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the world will descend upon Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games. and don’t have ?received his certificate of Indian citizenship from Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju in 2016. Top News England-born singer-composer Adnan Sami who was granted Indian citizenship more than a year ago says he has been greatly influenced by the folk music of the northeast and by maestros like Sachin Dev Burman “Northeastern folk music influenced me from a very young age Sachin Dev Burman is one of the inspirational musicians in Indian film music The way he fused folk music with his signature style… is amazing So I am aware of the beauty of northeast folk music” said Adnan “Apart from the music the natural beauty (of the northeast) its diverse cultures the people and their hospitality… mesmerised me I have gone to many beautiful places across the globe but I must say that the northeast of our country is the best-kept secret in the world” said the “Lift kara de” hitmaker who is of Pakistani origin Trained in Indian and Western classical music and known for rapid playing on the piano Adnan is popular for hit non-film songs like “Kabhi to nazar milao” “Bheegi bheegi raaton mein” and “Tera chehra” Also read |Singer Adnan Sami gets trolled by Pakistani Twitterati after he tweets on Snapchatfiasco He also sang for Bollywood films like “Ajnabee” “Saathiya” “Joggers’ Park” “Lucky: No Time for Love” and “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” He received his certificate of Indian citizenship from Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju in 2016 — a step that resulted in a barrage of criticism from Pakistan Asked if that bothered him he said: “I know people criticised my decision but honestly I don’t care And why should I I am a singer You love me or hate me based on my music If you are judging me based on my nationality and religion you are a racist This is very offensive I cannot encourage that” Last year he even hailed the Indian Army for conducting surgical strikes on terror camps across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir As a result he got trolled on Twitter by some Pakistanis How difficult is it to be in people’s good books if you are a celebrity who likes to share his opinions without fear “Being a public figure you cannot make everyone happy Some people will criticise your actions and I cannot stop expressing my opinion based on that As far as my opinion on surgical strikes is concerned I explained it to the media clearly “I always stood by my opinion and will do that in future as well I have never made any frivolous comment and never will” said Adnan who once weighed some 230 kg but inspiringly shed well over half of that through a combination of diet and exercise He is now set to begin work on an upcoming Bollywood project “We will be announcing the project very soon I am composing songs for that” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Barcelona | Updated: October 13 2017 11:38 pm Lionel Messi has scored 11 goals in seven Liga games and 14 in all competitions (Source: AP) Top News Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde paid tribute on Friday to Lionel Messi’s “permanent competitiveness” after the five-times world player of the year dragged Argentina into next year’s World Cup with a hat-trick against Ecuador last Tuesday Messi has been in free-scoring form for his club this season hitting 11 goals in seven Liga games and 14 in all competitions On Saturday he faces one of his favourite opponents in Atletico Madrid having scored 27 goals in 34 games against them as Barca look to extend their 100 percent start to the league season Tuesday’s talismanic display in the high altitude of Quito answered the surprisingly large number of critics Messi has in his home country who have claimed that he does not replicate his performances for Barcelona when playing for Argentina Valverde however said no-one at Barca has ever doubted their all-time top scorer “If he has any critics they are few and far between but when you see great things over and over again you stop being surprised” the coach told a news conference on Friday “Messi does what he did the other day (in Ecuador) permanently and we all expected him to deliver and he did Most of all I’m impressed with his permanent competitiveness and the responsibility he takes on his shoulders “You know that he is capable of deciding every game on his own and he always tries to He wears the tag of being the best player in the world but he doesn’t just carry it he demonstrates it every single day That takes a huge level of competitiveness” Despite Messi’s record against Atletico Valverde said he expected a typically tough game against Diego Simeone’s side as Barca aim to pick up an eighth consecutive Liga win and maintain their five-point lead at the top of the standings “You always mark out the fixtures with Atletico on the calendar they are always very important games historically very close and you never know what could happen” the coach said “Atletico know how to make their goals count They have their share of goalscorers but they are one of the hardest teams to score against “It’s true we have got a good scoring record at the moment but we know we’re facing an uncomfortable opponent If they score first it could cost us a lot to get back into the game we’re very clear about that” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 13 2017 4:57 pm Abhay Deol has been awarded for his fight against racism Related News Abhay Deol’s recent tweets about racism and fairness creams not only shook Bollywood but the whole country noticed how the actor stood up for his beliefs The actor has now gotten recognition for his fight against racism that too all the way from Hollywood The makers of Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets awarded Abhay the Valerian of Racism trophy as he has always expressed his views on gender-based stereotypes in Hindi movies He also shares how some Bollywood films end up glorifying stalking as a legitimate means to win over the girl His most recent stand was against fairness creams For promoting their cause in the upcoming movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets the team has handpicked Indian celebrities who are fighting for or saving the country from a social menace Abhay Deol receives this recognition for his undeterred fight against racism Absolutely elated on the honour Abhay said “I got an award for fighting racism We have a long way to go and so help from anywhere is welcome Valerian stands in solidarity with us” Abhay had recently posted pictures and videos of the advertisements of various beauty creams which B-town celebs like Shah Rukh Khan Deepika Padukone and others who had endorsed with some sarcastic captions asking why so much obsession with fairness Looks like his efforts really paid off On the work front Abhay is said to star in Dostana 2 and the Tamil movie Idhu Vedhalam Sollum Kadhai He was last seen opposite Diana Penty in Happy Bhaag Jayegi For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News who went to see the West End theatre show in London, (Photo: Flickr/llanosom) Related News Seven million people die each year because of exposure to air pollution.

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