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Elvis’ Daughter Lisa Marie Presley Pregnant With Twins

6 Aug

LOS ANGELES: The daughter of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” Elvis Presley is pregnant with twins, her spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Lisa Marie Presley, 40, angrily confirmed her pregnancy in March after the publication of paparazzi photos that showed her expanding waistline.

A spokeswoman for Presley confirmed in an email to AFP on Tuesday that the singer was expecting twins.

Presley married her fourth husband Michael Lockwood, a musician and her producer, in January 2006 in Japan. Her two children, age 19 and 15, are from her first marriage to Danny Keough.

Presley was also married to “King of Pop” Michael Jackson for a year and a half, and was then married briefly to actor Nicolas Cage in 2002.

A follower of Scientology like her mother Priscilla, Presley has released two albums since 2003, both of which reached the US top 10 and sold more than a million copies each.

Presley was nine years old when her father Elvis died in 1977 at the age of 42. Elvis was also a twin; his brother Jesse Garon died at birth in 1935. – AFP/de

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Search On For The Next Prabhu Deva

26 Jul

Search on for the next Prabhu Deva

He ia said to be India’s answer to Michael Jackson, and for the first time ever, actor-choreographer-director Prabhu Deva will be taking part in a reality show titled Ungalil Yaar Adutha Prabhudeva.

When contacted, the extremely humble Prabhu Deva said it was an honour to be part of a show that is named after him, adding that he is overwhelmed by the response the show has generated. Does winning a show like this help in making dance a career? “It all depends on the individual. It is by no means easy but one has to be determined and keep trying. The participants should be aware of the competition, their own abilities and market themselves well. It is not about resting on one’s laurels and taking it easy by just expecting work to come one’s way.”

Prabhu Deva added that the large age group – 16 to 35 and the inclusion of both sexes will make the competition but more exciting.

Passion for the craft is a crucial ingredient said the dancing sensation. Recalling an incident in Mumbai he says: “Once we had stopped at a traffic signal. There was a man with only one arm and a leg. The moment he spotted me in the car, he gave me a broad smile and broke into a dance. It was so touching.”

As many as 23 participants have qualified from the first level of auditions held in Trichy. More than 500 people participated in the event which was judged by choreographers Sridhar and Gautham. Coimbatore, Madurai and Chennai are the other places where auditions will be held. “We do not want to curb people’s enthusiasm so everyone who thinks he can dance is welcome. The rewards are attractive – a prize money of Rs ten lakhs and an international tour is hard to resist. Above all, one can realise their dancing talents,” says Prabhu Deva.

The show will be telecasted on Thursday and Friday from August 14 on Vijay TV. “This is the reality show that solely focusses solely on dancing skills,” says Pradeep Millroy Peter, head of programming. “Prabhu Deva’s presence has given a huge fillip to the show and there is a huge craze among the viewers for him. Chennai has the maximum number of dance schools so we have several talented youngsters who are using this platform to showcase their skills. Prabhu Deva will also help the contestants by giving them tips are suggestions.”

Star Voice of India 2 has more appeal
By A.L. Chougule

Within two weeks of the launch of Sa Re Ga Ma Challenge on Zee, Star Plus has begun the second season of its talent hunt show Star Voice of India (SVOI). With as many as 24 contestants from as many states, the second season has a bigger format and a larger appeal.

The pan-India representation is aimed at bringing in viewers from different regions and states as participants will make the show look like a kaleidoscope of different colours, traditions and singing styles.

A bi-weekly weekend property, the show will run for 23 weeks. Out of the 24 contestants, 12 will be eliminated in three weeks and subsequently the remaining contestants will compete for the SVOI title.

While well-known playback singer Shaan continues to be the show’s anchor, the jury for the second season comprises Ismail Darbar, Monty Sharma and Sukhwinder Singh.

According to Star’s senior creative director Anupama Mandloi, the sequel aims to showcase the biggest singing talent from India. “After the success of the first season, we promise to offer a combination of great singing talent and entertainment to our viewers with the show’s second season,” she adds.

Star had planned to hold auditions at 24 centres all over the country but because of uncertain political situation in certain regions and states, auditions were done only at 15 centres. Wide representation will ensure that the best talent wins. Also, in the run up to the finale, the show will create strong regional and state-level loyalty, thus generating interest and viewership.

Cyrus to host a game show

Cyrus Sahukar, the funny man who has always had the audience in splits, will now be seen hosting a game show, Hole in the Wall.

The programme, inspired by the Japanese format, is an innovative game show that will see six contestants – three each in two teams – gearing up to squeeze fast approaching walls. The walls will have holes in them – holes that will be of different shapes and sizes. The trick will be to squeeze through the holes in the walls, failing which the contestants will be thrown in a pool.

“This is a very exciting and refreshing game show. The contestants will have to display a quick presence of mind and flexibility as they manoeuvre themselves past the hole,” says Cyrus. “The format has been hugely popular in Japan, UK, Russia, Indonesia and many other parts of the world. I am sure in India also people will love the game.”

Even though reality television has been in India for sometime now, it’s mainly the drama packed dancing and singing shows that have got the audience hooked. But game shows are yet to take off in the country.

But Cyrus is hopeful that all this will change with this show. “The concept is fresh and the programme is high on energy. The best thing about this show is that though there is drama, there is no tears,” he says adding, ” Every single contestants will have fun as it is a stupidly funny game. There is no elimination, no harsh words from judges, no vote-outs. The worst thing that can happen if you

fail to perform your task is

that you will be thrown in the water.”

Few days in to the shoot, there have already been many memorable moments to cherish. “There have been many funny moments. A 45-year-old man tried to squeeze through the hole but he could only manage partially; thus half of his body was dangling outside. Then an aunty got stuck in the hole and we had to push her out. Many wives beat up their husband for losing and I enjoy that a lot,” laughs Cyrus.

But despite the fun, it is not bereft of the emotional part. “Yes, contestants do get emotional when they win. There are many mothers who participate for their children and they get very emotional when they win,” says Cyrus.

This show will see contestants from different walks of life participating. They have already shot few episodes which included one on struggling actors versus housewives and another featuring professional body builders pitted against overweight people. “And interestingly, the overweight people won!” says Cyrus.

Personally, Cyrus feels that hosting this show has been one of the best experience of his life. “This was such a break. There was not one unhappy contestant. Even though I have done many comic shows before, this has been really exhilarating and I am having a ball.”

The show will be aired on Pogo channel from this monday and will be telecast on weekdays from 6 pm.

Asha puts Himmesh in place

Star Voice of India (VOI) and Zee’s Sa Re Ga Ma are back once again. While the former has Shaan anchoring the show with Sukhwinder Singh, Ismail Darbar, the latter has Aadesh Shrivastav, Preetam, Himmesh Reshamaiah with Asha Bhosle as Maha Guru. Bhonsle truly proved that she is the Maha Guru when she firmly ticked off an irritating Himesh for promoting a contestant. When Himmesh kept requesting his colleagues to promise that they would sign the contestant for a song Asha bluntly asked him, “Why don’t you do so?” A sheepish Himmesh kept quiet after that.

Music director Ismail Darbar is another personality who is known for his histrionics. He took a dig at Zee by announcing that VOI is only for Indians and that’s why he chose to judge the show. Zee TV invites singers from other countries and therefore the dig. While it’s really too early to comment on the talent potential, the quality of singers has not been great so far. But off course, what one can look forward to is plenty of melodrama as contestants bare their soul in order to boost their popularity quotient. Interestingly, both the shows are aired on Friday/Saturday at 10 pm. It remains to be seen which show gets more popular.

Akshay Kumar’s much-talked about desi version of Fear Factor, Khatron Ke Khiladi, was finally aired on the newly launched channel Colors. However, this show is not for the faint hearted or the queasy sort. If you can’t bear the idea of spiders crawling over the contestant’s faces or someone dipping their head in a jar full of tiny snakes, then do avoid watching the show. It does make you wonder the desperate measures some people resort to in order to get their 15 minutes of fame. In this case though, given the fact that the contestants comprise models and TV stars, it sure must be the money. Or does Akshay’s magic have anything to do with these girls not just making an appearance but willing to resort to any dare devilry in order to please the star. But for avid action watchers, this show is racy and gripping.

