Avijit and Pushpa, superb singers of Sydney!

By Neena Badhwar

AHIA’s (Australian Hindi Indian Association) ‘Hai Apna Dil to Awara’ concert with Avijit Sarkar and Pushpa Jagdish on June 17 with a packed audience on a cold overcast night had songs from movies such as Kohra, Bees Saal Baad, House Number 44, Jaal and music of S D Burman, Shankar Jaikishan and the like. The evening is devoted to celebrating the songs of the great singer Hemant Kumar.

If the soul of the legendary singer is alive then it is through Avijit Sarkar, it lives on. Every song that is sung by Avijit is enjoyable and enjoyed by his team of musicians too – Sadiq Rehmani on guitar, Abhijit Dan on tabla, Pradip Pandya and Sanjeev Raja on musical instruments and Vishal on organ – all tuned to Avijit as they arrange the music, little twists and turns that we remember in the songs from years gone by. The group has come to not sing but enjoy music in an ensemble that works hard to create a magic of sorts.

Song selection is quite good and a special request by AHIA’s Santram Bajaj, of ‘Tere Dwar Khada Ek Jogi’ is readily fulfilled. Avijit’s ‘Ganga aaye kahan se’, ‘Ye nayan dare dare’, ‘Na ye chand hoga’ and ‘Beqarar karke humein yun na jaayiye’  have us all transported to an era where our ‘Soya pyar’ is rekindled once again.

Pushpa Jagdish’s haunting song ‘Kahin Deep Jale kahin dil’ reverberates through Pennant Hills venue. Everyone mesmerised by her delivery, other duets with Avijit of the lady with a golden voice are equally good – movie Mumta’s ‘Chhupa lo yun dil mein pyar mera’, what more can one say or ask. Superb really!

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