MY WORK IS INFLUENCED BY THE IMMENSE AMOUNT OF MUSIC I LISTEN TO: 15-YEAR-OLD COMPOSER UTTKARSH MOHAN - The Daily Guardian
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MY WORK IS INFLUENCED BY THE IMMENSE AMOUNT OF MUSIC I LISTEN TO: 15-YEAR-OLD COMPOSER UTTKARSH MOHAN

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NEW DELHI: Uttkarsh Mohan began playing the piano as a 7-year-old, taught himself how to use software for composing and producing music, and used the 2020 lockdown to come out with three albums. Uttkarsh Mohan, or Logical.UT, a ninth standard student from Shiv Nadar School, Noida, is a budding music composer – among the youngest in the country – who believes that making music can be easy if you work hard at it. Uttkarsh Mohan spoke exclusively with The Daily Guardian.

 

Q. Tell us a bit about your journey. When did you start making music?

A: I started playing the piano at the age of 7 and then picked up the guitar three years later at 10. I also received certifications from Trinity and performed with my band along the way. But it was only last year that I started composing music. In fact, the lockdown gave me a lot more time to invest in composing music.

Q. How do you strike a balance between studying and pursuing your passion? Do you ever feel pressured into prioritising studies?

A. It’s not too difficult to balance the two. I have set periods for both – I spend eight hours studying in a day and then two hours doing things for myself, which is when I usually compose my music. And I am good at my studies, so there is no pressure.

Q. Do you feel like your age is a significant factor in music-making?

A. Yes, especially when it comes to labels and distributors, it is sometimes harder for me to get noticed because I am so young. But being young, I also bring a fresh perspective to things.

Q. How are you inspired to make your music?

A. I listen to a lot of music – almost an inhumane amount! I have playlists for every genre, with anywhere between 10,000 and 25,000 songs. Among more conventional genres, I prefer jazz the most, and among newer ones, I listen to plenty of pop and dubstep. My process usually starts with defining the genre too, mostly EDM.

Q. What is the story behind the name, Logical.UT?

A. Whenever a new session in school starts, our teachers ask us to give each other an adjective. So, ‘logical’ is the adjective used to describe me. And ‘UT’ comes from my nickname.

Q. How was the process of making the three albums? Do you have any favourites among the tracks?

A. Each album took me an average of three months to make, with five or six songs in each. I progressed from the first to the third album, in fact, when I listen to it now the first one does not even sound too good to me! My favourites are “B&W” from the third album, Alchemy, and “Ahead of the Game” from the first one, Unravelled.

Q. What are you coming up with next?

A. Not an album, but I’ll release a single track at the end of March. It will be the first one with the lyrics.

Q. Lastly, any word of advice for aspiring musicians your age?

A. Put in the time and work hard – it can be easy if you really want to do something. And don’t get scared of the software! Once you start using them, you will find they are not difficult.

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Vicky Kaushal spends his Sunday at Uri Base Camp

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal relished his ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ memories by visiting the Uri Base Camp in Kashmir on Sunday.
The ‘Raazi’ actor took to his Instagram account and shared the behind the scenes pictures from his visit to the Uri Base Camp. Through the post, the 32-year-old explained how honoured he felt after spending the day with the locals who were not only full of warmth but also ‘extremely talented’.
Taking to the caption, he wrote, “My heartfelt thanks to the Indian Army for inviting me to the Uri Base Camp, Kashmir. Thank You for giving me an opportunity to spend a lovely day with the locals who were so full of warmth and amazingly talented. It is the biggest honour for me to be in company of our great armed forces. Thank You. Jai Hind!”

In 2019, Vicky played the role of Major Vihan Shergill in the Aditya Dhar directorial flick ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’, which hit the big screens on January 11.
The action drama is based on the 2016 Indian Army’s surgical strike and showcases the instances of what went down during the Indian army’s surgical strike in Pakistan following the attacks in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri town.
The 2016 surgical strike was initiated on September 29 after four militants attacked the Indian Army at Uri on September 18 and killed 19 unarmed soldiers.
Apart from Vicky, the film also stars Paresh Rawal as National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Yami Gautam as a no-nonsense interrogation officer. The movie, which is produced by Ronnie Screwvala, also features Kirti Kulhari and Mohit Raina in pivotal roles.
The film won the National Awards in 2019 for background music, sound design, best director and best actor. (ANI)

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Sonakshi Sinha to make her digital debut on Amazon Prime

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha is all set to make her digital debut with ace filmmaker Zoya Akhtar on Amazon Prime.
Film critic and movie trade analyst Taran Adarsh confirmed the same on Twitter on Sunday.
“SONAKSHI MAKES HER DIGITAL DEBUT… #FirstLook of #SonakshiSinha in #Amazon’s new series [not titled yet]… Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar are the executive producers… Directed by Reema Kagti and Ruchika Oberoi,” he tweeted.

The ‘Dabangg’ star and the ‘Gully Boy’ film director also confirmed the same news on their social media accounts by posting the first look of Sonakshi as a cop from the untitled series.

