SHE SANG the song that had made her popular but as soon as the item was over, the Tri-colour was seen lying on the ground.
Some sensible volunteers though picked it up, the performing artistes remained unconcerned about it and kept on performing.
Pop singer Alisha Chinai started with the song ‘Made in India’ from her album with the same name, while performing at the Lucknow Mahotsava on Monday evening at Ambedkar grounds.
This happened to be the song which popularised her in the second innings of her music career. It was first the song of a lesser-known film ‘Tarzan’ which shot her to fame and made her a popular among the masses due to her unusual feminine voice.
Dressed in shimmering white frilled long frock, Alisha won hearts when she began with an old number of Nazia Hasan: “Aap jaisa koi meri zindagi mein aaye to baat ban jaaye”.
The Biddu song, which had popularised both Nazia and Disco, made the audience stand from their seats and tap on their feet.
Alisha was flanked by some cheerleaders who were deliberately dressed in exposing attire to fire the feelings of the crowd.
The smart singer then sang “Choli ke peechhe kya hai” and then some more numbers from her album ‘Made In India’. “Dil ke badle mein dil le”, “I love you of Mr. India” which she sang along with Bobby, were the songs which swayed the crowd.
She also obliged the masses with ‘Kajrare’ of Bunty and Bubbly fame.
Alisha sang all the songs on pre-recorded tracks and there was nothing which could be termed as live performance. That she had been out of her ‘Riyaz’ (practice) was obvious as she could not sustain the far ending nodes of the songs. She even tottered on the stage once and was helped by the fellow artistes to rise up.
Before Alisha, a lively Kathak performance by Gaurav Sharma, solo tabla recital by Ustaad Ilmaas Hussain and Bhojpuri folk song and dance kept the audience glued to their seats.
Bhojpuri singer Paramhans Chaurasia, along with his band of singers and dancers presented the picture of village in the cultural pandal.
With some traditional songs of Purvanchal, Chaurasia took the music lovers back to lost and forgotten era of rural life. He presented the songs in his fresh and a far ranging voice.
The accompanying dancers dressed in traditional attire in ‘Sidha Palla’ won the hearts of many when they danced non-stop for forty-five minutes in one go.