Somewhat pompously named, Mayank Chhaya Reports or MCR is my widely respected news and feature interview show available on YouTube and on many other media platforms around the world.

Watch my critically acclaimed feature-length documentary 'Gandhi's Song

"Chhaya's work exemplifies the virtues of objective journalism and scholarly research; given that the documentary's subject is not one that would easily draw the attention of viewers. "Gandhi's Song", however, manages to keep its viewers engrossed, enlightens them and yet leaves it to their good sense to perceive the lessons that find mention in the song -- propagated and popularised by Gandhi.”

--Saket Suman, IANS Wire,

India’s largest independent news agency

"Mayank's documentary flows like a stream with an idyllic beauty. Foraying into a territory that is devoid of any populism and allows no scope for playing to the gallery, Mayank gives it the character, chastity and temperance it calls for. The result is over 70 minutes of spell-binding narrative characterized by an articulation you don't get to hear in these times of frivolous."

--Raju Korti, Veteran journalist and writer

Premiering a ghazal.

 

I began writing ghazals at 13. I am 60 now. It has taken me 47 years to have the pleasure of one of my ghazals being composed and sung.

 

I am inordinately thrilled that my school friend Shekhar Phatak from C.N. High School, Ahmedabad, is the one to have superbly composed and sung it. What is more, and quite fortuitously so, he has composed it in Raag Kirwani, a raag I particularly like. Not that I understand raags in their intricacies but I have some instinctive understanding of some of them.

 

This ghazal तेरे ख़याल आये और बेइजाज़त आये, जैसे मयख़ाने में बेसबब इबादत आये was written in five minutes or so like I do many of my ghazals. That was a couple of months ago.

 

The ghazal has been approved for release on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora (worldwide jioSaavn and Hungama (worldwide except the US). Available in about 3 weeks.

 

Thank you very much, Shekhar.

Every time I jumped over the wall of my conscience 

I landed on the same side

Either there is no wall

Or there are no sides

Or there is no conscience

--Mayank Chhaya (1980)