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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.

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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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Dharavi redevelopment to have dedicated areas for manufacturing: Devendra Fadnavis

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Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that Dharavi redevelopment will have dedicated areas for manufacturing…

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said that Dharavi is a great manufacturing cluster, has been kept in mind while planning its redevelopment.

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The Mah Deputy CM says that Dharavi is a great manufacturing cluster, has been kept in mind while planning its redevelopment.

As Dharavi redevelopment has been announced, doubts were raised on whether this locally evolved entrepreneurial hub will retain its spirit.  In a chat on Sansad TV with Sanjeev Sanyal, Member, PM’s Economic Advisory Council and a writer, on an Economic Sutra episode telecast on Nov 6, the Deputy Chief Minister had made it very clear how he foresees the future of Dharavi and Mumbai.

Saying that his government worked on clearing all the bottlenecks, he adds, “We understood that unless we have a place to rehabilitate people, which is nearby Dharavi, this project will not take off. We found out that there is around 42 acres of land which belongs to the Railways. We approached the Central Government and told them that we’ll free up your land. We’ll buy your land and we’ll give you a share in the profit and we entered into a definitive agreement and now they have handed it over to us.”

“The Dharavi Redevelopment project will be the most unique project ever done. In fact, this redevelopment was visualized by none other than Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 but nothing happened – until 2014 when Modiji came and we started governing Maharashtra. The redevelopment will be no less beautiful than BKC. Dharavi is just not a slum but it’s also a great manufacturing cluster, so what we did was that while planning this scheme we have created areas for this entire manufacturing industry along with planning for the rehabilitation of the people. Right now, this entire manufacturing sector is informal, but after this and over time they will come into the formal sector.”

Watch the full interaction here: https://youtu.be/FNeTrm0v0dw

Also, with Mumbai undergoing so many infrastructural changes, questions have been raised about retaining the quintessential character of “aamchi Mumbai,” which apart from being the financial capital of India is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant cities.

Speaking on the land issues, Fadnavis says, “The usable space in Mumbai is very little. It has length, but has limitations on the breadth so taking into consideration all these problems we wanted to design a very robust system for Mumbai for commuters and for vehicles. That’s why the all the new Coastal Road, which will decongest the western side of Mumbai. It will be a ring road type structure along the coast and this Western Expressway carries 60 percent of the Mumbai traffic right, so all that traffic will be mostly accommodated here.”

Commuting in Mumbai is a killer and every day Mumbaikars spend a lot of time on travel. Saying that he wants to reduce travel within Mumbai from anywhere to anywhere to an hour, Fadnavis explains, “Our Metro three is a very unique 40 kilometers of underground Network, which will be the lifeline of Mumbai. It is estimated to carry around 1.7 million passengers per day! All this work will be finished in two or three years and I want that from any place to any place in Mumbai one should reach within less than one hour – that is the planning. We are also trying to integrate the transportation system. Right now, our Suburban Railway is the lifeline of Mumbai. This Suburban Railway carries around 9 million passengers. The new Metro Network which we are creating will be carrying around 7 million or 8 million passengers, almost doubling the current number.”

Adding to this, the Deputy CM says that the 22 kilometers of Sea Bridge that will connect us to the hinterland, “so we have Mumbai, we have new Mumbai and that will be the third Mumbai that will be a land mass which will be bigger than Mumbai with new Mumbai airport. I think the future growth of Mumbai is on that side!”

Also read: Pritish Nandy’s ‘spirit of Dharavi’ tweet sparks off poverty porn debate

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Pritish Nandy’s ‘spirit of Dharavi’ tweet sparks off poverty porn debate

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Dharavi comments of former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy on Friday, kicked off a storm…

Dharavi comments of former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy on Friday, kicked off a storm.

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Is squalor for cameras, money more important than dignified living for the residents…  

Former parliamentarian and noted media and television personality Pritish Nandy’s Dharavi comments kicked off a storm when he said on Twitter that Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slum, with an estimated population of 1 million, ‘is not actually a slum but a tribute to the great entrepreneurial spirit of the weakest and smallest person fighting for his or her livelihood in Mumbai. It is also a model in collective coexistence in one of the toughest cities in the world, where nothing else matters. Not caste. Not faith. Not where you come from. But trust and togetherness.’

While this may be true, what is equally true is the squalor and subhuman conditions that reign supreme in this slum. Netizens felt that Nandy, by romanticizing poverty in this manner, was only feeding poverty porn and tourism. Nandy clarified that he was seeking to keep the spirit of Dharavi alive by “researching the architectural grammar, the cultural history that builds integrated and interdependent societies like Dharavi that have survived and flourished over decades and make that the base for the new redevelopment plans. Not just look at the future but also build in the past.”

The Maharashtra Government had on November 29, opened the financial bids for Dharavi redevelopment project.  While 3 companies Adani Realty, DLF and Naman Group had submitted bids, the Adani Group clinched the project with a INR 5,069-crore bid. The timeline for the entire redevelopment of Asia’s largest slum, with an estimated population of 1 million, might take close to 17 years, the rehabilitation of slum dwellers should be complete in seven years. 

Also read: Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea on Dec 6; HC says plea should be heard on priority due to his ill health

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Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea on Dec 6; HC says plea should be heard on priority due to his ill health

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The Bombay High Court said ex-minister Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea should be heard on priority basis due to the senior leader’s health issues.

Anil Deshmukh

The Bombay High Court said, as per prima facie, 74-year-old former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh’s bail plea should be heard on priority basis due to the senior leader’s health issues. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the CBI, said that when Deshmukh’s bail plea was moved on medical grounds, then a fresh medical report needed to be called for. 

Singh said, “There is a compilation that has been given now. There are medical papers attached. We need to go through it. Even though this is not a bail application on merit of the case, it is still being circulated under medical issues. He is getting medical treatment as required. Moreover, medical issues are not static. We need a check on what his condition is right now.”

Deshmukh’s advocate Vikram Chaudhari said the senior NCP leader was being treated but has been suffering from several ailments that require constant treatment and care. Chaudhary said, ”He needs to be released. He is a chronic patient.”

Justice MS Karnik said that the court would hear the bail plea on merits. He said, “I am satisfied that we can proceed with the hearing on merits and give it priority. This is my prima facie opinion that priority should be given. One of the medical ailments (that Deshmukh is suffering from) is degenerative.” Deshmukh’s bail plea would now be heard on December 6.

The bench asked Singh whether he was ready to argue on the merits of the case immediately, to which Singh said he would require a week while Chaudhari said that he was ready to argue. However, Justice Karnik said, “We need to give them a fair opportunity.”

Also read: 10 lakh spectators across 50 km; PM Modi makes history with road show for BJP in Ahmedabad

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