Ek pyar ka nagma hai, maujon ki rawani hai

Zindagi aur kuch bhi nahi teri meri kahani hai

Kuch paakar khona hai, kuch khokar paana hai

Jeevan ka matlab toh aana aur jaana hai

Do pal ke jeevan se ek umar churani hai

Zindagi aur kuch bhi nahi teri meri kahani hai

Ek pyar ka nagma hai

It's a song of love, it's a flow of ecstasy

Life is nothing but a story about you and me

We have to attain something and lose something

The meaning of life is coming and going

We have to steal a lifetime from this short life

Life is nothing but a story about you and me

It's a song of love

Life is nothing but a story about you and me

It's a song of love

Raj Bhavan Childhood...

This song from the film SHOR, I identify with my childhood days

in Rajbhavan. I first heard this song on the street of New Market,

where Me and Mani (my mother) had gone to buy a gift for a

wedding on that very day. My Mani used to sing this song while

arranging things in the house or whenever she was painting a

pot or sewing something. She was a trained Rabindrasangeet

singer but while doing household chores she used to belt out

melodious hindi film songs.

In keeping with Lord Metcalfe’s imperial vision, this meticulously

structured building was specially created away from the rest of

the metropolis, magnificently proportioned amidst acres of

formal gardens. Tall intricately patterned wrought iron gates

with massive lions perched atop reiterated the same regal

majestic message. The ‘plebian’ and the ‘common man’ were

to be kept out of what was the abode of the Governor General,

the symbol of power and might of the monarch and the Throne.

My father served three successive Governors, Shri Dharm Vira, Shri Shanti Swarup Dhawan and Shri Anthony Lancelot

Dias. Childhood was filled with lot of protocols, Raj Bhawan get-to-gethers, music, bonhomie, theatres, movies, adda,

art and culture, literary debates, family outings to Victoria Memorial Hall, Academy of Fine Arts, Diamond Harbour. The

Naxalite movements, 1972 War between India and Pakistan also witnessed with my infant instinct and knowledge. Now

when I administer Prayasam I know from where did I pick meticulous planning, value of time and the rich cultural

insights which have come to me from my family as legacy. The first film I watched in Darjeeling where we used to

accompany my father during the summer was Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. So, my initial grooming was done within a rich

cultural milieu. Which helps me a lot as when I started my career in Prayasam with the children I wanted to pass on this

cultural insights to them but I customized it according to their receiving capacity and interests.

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