Shaam-e-Mehfil for a noble cause with Suhas and Savaniee

By Manju Mittal

On May 12, 2018, Mother’s Day weekend, not even a cold chilly wet weather stopped music lovers to attend Shaam-e-Mehfil organised by Suhas Mahajan and presented by Sewa Australia at Madison Function Centre, Dural. Listening to music depends a lot on the environment in which you experience it. The warmth of an intimate live concert when the musicians are sitting so close to the listeners in an intimate cosy hall in freezing cold weather where there is no sense of separation and where you can get drawn into the subtle soulful sounds of the music.

Marathi play back singer Savaniee Ravindra is a trained Indian Classical Singer by Pandit Pandharinath Kolhapure.  Savaniee was among the five finalist 2011 IDEA Sa Re Ga Ma singers. She has a strong classical background. She is the daughter of Dr. Ravindra Ghangurde and Dr. Vandana Ghangurde who are both singers. Savaniee was also trained in Ghazal gayaki by Ravi Date. She has performed extensively with top singers and musicians. She is well known for her popular music shows Black & White, Ghazal ka Safar and Gulzar Baat Pashmine Ki. She has lent her voice to a number of Marathi actresses.  Her subtle command on the grammar of the Raga-the melodic structures the rhythmic disciplines and the distinctive technique of voice with its demands makes it a pleasant experience for the audience.

Suhas Mahajan needs no introduction to his fans in Australia. Suhas is a talented singer who knows the art of mesmerizing. He has devoted many of his concerts to charity and fund raising for many worthwhile causes in Australia.  Sydney’s well known handsome and talented Rajeev Chaturvedi was the Emcee for the evening as he welcomed the guests and introduced each and every artist and their special talent.

Savaniee kicked off the musical evening with a very soothing rendition of”˜Raat akeli hai’ followed by a popular song ”˜Piya tose naina laage re’.  It was insurmountable when she sang ghazal “Aaj jane ki zid na karo” with an exquisite mixture of classical music. Savaniee also included songs from old Bollywood films such as ”˜Ajeeb dastaan hai’, ”˜Lag ja gale’, ”˜Jhumka gira re’, ”˜Chura liya hai tumne’ and many more.

Another enjoyable song was ”˜Yeh nayan dare dare’ by Suhas Mahajan. He performed a few hit numbers such as ”˜Main zindgi ka saath’, ”˜Chaudhavi ka chand’, ”˜Ae meri Zohra zabeen’. Equally hauntingly nostalgic were the duets ”˜Yeh rate ye mausam’, ”˜Beeti na beetai raina’ and ”˜Abhi na jao chhod kar’ by Suhas and Savaniee.

I caught up with Savaniee Ravindra after the mehfil, Savaniee said, “I’ve enjoyed performing with Suhas Mahajan tonight. The Sydney audience were warm and encouraging and completely surprised in their intensity and response to my performance.” I asked her any message to our readers, she smiled, in a voice that is as melodious as her singing, she replied, “I would like to thank all my listeners for all the love and affection.”

Organiser of the event Suhas Mahajan was pleased with all proceeds going to the Sewa Australia family support services. He thanked guests for continued support in making the evening memorable one. Sydney is a city that lives in music. I had an amazing time from the beginning to the end. Whoever was there that night was lucky to be a witness to an entertaining evening. Thanks to a great Shaam-e-Mehfil.














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