Multifaceted Gyan Sharma releases first ghazal single Reto Ke Ghar

UK-based Gyan Sharma is truly a multifaceted personality. An IT consultant by profession, he runs the famous event management company Chilly Events, is a well-known Astrologer and a Vastu consultant, founder of AstroListing, the director and global head of strategy in a media company called Governance Today, founder of a digital media company AcroGloria, an advisor on planetary gemstones, runs a cultural organization in UK called Sangam, is a poet, lyricist and composer.

And as if all this isn’t enough, the versatile busybee has now released his first ghazal single as a singer. Titled Reto Ke Ghar, the song is out on You Tube, as well as various online platforms including JioSaavn, Gaana, Raaga, Hungama, WynkMusic, Amazon Music, Itunes and Spotify. Whoa!

While the melodious and scintillating number is sung, written and composed by Gyan, another highlight is that the music for the song has been arranged by the popular ghazal maestro Talat Aziz. What’s more! The single has already managed to garner 1.5 lakh views on YouTube within a fortnight of its release.

“I try to compose Ghazals which are not very slow, have good meaning and nice melody… not boring ones,” says Gyan. He wants people to pay attention to the quality and depth of his ghazal Reto Ke Ghar and its meaning.

“I’ve heard Ghazals since childhood, in my Indian hometown Kanpur. My parents were fond of greats like Begum Akhtar and Mehdi Hassan. I personally like the depth of Mirza Ghalib’s ghazals,” he adds.

It can be noted here that Gyan Sharma hit fame earlier too, with his poem Gharo Ki Kahani which became quite popular and was narrated at various shows in UK. He has also written a Ghazal dedicated to Prime Minister Narendra Modi explaining all of his welfare schemes in different shers (couplets) and it was very popular during 2019 elections, and also a poem about the abrogation of article 370 in Kashmir.

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Mahesh Bhatt, Garry Lyons to preside over Elevate 2015

Elevate 2015 to empower creative streaks in Bollywood

Coinciding with the International Women’s Day, Garry Lyons of the University of Leeds, UK, along with activist-filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, will preside over Elevate 2015, the second annual conclave to be held on March 5 at The Club, Mumbai, this week.

The event will be marked by panel discussions, followed by felicitations of various network and studio teams, film and television writers, producers and directors, whose projects have made a profound impact on audiences.

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It is being organized as part of The Third Eye program; a free-on-demand resource centre for information on sustainable development, climate change, health, legal and rights issues for filmmakers and creative communities, leading in the business of media and entertainment in India.

The Third Eye is a partnership between the ‘Asian Centre for Entertainment Education’ (ACEE), India, and ‘Hollywood, Health and Society’ (HH&S), Norman Lear Centre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. The ‘Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’, among others, funds the program.

In partnership with The Club, Mumbai; Elevate 2015 shares its association with the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. Alongside acclaimed film director, producer and screenwriter Mahesh Bhatt, the event’s accompanying moderator Garry Lyons, is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and producer. He is the director of impact and innovation at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at Leeds.

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Two sets of panel discussions will be held between a stellar list of stalwarts from Bollywood, including experts and activists at the conclave. Topics include the creation of content, and how audiences, primarily women, can be empowered through the process.

There will be further discussions about how the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) in India, and other regulatory authorities, can look ahead in time and formulate a vision for creative communities; thus empowering audiences.