Muscat: The stage was set for Musical Journey-I, organised by Talent Hunters Oman as a tribute to and in celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema.
The show started with a full house exactly on time. Dr Sunil Malani welcomed the guests of honour J. S. Mukul, the Indian ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman and Anvwar Al Balushi, group CEO Majan Consolidated, dignitaries and music lovers of Muscat. He also gave a brief about Indian cinema's 100 years.
Echoes of the medley of evergreen songs of the golden era of Hindi films (1950-1965) sung by the talented singers of Muscat, filled the auditorium and this started the Musical Journey-I, of mesmerising singing, stunning performances and excellent projections.
Opening song Babuji Dheere Chalna by Ritika, followed by Ek Ladki Bhigi Bhagi Si by Shehneel and Aaiye Meherban by Priyadarshini set the ball rolling with superb singing quality and performance. This took the audience back in to the black and white golden era of Hindi films.
Immortal songs Suhana Safar by Akhilesh, O Sajana by Peeyali, Khoya Khoya Chand by Shekar, Koi Humdam Na Raha by Murali, Lag Ja Gale by Sreelakshmi, Chaudhavi Ka Chand Ho by Parth and the excellent projection of the video spelled a gripping effect on the audience.
Evergreen songs Chalo Ek Baar Phir Se by Haider Naqvi, Chahoonga Main Tujhe by Sarfaraz, Tum Pukar Lo by Subhashish and Ajeeb Dastan Hai Ye by Priyadarshini, along with their performances mesmerised the audience.
All the solos were cheered and appreciated with thunderous applause by the knowledgeable audience. Then it was the time for hit duet songs. Chhod Do Anchal by Ritika and Parth, Ye Raat Bhigi Bhigi by Haider Naqvi and Peeyali, Itna Na Mujhse Tu by Peeyali and Shehneel and Tujhe Jeevan Ki Dor Se by Shekar and Sreelakshmi with excellent video projections made the crowd swing with the melodies.
Dil Tera Deewana by Sarfaraz and Shazmeen, Achcha Ji Main Haari by Akhilesh and Sreelakshmi, and Woh Hain Zara Khafa by Haider Naqvi and Priyadarshini, backed up by superb, breath taking performances by Delicious and his troop rocked the crowd making them dance to the tunes.
The show ended exactly in two hours as planned and promised by the organiser with a medley of songs by the singers.
The theme of the show was "Black and White". Most of the audience came in black and white outfits keeping the spirit. All the singers, performers and organising team were also wearing the same. The back drop banner was in black and white. There were no coloured sponsors' banners or posters. The lighting inside the theatre and on the stage was also white (no coloured lights). The show started and ended in darkness. The whole thing added a flavour to the atmosphere and made everyone feel that they are in that golden era of black and white Hindi films.
Technical aspect, audio video projection, sound, and timing were perfectly executed by Haider Naqvi and Shampoo. Script was rich, very informative and delivered very impressively by Gajesh. Back stage management, dressings, makeups, etc., were well managed by Dr Sateja Dalal.
"By the grace of the Almighty, support of my team and good wishes from well-wishers our Musical Journey–I was as what I conceived and dreamt of," said very satisfied, happy but a little exhausted looking Sanjay Dalal, the programme director and founder of Talent Hunters Oman.
"It was a gift for the music lovers of Muscat-Oman on the occasion of the National Day of Oman. We have tried to prove time and again that we do have quality talents in Oman. If given an opportunity and groomed properly they can render professional quality programmes. Unfortunately the support is very difficult to come by. We intend to continue our journey fighting the entire odds. Insha-Allah, we will take our talents to Qurum Amphitheatre. We also intend to organise such theme shows for the corporates on commercial basis," added Sanjay Dalal, on a closing note.