I was born in 1940 in Hathazari, Chittagong, which is now part of Bangladesh. Education was always important to my parents, and with what little we had, they were able to provide an education for their children.
Access to quality education has enabled me to reach far beyond the Bangladeshi village I grew up in.
We have a list of human rights – right to food, right to shelter, right to health, right to education, many such items which are considered and accepted as bill of rights. These are to be insured to people. So all nations, all societies try to do that.
I listen to a lot of TED talks and motivational speakers.
I am never without my lyric book. If anything inspirational happens, I have it there so nothing’s forgotten.
A film like ‘Dangal’ is universal; though it narrates a story that happened in Punjab/Haryana, we like its inspirational story and its idea of celebrating the girl child.
The MTC is known for singing music by great master composers, hymns, American music, Broadway numbers, popular songs, and inspirational music. If the audience doesn’t like one genre, they need only wait for the next number.
My father was very strict, a very militant parent, because he wanted us to be very focused kids. He sold the televisions, so we didn’t watch TV. And he didn’t want any music playing that wasn’t gospel or inspirational music. In fact, he didn’t even like a lot of gospel because he thought it was […]
Almost 50 years old now, some 30 years after graduation, I look at my Caltech classmates and conclude that math whizzes do not take over the world.
People always accuse me of being motivational in a way, like it was a bad thing, but that’s just how I was raised. My mom raised me in a positive environment, with lots of love in my heart, and that reflects in my music.