chains that they’re acquainted with. As sustainability has become more and more the need of the hour, buying economical clothes from well-known brands is now possible.

Consumers are now looking for purpose-driven brands—products and brands that line up with their way of life, health benefits and aspirational thinking. Consumer buying patterns have changed to reflect environmental conditions such as climate change, endangered species and preventative healthcare. Such buyers are additionally ready to change their shopping behaviour to diminish the impact of their choices on the environment by opting for more sustainable and recyclable clothes.

Buyers are progressively searching for items with explicit features that line up with their values, so offering the right combination is a key differentiator. However, high on the list of customers’ needs is a comfortable and easy shopping experience. 

There is no question that Covid-19 was a gigantic leap in consumer behaviour and shopping trends in the fashion business. The circular economy, for example, gained a lot of popularity during this time. Brands and retailers are now effectively hoping to partake in this new economy in shifted ways to inculcate more recyclable materials and textures than plastics. Others are fashioning new ways consumers shop. Many patterns that were prevailing in the fashion industry before the pandemic were made considerably more prominent because of the situation and some were introduced freshly.

Roopam Gupta is co-founder of The Woman’s Company.

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What will schools of tomorrow look like?

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With everything changing at an incredibly fast pace, have you ever wondered what direction traditional schooling is set to take? Now that online mediums of education have been adopted so readily, what will the schools of tomorrow look like? The Ajeenkya DY Patil Group has an answer for you, in the form of its brand new school. GoSchool is billed as India’s first career-focused high school launched in partnership with international education leaders Pearson, iXperience, and UniDirect.

“This school combines high-quality teaching, personalised counselling, extracurricular activities, test preparation, counselling for university admissions along with cutting-edge skills to deliver a transformative high school experience. Our core philosophy is to provide the most powerful learning engine propelled by new-age Hyflex learning, which offers a hi-tech yet hi-touch model of delivering education. This usher in a new vision of education, for the next generation of students by deploying cutting-edge technologies to maximise learning,” Dr Ajeenkya DY Patil says, adding, “GoSchool is a leap towards forward-looking systems that deliver quality international education for all as a springboard for building futures. Supported by the vast ecosystem of technology partners, we are proud to deliver solutions that expand access to education, enhance student experience, improve engagement, and ignite innovation.”

“In our view, everyone is a unique individual. Therefore, we adapt our approach to each student offering them the specific challenges and customised support that brings out their best. We will endeavour to inspire our students with new ideas, to support them as they learn to think for themselves and then to challenge them to transform the lives of others,” says Sidney Rose, FRSA, Academic Director. 

The school’s international partnerships provide access to an international curriculum that is focused on the skills of the future. They also set up internships and counselling for admissions to be best placed for leading universities in India and the world. Pearson brings with it a legacy of over 170 years and is recognised globally for successfully blending world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalised learning at scale.

The key attributes of GoSchool can be summarised as the following:

• HyFlex learning: It seamlessly integrates the experience of attending a brick and mortar school with the advantages of technology-led active learning methodologies.

• A strong foundation aimed at professional success: It inculcates 21st-century skills to prepare students for long-term success. By assisting students to develop critical thinking, complex problem-solving, and strategic decision-making, they profess to lead their students to assured success in their chosen careers.

• A pathway to the university of your dreams: It has inbuilt, personalised guidance on the pathway to the best universities within India and around the world. Through guidance, counselling and support we assist students to gain acceptance to highly selective universities.

• Best-in-class faculty: Rigorous instruction from experienced and inspirational global faculty with personalised assistance and progress monitoring helps students to excel and realise their potential. Student success coaches assist students to deepen academic focus while raising the bar.

• Encouragement in one’s chosen career path: They empower their students by delivering cutting-edge, in-demand skills and practical experience through global internships. Their students explore and experience different career paths from high school itself.

• Smart learning: Their holistic curriculum includes wellbeing, school clubs like art and film production and preparation for entrance exams. Peer learning groups and one-to-one mentoring ensure each student receives the best preparation for life.

The Ajeenkya DY Patil Group is known for seeing the world through opportunities, possibilities and potential. They do this by creating new concepts and new ways of thinking in a wide range of fields including sports, health, agriculture, and education. With over 200 institutes of learning along with five universities based out of Navi Mumbai‚ Pune and Kolhapur, the group also runs three hospitals and provides affordable healthcare and medical attention to scores of needy people. The DY Patil International Cricket Stadium in Mumbai is rated as one of the six best stadiums in the world and among the best sporting facilities in India. With this rich legacy, their latest venture GoSchool, located in Mumbai, is surely paving the way for what schools of the future will look like.

