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Grand celebration at Ram Janambhoomi Mandir, 56 types of bhog, prasad offered

After the magnificent ceremony of Pran Pratishtha, the Ram Janmabhoomi for the second time is witnessing a grand celebration amid the auspicious occasion of Ram Navami. Ram Navami is being celebrated with great pomp at Ram Mandir with offerings of 56 types of bhog, prasad and panjiri. Acharya Satyendra Das, Chief Priest of Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, said that all the arrangements for the celebration are being managed by the Trust and the occasion of Ram Navami is being celebrated with great enthusiasm. "All the arrangements are being made by the trust. The trust is also managing the decorations. Ram Navami will be celebrated with great enthusiasm," he said. The Chief Priest further informed that everything has been decorated and the idol of Lord Ram has been specially dressed for the day, "He is dressed in yellow clothes, and after this he is bathed with Panchamrit. Four-five types of panjiris are made and along with that, 56 types of offerings are made to the Lord." Acharya Satyendra Das also said that the day of Ram Navami is beautiful as one will witness the sun rays on Lord Rama's forehead. He also hailed the day as special as the Ram Mandir has been built. "Today is very beautiful for Ram Navami, as sun will be seen on the forehead of Lord Rama... Today there is a fair of Ramnavami, people are going for the darshan of Ramlala and all the arrangements are being done very divinely in the court of Ramlala. It is very special because the temple has been built, Ramlala's life has been consecrated in the temple, it is very special." Shyama Yadav, a prasad maker, while speaking to ANI informed that they have been involved in the process of making the prasad for 10 days. "We have been making prasad for almost 10 days. We have prepared at least 50 quintals of prasad and more are being prepared... Panjiri is also being prepared... And I feel very blessed for preparing the prasad for the Ram Mandir." The Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Teerth Kshetra, a trust constituted to look after the management of Shri Ram Janmbhoomi Mandir in Ayodhya on its official X handle posted pictures of priests performing Divya Abhisheka of Ramlalla Sarkar at the temple. The trust also posted pictures of the Divya Shringar of Lord Rama on the occasion. Earlier, Prime minister Narendra Modi took to his official X handle and extended his greetings for the festival. The PM said, "Infinite best wishes to my family members across the country on the occasion of Lord Shri Ram's birth anniversary, Ram Navami! On this auspicious occasion, my heart is overwhelmed and fulfilled. It is the supreme grace of Shri Ram that this year, along with millions of my countrymen, I became a witness to the Pran-Pratishtha in Ayodhya. The memories of that moment of Avadhpuri still pulsate in my mind with the same energy." "This is the first Ram Navami when our Ram Lalla has been enthroned in the grand and divine Ram temple of Ayodhya. Today, Ayodhya is in unparalleled joy in this celebration of Ram Navami. After waiting for five centuries, today we have got the privilege of celebrating this Ram Navami in Ayodhya in this manner. This is the fruit of so many years of hard penance, sacrifice and sacrifice of the countrymen," PM Modi tweeted. In another tweet, the PM said, "I have full faith that the life of Maryada Purushottam Lord Shri Ram and his ideals will become a strong basis for the creation of a developed India. His blessings will provide new energy to the resolve of a self-reliant India. Millions of salutations and salutations at the feet of Lord Shri Ram!" A large number of devotees thronged Ram Mandir on Wednesday morning in a vibrant display of faith and celebration. Before visiting the temple, devotees took a dip in the holy waters of the Saryu River. The darshan at the temple had started at 3:30 am. The celebration will be broadcast on about 100 LED screens throughout the city. There will also be broadcast on the trust's social media accounts.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever.

17 April,2024 11:00 AM IST | Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) | ANI
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Mid-Day Premium ‘Gen Z is criticised for taking life too seriously’

