Mu­sic, movies, food: Brett likes it In­dian

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - arund­­teriee@hin­dus­tan­ Arund­hati Chat­ter­jee

Af­ter a long day’s work, beer and but­ter chicken make for a good combo Brett Lee, crick­eter

For­mer Aus­tralian pace spear­head Brett Lee’s cre­ative side has al­ways made news, even when he was mak­ing records on the cricket field. The ex-crick­ter is now set for the re­lease of his de­but film, in an up­com­ing Indo-Aus­tralian pro­ject, along­side ac­tor Tan­nistha Chat­ter­jee. Ask him about the ex­pe­ri­ence and he says, “I am hon­oured to be part of the film. It was an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence. But the most ex­cit­ing bit was shoot­ing for the Holi scene in the film. This was the first time I cel­e­brated the In­dian fes­ti­val of colours. I loved it.”

The 38-year-old crick­eter who is also a singer shares a close con­nec­tion with In­dia, and has also started his mu­sic foun­da­tion, Mewsic, here in 2011. The non­prof­itable ven­ture aims to pro­vide chil­dren with easy ac­cess to mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and tu­itions, and has six cen­ters in In­dia al­ready. “We are look­ing for­ward to find­ing new ways of try­ing to use mu­sic as a pow­er­ful tool to em­power un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in In­dia,” he says.

So is he ac­cus­tomed to the spicy food palate of the coun­try? “I love In­dian food, es­pe­cially but­ter chicken. Af­ter a long day’s work, beer and but­ter chicken make for a good combo,” he says.

Lee, who has been part of four Ashes tour­na­ment in the past, is now a com­men­ta­tor for the on­go­ing edi­tion of the his­toric se­ries be­tween archri­vals – Aus­tralia and Eng­land. Last week, he was an­nounced the first Global Hear­ing Am­bas­sador of the im­plantable hear­ing so­lu­tions com­pany, Cochlear’s. Lee will lead the Sound Of Cricket cam­paign in or­der to cre­ate aware­ness of how loss of hear­ing can af­fect in­di­vid­u­als and their fam­i­lies. About the ini­tia­tive, Lee says, “I have been blessed. We tend to think it’s nat­u­ral to hear 100%, whereas so many peo­ple aren’t lucky to have that sound go­ing through their ears nor­mally. We of­ten take that for granted. With Cochlear, I am look­ing for­ward to spread­ing the joy of hear­ing among peo­ple.”

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