Actor Sanjay Dutt might not be in the gym but he is ensuring that he stays fit even if he is locked in his home like most people due to coronavirus.
“Staying fit is very important especially during this time. So eat well, stay healthy & keep exercising. #QuarantineWorkout #HealthyAtHome #WorkoutAtHome #StayHomeStaySafe,” Sanjay tweeted on Thursday along with an inspiring video.
Sporting black workout wear, he is seen walking and jogging in the less than a minute video. This comes just a few days after his video on the importance of staying indoors.
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“Let’s do our bit by staying indoors as that’s the only way to prevent #COVID19 from spreading. #StayAtHomeSaveLives #CoronavirusLockdown #Quarantined #WeAreInThisTogether #Coronavirus,” he had captioned the video.
Last month, he had made another video to thank those who are helping people.
“My salute to all those who are working tirelessly to keep us safe. We appreciate your efforts & would also like to thank the entire nation for coming together for this. Stay home, stay safe. #JantaCurfew #COVID19,” he had posted.
Once upon a time, a voice echoed from the radio set and was known in every household~ This was Devki Nandan Pandey, a well-known news reader of his time.
Devki Nandan Pandey is known as the “Father of News Broadcasting in India”. He was a personality whose newsreading motivated the whole generation of broadcasters. Whenever one recalls his name even today, one only remembers him as a great exponent of the art of communication. Besides being a newsreader, Pandey also acted in films and television serials. Devki Nandan Pandey ji was also conferred with ‘Padam Shree’ Award for All time great Hindi announcer in AIR (All India Radio).
In his lifetime, Pandey became an institution of news reading. His style of reading the news, the correctness of his pronunciation, the seriousness of his tone and the fluctuations in the pitch and context was enough to bring the listener to a thrill.
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Devki Nandan was born in Kanpur. His father Shivdutt Pandey was a well-known doctor of his field. His father was a very kind hearted man who was available for patients 24X7 and was ready to treat any patient for free. Originally the Pandey family belonged to Kumaon. Perhaps this is the reason why Devki Nandan had a “pahadi” touch in his voice.
Devki Nandan was never a bright student during his school days but he never failed in his class. He had a keen interest in traveling, playing and sports. He never liked textbooks but books, novels, stories, biographies and history books always attracted him. He got his early education in Almora, Uttarakhand. Almora is a city located above the Himalayan mountain ranges. Pandey’s father was an avid lover of books. Due to this, there was a good collection of books in their home which made Pandey interested in reading.
The Time When Pandey Realised His Passion
During his college life, Pandey’s English teacher Vishambhar Dutt Bhatt had great affection for him. He first recognized and appreciated the uniqueness of Pandey’s voice. He made his student feel his talent. Bhatt started encouraging Pandey for theater. In Almora Pandey participated in several dozen plays which strengthened his confidence.
In the 60s, there were only two radios in a small place like Almora. One was in the house of Joshi ji, a school teacher, and the other was in the house of a businessman, Shah ji. The young Devkinandan Pandey would be thrilled to hear the news of the Second World War. He would leave all work everyday and go to listen to the news.
During those days, the two broadcasters of Germany radio were Lord Ho Ho and Dr. Farooqui. Both were excellent broadcasters. His voice always dominated Pandey’s heart and mind. In 1971, Pandey went to Allahabad to pursue his Undergraduate degree in B.A from Allahabad University, which was famous all over the Country.
In 1973, Pandey took up a government job in Lucknow and was selected as a radio artist for Announcer and Drama Artist on Radio Lucknow. This station was dominated by Urdu broadcasters. Pandey always believed that he got the study of this specific language and practice the nuances of correct pronunciation from Radio Lucknow itself. It can be clearly said that it was due to broadcasters like Devki Nandan Pandey that Hindi started to get respect in an English-oriented platform like Akashvani.
Journey of Becoming The “Voice of Akashvani”
Hindi News Division was established in All India Radio in the year 1949. It starred Alle Hassan (who was later considered the world-renowned broadcaster of the BBC Urdu service) Suresh Awasthi, Brijendra, Saeeda Bano and Chand Krishna Kaul. It was natural that the news readers of that time were required to come both in Hindi and Urdu. Alle Hassan’s Hindi reading was amazing. He was a very capable investigator and news reader. Initially, the original news was written in English, which the reader had to translate. Ashok Vajpayee, Vinod Kashyap and Ramanuj Pratap Singh were also forced to translate, but after a lot of struggle, they got rid of this problem and Hindi news began to be written in Hindi. It is also worth mentioning here that the role of Devki Nandan Pandey cannot be ignored in those who made him believe that Hindi broadcasting was in front of such English broadcasters like Melvin Dimelo and Chakrapani.
