Monday February 18, 2019

Instead of looking at West, Indians should recognize Indian art, spirituality and healing power: Kailash Kher

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By Natalia Ningthoujam

Singer-composer Kailash Kher, now a producer, says there are some filmmakers who highlight the “helplessness of India” in their movies in the name of creativity. But he, as an artiste, will never follow suit as he believes that India has the power to heal the world.

Kailash is looking forward to the launch of his mythological TV series “Baba Kedarnath”, which is backed by the Uttarakhand government. With a strong spiritual content, the TV show will introduce the “Teri Deewani” hit-maker as a producer.

He says he would like to take up more projects revolving around the country as a producer, but would never be part of a TV show or a movie that focusses on the poverty or other problems of India.

“There are filmmakers like Shyam Benegal who continue to explore the real Indian art. Even Ashutosh Gowariker makes films about India like ‘Swades’ or ‘Lagaan’. They are some of the filmmakers who present India in a good light; otherwise people tend to make money by showing the poverty of India and helplessness of India mostly in the name of creativity.

“This gives the impression that India is a poor country. Irrespective of the strength of the script, I will never show India like that. I will show that India can save the world, which is infected by depression and loneliness,” Kailash told IANS in an interview.

The singer, who hails from Meerut, also added that India is widely known for yoga and so can propagate good health and happiness.

“In India, you don’t need pills, there is so much of affection and warmth. We (he and his Kailasa band) recently went to Shillong by road. Wherever we stopped, they offered us water. And there was so much of warmth… That’s our spiritual strength,” he added.

He believes there is “so much of love and warmth” in India that anyone will be healed.

“People from the west run after India as India has the strength of spiritual healing. Why can’t our own people, the generation of today accept that? Instead of looking at the west, it’s better to recognize our own art, mythology, spirituality and healing power,” said Kailash.

And so, he is doing his own bit.

“Whatever I do, music will reflect me, and my music is nothing but spirituality. If I write about love, my love angle will be about how the universe is made,” said the “Allah ke bande” hitmaker.

As of now, Kailash’s new album “Ishq Anokha” and the TV show, which has seven songs sung by the industry’s celebrated names like Hema Malini, Sonu Nigam, Arijit Singh and Shaan, are taking up most of his time.

“Day and night we are working on 16 tracks at a rocket’s speed,” he said. (IANS)

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Low Cure Rate For Childhood Cancer in India: Experts

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner

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Health insurance covers only for hospitalization and doesn’t necessarily cover the medical expenses incurred for the treatment of major illnesses. flickr

Childhood cancer comprises almost 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India, experts said here on Friday, expressing concern over the low cure rate due to lack of available data.

“The disturbing reality is that the cure rate of pediatric cancer is almost 80 per cent in the developed countries. When we see the data from major cancer centres, it actually can match up to the Western standard but this data is not enough,” Haemato-Oncologist Vivek Agarwala said at an awareness programme conducted by Narayana Superspecialty Hospital, Howrah.

According to the Indian Council for Medical Research, cancer in children constitutes approximately 3-5 per cent of the total cancer cases in India.

Agarwala said a large portion of the incidence of childhood cancer in society is still not addressed.

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Also, a large section who don’t have access to premier institutes are often diagnosed late due to financial crunch and that is why the overall treatment rate in India is low.

“Probably, the government and society at large are not considering it a big problem as it is just around 5 per cent. We are always campaigning for breast and cervical cancers,” Agarwala said.

“We must remember this 5 per cent of cancer is majorly curable if given proper treatment,” he said.

Leukaemia and retinoblastoma (a form of cancer where children have a white eye) are the two common forms of cancer in children.

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Talking about awareness and symptoms that parents need to watch out for, he said: “Symptoms are different for different cancers, but children who have cancer have poor growth, poor weight gain and decreased appetite. One must get their children evaluated on seeing these symptoms”.

On International Childhood Cancer Day, the hospital organised a ‘Sit and Draw competition’ with pediatric patients and rewarded the winner. (IANS)