Alongside the post, the caption read, “There’s no limit to what women can accomplish. Our collective belief in this has only been reinforced time and again. And on the eve of #WomensDay, we’re taking things up a notch! Can’t wait for @aslisona to show us yet again how girls get it done! Coming soon, on @primevideoIN”.

Meanwhile, on the work front, the 33-year-old actor will also be seen playing a role of the brave social worker Sunderben Jetha Madharparya, in the upcoming Indian Hindi-language war drama action film ‘Bhuj: The pride of India’, directed, co-produced, and written by Abhishek Dudhaiya.
She also announced her character Bulbul from her upcoming Netflix film titled ‘BulbulTarang’ few days ago. (ANI)

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Deepika Padukone introduces fans to ‘#DigSwirlSpread’ challenge

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): After the Kiki, Ice Bucket and Mannequin Challenge, here comes another Internet video trend that Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone introduced to fans on Sunday.
The ‘Padmaavat’ actor hopped on to Instagram and posted a quirky video that shows her grooving to her new self-made challenge named ‘Dig Swirl Spread’ dance challenge.
This challenge resembles to dance steps made from digging a bread knife into a spread jar, to swirling it inside the jar and spreading it on to bread.
The 35-year-old star is seen sporting a chick look while she dances on to her peppy dance track ‘Dig Swirl Spread’. While concluding the video, she is seen saying, “Guys, what are you waiting for.. Come and do the Dig Swirl and Spread challenge right now! Okay bye!”

Her video garnered over two million views within a few hours of being posted, with fellow celebrities including Janhvi Kapoor also liking the post.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Deepika Padukone announced her upcoming action flick with Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan titled ‘Fighter’.
Apart from this, she will be seen in Shakun Batra’s directorial unnamed film co-starring Ananya Panday and Sidhant Chaturvedi and in the upcoming sports flick ’83’ with her husband. She also has ‘Baiju Bawra’, ‘Sanki’, ‘Pathan’, an Indian adaptation of Nancy Meyers’s 2015 hit Hollywood film ‘The Intern’ in the pipeline. (ANI)

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Sara Ali Khan shares sneak peek into Ibrahim Ali’s birthday party joined by father Saif

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): Bollywood actor Sara Ali Khan shared a sneak peek into her brother Ibrahim Ali’s 20th birthday party on Sunday, which sees both the siblings posing with their father, Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan.
The ‘Kedarnath’ star hopped on to Instagram and posted two pictures from the birthday party of her brother who turned 20 on Friday. The first picture shows both the brother-sister duo posing with their ‘daddy cool’ Saif Ali Khan.

Taking to the captions, Sara addressed Ibrahim as the ‘carbon copy’ of their father. She wrote, “Daddy’s Day Out #likefatherlikeson #carboncopy”.

In the pictures, the birthday boy looked dashing while sporting a printed grey tee, with denim jacket teamed up with jeans and white sneakers. While Saif looked dapper in a red kurta and white pyjama that he sported with sports shoes.
Sara, on the other hand, set party goals high with her shimmery sleek dress which she teamed with matching pair of heels. While she looked stunning in loose straight hair, her sipper styled fancy sling bag hogged everybody’s attention.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Sara will be next seen in Aanand L Rai’s ‘Atrangi Re’, co-starring opposite Akshay Kumar and Dhanush. Saif, on the other hand, has projects like ‘Bhoot Police’ and ‘Adipurush’ in his pipeline. (ANI)

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Chrissy Teigen grooves to Bollywood party number ‘Jaaneman Aah’, here’s how stars react

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Washington [US], March 7 (ANI): American model Chrissy Teigen, on Sunday (local time) treated her Indian fans to a video where she was seen grooving to Bollywood’s party number ‘Jaaneman Aah’, while on a date night with husband and American singer John legend.
The 35-year-old celebrity shared a video on Instagram from her date night with husband and singer John Legend where she was seen grooving to the famous dance number of Bollywood’s 2016 action comedy movie ‘Dishoom’. The song was ‘Jaaneman Aah’ which originally features Varun Dhawan and Parineeti Chopra.
With the video, she mentioned the location of the restaurant which turned out to be an Indian restaurant called ‘Panna II’.
Soon after she posted the video, scores of fans chimed into her comments section, with Varun and Parineeti also leaving exciting messages for her.

Varun wrote, “It’s time u bust some moves here Chrissy”. While Parineeti wrote, “Song choice APPROVED Chrissy!”.
The video hogged a lot of attention especially from the Indian social media users and made it garner more than two million views within few hours of being posted. (ANI)

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International Women’s Day 2021: Celebrating women who chose to challenge

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI): From being an efficient homemaker to running a campaign, launching an initiative, reporting an achievement, and many more, women have proven their mettle in every sphere across the world.
International Women’s Day is observed to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Every year, the day is observed on March 8 with the purpose to support a platform that helps forge positive change for women.
Be it any field, ladies have never left any stone unturned to prove themselves. To commemorate the occasion, let’s celebrate womanhood by taking a look back at those ladies who ‘chose to challenge’ and crossed all the hurdles with flying colours.

