Reliving the golden era

MUSICAL TRIBUTE

Dev Anand fans headed towards Stein Auditorium in India Habitat Centre recently to witness an unusual musical tribute to this legendary actor who passed away in December last year.

PERFORMER Biswajit Bhattacharya sings old melodies of Dev Anand.

The old melodies from films of Dev Anand have been one favourite indulgence of almost all his fans. This passion was relived by Biswajit Bhattacharya, who brought alive the charm of the bygone era. With famous songs like Tere Mere Sapne (Guide) and Main Zindagi ka Sath (Hum Dono) reverberating in the auditorium, the atmosphere was super-charged with this evergreen star’s spirit.

Currently serving as the Additional Solicitor General of India, Biswajit brought alive this magical journey of old melodies and kept the audience enthralled. He said, “Dev Anand has been a hero for at least two-and-a-half decade and the songs of the movies in which he has worked, are a combination of the works of some of the greatest music legends like Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi. It is the immortal work of these great artistes that I presented.”

The choice of songs by Biswajit was also interesting. “These melodies cut across all caste and creed which is inspiring this commercial world. There is a message in almost all the songs that I have sung, which has been wrapped in perfect unison of lyrics and music composition,” he said.

For this lover of old melodies, life has other finer aspects than just a mere indulgence in money. Biswajit says, “Beyond making money, there is an inner life that can be illuminated by old songs as they provide a spirit towards life and living.”

Jaspal Sawhney, businessman was transported to the past by Biswajit’s voice. He said, “I am a fan of Dev Anand and so it was inevitable for me to attend this programme. But I was pleasantly surprised to hear such a melodious voice. Being an amateur, Biswajit has done a very good job. He actually transported us to the era of Dev Saab, even in the absence of any visuals from the actor’s movies.”

A similar opinion was shared by Ramesh Kumar, a Supreme Court clerk, who said, “The singer has done a commendable job in bringing alive the legendary actor Dev Anand. I personally loved the whole concept as I am a fan of old songs.”

However, Reeta Sood, a retired teacher felt that something was missing as Biswajit sung both the male and female parts. She says, “I love to listen to old songs. Dev Anand is my favourite, so we have come here but I am a little disappointed as I feel that there is something missing. The singer should not sing both the male and female parts.”

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