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US singer Robin Thicke has scored his
first UK number one with the fastest-sell-
ing single of the year so far.
Blurred Lines, featuring rapper TI and
Pharrell Williams, sold 190,000 copies in
its first week to claim top spot.
"It's an honour and a pleasure to be
number one in the UK," said R&B star
Thicke, calling it a "dream come true".
In the album chart, Leanne Mitchell -
winner of last year's series of BBC's UK
production of talent show The Voice -
failed to break into the Top 100 with her
The 29-year-old's self-titled record is
ranked at number 134 in this week's
countdown following reports of dismal
Thicke's song overtook last week's
number one, La La La by Naughty Boy,
which had been the year's first-week
Pharrell, who produced Blurred Lines,
also sings on this week's number three
single, Daft Punk's former chart-topper
Get Lucky, which comes one place ahead
of Passenger's Let Her Go.
Jessie J, who appears on the Voice as a
mentor, completes this week's top five
with Wild - the first single from her as-
yet untitled second studio album. (BBC)
Robin Thicke scores his first UK number one single
BOBIE-LEE DIXON, TREMAINE SOCA
WARNER and ZAHRA GORDON
As we reflect on the Indian con-
tribution to the nation s culture,
we shine the spotlight on some of
these dynamic and talented rising
As the first daughter of award-
winning musician Mungal Patasar,
Sharda Patasar has been involved
in music from her infancy and has
become well-known for her natural
flair on the sitar.
She has composed background
music for films such as Coolie Pink
and Green (2009) and 17 Colours
and a Sitar (2010). In 2009, Patasar
worked with Australian pianist Tom
Donald and British clarinet player
Mark Buckingham on an experi-
mental fusion CD titled Odyssey.
The 36-year-old has performed
in numerous fusion concerts in
T&T and abroad, blending the
music of the sitar with other instru-
ments such as pan and the piano.
She has performed at many music
and dance festivals and most
recently, she performed at the inau-
guration ceremony for President
Anthony Carmona. She is currently
working on her first album.
Apart from her music career,
Patasar has worked as a secondary
school teacher and lecturer and
some of her work has been pub-
lished in Caribbean Beat magazine
and the T&T Review. She is working
on a doctorate in cultural studies
at the University of the West Indian
(UWI) St Augustine and is due to
graduate later this year.
In 2009, Patasar received an
award for her contribution to cul-
ture from the Hindu Women s
Organisation of T&T.
In a recent telephone interview,
she said around seven years ago she
changed her outlook and began to
regard herself more as Hindu than
as East Indian.
"There are so many versions of
what it means to be Indian in
Trinidad," she said. "My religion,
Hinduism, gives me a better frame-
work with which to work when it
comes to my world view and the
way I see people."
Neval Chatelal grew up in Chase
Village in central Trinidad and
attended Presentation College in
Chaguanas before studying instru-
mentation at UTT.
In 2010, he shot into the spotlight
as the winner of Digicel Rising Stars
and left his job at the time for a
full-time career in music. In 2012,
Chatelal won the tenor solo category
at the 30th Biennial Music Festival
and earlier this year he was named
a national patriotism champion by
the Ministry of National Diversity
and Social Integration. He per-
formed for the Earl and Countess
of Wessex during their visit to T&T
last year and has been selected to
perform at many international con-
ferences hosted by T&T.
In commemoration of T&T s
50th anniversary of independence,
Chatelal wrote a song entitled Won-
der of This World (T&T) and col-
laborated with Machel Montano on
the track. He most recently per-
formed for China s president, Xi
Jinping, during his official visit to
T&T this weekend.
In a telephone interview with the
T&T Guardian earlier this week,
Chatelal said he started off in west-
ern classical music and it was much
later on that he discovered the
beauty of Indian classical music.
"This knowledge of my heritage
added so much richness to my life
and had many transformative
effects. My expression was forever
influenced after coming to learn
about my ancestral traditions."
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