No one would believe that Baba Ramdev, who is known as the nation’s Yoga Guru, will rock the stage of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs on his recent visit. This Friday, you will see a spunky Baba who will sing songs at the drop of a hat, pull anchor, Jay Soni’s leg, dance with contestants and make the audience roll with laughter with his rib tickling sense of humour. Baba Ramdev was literally “Baba Cool” who stole the limelight and proved that yoga can be fun and spunky with the right attitude.
The moment Baba entered the sets he broke into an impromptu Bhajan reminiscing his school days. He did not shy away from retakes till he got the notes right. After his performance Nitin asked Baba, “Baba aap bachpan mein kaise the?” to which pat came the reply, “Bachpan mein main nanga ghoomta tha. Till the age of 5-6, I used to wear bare minimum clothes. Main bhi bachpan mein kheti baari karta tha. Primary education toh free hota tha, fir do rupaye fees ho gaya. Main second hand books lekar padhta tha par class mein 1st aata tha. Main kitabein itni saaf rakhta tha ki agle saal main, jitney mein kitabein kharidi thi, usse zyaada daam mein bechta tha.”Baba Ramdev interspersed his comments on the performances with yoga tips for all. He asked Niladri to reduce weight by doing kapalbharti; gave Jay Soni some tips to improve his hearing and taught Rimsha how to control her anger. Baba enunciated the benefits of anulom vilom in a singer’s life and earnestly requested everyone to practice pranayam for a healthier lifestyle. Javed Ali and Alka Yagnik follow Baba Ramdev’s yoga tips religiously and were thrilled to have him on the sets. Javed said, “I never fail to practice anulom vilom before any concert, performance or public appearance, which works like magic in calming my frayed nerves.”
Baba Ramdev, on Rimsha’s request, enlightened the audience on how he got drawn to Yoga. “Mein jab 9 baras ka tha… to main bahut mota tha… bimaar rehta tha…sab mujhe pe-tal, pe-tal bulate the… phir maine yoga karna shuru kiya aur tab se leke aaj tak, roz 5 baje uthta aaya hoon aur aaj result aapke saamne hain…”
Later at a press interaction, Baba condemned Rakhi Sawant for targeting a sadhu like him to promote her show. Baba said, “People like Rakhi resort to such below the belt remarks just to gain popularity!” The media appreciated Baba’s unassuming gait and poise even though he was wearing three inch high wooden khadao’s (wooden sandals).