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Know more about Maharana Pratap Jayanti celebrated on June 7

On this day, let us remember the legend that was Maharana Pratap Singh

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Aerial view of Kumbhalgarh. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
  • Pratap Singh ascended the throne in 1572. During this time, Akbar acted as the Mughal Ruler in Delhi.
  • In the Battle of Haldighati that took place in 1576, 20,000 Rajputs fought against a Mughal army of 80,000 headed by Raja Man Singh.
  • In the last ten years of his life, Rana fought many wars, retaking control of Mewar.

Born to Maharana Udai Singh II and Rani Jeevant Kanwar on 9 May 1540, Maharana Pratap was the eldest of twenty five sons. Heir to his father’s kingdom, he was destined to rule over Mewar as the 54th ruler in the line of Sisodiya Rajputs.

However, before his death in 1572, Maharana Udai Singh had named his son, Jagammal heir to the throne. Unsatisfied with this wish, the nobles of the deceased Maharana had named his elder son the heir once again.

Pratap Singh ascended the throne in 1572. During this time, Akbar acted as the Mughal Ruler in Delhi. In order to realise his dream of becoming the Jahanpanah of Hindustan, Akbar had taken various measures to seize control of the Rajput kingdoms.

He had sent six emissaries to Mewar to get Pratap Singh to sign a treaty. To his disappointment, Rana refused each time. He was not ready to let a foreigner seize control of his motherland.

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Rana’s constant refusal to sign the treaty angered the Mughal emperor. He declared war on Mewar. He alienated Mewar from all their traditional allies and encouraged the people of Chittor (the capital of Mewar) to rise against their king. Moreover, Rana’s brothers, Shakti Singh and Jagammal Singh had sided with Akbar.

In preparation for the inevitable war, Maharana brought about changes in his administration. He directed his army to head towards the Aravali ranges and leave no resources behind for the Mughal army.

In the Battle of Haldighati that took place in 1576, 20,000 Rajputs fought against a Mughal army of 80,000 headed by Raja Man Singh. To the astonishment of everyone, the result of the battle was indecisive. Even though Rana Pratap was surrounded by the Mughal soldiers, his army was undefeated. Also, in this infamous war, Rana’s beloved horse, Chetak had died protecting his owner.

After the war ended, the Mughal emperor made several attempts to take over Mewar. The attempts proved to be fruitless. However, the relentless attacks by the Mughals left the Rajput army weak. Rana, along with his family, was on the run. They travelled from jungle to jungle, in the mountains and valleys. Food was scarce and they often slept empty stomached.

A painting of Maharana Pratap Singh. Wikimedia Commons.
A painting of Maharana Pratap Singh. Wikimedia Commons.

There also came a time when the Rajput king had almost made truce with Akbar. When his children’s meal of bread made from grass was stolen by a dog, Rana was deeply hurt. He was filled with self doubt and grief. During this time, he had demanded a “mitigation of his hardship” from the Mughal emperor.

In response to this, Pruthviraj, a poet from Akbar’s court wrote to Rana. He boosted his morale and told him not to give up his fight. This filled the Rajput king with inspiration and motivation that was needed to continue with his fight.

During this time, Bhama Shah, a minister of Rana, could not see his king suffer any longer. He gave away all his wealth to his king, so that the army could be sustained. It was because of his contribution that an army of 25,000 sustained for over 12 years.

In the last ten years of his life, Rana fought many wars, retaking control of Mewar. However, he never gained control of Chittor again. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Amar Singh I. He instructed his son to never give up his fight to free their motherland from the clutches of foreigners.

Maharana Pratap Singh is still remembered for his bravery and courage. His valiant nature has been a source of inspiration for many. May his memory never die!

-By Devika Todi, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: devika_todi

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“Jazz: The Music of Freedom, Human Rights and Liberation”, According to UNESCO

April 30 is marked as the International Jazz Day

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International Jass Day is coming up. Pixabay

Terming Jazz “the music of freedom, human rights and liberation”, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has given a call to turn to jazz now more than ever; to get closer to one another on this ninth International Jazz Day, marked on April 30.

