Leander Paes will get another chance to create history after the 44-year-old was named in the Indian squad for the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group I tie against China to be played in Tianjin, China, next month.
Paes, who recently returned to the top-50 world ranking, can surpass Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli if he can register his 43rd wins in the Davis Cup against China.
There was little surprise in the team selection otherwise with singles specialists Yuki Bhambri, Ramnathan Ramkumar and Sumit Nagal picking themselves on the basis of their superior rankings with Rohan Bopanna completing the line up.
Paes’ inclusion in the team was under a cloud since captain Mahesh Bhupathi had dropped him from the tie against Uzbekistan last April and the decision had led to a bitter war of words between the two. He was also not considered for the World Group Play-off against Canada.
However, the All India Tennis Federation (AITA) had hinted on Saturday that Paes would be in contention for the tie against China stating that the experienced campaigner can bring a lot to the table.
Divij Sharan, who is ranked 44th in the world and is two spots ahead of Paes, has been named as a reserve while Purav Raja has been dropped.
A special shade of blue inspired these musicians to create a musical piece
Thanks to an interesting neurological condition called synesthesia.
On certain forums on the Internet, heated discussions revolve around the colour of number 9 or the sound of strawberry cupcake. And most forum members mount a passionate defence of their points of view on these topics. These posts provide insight into a lesser known, but well-documented, sensory condition called synesthesia - simply described as the cross wiring of the senses.
Synesthetes can ‘see’ music, ‘taste’ paintings, ‘hear’ emotions...and experience other sensory combinations based on their type. If this seems confusing, just pay some attention to our everyday language. It’s riddled with synesthesia-like metaphors - ‘to go green with envy’, ‘to leave a bad taste in one’s mouth’, ‘loud colours’, ‘sweet smells’ and so on.
Synesthesia is a deeply individual experience for those who have it and differs from person to person. About 80 different types of synesthesia have been discovered so far. Some synesthetes even have multiple types, making their inner experience far richer than most can imagine.
Most synesthetes vehemently maintain that they don’t consider their synesthesia to be problem that needs to be fixed. Indeed, synesthesia isn’t classified as a disorder, but only a neurological condition - one that scientists say may even confer cognitive benefits, chief among them being a heightened sense of creativity.
Pop culture has celebrated synesthetic minds for centuries. Synesthetic musicians, writers, artists and even scientists have produced a body of work that still inspires. Indeed, synesthetes often gravitate towards the arts. Eduardo is a Canadian violinist who has synesthesia. He’s, in fact, so obsessed with it that he even went on to do a doctoral thesis on the subject. Eduardo has also authored a children’s book meant to encourage latent creativity, and synesthesia, in children.
Litsa, a British violinist, sees splashes of paint when she hears music. For her, the note G is green; she can’t separate the two. She considers synesthesia to be a fundamental part of her vocation. Samara echoes the sentiment. A talented cellist from London, Samara can’t quite quantify the effect of synesthesia on her music, for she has never known a life without it. Like most synesthetes, the discovery of synesthesia for Samara was really the realisation that other people didn’t experience the world the way she did.
Eduardo, Litsa and Samara got together to make music guided by their synesthesia. They were invited by Maruti NEXA to interpret their new automotive colour - NEXA Blue. The signature shade represents the brand’s spirit of innovation and draws on the legacy of blue as the colour that has inspired innovation and creativity in art, science and culture for centuries.
Each musician, like a true synesthete, came up with a different note to represent the colour. NEXA roped in Indraneel, a composer, to tie these notes together into a harmonious composition. The video below shows how Sound of NEXA Blue was conceived.
You can watch Eduardo, Litsa and Samara play the entire Sound of NEXA Blue composition in the video below.
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This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of NEXA and not by the Scroll editorial team.