Salman’s Dus Ka Dum saw his faithful buddies David Dhawan and Govinda make an appearance in order to boost TRPs.

In fact the much talked about SRK-Salman brawl on Katrina’s birthday bash at Olive in Mumbai stemmed from the fact that SRK had apparently refused to make an appearance on Sallu’s show and Sallu being Sallu had to fight it out on his girlfriend’s birthday. Now we don’t know how long this fight will last but the filmi TV channels analysing and re-analying reasons behind the big fight, there’s never a dull day on the small screen.

Katrina mad at Zayed

Katrina is not a happy woman these days. The pretty lady is irked by Zayed Khan, who is her co-star in Yuvraj. Zayed, known for his pranks and jokes, made life miserable for Kats during the shooting of their movie.

It’s not unknown that Zayed likes to create a lively atmosphere on the sets. He keeps joking and chatting with them to build a rapport. But when he tried to break the ice with Katrina, she turned into a glacier and snubbed Zayed into a hasty retreat. But he wasn’t going to give up. According to unit members, he started playing pranks on Katrina from the next day on and was all out to pull her legs on the sets.

The more she tried to be serious, the more notorious he became and this got on to her nerves. He would imitate her actions, mock her while she tried to get into her character before the scene and in short, make life hell. “It was all in good humour,” according to our source on the sets. What had Katrina fuming all the more was that even Salman Khan didn’t mind Zayed’s pranks and rather shared the actor’s sense of humour. Kats however, couldn’t see what was so funny.

Wedding bells ring for Urmila?

After years of saying no to matrimony, Urmila Matondkar seems to all ready to tie the knot. grapevine has it that she has met a finance consultant in the US on her last trip there and found in him the guy she was always looking for. The NRI in question happens to be a Mumbai-born Maharashtrian, now settled in the US. Rumours are that Urmila’s family has even visited his house in Mumbai and are happy with their daughter’s choice. Even though the actress and her family are keeping mum about the whole issue, her fans are eagerly waiting to hear this piece of good news from the actress herself.

Humourous adventure of a bee

Barry B. Benson is a graduate bee fresh out of college who is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a rare trip outside the hive, Barry’s life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans are mass consumers of honey and decides to sue the human race for stealing bees’ honey.

It’s as if Barry were being reborn. The movie sticks, with thrilling precision, to a bee’s eye view, as Barry rises out of Central Park and buzzes down a midtown block. The images have a spangly clarity – they make New York look new again – yet there’s funky bug-world fragility to it all, as when Barry catches a flash of himself in a car mirror or, later, gets plastered onto a windshield, along with other mashed victims. (Chris Rock, as a lowly mosquito, makes each line zing.)

Bee Movie is about how Barry saves the world, and without giving more away, let me just say that the film is nutty, ecological, funny, and moving, all at the same time. It scores points by avoiding the hard sell and letting the humor grow out of the situations.

Bee movie Director: Stiphon Hickner, Simon J Smith Cast: Jerry Sienfileld, Rene Zewlleger Run Time: 90 mts.

Bharatiyar in comedy track

Kavithalaya Krishnan, known for his comic roles, will soon be seen in a new avatar. He will play the role of great Tamil poet Bharatiyar in the comedy serial Comedy.Com on Jaya TV. Kavithalaya Krishnan said he was privileged to play Bharathiyar in a serial produced under Kavithalaya banner and directed by his mentor K Balachander. “K Balachander sir is very fond of poet Bharathiyar and his teachings are invariably incorporated in most of his films. I was thrilled to be selected from the few he had short listed for the role. Despite being a comic track there will be an undercurrent of seriousness in the character,” says Krishnan. The story line revolves around the teachings of the great poet Bharathiyar depicted in a lighter vein besides the original comedy element. “It was good to play the character. I did a lot of homework and read extensively to make it look as authentic as possible,” he says.

Ramya plays a customs officer

The much-hyped serial Kalasam, in which Ramya Krishna plays a dual role is finally on air. Produced by Kutti Padmini, the serial is based on Sangarsh that was aired on DD-National network in the late 80s. While Kutti Padmini herself played the role of a customs officer, Amala and Heera Rajagopal played the roles of innocent victims. “The script is based on a true story. My daughter Keerthana is the producer of the serial. I am helping her with the necessary inputs,” says Padmini. Ramya will be playing the twin roles of a customs officer and an innocent girl.

Raadan goes back to tearjerkers
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Looks like Radhika learnt her lessons the hard way. After the debacle of her mythological serial Thiruvilayadal, the talented actress-producer has gone back to her tried and tested formula of daily soaps. The latest from her production house Raadan is Senthoora Poove, a daily soap that revolves around the trials and tribulations of four sisters from a middle class family. It is based on the award-winning novel Malligaikal Niram Maaruvthilai. According to reliable sources, Raadan has also decided to abruptly end Thiruvilayadal and telecast Senthoora Poove, in the prime time slot.

Raj wants comic roles

Rajkant, the popular small screen hopes to do comedy for a change. “My serious face and the characters I have played with negative shades have given the impression that I can only do such roles.ῠ I am looking forward to some fun roles,” he says. Rajkant has recently signed for Bhuvaneswari. “I played a 65-year-old character in Nambikkai. I am also happy with the recognition I got in Mettioli, but as an artiste I don’t want to confine myself only to negative roles,” he says. Is anybody listening?

Ali shows his moves

Ali Asgar is doing something he’s never done before. After his serious role in Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki and his participation in Sony’s Comedy Circus, he is now shaking a leg on Star One’s Zara Nachke Dikha. The self-professed A.K. Hangal, Ali says that being the oldest competitor doesn’t intimidate him at all. “I am a good performer. I can do comedy, action and dance. I know how to entertain,” he says.

Zara Nachke Dikha is a completely new concept on the dance reality TV front, the simple reason being that it pitted boys against girls. The teams consist of actors from the television industry, who will be judged by Chunky Pandey and Malaika Arora Khan. The novel part is that there will be no eliminations.

Ali is very confident about his team and that stems from the fact that he has been enjoying it so far. “I’m enjoying the whole thing. I have eight friends here, some of them have participated in Nach Baliye. They will tell me if I’m going wrong,” he says. And in the spirit of competition, he says that there is no best team at this point. “It’s not that they (girls) are better or we are better. One mistake can make or break you. It all depends on the performance at that time. Ultimately we are all good friends and the only pressure is because it is ‘boys versus girls’,” he says.

Tulsi fails to rework magic with own shows

While Kyunki, which catapulted Smriti Irani to stardom, still continues to rake in decent ratings, her own shows as a producer haven’t been successful enough on TRP charts. Virrudh was appreciated quite a lot but got dismal ratings. As a result, the show was taken off air. Same is the case with her second production Mere Apne, which had yesteryear star Vinod Khanna in the lead.

The show hasn’t done well and is set to go off air. While Smriti continues to be a popular star, success eludes her as producer. But despite her shows not doing well, Smriti manages to produce one show a year. Will her new show Waaris, which starts on Zee next week break the jinx? Only time can tell.

Ramayan in top 50 list

Ramayan, which catapulted NDTV Imagine to the no. 3 slot in prime time not only continues to be the channel driver but has also entered the list of top 50 shows on GE channels. The Wednesday episode of week 24, 2008 (July 6 to 12), rated 3.2 TVR and occupied the 42nd spot. NDTV Imagine now has five spots in the top 100 shows on GECs with Jasuben Jayantilal Joshi Ki Joint Family also taking its place in the top 100 shows.

The success of the channel continues with a renewed growth in GRPs. Ramayan is not only recognised as the catalyst for the revival of mythological serials but its dubbed versions are creating waves in the south across the Sun Network on Sun TV in Tamil Nadu, Gemini TV in Andhra Pradesh and Surya TV in Kerala. Since its launch in January, the show has been watched by 88 million viewers.

This duo has comical responses for current affairs

Senthil and Ganesh of Aahaa FM believe that a conversation peppered with comedy keeps listeners hooked to the radio. The duo hosts Chinna Maapillai and Periya Maapillai daily from 10 am to 12 noon. “We along with two other RJs Rohini and Rajamani discuss current affairs in a light-hearted manner. Our conversation revolves around current issues and more be it politics, films, crime, or the recent fuel hike and power cuts in Chennai,” they say. Ganesh and Senthil are known for their witty one-liners on various issues. “We play melodious songs in between our discussions. The second half of the programme is Vettimandram in which we discuss current affairs again, but in a tongue- in-cheek style. The response is great and we often get some super ideas from listeners which we try and incorporate in our show.” says the duo.

