BOLLYWOOD SINGER Udit Narain revived the dead spirit of Lucknow Mahotsava when he, flanked by his wife Deepa Narayan and ravishing model Smita Parikh, presented a scintillating performance on the third day of the Mahotsava.
The cultural pandals, which bore a deserted look till yesterday and even today in the some presentations, came alive when it was announced that except the VIP lounge, entry to the rest of the pandal was free.
To the surprise of the orgainsers, the pandal was full in no time. OP Srivastava of Sahara Parivar and Energy Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav lit the lamp and set the ball rolling by officially calling Udit Narain on the stage and presenting him a memento.
Dressed in revealing outfits, the performers were not prepared for the cold Lucknow weather. Narain began with a song that had shot him to fame: ‘Papa kahte hain bada naam karega’ from Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. Kyonki itna pyar tumse, Mera dil jis dil pe fida hai, Ye tara wo tara, Nazar nazar teri nazar aayegi, Aake bhar lo baajuon mein, and Khaeeke paan banaraswala followed. An excited fan of Narain climbed the stage and after paying his respect to the singer sat there. But the security personnel soon threw him down.
Before Narain , artists of the lesser Gods presented their programme on the stage. First was a Violin recital by Vinayak Seth, who was accompanied by Shafat Hussain Khan on Tabla. Seth played raag Puria Kalyan, vilambit and then drut in teentaal. The applause from the audience indicated a budding star in him.
Sunita Bhale of the Bhatkhande Music Institute was the next to present her vocal recital. ‘Kal nahi aaye’ a vilambit composition which she sang was in raag Maru Vihag, vilambit in ektaal and drut ‘chhando chhando baiyan’.
She ended her recital with a traditional Dadra in raag Khamaj. A PhD in vocals from Khairagarh University, Bhale’s style was an amalgamation of Agra and Gwalior gharana.
A colourful Manipuri dance by Payal Saxena followed. A national award winner in Manipuri Saxena began her recital with a Vishnu Vandana.