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Tracks for the right cause

Abhijit Ghosal performs at Utkal Mandap in Bhubaneswar.
Picture by Ashwinee Pati

Bhubaneswar, Jan. 23: Abhijit Ghosal crooned some of the most romantic and ‘most-listened-to’ musical hits of yesteryears and recent times, at an event in the capital on Friday.

Ghosal and his troupe performed for a charitable function “Music for Life” organised by Sparsh Hospital.

The musical night began with an Odissi invocatory piece. This was followed by Odisha’s anthem Bande Utkal Janini.

Abhijit, a winner of 11 consecutive episodes of Sa Re Ga Ma Pa and a music teacher at Shankar Mahadevan Academy, began with a devotional song, Vakratunda mahakaya. As the singer moved on to one of the most famous Kailash Kher songs, Saiyyan, the crowd burst into impromptu exclamations of “wow!” and “lovely!”

Tere mast mast do nain, Jahsn e jeet, Ek haseena thi, Gulabi ankheen were some of the songs that stole the audience’s hearts. He also sang popular Odia songs, Hridayara ei shunyata, Na ja radhika, Bata re chaluthilo. But it was Kolaveri Di that had the crowds up on the feet.

“It is always lovely to be in Odisha. The crowd loves music and I love them for their devotion and dedication to music. I come here often and have performed at a number of charitable shows around the state,” said Abhijit.

“I’m also looking forward to singing Odia film songs,” he added.