Rakesh Maharaj creates Mukesh nostalgia in Sydney

By Manju Mittal

The rhythms of the noted music composer and singer of Bollywood Mukesh songs mesmerised Sydneysiders in a memorable musical night. The concert, ”˜Mukesh Ki Yadeein’ was organised on Saturday April 15, 2017. More than 700 people gathered at Bonnyrigg Sports Club for the concert, an evening of music and nostalgia for the Indian and Fiji community. Venue was jam packed and it was indeed a successful sold out show.

Charming singer Lalitha Chellappan was the emcee for the evening as she welcomed the audience and introduced each and every artist and their special talent, Rakesh Maharaj, Pragati Saikia, Merina Sumesh, Hirdesh, Saleem, Janen, Rohini, Reshmi and Jay Jay.  Sydney’s well known Fijian singer Rakesh Maharaj took fans on a musically guided trip down memory lane during ”˜Mukesh Ki Yaddein’ a live concert tribute to Mukesh, the eminent singer of  India from yesteryears.  Mukesh was one of the best singers of his times. He was awarded for his songs in Rajnigandha, Kabhi Kabhi, Andaz, Mela and many more.

As many as 30 songs composed by Mukesh were presented during the night. The program began with the song ”˜Kahin dur jab din dhal jaye’ and it followed with hits of Mukesh including songs like ”˜Jane kahan gaye wo din’, Ek pyar ka nagma hai’, ”˜Kabhi Kabhi dil mein khayal aat hai’, Kya khoob lagti ho’, ”˜Phool tumhe bheja hai’, ”˜Chal akela’ and many more. Nostalgia ran high throughout the evening as Rakesh sang such classics, inviting encore requests. The incessant cheers and clap showed that most of Mukesh’s songs still resonate with the music lovers of today.

Rakesh Maharaj’s voice is highly intoxicating his style of singing reminds Mukesh undoubtedly and his melodic voice touched the heart of the audience. Pragati Saikia and Merina Sumesh entertained us with their versatile voice. Running sound system Heaven Sydney, Shav Kumar and rhythm Master Sukhi and Dinesh Kumar did an excellent job in organising the concert. We all thoroughly enjoyed the talent of each performer. Highlight of the evening was fantastic dance performance by Monsoon Dance group and Lalitha’s beautiful rendition on Karaoke ”˜Jhumaka gira re’.  It was a treat for the music lovers of Sydney to listen to the old songs of Mukesh once again live on stage.


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