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I feel blessed to be a part of the Shankar Mahadevan team: Shrinidhi Ghatate

Nagpur's homegrown singer Shrinidhi Ghatate speaks about her association with singing sensation Shankar Mahadevan, her musical journey and her future plans.
Shrinidhi Ghatate (Picture source: Shrinidhi’s Facebook account)

Shrinidhi Ghatate was just another talented girl with big dreams till two years back. Then everything changed; she participated in the singing reality show The Voice India? in 2015 which gave this Nagpur girl quite a lot of popularity. Shes a performer now and apart from pursuing her dreams, she is also currently studying Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Mithibai College of Science, Arts and Commerce, Mumbai. In an interview with Nation Next, Shrinidhi Ghatate speaks about her musical journey, her association with the singing sensation Shankar Mahadevan and her future plans.


How did you get into music and who inspired you?

There is absolutely no one in my family who is into music though my maternal grandmother is a gold medalist in music. When I was in school, music fascinated me more than studies. I used to bunk the classes and would sing or play the harmonium in the music room. When I was in 3rd grade, I started learning keyboard. After performing and singing in a few functions at school, I realised that I could sing decently. I joined music classes thereafter and started learning classical and light music. It’s my mother who inspired me. She never learnt music but she has always loved listening to music. When I was a kid, my mother would play old songs on audio cassettes and that left a long lasting impression on me.

What is favourite your genre of music?

I want to be a playback singer and for that I should know every genre very well. I sing both classical and light music, but I am more into light-classical. I like rock and pop as well.

You participated in the singing reality show The Voice India? (on &TV) and that gave you a lot of popularity. Did people’s attitude in Nagpur towards you changed after your new found success

People who were always close to me, like my friends didn’t change a bit. But people whom I never knew showered me with lot of love. They took autographs and wanted to take selfies with me when I met them.

You have been performing regularly with singing sensation Shankar Mahadevan and his team. How has your experience been so far?

I was also a part of the reality show Asias singing superstar? after The Voice of India. The show wasn’t telecasted in India and was telecasted just in UAE and Pakistan. Shankar sir was one the judges there. I was in the top five. Shankar sir heard me sing and as promised gave me a place in the Shankar Mahadevan team. I performed with him for the first time on December 31, 2015 at Adlabs Imagica, Mumbai and have been performing with the team ever since. Shankar sir is very sweet and humble. He has always encouraged me and rectified my mistakes. He has been my inspiration since childhood. So performing with him and his team is like a dream come true. He is amazing on stage and I feel really blessed to be a part of his team.

What are your future plans

I want to become a successful playback singer and want to be in music for my entire life. I want to do good shows and grow in the music industry. After some years, I plan to set up my own academy where I can teach music and instruments to students.

Apart from music and singing what are the other things which interest you?

I am pursuing studies just for the sake of a graduation degree! I use to play badminton but now I don’t get much time. There is nothing which attracts me as much as music. I like to sing and listen to different genres of music. I even listen to genres I don’t know much about so as to learn from them. Asha Bhosle and Shankar Mahadevan have always been my idols and I listen to their music a lot. Basically it’s either singing or listening to music which I do the entire day!

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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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