Recreating the night MGR got shot

Come July 28, the first ever serial on matinee idol and former chief minister MGR will hit the small screen in the 8.30 pm slot on Makkal TV. Titled 1967 January 12, it will surely bring back memories of the black day in Tamil Nadu when actor M R Radha shot at his screen rival MGR. The director of the serial Kavitha Bharathi said that not many know that Radha shot at himself twice after pumping one bullet on MGR. They were both operated the same night.

“My friend Thirumavel gave me a wealth of information, and with such valuable inputs I could have easily written a book. Finding a look-alike of MGR was not a problem but I needed the expertise of a stage actor like Palani Siva to bring the mood.ῠ For Radha, I settled the dapper actor Madurai Kalaimani,” he said.

The serial is planned for a thirty-episode run. Bharathi said that the serial would unravel many points that are of great interest to the younger generation. “Due to political pressure the matter was hushed up when it happened, but my narrative will focus only on what actually happened, how and when. There will be no political overtones. It will also clear the air and rumours that the two were bitter enemies. The truth is that MGR and Radha were good friends but they disagreed vehemently on some issue that day. Radha went berserk and pulled the trigger,” he said.

Friends are like family for Teri Hatcher

What can fans expect this season? Well, I just love this season in general. All the characters have great things to deal with. As for Susan, people really wanted to see Mike (James Denton) and Susan together.

Last season saw Susan and Mike getting married. Where do they go from here? This season is a kind of jumping-off place for them. It’ll be interesting to see how they go through it for the second time. What I like about Susan is that she has good intentions at heart. Some characters are very selfish.

As a mother, do you share Susan’s parenting skills? I am not Susan. I don’t really compare my parenting skills in any way with her. But what I do like about Susan is that she’s a people-pleaser. She’s in a situation now where she’s trying to please her daughter and they’re trying to please her husband and she doesn’t realise that she’s creating a big mess because she’s trying to make everybody happy.ῠ

Your book, Burnt Toast and Other Philosophies on Life is being turned into a TV series. Can we expect some details about your life being played out? Let’s be clear about one thing. It is not about my life. There is a character in it that is a single mum, but she’s a writer living in Columbus, Ohio. It deals with the feelings of guilt career women face.

You have a say in the casting? Yes, as I’m the executive producer.

Susan has a great group of friends. Do you have a strong support network? Absolutely. Since I’m the only child, friends become family to me.

Chowta loves to play jazz

For those who remember Satya, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya and Dum, the thread that brings these films together is the music. And the man behind it is Sandeep Chowta, the Ghana-born, Nigeria raised and Chennai-based musician, who is making waves not just by composing music, but also with music videos and a short film. He was in the capital for a brief recording stint. In an interview he spoke on making music, the changing music scene in Bollywood and more.

In most of the films (Satya, Dum, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya), your compositions are quite unlike the run-of-the-mill potboilers in Bollywood. How did you determine the music for that?

Well, that’s the director’s call. He’s the one who decides what theme the music should be set to. Most of Ram Gopal Varma’s films have explored the darker aspects of life. So the music had to be somewhat on the same lines, although not entirely. Yes, you also need to break the monotony if there’s too much of emotion. The other thing is, in Bollywood, there’s a hierarchy you have to follow to determine what kind of music the film has. It has to be approved first by the director, then the producer, and now I think even some actors are trying to throw in their two cents. So you have all these factors working for or against you.

You draw your musical style from a smattering of genres. Which one is the closest to your heart?

I follow, play and love jazz. But that’s strictly a personal thing and if you’re about to ask me whether I incorporate it in the music I make for films, no.

You were planning on collaborating with FatBoy Slim. Will it be a experimental exercise, a meeting of jazz and African Rhythms with electronica?

This was a long time ago when I was in London. Yes, we discussed some projects and had plans of collaborating. But somehow it never took a concrete shape.

What do you think about the transition of music in Bollywood, from playback singing to OST-like scores?

Yes, playback singing days are over. I think it all started with Himesh Reshammiya, when suddenly the nation was obsessed about this nasal-singing chap with a cap. You don’t get to see lip-synced songs in any movie, it’s become more like a background score, not unlike Hollywood.

Don’t you think it’s easier to be a musician in Mumbai, owing to Bollywood as a potential buyer? What should bands in Delhi do to make it big?

Of course, which producer or director would want to fly back and forth to Delhi to use a band’s songs for a film? Even for the music composers, it doesn’t work like that. When you have a baby, you tend to be always around it. You can’t do long distance projects because of feasibility issues. And making it big can be a very ambiguous term.

Do you mean the money they make, or the success that comes when your work is recognised by the audience? If it’s money, I think there’s a market for every genre, every musician. You just have to keep at it and not worry about the outcome.

You’ve donned many hats as a music video director, short filmmaker and music composer. How do you find time for all that?

Whatever I’ve done is just an extension of music. Santosh, the choreographer once told me that if ever I was doing something for a long stretch, it pays to take a break and do something totally unrelated to it. So I thought of making a music video and a short film. I’ve found that this re-approach works wonders in boosting your creativity.

Reality shows fascinate Javed

Javed Ali may not a very well-known name in the music industry, but his songs Ek din teri bahoon mein from the movie Naqaab, Nagada nagada from Jab We Met and Kehne ko jashne bahara hai from Jodhaa Akbar speak highly of his talent. Javed who has made a niche in Bollywood with his amazing songs was in the capital recently to perform at the Kamani Auditorium.

Talking about his journey as a singer, he said, “I used to sing since the time I was a kid. My father is my mentor. Observing my keen interest in music, my parents enrolled me in a professional singing course. Later, my hard work and love for music made me who I am today.” And, how did his first interaction with Bollywood happen? “Kalyanji (of composers, Kalyan-Anand duo) noticed my singing a few years back and took me to Mumbai. My first song was for the movie Beti No.1,” said Javed.

Though Javed has sung for many movies, it is only recently that he got recognition.

So, how does he feel about it? “I always wanted to be slow and steady. With every song, I tried to improve my performance. Though fame came to me a bit late, I never had a paucity of assignments,” he said.

And does he have a godfather in the industry? “Many people have appreciated my singing and I respect many of them, but whatever I’m today is because of my talent. I try to give my own touch to every song I sing. I don’t have any godfather in the industry,” he said.

Moreover, Javed thinks he is lucky that he has a different voice. “It’s an advantage for me that my voice is different, at least after listening to my songs, people can distinguish between me and the other singers,” he said. The trend of choosing singers from reality shows fascinates Javed. “I think it’s a good trend. At least, it gives a chance to talented people to show what they are best at. Moreover, no matter how well a person sings, it takes a lot of time to become a playback singer, and get recognition at the same time. Most of the time, one remains confined to stage shows only. Reality shows on TV give an individual ample opportunities to prove himself, and also a chance to show their talent in front of a huge audience,” said Javed.

Following the recent trend, when singers are indulging in composing and vice versa, has he ever thought of composing music? “No. And I even don’t intend to give it a try. Singing is my first love and I want to stick to it. I want to concentrate fully on my singing so that I can give my 100 per cent to each and every song,” he concluded.

I want to be a veggie

Give me homemade food any day! It is the best. I love my mother’s sambar and rasam with some rice. You cannot call me a foodie because I rarely experiment with food. I am a vegetarian but when I lived in the US, I ate non-vegetarian food with my friends.

However, I have switched back to being a vegetarian again except for eggs, which I love. Mutta (egg) dosa is a favourite dish. I don’t mind having it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! I am generally not a fussy eater and will eat anything that is nutritious and tasty. I hate pavaka (bitter gourd) because it is too bitter and I cannot take it in any form. I also dislike sushi because it is raw and has a bad smell.

I am very health conscious and therefore careful about what goes into my mouth. I can proudly say that my looks and physique for the last 10 years have remained unchanged.

That is because I believe in watching the quantity of food I eat and I keep off oily food. I love American food. An ideal breakfast would be a cheese omelette, with mashed potatoes, French fries, muffins and orange juice. Not everything together of course! Sometimes my erratic work schedules plays havoc with my eating. I have had to skip breakfast altogether which is not good. Keeping to specific timings is difficult because of the nature of our work.

