Let’s maximise Ganesh Chaturthi, minimise pollution: B-Town

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Mumbai: Festive spirit swept the tinsel town with chants of ‘Ganpati Bappa Morya’ echoing on the virtual platform, courtesy celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Arjun Kapoor and Dia Mirza, who wished their fans and followers a ‘Happy Ganesh Chaturthi’ on Twitter.

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Stars like Arjun, Dia, Nimrat Kaur and Sophie Choudry also stressed on the need to go eco-friendly to celebrate the festival as a step towards a better tomorrow.

Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival which marks the birth of Lord Ganesha, and is being celebrated across India on Thursday.

Here’s what the celebrities tweeted:

Amitabh Bachchan: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi … blessings and prosperity and love.

Sridevi: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi to all of you. May this day bring prosperity, happiness and peace in your lives. Ganpati Bappa Morya!

Madhuri Dixit Nene: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. My most favorite celebration of the year!

Sonu Sood: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi… May Ganpati bless everyone!

Nimrat Kaur: Let’s maximise this Ganesh Chaturthi with minimum noise, pollution, inconvenience to those around us! A celebration can’t be any other way.

Sushant Singh Rajput: Faith is the window… Happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone.

R. Madhavan: WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY GANESH CHATURTHI… May the good lord bless you with all the peace, happiness and great Health.

Varun Dhawan: Happy #GaneshChaturthi everybody. Hope baapa blesses everyone’s homes.

Arjun Kapoor: Ganesh chaturti ke shubh avsar pe a nudge in the right directon… let’s have an Eco friendly celebration this year.

Shraddha Kapoor: Ganpati bappa morya! It’s that time of the year again for festivities, family time and modaks! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi guys!

Priyanka Chopra: This Ganesh Chaturthi listen to the power packed #Gajanana from #BajiraoMastani its amazing!

Raveena Tandon: Aap sabhi ko Ganesh chaturti Ki hardhik shubhkamnaaye! Ganpati bappa Morya!

Arjun Rampal: GANAPATI BAPPA MORYA. Jai Shree Ganesha. Our Ganesha is home. So beautiful. Love, peace and may Lord…

Kunal Kemmu: Ganpati Bappa Moryaaaa!

Jackky Bhagnani: Let’s all pray for brand new beginnings and a prosperous future on this Ganesh Chaturthi #GanpatiBappaMorya.

Sanjay Suri: Wishing you all a very #HappyGaneshChaturthi. Also hoping for all to hv #EcoFriendly idols. While we celebrate lets protect #AquaticLife.

Neil Nitin Mukesh: He is back.GANPATI BAPPA MORAYA!

Vishal Dadlani: Ganpati Bappa MORYA! I’m an atheist, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like modaks! Celebrate considerately and responsibly!

Ritesh Sidhwani: Mein Aur Hamara Ganesha! Couldn’t miss being home this year…Ganpati Bappa Moriya.

Mika Singh: Wishing you all a very Happy Ganesh Chaturthi..May god bless you all on this very auspicious day.

Dia Mirza: Lord Ganesha symbolises consciousness. #HappyGaneshChaturthi #EarthFriendlyIdols #NoNoise #Saadhna #WISDOM #Love.

Sophie Choudry: Ganpati Bappa Moriya?? Wish u peace, prosperity & positivity on this auspicious occasion! Pls be kind to the environment! #GaneshChaturthi.

Bipasha Basu: Happy Ganest Utsav to all:) Ganpati Bappa morya

Esha Gupta: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi

Manish Paul: GANPATI BAPPA MORYA! sending blessings to all of u!lemme present to u…the one n only….GANPATI BAPPAAAAAAA!

Tisca Chopra: If u put 1 foot in front of the other,u will reach.2 begin the journey is what is important & wht better day than t’day #HappyGaneshChaturthi

Milap Zaveri: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. I’m sure the Lord wouldn’t want u to be a public nuisance with loud crackers/Music n traffic snarls! So pls refrain!

Sunny Leone: Happy Ganesh Chaturthi everyone be safe & have a wonderful day celebrating. I hope everyone is going to be eco friendly to the sea this year

Manoj Bajpayee: May Lord Ganesha bring you good luck and prosperity! #HappyGaneshChaturthi

Kailash Kher : We have proud history to celebrate life, may all be blessed with health, happiness, love, peace on this auspicious day #HaapyGaneshChaturthi

Vivek Oberoi: Ganpati Bappa Morya!!! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi! May Lord Ganesh bless you with good health, prosperity and success in everything you do

Ronit Roy: Blessings from our home to you and your families. Jai Ganesh Deva!

(IANS)

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Dharavi Musicians Create Rap Anthem, Urge People to Wear Masks

Music from the lanes of Dharavi

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A rap anthem was created urging people to wear masks. Pixabay

By Puja Gupta

Young rap musicians from Dharavi, Mumbai have created a unique trilingual rap anthem to urge people to wear masks, get timely tests and stay home to curb community spread of coronavirus in densely populated spaces.

The song “Stay Home Stay Safe” in Hindi, Marathi and Tamil is produced by Gully Gang Entertainment, directed by Joel D’Souza and written, composed and performed by Mc Altaf, Tony Psyko (Dopeadelicz) and Bonz N Ribz (7 Bantaiz).

