THIS WAS a show with two ingredients — social cause plus smart entertainment. Organised by the IAS Officerss’ Wives Association (IASOWA), the more than four-hour charity show “Save Little Hearts” at the Subhash School Grounds on Saturday was peppy, hip-hop, rocking but flavoured with a social theme.
The prolific performers included music director Annu Malek, singers Babul Supriyo, Monali Thakur and Prajakta Shukre. Governor Balram Jakhar was the chief guest and Public Relations Minister Narendra Singh Tomar presided over the function. Higher Education Minister Tukoji Rao Puar was the special guest.
IASOWA president Dr Seema Raizada delivered the welcome speech and highlighted the activities of the association. A souvenir ‘Spandan’ was released by the Governor following which cheques of Rs 25,000 each were given to 18 children with heart problems.
Dr Jakhar praised the activities of IASOWA and stressed that such kind of work should be motivated. The stage was thereafter handed to the artistes and their breezy numbers. Monali Thakur kicked off the musical show with ‘Aao Na’, ‘Ankhiya Na Mar’ and a foot-tapping bhangra number “Jave Jave”.
Prajakta Shukre took over the stage next and churned out several numbers, each one lifting the mood to a new height – ‘Man Saat Samundar Dol Gaya’, ‘Channa Ke Ghar Aaja Ve’ and a mellifluous number of the yesteryears.
Babul Supriyo who took the stage from Prajakta infused jest with his light jokes. ‘Rag Rag Mein Is Tarah Tu Samane Lagi’ from Chori Chori, ‘Sanson Ko Sanson Mein Dhalne Do Zara’ from Hum Tum was followed by the golden hit of the past – ‘Roop Tera Mastana’ (he also added some Bengali lines in between). The audience got on their feet when he started singing Kaho Na Pyar Hai’s ‘Dil Ne Dil Ko Pukara’ blended with a slew of other resonating numbers.
And finally after a long wait, music director Annu Malek, dressed in total black, moved on the stage. “I am grateful to IASOWA for inviting me and considering me worthy. I am deeply moved by their gesture”.
What came next was a non-stop musical feast of around 35 minutes in which he sang songs of all his hit compositions. ‘Yeh Kali Kali Aankhen’, ‘Chura Ke Dil Mera’, ‘Janam Samjha Karo’, ‘Jeene Ke Hain Char Din’, ‘Tan Tana Tan Tan Tan Tana’, the Bhangra number from Soldier ‘Dekha Tujhe To Dil Pagal Ho Gaya’, ‘Ishq Chandi Hai Ishq Sona Hai’.
The audience gave an enthralling applause the moment he started singing ‘Bheege Honth Tere’ from Murder. Young boys and girls could be seen dancing in groups to most of his numbers especially some fast-track ones like ‘Gori Gori Gori Gori’ from Main Hoon Na, Kaho Na Kaho, Ek Main Hoon. He was soon joined by Babul Supriyo, Monali and Prajakta, each one gyrating to the different tunes. There was a break during which the compere Madhav Moghe cracked some witty jokes moving the landscape from musical to jest.
After the break Babul, Monali and Prajakta once again took over the stage and dished out a host of numbers. The show finally came to an end with Annu Malek’s patriotic number ‘Sandese Aate Hain’ from the film Border.