22012019-LSTL-01.qxd 1/21/2019 8:09 PM Page 1 c m y b TRIBUNE Gaga unhappy Singer Lady Gaga has slammed US President Donald Trump for the ongoing government shutdown. During a show in Las Vegas, she took out a moment to criticise Trump. IANS LUDHIANA | TUESDAY | 22 JANUARY 2019 THE tune of success ❝ FUN TIME Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit at the trailer launch of the upcoming comedy Hindi film Total Dhamaal in Mumbai. AFP They are born with a melody very few are gifted with. They have made it big on wings of their passion. Meet avid musicians from the region who are living their dream each day years ago started with the famous gig at Orchid Lounge that happened twice a week for over two years. But it wasn’t easy carving a niche in an industry cluttered with musical influences and artists, and even prejudices. “Our language is Punjabi and many festivals wouldn’t have it, and also it took a while for us to shift it into the cool zone,” she minces no words. Manpriya Singh S OMEONE left the promising field of commerce, while another dropped out of college; back in the day (by that we mean easily a decade), these artistes jumped headlong into an industry that didn’t exist, tastes that were never discerning and audience that wasn’t evolved. All guided by instinct to pursue their passion — music. Here are a few big names from the city that have influenced the music scenario and how the city has in turn inspired them. FIRST LOVE Gurnazar Chattha It was in 2012 that Gurnazar Chattha first got a 15-minute slot at a concert in Leisure Valley. But it was back in school, DAV, Kurukshetra, when he picked up the guitar; college fests and youth fests gradually followed. But the Chandigarh crowds can easily connect all the dots from the Sattva days when his extremely popular gig with the property lasted well over a year- MANISHA KOIRALA ‘Hope I write more’ Actress Manisha Koirala, who has authored the book Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life, hopes to pen more books in future. “I am very excited and happy that my book Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life has been appreciated by the audience. I am thankful for the readers for the love that I have received from them. This was my first experience of writing a book. The kind of response I have received for my first book, I hope that I will write more books in future,” Manisha said. On the career front, Manisha was last year seen in films like Lust Stories and Sanju. “By the grace of God, you will see me in more movies for sure,” she said. Talking about youngsters of the country, Manisha said: “I think the kind of urja (energy) youngsters have, it’s a blessing. So, they should use it in right direction and in right manner to lead a very successful life.” — IANS JASLEEN AULAKH MEMBERS OF THE BAND THE LOCAL TRAIN and-a-half. “At that time, Sufi and folk numbers were big, but nobody played them in a lounge set-up or associated them with clubs,” shares the now Mohali-based artiste who is touring for at least 15 to 20 days in a month. “I did do a job initially for Rs 10,000 a month and it’s only once my musical gigs started paying me more than that I quit to pursue it full time,” he signs off. CREATIVE STREAK Ramit Mehra (The Local Train) It’s hard to believe that Chandigarh-bred Ramit Mehra dropped out of college to pursue his passion — music. Around 2008, when he founded The Local Train along with four other members, he was already dabbling in fields tangentially related to music, radio and theatre. “It was difficult at first for all of us to meet and make music, especially since a couple of members had full time jobs,” he shares while reflect- ing back on the decade-long and fruitful journey it’s been. A decade later they are all fulltime musicians, happy to be doing what they do best and love most. Speak of creativity and he gives ample credit to the city and the various musical influences it brings. “There are so many festivals happening, there is a Bollywood night at Leisure Valley, then there will be a rock band performing at PU and some French musician always in town thanks to Alliance Francaise. Moreover the city lets you get home faster, so that you practice more,” shares the bass guitarist.” c m y b Instead of dolls and toys, Jasleen Aulakh had a little studio with tape recorder JASLEEN AULAKH and a xylophone for toys. Needless to say, she took to music like the proverbial fish to water. She laughs, “I did a Masters in French and that is not just related to music. The only thing is I can sing in French.” Not that she needs the language to connect, “I have performed in places like Europe, New Zealand people always make an effort to understand and truly appreciate our folk music.” MEANINGFUL LYRICS Hari & Sukhmani Sukhmani Malik always has her suitcase either packed to take off anytime or it’s always open in her room, which means she is out of town! Having already done a crazy schedule in Muscat, Kerala, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Udaipur, coming up is another one… “It’s only for a week in a month that I’m home.” Everyone in Chandigarh can pick up all the connecting threads from when they know her as the Sukhmani of the famous duo Hari & Sukhmani, who many Anupam Kher welcomes Vicky in ‘actors’ world Veteran actor Anupam Kher has welcomed actor Vicky Kaushal in the “actors’ world” after watching his performance in the latest release Uri: The Surgical Strike. “Welcome to the ‘actors’ world. You are fantastic in Uri: The Surgical Strike. Real, gutsy and a performer,” Anupam tweeted on Monday. The 63-year-old actor asked Vicky to remember that he is his own competition. “The more difficult you make your job, the more you will explore it. Love and best wishes always,” Anupam added. The military drama is based on the 2016 surgical strike carried out by the Indian Armed forces across the border. — IANS MELODIOUS NOTE Jasleen Aulakh WHENEVER I AM IN DELHI, I DON’T END UP WRITING OR COMPOSING ANYTHING. BUT IN CHANDIGARH, IT’S DIFFERENT. SUKHMANI & HARI Ariana accused of plagiarism Rappers Soulja Boy and 2 Chainz have called out singer Ariana Grande for allegedly copying their work for her latest track 7 Rings. Earlier this month, Grande was also accused of stealing lyrics by rapper Princess Nokia for the same song. Soulja Boy alleged that Grande stole from his song Pretty Boy Swag. He replied to a tweet in which Grande thanked her friends who were featured in the 7 Rings video, writing, “Give me my credit. Period.” He later followed up with the message: “You’re a thief.” Soulja Boy has previously accused rapper Drake of stealing his musical style. — IANS
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