Mumbai sways to melodious Babla Mehta
A musical tribute was paid to Manoj Kumar, aka as ‘the film architect’ and late Mukesh, aka as ‘the playback legend’ on their birth anniversaries respectively by the Indian Institute of Architects on Sunday, 19th July at Rang Sharda, Bandra. Vinay Parelkar, the president IIA, welcomed the august audience assembled for the great evening. He spoke of the values of IIA and the purpose of why the show was held: a blend of science and art common to both architecture and music. Vijay Garg welcomed and felicitated the chief guest, Sameer Anjaan. He presented a bouquet and memento and thanked him for gracing the occasion.
Shying away from his usual demure of only singing on stage, Babla Mehta brought about a whole change in his persona and set the night on fire! From driving away the blues to raising the crescendo to an absolute high, he infused excitement for the audiences with panache. The man simply stole the show. Right from performing like a true-blue artist cum entertainer to being instrumental in making the audience laugh, clap and also sing. So enticed were the audience that they literally stood on their toes to celebrate the good times.
The chief guest of the evening was lyricist Sameer Anjaan. Incidentally, singer Mukesh was instrumental in giving us Anjaan, the great lyricist and Sameer’s father. Babla Mehta has also sung songs written by Sameer. The versatile RJ Anuraag Pandey amused the audiences with his trademark punch-lines and trivia about ‘Bollywood’ by comparing the show. Dressed in cowboy attire and sleek shoes... boy! Did RJ Anuraag Pandey entertain the audiences! He brought the house down with his Pande-mania! His histrionics, suffice, to say, had everyone laughing in their seats not to mention had babla himself hide a smile here and there during the comparing! And yes, there was this beautiful and charming co-comparer, Yasmeen! Elegantly dressed for the evening, she looked anything but divine in that outfit!
The show was also witnessed by actor Anjan Srivastava and ex-sheriif of Mumbai Dr. Jagannathrao Hegde. Actor Anjan Srivastava not the outgoing person but in a very subtle manner said that the show was splendid as it brought back memories of the golden era of cinema and music besides also listening to Mukesh in his spare time avidly. As for the ex-sheriff of Mumbai Dr. Jagannathrao Hedge, the humble and noble gentleman that is, invariably is present at each and every event in which Babla Mehta performs. Such was the magnitude of the evening, the Dr lost track of the time as he generally sleeps early!
The show was sponsored by Kohler and co-sponsored by Bajaj luminaries and Wadbros. The sponsors showcased their wares ranging from stunning interiors to decorate your homes to fanciful gadgets! The entrance to the hall wore a tinge of assorted decorations!
And true to IIA’s ideology set back as early as in the late 1910’s, the institute continue to promote the profession of architecture by organizing and uniting in fellowship the architects of India as was evident on Sunday where IIA paid a musical tribute to commemorate the birth anniversaries of singer Mukesh and actor Manoj Kumar. The show not only reiterated IIA’s fellowship of architects but suffice to say organized the event keeping for the purpose of art and science, a medium so akin to architecture as well as music. How apt therefore that one art pays tribute to another art!