By Sagar Sawarkar
The first time I met Sachin Tendulkar was when my troupe and I performed at the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) club in Bandra. He liked our performance and invited us to perform at his residence on the occasion of his mother’s birthday.
Sachin loves his music and has a huge collection himself. Although I couldn’t see his collection, I spoke to him about it and he said he listens to Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and almost all the genres. Music is there in his blood. After all, his parents named him after the great music director Sachin Dev Burman.
When we performer at his house for his mother’s birthday, his whole family was there, including his children. His close friends and family members were also present — about 25-30 people. I treasure quite a few special memories of that day. During one of the songs, we had invited Sachin and his wife Anjali to waltz along on the stage and they were gracious to do that. He requested us to perform a couple of his favourites such as “Abhi naa jaao chhod kar…” and “Phoolon ka taron ka…” They may have some special memories associated with the second song as it has something to do with the singling-bond. In fact, Sachin recorded our “Phoolon ka taron ka…” performance on his cell phone.
While we were there, he made his feel very comfortable and personally asked us if we needed anything. Then, he also made sure that all of us had our meals and he himself ate after us. He was quite a gentleman and before our performance began, he requested everyone to switch off their phones. You expect such things from normal people, but during our performances we have seen people talking on phones or even walking away. Here is one of the greatest cricketer, and such gracious behavior coming from him meant a lot to us.
I feel extremely lucky that I came in contact with him and was able to perform at the Tendulkar household. Music does bind people together, but very few get such an opportunity.
Now that he is retiring, it is a sad moment for all his fans. We are fortunate to have witnessed his class and he was born to play cricket. He is someone certainly everyone would miss. On this occasion, one song comes to my mind and that, as mentioned earlier, also happens to be Sachin’s favourites. “Abhi na jaao chhod kar.” (Don’t leave us now…)
— As told to Nishad Pai Vaidya
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(Sagar Sawarkar was one of the finalists in the Indian Idol 2 which ended in 2006. Since gaining fame in the singing contest, he has become a familiar name and sings in concerts all over the world. He has also recorded corporate jingles in Hindi, English, Bangla, Gujarati, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu)