Spiritual Inspiration: God and I by Sapna Mukherjee

Sapna Mukherjee

Sapna Mukherjee

Spiritual Inspiration: God and I by Sapna Mukherjee
By Sapna Mukherjee

I am a staunch devotee of Sathya Sai Baba. Ever since I was a small girl, I remember I would sing bhajan s in front of him in Delhi. I feel I was born to sing for him and that’s why sometimes the people who I work with, my family and friends, tease me about my devotion for him. They think I am completely mad. They even call me “Kalyug ki Meera”.

I personally believe that whatever has happened in my life is largely because of God and destiny. Main do kadam bhi unke bina chal nahin sakti. That’s why there is a little mandir which goes with me everywhere I go. I constantly feel His presence in my life. Everything that happens in my life, in my career is all because He wants it to be that way.

I remember there was a phase some time in 1995 when songs were written that had double meaning. I couldn’t bring myself to sing such songs. In fact, all through my career I have never compromised on anything.

Ever since I came to Mumbai to be part of Kalyanji-Anandji’s group, who were instrumental in me getting my first break – an opportunity to sing for Feroz Khan’s Jaanbaaz , I have always lived one dream. My mother wanted to be a singer but she could not because in those days, it was not considered right to be a professional singer. She wanted me to fulfill her dream and I have single-mindedly focused on that.

You know how difficult it can be for a young, single girl to survive in this industry, what with everybody expecting you to compromise on something or the other, but I’m glad I stuck to my principles and moved on.

I may have lost out on many films but whatever I have got is Baba’s blessings or every song I sang would not have been a hit in its own right. I feel that it’s Baba who has charted the course of my career and of course Kalyanji- Anandji and Feroz Khan who consider me as part of their family.

I was going through depression when I couldn’t see myself singing double meaning songs and that’s when I decided to give up my career. I had almost decided to give up playback singing totally and concentrate on bhajans.

But again I think it was Sathya Sai Baba’s wish that I met Sir or Sahara Shri Subroto Roy. I had sung a jingle for the Sahara group, which Sir had liked and it was him who said that I shouldn’t leave the industry, which had given me everything I have today. That’s when he asked me to be part of the Sahara Parivaar. He told me to sing for any producer, for any channel, for anything as long as I was happy doing it and committed to doing it.

Sometimes, I feel it is Sathya Sai Baba who has come into my life in the form of Sir. He’s my guide, my friend and my mentor. Today I feel grateful to God for everything he’s given me. Money has never driven me. My work has. Soon, I will be releasing an album which is produced by Sahara and has music by Raju Singh. It was Sir’s idea that I break away from my image of singing only racy numbers and sing some sensitive songs. It’s shaping up well but ultimately it will be Baba who will decide its fate and I will have to accept it.

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Stars Shine At House Of Blues

Stars Shine At House Of Blues
By Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa
Monday, February 23, 2009

The Blues Brothers – Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi – capped off a three-day blowout to celebrate the opening of the 13th House of Blues on Lansdowne Street with a rockin’ invitation-only show for 2,500 the other night.

Elwood and Brother Zee (who took over when original Blues Brother Joliet Jake, aka John Belushi, passed) hit the stage for an hour with what seemed like a cast of thousands, including Vineyard songbird Carly Simon, David Letterman’s music man Paul Shaffer, original Soul Man Sam Moore, and bluesmen James Montgomery, Skunk Baxter and Jimmy Wood.

The Blues Brothers and their band belted out faves, including “Sweet Home Chicago” and Wilson Pickett’s “Land of a Thousand Dances,” which brought Dan’s daughters Danielle and Kingston, and Simon, out from the wings to do the mashed potato.

And can we tell you that Carly’s still got it goin’ on? Na, na, na, na, na . . .

Jake and Zee, who jumped into the crowd and aggressively belly-bumped hefty fiftysomething fans, were mighty winded after their hour-plus set and a long encore.

But after the gig, they got their chow on at Sonsie with a posse that included Shaffer and funnyman Tom Davis (original “SNL” members); Dan’s wife, Donna Dixon, and John Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi Pisano; “Trader” Fred Mascolo from the Vineyard and Hub entertainment lawyer George Tobia.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves . . . .

The party got under way just after 7 p.m. when a looooong line of revelers wound down Lansdowne Street to check in for the evening’s festivities. Inside the new hotspot, the cavernous Music Hall was slowly filling up with media, guests and Live Nation suits while most of the VIPs made a beeline for the second-floor Foundation Room .

A fixture in every House of Blues, the Boston Foundation Room is a warren of private enclaves gussied up like an upscale hookah lounge – an homage to original HOB founder Isaac Tigrett’s guru Sathya Sai Baba.

Mingling near the mountain of shrimp cocktail, we spied Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer and his posse; Summer Shack chef Jasper White; Foundation Lounge lizard George Lewis; radio marketing gurus Mary Menna and Bev Tilden and their S.O.s, Peter Darveau and Steven Riley; Suffolk County Register of Deeds Richard Iannella and his bride Arlene; fashionista Alan Bilzerian and his bro, Vineyard fixture Larry Bilzerian; PR guru George Regan; Nauticus naughty boy Sandy Tennant; chiropractor to the stars Richard Greene; City Hall gadabout Tony Nunziante; social scribe Lisa Pierpont; and Red Sox [team stats] shareholder David Ginsburg.

While the VIPs sweated it up (literally) upstairs, the rest of the revelers filled the Music Hall and two upper-level balconies to take in opening acts that included a gospel choir and blues guitarist Ronnie Earl and his band, as well as Reverend Lee.

Groovin’ to the tunes we spied House of Blues honchos Don Law and Debbie Eybers; Mass. Supreme Judicial Court Judge Robert Cordy and his son, Sean; Vineyard songbird Kate Taylor; Channel 5 GM Bill Fine and his wife, Gail, and WCVB newsgal Gail Huff and her hubby, state Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham); Boston police Commissioner Ed Davis; former New England Patriots [team stats] hunk Christian Faurier; Entercom marketing guru Bill Alfano and sales veep Jim Rushton; HOB landlords Patrick and Michael Lyons and Michael’s veddy attractive companion, Angela Aucoin; La Verdad kitchen king Ken Oringer, who was showing off cell phone photos of his new baby daughter, whom he calls “Little Vivi”; Mandarin Oriental spokesgal Edwina Kluender; TD Banknorth Garden gals Trish McCorkle and Jen Compton; PR princes Max Buccini and Steve Pellegrino; Boston Common czar Glen Kelley; KISS 108 marketing man Joe “Public” Mazzei; MIX 98.5’s Fast Freddy and Gregg Daniels; South Shore gals Connie Hubbell and Elizabeth Smith; Lyons Group PR gal Lindsay Curtis; and The Greatest Bar baron Bill Fairweather.

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