It turned out to be an event never witnessed in Saifai before.
The occasion was Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s 76th birthday celebrations at the Saifai stadium. The venue was the sprawling Saifai stadium.
Replicating PM Narendra Modi’s recent Olympic style mega event at the Wembley stadium, London, the Saifai stadium was packed to capacity.
When the SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav cut his 76-kg birthday cake before an audience of around 30,000 at the Saifai stadium, the entire stadium reverberated with cheers of jubilation.
“Mulyam Singh tum jio hazaro saal” echoed from all corners of the stadium.
The entire Yadav clan got on the stage to greet the SP chief, including CM Akhilesh Yadav and wife and Kannauj MP Dimple Yadav.
However, the eye catching moment was Mulayam Singh Yadav offering a piece of cake to his old loyalist Amar Singh, who till recently was a pariah for the Yadav clan.
But urban development minister Azam Khan was conspicuous by his absence. In hushed tone, SP leaders were talked about Azam Khan’s absence from event.
Adding glitz to the mega birthday bash of Samajwadi Party supremo was electrifying performance by 300-member group of music composer AR Rahman- one of the finest music composers of the country who has bagged two Academy awards, two Grammy awards, a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.
Rahman’s enthralling performance kicked off from the famous song ‘Azeem-o-Shaan Shahenshah’ from Jodhaa Akbar. This was followed by Rahaman’s famous number ‘Jai ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire.
It was the music composer’s famous song ‘Roza Roza janeman’ which left the crowd mesmerized.
Rahman’s troupe kept the crowd in high spirits despite the winter chill setting-in after sunset.
Celebrations continued till late in the night.
It may be pointed out that Mulayam Singh’s 75th birthday celebrations were hosted by Urban development minister Azam Khan at his home town Rampur.
At the function, the SP chief was given a grand reception on a riding buggy- horse driven cart- specially imported from London for the event.