Noor Anand Chawla pens lifestyle articles for various publications and her blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be reached on nooranand@gmail.com.

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‘THE LEGENDS OF TOMORROW’ TO ENTHRAL AUDIENCES

The motto of Pracheen Kala Kendra is to spread the knowledge and love of art and culture and to support deserving artists. This series provides a platform for young talent to display their talent along with veteran artists.

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Lovers of art and culture are spoilt for choice with so many amazing things happening in Delhi at the moment. One event that should definitely be on everyone’s cultural calendar is Chandigarh-based Pracheen Kala Kendra 16th quarterly Baithak with its ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ series. 

Deepankar Roy Choudhury.

“This is one of the most highly appreciated programs that everyone waits for. We are all set to organise Legends of Tomorrow on a big scale and welcome you all with warmth. Many eminent personalities will be performing for the attendees,” says Sajal Koser, Secretary of Pracheen Kala Kendra. 

The event takes place on 14 May 2022 at 6:30 pm at Triveni Kala Sangam in Mandi House, Delhi. One will be able to enjoy a Guitar Recital by Deepankar Roy Choudhury accompanied by Ustad Rafiuddin Sabri on the Tabla, a Vocal Recital by Sankumay Debnath accompanied by Pradeep Chatterjee on the Tabla, a performance by Nafeez Ahmed on the Harmonium, a Kathak Dance by Dr Garima Arya accompanied by Ashish Mishra on the Tabla, a recital of Dr Shyam Rastogi on the Sitar, and Jay Dadhich on vocals and Harmonium.

Talking about the Kendra, Koser says, “In olden times, music, dance and fine art used to command a place of pride and prominence due to the classical and technical perfection and excellence that was associated with the performing and visual arts. People used to admire these art forms the world over. Indian classical music and dance had been developed by sages as a medium to display adulation for the gods and as a beautiful way of expression. In a way, these arts covered the entire gamut of emotions and feelings of human beings. We aim to preserve these art forms for generations to come.”

‘Legends of Tomorrow’ is finally back in its physical avatar, after its online iterations during the pandemic. The motto of Pracheen Kala Kendra is to spread the knowledge and love of art and culture and to support deserving artists. Hence, even during the pandemic, they organised many programs.

“When we started this series, one of our aims was to bring up young talent to the stage along with senior artists. Our main aim was to provide newbies with a stage to show their talent,” explains Koser.

Speaking about how people are returning to physical formats of events in large numbers, he says, “Art and culture events can’t be watched online. Through offline events, you can connect with the artist and it is easier for the audience to understand and enjoy the performance on stage.”

Applauding their experienced team for putting the event together in record time, Koser highlights that they have never faced any major difficulties in organising programmes. Next, they will be organising the Karnataka Utsav at Bengaluru from 4 to 5 June. “There is a chain of events that are coming up in various parts of the country. This is our legacy, as the Kendra has been doing lots of events since 1956,” he says.

Triveni Kala Sangam is one of their strongest supporters from whom they always receive a lot of help and appreciation. He signs off by highlighting, “Pracheen Kala Kendra in Chandigarh, is the premier educational organisation which is doing yeoman service for the promotion, preservation, and dissemination of the Indian classical arts of music, dance and fine art (painting) since its inception in 1956. Today, it is one of the oldest affiliating and examining bodies of India with its headquarters in Chandigarh, an enormous sister set-up in Mohali in Punjab and a zonal office for the Eastern region at Kolkata in West Bengal besides zonal/liaison offices at Ludhiana and Bhubaneswar in Odisha. It conducts examinations spanning over nine years and awards certificates and diplomas of Prarambhik, Bhushan, Visharad, Bhaskar and Churamani to the successful students. The Kendra has grown with each passing year. Today, it is the only cultural and educational organisation in the country dedicated to the promotion of art and culture. In the last 50 years, we have worked to provide quality education and job opportunities to lakhs of students, and given a platform to hundreds of performing artists by organising various cultural events in different parts of the country. We feel that Kendra’s efforts for the promotion and preservation of Indian classical arts and artists are unparalleled in the country.”