Established by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2011 and recognised by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide every April 30, to celebrate jazz and highlight its role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination and promoting human dignity. International Jazz Day has become a global movement, reaching billions of people annually.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s annual International Jazz Day global celebration and the event’s flagship Global Concert, initially scheduled to take place in South Africa’s Cape Town will take place online. This will also be the case with the many other events planned around the world for the day.

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Herbie Hancock will be hosting the Global Concert this year. Wikimedia Commons

UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue Herbie Hancock, is the host of the Global Concert this year, which features artists from across the globe, and will be streamed live on the Organisation’s site. Artists scheduled to perform at the concert include John McLaughlin, Jane Monheit, Alune Wade, John Beasley, Ben Williams, Lizz Wright, John Scofield, Igor Butman, Evgeny Pobozhiy, Youn Sun Nah, A Bu, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves and Joey DeFrancesco, among others.

Closer home, the popularity of jazz seems to be growing in India, as does its active listenership and practice.

NCR-based The Piano Man Jazz Club founder and Fulbright music scholar Arjun Sagar Gupta believes that Jazz, like another other form of art and culture, needs exposure to grow and gain popularity.

“The last five-six years has seen a renewed push towards the promotion of jazz in India, which is creating an ever increasing base of patrons and lovers of theart form. We hope that in the years to come this continues to grow, spurred on by more and more artists performing the music and more people supporting and listening to it,” Gupta told IANSlife.

During the lockdown, The Piano Man is also live streaming an online six-artiste concert to mark the occasion. Featured artistes are Bhavya Raj, Vatsal Bakhda, Manta Sidhu, Tatyana Shandrakova, Arjun Sagar Gupta and Elena Friedrich. “Jazz, for me, is at a point in India, where it is growing and we have people who want to explore this art form, both as musicians and as listeners,” Bakhda said.

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Jazz as a genre has been in the spotlight, thanks to endorsements by music’s biggest stars like Kendrick Lamar, whose album “To Pimp a Butterfly” prominently featured contemporary names from the new-age jazz world.

In celebration of the International Jazz Day, social music streaming app Resso has added a station to their latest song tab channel eQuaranTunes’ called eJazz At Home’. In addition to that, they will launch 10 mood-based playlists for every hour curated as per the vibe and time of the day. The station covers the pioneers as well as new age artists in the genre that include Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery to Kamasi Washington, Snarky Puppy and Flying Lotus among others. (IANS)

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Irrfan Khan Not Just an Artist but a Legend: Fanboy Priyanshu Chatterjee

Priyanshu tells us how Irrfan Khan was more than just an entertainer for him.

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Priyanshu Chatterjee, a journalism student is a fan of actor Irrfan Khan.

By Kanan Parmar 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, 29th of April, 2020 turned out to be a black day for the Hindi Cinema as Actor Irrfan Khan passed away due to colon cancer.

The sad news of the demise of the actor was more of a ‘personal loss’ to many people out there. One such fan, Priyanshu Chatterjee, could feel nothing but only void after this news.

Priyanshu Chatterjee, a journalism student at Bennett University says, “As I heard the news of his demise, the very first thought that came to my mind was that ‘we lost a gem today’.”

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Priyanshu Chatterjee feels that Irrfan Khan is more than “just an entertainer” and is a legend. Flickr

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Priyanshu tells us how Irrfan Khan was more than just an entertainer for him.

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Q. When did you start following the work of Irrfan Khan and since when did you develop the fandom?

Priyanshu: The first time I knew about Irrfan sir was when a scene for the movie Paan Singh Tomar was to be shot in my school, named Greenway Modern School. I was smitten by the charm he had. As soon as the break was announced by the director, I rushed to Irrfan sir with a chair and he said, “Thank you beta!” Not to exaggerate but these words were music to me and this was the incident that made me follow him.