Since I stay alone, I often eat out. I mostly go to two places, Green Park and Saravana Bhavan. I like the rice and Kara Kozhumbu there; it is so good, that I don’t have anything else with it. At Saravana Bhavan, I like the traditional meals and Rava Kesar. Sometimes I also go to Cappuccino in Park Sheraton and Murugan Idli.

Pizzas at Nibbles are a great hit

If you are looking for a lip smacking, economical Nibbles is your best bet! This must-try foodie halt is located opposite Stella Maris and behind Gangotree. As this place is easy on one’s pocket, it is a hot favourite among the college goers. One can get a mouthwatering cold sandwich at Rs.18ῠ and a yummy non-oily burger at just Rs.20. Pizzas are very popular.

The special thing about this place is that it offers a unique variety of dishes like a pizza cup or a bread cheese, which is a bun filled of cheese, onion and chilies, having a truly home-made taste. And then there is a place called Shirdi Quick Bites, although this is a small place but this is just one of those places where the taste beats the ambience.

One can dig into mouth-watering aalo- gobi and many more varieties of parathas anywhere around Rs 20- Rs 30 along with asli Punjabi lassi giving you the true taste of Punjab. One also gets full-fledge meals in the afternoon which comprises a mix of both south Indian and north Indian cuisine about Rs. 40. I also frequent Coffee World in Alwarpet, which is one brilliant place for coffee freaks, pastries and patties to die for!

The right fits for big girls

Clothes for plus size women is a business these days. I have come across many women who are still not aware of stores which are overflowing with designs that have been cut on a larger bias. These stores have dedicated some space for the plus size. They carry clothes with flattery cuts and variations be it salwar kameez with rich work or comfortable kurtis. Now the women with generous proportions have a hitherto unimagined range of choice. You can now pick up from a never-before range of western clothing.

The best thing to do is to build your plus- sized wardrobe with care. Here are few tips on how to go about it:

Go For Good Quality Basics: The usual rules apply. You need well cut trousers, skirts and jackets in solid colours, with a few white shirts, and they all need to be of absolutely the best quality.

Go Undercover: Sometimes the underpinnings can make or break how you look. As a big girl you need all the heavy-duty support you can get, so pay for inners that give you the support you need.

Accessorise: Perfect accessories add a lot of beauty to the outfit. Do it your way, don’t let anyone tell you that big girls can’t wear delicate accents. If you like them, you wear them. Likewise if you like big signature pieces then just flaunt them with your lets-get-noticed attitude.

Don’t go too big: Don’t wear tent- like outfits. Keep in mind that most plus- sized women have one area larger than the other, if the rest of the garment fits well, most stores will be able to fix the too-tight bust or too fitted hips issue by opening that area out for you.

A few stores which are boon for the plus sized:

* Gia at Westside has mixed bag of offerings, it’s range of trousers are a must buy.

* All counters at Pantaloons stores also has a wide range to choose from. ῠ * For people who prefer designer tag we have the designer Tina Vincent’s store on Khader Nawaz Khan road is the place to visit. They specialise for the plus sized women. The store has wide range of tunics, skirts, trousers shirts to suit your style and pocket.

*ῠSo the new fashion funda should be to be stylish at any size. Buy well-fitting clothes, accessorise well and carry yourself with confidence.

Must have

Aishwarya, actress and daughter of renowned actress Lakshmi, one of the most well dressed plus-sized women in the city. She shares few tips when it comes to shopping for plus sized women.

*ῠ Your wardrobe should include the basics like trousers in solid colors, jeans and well-fitted tops.

*ῠ If you are heavy on top and have a lighter bottom invest in a-line or mermaid cut skirt.

*ῠ Don’t ever wear clothes with horizontal lines as they make you look broader. On the other hand, vertical and asymmetrical lines actually make you look slim.

*ῠ Wear heels only if you are totally comfortable. I prefer wedges because they provide complete support.

*ῠ If you are showing legs don’t wear top with a plunging neck line and vice-versa. So, basically don’t reveal too much skin.

*ῠ Naidu hall and Marks & Spencer’s have good inners for plus sized women. The skin coloured t-shirt bra from M&S is best suited for any outfit right from a T-shirt to a saree blouse.


 Features of the Week



Deccan Chronicle

Spunky Bears

27 Apr

The five finalists were selected from over 1,000 applicants.

The five finalists were selected from over 1,000 applicants.

The Pull and Bear roadshow contest visited colleges to scout for youths who embody its spirit. KHAIRUL ANWAR MOHAMED saw the finalists do their thing garbed in this Spanish brand.

Winner Kevin Heera gets the thumbs-up from the judges with his moves.
Winner Kevin Heera gets the thumbs-up from the judges with his moves.

Noor Neelofa strutting out in style.
Noor Neelofa strutting out in style.

PULL and Bear, the Spanish youth fashion brand, has unveiled its latest Spring/Summer collection.

Entitled “Generation ME”, the collection is promoted as being inspired by three things that every self-respecting youth (or person for that matter) loves: Me, Myself and I.

In conjunction with this new collection, Pull and Bear organised a Roadshow Competition to find the top three youths who embodied the Pull and Bear spirit of energy and funk.

Going to 10 different colleges – including KDU, SEGI, APIIT and One Academy – students were told to pose for the judges.

Out of over 1,000 applicants, six finalists were chosen, all of whom brought their own unique charm to the contest.

The finals was held at the Pull and Bear at 1 Utama Shopping Centre on April 16. However, of the six, only five finalists showed up.

The five finalists were sporty Noor Neelofa (KDU), who entertained the crowd with her high kicks and hot pants; Kevin “I’m too tall” Heera (Sunway), with his tongue-wagging rock star poses; Gitanjali Subramani, a spunky dancer with Michael Jackson dance moves; Mohamad Akmal, a gamer with a thing for big white sunglasses and white headphones; and Sofia Goh, whose sultry bellydancer-esque swings got much attention from the crowd.

One thing quickly became apparent: all the contestants were energetic and confident.

Being able to strut out on the open floor, cheer slogans while dancing and bobbing their heads to imaginary music was not something most Malaysians would be brave, or confident, enough to do.

Unfortunately, the crowd was generally not as “alive”, being too shy to do much more than stand around watching. A mix of embarrassment and perhaps, a little envy?

After their short performances, the judges’ panel consisting of branch manager Yuki Chen and other employees of Pull and Bear picked the top three winners.

Third place went to Mohamad Akmal, winning him a Pull and Bear shopping voucher worth RM300.

Gitanjali moonwalked her way to second place, and won a shopping voucher worth RM500.

Kevin rocked his way to the top, earning him the grand prize of a RM1,000 shopping voucher.

When asked about what they’d do with their prizes, the three said they would be sharing them with friends.

Judging by the prices of the clothes at the outlet, they’d have quite a bit to share.

According to Chen, the roadshow was done because they didn’t want models representing Pull and Bear. They were looking instead for personalities “who suited the Pull and Bear spirit to a T”. “The winners were selected based on how creative their poses were and how vibrant they are. Neelofa and Sofia, though very pretty, were quieter and not as vibrant compared to the three who won.”

What is so special about Pull and Bear?

“We’re a high-street fashion brand. We have new stocks coming in every week, so what you see this week might not be here next week.

“Every season has five collections for both men and women, including for the very young (teens) to the younger working class of 20 to 30-year-olds. Thus you can find clothes for whichever personality type.

“Whatever is ‘in’ this season we have it. We offer high fashion, very funky clothing at affordable prices.

“Our T-shirts for ladies go as low as RM29.90 and RM39.90. It’s hard to find fashionable clothing at that price.”

Pull and Bear is a Spanish fashion brand that was founded in 1991.

The brand opened its first outlet at 1 Utama Shopping Centre, and the second at Pavilion in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.


New Straits Times

Rahsia Ratu Cantik Universe

25 Mar


Rahsia ratucantik UniversePENGAJAR peserta-peserta Ratu Cantik Universe, Ines Ligron dari Perancis berjaya melatih beberapa gadis sehingga menjadi juara ratu cantik.

Antara kejayaannya itu adalah Riyo Mori dari Jepun yang menjadi pemenang Ratu Cantik Universe pada tahun lalu.