‘Gen Z takes life too seriously.’ This is a notion that many have. Gen Zers venting to their parents or anyone older than them are often advised to ‘chill out’, ‘live life stress-free’, and not complicate it unnecessarily.  This is especially the case with most Indian parents who often tell their Gen Z children to live a ‘bindass’ life as they did in their 20s and 30s thereby encouraging ‘toxic positivity.’.  Toxic positivity is all about overemphasising maintaining a positive attitude and avoiding any form of negative emotions or experiences. It dismisses valid feelings of sadness, anger, or frustration, typically through phrases like "just think positive" or "everything happens for a reason. Although being optimistic and having a positive approach in life can help us get through difficult times, forcing yourself to constantly stay positive is unrealistic and often hurts one’s mental health.  “The younger generation is criticised for being perceived as fragile and not resilient enough, which undermines their unique hardships and experiences,” affirms Mani Agarwal, neurodivergent therapist.   Further, Dr Rahul Chandhok, head consultant, mental health and behavioural science, Artemis Hospital, Gurugram agrees, “Both millennials and parents can fall prey to promoting or practising toxic positivity, whether through societal pressures, personal beliefs, or cultural influences. However, it is more about individual attitudes and behaviours rather than being specific to one group over another.”  “It is crucial to understand that while stress is a universal phenomenon, certain generational characteristics might make Gen Z appear more susceptible or reactive to stress. Various factors can contribute to a severe perception of life’s challenges in Gen Z,” adds Neha Cadabam, senior consultant psychologist, executive director, Cadabams Hospitals.  Although nothing new, ‘toxic positivity’ – a term unknown to people earlier is now being identified as an attitude. Mid-day.com got mental health experts on board to delve into this attitude, why Gen Z is subjected to it, its negative impact and the correct alternative.  Also Read: Toxic work culture: Humiliation at workplace is driving employees to quit How has the term ‘toxic positivity’ surfaced? The terminology related to mental health is relatively recent. Over the past decade, perspectives on mental health have been evolving. Today, the importance of mental health and education on various mental health conditions and illnesses is far better than what it was a decade back.  Agarwal tells Mid-day.com, “Millennials and previous generations have lacked a vocabulary to describe their mental health challenges. Consequently, when faced with emotional difficulties, they often had to externalise their issues, cope with circumstances, and passively move forward. Now, thanks to the internet, help is one click away now. This is a drastic contrast for Gen Z who can access resources online and find words to their experiences.”  Cadabams clarifies that pinpointing millennials or parents for exhibiting toxic positivity can be challenging as its prevalence can vary widely among individuals regardless of their generation. “Parents may resort to toxic positivity to shield their children from negative experiences, while millennials might employ it to maintain a facade of an ideal life on social media. Each generation faces different societal pressures that might encourage the use of toxic positivity as a coping mechanism.”  Also Read: India’s fertility rate plummets, doctors seek solutionsWhy is Gen Z severely stressed for most parts of their lives? The South Asian nation's working-age population stands at over 900 million, according to 2021 data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  Agarwal shares, “India, particularly, is at the forefront of housing the youngest population in the world. What could have been a major point of growth has turned into a point of dejection as this population continues to face unemployment challenges, issues of housing and clean water, poor sanitation and climate change among others.”  She goes on to say, “Systemic challenges are, thus, responsible for Gen Z’s stress and pessimism. Post Covid-19 and other multiple global crises, Gen Z continues to live in a state of uncertainty and insecurity. When the future appears bleak, it’s hard to maintain trust in the present. In such a scenario, the mental health crisis affecting Gen Z is possibly the reason why they are expected to be especially more resilient and hence, toxic positivity follows them like a shadow.” Besides this, Chandhok adds, “In today's digital age, there's extreme pressure to curate and exhibit an ideal image of oneself on social media platforms, fostering a culture of comparison and unrealistic standards.” “Further, with the rise of self-help culture and motivational content, there are abundance of messages promoting the idea that positive thinking is the only way to overcome any obstacle, which can lead to the dismissal of genuine struggles and emotions. Additionally, societal norms and expectations typically dictate that young people should be optimistic, ambitious, and resilient, which can further perpetuate the idea that acknowledging negative emotions is a sign of weakness.”  Also Read: ‘Lazy Girl Job’: How Gen-Z is changing the way we perceive jobs todayWhat are the signs of toxic positivity? Cadabam elucidates, “Toxic positivity goes beyond mere optimism; it represents the excessive and ineffective insistence on maintaining a positive mindset, even in the face of situations that naturally elicit sadness or distress. It involves the dismissal of genuine human emotions, which can be detrimental.”  Archana Singhal, counsellor and family therapist, founder, Mindwell Counsel, Delhi tells us, “Toxic positivity can make people feel like their emotions are not valid or important. It can also prevent them from seeking help or addressing their problems properly, leading to more stress and unhappiness.”  Mentioning major signs of toxic positivity, Singhal shares, “Some key signs include dismissing or downplaying someone's emotions, always trying to find the silver lining in a problem without acknowledging their pain, and pressuring others to be happy.” Singhal recommends enforcing an environment where all emotions are accepted and validated. How can toxic positivity have a negative impact? Embracing an "it is what it is" mindset can lead to significant emotional distress, as it often fosters a sense of helplessness and resignation in one's life. Agarwal shares, “Toxic positivity eventually breeds burnout as we exhaust our ability to find excuses to stay upbeat. If the problem is not acknowledged and accepted then the individual falls into a cyclical pattern of piling on more problems. This can continue until the physical health also deteriorates and the circumstances become too overwhelming.”  Cadabams further expands, “Toxic positivity can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, as individuals feel their true emotional experiences are neither seen nor validated. Psychiatrically, this can exacerbate feelings of sadness and anxiety, compounding stress and possibly leading to depressive symptoms. By undermining authentic emotional experiences, toxic positivity obstructs the development of healthy coping mechanisms. This can stunt emotional resilience, making it more challenging for individuals to navigate future stresses effectively.”  How must elders or peers extend support to those stressed? Recognising and understanding the unique challenges faced by Gen Z, it is essential to provide support that resonates with their experiences.  According to Chandhok, Gen Z may require a different approach because of their unique experiences, challenges, and perspectives. “Understanding the digital landscape and the pressures of social media is important, as it can majorly impact their self-esteem and mental well-being. Providing a safe space for open communication and validation of their emotions is crucial, as it helps in counteracting the effects of toxic positivity and encourages a healthy emotional expression. Providing practical support and guidance that is tailored to their specific needs and aspirations can also empower them to deal with the complexities of today's world with confidence and resilience. Furthermore, fostering a sense of belongingness, both online and offline, can combat feelings of isolation and alienation that some Gen Zers may experience.”  Agarwal suggests extending empathy and understanding instead of a solution-oriented approach to make someone feel heard. “To ensure that you’re not putting down someone else’s concerns, it is always best to gently comfort them and reassure them that they are not alone in the process. Simple words like “we can figure it out together” can make someone feel that their concern is valid and worthy of another person’s support.”  “Additionally, reassuring others that their circumstance warrants an emotional reaction and that they are not blowing up out of proportion can add to the comfort. Finally, if you feel that you are not in the best space to offer comfort, it is best to support the person in finding a mental health professional who can be impartial and non-judgemental towards them.”  Also Read: Insights into why spiritual tourism is on the rise and how youngsters are embracing the trendWhat kind of language and words should you use to comfort someone venting?Experts list down a list of phrases you must avoid and use to extend the appropriate support:  Avoid: it could be worseJust don’t think about it It’s always been like thisIt is supposed to be hardIt’s going to stay the same, you have to adjustNothing else can be doneJust let it goDon’t be lazy, if you work hard, it will happenDon’t waste your energy on thisIt’s not worth crying over this Say: That sounds tough, I’m here for youYour feelings are completely validHey it’ll be okay, things can change Let’s figure it out togetherYou can tell me if things are not okayLet’s talk about itIt doesn’t have to be this wayI understand why you feel that wayIt's okay to feel upset Ask:How does that make you feel?What do you need from me right now?Do you want to talk to a therapist? I’ll help you find one. What seems to be happening according to you? How can I support you?What do you need from me right now? 