It also features popular rapper Divine along with popular Bollywood, Tollywood and Marathi cinema stars such as Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar, Atul Kulkarni, Dia Mirza, Rana Daggubati and Suniel Shetty who have lent their voice to the cause.

Created out of their own experience of living in close quarter in Dharavi which is considered as Asia’s largest slum, the musicians try to reinforce that it is essential to aid the efforts of police and the doctors who are working tirelessly to save people and educate people in densely populated places to adopt safe and healthy habits despite the cramped quarters in which they live.

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The anthem was created by Rap musicians from Dharavi, Mumbai. Wikimedia Commons

Mc Altaf Shaikh of Gully Gang states: “Stay Home, Stay Safe aspires to drive home the message of how safety should be of highest importance to each and every one and we should strictly follow preventive measures as prescribed by the authorities..Right now if you are alive, consider it a blessing and stop complaining. Assist the COVID warriors in carrying out their duties diligently.”

Tony Sebastian of Dopeadelicz states, “Stay Home, Stay Safe is a multi- lingual track about the unprecedented global pandemic and we are creating awareness around the need to follow protocols and guidelines, keeping your surroundings clean, co-operating with the government and supporting the frontline workers. With unity and cooperation, we can maintain social distancing and eradicate this virus by staying home and staying safe. Jai Hind.”

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Lending his support to the initiative, actor Suniel Shetty said: “It’s an absolute honour and pleasure to be a part of this beautiful initiative. These are trying times and it is so humbling to see so many people come together to spread a message, that too, so powerfully. This song truly touched my heart, and I know the emotion will speak to many. Thank you for making me a small part of it.”

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“It’s an absolute honour and pleasure to be a part of this beautiful initiative. These are trying times and it is so humbling to see so many people come together to spread a message, that too, so powerfully.”, actor Suniel Shetty said. Wikimedia Commons

Echoing his words, actor Dia Mirza said:

“This effort is a onderful example of encouraging behavioural change and spreading awareness that has been made possible with these amazing artists! I feel grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this effort and truly wish it encourages more people to understand the importance and need to stay home and stay safe.”

The anthem and music video are a part of a larger #StayHomeStaySafe campaign supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the ATE Chandra Foundation that seeks to unite communities in densely populated areas in the fight against coronavirus. (IANS)

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Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene to Host 2-Day Online Dance Festival

Dance with Madhuri- An online dance festival

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Madhuri Dixit Nene is going to give an opportunity to people to relieve stress through her online dance festival. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Madhuri Dixit Nene is going to give an opportunity to people to relieve stress through her online dance festival.

The two-day online festival will kickstart on April 29 on World Dance Day.

“With the ongoing global lockdown, we wanted to provide our users with an opportunity to relieve stress while learning something new within the sanctity of their own homes,” said Madhuri.

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The festival is organised by her dance academy, Dance With Madhuri, and it includes masterclasses by ace choreographers Farah Khan and Saroj Khan, a performance by Madhuri and kathak legend Birju Maharaj, and more.

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“With the ongoing global lockdown, we wanted to provide our users with an opportunity to relieve stress while learning something new within the sanctity of their own homes,” said Madhuri Dixit. Wikimedia Commons

“After successfully enabling our users to learn for free from our platform since April 1, we have created an online experience for our dance community with the DWM Dance Festival. It will be 2 days of fun and learning from the best dancers, choreographers and industry experts,” she promised.

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The festival will take place across Dance With Madhuri social properties like Instagram, YouTube and their website. (IANS)

 

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Actor Arjun Kapoor Pledges To Donate To Various Coronavirus Relief Funds

On the acting front, he will next be seen in Dibakar Banerjee's "Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar". The film also stars Arjun's "Ishaqzaade" co-star Parineeti Chopra

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Arjun joins a list of Bollywood names who have already pledged their support for the PM-CARES Fund and the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Wikimedia Commons

Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor has pledged to donate to various COVID-19 relief funds.

The actor has tried to help as many by contributing to the PM-CARES Fund, Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, GiveIndia, The Wishing Factory and Bollywood’s Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), although an idea of the exact amount has not been officially disclosed.

“India is in the midst of a crisis and as responsible citizens, we need to do our bit for our fellow brothers and sisters in need. I’m trying my best to help as many people possible by humbly contributing,” he wrote on social media. Arjun joins a list of Bollywood names who have already pledged their support for the PM-CARES Fund and the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

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About the other three contributions, Arjun said: “GiveIndia is working non-stop to help provide cash in the hands of daily wage earners who have lost their jobs/have no source of income due to the lockdown.

“The Wishing Factory is doing remarkable work with thalassemia patients from low-income groups so that they receive blood transfusions during the lockdown, especially since blood transfusions are not included under essential services.”

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Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor has pledged to donate to various COVID-19 relief funds. Wikimedia Commons

The actor has lent his helping hand to his industry too by supporting the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE). He says the FWICE is “my industry’s backbone, the people without whom no film can be shot/made. We all regard them as our family.”

Arjun also urged others to come forward and support as many people as possible. “We can only fight COVID-19 if we stand united. I urge all of you to come forward and support to the best of your abilities.”

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On the acting front, he will next be seen in Dibakar Banerjee’s “Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar”. The film also stars Arjun’s “Ishaqzaade” co-star Parineeti Chopra. (Bollywood Country)