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Soothe your Saturday with ghazals old & new

- Choose between evergreen Pankaj Udhas and upcoming Ranjeet Rajwada

If you are sick of your ringing cellphone, blaring vehicle horns, clicking keypad and even noisy numbers on your playlist, take a ghazal break.

The city is slated to witness not one, but two ghazal concerts on Saturday, August 23.

For those who like to savour the known, there is a performance by seasoned ghazal singer Pankaj Udhas at Tata auditorium. For those who like to give upcoming singers a fair chance to prove themselves, there is Ranjeet Rajwada, a much younger singer who shot to fame with television reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa at the Rabindra Bhavan on the same date.

Padma Shri Pankaj Udhas, singer of beloved numbers such as chitthi aayee hai watan se, will perform at an event organise by Sunrise Events, a city based event management company.

“We had organised a ghazal concert with Pankaj Udhas in 2012 and the response was phenomenal. Since then, the audience has been demanding a similar event with him. I hope people will be happy to listen to Pankaj Udhas ghazals once more because his mellifluous voice is a class apart,” said Ashish Srivastava, organiser of Sunrise Events, Jamshedpur.

Tata Steel urban services is organising a cultural evening, Shaam-E-Ghazal with Rajwada. The organisers believe a ghazal event featuring a young singer will make the youth aware of the genre and motivate them towards a career in singing.

“We thought of Rajwada because he is young and sings ghazals so beautifully. He has shared the stage with maestros like Ghulam Ali, Bhupinder Singh and Mitali and others. And, since he is young, he can attract the young crowd,” said Krishna Nandan, chief, corporate relations, Tata Steel.

Tata Steel executives, members of community development centres in the city and well-known denizens will attend the concert.

This ghazal event comes a few months after Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai, an evening of retro melodies from the 1960s performed by Mumbai-based group Keep Alive.

“Urban services has always been at the forefront to serve the community through various activities. This is another such effort,” said Tata Steel urban services head Sanjay, who goes by his first name.