Mori menjadi rakyat Jepun pertama memenanginya sejak tahun 1959.

Ligron juga melatih seorang lagi peserta ratu cantik Miss Universe dari Jepun, Kurara Chibana sehingga dia berjaya menduduki tempat kedua dalam pertandingan tahun 2006.

Ratusan juta orang di seluruh dunia akan menyaksikan pertandingan tahunan itu yang bakal diadakan pada Jun ini di mana 800 buah negara menyertainya di peringkat kelayakan.

Kejayaan disenaraikan untuk menjadi pelajar Ligron bermakna seseorang gadis itu mampu menjadi terkenal.

Ligron yang merupakan seorang ahli perniagaan wanita berjaya mengurangkan jumlah senarai ribuan wanita yang berusaha untuk menjadikannya jurulatih ketika pertandingan itu berlangsung di Vietnam, Jun depan.

Selain Jepun, Mori akan melatih peserta dari Korea Selatan.

Selepas itu, dia mahu melatih peserta dari negara kelahirannya, Perancis.

“Gadis-gadis itu adalah seperti bayi ketika mereka datang kepada saya,” kata Ligron.

LIGRON (kanan) bercakap dengan seorang calon peserta ratu cantik Jepun di Tokyo pada tahun lalu.

“Apabila saya sudah melakukannya (melatih mereka), mereka seperti mempunyai diploma,” tambahnya.

Dalam salah satu sesi latihan sebelum dia menamakan kumpulan terakhir ratu cantik Jepun, Ligron pernah menolak seorang peserta yang juga seorang model kerana dia enggan menambah berat badan.

“Saya tidak melakukan iklan anoreksia,” katanya ketika gadis lain memerhati Ligron.

“Saya tidak mahu arnab yang kurus,” tambahnya.

Dalam sesi itu, Ligron mengajar peserta-peserta itu cara bercakap, fesyen, berjalan, bersolek dan penampilan diri serta sikap.

Seperti steroid, pembedahan kecantikan merupakan rahsia kotor yang dilakukan oleh peserta ratu cantik.

Bagaimanapun, pembedahan plastik itu tidak diharamkan dalam pertandingan ratu cantik.

“Saya memberi jaminan bahawa lima daripada peserta akhir ratu cantik Miss Universe tahun lalu menjalani pembedahan platik,” katanya.

Selain Mori, empat lagi peserta akhir adalah dari Amerika Syarikat (AS), Venezuela, Brazil dan Korea Selatan.


Ligron mahu pelatih-pelatih yang mengikuti pembelajarannya menandatangani satu kenyataan bahawa mereka tidak digalakkan menjalani pembedahan plastik.

Menurutnya, alasan yang dikemukakan mengenai larangan pembedahan itu adalah kesihatan.

“Adalah jelas, kami tidak mahu gadis-gadis kelihatan seperti Michael Jackson.

“Cuba bayangkan, jika seorang gadis menjalani pembedahan dan berlaku kesilapan dalam pembedahan itu, ia akan menjadi satu skandal besar,” tambahnya. – AP


Artis Gila Bedah

6 Mar

MERUBAH wajah menjadi cantik melalui pembedahan plastik. Trend ini sebenarnya sudah sangat popular di negara luar terutamanya Korea dan Jepun.

Percaya atau tidak, golongan ibu bapa remaja Jepun mahupun Korea malah sehingga sanggup menghadiahkan wang untuk anak-anak mereka melakukan pembedahan kosmetik sebagai hadiah hari jadi.

Dan di Hollywood senario ini begitu berleluasa walaupun ada yang menyokong tindakan ini dan ramai juga yang membangkangnya.

Tidak kira untuk mengubah wajah atau mengekalkan rupa paras muda, pembedahan plastik bagaikan sudah menjadi budaya hidup terutamanya kepada golongan selebriti walaupun menyedari risikonya.

Kini, pembedahan plastik bukan lagi perkara yang dirahsiakan atau memalukan. Michael Jackson dan penyanyi yang sudah bergelar nenek, Cher, adalah dua contoh popular yang ‘menghalalkan’nya menerusi pengaruh mega mereka.

Bukan sahaja artis, tetapi mereka yang berkait dengan artis juga turut kemaruk dengan pembedahan plastik.

Ibu penyanyi Kanye West, Donda West sebagai contohnya, membuat kejutan apabila meninggal dunia November tahun lalu akibat pembedahan plastik.

Minggu ini, disingkap beberapa kisah menarik artis Hollywood yang pernah menjalani pembedahan kosmetik dan suntikan botox serta kolagen untuk tujuan kecantikan.

Hidung baru Ashlee Simpson

ADIK Jessica Simpson, Ashlee Simpson memberikan pelbagai alasan apabila dilihat ‘memiliki’ hidung baru pada Mei, 2006.

Pembedahan itu sangat ketara tetapi dia hanya membisu tanpa sebarang kenyataan media, sehinggalah membuat pengakuan dalam majalah Harper Bazaar.


Bijak bermain kata-kata, Ashlee menegaskan, “Ia (pembedahan plastik) adalah pilihan peribadi. Saya percaya jika seseorang itu memilih untuk melakukan pembedahan, ia adalah untuk dirinya sendiri dan bukan untuk orang lain.”

Rahsia kulit Teri Hatcher

PADA usia 43 tahun, aktres yang popular menerusi drama bersiri, Desperate Housewives ini masih kelihatan menawan.

Hatcher sebenarnya tampak muda 10 tahun daripada usia sebenarnya.


Gambarnya selalu menunjukkan kulitnya yang berseri-seri tanpa sebarang kedutan. Apakah rahsia kepada kecantikan kulit Hatcher?

Pada tahun 2006, dalam satu temu bual bersama majalah Glamour, Hatcher mengaku dia mendapatkan bantuan daripada doktor.

“Sebelum ini saya pernah menggunakan botox serta kolagen tetapi telah berhenti selama setahun. Kini saya berpendapat adalah biasa untuk hidup dengan muka berkedut dan tidak cuba untuk kelihatan seperti berusia 25 tahun,” jelasnya.

Secara umum, penggunaan botox hanya mampu bertahan selama tiga bulan. Selepas itu, garisan dan kedut akan muncul semula. Namun, apa menjadi tanda tanya ialah bagaimana Hatcher mengekalkan kecantikan wajahnya sekarang ini sedangkan dia mendakwa sudah berhenti menggunakan botox selama setahun.

Pengakuan telus Cindy

RAMAI yang hairan bagaimana supermodel Cindy Crawford mampu menjaga dan mengekalkan kecantikan pada usia 42 tahun. Mungkin artis seperti Ashlee Simpson dan Teri Hatcher menafikan mereka melakukan pembedahan kosmetik, tetapi Cindy bagaimanapun mengaku pernah mendapatkan bantuan pakar.


Ibu kepada dua anak ini memberitahu majalah Gala bahawa ubat dan losyen tidak lagi boleh membantu. “Saya tidak mahu menipu diri sendiri.

“Pada sesetengah usia, krim muka mungkin boleh membantu tetapi bagi mengekalkan kualiti elastik, saya perlukan suntikan vitamin, botox dan kolagen. Saya terhutang budi kepada pakar kosmetik yang membantu saya.”

Rose McGowan hilang watak

AKTRES jelita, Rose McGowan gagal dalam uji bakat filem Speed Racer pada September lalu kerana pihak penerbit khuatir peminat aktres jelita ini tidak dapat mengenalinya selepas dia menjalani pembedahan kosmetik.

“Pihak studio berpendapat Rose agak sukar untuk dikenali dan risau apabila filem ini mula ditayangkan, peminat mungkin tidak lagi mengenalinya,” lapor akhbar Daily News.

Namun, McGowan memberitahu bahawa dia perlu menjalani pembedahan plastik pada matanya itu kerana tercedera semasa kemalangan jalan raya awal tahun lalu.

Sisi ‘feminin’ Simon Cowell

ADAKAH juri American Idol, Simon Cowell pernah menjalankan pembedahan plastik dan botox?

Sebelum ini banyak gosip yang menyatakan dia pernah menjalankan proses menegangkan otot dadanya yang mengendur supaya tegap tetapi dia telah menafikan berita itu.

