An all-star evening at Bandra amphitheatre

Some part dance, some part music, 100 per cent wizardry — what else would you expect from Merlin, with a name like that and a formidable musical reputation.

On Friday night, Bandra was wowed by the on-stage magic of Merlin and the All Stars performing at the Celebrate Bandra festival in partnership with Hindustan Times.  

“The stars are out in the sky,” Merlin D’Souza said before the performance, “And all my stars will be with me on stage,” she said of the 25 musicians, singers and dancers who put up a spectacular show. D’Souza anchored the night on the piano and keyboard as the rest of the performers rallied around her with each of their acts. 

From the special composition Vande Mataram featuring Kathak exponent Aditi Bhagwat to the Flamenco number by half-Dutch half-Sri Lankan Sharmini Tharmaratnam, a full range was on display.

There was a little something to appeal to everyone of the 1,800-odd capacity crowd.  

“The diversity in our show reflects the melting pot that is Bandra,” said the festival director, Neale Murray. “The idea was to put together something that cuts across all barriers.”  

Ella Atai did a great rendition of the Queen Latifah number When You’re Good to Mamma followed by Asif Ali Baig’s humorous reworking of I Am Sixteen Going on Seventeen.

Jugalbandis were the flavour of the evening as sitars, violins, drums and guitars all came together to provide the magic.

 

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