It was a ride through nostalgia on Thursday evening as music lovers were enthralled to songs of legends like Kishore Kumar, Mohd. Rafi, Mukesh, Manna De, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle. Songs like Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli, Main shayar Badnaam and Mere Sapno Ki Rani Kab Ayegi, echoed in the auditorium, leaving them spellbound.
The event titled Sureeli Yaadein — an annual feature by Sur Aradhana Cultural Society — was organised to pay a special tribute to Rajesh Khanna, Shammi Kapoor and Dev Anand.
‘It is extremely sad that we don’t have the biggest Bollywood legends with us anymore. By organising this musical evening, it was our way to show our love to all of them. We dearly miss them,’ said R S Sharma, Founder and President of Sur Aradhana Cultural Society.
The star attraction at the event was comedian Sunil Pal who made the mood a bit lighter and tickled the funny bone with his jokes and tall stories on Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi which left the audience in splits.
‘Comedy is my forte but I am also a music lover. Old music holds a special place in my life. Today I would test my singing skills along with other veterans,’ Pal joked.
The singers who captured the audience by bringing alive the legends on stage were Vinod Rathod who paid tribute to Rajesh Khanna by singing all his Kishore Kumar numbers. Mohd Aziz crooned to Rafi’s songs picturised on Shammi Kapoor and Vipin Sachdeva lent his voice to Rafi’s songs picturised on Dev Anand.
Apart from the musical tribute, awards were given to distinguished personalities from various walks of life for excellence in their respective fields. They were given to to Seema Jha [X Factor India contestant], Abhas Joshi, Vinod Rathore, Mohd.Aziz and Vipin Sachdeva for their contributions.