Q. In what ways did Irrfan Khan inspire you?

Priyanshu: The man proves that talent is what it takes to achieve success. Being an ‘outsider’, he worked hard enough to become a part of the entertainment industry. His deeply introspective and philosophical nature is very rare to find in any other person. So getting to the point how the actor inspired me, well, since childhood I’ve always dreamt of being a part of the entertainment industry. Irrfan Khan is the first ever actor to teach me that it isn’t nepotism but it is one’s flair, talent, attitude and personality that can help achieve what you want.

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Priyanshu watching the Irrfan Khan-starrer film, Paan Singh Tomar.

 

Q. What was your favourite work of the actor?

Priyanshu: I just believe that everytime the actor came on screen he surprised us with something new. He shows a different version of himself with every role he portrays. As I am a huge fan of Marvel, I just loved Irrfan sir’s role in the Marvel movie “The Amazing Spider Man” as Rajit Ratha. Right from his body language to his accent, everything was perfect!

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Q. How do you think Irrfan Khan redefined Hindi cinema?

Priyanshu: I believe that Irrfan Khan is one of those actors who do not make a “masala” movie but instead act in a movie that has a brilliant underlying social message. He is not just a performing artist but a legend for our era. He has given us some iconic performances that I think no other could do it better. It’s his energy and vibe that enhances his acting.

Actor Irrfan Khan would have lost the battle against cancer but undoubtedly he succeded in life. He rules over everyone’s heart. Maybe everyone is replacable but not Irrfan Khan.

 

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Here are a Few Words of Advice by Fitness Industry Experts

Catch up on some fitness inspiration

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Get inspired by these fitness experts and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Lifetime Stock

BY SIDDHI JAIN

Being fitter is on almost everyones new years resolutions list, and with 2020 around the corner, it is a matter of time before you motivate yourself to get started.

Fitness is a commitment, requires discipline and in case you’ve fallen off the motivation wagon, here are a few words of advice from the best athletes in the country from three of India’s leading athletes and one fitness industry expert.

Meant for aspiring athletes, fitness aficionados and beginners alike, they push you to keep at your goal of fitness.

A positive mindset is necessary

O.P. Karhana, the star Indian shot putter says, “Physical and mental fitness play very important roles in our lives and I believe every person should work out at least thrice a week minimum. Every aspiring athlete or fitness enthusiast should change their workout routine every month. If you continue to follow the same workout schedule for 5-6 weeks, your body will adapt to it. You will end up burning less calories and build less muscle than before. My advice: Set your pace, then slow down and repeat. The key funda to stay fit is to keep your thought process positive. Feeding yourself with positive energy will help you reach your goals”.

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Consistency is the key to fitness. Lifetime Stock

Consistency is key

Annu Rani, Indian javelin star, says,” The hardest part about working out is working out consistently. Expecting too much, very soon only leads to frustration. Instead of focusing on results only, focus on consistency. Everyone has hard days when you are injured or drained or just not motivated still try and push yourself. Also, participating regularly in a strength training program can reduce the risk of sports-related injuries in young athletes”.

Be disciplined and push yourself

B. Sai Praneeth, World Badminton Champion and Indian badminton player says, “Fitness is an integral part of an individual’s life. Every aspiring athlete or fitness enthusiast has to adhere to a primary regime that demands a certain level of discipline and consistency. Budding athletes should start out slow and be focused towards their goal to achieve desired results. Training under right supervision with a professional trainer and at a trusted center plays a huge role in the progress. While there will be challenges and obstacles that may test you along the way, it is important to push yourself further and not let those let you down”

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‘Fit’ is not just a trend, but a lifestyle

Dhara Tanna, Senior Vice president of Fitternity, a fitness discovery and booking platform that is available as an app, says “Fitness is becoming increasingly popular and more people are looking to get healthy and fit. However, it is imperative to not just treat this as a passing trend but rather look at it as a focused mindset shift.” (IANS)