1. Priyanka Chopra: Also known as the golden girl, shining worldwide, Priyanka has built a name for herself thanks to her astonishing acting skills and leadership potential. Her dialogue, “I want to create a legacy”, cannot be ignored when she leaves everyone spellbound with her performances and projects.
She rose to fame when she won the Miss World 2000 pageant, despite being bullied several times for her appearance. Making her way to Hollywood, Priyanka has several accolades under her belt which includes Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian awards. She was also named one of the world’s most influential people by TIME magazine and listed as one of the most powerful women by Forbes.
Alongside her acting, the global star is also an author, a producer, and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador where she has worked on causes including child rights, environment, health, education, and gender equalities.

2. Sushmita Sen: The first Miss Universe of India, Sushmita Sen is no less than a wonder woman. Facing all the scandals and societal pressures alone, she is a single parent to two adorable daughters whom she adopted at the time when her career was at its peak.
Fighting the societal pressures when adopting two daughters was against the law, she held her ground with such grace. After her comeback to the silver screen with more than ten years, she enthralled audiences with her magical onscreen appearance and bagged many accolades such as the Filmfare award, Dadasaheb Phalke award, and more. Her famous quote, “I don’t need a man to buy me diamonds, I can own them by myself” is still one of the most inspirational quotes by any celebrity.

3. Avani Chaturvedi: The youngest Indian Air Force flying officer, Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman fighter pilot to fly MiG-21 Bison, solo. MiG-21 Bison is known as a fighter plane that has the highest take-off and landing speed in the world with a speed of 340kph. She truly is an inspiration to many young women out there.

4. Shakuntala Devi: Proclaimed as the ‘Human Computer’, was an Indian woman who holds the 1982 ‘Guinness Book of World Record’ for being able to solve insanely large mental mathematical calculations. The most surprising fact is that Shankutala did this without any formal education.
Belonging to a family where her father was a circus master, she demonstrated her skills and talent to the whole world. This amazing woman also joined politics where she dared to stand against the then Prime Minister of India, Smt Indira Gandhi.
In addition to her work as a mental calculator, Shakuntala was a notable astrologer and an author of several books, including cookbooks and novels. She started with writing short stories and murder mysteries and had a keen interest in music.

5. Mary Kom: Who can forget ‘Magnificient Mary’ when it comes to listing inspirational women. The five-time World Amateur Boxing Champion hailed from a small family of North East India. She is the only woman boxer to have bagged a medal in all six world championships, becoming the first Indian woman boxer to win a Gold medal in the Asian Games.
The 2014 biopic titled ‘Mary Kom’, in which Priyanka Chopra portrayed the lead role, efficiently showed the boxer’s struggles where she chose to challenge and stand against all the odds for her country.

6. Neerja Bhanot: Who says that bravery can only be defined with somebody with good knowledge of weapons. Neerja Bhanot, the 22-year-old flight attendant, who sacrificed her life while saving passengers from terrorists on board a hijacked plane is no less than an example of a ‘woman who chose to challenge’.
The 2016 biopic titled ‘Neerja’, in which Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor essayed the lead role, shows all the odds that the martyr stood against to engrave her name in the golden book of history.

7. Laxmi Agarwal: An acid survivor, who is an inspiration for many women to fight for their dreams, is also the founder of an NGO named ‘Chhanv Foundation’, which helps victims of acid attacks.
Laxmi has motivated women time and again by showing them that their hard work can do wonders. The acid attack survivor has proved that there is no limit to what women can achieve in this world.
‘Chhapaak’, which released in 2020, saw Deepika Padukone play the role of the acid attack survivor. The movie showcased Laxmi’s struggles and achievements beautifully.

8. Michelle Obama: The first African-American First Lady of the United States, who is an inspiration to many, is also a lawyer and author. During the Barack Obama presidency, she was the organiser of many notable campaigns and initiatives that were meant to fight social evils and hence led to spreading awareness in the country.

9. Malala Yousafzai: The fearless woman, who is a human rights activist, is also a Nobel Prize winner. She received the award at the young age of 17. Malala was shot at the age of 15 by a Taliban gunman because she wanted to study. Standing against all the odds, she chose to challenge the societal laws and lived up to her heroic story, and became a proponent of female education.

10. Oprah Winfrey: Dubbed the ‘Queen of All Media’, Oprah Winfrey is an exceptional woman who survived as a rape victim in her childhood. She is a fearless lady who is a benevolent billionaire, giving gazillions to charity.
She is also an author who has been inspiring millions of people around the globe with her leadership rules. Her famous quote, “Turn your wounds into wisdom,” inspires many and motivates younger ladies to live up to the ground and become a person who can ‘choose to challenge’ the world.
This was just a quick look back at the ladies who are a living example of women empowerment. There are many women who have challenged the world and stood against all the odds to prove their potential. This International Women’s Day, may the glorified womanhood flourish to set more examples for the world to follow.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘choose to challenge’. (ANI)

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