"The Eternal Madan Mohan" concert in Bangalore a resounding success!
15 April 2011
The Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar hosted "The Eternal Madan Mohan", a concert of melodies of Madan Mohan on 10 April 2011 at the Jyoti Niwas College Auditorium, Bangalore.
A thousand music lovers formed the wonderful audience, who were regaled by renditions from Madanji's magical repertoire, and applauded all through.
Ajay Madan and his team of 14 talented musicians from Mumbai, recreated the melodies impeccably while Gaurav Bangia from Mumbai and Divya, Rithisha and Yasin from Bangalore gave a remarkable account of themselves with their emotional renditions.
The songs performed included Baiyan Na Dharo, Nainon Mein Badra Chhaye, Tum Jo Mil Gaye Ho, Zameen Se Humen Aasmaan Par, Naina Barse, Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil, Ab Tumhare Hawaale Wattan Sathiyo, Rang Aur Noor, Lagja Galese, Jhumka Gira Re, Aye Dil Mujhe Bata De, Phir Wohi Shaam, Kaun Aaya Mere Manke Dwaare, Dil Dhoondta Hai, Tere Liye, and many others
The show was ably compered by Vasudha, who also involved the audience with quiz questions on Madanji's repertoire and gave away special DVDs of Madanji to the winners.
Madanji's sons, Sanjeev and Sameer Kohli were special invitees on the occasion. Sanjeev spoke on memories of his father and the audience was moved by some of his remininsces.
Yash Raj Music also put up a stall with CDs of Tere Bagair, a collection of Madanji's unreleased songs, which many fans took home as a souvenir of the memorable evening.
Musicolor, led by Rajesh Subramaniam, coordinated the music troupe from Mumbai, and the content of the well-constructed concert.
Suresh Patel, President of the Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar, as well as Manoj Agarwal worked tirelessly to make this event happen, and were ably assisted by Nagesh Siddhanti and various other team members. All their efforts and perfect organization, the performances as well as Madanji's eternal melodies ensured that the evening was a resounding success.
The Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar recently took a select audience back in time in through a memorable concert called 'The Eternal Madan Mohan'.
Musical maestro Madan Mohan, who did not get his due during his lifetime, was re-introduced to the audience. Before the concert began, people said they were overjoyed when they heard there was going to be a tribute concert to Madan Mohan.
"He has been an outstanding composer who has given many classic songs and we felt it was time we had a concert of his popular songs as a tribute to him. It's nice to see so many fans of the composer coming together," said Vidyut, from Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar.
Held at the Jyothi Nivas College Auditorium, the concert saw the presence of Sanjeev Kohli and Sameer Kohli, the sons of Madan Mohan. Sanjeev explained how passionate his father was when it came to music.
"It has been 36 years since he passed away but it is amazing how he still lives through his music," added Sanjeev.
The evening began with a melodious flashback, where the audience was treated to a documentary on the composer. Veterans in the industry shared fond memories of Madan Mohan and the relationship he shared with each one of them.
A musical troupe of Ajay Madan from Mumbai featuring singers like Gaurav Bangia, Yaseen, Divya Raghavan and Rithisha, presented the concert. It started with romantic numbers like Ek Haseen Shaam Ko from the movie Dulhan Ek Raat Ki and Naino Mein Badra Chhaye from Mera Saaya. Ritisha rendered the popular song Kahin Yeh Woh To Nahin.
A tribute to Madan Mohan is not complete without ghazals. The troupe soon moved on to ghazals with Yaseen singing Rang Aur Noor Ki Baraat Kise Pesh Karu. Just when the audience were settling into the ghazals, the singers slowly shifted to the duets. A song that was much appreciated was Meri Duniya Mein Tum Aye from Heer Ranjha and Agar Mujhse Mohabbat Hai from Aap Ki Parchhaiyan.