17 April,2024 09:35 AM IST | Mumbai | Aakanksha Ahire
The Indian-born author, a British and naturalised American based in New York, has faced death threats since his 1988 novel 'The Satanic Verses'. Photo Courtesy: File pic

Salman Rushdie recounts near-fatal stabbing in 2022 in new memoir 'Knife'

'Knife', a memoir by Salman Rushdie released on Tuesday, recounts the near-fatal stabbing at a public event in 2022 that left him blind in one eye and his journey to healing. The Indian-born author, a British and naturalised American based in New York, has faced death threats since his 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses" was declared blasphemous by Iran's supreme leader, making Rushdie a global symbol of free speech. After going unscathed for years, a knife-wielding assailant jumped on stage at an arts gathering in rural New York state and stabbed Rushdie multiple times in the neck and abdomen. He ultimately lost his right eye. "Why didn't I fight? Why didn't I run? I just stood there like a pinata and let him smash me," Rushdie writes. "It didn't feel dramatic, or particularly awful. It just felt probable... matter-of-fact." Tehran denied any link with the attacker -- but said only Rushdie, now 76 years old, was to blame for the incident. The suspect, then 24, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. In an interview with the New York Post, the alleged attacker, whose parents emigrated to the United States from Lebanon, said he had only read two pages of "The Satanic Verses" but believed Rushdie had "attacked Islam." In "Knife", Rushdie refers to him simply as "The A". "My Assailant, my would-be Assassin, the Asinine man who made Assumptions about me... I have found myself thinking of him, perhaps forgivably, as an Ass," he writes. Rushdie said in "Knife" the attack has not changed his view on his most famous work. "I am proud of the work I've done, and that very much includes The Satanic Verses. If anyone's looking for remorse, you can stop reading right here," he writes. 'It's a dream'Rushdie says that, two days before the attack, he had a dream of being attacked by a gladiator with a spear in a Roman amphitheater, and didn't want to attend the talk. "And then I thought, 'Don't be silly. It's a dream,'" he told CBS in a recent interview. He was also paid "generously" for the event, he says, and needed the money for home repairs. Rushdie had been invited to talk about protecting writers whose lives have been threatened -- an irony not lost on him. "It just turned out not to be a safe space for me," he told CBS. In the book, Rushdie says he has experienced nightmares in the wake of the attack. Suzanne Nossel, of free speech advocacy group PEN America, said they were eager to hear the full story. "A master storyteller, Salman has held this narrative close until now, leaving us to marvel from a distance at his courage and resilience," she said. 'Lightness'Rushdie, who was born in Mumbai but moved to England as a boy, was propelled into the spotlight with his second novel "Midnight's Children" (1981), which won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize for its portrayal of post-independence India. But "The Satanic Verses" brought him far greater, mostly unwelcome, attention. The atheist author, whose parents were non-practising Muslims, was forced to go underground. He was granted police protection in Britain, following the murder or attempted murder of his translators and publishers, and moved repeatedly while in hiding. Rushdie only began to emerge from his life on the run in the late 1990s after Iran said it would not support his assassination. He became a fixture on the international party circuit, even appearing in films such as "Bridget Jones's Diary" and US television sitcom "Seinfeld". The author has been married five times and has two children. His 21st novel, "Victory City", was completed just before the attack and released in 2023. He has revisited the Chautauqua Institution, where the near-fatal event was held, writing in the book that the trip was cathartic. "As we stood there in the stillness, I realized that a burden had lifted from me somehow, and the best word I could find for what I was feeling was lightness," he writes.

16 April,2024 05:19 PM IST | New York | AFP
A five-piece silver tea set, Grish Chunder Dutt, Calcutta, circa 1890

Mid-Day Premium What is Mumbai bidding for at this ancient relic auction?

