Ankita Tiwari, Mumbai17 minutes ago
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Renowned lyricist, writer, Ed Guru and poet Prasoon Joshi turned 49 on Wednesday. He was born on 16 September 1971 in Almora district of Uttarakhand. He was awarded the Padma Shri in the year 2015 for his remarkable contribution in the field of writing. On this occasion, while interacting with Dainik Bhaskar, he shared many important things related to his life.
Prasoon said, 'Everyone in my family values literature. Therefore, I was inclined towards literature since childhood. I feel that spirituality and nature have had a deep impact in my life. Nature teaches you to struggle, not to trick you. I belong to a middle class family.
'The life of the mountains is not simple at all. People in Uttarakhand often come in search of spirituality. Just being overwhelmed by seeing nature and learning a lot from it, this is what I did in my childhood and this is reflected in my vocabulary as well. Even today, when I get upset by the Mumbai disaster, I run straight towards Uttarakhand. I turn to the mountains. Even in the Corona period, I went to drive to Rishikesh and spent some time on the banks of the Ganges. '
Inspired by the literature world from mother
He said, 'Actually my mother and my grandmother have encouraged me a lot in my life. I have been very close to my grandmother. He started reading and writing at the age of 19 and retired as the principal of the school. He taught me a lot about folk culture. '
'Talking about literature world, my mother made me grow up by reciting poems of Sumitranandan Pant. Due to which my inclination towards literature remained from the beginning. I believe that in your childhood, what you do till the age of 16 or 17, is your foundation somewhere and literature was established in my foundation.
When he himself made pens by breaking reed wood
'I write my creations on the phone as well, but the real feeling comes only with pen and paper. I remember at the time when I was in Uttarakhand, we used to make pens by cutting the wood of the reed, peeling it in a triangular shape, and when I wrote it by dipping that pen in ink, then the sound coming from that pen was our own pleasure. Was. '
Prasoon Joshi with family.
The first poem written on death
'This was the time when I was 15 years old. I used to study in school and at that time I wrote a poem on death, which I was very appreciative to hear, but another thing was said that maybe I have grown too early and talk serious.
'When I used to write initially, there was a lot of spirituality in it. In my first poem, I described the beauty of death, how we see a beautiful thing without blinking an eyelid and when you see death, your eyelid never blinks, then is death so beautiful? My first book was published at the age of 17.
The journey from books to ad agency
'I had printed one or two books at that time, but I had to work somewhere to run a family because poems cannot fill everyone's stomach. Therefore it was very important to stand on your feet. That's why I did my MBA. After that I started working in an ad agency in Delhi itself. My work was appreciated there.
'I received the International Award even at the Cannes Film Festival because of this I was praised and gradually people started coming to me after seeing my poems. I used to write songs for their albums. At the same time I also wrote songs for Mohit Chauhan's band 'Silk Route'. After that Shubha Mudgal ji approached me to sing 'Ab ke saavan aise barse', so the non-film work was going well. '
It was forbidden to listen to movies
'I had no permission to listen to film songs at home since childhood. Even if someone listened to a film song on the radio, Dad used to say what are you listening to. My father has also mastered music. They used to say listen to Kumar Gandharva. 'My writing and my vocabulary are probably so good because I did not deal with the songs of the films, that is why my writing might reflect purity. Also, my friends from the film world also know that whenever I recite the lyrics of a poem or a song, I always sing it.
Vivekananda's documentary was stunned
'I was traveling in an airplane one time and at that time I was watching a documentary on Swami Vivekananda. In which a part came where he was talking about the Kasar Devi temple of the same Uttarakhand and was recounting the feeling he had by sitting on the rock in front of him. I was stunned to see this because I used to sit on the same rock often for four-five hours, staring at the valley and the words I felt at that time, I cannot tell in words. '
I see life even in lifeless things
'I think there is life in all the things of the world, whether it is inanimate or alive. Like a lamp, we say that the lamp extinguishes, while I think Deepak may have fallen asleep, his flame is tired and now he is asleep. Similarly, when Sanjay Leela Bhansali asked me to write a song for the film 'Black', it was a tuff task for me. That is because the character who is in that film can neither hear, nor can he speak and nor can he see why I wrote the song yes I have seen it by touching. '
Prasoon Joshi with daughter.
First big break from film 'Lajja'
'I was in Delhi at the time when Rajkumar Santoshi ji asked me to write a song for the film' Lajja '. A big deal for me because I was working with two veterans. Where the song for that film was composed by ID Iyer. Bharat Kokila Lata Mangeshkar was the one to sing that song.
Many poems have also been written for Aparna
Talking about his wife Aparna, he said, 'I met Aparna when we both worked for the ad agency. Gradually we came to know that our thoughts are quite similar and then we got married. Today we have a 15-year-old daughter and I have also written some poems for Aparna which she has safely.
Acceptance of the position of Chairman in CBFC
'This was the time when a lot was going on in the Central Board of Film Certification. At that time, when I was called to be its chairman, I felt that there was a need for me and I would be able to balance that position. So I accepted to be the chairman of CBFC in 2017. '
My wife gave the best birthday gift
'On my birthday, I got a call from Kishori Amonkar. She has been my favorite classical musician. I have been a big fan of his. He told me that he had read some of my compositions. I became very emotional on hearing his voice. A few years ago my wife arranged this phone call.