A euphoric night with ‘Taal Se Taal Mila’

Taal se Taal Mila


Members of Viva Band with Arun Nanda, Srijani Dan, Shailja Chandra, Priya Dass, Jasmine Gill, Jagpreet Grover and Gul Hora

By Manju Mittal

”˜Taal Se Taal Mila’ concert captivated a house full audience in Sydney, UNSW on Saturday August 27, 2016. It was yet another unforgettable local musical show that Sydney witnessed and indeed a successful one at that. A night of soulful numbers and nostalgia with melodies of 70s, 80s and the 90s. Concert was a nostalgic trip with stunning performances by Sydney’s own team of talented local singers and musicians.

All of us have grown up on a steady diet of Bollywood music. Music is a universal language which helps connect to heritage and culture.  Sydney’s well known gorgeous and talented singer Srijani Dan was emcee for the evening with co-host ”˜Voice of India Monika Geetmala’ broadcaster Shailja Chandra. Srijani and Shailja welcomed artists of the evening and introduced singers the audience unaware that the night was going to be such a huge success.

The concert commenced with a devotional song ”˜Tu na jane aas paas hai khuda’ by the talented and popular singer Jagpreet Grover, who unleashed a powerhouse of musical energy. Watching Jagpreet move and sing on stage was undeniably surreal. Jasmine Gill, another wonderful singer, has a resemblance in voice to the mystical Shreya Ghoshal, captured the audience attention with two beautiful hit numbers ”˜Saans mein teri saans’ and ”˜Mere dholna sun’. And there was no better way as Jasmine and Jagpreet pelted hit numbers ”˜Rang de tu mohe Gerua’ and ”˜Taal se taal mila’ from the movie ”˜Taal’ and many more.

The night was a treat for the music connoisseurs when a professional singer Srijani Dan rendered two lines of everyone’s favourite song ”˜Lag ja gale’ and another song of 80s ”˜Dafli wale dafli baja’ and she was accompanied by her student Arun Nanda. Srijani’s performance not only took music lovers of pure classical music down the memory lane but also she left audience asking for more. It left an euphoria deep within, a feeling when one witnesses something remarkable and magical, her voice of amazing depth and oh! so intoxicating. Then came young and talented Gul Hora who started off to a thundering applause with the soft romantic number ”˜Sun raha hai na tu’ from movie Ashiqi 2. Gul also included his popular track ”˜Soona Angan’ and he captured the audience attention with his vocal brilliance with him playing the guitar was simply amazing. Gul is a recorded artist and recently one may have heard him in the movie ”˜UnIndian’.

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Another enjoyable song was ”˜Mil gayi aaj asmaan se’ by Priya Dass. Priya’s beautiful delivery, timbre of her alto vocal range brought out the sweet deeply flirtatious quality of the song. Priya has an impressive training behind her singing and hailing from musically renowned Dass family of Fiji. She sang few other memorable duets with Arun Nanda.  Shailja Chandra and Arun Nanda also entertained us with beautiful renditions such as ”˜Janeman tere do nayan’ and ”˜Keh do ki tum ho meri warna’. Old songs have deep seated emotions and memories that take us right back to our school days.

Another highlight was to witness the performance of the dancers from Ruchi Sanghi’s School of Dance, they gave a stunning elegant classical dance performance to some famous Bollywood numbers. Ruchi Sanghi is the founder of Kathak School in Australia. While the audience had anticipated singing talents, the magic of Live ”˜Viva Band’ was brilliant with an impressive stage decoration as the backdrop.

The concert was divided into two sections – first part featured songs from 70s, 80s and 90s and second dedicated to hit new 21st century Bollywood songs. ”˜Taal se taal mila’ presented next a medley by all the seven singers of the night as they encouraged the audience to sing and dance along with them, no matter how loud.

Organisers Gujrati Brahman Samaj brought this beautiful ”˜Taal se taal mila’, a fantastic musical show. Rushi Dave thanked sponsors, audience and GBS volunteers for their continued support in making the evening memorable one. Main force behind ”˜Taal se taal mila’, Arun Nanda, looking at the response, promised that he plans to host similar events in the future.

It was a nostalgic musical journey as well as an evening of intoxicating music that some of us were fortunate enough to not only listen, witness but also take it home, a memory that will stay forever.

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