Happy New Year!
(Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor, Debbie Reynolds (dubbed by Betty Noyes) sing and dance Good Morning! in the 1952 film Singin’ in the Rain)
A Sunny Day!
(The Three Tenors – Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, José Carreras – sing about their sunny day, O Sole Mio)
Kingdom Choir sings Stand by Me at wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
24 Hours in New York – On the Town
The Ladies Face Another Day
(Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Celine Dion, Gloria Estefan, Mariah Carey, Shania Twain sing Natural Woman in the 1998 Divas concert)
Let It Be
performed by Carol Woods and Timothy T. Mitchum in film Across the Universe
Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette sing
Silver Threads and Golden Needles
Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Dionne Warwick sing
Everything You Touch Is a Song
or long medley with “There’s a Place…”
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
Circle of Life
Happy Birthday Taslima Nasrin!
|Taslima Nasrin (born August 25, 1962) Bangladeshi novelist – Shame (Lajja)
Read about Taslima Nasrin here and here
Nasrin was born to a Muslim family in Bangladesh and studied gynaecology. She started writing at a young age, and her work criticises religion’s oppression of women, and speaks out for human rights.
In 1993, she published ‘Lajja’, which chronicles the trials a Hindu family faces while living in Bangladesh. The book speaks about how badly minorities are treated in Bangladesh, because of which the Bangaldeshi Government banned it in 1993.
Negative sentiment towards the author kept increasing and reached a crescendo in 1994, when Muslim fundamentalists demanded her execution. There were widespread protests against her views and fatwas issued against her. Nasrin was forced to go into hiding for two months, before finally fleeing the country. She has not gone back since.
(from “Taslima Nasrin’s Life in Exile” by Tara Khandelwal)
Taslima Nasrin speaks at the India Ideas Conclave in 2016