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Music Maestro Shankar Mahadevan was a shy kid back in school!

Music Maestro Shankar Mahadevan
Shankar Mahadevan (Photo by: Darshan Bagwe)

Shankar Mahadevan is a well-known name in India and around the world for his rich contributions to the field of music. Along with having a soulful voice, he is also known to be very humble. In a quick chat with Nation Next, music maestro Shankar Mahadevan spoke about music, how it can help kids and reveals how he was a shy kid back at school.

Shankar was once a shy kid!

It’s hard to believe but the now electrifying performer on the stage ? Shankar Mahadevan was once a shy kid. He said, I started performing pretty late in school and I was a very shy kid. I started performing only when I reached my fifth grade. A teacher in my school somehow got to know that I sing. He made sure I perform and after that there was no looking back. Post my first time on stage I was on stage every year for every function our school use to conduct. In my school music was not given priority that’s why today I want that music should be given priority in schools.

Music as important as studies

Stressing on the importance of inculcating music early in a kids life, Shankar said, I feel music is as important as science or geography or any subject. Music is a very powerful tool. Through music ? one – you get a lot of joy and you become a very happy child. Secondly through music, you can teach so many things to a child. You can create any topic through music say about festivals of India, about culture of India, about states in India, about honesty, about generosity, about being a better human being and you can make children learn about all this in a much more better and fun way. Plus, ours is a country which has a rich heritage of Indian classical music. So if students get inclined to Indian classical music, we also make sure that we are preserving our heritage and culture. 

Kids are fun

The singer runs an online music academy called as Shankar Mahadevan Academy which provides music lessons to students worldwide. The academy was also set up in Delhi Public School in Nagpur in 2010. The last time Shankar was in Nagpur was in February 2015, when he visited DPS, Nagpur along with wife Sangeeta and his talented son Siddharth for a special concert where he performed with the students of his academy. Prior to the concert, Shankar was seen having an amazing time with the kids in the school lawn wherein he sang for the kids and also made the kids sing along. Talking about his connect with Nagpur, Shankar said, Nagpur has always been wonderful whenever I’ve performed here but that day was really special because my academy students of the DPS Nagpur were going to perform and we were going to witness what they learnt. It was the first time I visited Nagpur since the academy opened up. Kids are always fun and the innocence and energy they bring to the stage is unbelievable.

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Rina Sinha becomes Charter President of RMBRCN



The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohanned Master Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel  were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur



Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live



A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

Also read: NMC confiscates 117 PoP idols, collects Rs 10,000 fine from seller

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