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Music requires blessings: Ayaan Ali Bangash

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New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANSlife) With sarod legend Ustaad Amjad Ali Khan as their father, Ayaan and Amaan Ali Bangash realised early they had big shoes to fill in. But the brothers have lived up to their family name. And now Ayaan has his own little talents to groom. IANSlife spoke to the younger Bangash brother on the challenges of being a musician, a father and a guru.

Playing at concerts the world over, do you feel the Indian audience has a connect with you?

Ayaan: It’s extremely important and special when you are loved in the country you have grown up in and belong to. That validation is very important for any artiste. The West also has an amazing audience. The US and Europe are both special, but different. Every place has its own warmth, magic and colour, so it’s hard to compare.

You are collaborating with many international artistes. Do you think you have a role to play in spreading the sound of India far and wide?

Ayaan: I do think so, but more than the sound of India, it’s the sound of music. The best part is even when we are performing with so many western classical musicians, even though we may have rehearsed, different things happen on stage – by getting to know the strengths of different artistes, their vibrations, eye contact, the very connect. It’s most important to connect with the person that you are playing with and good or appealing music follows. Musicians can communicate with just notes. Music is a universal language.

What do you think about collaborations

Ayaan: Most of our collaborations, including ‘Strings for Peace’ or ‘Soul Strings’, talk about peace. It is the need of these troubled times. And we genuinely want to convey it because as musicians we are able to speak in a language that transcends borders.

You have two sons. What if one of them said they don’t want to make music?

Ayaan: They are really young, both of them just seven. And they have a hectic schedule. Times are different, it’s not like when we were growing up. There are so many more distractions, the tablets haven’t helped. So I do take time out to try and mentor them in a language they understand. They are both very good listeners and have been attending concerts since the time they were born. So they are very good during concerts. They are quiet and sit through. This is the greatest wealth we have a family and I’d love to share that with them. And I would like to believe it’s a way of their life, but there’s no pressure. They are free to do what they want to. You have to do your best, but leave the rest to the power above.

What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

Ayaan: Everyone nowadays is so hardworking. And everyone’s playing so well, but destiny and karma make a big difference. I always tell young musicians, don’t forget the blessing quotient in this field. It might sound old-school and philosophical, but any art, especially music, requires blessings. Because you have some people who may be technically brilliant, but they have no fragrance or soul in their tunes and don’t connect with the audience. And you may have someone whose technique is not the best, but they have a soul connection with their audience. How do you explain that? There is some blessing and karma that connects people in the creative field. So take blessings from your parents and guru, and remember that respect is more important than perfection.

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Sonakshi Sinha enjoys a lazy Sunday

The actress had posted a string of pictures on Instagram, and also shared her result of the Open Water Diver Course Final Exam Answer Sheet. The actress scored 100 per cent in the test.

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Mumbai: Actress Sonakshi Sinha is in a mood for a lazy Sunday, and said that she just wants to be on the couch all day.

The Bollywood star took to Instagram to share a glimpse from her “lazy” Sunday with a picture in which she is posing on the couch.

“Gonna be on my couch all day today #lazysunday,” Sonakshi wrote with the picture.

In the image, she is seen resting on a blue couch, and channels a casual look in an all-denim avatar, with a white top.

Earlier this week, Sonakshi shared moments from her vacation in the Maldives. She also announced that she is a licensed scuba diver.

The actress had posted a string of pictures on Instagram, and also shared her result of the Open Water Diver Course Final Exam Answer Sheet. The actress scored 100 per cent in the test.

“Knighted by the holy fins! I am now a licensed scuba diver… something i have been wanting to do for years, and finally got down to it! My love for the ocean has just grown ever since my first snorkel experience and this is taking it to a whole new level…” Sonakshi captioned the images.

Sonakshi will next be seen in “Bhuj: The Pride Of India”. The war action film, based on a true story, also stars Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Ammy Virk, Nora Fatehi and Sharad Kelkar. It is set during the Indo-Pak war of 1971.

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Watch: Former actress Sana Khan goes out for car ride with husband Anas Sayied

Sana Khan made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ in 2005. She later went on to star in movies like ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’.

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Former actor and Bigg Boss contestant Sana Khan who recently got hitched with Mufti Aas Sayied in a private ceremony with family in attendance, has found her peace and living her fullest with her husband.

Sana Khan in the video asks Anas Sayied, “kaha leke jaa rahe ho tum mujhe?” To this, Anas replies, “Starbucks ki coffee pini hai na tumhe.” The former actress then shares that they’ve finally come out of their house today. She flaunts the Starbucks coffee cup with ‘Begam’ written over it.“Ye spelling wrong hai aapne bataya nahi unhe?” (The spelling of Begum is wrong, didn’t you tell them?), the new wifey questions her Anas Sayied.

“Maine bataya lekin wo bichara bhi kya karta, begum labz hi pehli dafa suna hoga usne” (I told him but what could that poor person also do. He must have heard the word for the first time in his life), he replied.

Sana had also shared a bunch of pictures from her mehendi ceremony. “Agar mera Ishq itna pak na hota toh meri mehendi ka colour itna dark na hota (Had my love not been true, then my mehendi would not have been so dark) @anas_sayied,” she had captioned her post.

Last month, Sana announced her decision to quit showbiz to ‘serve humanity and follow the order of my Creator’. She said that the ‘real purpose’ of one’s life was not to chase wealth and fame but ‘actually for the betterment of life-after-death’ and that ‘it would be better if the slave lives according to the command of his Creator’.

Sana Khan made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Yehi Hai High Society’ in 2005. She later went on to star in movies like ‘Halla Bol’, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Wajah Tum Ho’ and ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’.

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From being a Delhi girl to a Telugu ammayi: Rakul Preet on completing seven years in Tollywood

The actress will be seen in the role of a pilot in the film. This is her second film with Ajay after “De De Pyaar De”.

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Mumbai, Nov 29: Actress Rakul Preet Singh on Sunday celebrated her completion of seven years in the Telugu film industry.

The actress took to her verified Instagram account on Sunday to share her photographs from seven years ago and the present time.

Using the hashtag #7yearsofTFI, Rakul wrote: “I was all smiles then and all smiles now and the reason is all the people who accepted me with soo much love. From being a delhi girl to a pakka telugu ammayi, This journey has been beyond beautiful. Thanking every director, producer, costar, peer, friend and fan who believed in me, stood by me, appreciated and criticized me to help me evolve into a better me with each passing day. Nothing of course would have been possible without my family , manager and team.”

Rakul has appeared in Telugu films like “Venkatadri Express”, “Pandaga Chesko”, “Nannaku Prematho”, “Rarandoi Veduka Chudham” and “Manmadhudu 2” among others and shared screen space with Tollywood superstars like Mahesh Babu, Ram Charan, Jr NTR, Nagarjuna Akkineni and Allu Arjun.

The actress, who began her career with Kannada, Telugu and Tamil films, has gradually started creating a space for herself in Bollywood as well.

She has featured in Bollywood films like “De De Pyaar De”, “Marjaavaan”, “Shimla Mirchi” and others.

On the work front, Rakul will next be seen alongside Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn in the thriller drama, “Mayday”. The film is directed and produced by Ajay Devgn.

The actress will be seen in the role of a pilot in the film. This is her second film with Ajay after “De De Pyaar De”.

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