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Jog your memory for a three-hour run of classics!

Venkat Raman – 
venkat@indiannewslink.co.nz

An Auckland based Indian businessman, known for his love of Indian film music continuously advises us to promote local talent.

“The Indian community in New Zealand has immense talent; we have our own singers, instrumentalists and other performing artistes. I do not understand the need to invite so called celebrities and waste money. I have always supported events that showcase our talented citizens including youngsters,” he said.

Indian Newslink believes in promoting local talent.

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‘Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya,’ that would go on stage at Dorothy Winstone Centre of Auckland Girls Grammar School, 16 Howe Street, on August 13, 2016 would be one such.

Organised by ‘Swaranjali,’ a musical group that comprises, among others, Dharmesh Patel, Shyamal Raval and Hemant Thaker (all of who are accomplished musicians), the event will feature singers Arif Ziya, Arpita Chanda, Dharmesh Patel, Jayashree, Sitaraman, Jyoti Rajesh, Hemant Shirsat, Nishtha Raval, Shyamal Raval and Vibha Trivedi.

Musical journey

Mr Raval, a music aficionado, has been thinking for a while to stage a programme that would rekindle the memories of people and take them and the following generations along a memory lane, offering soothing and lilting songs that are not usually rendered in musical events today.

He has a team of talented musicians and singers to bring beautiful compositions to life, compelling you to call for an encore.

Mr Thaker, New Zealand’s key Keyboard man will be on the instrument, apart from being the Music Coordinator. His sound knowledge of the key songs would be an added advantage while travelling down the memory lane.

Among the other accompanying instrumentalists are Joscel Alexander (Drums), Joseph Alexander (Electronic Drums and Octopad), Peter Paul (Tabla and Dholak), Rezwan Ashraf (Lead & Rhythm Guitar) and Shivan Padayachi (Bass Guitar).

The Singers

Leading the group of singers are organisers Shyamal Raval and Dharmesh Patel, both of who are passionate singers with several shows to their credit.

While sharing their passion for quality music and promoting local artistic talent, they differ in their style of rendition, to bring variety to their performances.

 

Arif Ziya, adept at songs rendered by the late Mohammed Rafi; Arpita Chanda, a trained singer; Hemant Shirsat, known for his proficiency in old numbers; Jayashree Sitaraman, a classical music composer and singer with playback experience in Malayalam films; Jyoti Rajesh, a ‘sponstaneous singer;’ Nishtha Raval, a chip of the old block; and Vibha Trivedi, a quality performer and teacher among the singers.

You can hope to listen to scores of songs, including such great compositions as ‘Kaise Rahu Chup’ (from the film ‘Inteqam,’ 1969), ‘Main Tenu Samajhawan Ki’ (‘Virsa,’ 2010), ‘Mutthu Kodi Ka Varigala’ (‘Do Phool,’ a film released 1967, from the original Tamil hit ‘Anubhavi Raja Anubhavi’ released in 1967), Nazar Na Lag Jaaye (‘Night in London’ 1967); ‘Yaad Kiya Dilne Kahan’ (‘Patita’) and ‘Zindagi Khwab Hai’ (‘Jagte Raho,’ 1956).

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