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Birju Maharaj bats for artistic compositions on environment issues



Pandit_Birju_MaharajAmaravati (Andhra Pradesh): Dancing like a peacock in the rain, leading Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj held audiences here spellbound with his new composition. Soon after, confessing his ardent love for nature, the face of Indian Kathak in the world stressed on more artistic creations on key environmental issues.”I really love nature. Whatever I feel, as inspired from nature, I try to bring it out. There should be compositions on environmental issues (like climate change, natural resource depletion et al) for the people, the veteran told IANS in an interview at the Amaravati Global Music and Dance Festival here.

Birju Maharaj performed with his ensemble, including danseuse Saswati Sen, at the Pavitra Sangamam amphitheatre, straddling the confluence of the Krishna and Godavari rivers.Talking after his performance, the Padma Vibhushan awardee expressed displeasure at the man-made “disruption” of natural balance.”I see big buildings going up, the earth being dug out and nature harmed. Our environment should be preserved. The balanced is being disrupted. It pains me. You see metro construction happening all across. Although this is for our convenience, but it shouldn’t happen at the cost of disrupting the natural balance,” he lamented.

The torch-bearer of the Kalka-Bindadin gharana of Lucknow, Birju Maharaj is a direct descendant of Ishwari Prasadji, the first known Kathak teacher.Admitting his voracious appetite for nature-related TV programmes, he said he sees rhythm in every step of life and that is what keeps him ticking at 79.”I watch a lot of Discovery and Animal Planet. If you see a lion walking or a cheetah running, you find rhythm in every movement, in every step. There is rhythm in everything in life. When this rhythm stops, everything stops. For example, for one who is walking at a slow pace, we would co-relate it with the introductory ‘vilamvit laya’ (slow tempo) in the Hindustani classical genre,” Birju Maharaj said counting out the beats.

“This rhythm in nature should keep going and we have a responsibility to do that because humans have a connection with their surroundings,” he explained with a smile of contentment.At the young age of 28, the living legend received the Sangeet Natak Academy Award, besides several other prestigious awards like the Kalidas Samman, Soviet Land Nehru Award, Shiromani Samman and Rajiv Gandhi Peace Award. He has been conferred honorary doctorate by Banares Hindu University and Chhattisgarh’s Khairagarh University.

Asked about his future projects/compositions, the master artiste said a lot of things simultaneously go on in in his mind.”There are a lot of things I am inspired by. For example, dancing here tonight, at the riverfront, I was taken by the sacred confluence of the rivers. It is also always enchanting to dance in a temple courtyard. The compositions will come as the inspirations come,” he signed-off with a twinkle in his eye.


Bigg Boss 14: Salman Khan asks Rahul Vaidya to leave



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Irked by lack of enthusiasm, superstar host Salman Khan has asked singer Rahul Vaidya to leave the ongoing reality show, Bigg Boss 14. In the latest promo of the show, Salman is seen asking Rahul to leave the show as he didn’t perform in the last task, and was not even motivated to be part of it. In the last ticket to the finale task, Rahul easily gave up his chance to grab it from his fellow housemates. In fact, when he gave up, Bigg Boss also questioned his decision to not even put up a fitting fight.

In a video shared by Colors channel on Twitter, Salman is angry at Rahul for not giving his 100 per cent during the task. The Bollywood superstar then asked Rahul to leave the house due to “a lack of enthusiasm and interest” towards the show.

When Salman asks Rahul: “‘Rahul, itni ichchha nahi ab rehne ki (don’t you have the slightest desire to stay in the show)?”, he replied, “yes”. Salman then pointed out Rahul’s “lack of enthusiasm and lack of interest towards the show”.

At that point, Rahul is seen saying that he would like to elaborate the reason for his disinterest, to which Salman replied, “Iski zaroorat nahi hai (no need). Please leave Rahul.”

The singer’s fans are shocked at the latest development.

“Wtf is that??? Is Salman sir serious? He don’t have interest with the show ? Rahul ? Oh common! Rahul will return , else your show gonna go vein,” a user wrote.

“This show is getting worse day by day like seriously deserving contestant is eliminated not done n this hypocrites gonna win the trophy shame #RahulVaidya ye to dipika kakkar wale season ke jaisa hi hogya,” another commented.

“Disgusting! We can easily see that to make Rubina win they are creating this scene to @rahulvaidya23,coz everyone understands that he is the one n only competition.Till today many contestant didn’t given 100% in all tasks even your finalist Abhinav,” wrote another user.

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