Shankar (Mahadewan), Ehsaan (Nurani) and Loy (Mendonza) took the city by storm on Sunday belting out some pulsating Bollywood numbers at the Lucknow Mahotsava. Upcoming singer Mahalakshmi Ayyar of Bunty and Bubbli fame also accompanied them.
On the request of the chief guest of the evening Amar Singh, the group sang ‘Sabse aage honge Hindustani’, which usually is sung in the end by the band, making the crowd in the pandal go crazy about it.
Amar Singh had to wait for more than 45 minutes, as the sound system was giving problem. He left the cultural pandal only after listening to the song.
Soon Shankar had the crowd in his spell, belting out some memorable songs, including Kishore Kumar’s ‘Dekha na hai rey, socha na hai rey rakh di nishane pe jaan’.
The magic of recording technique was, however, exposed when he sang his famous ‘Breathless’. In the cassette it is meticulously doctored with the help of modern recording tricks, but here in front of the audience the singer simply gasped for breath a few times.
Mahalakshmi Ayyar, whom Shankar introduced as his favourite singer and as somebody who would be the number one playback singer soon, sang ‘Chhup Chhup ke chhup chhup ke chori se chori’ and ‘Nach baliye’ of Bunty and Bubbli along with Shankar. She also sang Dama Dam Mast Qalandar, which drove the crowd virtually mad, making it one of the most exiting evenings of the Mahotsava so far.
Before this, Mithilesh Lucknawi and Meena Misra presented some soulful ghazals. Another artiste Beena Singh did not turn up to present her kathak recital. No reason was given for her absence.