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"Angad! Angad! My God abhi tak tayar nahin ho?", Shabbir is hurrying Angad who is getting ready in formal attire in his bedroom. Angad stopped whatever he is doing and turned back to Shabbir. "I think I'm getting ready. Am I not?", Angad asked showing hands pointing himself. Shabbir nodded his head and says,"okay Okay I'm sorry but jaldi karo yaar" he settled in sofa in the corner of the room. Angad turned to mirror and involved in getting ready.
Angad is owner of a upcoming music production company. Shabbir is music manager.
Who has a responsibility including development, getting a booking agent for tours, developing a great promotional package, creating the artists image including wardrobe & stage presence, getting the artist a web site, songs, producers, studio time, publishing, publicity, etc.
He is the best friend of Angad who trusts and shares everything from personal to business matters. Shabbir by profession is a lawyer and maintains responsibility of Angad's legal matters and managing his music industry.
Angad is a music producer who by himself is a rockstar.
They are going to attend a dance program for which shabbir got invitation. Angad came just two days ago from US after finishing his two month international concerts.
Angad and Shabbir started to the concert. Angad is silently driving and shabbir is checking his watch every second impatiently.
"hum kahan kis concert pe jaarahey hai abb bhi batana chahogey ki nahin ", Angad asked with blaming tone.
Shabbir angrily looks at Angad."haan kyon nahin Lod saab abb itni jaldi bhi kya hai wahan jaake sab patha chal jayega na" Shabbir answered compliantly.
Angad laughed loudly and said,"arey Shabbir kiske concert hai yaar itna betaab ho rahey ho".
Angad was busy in these two days with settling down at home and couldn't go to office and Shabbir hurried him to the program today. Angad is not awre of the information on program.
"Hai ek ladki ka wo humarey company ki naya Record label A&R hai" Shabbir answered slowly giving up hopes of reaching the place at time.
The record label A&R position is probably one of the most hectic jobs in the music business. A&R stands for Artists & Repertoire. The main function of a record label A&R is to help their artists creatively while helping the record company financially by signing hit acts and developing them. They are usually music industry professionals that are hired to oversee the entire recording process which includes finding the right songs for their artist, working with the right music producers, finding the right recording studio, etc.
Angad looked at Shabbir surprisingly and says,"Lady for Record Label"? And she is giving performances. ? yeh kya hai shabbir? Humarey company band karney pe tuley huvey kya?"
Shabbir looked at Angad with frustration and asks,"kabhi aisa huva kya mere kaam nakam rahey? Wo bahut hi talented artist hai. Honors in Music both karnatik, and Hindustani, Diploma in Dances such as kuchipudi, bharatnatyam, kathak, odyssey. She did diploma in audio engineering in Citrus college, Los Angeles.
Angad laughed at Shabbir who is non-stop defending himself in selecting a lady for Record Label. "okay! Okay! Now I'm impressed at your ability on selecting her. Abb bathao kahan jana hai", Angad smiled.
Shabbir hit his head and says,"bhoolgayey? Common Angad spoonfeeding bahooth hogaya..think on your own…It's Ravindrabharati, cultural auditorium.
Angad and Shabbir came to Hyderabad to select some artists for their company and they gottu go for this program one of the nice evenings. Hyderabad is the capital city, metropolitan city of Andhra Pradesh, South India.
The program manager of Natyakala Company, welcomed both and took into the hall. Shabbir enquired if the program started. He told it has just begun. Shabbir showed an angry look on Angad. Angad ignored and walked silently into the hall. No sooner they entere than they were given a pamphlet of the days cultural program timetable. Angad looked at the brochure but couldn't read any as the lights went off to begin the show. They were stopped at the half way into the hall when 10 teenagers started the program with Ganesh puja on the stage.
Once the puja dance finished the program manager took them to the front rows reserved for them. He introduced Mr.Nishant Saxena, program organizer and husband of the performer. Nishant shook hands of both and introduced himself formally.
"Aap thodasa der kardi nahin tho main meri biwi se mila paatha. She is very talented and I came all the way from US to organize this programme with sponsorship of Natyakala company",.Nishant explained.
Angad and Shabbir settled in their seats and Angad is about to open his brochure to find out the details of the program and again the lights were off to the next program. He is thinking that the performer must be very well known as he observed the arrangements in grand manner.
There is a setting of rajbhavan and dance stage. The music started. The performer/dancer came in sindoor red bharatnatyam dress with red duppatta covering her face in dance steps and stood with pose at the center. The song started…….Amrapali:
Hum khoyey khoyey rahthey hai ho ho ho ooo…….
The dancer started doing steps and removed the duppatta………Neel gagan ki chao meinDin rain gale se milthey haiDil panchi ban ud jaatha hai
Hum khoyey khoyey rahthey hai Ho Oo Oo Oo
"Kripa!" Angad moved front in his chair. Shabbir stopped him by putting his hand on his thy. Angad looked at shabbir confusingly. Angad's face is filled with surprise and pain. The song and dance continued. Kripa is dancing without interruption and immersed into the dance. Her face is full of glow and admiration, excitement in involving at her performance. The whole audience is mesmerized to her dance and melodious voice.Jab phool koyi musquatha haiPreetam ki sugandh aajathi haiLas las main bawar ka chaltha haimadhumaas jalan kalapathi haiYaadon ki nadi ghir aathi haiHar mouz mein Humko behthey haiDil panchi ban ud jaatha haiHum khoyey khoyey rahthey hai !!Neel Gagan!!
