21st June 2014, Saturday
The Living Room, Hauz Khas Village
The 21st of June marks the longest day of summer. For us Delhiites, this is just another summer day that has been as exhausting and burning hot as ever. Nevertheless, the bright minds of this country believe in seizing the day, and so, this Saturday, Artist at Work Productions (AAW), in collaboration with various artists from across Delhi and Chennai, put on a musical gig to celebrate World Music Day.
The event, hosted at The Living Room, Hauz Khas, saw a good turnout. If music beckons us, we all come running, even if it means braving the scorching summer heat! The moment you reach the venue, you realize that you could spend all your lifetime, sitting in the beautiful and absolutely charming ambiance of The Living Room. Kudos to AAW for choosing the perfect venue to celebrate something that we all love – Music! They hit just the right chords!
The musical extravaganza began with a performance by the band, Raas, comprising of Tanishque Jarial (Lead Vocalist), Divyam Gaur (Guitarist and Vocalist) and Shymak Lamba (Percussive Guitarist). They started off with I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, following it with Maroon 5’s She Will be Loved. A versatile act, it included the songs Kadi aa mil sawan by the Sufi rock band, Mekaal Hasan, a thumri of the Patiala Gharana and the feel-good melody, Shaam, from the film Aisha. Raas’s performance was interspersed with original compositions by all three band members which were undoubtedly, the highlight of their act. The guitar solo by Shymak was phenomenal, stealing everyone’s heart away! He reminded me of the brilliant Dhruv Vishwanath.
Next in line was Vanisha Sharma, a solo artist, who has also performed internationally. A singer and guitarist, she performed a medley of Bollywood songs which included melodic and sweet-sounding numbers like Iktara, O ri Chiraiya, Aao na, and Naino ki bhasha. She closed her performance with Tum Se Hi, the wonderful number from Jab We Met, which got the entire audience singing along to her melodious tunes!
“Music is what keeps me alive; it is a universal language that holds the power to unite the entire world, and I strive to bring together people from different countries, religions and races through this power of music,” says Vanisha.
The performance by Saurav Manna (Lead Vocalist and Guitarist), Surabhi Sharma (Lead Vocalist), Aniket Chaturvedi (Flutist) and Anushka (Sitarist) marked a fitting end to this musical gig. Saurav and Surabhi are students from AR Rahman’s KM Music Conservatory, a one-of-a-kind higher education institute in Chennai. These four artists collaborated specifically for this event and hence, it is an unnamed ensemble. Their act encompassed the varying genres of Bollywood, Indian Classical and Folk Music. It included soul-stirring melodies like Saathiya, Sona Mohapatra’s Abhi Nahi Aana Sajna, the Rajasthani folk song, Chaudhary, a qawwali Dama Dam Mast Kalandar, Rehna Tu from Dilli 6 and Zara Zara from Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein. They also sang an original composition in Raag Bhimpalasi which was beautifully rendered. Garnering a huge round of applause, this ensemble was absolutely spectacular!
Rehna tu, hai jaisa tu
Tujhe Badalna Na Chahoon,
Rati Bhar Bhi Sanam,
Bina Sajawat Milawat,
Na Jyaada Na Hi Kaam,
Tuhje Chaahon Jaisa Hai Tu . . .
We thank Artist at Work Productions (AAW) for hosting this musical extravaganza which was indeed a “carnival of artistic expression and creativity.”
Follow their work at http://aawproductions.com/
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