Anticipation mounts as collectors and bidders gear up for the third edition of Todywalla Auctions, offering ancient relics and artefacts dating back to as old as 11th century AD. Founded in 1964, the House of Todywallas is a numismatic avant-garde emerging as India’s first Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)-licensed auction house, helming the trade of rare Indian coins. Foraying into classical Indian paintings, sculptures and silver works -- the auctioneers have curated a diverse collection spanning the Deccani, British and Mughal eras along with chased, gilded and engraved relics in Indian silver. Additionally, they have sourced sculptures in stone, metal and wood depicting Vishnu, Goddess Durga, Buddha and more.  Some of the exotic items up for bidding are the face-off between Krishna and Rukma, A ‘sati’ scene, silver paan daan, Sita in Ravana’s palace garden, two Jain illuminated folios, the interiors of the Taj Mahal, bronze sculptures of Druga and Vishnu, a five-piece silver tea set and more. A Durbar scene with an expansive bird's eye view of a kingdom, Awadh, late 18th - early 19th Century Floor bidding opens todayYoung collector Supriya Lahoti is set to bid telephonically as the floor opens today at Rendezvous, Taj Mahal Palace in Colaba. “With a display of over 160 lots, I'm particularly curious to know the top bid for the Mughal era painting named ‘Ladies on a palace terrace celebrate Diwali’ which is valued between 15 to 25 lakh,” Lahoti tells Midday. The imperial artwork is a noteworthy highlight showcasing Diwali being celebrated by a woman and her attendants against the backdrop of fireworks, informs Malcolm Todywalla -- a pioneer in the field of Indian Numismatics. It is attributed to the Mughal painter Muhammad Afzal about whom little is known to date. Adding to the excitement, a counterpart of this painting resides in the Freer Gallery of Art at The Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art in Washington DC. Opaque watercolours with gilding on wasli surrounded by a border of gold rules within which are meandering flowers in gold on a buff background, mounted on a gold flecked album page The next item that piques the bidder’s interest is the 11th-century stone sculpture of Pala Vishnu Stele which exists in immaculate condition -- beholding conch shells and discs in his lower hands, mace and lotus flowers in his upper hands. “A masterpiece of this calibre may invite an obscene sum. We're starting the bidding at 30 lakh, but with the right bidder, it could soar well beyond that, possibly reaching the million mark," opines Anil Keshav who has curated artworks for the upcoming auction.  Chetan Shah (name anonymised at request), a Mumbai-based collector is eyeing the silver work of 'mukhwas' container crafted by Oomersi Mawji from Bhuj in Kutch (circa 1880). Designed like a quail with wings stretched out -- the exotic piece contains openings on the bird's back along with four more openings on the base meant to keep ‘trinkets’ , informs Keshav. A silver ‘mukhwas’ container, Oomersi Mawji, Bhuj, Kutch, circa 1880 Shah is also drawn to the three oval miniature portraits of courtly ladies and musicians which are priced in the range of 2.5 - 3.5 lakh. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Mughal miniature portraits were common, especially the ones depicting Mughal Emperor's profiles and their consorts like Jodha and Akbar, informs Malcolm. It was a Darbar scene that caught this writer’s attention. Within a vast palace complex, above a pool of crystal-clear water - 3 noblemen sit for a discussion. They are accompanied by two retainers with one waving a ceremonial morchal, all dressed in pure white cotton. What makes it special is the bird’s eye of the entire kingdom. The range of this painting is estimated between 8-12 lakh. Also Read: AI skills are a must for better career opportunities; here's why The art of collectingSpeaking about her experience with collectibles, she shares that while bidding, there are items you truly desire and others you bid on hoping for luck. “For the ones you're deeply interested in, there's a sense of anxiety about whether you'll surpass your preset limit or secure it within your budget -- which makes the session incredibly suspenseful and intense.” Lahoti recalls that she has been bidding at the Todywalla Auctions since their first edition. “My first collection was actually from Toddywalla's. It was a painting, a Dhanvantri, from their inaugural auction. I found something very appealing about that particular painting, and I was determined to acquire it.” Working as a consultant with the Indian Ministry of Culture, she has been collecting relics for the past four years. Growing up in a family deeply rooted in Indian arts, Lahoti has been surrounded by art from a very young age. Her parents are the founders of the Kalakriti Art Gallery in Hyderabad and have their own collection of relics, paintings and ancient Indian artworks.  On the other hand, for an extensive period, Shah and his wife have journeyed across the globe, encountering relics reminiscent of those found in India. They've observed that each country possesses its unique heritage, culture and antique treasures. Their interest extends beyond Indian antiquities as they also avidly collect artefacts from other regions, including Southeast Asia.  Shah adds that while visiting Southeast Asia, one learns that Buddhism holds significant cultural prominence. Consequently, the region boasts a plethora of stone and bronze sculptures akin to those found in Todywalla's collection of Indian statues and sculptures. A Pala black stone relief depicting Durga, Bihar, circa 9th / 10th century Also Read: Books, games and costumes: Why this book club in BKC is a hotspot for Mumbai’s executives and Gen-Z Authenticating relicsMalcolm shares that while curating artworks for the auction, his team keeps in mind three factors:A. it has to be genuineB. it has to be of standard quality C. it must be in good condition To ensure authenticity, Malcolm and his team have assembled a panel of experts, each with specialised knowledge in various areas such as coins, paintings and calligraphy. These experts include academics, collectors and material researchers, all of whom possess extensive experience spanning several decades in the study of Indian antiques and relics. “Once the authenticity of an object is established, we begin our research and collate information for the same. This involves photographing the item, compiling a catalogue, seeking details of the makers and then returning it to the dealer. Before finalising the catalogue, we analyse the items as per standards set by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).”  This process is time-consuming and requires significant effort as the team meticulously researches each object based on its authenticity, quality, condition and other relevant factors, adds Malcolm. Lahoti concludes by sharing why auctions are an ideal starting point for collectors:1.    There's transparency, as auction prices are public and open to all bidders, reducing the risk of being misled. 2.    Unlike buying from a dealer, where the price estimate could be subjective, auction prices are determined by multiple bidders, providing a more reliable valuation. 3.    Additionally, auction houses conduct due diligence, offering further assurance, particularly beneficial for inexperienced buyers like myself. Three oval Mughal miniature portraits of a courtly lady and musicians, Delhi, c. 1780

16 April,2024 10:27 AM IST | Mumbai | Ainie Rizvi
AI fundamentals allow applicants to remain competitive, adapt to industry trends, and contribute effectively to their organisation's success in the digital age. Photo Courtesy: iStock