Devki Nandan Pandey used to merge himself with events at the time of the news broadcast and this was the reason why his reading style touched the hearts of millions of listeners. There was a magical touch in his voice. Sometimes it seemed that the radio set started trembling with Pandey’s voice.
Today, when TV channels are flooded and FM radio stations are encroaching life through their own live broadcasts, to remember Devki Nandan Pandey in itself is a Blissful feeling. Amid lack of technology during that time, Pandey made himself a household name on the basis of his unique voice.
The news of the death of Sardar Patel, Liaquat Ali Khan, Maulana Azad, Govind Vallabh Pant, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Jayaprakash Narayan reached the whole country in the voice of Pandey. In-spite of being retired, Pandey was specially invited to the Delhi station of All India Radio to read the news of the sudden demise of Sanjay Gandhi.
Leaving Behind a Legacy
Devki Nandan Pandey got offers from international broadcasting organizations like Voice of America due to recognition of his outstanding work in India, but his love for his beloved land India stopped him from doing so. Pandey realized the popularity of his personality on the day when Mrs. Indira Gandhi once invited the staff of All India Radio to her residence to hear her problem.
When Mrs. Gandhi was introduced to Pandey, she smiled and said, “OK, So you are our nation’s news voice?”. Former Information Broadcasting Minister Vidyacharan Shukla once embraced Pandey after hearing Pandey’s name.
Regarding the new news readers, what Pandey had to say was doing something with reverence, honesty and hard work and always being aware of the current events.
He believed that the more you listen and read the better you will be able to speak. Never copy a style. If you tell any mistake, accept it by bowing it and have a feeling of favor towards the person.
Make the habit of reading innocent and thoughtful; Confidence will come and identity will be created.
The beauty of the Hindi film industry lies not only in it’s stories but also in the songs that get in tune with the mood of the narratives. These songs remain eternal in the minds of the audience for generations to come, but unfortunately the ones who give their melodious voice in these songs are not always remembered. Jaspal Singh is one of them.
Today we have brought in light one of those gem singers of bollywood~ Jaspal Singh, who has by and large made a significant contribution in Bollywood through some of the most popular and melodious songs he sang.
Who is Jaspal Singh?
Jaspal Singh is an Indian singer who lent his voice to various Bollywood actors in the era 1970’s and 1980’s. He was born in Amritsar and during his school and college days, he realised his passion for singing. He used to participate in various music competitions throughout his school and college life. To further pursue his passion for singing he went to Mumbai where his sister used to stay.
Jaspal’s talent was first and foremost recognised by well known female singer Usha Khanna during the year 1968.
Jaspal’s Early Life Struggle
Jaspal Singh was provided a chance to sing at a professional level, however he did not get the recognition which he deserved in his life. He struggled to make a career in singing and would often visit Amritsar, Delhi and Mumbai time and again.
Jaspal was always an ardent fan of Mohammed Rafi and grew up listening to his songs and singing Rafi’s songs whenever he got the opportunity. As he was attracted to only film songs he did not undergo any training in classical music.
Due to peer pressure, he started practicing law and started living in Mumbai. In spite of the hardships he was facing, he never gave up and then, a well known Music Composer, Ravindra Jain gave him the big break for a song in the movie called ‘Geet Gata Chal’ of 1975. After this song, he became a prominent name. His voice was unique and was unlike any other and he sang for some hit bollywood movies like‘Nadiya ke paar’, ‘Ankhiyon ke jharokhon se’,’Sawan ko aane do’, etc.
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Jaspal’s Singing Career in Bollywood Industry
In 1975 as the opening credits of the newly released film “Geet Gaata Chal” rolled out and the cinema hall resonated with the fresh, melodious, energetic and high-pitched vocals of Jaspal Singh singing the title song- ‘Geet gaata chal o saathi gungunata chal…’
Every viewer was mesmerized by this totally new, original, youthful and brilliant voice which was both pleasing and heart-warming. This was the magic his voice had.
