Sydney’s Indian community is blessed with a plethora of artistic talent and proactive promoters who keep us periodically entertained, and in touch with our diverse arts and cultures.
We are offered a wide variety of cultural events that cater to different segments of the community.
We grew up enjoying Bollywood movies and these movies also addressed the cultural sentiments and socio-economic matters of society. Music became an integral part of this entertainment form, and we still enjoy the “golden music” from decades ago.
Sangeet Mehfil is organizing a concert on 24 Sept 2016 to pay tribute to two immortal legends of Indian Cinema – Rafi and Shammi Kapoor.
Creative Director of Sangeet Mehfil – Saleem Zamaan is very enthusiastic about his upcoming event and says that Bollywood music has been his passion since childhood.
“Bollywood music has surely been my passion ever since childhood and I was fortunate to get a brief exposure to the playback industry in Mumbai before migrating from India in 1996. I have enjoyed sharing my passion by organizing Sangeet Mehfils for a small segment of the Indian community.”
Saleem says, “I have been an ardent follower and student of Mohammad Rafi Sahib’s ‘playback’ singing art. Ever since Rafi Sahib’s demise in 1980, I have been organizing an annual tribute to Rafi Sahib, in my own small way. Rafi fans in Australia have been very supportive of these ‘shradhhaanjali’ events in 2014 and 2015.”
“On popular demand this year, my team and I will be presenting a select Geetmala of trendy romantic songs from the ‘Rafi-Shammi Era’- indeed, a double tribute to two immortal Bollywood legends,” adds Saleem.
“It is never easy to recreate these classics with a small team of 7-8 part-time musicians, when the original songs were recorded in the studio with over 100 A-grade Bollywood artistes. But, I enjoy introducing highly talented free-lance star musicians / singers / presenters, who work with me as team players for over 6 months before taking the stage.”
“To ease the difficulty of introducing a multicultural mix of artistes from India, Pakistan, Fiji, Nepal, Taiwan and Australia, I provide them with precise music score sheets. The audience heartily applauded our passionate effort last year, and we feel encouraged to raise the bar higher this year.”
Like last year, the event is taking place at C3 Auditorium in Silverwater, where free parking is easily available around the venue. It can accommodate 700+ in theatre-style seating. Delicious food (veg/non-veg) by Maya da Dhaba will be available for purchase.
The Sangeet Mehfil management team invites all friends and ardent music lovers to another unique concert “with a difference.”
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