Lucknow Nawabs steps out with city talents!
WHEN AJAY Jain leads a local musical band from Lucknow to the US early next year, he would be the first from the city to promote local talents overseas.
Ajay Jain, who? He is managing director, programme anchor, an avid music enthusiast, a qualified engineer from IIT Kanpur and a cricketer.
The latest from him is ‘Lucknow Nawabs’, an organisation founded by him to bring high-quality entertainment to the city. But that’s not the only purpose.
“We are also trying to improve the culture of the city, its famed tehzeeb besides spotting local talent and providing them a platform both at the local level as well as national and international level,” Jain told HT Lucknow Live on Wednesday.
On June 10, Lucknow Nawabs would be holding a musical night featuring famous playback singer Mohd Aziz. The show titled Ek shaam Rafi ke naam would be unique because Jain has selected two talented artistes from UP to perform along with Aziz at Genesis Club at Kursi Road.
“We are going to be very choosy about the kind of shows we hold. After Aziz we have plans to invite famous playback and ghazal singer Hariharan to the city.
Throughout our endeavour would be quality entertainment and talent promotion,” he says. Besides, he is also trying to bring quality rock bands to the city soon.
“We would be taking a local band to US around February 2007 to US for holding eight shows there. There is lot of potential in people out here. It needs a stage and someone to project it properly,” he says.
He adds, “The band that we have selected for the US tour is original because its members compose their own lyrics, their songs are fresh and the youngsters associated with it appear committed.”
But what inspired him to form ‘Lucknow Nawabs’? “When I was in IIT-K, I was the cultural secretary there. Besides, we used to hold rock shows and other musical programmes regularly. Good music was a passion with me. Even after becoming the MD of Microlit, a company that manufactures liquid handling devices, I always wanted to take time out to do something for the people in my city and my state,” he says.
Jain has several other things in mind.
“We are seriously considering how to improve the city’s culture. Presently, we want to talk less and act more. After all, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, isn’t it?” he asks. And this is one thing that one would readily agree.
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