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Pulsating Musical Performances Delight Audience at ‘Summer Beats’ May 31, 2008

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Angelenos welcomed summer with over three hours of high voltage performances by music sensations Atif Aslam and Kailash Kher at the Terrace Theatre here on May 24. The event also featured heart-pumping music by Amanat Ali, international winner of the show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa’ and popular female vocalist Richa Sharma.
Billed as the hottest draw of the four, Aslam showed he was indeed a rock star from the moment he stepped onto the stage with dark glasses and velvet jacket and a gait that reminded of Elvis Presley. The crescendo that rose as his name was announced showed that the audience too considered him quite the king.

Atif started with his chartbusting number “Bhigi Bhigi Yaadein” and followed it up with “Aye Zindagi Gale Le”. Changing guitars time and again, and shaking his head to the music, Atif had the entire hall on its foot swaying with him as he mesmerized them with “Tere Bin”, “Doori”, “Mahi Ve” and “Aadat.” Each number seemed to draw more cheers than the next.

The short statured Kailash Kher proved what a giant of musician he is. He set the stage ablaze with a most powerful performance in his high-pitched raw but soulful voice. Though it’s difficult to chose which Kher song was the best, perhaps his “Allah ke bande” followed by “Teri Deewani” would be rated the best of the evening for the goose bumps it sent down the spine. It is not surprising that he is said to have the Midas touch with each song that he has sung for Bollywood having turned into a money-spinner. Kher accompanied by his Kailasa band members enthralled with one hit after the other.

The peppy “Tauba Tauba teri surat” or “Sajna Tere Bina” has the public on its feet. His Sufiana number “Jana Jogi De Naal” was beautiful in its soulful rendition.

The first to come on stage was Amanat Ali. The young Pakistani boy’s popularity with music lovers was evident from the tumultuous reception that greeted him even before his name could be fully announced. Perhaps, also an indication of the reach and popularity of Indian television shows here in the US. Amanat too seemed quite overwhelmed by the audience response as he profusely thanked the audience. Amanat, whose all time favorite star is Shah Rukh Khan, started the evening with ‘Mitwa’ from ‘Kabhi Alvida na Kehna’ which was the number he sang at the ‘Sa Re Ga Ma’ finals.

From then on it was other popular King Khan numbers like “O Hasina, O Nilam Pari” from ‘Om Shanti Om’ and “Khaiyke Paan Banaraswala” from ‘Don.’

Richa Sharma’s entry ensured it was time for the “Billo Rani” style numbers with “jatkas and matkas”. Dressed in a Rajasthani gypsy skirt, the Bollywood singer proceeded to entertain the audience with her earthy powerful style belting out one sensational number after the other. A consummate entertainer, Richa proved why she is called the “Faridabad ka pataka.” From Kaante’s “Mahive” to “Tauba Tauba Ishq Main Kareyan” to “Ni Main Samajh Gayee” and the ever-popular Sindhi number “Damadar Mast Kalandar” she had the audience screaming with joy. She ended with the favorite “Billo Rani”.

The evening wound down with a vote of thanks from the organizers and presenters of the event, Super Entertainment and Shree Balaji Managements.

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