Stars, music fraternity pay tribute to Pt Ravi Shankar
Here's what your favourite Bollywood stars are tweeting.
Movie stars and the music fraternity grieved over the demise of sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar, and tweeted their tributes:
Shekhar Kapur: 'Pt. Ravi Shankar's music will live with us forever. Amazing man, Amazing artist. Amazing life, amazingly lived. Amazing creative force. Pt Ravi Shankar. Showed us what India's soft power really is. Not business, but Art. Remember him playing at Chetan Anand's home. Bliss. When I first went 2 London as a student, Pt Ravi Shankar was a rockstar. That I knew him personally made me 1 in eyes of all d girls :) #PanditRaviShankar completely abandoned himself 2 creativity in his Art. Living in vibrations, his was a spirit then, and a spirit now.'
Zakir Hussain: 'Today he left us to go make heaven a better place beings like him just go back to heaven to take their place amongst Gods safetravel Uncle.'
A R Rahman: 'Indian Classical Music has lost its chief ambassador & India its Bharat Ratna..May God bless his soul !'
Dia Mirza: 'So saddened by the news of Pandit Ravi Shankarji's demise...#RIP. Read, heard and revered the man and his music... Anushka will take his legacy forward.'
Mahesh Bhatt: 'Pandit Ravi Shanker a national treasure has "left us forever". But his music will resonate in the consciousness of the world forever!!'
Karan Johar: 'RIP #Ravishankar....the man who made classical...eternal.'
Atul Kasbekar: 'RIP Pandit Ravi Shankar... Global Indian, Genius Extraordinaire. Took 3 American friends to Panditji's concert at UCSB yrs ago as a student. They went in reluctantly n but came out mesmerised by his genius.'
Kailash Kher: 'Pt Ravi Shankar Synonym of music is no more, he has made Sitar (Indian Instrument) international with dignity n Pride, God bless his soul'
Anupam Kher: 'Pt. Ravi Shankar's Sitar played for our souls. His music helped us sooth our nerves. His smile was like his music- DIVINE. RIP.'
Rahul Bose: 'With pt ravi shankar's passing, passes an era. first heard him as a kid in 1980. he leaves us all permanently enriched.'
Madhur Bhandarkar: 'Saddened by the loss of brilliance. RIP Pt Ravi Shankar ji. The sitar maestro will be missed. Strength to the family.'
Priyanka Chopra: 'The end of an era in Music.We have lost too many legends this year.. My condolences to the family..RIP Shri Pandit Ravi Shankar.'
Salim Merchant: 'Our music world looses its Ultimate Guru -Bharat ratna pandit Ravi shankar ji. His music and his legacy will always remain forever. RIP'
Farhan Akhtar: 'Saddened to hear of the maestro, Pandit Ravi Shankar's, demise. Condolences to his family, his friends and billions of listeners.'
Madhuri Dixit: 'Sorry to hear that Ravi Shankar has passed away. He had a tremendous influence on introducing Indian music to the West.'
Lata Mangeshkar: 'Jinhone bhartiya shastriya sangeet ko saari duniya me pohochaya,aise mahan sangeet yogi pandit ravi shankar ji aaj humare bich nahi rahe,lekin unke sitar ke sur samast vishwa par hamesha raj karte rahenge iska mujhe yaqeen hai. Aise mahan kalakar ko main ,aur pura mangeshkar pariwaar namrata purvak shraddhanjali arpit karta hai.'
Image: Shekhar Kapur
Photographs: Courtesy Perfect Relations
Bollywood stars celebrate 12/12/12
Today happens to be 12.12.12, the last of the great repeating dates to occur in our lifetimes. Bollywood stars joined their fans on Twitter to celebrate the day.
Madhuri Dixit wrote, 'Second day shooting for GG. Happy 12-12-12! Last repeating date of the century.'
Lisa Haydon: 'Just realized its 12-12-12 today! Happy happy twelves'
Sandhya Mridul: 'It's 12-12-12 so yeah so ya yayeeee ?! Or what?! Do I need to do something or just lie back or WHAT?! What's the deal :)))'
Kunal Kohli: '12/12/12 people with lotsa time will get excited about this and tweet/Facebook about this all day today. Oops what did I just do !!!!!'
Shekhar Kapur: 'lets celebrate 12.12.12 .. why ? Why not ?'
Sneha Ullal: 'good morning 12-12-12 let's make this day special..I'm having my first half narration today..yie yei yei'
Paresh Rawal: 'Wish U a very Happy- 12/12/12 Every day is special & unique but sometime some numbers makes it more special & memorable.12/12/12 one of them.'
Salim Merchant: 'Come let's celebrate 12-12-12 at jack and jones linking road at 10 pm . Salim - Sulaiman and Karsh Kale do the 'ALL STAAR JAM ' . Be there !'
Image: Madhuri Dixit
Photographs: Rediff Archives
Dilip Kumar thanks fans for birthday wishes
Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who celebrated his 90th birthday on December 11 with family, turned to Twitter to thank his well-wishers.
'With my brothers sisters nephews nieces and their children who have come from far and near to wish me a happy birthday!' he tweeted.
'My head bows before the Almighty in silent gratitude for the love I am getting from so many well wishers on Internet,' he added.
Meanwhile, his ancestral home in Peshawar, Pakistan, has been acquired and preserved by the provincial government as national heritage.
Image: Dilip Kumar
Photographs: Rediff Archives