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A trip down memory lane

Hitesh Mehta's concert on April 20 will bring back Hindi film melodies from the yesteryear.

Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

Evergreen songs minus electronic sounds

IT IS not much of an exaggeration to say that what is today described as the Golden Era of Hindi Cinema was made up by three legends — Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, and Dev Anand.

Not only are their performances remembered, but the songs they sang on screen are immortal. Unspeakable things are being done to these evergreen melodies. To cater to today's remix generation, all sorts of instruments and effects are being added to turn carefully thought out rhythms to dance beats. All this is gilding the lily, though purists would scream that it would be killing it. Now, if you are an old-fashioned romantic who believes in leaving the golden oldies alone, you can slip an old CD or cassette (or even a record, if you're fortunate enough) and wipe away a nostalgic tear. Or the next best thing would be to head for Lo Aa Gayi Inki Yaad, a concert that promises a wonderful trip down memory lane, at A.D.A. Rangamandira on April 20 at 6 p.m., where Hitesh Mehta belts out the old numbers, intheir original flavour.

Hitesh came up with this musical evening idea to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his music troupe.

"Everyone loves these old songs, but they don't get the chance to hear them very often," he says. The concert, which includes 24 songs from the movies of Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, and Dev Anand, will have Hitesh performing with a team of six singers and six accompanying artistes.

The USP of the show is that the numbers will be accompanied by projection of images of the stars, co-stars, lyricists, and the music directors. Hitesh promises us that the concert is not a one-off thing — he plans to stage them every three months.

He chose to make an auspicious start with the triumvirate of the bygone era as he feels their songs give him a wide range of music directors and lyricists to work with. Hitesh will render the songs written and composed by S.D. Burman, Shankar-Jaikishen, Madan Mohan, C. Ramachandra, and others. Raj Kapoor's "Aa ja re ab mera dil pukara", Dilip Kumar's "Yeh mera deewanapan" are to be highlights of the evening.

Hitesh's group has performed all over the country and also abroad over the last 10 years. To commemorate his successful decade in the music industry, he will also release a CD of old romantic hits titled Jeevan Se Bhari Teri Aankhen at the concert.

Lo Aa Gayi Unki Yaad is a concert dedicated to music lovers. Dial 31822284/3203197 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to get free passes.

TINA GARG

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