POP SENSATION of yesteryears Parvati Khan left the audience spell bound by reciting bhajans at the famous Rajendra Prasad Ghat on the banks of river Ganga on the concluding day of the three-day Ganga Mahotsav on Thursday night.
Parvati Khan, who is known for the hit song,`Jimmy Jimmy Aaja Aaja’ is now singing devotional songs aimed at promoting harmony and world peace. She has now become a staunch devotee of Lord Shiva. Khan mesmerized the music lovers by presenting Shiv Bhajans. She started her performance with the rendering of ‘Guru Bramha Guru Vishnu’ followed by Gayatri mantra.
She also recited a self-composed Bhajan, “E Duniya Ke Malik Ye Kya Ho Raha Hai, Aman Ro Raha Hai Chaman Ro Raha Hai’. Besides, she also rendered “Payo Ji Maine Ram Ratan Dhan Payo” and ‘Karz Tera Hai Ganga Kabhi Chuka Na Payenge’.
Khan, turned up late at the Mahotsav venue due to which a large number of her fans had to leave disappointed. She started her bhajan performance at 11.45 pm, which lasted for not more than 20 minutes.
Earlier, the programme started with the Kathak dance performance of Manisha Mishra of Lucknow. Manisha started her dance performance on Shiv Vandana, ‘Ganga Tarang Ramaniya Jata Kalapam’. Later, she presented her dance items on specific compositions based on the movements of animals and voice of birds.
Manisha was accompanied by Pt Ravi Nath Mishra on tabla, Vinod Mishra on sarangi, Dhruv Nath Mishra on harmonium and Manjusha Mishra.
The next programme was performed by noted semi classical singer Kalapini Komkali, daughter of renowned classical singer late Pt Kumar Gandharva. The audience appreciated her performance.
Alok Pandey and his group presented a dance drama based on the life of Gautam Budha. While noted sarod player Tejendra Pandey mesmerized the music lovers through his meticulous performance.
Besides, some local artists such as Archana Mahaskar, Dr Anand Swaroop Singh, Vimlendra Rai, Shilpa Rai and Yugal Kishor Singh also enthralled the audience with their performance. The programme concluded with a folk dance item, ‘Chau’, by the members of Chau Nritya Sanskritik Seva Navyuvak Sansthan.
They presented a dance drama based on the religious story of Mahishasur Mardani.
Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University, Prof Panjab Singh was the chief guest of the concluding day of Ganga Mahotsav.