Mid-Day Premium AI skills for better career prospects: Experts share key tips

Be it to draft emails or generate images, the advent of Artificial Intelligence or AI has undoubtedly simplified most of our daily tasks. Today, one can make a presentation using AI, edit pictures using AI-enabled applications, or even create music with the help of AI tools.  Although the fear of job losses due to AI is still ripe, experts suggest joining hands with the technology to improve work efficiency and productivity. Most companies today encourage employees to develop AI skills and use them to their best potential. This has made it necessary for employees – freshers and experienced, to understand AI and equip themselves with relevant AI skills.  “Companies across sectors are adopting AI rapidly. Further,  AI is transforming industries at a fast pace. It is only natural for employers to expect employees to understand, collaborate with, and benefit from AI tools,” says Sonia Kutty, senior vice president of people and Culture at Quest Global, an engineering services firm.  Adding to this, Ajay Yadav, co-founder of Simplified, an AI content creation startup, says, “Familiarity with AI is a big consideration for us in today’s day and age. AI is on the path of being an integral part of our lives. We are already starting to live in an AI-driven world. When hiring new employees, I do expect applicants to possess AI skills. It shows if they are ready to accept the new technology.”  Also Read: Artificial intelligence can assist, not replace us in treating cardiovascular diseases: Cardiologists “As per the November 2023 report by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, only 26 per cent of organisations in India are fully prepared for AI, and 95 per cent of organisations have a well-defined AI strategy. The report is a positive sign for the young generation of the country. With the Indian government and national and international private organisations investing money into the development and upkeep of the AI infrastructure, India is on the path of becoming one of the world leaders in the area,” shares Vinay Kumar, associate professor at Thapar School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology.  To understand the relevance of AI skills in one’s career and how employees and freshers can develop these skills, Mid-day.com conversed with industry experts and educators who share tips on how to stay relevant in the AI-driven world.   What are the top skills employers look for in applicants? Saras Malik, chief people officer, Artemis Hospital, Gurugram states, ‘When considering job applicants, the top five skills, including AI and technological proficiency, that are prioritised are adaptability, critical thinking, communication, technical expertise, and creativity.”  Adaptability is necessary in the ever-evolving landscape of technology. Critical thinking ensures problem-solving abilities, necessary for innovation. Effective communication fosters collaboration and clarity in conveying complex ideas.  Technical expertise, especially in AI and relevant technologies, is essential in many industries today. Lastly, creativity drives innovation and the ability to think innovatively, tackling new challenges and staying ahead in competitive markets.  These skills together allow people to thrive in dynamic work environments and contribute meaningfully to their teams and organisations. Commenting on the relevance of AI skills, Malik stresses, “Possessing AI skills is increasingly important for job applicants due to the growing integration of AI technologies across various industries. AI skills enable individuals to leverage data-driven insights, automate processes, enhance decision-making, and develop innovative solutions. As AI continues to shape the future of work, job roles are evolving to require proficiency in AI tools, algorithms, and techniques. Whether in software development, marketing, finance, healthcare, or other fields, understanding AI fundamentals allows applicants to remain competitive, adapt to industry trends, and contribute effectively to their organisation's success in the digital age.”  Also Read: How women in artificial intelligence are breaking stereotypes Will AI lead to loss of jobs? Kumar states, “Since AI systems can perform routine and mundane jobs with high accuracy and efficiency, they can pose a threat to the jobs. However, if employees keep up with their skills and learn new technological avenues, it will be easier to be relevant and employable in the challenging future.”  Kutty further elaborates, “While some jobs will be automated, new opportunities will emerge. The key is to prepare for this change by developing adaptability, and critical thinking skills, and working effectively with AI technologies. New job roles focusing on developing, maintaining, and managing AI systems have already emerged. This includes data scientists, AI ethicists, and specialists in human-AI collaboration.  AI can accelerate innovation across various industries, leading to the creation of new products, services, and entire industries, fostering new job markets.”  Sharing his thoughts, Yadav states, “The only thing AI will put at risk is anything that isn’t ready to compete with the advancements. We are moving away from ‘who does the job’ to ‘getting the job done’. If someone possesses a range of AI skills, that person may replace a person lacking AI skills. So no, I don’t believe that AI will replace jobs, but rather those unwilling to view this as an opportunity.”  How to develop AI skills? The thought of developing or learning AI skills can be overwhelming. Kutty recommends doing the following:  1. Start with the basics. Explore specific areas of interest, and continuously practice and learn.  2. Make use of online courses, listen to podcasts and webinars and stay up-to-date by reading industry publications.  3. Participate in competitions like hackathons and ideathons.  4. Make use of platforms like GitHub to contribute to open-source AI projects. This allows you to learn from experienced developers and build your portfolio.  5. You can create personal AI projects to enhance your understanding and showcase your skills to potential employers.  6. Connect with people working in the AI field through online communities, meetups, or conferences.  7. The field of AI is constantly evolving. Stay updated with the latest advancements and keep learning new skills to remain competitive in the job market. How can employees apply AI skills in their daily tasks?According to Malik, employees can maximise the benefits of AI to improve their work efficiency by integrating AI-powered tools and techniques into their workflow.  This involves automating repetitive tasks to free up time for more strategic work, leveraging AI algorithms for data analysis to extract valuable insights, and utilising personalised recommendation systems to access relevant resources efficiently.  Furthermore, he adds, “AI-driven natural language processing tools can enhance communication and understanding, while predictive analytics allow proactive decision-making based on future trends. Virtual assistants and chatbots powered by AI streamline communication and customer service, further enhancing productivity.” “Additionally, continuous learning through AI-powered platforms allows employees to update their skills and stay updated on emerging technologies and industry trends, fostering professional growth and adaptability. By leveraging the power of AI in these ways, employees can optimise their performance, increase productivity, and contribute more effectively to the success of their organisations.” Also Read: AI in Healthcare: How Indian apps and platforms aim to transform healthcare using technology How does this help improve career trajectory? According to Malik, “Developing AI skills can significantly elevate a person's career path by enhancing their competitiveness, versatility, and value in the job market.”  AI skills are in high demand across various industries, making people proficient in AI technologies highly sought after by employers. Possessing AI skills allows employees to contribute to cutting-edge projects, drive innovation, and solve complex problems, readying them for advancement opportunities and leadership roles within their organisations. Additionally, AI skills empower employees to stay relevant in a rapidly evolving job market. As automation and AI continue to reshape industries, people with AI proficiency are better equipped to adapt to changing job requirements and emerging trends.  AI skills facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration and interdisciplinary problem-solving, allowing employees to work effectively with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and contribute to multidisciplinary projects. This enhances their professional network and opens up new opportunities for career advancement and professional growth. By developing AI skills, employees can upskill, expand their career prospects, and position themselves as valuable assets in the dynamic workforce. What factors must you keep in mind when using AI at work? One common mistake that employees working with AI make, is having a generic approach towards the AI tool. Yadav says, “One must not be generic when interacting with AI models. You need to give the AI tools specific and detailed prompts to get the best results.”  Further, Kutty shares, “When using AI tools, you must also ensure the tool you use adheres to data privacy regulations and handles sensitive data securely.”  What are the limitations of AI? Like any technology, AI has its limitations. Yadav points out, “The biggest limitation of AI is that it cannot do everything by itself. We’re not there yet and maybe someday we will be, but people need to work with AI and view it as a symbiotic relationship where technology and humans partner up to make the output better.”  Lastly, Kumar states, “AI models work on existing data. Although cutting-edge generative AI models are capable of generating text, images, audio and videos which are non-existent, these resources do not have the capability of thinking innovatively. A second major limitation is the non-availability of data in regional languages or art forms that hampers the capabilities of these AI models. However, with the fast-paced progress in the field, researchers will create solutions in these areas too.”

16 April,2024 09:34 AM IST | Mumbai | Aakanksha Ahire
The much-hyped lovebirds were seen twirling and singing at Coachella music festival 2024

