Amitabh Bachchan Reveals How His Parents' Harivansh Rai Bachchan & Teji Bachchan's Inter-Caste Marriage Was Supported By Sarojini Naidu
Amitabh Bachchan Reveals How Sarojini Naidu Supported’ Harivansh Rai Bachchan & Teji Bachchan’s Inter-Caste Marriage ( Photo Credit – Instagram )

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has revealed how the ‘Bharat Kokila’ Sarojini Naidu had consoled his father Harivansh Rai Bachchan when he went outside his caste and married Teji, which was looked down upon at that time in Allahabad. Harivansh Rai Bachchan was a poet and writer of the ‘Nayi Kavita’ literary movement. He is best known for his work ‘Madhushala’. He married Teji in 1941.

Recently sharing a personal anecdote, the actor said: “I’m a bit hesitant to say this but Sarojini Naidu was a great admirer of my father. My father had an intercaste marriage. My mother Teji hailed from a Sikh family. Back then in Allahabad, intercaste marriages and marrying into another religion were looked down upon. My father faced resistance when he brought my mother to Allahabad.”

“Sarojini Naidu was the first person to console him. She introduced him to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who lived in Anand Bhavan in Allahabad. I still remember the way she introduced my father to him. She said, ‘meet the poet and his poetry’,” he added.

In the 14th episode of the quiz-based reality show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ season 15, host Big B welcomed Yojana Yadav, a senior news editor from Panchkula, Haryana to the hot seat.

For the Rs 3,20,000 question, Yojana was asked: Begum Akhtar was inspired to take up a career as a performer after she was lauded by which poet? The options given were A: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit B: Mahadevi Verma C: Sarojini Naidu, and D: Subhadra Kumari Chauhan.

After using the audience poll lifeline, Yojana gave the right answer which was – Sarojini Naidu.

The 80-year-old actor said: “When Begum Akhtar presented a programme in 1934 for the earthquake victims of Nepal and Bihar, Sarojini Naidu appreciated her. Later on, she was given the title of ‘Mallika-e-Ghazal’ for her singing.”

Begum Akhtar is regarded as one of the greatest singers of ghazal, dadra, and thumri genres of Hindustani classical music.

The ‘Baghban’ fame actor then said: “Sarojini Naidu knew multiple languages and was well-educated. She knew Sanskrit and travelled to many countries. She was a poet and a politician too.”

‘In the Bazaars of Hyderabad’, published in 1912, remains one of Naidu’s most popular poems. She was also referred to as the ‘Nightingale of India’.

‘Kaun Banega Crorepati 15’ airs on Sony.

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