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Musical Bonanza

The performers of Antardhwani recently presented ‘The Kings of Rhythms’, a musical tribute to OP Nayyar and RD Burman, at Chowdaiah Memorial Hall. The programme was in two sections. In an elaborate stage setting, songs that fit the audience’s mood, were presented.

The team of singers comprised of ‘Indian Idol’ finalist Biju Nair in lead, Rithisha Padmanabh, Aishwarya Kasinathan and Shruthi Raghavendran. The first-half of the evening had popular tracks of OP Nayyar like Aao Huzoor Tumko, Piya Piya Piya, Jawaniyan Yeh Mast Mast Bin Paye, Jaane Kahan Mera Jigar Gaya Ji and Mere Neendon Mein Tum. 

While each song saw the crowd clapping, whistling and cheering, there were also a few who wore neon lights and were waving and dancing in the crowd. The second-half of the evening saw songs by RD Burman like Mehbooba Mehbooba, Do Lafzon Ki Hai, Tum Bin Jaun Kahan, Hum Kissise Kum Nahin and more. The audience was elated to be a part of this performance.

The artistes were as excited about the performance as the audience. Rithisha, an artiste who performed that evening, said, “I sang Aao Huzoor, Do Lafzon Ki Hein, Aao Na Gale Lagaon and Jaane Kahan among others. I’m a really big fan of both these artistes.” 

Being a young musician, ask her how she likes the songs from yesteryears and she said that she grew up listening to these songs. 

Aishwarya, another artiste of the evening, said, “The numbers we chose were peppy ones and songs which aren’t usually sung for live shows. They were different and something unique from what I have sung before at shows.” She added that it was a fulfilling experience.

Event organisers Runa Sikdar and Biju Nair were excited about how successful the event turned out to be. “We wanted to have a show to gift our audience the feel of two different eras connected by different usages of rhythm; be it the set décor, the music choice or the attitude of performers,” Runa said. 

Biju, who also performed, said, “I feel satisfied to sing the songs created by these legends. The romantic rhythm of OP Nayyar’s songs are my favourites and the high-energy rhythmic numbers of RD Burman is exactly what I enjoyed performing. It was a very well-received show and I am thankful to the crowd for this.”

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