Silence filled everywhere except the music and dance on the stage. Angad is admiringly looking at Kripa and puzzled. He leaned back of the chair and put his hand on chin, folded his left leg on right. Flashbacks are flashing in front of his eyes. Shabbir is surprised for Angad's reaction and wondering if he has something more to know about Angad's life.Kehtha hai samay ka ujiyaraEk chandre bhi aanewala haiIn joth ki pyasi akhiyan koAkhiyonse pilane wala haiJab paath hawan se bajthey haiHum chownk ke rahe tak they haiDil panchi ban ud jaatha hai
Hum khoyi khoyi rehthey hai !!Neel Gagan
The dance is done and Kripa went back stage. Angad is still in trance and looking blankly at the stage. Lights are on and Shabbir brought him into senses.
Angad is startled and looked at Shabbir. Shabbir asked him about the matter. Angad nodded his head "kuch nahin" and rubbed his face with his right palm. Nishant came to them and asked to follow him so he could introduce Kripa before the next program start. Angad is hesitating and Shabbir took him inside. Nishant knocked the green room door and Kripa responded that she is changing. They waited for a moment. Kripa came out wearing a white chiffon sari embroidered with glass work with matching pearl set of jewelry. Red lipstick, black eye liner is giving brightness to her fair complex face. Black beads mangalsutra is hanging around neck.
"Kripa! Meet Mr.Angad and Mr.Shabbir." "Mere biwi aur famous dancer –cum- classical singer" Nishant introduced all of them. Kripa surprised and her eyes lit with brightness of happiness and wished them looking deeply into Angad's eyes. Angad is stunned and staring at her as he got back his lost valuables. Shabbir smiled at her and introduced himself as her new work's manager. Kripa nodded her head and said that she recognized him. She turned to Angad and Shabbir introduced him as he just returned from his international trip. Kripa nodded her head and admiringly looking at Angad. Both forgot the entire surroundings and staring at each other. Shabbir is embarrassed and worried if Nishant notices it and took Angad out. Kripa also told that it's getting late for her performance.
Kripa is supposed to sing a bunch of songs from her collection of ghazals and bhajans after dance performance. She started singing on the stage.
Angad walked out and went to the car without stopping anywhere. Shabbir followed him. "kya hua Angad! How do you know her? Is there something new I dint know about you?'"
Angad looked at Shabbir sitting in front of steering and nodded his face "Haan Shabbir something new, strange, past,Wo Kripa Gayatri maami ki beti.. Hum donon kuch khaas dost nahin they magar Wo mere dil ke kareeb hai. We never know much about each other but we were close. She loves me" and paused a while and continued nodding his head " no no wrong ..she used to love me" took a cigarette from his car and lit it. Shabbir is confused with his statements. He put his hand on his shoulder. Angad is smoking and sighed loudly and started the car. Shabbir is eagerly waiting for him to continue.
They drove on tank bund, bank of Hussain Sagar, and parked at Lumbini Park. They sat on a bench on the footpath facing the lake. Angad is seriously smoking and looking into water and continued.
"Kripa ki parents Gayatri mami, Surya mama aur hum ek saath aas paas rehthey they. Gayatri mami is very particular about certain things and very strong on Kripa's career as cl;assical dancer. Mama aur Gayatri maami hamesha ladthe rehthe they. I never been friendly to Kripa and she hardly spoken to me. I never met Kripa for last 3 or 4 years. Mujhe patha bhi nahin tha wo kahan rehthey hai."
"Phir wo achanak kyon yaad agayi?", shabbir asked.
"yaad tho rehthi thi magar hoton pe kabhi nahin ayi kyon ki wo shadi shuda hai aur uski ata patha bhi nahin maloom tha", Angad corrected Shabbir.
"kitna acha gaathi hai", Kripa's song is still ringing in Angad 's ears. Shabbir nodded his head silently.
"Thanks to you for appointing her uske liye kitna intezaar kiya" sighed Angad. Shabbir looked at him puzzled.
"ekbaar kehthey ho tum usse pyar nahin kartha aur again u r saying waiting for her…yeh kya confusion hai Angad!, Shabbir asked.
"Is she coming to work tomorrow?" Angad asked without answering to Shabbir.
"Not sure she suppose to join today but coz of this program she might join later kuch kahn nahin but she asked for sometime to finish her close programmes",Shabbir answered.
"Wo US mein rehthe haina phir yeh job kyon?", Angad asked out his doubts.
Shabbir nodded his head as if he doesn't know the reason..
"Chalo bahut raath hogaya humey subah hi Mumbai nikal na hai meeting ke liye" Shabbir got up to leave. Angad followed him.
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