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Reliving the magic of KISHORE-RAJESH-RD

On Monday evening, Kala Mandir came alive as the six-year-old RD Burman foundation Euphony hosted Seagram’s Imperial Blue Superhits Yeh Sham Mastani, partnered by t2. The show was a tribute to the legendary trio — Kishore Kumar, Rajesh Khanna and RD Burman. To set the mood, the orchestra started with Yeh shaam mastani from Kati Patang. Mere sapno ki rani followed.

“The trio’s deep relationship with Bengal and Calcutta can be seen in this song... with Howrah Bridge in the background,” said anchor Ankush Chinchankar, an electronics engineer from Pune, better known as an RD Burman encyclopaedia, as the orchestra started playing Chingari koi bhadke from the 1972-hit Amar Prem. Yeh kya hua flowed into Kuch toh log kahenge and the ambience turned magical.

The classical side of RD’s music was highlighted with Mere naina saawan bhadon from Mehbooba. The sitar and saxophone created a captivating combination.

The orchestra featured musicians from RD’s team, including Ramesh Iyer on guitar, Kishore Sodha on trumpet, Raj Sodha on saxophone and Suraj Sathe on accordion. And they knew just how to work the Pancham magic. Suno kaho from Aap Ki Kasam got the crowd clapping, cheering and asking for an encore though Yeh jo mohabbat hai from Kati Patang was the audience’s favourite. The “pure Western” tune was played on city musician Rahul Chatterjee’s sitar.

Debarati Chakraborty

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