In a country as diverse as ours, the blending colours of arts, history and entertainment have bound us in the feeling of oneness for ages and when you add the spirit of belonging to this force, the allegiance knots stronger! It is said that every region and city has its own charm, that is winged to all its people and you will catch our drift as you read about these protagonists from Indore that have one thing in common- being exceptionally stellar!
So take a look at these 7 icons from the city who have made it big with their unique contributions, in shaping up a multifaceted India. They have brought honour and laurels to Indore and we hope this spirited compilation will cast away your quarantine blues!
"Log har mod pe
ruk ruk ke
sambhalte kyun hain,
Itna darte hain toh
ghar se nikalte kyu hain"
Famous for giving us some of the most brilliantly crafted Urdu shayaris to live by, Rahat Indori has Indore deeply engraved in his arts as well as his personality! Born in 1950, Rahat Qureshi, as he was originally called, was famed for his poetry and the immensely meaningful yet spicy songs he wrote for the Hindi film industry. In his travels throughout the world to recite his poetry, he drew in massive praise for the supremely artistic Indian legacy!
"Badal bohot important hain"
A pivotal asset to the comic landscape of our country, Zakir Khan is loved by all because he can throw anyone into a laughing fit with his hilariously relatable comedy and a stark stage presence! Born in the year 1987, in the emblematic city of Indore, Zakir Khan has the knack for saying meaningful things, adding his classic 'Zakurrr' touch, that we all find endearingly charming. And besides all that, he has also revived the love of rich poetry among his fan base and across!
"Ek pyar ka nagma hai
Maujon ki rawani hai
Zindagi aur kuchh bhi nahi
Teri meri kahani hai"
There is no one in the Indian continent who can deny the magnificence of the evergreen melody-queen, Lata Mangeshkar! A jewel on the map of the city, Lata Mangeshkar was born in the year 1929 in Indore and continues to shower us with her breathtakingly pitch-perfect voice! With songs that still resonate in the hearts and minds of billions around the world, Lata is an asset to India's timeless culture, legacy and performing arts.
"Pyaar diwaanaa hotaa hai, mastaanaa hotaa hai
Har khushee se, har gam se, begaanaa hotaa hai"
With a legacy that spans decades and a voice that echoes clear even today, Kishore Kumar has penned one of the most glorious chapters of the Bollywood playback industry! Born in the district of Khandwa near Indore as Abhas Kumar Ganguly, Kumar changed the course of how music was perceived in our country. With songs that we still can't stop swooning over, this class apart singer can surely be spotted in our playlists, for generations!
"Indira Nagar ka gunda hoon mei!"
Popularly known as 'The Wall' in international cricket. Rahul Dravid is a personality that can also be described as the wall of fame! While the Under-19 cricket coach is presently doing the rounds on the internet for his satirical comedy as an angry driver, Dravid has fortified his colossal legacy as the uber-cool captain of the Indian Cricket Team. Born to a Marathi family in Indore, Rahul Dravid is a part of India's vivid sports culture and continues to bring laurels to the city's name even after his retirement from an iconic cricketing career!
"Swagat nahi karoge aap hamara?"
Born in the year 1965, Salman Khan is another name in the list of gems that Indore has given to the country and the world, as a whole. Though surrounded by plenty of controversies, Salman Khan still continues to be an icon for many out there who dream to make it in the movies or for those regular movie buffs!
"Bloody Hell! I'm Preeti Sabrawal"
Remember when Preeti hit that final goal in Chak de India, only to give us one of the most awe-inspiring moments in the history of Hindi cinema for women?! Showing immense strength in the character of Preeti Sabrawal, Sagarika Ghatge made a place in our hearts that cannot be replaced easily. Born in the year 1986 in the glorious city of Indore, Sagarika and her iconic roles add to the already star-studded legacy of Indore!
From Rahat Indori to Zakir Khan, Indore has had a far-reaching impact on the arts and culture of the country. Well, we had the best of time putting this stellar list together and so we hope you also enjoy going through it especially if you are isolated and miss the warm embrace of your beloved city and its people!