Magical melodies replete with meaningful poetic couplets by Sufi saints, regional folklore and songs exuding romance and didacticism, penned by maestro Gurdas Maan, marked the seventh edition of a charity concert of a city-based non-government organisation (NGO) at the Tagore Theatre on Friday.
After being welcomed, the star performer took to the stage only to weave magic with his qualities as lyricist, dancer, composer and singer with a majestic stage presence.
Singing for a cause and revelling in the glory of mystics and seers, Maan opened the programme with an invocatory composition which submerged the audience in devotion. But he transformed the ambience to weave in romantic fervour with his boisterous hit, Chhalla, a symbol of love which left the audience ecstatic.
The maestro established a rapport with the enthusiastic audience sharing memorable anecdotes of his life, including his association with mentors such as Harpal Tiwana and Bhag Singh, which melted into words of wisdom.
His ode to women with songs titled Cycle and Tenu sadh nal ki kept the audience in rapt attention.
Maan was at his best as he brought alive the unrequited love in ‘Heer waris’, the love legend of Punjab. He drew full pleasure from his own performances as he translated the soul of pristine Punjabi culture in his famous songs such as ‘ Ishaq di maari’, ‘Dil da mamla’, ‘Ishaq da girda’, ‘Kudiye kismet pudiye’, ‘Teri heer bankey’ and more, on demand.
Singing his heart out, Maan exhorted the audience to support the NGO and to engage in the noble cause of human welfare.
The maestro was accompanied by 11 musicians, including comedian-compere Jagdish Qaidi. The programme continued till 10 pm even as the audience craved for more.