DADA Simon Cowell yang kelihatan tegap (foto kiri) dikatakan hasil pembedahan kosmetik berbanding dadanya yang mengendur sebelum pembedahan (foto kanan).

“Tidak. Semua itu tidak benar. Saya tidak pernah menjalani pembedahan. Tetapi saya pernah menyuntik botox tetapi dengan kadar sederhana. Lagipun setiap lelaki yang saya kenali di bandar ini menggunakan botox,” tegas Cowell.

Aniston bedah dua kali

MENURUT laporan Us Weekly, Jennifer Aniston telah menjalani pembedahan hidung sekali lagi. Dia mengunjungi Dr. Raj Kanodia dan menyatakan pembedahan itu adalah untuk membetulkan hidungnya.


Aniston sebelum ini pernah menjalani pembedahan 12 tahun lalu dan tidak puas hati dengan dengan keputusannya. Dan ada laporan yang menyatakan Aniston juga berkemungkinan besar menjalankan pembedahan payu dara.

Apa yang akan dilakukan olehnya selepas ini? Mungkin suntikan kolagen untuk mendapatkan bibir seksi seperti Angelina Jolie?

Sebenarnya, aktres jelita seperti ini tidak memerlukan pembedahan. Namun, itulah lumrah manusia yang tidak pernah puas dengan apa yang dimiliki.

Pembedahan Tara Reid gagal

KETIKA berjalan di atas karpet merah sebelum menghadiri parti P. Diddy pada tahun 2004, dres Tara Reid secara tiba-tiba terjatuh dan mendedahkan payu daranya.

“Saya cuma sempat senyum dan kamera tidak berhenti merakamkan insiden tersebut. Apabila saya sedar, saya menangis dan merayu kepada jurugambar supaya tidak menyiarkan gambar itu tetapi tidak berjaya,” imbas Reid yang pernah popular dengan filem American Pie.

Bukannya ‘kemalangan’ sebegini tidak pernah berlaku tetapi Reid sebenarnya baru sahaja menjalani pembedahan plastik yang malangnya gagal.

POTONGAN badan Tara Reid yang sedia ada sudah sempurna (foto berbaju merah) berbanding keadaan badannya menjadi haru-biru (gambar kecil).

Gambar payu dara saya yang ‘rosak’ tersebar di internet dan hidup saya telah musnah kerana dilabelkan sebagai pemilik payu dara terburuk di dunia.

“Saya berjumpa dengan pakar bedah pada tahun 2004 untuk mendapatkan payu dara saiz B dan dia ‘memberikan’ saya saiz C. Saya tidak mahu saiz itu,” jelas Reid.

Selepas pembedahan, Reid kemudian sedar bahawa sebahagian payu daranya telah rosak. “Selepas enam bulan, semuanya telah beransur pulih. Saya tidak pernah terfikir untuk memiliki aset sebegini,” tambah Reid.

Selain pembedahan payu dara, Reid juga pernah menjalani proses kontor (untuk mengembalikan bentuk badan) di klinik yang sama dan tidak gembira dengan keputusannya.

“Perut saya menjadi ‘beralun’ dan kembung. Saya juga menghidap hernia (bonggol besar di sebelah pusat). Disebabkan itu, saya tidak boleh memakai bikini dan kehilangan banyak peluang kerja,” jelas Reid.

Beberapa bulan kemudian, selepas menjalankan penyelidikan, Reid menjalani pembedahan lagi untuk membetulkan kegagalan sebelum ini.


M. Daud Kilau Jahit Labuci Sendiri

7 Mar


LETAKLAH sepuluh barisan penyanyi baru, namun bila keluar sahaja Datuk M. Daud Kilau, 69, semua penyanyi baru yang jelita dan kacak itu akan tenggelam!

Ini kerana M.Daud ada keistimewaan yang tidak dimiliki oleh penyanyi lain iaitu mampu menari gelek selain daripada mempunyai vokal yang mantap.

Gelekan M.Daud tidak nampak seghairah goyang gerudi Inul Daratista atau gelek 45 darjah gaya Mas Idayu. Namun tarian geleknya yang lemah lembut dan tampak sopan itu tetap menarik perhatian umum.

Lantaran kelebihannya itulah, M.Daud atau nama sebenarnya Muhammad Daud Kilau yang dilahirkan di Sungai Ular, Bagan Datoh, pada 10 Julai 1938 itu digelar Raja Gelek Malaysia.

Kata M.Daud, dia tidak pernah belajar menari daripada mana-mana koreografer kerana kebolehannya itu kurniaan Allah.

“Entah… saya sendiri tidak tahu dari mana saya ada bakat menari. Semuanya bermula bila saya sedang menjalani rakaman di studio untuk lagu Sireh Pinang.

“Waktu itu penerbit lagu Yusaini Amir yang nampak saya bergoyang beritahu saya, di Indonesia penyanyi yang menyanyi sambil bergelek ialah Rhoma Irama. Bermula dari situlah, bila menyanyi saya automatik akan menari,” katanya terus terang.

Meskipun suka menonton filem-filem Hindi, namun M.Daud tidak begitu gemar dengan tarian gelek artis dari Bollywood kerana gerakan mereka keras.

Sebaliknya, dia lebih senang melihat gaya tarian pelakon-pelakon dari filem Arab yang pada pandangannya lebih berseni dan lemah gemalai.

Kelebihan M.Daud bukan sekadar pada tarian, malah penampilannya dengan pakaian yang berwarna-warni juga amat memukau.

Kata M.Daud, disebabkan ingin kelainan dia lebih selesa mengenakan pakaian berwarna-warni yang disulami dengan labuci dan manik.

Dia yang pernah digelar The Wiggle King itu cukup terkenal dengan fesyen flamboyan dan kebanyakan pakaian persembahan pentasnya ditempah khas.

Antara jenis fabrik yang menjadi pakaian rasmi M.Daud ialah jojet, lace, velvet, satin dan broket yang disulami labuci dan manik.

“Saya suka tengok fesyen Michael Jackson yang penuh labuci itu dan sedikit sebanyak ia mempengaruhi saya.

“Saya ada tukang jahit sendiri. Selepas baju siap dijahit, saya akan jahit labuci atau manik mengikut cita rasa saya. Sekarang ini tidak boleh lagi menjahit kerana penglihatan tidak seterang dulu,” katanya sambil ketawa.

Dia yang merupakan anak bongsu daripada sepuluh beradik itu mula mengasah bakat nyanyian sejak di sekolah rendah.

Katanya, dua kali seminggu gurunya akan memberi peluang kepada pelajar-pelajar yang minat menyanyi mengadakan persembahan di dalam kelas sebelum sesi pembelajaran tamat.

Bermula dari menyanyi di hadapan rakan-rakan kelas, akhirnya M.Daud menyertai kumpulan pancaragam Kampung Sungai Nipah Baroh yang sering mengadakan persembahan di majlis-majlis perkahwinan sekitar kampungnya.

“Saya bermula dari sekolah, kampung, persatuan dan seterusnya menyertai Bintang Radio di Pulau Pinang, kemudian barulah ke pertandingan Bintang Radio kawasan tengah. Pada tahun 1968, saya muncul sebagai juara menerusi lagu Musalmah Manis dan Joget Hitam Manis,” katanya mengimbau semula pembabitan awalnya dalam bidang seni suara.

Selepas itu, dia telah dilamar untuk menjadi artis rakaman hingga menghasilkan banyak EP dan LP yang memuatkan lagu berkonsep langgam, asli dan dangdut. Kemudian pada 1985, beliau menjuarai pula pertandingan Pesta Dendang Rakyat kategori Nyanyian Asli.

Sehingga kini dia telah menghasilkan 29 buah album. Sementara lagu-lagu dendangannya yang masih malar segar sehingga kini ialah Anak Pertama, Sireh Pinang, Anak Derhaka, Cek Mek Molek, Kau Pergi Tanpa Pesan dan Gila Judi.

Sampai ke hari ini pun, aura M.Daud belum pudar kerana dia masih mampu digandingkan dengan artis baru seperti Syura dan Ezlynn.

Dia yang masih aktif mengadakan persembahan sehingga kini pernah dianugerah gelaran Penyanyi Lelaki Popular oleh Persatuan Penyanyi Tanah Air (Papita) pada 1979.