Noor Anand Chawla pens lifestyle articles for various publications and her blog www.nooranandchawla.com. She can be reached on nooranand@gmail.com.

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OTT has widened the scope for an actor: Aamna Sharif

Actor Aamna Sharif recently joined NewsX for a fun conversation as part of our special series NewsX India A-List

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Actor Aamna Sharif recently joined NewsX for a fun conversation as part of our special series NewsX India A-List. In the exclusive conversation, he actor opened up about her role in the series Aadha Ishq, what drew her to the role and much more.

Speaking about what attracted her towards ‘Adha Ishq’, Aamna said, “The title itself is beautiful. I believe all of us have experienced adha ishq once in our life. It is a beautiful love story between Sahil and Roma, the journey of Roma (played by Aamna). The story shows the ten years of Roma’s journey of what happens in her life. The interesting part of this love story is that a couple in love gets separated and later their children fell in love. It’s a different concept which is most exciting.”

Talking about doing a romantic genre, she said she loves being a part of such projects as she is a romantic person and loves watching love stories. Adding further, she said, “I have been playing different roles and was waiting for something like this to come, something as intense as Aadha Ishq.”

When asked about her experience of working in an OTT platform and the scope of digital platforms, Aamna said, “I am loving it, I think it’s a blessing for all the actors because of the kind of scope it provides to all the actors for performances. The last show, which I did, was also a very challenging role and Roma has so many layers to its character. It’s a dream for any actor to do such challenging roles and OTT is giving that scope and space.”

Aamna further shared that it is very important to watch other actors’ performances. She explained that she loves watchjing the work of other actors as it is important to learn as an actor.

When asked about her previous role Komolika, Aamna said, “I was scared to play Komollika as I have never played such role ever before, despite the fact that in ‘Ek Villian’ my character had shades of grey but not as much as Komollika in KZK2.”

While talking about her last two years’ experience, Aamna said “The last two years have taught us top value small moments in life and be grateful towards life.”

Aamna further stated that OTT is giving her the scope to perform different things as an actor and it is grateful that she is being able to be a part of all the three platforms.

Aamna Sharif stated that ‘Kahiin Toh Hoga’ was a game changing project for her as it changed her life.

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Society needs a larger social fabric to see the larger picture: Dr RK Thomas

In an exclusive interview, the aviator talked about his experience in the tech sector and Indian Navy and a lot more.

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Dr. RK Thomas, who is an aviator and the group CTO of Virenxia, joined NewsX for an intellectual conversation as a part of our special series NewsX India A-List. In the exclusive interview, the aviator talked about his experience in the tech sector and Indian Navy and a lot more.

When asked about his journey, he said “After my schooling in Delhi, I moved to the field of mechanical engineering. And one passion that always remained consistent was to be an aviator. So I joined the Indian Navy, went on to qualify in both marine and aerospace engineering, when I was selected and sent to the US for higher studies. That was when I also went on to qualify as an aviator.”

He also explained “ I love learning and competing, and it was this seed in me that made continuously pursue the frontier technology, and thereafter I obtained several doctorates and undertook pioneering research in computer science, quantum science, cryptography, network security, alternative medicine and technological advancement.”

Talking about how this journey has brought in changes and what all companies is has he been associated to, he said “In these 20 years of military service in aviation, I realized that society needs a larger social fabric to see the larger picture towards alleviating pain, poverty and humanity. Keeping this in mind, Technopilot was originated in 2013 with the motive of providing services of various nature from network security to business success coaching to energy based services to oranizations and individuals. Technopilot helps all organizations, whether big or small make profit.”

He further explained “ I am currently working as the group CTO of Virenxia which works on the motto to pioneer the world’s first for-profit socio econic empowerment company which is a paradigm shift in creating a sustainable technology solution alongside ensuring economic growth.”

He also explained how an individual, or any organization can avail the services from his company. He said “ Techno pilot is the only company in the world which used various principles of sciences to develop the security features of the future.”

He added “We’ve worked on different paradigms which are not presently commercially available.”

Lastly, he explained “We at Virenxia are trying to create simple metrics and tools and dynamic package of practices so that the farmer gets a 360 degree solution and we measure our success in how well we serve communities, protect our planet’s resources and make a difference in people’s lives in synergy with the sustainable goals of the United Nations.”

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