BY MAHADEV DESAI
A Atlanta’s well known B4U entrepreneur Nadir Jiwani organized his first ever scintillating ‘Bapushahi Dairo’, by Bhanubhai Vora’s famed Mumbai based Swarkinnari Group, at the Sardar Patel Bhavan, Gujarati Samaj Hall on Sunday evening, October 19.The event was graced by the attendance of President of Gujarati Samaj, Navin Patel, past President Vinodbhai Patel, Board members Navin Shah, Amit Shah, Nadirbhai’s family and friends and leading community dignitaries.
After a sumptuous Kathiawadi dinner of khichdi and kadhi, Atlanta’s performing arts icon Mustafa Ajmeri, welcomed all and introduced Bhanu Vora and six members of his troupe.” Swarkinnari Group is no stranger to Atlanta. The 21 year old Group has traveled to many parts of the world. This year, it has performed over 40 shows in the U.S. It has a wide ranging repertoire including raas-garba, Jain Stavans, bhajans, wedding songs, Gujarati and Hindi songs, ghazals and quawwali, and hasya-ras(jokes). It has also produced DVDs of uplifting bhajans. Thanks to Nadirbhai for organizing this event’ Please sit back and enjoy.’
After extending his hearty welcome and thanking Nadirbhai, Vora said, “We have always enjoyed visiting and performing in Atlanta, because the audience here is very warm-hearted, appreciative and receptive. Through our ‘dairo’ we try not only to entertain but also to keep alive our sweet mother-tongue Gujarati and also our national language Hindi and offer glimpses of our rich culture and heritage We thank Nadirbhai, Mustafabhai,Gujarati Samaj and you all for inviting us. “
Tripti Chhaya began with a beautiful recitation of ‘vigneshwaraya vardaaya surapriyaya.’ Vora and Manish Joshi followed with ‘Jai,Jai Garavi Gujarat’ and ‘Halo bhai aapna malakma.’ Tripti sang an old time Gujarati favorite ‘Chhanu re chhapnu’ while Manish sang another vintage song ‘pankhidaane aa pinjaroo’.Requests for more choice songs began pouring in from the audience. But it was ‘Dama Dam Masta Kalandar’ that rocked the audience. In between songs, Vora cracked a few rib tickling jokes. Few more songs followed. After the most welcome tea break, Nadirbhai thanked Vora and his troupe for presenting the riveting dairo. He further thanked Kalpeshbhai Patel of Patel Bros.for the delicious dinner and indefatigable volunteers Ghanshyam Patel, Mrs.Prafula Patel, Ramesh Pandya,Mahendra Shah, Amit Shah, Rambhai, Arunaben Patel,Mayoor Patel(for sound);Sanjay Patel, Sanjay Pandya,Anwarbhai, Mustafa Ajmeri, and all the sponsors of the event. He finally thanked the audience and the media for supporting the event and making it a memorable one.
With unbounding zest and joy, Vora, Tripti and Manish regaled the audience with old gems like ‘kasumbi no rang’, a quawwali ‘Shirdi wale Saibaba, aaye hai tere dar pe’; ‘ajeeb dastaan hai ye’, and .famed Gujarati composer Avinash Vyas’s song ‘Dada ho dikri’. Vora’s narration of a mother’s love for her children and his heart rending song of a blind mother’s letter expressing her concern and unconditional love for his son,toiling away in Mumbai had many listeners teary- eyed.
Manish and Tripti sang few more Bollywood songs like ‘tadap tadapke is dil se.’ The musicians too performed with gusto, displaying amazing teamwork.. The audience was lapping it all up and wanted the Group to continue all night but sadly the curtains had to come down. After four hours of exhilarating fun and journey down the memory lane, the captivating and inimitable show ended with patriotic songs ‘ye watan, mere watan’, and ‘mile sur mera tumhara’.
Thunderous applause greeted each member of the troupe introduced by Vora;viz.; Deepak Bhavsar(keyboard);Sujit Vandur(tabla);Pramod More(Dholak)Bindesh Pande(Side rhythm) and singers Tripti Chhaya and Manish Joshi.
The memorable event concluded with a Vote of thanks, by Nadirbhai and Mustafa Ajmeri. As this was the Group’s last show before departing for Mumbai, they wished them a safe trip and an open invitation to Atlanta.