Remembering the era of 70s when Melody was Queen

By Manju Mittal

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. ”˜70s Ki Yaadein’ live concert presented by Adrian’s orchestra held at Sydney, Bowman Hall, Blacktown Sunday August 5, 2018, was one such unforgettable local musical show that Sydney witnessed.  A night of soulful numbers and nostalgia was created with melodies of 70s.  Concert was a nostalgic trip with stunning performance by Australia’s most talented local singers and musicians.

Sydney’s well known filmmaker Abhijit Deonath, producer of Australia’s first Hindi film- ”˜Salt Bridge’, wrote the script for the concert and was emcee for the evening with co-host Samrat from Canberra.  Abhijit and Samrat welcomed artists of the evening and introduced each and every singer and their special talent. Abhijit and Samrat offered creative interludes, in between, to keep the audience engaged.

Dressed a la ‘Mumtaz’ style these ladies were chosen from the audience and called on stage for their attire in the 70’s theme

The concert commenced with a duet song ”˜Jane ja doondta’ by the talented singers Daryl and Prianka, Daryl is not only a great singer, he is also a music director to boot. James, another wonderful singer captured the audience attention with three beautiful hit numbers ”˜Gulabi aankhe jo teri dekhi’, ”˜Aise na mujhe’ and ”˜Zindgi ka safar’. And there was no better way as Arun and Prianka pelted hit number ”˜Ghum hai kisi ke pyar’.

It was indeed a treat for the music connoisseurs when Ria rendered ”˜Ye mera dil pyar ka’ and another song of 70s ”˜Salam e Ishq meri jaan’, her performance not only took music lovers of down the memory lane but also she left audience asking for more. Ria is a natural gifted singer and also recognised in India in Sa re ga ma pa.

Then came talented Arunita as she started off to a thundering applause with the soft romantic number ”˜Rangeela re’, Arunita also included popular songs ”˜Haye haye ye majboori’ followed by two duets with Sunil and Vikash ”˜Rafta rafta’ and ”˜Kah do tumhe’ both capturing audience attention with their vocal brilliance and dances move was amazing.

Another enjoyable song was ”˜’Bahon mein chale aao” by Gunjan. Gunjan’s beautiful delivery along with the timbre of her alto vocal range brought out the sweet deeply flirtatious quality of the song. She sang few other memorable duets with Daryl and Sunil.  Aakash and Krishna also entertained us with beautiful renditions such as ”˜Anewala pal’ and ”˜Chadti jawani meri chaal mastani’. Old songs have deep seated emotions and memories that take us right back to our school days. While the audience had anticipated singing talents, the magic of Live ”˜’Adrian’s Orchestra” was brilliant.

Producer & Keyboardist, the main force of behind the scenes, Adrian Nair added, “This concert is not only a tribute to the legendary compositions of the 1970s but we dedicate this show to the fans and many Indian artists, musicians and bands that are always working hard to produce musical events for the Indian Australian subcontinent”.

Adrian’s Orchestra must be thanked for bringing ”˜70s ki Yaadien’ and thus gave Sydney a fantastic musical show.  It was truly an euphoric evening of intoxicating music that some of us were fortunate enough to not only listen, witness and take it home, a memory that will stay with us forever.








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