Taylor and beau Travis spotted dancing at Coachella 2024

Ahead of Coachella rumors swirled over a potential Taylor Swift appearance, she's collaborated on music with Lana Del Rey, Jack Antonoff and Ice Spice, and the Swifties thought perhaps one of those acts would invite her onstage. She didn't perform but she did show, watching rock band Bleachers - her longtime producer Jack Antonoff is the frontman from the corner of backstage and Bronx rapper Ice Spice from the VIP section. Swift and beau Travis Kelce, the NFL tight end who recently won the Super Bowl, twirled, swayed and kissed as they enjoyed the spectacle, for once, as fans. Kelce's blocking skills came in handy as the 6'5" (1.96 meters) NFL tight end did well to obscure his wildly famous girlfriend from view, as the couple enjoyed the show from stage right. The much-hyped lovebirds were seen twirling and singing along during the performance of Antonoff, who's co-written and produced a number of Swift's albums. Fan videos quickly started circulating online. Swift's appearance comes less than a week before her forthcoming album, "The Tortured Poets Department," drops April 19. The 34-year-old billionaire is currently on break from her blockbuster Eras tour and was spotted on a date night in Los Angeles Friday. Antonoff founded and has fronted Bleachers since 2014, meanwhile becoming one of the most sought-after producers in pop who has worked with superstars including Swift, Lana Del Rey and Lorde. Billie Eilish -- who joined Del Rey onstage Friday -- was spotted at Tyler, The Creator's headlining set the next day, also doing her own unscheduled performance at the festival's Do Lab, debuting three new tracks from her forthcoming album "Hit Me Hard And Soft." Olivia Rodrigo dropped in for No Doubt, with other cameos including Ke$ha and Katy Perry. Denim, big-buckle belts, airy white tops and dresses embroidered with lace rounded out the Americana theme that comes as much of pop leans country, led by none other than Beyonce whose countrifed album has caused searches for cowboy-inspired fashion to spike. 1990s-style punk and skater fashion including leather, plaid and goth-lite lace was also all the rage, in line with the alt-rock nostalgia evident onstage. Also Read: Diljit Dosanjh celebrates Guru Gobind Singh's greatness in Baisakhi song

15 April,2024 05:14 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Festivalgoers enjoy the Dolab during the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Image Courtesy: AFP

Shakira, Taylor Swift, Men in Black? Here are Coachella 2024 takeaways

Coachella's first weekend boasted buzzy guest appearances, a diverse slate of Latino acts and an indie rock revival, along with the premier desert festival's barely there fashion with a heavy dose of Americana. Here's a rundown of the weekend's takeaways: Latino prideShakira, Peso Pluma, J Balvin: this year's edition of Coachella 2024 was decidedly dominated by Latin American acts hailing from a wide variety of countries and a diverse spectrum of genres. Latin representation has grown significantly in recent years at Coachella, and yet another strong showing in 2024 indicated that such bookings are becoming less an anomaly and more so the standard as Latin music continues to dominate global charts. Last year's Coachella made history as Bad Bunny became the first-ever Spanish-language headliner.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Coachella (@coachella)   And this year Argentina's star producer Bizarrap surprised fans by bringing out collaborator Shakira for a rager of a performance, as Peso Pluma took the main stage with his unique blend of regional Mexican ballads mixed with Latin rap and reggaeton. Puerto Rico's Young Miko, Cuba's Cimafunk, Ecuador's Hermanos Gutierrez, and a smattering of artists from Mexico including Son Rompe Pera, Carin Leon and Girl Ultra were among the lengthy list of Latino performers representing at the festival. And Balvin brought out Will Smith, who wore dark glasses and a suit to perform the "Men In Black" theme. Taylor Swift spotted Ahead of Coachella rumors swirled over a potential Taylor Swift appearance, she's collaborated on music with Lana Del Rey, Jack Antonoff and Ice Spice, and the Swifties thought perhaps one of those acts would invite her onstage. She didn't perform but she did show, watching rock band Bleachers - her longtime producer Jack Antonoff is the frontman from the corner of backstage and Bronx rapper Ice Spice from the VIP section. Swift and beau Travis Kelce, the NFL tight end who recently won the Super Bowl, twirled, swayed and kissed as they enjoyed the spectacle, for once, as fans. Next weekend she could always hop onstage to promote her album that drops on April 19, when Coachella will repeat more or less the same line-up. And while she was the most-discussed, Swift was far from the only celeb sighting at Coachella, a playground for the rich and famous. Billie Eilish -- who joined Del Rey onstage Friday -- was spotted at Tyler, The Creator's headlining set the next day, also doing her own unscheduled performance at the festival's Do Lab, debuting three new tracks from her forthcoming album "Hit Me Hard And Soft." Olivia Rodrigo dropped in for No Doubt, with other cameos including Ke$ha and Katy Perry.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Coachella (@coachella)   88rising showcase The music and media company 88rising, which gained prominence as a platform and label geared primarily at promoting Asian American artists, held a special showcase for the second time, featuring performances from J-pop groups Yoasobi, ATARASHII GAKKO! and Number_i, Japanese hip-hop artist Awich, Korean-American rapper Tiger JK, Chinese pop star Xin Lu, and Korean rapper Yoonmirae. ATARASHII GAKKO! and Yoasobi also played their own sets. This year another history-maker took the stage, albeit virtually: screaming fans turned out for Japan's famed singer Hatsune Miku - a vocaloid software voicebank whose personification is a teen with turquoise pigtails. Indie rock returns Alien memory neutraliser Smith was the keystone of the return to the 1990s, after Coachella's Saturday lineup offered a blast from the past in the form of alt-rock, recalling the roots it came from. No Doubt the group fronted by Gwen Stefani played together for the first time in 15 years, playing a lengthy show including 1990s hits including "Just a Girl" and "Don't Speak." Blur also took the stage as did Sublime, the stoner reggae rock group now fronted by Jakob Nowell, son of the band's late frontman Brad. Vampire Weekend whose hits include "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" — also returned to the desert for a surprise performance, bringing none other than Paris Hilton onstage during a 15-minute honky tonk mash-up.           View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Coachella (@coachella)   Assless chaps, rimless glasses Hilton wasn't the only one at Coachella going cowboycore: western hats and boots were all the rage along with fringe, studs, vests and even the occasional assless chaps. Denim, big-buckle belts, airy white tops and dresses embroidered with lace rounded out the Americana theme that comes as much of pop leans country, led by none other than Beyonce whose countrifed album has caused searches for cowboy-inspired fashion to spike. 1990s-style punk and skater fashion including leather, plaid and goth-lite lace was also all the rage, in line with the alt rock nostalgia evident onstage. Of course, much of the desert fashion at Coachella involved wearing as little as possible -- sheer sheaths over bikinis and mesh over nipple covers were common, as were string thongs peeking out from low-rise jeans in a vision straight out of Y2K. The throwback to the early 2000s also applied to eyewear: Coachella attendees watched the world through rose-colored glasses of the wrap-around, rectangular and rimless varieties. Also Read: Met Gala 2024: What to expect from fashion's biggest night

