ANAHEIM, Calif. â€“ ZeeTV serial actors Rubina Dilaik and Avinash Sachdev joined acclaimed singers Vibhavari Yadav and Group in celebrating Indiaâ€™s 65th Independence Day during an Aug. 14 music and dance program hosted by the Federation of Indian Associations Los Angeles inside the main auditorium of Anaheimâ€™s Servite High School.
Co-hosted by Tisha Entertainment, Lionâ€™s Club (Little India) and the American Gujarati Senior Association, the Grand Independence Day Celebration was a nearly four-hour event entitled â€œGuzra Hua Zamana,â€� which highlighted a touring group of four singing professionals from Baroda.
Led by the sultry voice of Yadav, the musical group also included the talented Anand Vinod, Girish Kumar and Dollar Mehta who took the Indian American audience down memory lane, belting out tunes made famous during the early years of Hindi cinema.
The quartet sang a number of classic and modern Indian songs, including popular Bollywood numbers and timeless ghazals. Famous musicians the quartet commemorated in their evening-long performance i ncluded esteemed playback artists Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar and Mohammed Rafi.
Among the songs they performed were such modern hits as Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshalâ€™s â€œZoobi Doobiâ€� from â€œ3 Idiotsâ€� as well as timeless classics in â€œNainome Badara Chhayeâ€� from â€œMeera Saayaâ€� and, true to the showâ€™s title, â€œGuzra Hua Zamanaâ€� of â€œShirin Farhad.â€�
Yadav and Group also sang several patriotic songs to commemorate Indiaâ€™s Independence Day. Each member of the quartet took turns performing solo numbers and duets throughout the evening.
The Grand Independence Day Celebration also included three award-winning solo dance performances by students of the Vandana Dance School. Each dance item of the group, which had received honors at the recent Neema Sari Palace competition in nearby Fullerton, paid homage to the classical tunes of Bollywoodâ€™s Golden Era of the 1950s and 1960s.
While Yadav and company dominated the program, Dilaik and Sachdev of ZeeTVâ€™s popular serial â€œChhoti Bahuâ€� made a brief appearance just before the showâ€™s intermission. Presented with bouquets of flowers, the duo, portraying Radhika and Dev in the serial, briefly joined the audience and took in a few musical numbers.
Vibhavari Yadav and Group are part of a musical association known as Meghdoot Club. Formed in 1991, the clubâ€™s mission is to revive the â€œgolden melodiesâ€� of Hindi cinema.
Founded by Prof. Yogesh Yadav, an acclaimed author of Indian film music, it has been affiliated with such acclaimed music directors as Anil Biswasji, Naushadji, Khayyam Sahab and Snehal Bhatkarji.
In Norco, Calif., a â€œGuzra Hua Zamanaâ€� charity show was presented Aug. 12 by Indian American Vishnu Patel in memory of his late beloved wife, Kusum Patel, who passed away in October 2008 of leukemia. In hopes of finding a cure, the charity show generated a sum of $50,000 which was donated for leukemia research to the City of Hope Cancer Research Center in Duarte, Calif. Patel and a volunteer group of roughly 30 others made this show successful by putting in their time, money, and efforts which they pledged they would do every year to aid leukemia research, according to a press release.
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