"In my opinion, everybody has the same soul from God and we are united by that. Outside, our bodies are different, our faces are different, but inside we are all the same, we share the same feelings of sadness, love, pain… My music comes out of these feelings. Whether it is Japanese music, African, Qawalli, or any other form of music, if it touches your heart it becomes important for me. I want to go beyond the restrictions of language, religion and caste, and music is the only thing that allows me to do that." - A.R Rahman
Indian jewelry brand “Tanishq” released a commercial celebrating remarriage, a concept conventionally frowned upon in Indian culture.
Indian jewelry brands have long used weddings as an advertising tool. Those advertisements conventionally include a young bride getting married for the first time. In this new commercial, jewelry brand Tanishq portrays a mother getting married, while her daughter watches happily. Many have given the brand kudos for breaking other advertising conventions as well, specifically its use of a darker skinned model due to the shadeism within Asia. At the end of the wedding, the daughter asks her mother’s new husband, in Hindi, if she can now refer to him as “daddy.”
This is remarkable for a nation where widow remarriage, although legal, is still not completely accepted, and divorce and remarriage, while on the rise, are still highly stigmatized.
I nominate Malala for queen of the world.
Innisai from Godfather Tamil movie
Growing up in her native London, New Delhi and, later, Encinitis, Calif., Anoushka, 17, the only child of Ravi and Sukanya Rajan, a former banker whom Ravi married in 1989, learned Indian songs and dances from her mother. At 9, she became her father’s sitar student. “From day one,” says Sukanya, 44, “he found her concentration amazing.” Looks can be deceiving. “It was just kind of tedious,” says Anoushka of those early lessons. “I didn’t hate it. But I didn’t like it.”
As she improved, she grew to love the sitar, a complex ancient instrument with 17 to 21 strings, which she practices up to four hours a day. At the Shankars’ five-bedroom Encinitis spread, the high school senior also plays piano, writes poetry and rocks out to Madonna and Portishead. And, with a little help from a former Beatle she calls Uncle George, she remains grounded. “He told me to stay focused on what I want,” she says. “And what makes me happy.” - People (1998)
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If the Malayalam part of Jiya Jale doesn’t give you chills you’re a filthy liar and I don’t need people like you in my life