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New Delhi, Oct 1 : Music maestro A.R. Rahman feels that music has the quality of entering the heart without any disclaimer, and that is why he feels blessed to be a musician.
Rahman will headline The Sufi Route, a concert for peace, that will take place here on November 18.
Asked if music can bring peace to the world, Rahman told IANS here: “Music has this quality of entering the heart without any disclaimer. You know when it does something to you, the intention is pure. I feel that’s the extraordinary quality, and that’s why I feel blessed to be a musician.”
Talking about taking the path of Sufism when he was in 20s, the “Khwaja mere Khwaja” hitmaker said: “I had low self-esteem and suicidal thoughts because of the tragedies in my life like my grandmother and father died. So, in a way, connecting to this (Sufism) and getting influenced spiritually and tasting success kind of led to that whole line, the path.”
“I just want to reflect in my life the beautiful things I have learnt,” added Rahman, known in the West for his music scores for films like “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Pelé: Birth of a Legend”.
Sufi music is not as popular in India as other genres as the scene is dominated by Bollywood music. Should music composers try to include it more in films?
“It doesn’t have to. Those who are fortunate will get things which are good. I feel even music… sometimes it doesn’t have to have a large audience. In a way, it has a beauty in it too. Those who love it (Sufi music), let them listen to it,” he said.
He is also celebrating 25 years in music. Anything that he regrets?
“No, I have always felt blessed and within my limitations, I have always tried to… learning is till the end of life. You keep on learning. That’s what I am trying to do,” said the musician, who made his debut with the 1992 film “Roja”.
While he has been dominating the music scene in India by giving hits like “Maa tujhe salaam”, “Tere bina”, “Dil se re” and “Luka chuppi”, he is just a newcomer in filmmaking.
His concert film “One Heart”, which captures his tour across North America, hit the screens last month. Why only North America?
“It’s Indian songs only. It’s just that the place was more convenient to shoot. When you have a tour… after you finish eight to nine concerts, you actually own it. Everyone owns it and I wanted to get that feeling a lot into the picture,” said the Grammy winner, who performed in cities like New York in London this year.
Will he continue to produce films?
“I will always do musical films, hopefully. The second movie is called ‘Le Musk’. It is a Virtual Reality film. The third one, we are still shooting. It’s called ’99 Songs’.
What about a collaboration with actors who also sing?
“You never know. It all depends on the success of these films. Right now, I am just a beginner,” said (Interview conducted by Natalia of IANS)
Khadi is no longer a dull, drab fabric meant only for politicians' wardrobes. A fashion show organised by the Khadi Gramodyog Board as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav to mark the 75th year of India's Independence showcased the use of Khadi in traditional, as well as, contemporary and festive wear. From lehengas in resplendent Khadi silk to western clothes and casual wear, the models on Thursday night displayed new facts of the fabric.
Several well-known Indian designers including Ritu Beri, Farah Ansari, Rina Dhaka, Asma Husain, Aditi Rastogi and Himmat Singh showcased their designs. Gaurav Gaur directed the fashion show with clothes like lehengas, kurtis, kurta pajamas and partywear.
Lucknow's chikankari and silk artisans also participated in the event. A wedding collection in Khadi was the highlight of the show. "The show was based on the concept 'Khadi for nation, Khadi for fashion' and the fabric for all costumes was provided by Khadi Gramodyog Board," said a spokesman. (IANS/ MBI)
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Intel saw its stock tumbling by more than 8 percent after the chipmaker said the industry-wide component shortage affected its PC chip business during the third quarter (Q3). Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger told CNBC late on Thursday that he didn't expect the semiconductor shortage to end until 2023. "We're in the worst of it now, every quarter, next year we'll get incrementally better, but they're not going to have supply-demand balance until 2023," Gelsinger was quoted as saying.
The company delivered its Q3 results with revenue up 5 percent (year-over-year) driven by strong demand in its DCG and IoTG businesses, despite the highly constrained industry-wide supply environment. "Q3 revenue was $18.1 billion slightly below our guide due to shipping and supply constraints that impacted our businesses," George S. Davis, Chief Financial Officer, said in a statement. He also announced plans to retire from Intel in May 2022. In the third quarter, the company generated $9.9 billion in cash from operations and paid dividends of $1.4 billion.
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According to the company, the demand remains strong in its PC business with particular strength in commercial, desktop, and higher-end consumer notebooks. In an earnings call, Gelsinger said that the digitization of everything accelerated by the four superpowers of AI, pervasive connectivity, cloud to edge infrastructure, and ubiquitous compute are driving the sustained need for more semiconductors. "The market is expected to double to $1 trillion by 2030. In that timeframe, the market for leading-edge nodes will rise to be over 50 percent of the total, while the market for leading-edge foundry services will grow at twice the rate of the semi-industry overall," he envisioned.
PC demand remains very strong, and "We believe the 2021 TAM (total addressable market) will grow double digits even as ecosystem shortages constrain our customer's ability to ship finished systems," Gelsinger added. "Customers continue to choose Intel for their datacenter needs and our third-gen scalable Xeon processor Ice Lake has shipped over 1 million units since launching in April, and we expect to ship over 1 million units again in Q4 alone," he informed. (IANS/MBI)
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Micro-blogging site Twitter has announced that its audio chatroom Spaces is now open to anyone who wants to host. The Spaces team in a tweet said that the users on both Android and iOS will now be able to host Spaces. "The time has arrived -- we're now rolling out the ability for everyone on iOS and Android to host a Space," the firm said in a tweet.
Earlier this year, the company had limited access to hosting Spaces to accounts with at least 600 followers, saying that it found these accounts would be more likely to have a good experience due to the existing audience. Twitter recently announced a new accelerator programme for creators on its audio conversation platform Spaces, to "discover and reward" around 150 creators with technical, financial and marketing support.
The 'Twitter Spaces Spark' programme is a three-month accelerator initiative. Those selected will get a stipend of $2,500 per month, $500 in monthly ad credits to spend promoting their Spaces on Twitter and early access to new Twitter features. They will also get support from Twitter's official social media handles, and "opportunities for prioritised in-app discoverability for well-performing Spaces".
Twitter has also announced plans to roll out paid Ticketed Spaces for iOS users where some hosts on its live audio feature can now sell access to Ticketed Spaces. Twitter had previously said that it will take a 3 per cent cut of creators' earnings from Ticketed Spaces. (IANS/ MBI)
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