‘That Parsi girl’ in the Bollywood studios, sarodist Zarin Sharma
So, the next day, father and daughter landed up at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai’s Bandra eighbourhood. This time the entire orchestra was there. The teenager was intimidated. But when her father suggested they leave, she felt it would not look nice. They waited.
A few hours later, it was her turn. Years later, reminiscing about that moment, she said, “When I began to play, all the musicians who were standing around were very surprised. Because I was a lady, no? And lady players of sarod were very, very rare. And also there were very few ladies in the film line, so they all were astonished. It seemed to me as if they’d never seen a sarod before. And people came to know about me because here I was – I was just this 18-year-old Parsi girl playing in films. But mostly they didn’t know my name. I was ‘that Parsi girl’.”
Scroll.in, Monday, 21-Dec 2014, – 05:30 am