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Patriotism ran high across the seven seas this Independence day even in the US during a show when our cultural exports gave long lectures on Indianness and all that they loved about India. The star-starved nri community surely loved watching Mahima Pardes Choudhary, Pooja Bhatt and many others in flesh and blood. Wonder what was Leander Paes doing in that crowd on the stage.
So is the Ustad bidding adieu to tabla? It seems he’s not. At least the punchline in the latest Taj Mahal tea ad campaign says otherwise. The grapevine is now abuzz with another rumour—that all the recent talks of his quitting were part of a carefully-planned media strategy. And we thought classical music was poorer by a master.
It’s a fusion for the sake of their calling in life—violin maestro L. Subramaniam and Burnin’ Red Ivanhoe, the legendary Danish rock group, are coming together in Bangalore later this week to enable 600 students of the School of Music to realise their talent. Fusion of love, should we say.
You’ve got to take him seriously when he says he’s going to “come back with a bang”. But as of now, India’s Most Wanted star Suhaib Ilyasi has made a rather low-key comeback with Fugitive: The Most Wanted on Jain TV. The theme, he says, remains the same, but this time it’s a “mission” to expose the nexus between criminals and the government. So, is he hitting back for his recent personal crisis? He claims otherwise. But, we’re not buying that story!
She’s certainly hit the haute spot. Ask Mumbai catwalker Ujjwala Raut what’s keeping her busy these days, and she’ll start dropping names—Emmanual Ungaro, Jean Louis Scherrer and Torrente, all czars of world fashion. Surely this Elite girl is going places—jetsetting between international ramps.
Wacko Jacko is dancing to desi tunes these days! Michael Jackson is busy finalising a single with our own Dil Se man, A.R. Rahman. Titled Ekam Satyam, the track, part English and part Sanskrit, is sung by the two maestros. In fact, the rumour mill suggests that MJ even considered including the song in his forthcoming album, Invincible, but chickened out at the last minute for reasons best known to him. Whatever, we’re not complaining—after Alka Moulin Rouge Yagnik, could Rahman be the next? Our fingers are crossed.