For the audience who did not see the film at that time, hearing the song was enough to transport them to the villages and immediately entreating up images of the person dancing amidst the lush green fields, flowing rivers, chirping birds and pleasant winds. Such was the effect the song had on the listeners of that time that it became one of the most iconic songs of the decade.
The film “Nadiya Ke Paar” produced by Tarachand Bharjatya under his banner “Rajshri Productions” was to be the launch vehicle for introducing child artists Sachin and Sarika as adult stars in a romantic story. As the existing singers of the time were all associated with different popular heroes, the new male singer Jaspal Singh was chosen to do a playback for Sachin.Not only did the film became a big hit, all the songs of the film also became super-hits and music lovers wholeheartedly accepted Jaspal Singh as the new sensational voice.
According to an interview, Ravindra Jain was apprehensive about giving Jaspal the title song which according to him was his best composition for the film but associate producer Rajkumar Bharjatya was in favour of taking the risk.Whatever the concerns may have been, still the fact remains that finally Jaspal Singh did get the green signal to record all the songs and the rest as they say is history.
Jaspal Singh was very thrilled to get such a golden opportunity. Those days it was not very easy for a new singer to make inroads into the industry especially without any father figure to launch him!
Luckily for him the film established him in a big way. He proved his versatility in the film by singing fun songs, romantic song and even ‘bhajans’.
Though, popular perception is that Geet Gaata Chal was Jaspal Singh’s debut film, technically he had made his debut earlier in 1968 in the film Bandish. It was music director Usha Khanna who decided to give him a break. She gave him a solo number which was picturized on a comedian in the film. As the film did not create any ripples, the song also did not get much attention and Jaspal Singh’s debut song went virtually unnoticed.
After this he also sang a duet with Mahendra Kapoor for the film Anjaan Hai Koi, 1969, but again that song also did not receive any great response. Once again Usha Khanna was the music director and the song was picturized on character artistes. In the coming years, he started singing for many other films in Bollywood.
How did Jaspal “Lost in Transition?”
Slowly it was becoming evident that as Jaspal Singh’s voice had become the voice of actor Sachin, he was not going to be used for any of the top actors of that period. Also keeping in consideration the type of films he was singing for, he did not get an opportunity to sing a variety of songs in his career. Eventually, actor Sachin’s career also did not take off in a very big way as a hero and in the absence of any top music director willing to try his voice, Jaspal’s career went towards a downward trend.
But today, he has no complaints whatsoever with his career. He feels that whatever he accomplished was due to divine blessing and his good fortune. He is thankful to the Bharjatyas of Rajshri Productions and music director Ravindra Jain who placed so much faith in him and gave him a break in the industry.His stint in Bollywood got him many stage shows all over India and abroad as well which gave him an opportunity to outshine him.
Indeed this winsome vocalist’s career was short-lived but whatever he sang was melodious and from the heart. Today not many people may pause to recall this underrated singer but for those who grew up in the seventies, his songs remain etched in their memories and listening to them still gives them inexplicable pleasure.
Bollywood celebrities continue to express concern about the trying conditions of migrant workers stranded in different amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
Taking to Twitter on Monday, Shraddha Kapoor urged: “A request to whoever comes across the migrants who have been allowed to walk home on humanitarian grounds in Maharashtra, please give them food and water along the way.”
Criticising Indian Railways’ decision to avail online booking for select train services that have started, Pooja Bhatt posted a sarcastic message. “So migrant workers log onto their smartphones and book tickets online? Great move #IndianRailways,” she tweeted.
Actor Chandan Roy Sanyal wrote: “This migrant issue is getting out of hand. its been so long they are all helter skelter – people are just walking on the highway everywhere. Few trains, most of them dont have money and now online booking. Crazy.”
Shekhar Kapur tweeted: “Which one of us did not know that the Indian economy is built on migrant workers? That household help was migrant workers? That 5000 kids everyday die of malnutrition in India? And all this since Independence? Or is it just convenient ignorance?”
The decision by state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat to suspend labour laws, in a bid to restart economic activity, was also criticised by many.
“Not only migrants workers are left to fend for themselves, now the govt is disempowering them of their rights to minimum wage / safety / living conditions . The govt cares only for the Rich,” wrote filmmaker Onir.
Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, who has organised buses to transport stranded migrant labourers, tweeted: “Time to help the migrants.” (IANS)