Reading the coverage of the sad demise of Actor Vinod Khanna over the internet, Newspapers and Media forced me to think, “Should we be waiting to acknowledge someone’s achievements till he/she is dead? Don’t they need to be acknowledged for their great work, achievements or performances while they are still alive? Do they need to be remembered just when there’s an award function and they are given a “Life time achievement award” or a State or National award?
Taking the recent instance, if we talk about Bollywood, there are and have been so many legendary actors who have been almost forgotten with a few exceptions like Mr.Amitabh Bachchan, who still remain in the public eye. Rishi Kapoor would be another famous face who is generally in the news for his “tweets”. Whereas the list of those forgotten is endless. Some of the names that come to my mind instantly are Dilip Kumar, Shatrughan Sinha, Shashi Kapoor, Manoj Kumar, Randhir Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Danny Denzongpa, Jeetendra, Vinod Nagpal, Reena Roy, Zeenat Aman, Raakhee, the ever beautiful and an epitome of grace Rekha.
The list doesn’t end only with the Bollywood or any film industry actors/actresses. This is true even for achievers in other fields like Sports, Indian Classical Music, Indian Classical Dance, Education, Fashion, Social Reforms, Social Service, Politics, Authors, Stage artists, Painters, Industrialists, Entrepreneurs …again the list is extremely long. Many of today’s generation would not have even heard of these legends.
As a famous Hindi adage goes, “Jab Jaage Tabhi Savera”, Or in English, “Better late than never”:
– Let’s begin today.
– Indian Legends – Alive or living in our hearts.
– Let’s “all of us” play our part in recognizing these legends.
– Let all the Indians and people worldwide know about them.
We, the team Tentaran.com is making a humble beginning to acknowledge achievements and achievers. Let’s turn this effort into a success. Let everyone know about the people we are proud of. This is for all of us, from all of us. Contribute, Like, Share, make it reach to as many people as you can because only WE can make a difference.
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