Anup Jalota touches heartstrings of Nagpurians

Media Coverage |01-07-2023

Homage paid to Jawaharlal Darda during ‘Swaranjali’ organised to mark his birth centenary

Anup Jalota, the king of ghazal and bhajan singing moved music aficionados at Kavivarya Suresh Bhat auditorium here on Friday. The occasion was the musical tribute ‘Swaranjali’ paid to the veteran freedom fighter and founder editor of Lokmat Media Group Jawaharlal Darda alias ‘Babuji’ to mark his birth centenary on July 2.

The bhajans presented by Anup Jalota took the audience through a divine journey and offered a direct communion with the God. The confluence of singers and various instrumentalists took the audience to a different plane and sought to pacify the chaotic mind.

The musical evening reached its perfection with the ghazal ‘Chalte, Chalte Mere Ye Geet Yaad Rakhana’ and finally came to a befitting end with a two-liner ‘Ham Laut Ayenge, Tum Yu Hi Bulate Rahna’.

Earlier, the evening began with the lighting of ceremonial lamp at the hands of NDCC (urban) president MLA Vikas Thakre, city unit president of BJP, MLA Pravin Datke, MLA Mohan Mate, MLA Raju Parwe, MLA Krishna Khopde, divisional commissioner, Vijayalakshmi Bidari, district collector, Dr Vipin Itankar, chairman of editorial board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Dr Vijay Darda, managing director & editorial director of Lokmat Media Group Devendra Darda, Purva Kothari, Rachna Darda, MPCC general secretary Atul Kotecha and others.

Following this, the maestro Anup Jalota complimented the music lovers of Nagpur by his marvellous presentation of “Aisi Lagi Lagan”, “Meera Ho Gai Magan” which set the tone and tenor of the evening.

This first bhajan itself mesmerised the audience so much that even as Jalota sang the first line, the second line was automatically followed by the audience. Later on, he presented the bhajan “Achyutam Keshavam, Krishna Damodaram”. The audience was transported into a romantic mood in the next song as he sung “Mai Shayar To Nahi”, “Magar Aye Hasin”. This way he tested the taste of the music buffs and as an interlude also toppled them over with his jokes.

In the meantime, jugalbandi with every instrumentalist on the stage won hearts of audience. His co-singer Raksha Shrivastav also rendered some musical gems like Yashomati Maiya Se, Kisi Nazar Ko Tera Intazaar Aaj Bhi Hai, Salonasa Sajan Hai Aur Mai Hu. When they came out of their stupor, they responded with the resonating sound of thunderous clap.

Jalota and Shrivastav were accompaned by Amit Choube on tabla, Himanshu Tiwari on guitar, Mohd Rashid Khan on violin and Prakash Sutar on keyboard. Assistant vice-president of Lokmat Media Mateen Khan conducted the programme.

Other dignitaries present included CEO of Zilla Parishad Saumya Sharma, resident deputy collector Subhash Chaudhari, Chandrapal Chaukase and chairperson of Women’s and Child Welfare Committee of zilla parishad Avantika Lekurwale.

Name ‘Jawarharlal’

is special

Name ‘Jawaharlal’ is very special as only two Jawaharlals were born in India. Both have done exemplary work and veered the country into a different direction, said Padma Shri Anup Jalota while paying tributes to Jawaharlal Darda alias Babuji.

These bhajans and gazals

won hearts of audience

Tum Itna Jo Mukura Rahe Ho, Otho Se Chula Tum, Dama Dam Masta Kalandar, Tere Man Me Ram, Tan Me Ram, Yashomati Maiya Se, Rang De Chunaria, Kuch To Log Kahenge, Hangama Kyo Hai, Shyam Teri Bansi Pukare Radhanam, Jag Me Sundar Hai Do Naam, Muzko Lauta Do Wo Bachpan Ka Sawan, Chingari Koi Bhadke, Chalte Chalte, Mere Ye Geet.


‘Babuji’ used to face challenges successfully

Managing Director & Editorial Director of Lokmat Media Group Devendra Darda, in the introductory remarks, said ‘Babuji’ was the greatest example of scaling unscalable heights when the situation was daunting. He cultivated an orchard on a barren land in Yavatmal. However, his humility was his great virtue. He would find a solution to any problem by keeping himself cool. Apart from being a veteran freedom fighter, he was also interested in politics, music, arts, environment, architecture. Not only this, he also worked for the upliftment of the downtrodden. The whole year was celebrated as Babuji’s centenary year. A book penned on his life and mission would be unveiled on July 6  during a programme in Mumbai. A

`100 coin would also be released to mark the occasion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would also be invited to attend the programme, Devendra Darda further said.

Bhajan and ghazal maestro Padma Shri Anup Jalota presenting a bhajan in his mellifluous voice  along with singer Raksha Shrivastav, guitarist Himanshu Tiwari, tabla player Amit Choubey, key-board player Prakash Sutar and violinist Mohd Rashid Khan during ‘Swaranjali’ programme organised to mark the birth centenary of veteran freedom fighter and founder editor of Lokmat Media Group Jawaharlal Darda alias Babuji at Kavivarya Suresh Bhat Hall in Nagpur on Friday.

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