Bagi menghargai jasanya dalam dunia seni, bekas artis rakaman IMI itu dikurniakan darjah Datuk Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP) oleh Sultan Perak pada 1991 yang membawa gelaran Datuk.

Pada tahun yang sama juga, dia menerima dugaan hebat daripada Yang Maha Esa apabila anak bongsunya, Norhayati meninggal dunia selepas diserang demam panas.

Terdahulu, isteri pertama M.Daud, Allahyarham Asmah Md. Noor, kembali ke rahmatullah pada 1980. Dia yang mempunyai tujuh orang cucu itu kemudiannya mendirikan rumah tangga dengan Rohani Awang Ngah (Datin) pada 1982 dan kehidupan mereka bahagia hingga ke hari ini.

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Guru Vokal – Hazami, Syafinaz & Juliza Adlizan

28 Feb


Siapakah guru vokal yang paling hebat antara Juliza Adlizan, Hazami dan Syafinaz?.

TIGA guru vokal yang paling popular masa kini ialah Hazami, Syafinaz dan Juliza Adlizan. Dengan latar belakang mereka sebagai penyanyi di samping kelulusan dalam bidang vokal, nyatalah mereka bukan sahaja dikagumi sebagai penyanyi malah kemampuan mereka sebagai guru vokal tidak perlu dipertikaikan lagi.

Walaupun kehebatan mereka sebagai guru vokal jarang diperkatakan tetapi dalam diam, sebenarnya ramai di kalangan penyanyi di Malaysia berguru dengan mereka.

Siapa sangka Ning Baizura, Fazley, Camelia, Jeslina Hashim, Ezlynn dan Noreen adalah di antara penyanyi yang pernah mengikuti kelas vokal yang dikendalikan oleh tiga penyanyi ini di samping anak-anak remaja yang meminati bidang seni.

Dengan bayaran perkhidmatan yang ditentukan, guru-guru vokal glamor ini menaburkan bakti bagi membantu para pelajar mereka memantapkan suara untuk menjadi penyanyi yang dikagumi.

MEGA sempat bersua muka dengan tiga penyanyi itu untuk berkongsi kesibukan, pengalaman dan perancangan masa depan mereka dalam dua bidang tersebut iaitu sebagai guru vokal dan penyanyi popular.

Hazami jadi guru vokal pada umur 18 tahun

SEPULUH tahun lalu, Hazami mungkin tidak menyangka dia akan menjadikan bidang nyanyian sebagai kariernya, apatah lagi menjadi guru vokal.

Sejak dari kecil penyanyi berusia 31 tahun ini amat meminati dunia matematik dan fizik selain mempunyai ijazah dalam bidang Kejuruteraan Kreatif dari Brunel University, West London, United Kingdom (UK).

Bagaimanapun, minat dan kecenderungan kepada dunia seni suara menyebabkan Hazami melupakan ijazah yang dimilikinya itu.

“Semasa bersekolah dulu, saya cemerlang dalam mata pelajaran matematik dan fizik. Saya memang minat dengan dua subjek tersebut.

“Hinggakan sebelum tidur pada waktu malam saya akan belajar dan buat latihan matematik, kalau tidak saya susah hendak tidur.

“Pada masa yang sama, saya juga meminati muzik. Ketika itu abah saya sarankan supaya saya sambung belajar tetapi bukan dalam bidang muzik. Tetapi hari ini saya tidak sangka menjadi penyanyi,” kata Hazami mengimbas kenangan lamanya.

Menurut Hazami, dia sukar melupakan minatnya yang mendalam dalam bidang nyanyian meskipun mempunyai peluang kerja yang cerah dengan ijazah yang dimilikinya itu.

Bagi penyanyi bertubuh kecil ini, menyanyi banyak memberi kepuasan kepada dirinya selain mampu menjanjikan pulangan yang lumayan.

“Saya memang suka menyanyi. Dengan menyanyi saya dapat kurangkan tekanan. Setiap hari saya akan berlatih menyanyi di rumah selama enam jam.

“Selain sebagai hobi, cara itu juga dapat mempertingkatkan lagi mutu vokal saya. Sebagai penyanyi, saya kena berlatih menyanyi setiap hari,” ujar Hazami.

Di samping menyanyi, Hazami yang popular dengan lagu Kata percaya kebolehannya sebagai guru vokal juga mendapat perhatian seiring dengan kejayaannya sebagai penyanyi.

Katanya, kelas vokal yang diikutinya sewaktu bersekolah di Sekolah Menengah Penang Free, Pulau Pinang banyak membantunya sebagai penyanyi dan guru vokal.

“Saya memang tidak ada pendidikan formal dalam bidang vokal tetapi saya pernah mengikuti kelas vokal di sekolah itu selama lima tahun sejak umur saya 13 tahun. Daripada situlah saya mendapat pendidikan awal dalam bidang vokal,” katanya.

Apa yang membanggakan, sebelum bergelar penyanyi lagi, Hazami sudah mencurahkan kemahirannya sebagai guru vokal.

Artis Warner Music ini mula bergelar guru vokal ketika berusia 18 tahun dengan menjadikan bidang itu sebagai kerja sambilannya.

“Cuma baru sekarang saya jadikan guru vokal sebagai salah karier saya. Bagaimanapun, buat masa ini saya kendalikan kelas vokal di rumah saya.

“Dalam tempoh enam bulan dari sekarang, saya merancang untuk membuka sebuah kelas vokal. Saya akan berkongsi dengan penyanyi Dia Fadila yang mungkin turut menjadi tenaga pengajarnya termasuk lima pekerja lain,’’ ujarnya.

Kesibukan menyanyi menyebabkan Hazami terpaksa membahagi-bahagikan masanya untuk dua bidang yang diceburinya itu iaitu sebagai penyanyi dan guru vokal.

Lantaran itu, buat masa ini anak kelima daripada tujuh beradik ini hanya mampu mengambil jumlah pelajar yang terhad bagi mendapatkan bimbingannya.

“Saya bukan sahaja mengambil dua tiga pelajar pada satu masa tetapi saya juga tidak mengenakan bayaran yang tinggi untuk yuran pelajar saya.


“Biasanya saya mengehadkan dua tiga pelajar untuk satu sesi kelas vokal selama dua jam. Saya rasa bayaran yang saya kenakan berpatutan dengan jumlah waktu pembelajaran yang saya sediakan.

“Saya takut kalau letak yuran yang tinggi pelajar saya tidak mampu hendak bayar. Lagipun kesedaran orang ramai untuk mengikuti kelas vokal belum tinggi.

“Ramai orang terutama penyanyi yang menganggap mengikuti kelas vokal tidak penting dan mereka berpuas hati dengan mutu vokal yang ada,” kata Hazami.

Selama menjadi guru vokal sepenuh masa sejak lima tahun kebelakangan ini Hazami telah memberi bimbingan vokal kepada ramai pelajar termasuklah beberapa penyanyi yang sudah menempa nama.

Antara penyanyi yang pernah mendapat bimbingan kelas vokal Hazami ialah Ning Baizura, Fazley, Bienda, Farahdhiya, Elly Mazlein, Fazli Malaysian Idol, Nikki dan Yani.

“Walaupun saya mudah ketawa dan ramai pelajar itu adalah kawan saya tetapi saya amat serius semasa mengajar. Sebab itulah ramai pelajar kata saya seorang cikgu yang garang,” ujarnya lagi sambil ketawa.

Penyanyi yang telah menghasilkan dua album berjudul Tekad, Redha, Tabah (2003) dan Kata (2005) ini mempelawa individu yang berminat untuk menyertai kelas vokalnya supaya melayari laman web

Pelbagai maklumat untuk menyertai kelas vokal itu disertakan menerusi laman web itu termasuklah bayaran dan jadual kelas vokal penyanyi tersebut.

Juliza contohi Michael Jackson

SEBAGAI penyanyi dan guru vokal profesional, Juliza Adlizan banyak mengambil contoh kejayaan penyanyi bertaraf antarabangsa untuk memantapkan kariernya.

Menurut ibu kepada Amzar Mustazly, 18, Nur Addin Arif, 10, dan Julia Afrina Batrisyia, 6, dia amat menekankan betapa pentingnya penyanyi mempelajari teknik menyanyi dengan betul.

