St Louis show relives Burmans’ genius

Singer P Ganesh and Kishore Sodha, an instrument player

Singer P Ganesh and Kishore Sodha, an instrument player

SR LOUIS: A St Louis based business firm – Seema Enterprises & Seema Travel – that periodically organizes cultural events for the last three decades, hosted a musical concert “The Burman Legacy” which brought back memories of yesteryears combining evergreen songs of father & son S.D and R.D. Burman.

The event on Sunday September 25 at Clayton High School had Bollywood’s renowned singers featuring Jolly Mukherjee and two original musicians of R.D.Burman – Kishor Sodha, the trumpet wizard and Raj Sodha, the saxophone & concert flute genius alongwith a live orchestra from Bollywood. They were joined by talented singers Srikant (voice of Rafi), Priyanka (voice of Lata), P. Ganesh (voice of Kishor Kumar) and Nirupama Dey (voice of Asha and also of Sa Re Ga Ma & Indian Idol fame)

Over 300 music lovers from across St Louis metropolitan area had come to enjoy the concert and were overwhelmed with the nostalgic memories of Burman’s most popular melodies rendered by talented artists for three hours from Bandini to Aradhana and from Teesri Manzil to 1942 a Love Story. They all received a standing ovation for a wonderful performance.

S.D.Burman, one of the most famous Bollywood film music composers had composed music for over 100 movies, including Hindi and Bengali ones. Apart from being a versatile composer, he also sang songs in light semi classical and folk style of Bengal.

RD Burman, lovingly known as Pancham Da, was the man who revolutionized Bollywood music with his unique compositions. Many of his scores have a mix of electronic rock, disco and jazz elements.

Pancham incorporated a wide range of these influences, delivering some of the biggest all-time hits including Chura Liya Hai, Mehbooba Mehbooba, Bahon Mein Chale Aao, Tum Aa Gaye Ho Noor Aa Gaya Hai, Aap Ki Ankhon Mein Kuch and O Mere DilKe Chain, among many others.

No words to describe Kishore and Raj Sodha’s talent , efforts and heart touching melody. Salute to entire team and special thanks to Pancham Da for creating such mindboggling creations. Even in 2016, these bring goose bumps.

Comments from viewers on this great show were exhilarating, said Ashwin Patel, one of the organizers, and this would induce them to host shows like this in the future as well. Hema Patel said,” Awesome musical evening.” Tamanna Williams said, ” Reliving night! This is an example of RD Burman songs we rock to.

Babu Tangewala

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