15 April,2024 04:39 PM IST | Mumbai | AFP
In the film, Diljit essays the titular role of the highest-selling Punjabi artiste of all time

Diljit Dosanjh celebrates Guru Gobind Singh's greatness in Baisakhi song

Punjabi superstar Diljit Dosanjh celebrated Baisakhi by releasing a devotional song, 'Baaj Te Ghoda', recalling the consecration of the Khalsa Panth by Guru Gobind Singhji on this day in 1699. The song references the popular image of the Tenth Guru riding a white stallion with a hawk on his right hand. The actor-singer took to his Instagram on Saturday to share a video of himself paying a visit to the Gurudwara. In the video, the superstar can be seen dressed in a white kurta and pajamas, with a ceremonial yellow turban to complete the look. The video conveys the spiritual ambiance of the Gurudwara with many people offering their prayers, and singers singing to the tune of the harmonium. Diljit sat in silence with his eyes closed. In the caption, Diljit shares the refrain of the song penned by the celebrated young Punjabi poet, Harmanjeet Singh. It reads: "That is the time when the real Baisakhi happens when the Dhur (Servant of the Lord) arises from within. To attain the sight of the hawk and the horse millions of rishi-munis would be prepared to sacrifice their lives." Diljit signed off with: "Millions of congratulations to all the friends on the occasion of Baisakhi." The popular actor-singer has been riding high on success. Not long ago, he surprised his fans with his performance alongside the pop star Ed Sheeran at the latter’s Mumbai concert, and now his recent streaming movie 'Amar Singh Chamkila' has been getting rave reviews from the audience and critics alike. In the film, Diljit essays the titular role of the highest-selling Punjabi artiste of all time, who was murdered along with his wife Amarjot Kaur by assailants for singing allegedly vulgar songs. 'Amar Singh Chamkila' has been directed by Imtiaz Ali and also stars Parineeti Chopra opposite Diljit. Also Read: Beer bottle chaas to Piyush: Try these 9 refreshing summer drinks in Mumbai This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

13 April,2024 05:04 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
Australian DJ FISHER performed at the Dome NSCI SVP Stadium in Worli on April 12. Photo Courtesy: Sunburn

Australian DJ FISHER mesmerises Indian audiences in Mumbai on Friday in Worli

Grammy-nominated Aussie DJ and platinum recording producer FISHER (real name Paul Fisher), enthralled a legion of Indian fans at his first-ever standalone performance produced by Sunburn on Friday. The Australian DJ's electrifying showcase at Dome NSCI SVP Stadium in Mumbai last night was a resounding success, leaving a captivated over 9,000 strong attendees wanting more. The tech house star delivered a night of pure energy and artistic brilliance, solidifying his position as a force to be reckoned with and his growing relevance within the Indian electronic dance market. The crowd went crazy as he entered saying, “Mumbai”. The venue buzzed with excitement as Fisher took the stage, belting out his powerful anthem hits such as ‘Losing It’, ‘Take It Off’, ‘Stop It’, ‘Crowd Control’ and ‘Freaks’ spanning across two-hour after-hours set with support from local gems such as Candice Redding, REALMM, AXL Stace, Art Storm, Afterall and Almost Human. Fisher's musical prowess and creative vision shone through, leaving the audience happy. FISHER states, “India! Thank you for being absolutely amazing and I look forward to seeing my Indian fans soon. I enjoyed my time in Mumbai. I watched the cricket match in the stadium, explored the shopping streets of Colaba, relished some masala chai and vada pav at Marine Drive, and caught the sunset at Gateway Of India’’ Karan Singh, CEO, Sunburn states, “The event was a super success and we managed to pull off a one-of-its-kind showcase with a hotly anticipated house and techno global music act, setting a new precedent within the live event dance music industry of India.” Known for his wild sense of humour and energetic DJing style, the Australian has become quite popular over the years. Sending him into the spotlight, his breakout track ‘Losing It’ earned him his first Grammy nomination. The track has now amassed well over half a billion streams. In 2024, he continues to captivate audiences, bringing his signature parties, groundbreaking shows and contagious energy to the world. In 2023, FISHER released multiple hit records including ‘Yeah The Girls’ and ‘Take It Off’; the latter being the mega dance hit with AATIG which achieved placement on BBC Radio 1 ‘B List’ Playlist and over 50 million streams on Spotify. FISHER’s following single ‘Atmosphere’ ft. Kita Alexander was one of the dance anthems of the summer after its explosion on TikTok - After his show stealing performance at Coachella, alongside Chris Lake, the record, combining soaring synths and irresistibly catchy lead vocals over a pulsating uptempo groove, ‘Atmosphere’ amassed 3 million Spotify streams in its first week alone. FISHER is already on a roll in 2024 with a weekly Hi Ibiza residency, a TAO Vegas residency and major headline appearances set for Cardiff, London, New York, San Francisco and Mumbai to name a few. He is also set to debut his iconic Under Construction Show with Chris Lake at Ultra Miami, and Parklife Manchester. FISHER's second installment of his curated festival TRIIP in Malta will take place in June, with a huge lineup featuring, Paco Osuna, Solardo and many more. The Australian DJ is also set to bring his very own OUT 2 LUNCH Festival to his hometown of Gold Coast, Australia selling out 30,000 tickets in the first day. When it comes to FISHER there are no limits.