Menurut Juliza, setiap penyanyi perlu mempunyai guru vokalnya sendiri bagi memastikan mutu vokal mereka sentiasa disenangi oleh para peminat.

“Bagi saya, setiap penyanyi kena ada guru vokal sepanjang karier mereka menjadi penyanyi. Saya dapat tahu penyanyi berpengalaman seperti Michael Jackson juga ada guru vokalnya sendiri.

“Sampai sekarang Michael Jackson belajar vokal. Guru vokal penting kerana mereka ini boleh dianggap sebagai reminder yang akan menegur dan memperbetulkan kesilapan nyanyian kita,” ujarnya.

Menurut Juliza, dia amat menekankan soal fokus terutama sewaktu mengendalikan kelas vokal.

Justeru, pemegang ijazah sarjana muda Muzik dan Persembahan Vocal dari Utah State University, Amerika Syarikat ini tidak mengambil ramai pelajar dalam sesebuah kelas vokal yang dikendalikannya.

“Biasanya ada dua pelajar sahaja dalam kelas vokal untuk dua jam dalam satu-satu sesi yang saya kendalikan.

“Saya tidak mengambil ramai pelajar dalam sesuatu sesi kerana mahu memberikan tumpuan kepada pelajar tersebut.

“Ini kerana proses pembelajaran teknik vokal secara tidak langsung memerlukan saya mengenali perangai dan kecenderungan serta bakat pelajar saya.

“Jadi, dengan adanya pelajar yang terhad saya dapat memberi lebih banyak tumpuan. Saya rasa cara ini lebih berkesan.

“Apatah lagi pelajar saya terdiri daripada kanak-kanak hinggalah kepada orang dewasa yang mempunyai perangai berbeza,” katanya.

Penyanyi yang pernah popular dengan lagu Kuda Hitam ini menetapkan harga bayaran yang berbeza mengikut kategori usia para pelajarnya.

Juliza mengenakan bayaran RM200 untuk pelajar berusia 15 tahun bagi sesi kelas dua jam dan RM240 selama dua jam untuk pelajar berusia 15 tahun ke atas.

Pelajar Juliza bukan sahaja terdiri daripada kanak-kanak, orang dewasa tetapi meliputi juga golongan artis.

Selain itu, Juliza tidak menggunakan khidmat pembantu sebaliknya dia mengajar sendiri semua pelajar yang mengikuti kelas vokal sejak tahun 1995.

Antara artis yang pernah mendapatkan khidmat kelas vokal Juliza ialah Datin Seri Tiara Jacquelina, Camelia, Deana Yusof, Anis Suraya, Amir (Ruffedge), Adam (BY’U), Jeslina Hashim, Azura Zainal dan ramai lagi.

Juliza yang mengendalikan kelas vokal menerusi syarikatnya, Tasmeen Entertainment Network, mengadakan dua sesi kelasnya dua kali sehari iaitu dari pukul 11 pagi hingga 1 petang dan dari pukul 4 petang hingga 6 petang.

Katanya, kelas vokal amat penting untuk diikuti oleh penyanyi bagi membolehkan mereka tampil dengan gaya suara yang tersendiri.

“Dengan mengikuti kelas vokal, seseorang penyanyi itu dapat mengetahui kelemahan dan kelebihan mutu vokal mereka.

“Sebagai tenaga pengajar pula saya dapat mengetahui potensi mutu suara mereka. Apabila semua faktor itu dapat dikenal pasti ia akan memudahkan kita melahirkan penyanyi yang mempunyai keunikan suara masing-masing.

“Saya kata begitu berdasarkan pengalaman saya sebagai penyanyi selama 22 tahun,” ujarnya dengan penuh yakin.

Syafinaz belajar vokal dengan Siti Chairani

WALAUPUN mempunyai mutu suara yang baik dan bergelar guru vokal, tetapi Syafinaz masih belum puas dengan kebolehan yang dimilikinya itu.

Sebaliknya, penyanyi berusia 33 tahun ini tidak jemu untuk terus mempelajari teknik-teknik vokal daripada guru vokal yang lebih berpengalaman daripadanya.

Pensyarah Fakulti Seni Persembahan Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) ini berkata, sehingga kini dia masih mempelajari teknik vokal dengan guru vokal terkenal dari Indonesia, Siti Chairani Proehoeman.

“Biasanya setiap kali Siti Chairani berkunjung ke Kuala Lumpur saya akan berjumpanya untuk mempelajari teknik-teknik vokal dengannya.

“Masih banyak lagi yang perlu saya pelajari. Bagi saya, perlu ada orang (guru vokal) yang sentiasa mendengar dan membantu mempertingkatkan lagi mutu vokal saya.

“Dengan adanya guru vokal dia akan menegur apabila saya menyanyi dan memperbetulkan cara nyanyian saya supaya menjadi lebih baik,” katanya.


Selain Siti Chairani, penyanyi yang pernah popular dengan lagu Ingin Bersamamu ini juga tidak pernah melepaskan peluang mengikuti kelas vokal yang diadakan oleh penyanyi ataupun guru vokal antarabangsa setiap kali ia diadakan di Malaysia.

“Saya biasa mengikuti program Master Class yang diadakan oleh guru vokal dari luar negara. Selain itu, saya juga pernah mengikuti kelas vokal yang diadakan di Istana Budaya,” ujarnya.

Berbekalkan ijazah Sarjana Muda Muzik dari UiTM, Syafinaz mendapat kepercayaan untuk mengendalikan kelas vokal di beberapa institusi pengajian tinggi di negara ini.

Selain mengajar kelas vokal di UiTM, penyanyi bergelar pensyarah vokal ini juga mencurahkan ilmunya di Jabatan Muzik, Akademi Seni Kebangsaan (ASK) dan kumpulan Koir Kebangsaan Malaysia.

“Saya mula menjadi guru vokal sejak 10 tahun lalu iaitu selepas menerima ijazah dalam bidang muzik dari UiTM, Shah Alam.

“Setakat ini saya mempunyai ratusan pelajar yang berusia dari tujuh tahun hinggalah orang dewasa. Malah beberapa penyanyi juga pernah belajar teknik vokal dengan saya, antaranya Ezlynn, Tiara Jacquelina, Noreen, Rozita Ezlynn dan ramai lagi,” katanya yang setiap hari berkejar ke sana ke mari untuk memenuhi kelas vokal yang dikendalikannya itu.

Setiap Isnin Syafinaz akan mengajar di UiTM manakala pada Khamis dan Jumaat di ASK. Sementara pada hari Selasa, Jumaat serta Ahad masanya diperuntukkan untuk kumpulan Koir Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Kesibukan itu tidak membebankan Syafinaz. Sebaliknya dia gembira kerana dapat menyumbang bakti demi kemajuan bidang seni suara tempatan.

“Kalau hendak diikutkan memanglah penat terkejar ke sana ke mari tetapi saya rasa puas dengan kerjaya saya ini.

“Banyak cabaran mendidik orang untuk menjadi penyanyi kerana kebanyakan pelajar saya tidak faham dengan konsep pembelajaran teknik vokal.

“Ini kerana subjek ini kita tidak nampak instrumennya dan ia hanya berbekalkan kepada suara, sistem pernafasan dan anatomi badan,” jelasnya.

Kesibukannya sebagai penyanyi dan pensyarah vokal menyebabkan Syafinaz tidak mempunyai banyak masa untuk memikirkan soal jodoh.

“Kalau hendak diikutkan, jangankan hendak fikir fasal orang lain (teman hidup), hendak fikir fasal diri sendiri pun tidak ada masa,” katanya sambil ketawa.

Dalam kesibukan mengajar, Syafinaz tidak pernah melupakan bidang nyanyian yang amat diminatinya.

Justeru, setiap kali menerima undangan mengadakan persembahan Syafinaz jarang menghampakan permintaan pihak penganjur.

“Saya sudah mula menyanyi sejak umur sembilan tahun dan diberi peluang merakamkan album pertama ketika berusia 16 tahun menerusi album berjudul Syafinaz dan album kedua berjudul Ingin Bersamamu.

“Selepas 24 tahun menyanyi, bukan mudah untuk saya melupakan bidang yang amat saya minati. Saya merancang untuk merakamkan album terbaru selepas lima tahun tidak buat album baru,” katanya yang muncul menerusi album ketiga Syyy!… pada tahun 2000.

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