“Black and White songs,
still rules the hearts”
1950’s to mid 60’s era is considered as the ‘Golden era’ of Hindi songs and the characters associated with it (writers, composers, musicians even the actors) are considered as immortals. That music and those artists cannot die but surely ‘relive’ even in this era and that is what the ‘overflown house’ witnessed in the recently concluded Nirvana’s program, when they played a theme of ‘B&W songs’! This time ‘the evergreen Kalika Batra did the honours of hosting the show in her usual enthusiastic style and kept audience engaged with her ‘informative compering’.
From the day, the B&W theme was declared, uneasiness loomed large over maximum number of members who were more comfortable singing songs of 70’s to 90’s. This was a big challenge thrown at them by the founder. And when there was no option, all the members not only lived up to expectations by scaling new heights with their effervescent singing but also appeared in the characters of those movie artists. The Nargis, Madhubala, Dev Anand, Raj Kapoor, Nutan, Kishore Kumar all came alive at the Nirvana program. The move turned out to be a ‘masterstroke’ as the audience especially Sr. Citizens, also came over in B&W and characteristic attire to be an integral part of the theme making it more like a collective tribute to the B&W era of Indian cinema. From audience, Mr. Ganesh Iyer and Mr. Manohar Pariyani were well awarded for their attire and Mr. Murlidhar Patole and Mrs. Kirtida Mehta got an opportunity to sing under lucky draw.
Guest singer Rajessh Iyer, known for his versatile singing was the cherry on the cake with his enthusiastic singing. His best was reserved for the last in the form of Jhumroo song when the audience erupted in loud cheers and thunderous applause. Rajessh was completely taken a back to notice the knowledge and enthusiasm of Nirvana audience and the efforts taken by the group to relive B&W theme. In his words, “I have never seen B&W theme being taken to this height wherein all the singers have turned up in the respective characters. Hats off to the dedication of Nirvanaites.” Samina Shaikh and Anupama Gupta got an opportunity to sing with the guest singer. Samina Shaikh, resident of Raheja Vihar is a Nirvana member since 2 years. A housewife to the core has become everyone’s favorite with her dedication to the music, said, “Couple of years back I had found out about Nirvana through My Powai and it is surreal to see my photo appearing in it today. Nirvana and it’s caretaker Sanjayji, have not only helped me rediscover my childhood passion but also given me a new purpose in life and something to look forward to. I cherish our time spent together at Nirvana which is like a family to me. With the constant support of family and friends, I believe, you can achieve anything in life”.
Nirvana’s next program is on the 17th February at Banquet Hall, Lake Homes Club House from 5pm onwards. Entry free. For enquiries contact group Co-ordinator Ms. Rajitha Khan 9833740315