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I first heard MJ when Dangerous was making the rounds. Most people remember "Black or White" when they think of Dangerous; it was MJ's biggest hit since 1982's "Billie Jean". I don't remember it making a great impression upon me. Sure, I liked the morphing towards the end of the song. But I didn't understand what drew people to MJ. Entertainment then revolved around Doordarshan and its inane soaps. But I hardly realized that my ignorance of MJ meant a life of ignorance of music.

A few years later, I caught "Billie Jean" on MTV and I remember my jaw dropping at MJ's moves. Shortly after though, I forgot all about MJ . Those were the days of Mohra, Muqala Muqabla, Urvasi Take it Easy etc. And I could appreciate those easily enough. Ironically, I was appreciating countless artists and moves inspired by MJ, but not recognizing the man himself.

It wasn't till I went to Dartmouth and my roommate from Pakistan mentioned his taste for Prabhu Deva when I realized the source of this wonderful form of entertainment. Today, countless artists like Prabhu Deva, knowingly or unknowingly, dance inspired by that great talent. I wonder how many children grow up today, appreciating the music and dance of his legacy without realizing the source.

Here is to the man who changed the face of music, entertained millions and will continue to inspire plenty more....

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