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Naushad Magic Recreated

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
By Amarendra Dhaneshwar

Orchestra music is a special type of music. In a way, it is a recent phenomenon which took roots in the early decades of independence. Popular film music presented on stage by professional or amatuer singers with the help of instrumental orchestration which would exactly reproduce the openings, interludes and concluding phrases recreates the original impression which is enjoyed by lay listeners. One of the pioneers of such orchestra music was the late Vinod Gidh whose 'Zankar' orchestra was the rage in fifties,sixties and seventies. Ganesh festival as well as Navratra festival afforded a host of performance opportunities to such music groups.

Most of the orchestra groups have now moved to auditoriuma and halls from the street corner make shift stage. The character of music has changed somewhat but the essence remains the same. Vinod Gidh's talented daughters Reshma and Sushma have been carrying ahead the good work of their father by organizing theme based shows. One such show was held recently at the 'Kalavaibhav' Hall at the Prabodhankar Thakarey Complex at Vile Parle. Since the current year is a centenary year of the veteran music composer, Naushad, the theme was focussed on his songs.

Naushad's music has a wide variety of musical expressions. On the one hand, there are songs like 'Madhuban Mein Radhika' or 'Aaj Gavat Man Mero Jhumke' which are directly classical bandishes. Naushad upbringing was in the musical culture of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Thus, songs like 'Gaadiwale Gadi Dheere Hankre' or 'Nain Lad Gayi Hai' are exuberant folk songs. Naushad also composed ghazals like 'Koi Sagar Dilko Behlata Nahi' or 'Mere Mehboob Tujhe' which were emotively rendered by Mohammed Rafi.

All such songs were woven together in a nicely presented programme by Reshma, Sushma and other singers. Sushma sang the Noorjahan numbers like 'Jawan Hai Mohabbat' and 'Awaz De Kahan Hai' with those typical inflections of the voice. Her rendering of Shamshad Begum songs was particularly convincing. Reshma sang 'Mohe Bhool Gaye Sawanriya' in a delicate voice with sensitivity. Harish Kalyanpurkar sang the favourite Rafi numbers 'Man Tarpat Hari Darsan' and 'O Duniya Ke Rakhwale' with due care and sincerity. 'Madhuban Mein' and 'Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya' received a standing applause. The show was compered by Prashant Gurav.

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