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Saturday, July 10, 2010


Sudarshan Varadhan
First Published : 06 Jul 2010 11:03:00 PM IST
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It was a night that had promised so much. If one were to ignore the unimaginably lengthy inaugural session to thank the sponsors; the painstakingly boring master of ceremony who’s English was drenched in a heavy north-Indian accent and the highly unsuccessful attempts by the members of Dhwani to connect to the audience with their outrageous jokes, the evening was fairly praiseworthy one.

Medley seemed to be the flavour of the evening as the name Then and Now indicated. The members of Dhwani are extraordinary singers without doubt. Each of the four impressed with their impeccable voices, range and modulation. The songs chosen for the medleys gelled into each other so beautifully and the vocalists improvised intelligently, retaining the original flavour of the songs. Medley is often given as an excuse for choosing sub-standard songs and Dhwani proved why that excuse is grossly invalid. All the songs chosen were legendary in their own way and the rendition of the evergreen classic Meri sapnon ki rani from Aradhana proved to be the highlight of the evening.

Every evergreen classic was combined with a more recent and popular Bollywood chart buster, to provide the much-needed balance and cater to audiences of all age-groups. Another heartwarming fact about the evening was that, the money raised via selling tickets would be used to finance a cancer detection camp. Kudos to the ladies wing of Rajasthani association for coming up with such a novel initiative.

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