13 April,2024 04:38 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll known mononymously as Shakira, is a Colombian singer and songwriter

Shakira announces late 2024 tour dates after surprise performance at Coachella

Singer Shakira gave a surprise performance as she joined Bizarrap at Coachella and also announced her tour for late 2024. Shakira joined Bizarrap about half an hour into his set, suddenly appearing behind him, wearing a fiery red-orange dress and giant aviator sunglasses, on an elevated platform behind him, reports variety.com. The music paused for a moment as she spoke with the audience in Spanish and English, announcing their forthcoming tour and revealing the meaning behind the message she had teased earlier in the day, "La loba se viene" (the wolf is coming). The message appeared on the screen behind the stage, and as she announced the tour, it was revealed as the "Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran World Tour," reflecting the name of her new album. "Finally, we’re going on tour - starting here, in November!” she said. “Starting here, this November, in this city! Can’t wait!” Coachella will continue through Friday night with a final performance from headlining artist Lana Del Rey. The weekend will continue with Saturday headliner Tyler, the Creator, and a final closing set with Doja Cat on Sunday. Also Read: Beer bottle chaas to Piyush: Try these 9 refreshing summer drinks in Mumbai This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

13 April,2024 12:01 PM IST | Mumbai | IANS
American saxophonist Vanessa Collier was in Mumbai in February as a part of the all-women lineup for the Mahindra Blues Festival. Photo Courtesy: Mahindra Blues Festival

Mid-Day Premium ‘Music industry has double standards -- a woman has to be twice as good'

If you were at the Mahindra Blues Festival 2024 in February, then you definitely witnessed livewire American singer and saxophonist Vanessa Collier showcasing her best on the Soulstrat Saloon stage on the first day. Belting out her songs like ‘Bloodhound’ and ‘Two Parts Sugar, One Part Lime’ among others, it was nothing short of a party for 90 minutes. Collier, who loves to bring high-energy and passionate performances full of her saxophone and fluid songwriting and storytelling mesmerised the audience as she owned every minute on the stage. It was visible as they grooved to her music, some being introduced to it earlier, others listening to it for the first time, yet high on her energy and music.  Having previously performed in the US, South America and Europe, it was the first time she was coming to India, but it felt like she connected with the audience almost immediately. In the process, she has now made a fanbase in India forever with her powerful vocals and music. Incidentally, it also happened to be the first-time that the festival had an all-women lineup, as more and more festivals try to adopt the move, this one showcased blues music in India like never before.  In the past, the festival has seen the likes of Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal among others who have taken to the stage. However, this year had a star-studded lineup including India’s very own Tipriti Kharbangar and Chicago Hall of Fame singer Sheryl Youngblood, among others. Collier, who loved every part of being on the stage, shared a natural camaraderie with the other women powerhouses on and off the stage. Finding blues music with a saxophoneSo, how does it feel to be a part of an all-women lineup? “I have been performing on my own since 2014 and this is a remarkable thing because it doesn’t even happen in the US and hasn’t happened since the Lilith Fair. At most festivals, it is just one woman. It is really amazing to come and this whole lineup being women is such a powerful statement for the scene moving forward,” shares Collier, who speaks to this writer a day before the festival in Mumbai for an exclusive chat. At the festival, she was joined by Laura Chavez on guitar, Scot Sutherland on bass, Byron Cage on drums and vocal.  While the American has been performing on her own only since the last decade, she has been a saxophonist for longer and close to two decades. Over time, she has seen a lot of change in Blues music and has been instrumental in at least one aspect if not more. She shares, “It is expanding to include more things. There are traditional Blues people who want to keep it the same way it is. I think it is a beautiful thing to protect the lineage and heritage, but the Blues sparked so many other different things. So, I think you have to include all the other people that want to be expanding it a little bit more. I usually play saxophone music, which is not traditionally what you expect in Blues music because it is all about guitar.” Maybe it was meant to be for Collier, who is an absolute ball of energy on stage because she was attracted to the wind instrument after she heard someone play it on a TV show and begged her mother to get her one. “I literally begged my mom for six months,” shares Collier, laughing while narrating, “before she finally said, ‘fine, we’ll rent one’. I had quit(learning) the piano very quickly and she could have been like, ‘yeah, she’ll toss it away’ but I am very grateful that she gave it a shot and I love playing the instrument.” It paid off because over the years, she has now been nominated for several Blues Music Awards, given by the Blues Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation set up to foster the heritage of blues music; she has won 'Instrumental - Horn' in 2019 and 2020 too. It is only a few of the many accolades that she has won over the years, others include those for her songwriting. Being a woman in blues music may change thisNow that she has mastered the art and continues to play, beyond having a music festival with an all-women lineup, even the number of women playing and singing blues music has been on the rise, but Collier believes that has been happening since some time now. She traces, “The community has been growing since the likes of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bonnie Raitt and that lineage and is being passed down. I think more women are willing to be up here with the guys. I do think it is predominantly a male genre but there are definitely more women in it than before.” Sharing the stage with some of the best women in the scene, the American is probably the youngest but believes the stage is equal. “I think everybody can learn from everybody. I am always eager to learn things from whoever I can around me. People who have been on stage for 20-30 years have a certain kind of refinement and it is always great to learn. And us all being women, we have a different but also similar experience of going through the music industry, which can be very sexist,” shares Collier, who was seen busy enjoying some laughs with the other performers. Together they looked like a bunch of friends not only celebrating their sisterhood but also music.However, she highlights that sexism prevails in more ways than one not only in other sub-cultures of music but also the blues. Taking the positive out of it, she says it only motivates female singers and musicians to bring out their best in every show. She shares, “There is this double standard in the music industry that being a woman you have to be twice as good and cannot have an off day, you can’t look a mess, you are just given a shorter leash. It pushes us to bring out everything to every show.” This, she says, often leads to women being the stand outs on festival lineups. “There are also great things happening to women, and it is kind of time for us to take charge,” she adds.  Leading from the front among the younger musicians not only in the music but to talk about sexism in the industry, Collier has had the opportunity to travel the world with some great musicians and perform with them, and India was only the latest pitstop. “I have had many great opportunities. I came out of my last year of college, and I had the opportunity to tour with Joe Lewis Walker and he took me to Turkey for a month and that was one of my first experiences out of the country. I then had the opportunity to go to Europe and nowIndia because I never knew I would get here.” Just like learning from musicians around her, the American powerhouse says she likes to soak up the culture of the place she is performing in. She shares, “I realise how many languages I want to learn every time I travel.”Collier has released several albums over the years including Heart Soul & Saxophone (2014), Meeting My Shadow (2017), Honey Up (2018) and Heart on the Line (2020). Even as she tours the world, Collier is currently busy working on songs for a new record. “I am hopefully planning to release it in September. I am still writing it and trying to formulate how it is going to be. People can always accept a lot of storytelling from me and a lot of it is from my personal life and stories of how I grew up and true to the tradition and that is what I am aiming for every time,” she concludes.

13 April,2024 10:30 AM IST | Mumbai | Nascimento Pinto
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