An ‘ex­tra spe­cial’ Di­wali for Shankar

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Variety - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@hin­dus­tan­times.com

On Di­wali, call it a rule or a tra­di­tion, we all leave our work, play cards and burst crack­ers. It’s a week-long af­fair and not re­stricted to just one day

For singer-com­poser Shankar Ma­hade­van (above), Di­wali is one oc­ca­sion when his en­tire fam­ily gets to­gether and cel­e­brates the fes­ti­val.

“Ev­ery year, all my fam­ily mem­bers and friends stay to­gether and en­joy the Di­wali fes­tiv­i­ties. Every­one is busy for the rest of the year and there’s hardly any time to go and meet your loved ones. But on Di­wali, call it a rule or a tra­di­tion, we all leave our work, play cards and burst crack­ers. It’s a week-long af­fair and not re­stricted to just one day,” says the 44-year-old.

The mu­si­cian is all the more ex­cited this Di­wali as it’s go­ing to be “ex­tra spe­cial” for him. “To­day is also the pre­miere of my de­but Marathi film. My fam­ily and all my friends will get to watch it. So it’s ex­tra spe­cial for me,” says Ma­hade­van.

And if there’s one thing that the Breath­less hit­maker wishes for is that the to­geth­er­ness and fes­tive fer­vour never fades away. “You know how every­one is all happy and every­thing is lit up dur­ing Di­wali. I just hope that every­one re­mains like that through­out the year. Then this world will be such a hap­pier place to live in, isn’t it?” he signs off.

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