Hemchandra & Arpita, Shafqat's Sufi Qalam wow Delhi at Qutub Fest

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New Delhi, Oct 1 (UNI) Musical performances by Sa Re Ga Ma Pa finalist Hemchandra, Fame Gurukul finalist Arpital Mukherjee and Sufiana Qalam by Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan held a huge audience of music lovers in thralls as the two day Qutub Festival drew to a close here last evening.

Another attraction on the last day of the festival, which began on September 29 in the Qutub institutional area, was Indian Classical Mandolin recital by Sugato Bhaduri.

The concluding day of the event saw the crowd turn up in huge numbers.

Said Mr Sanat Kaul, Chairman Delhi Tourism,''we have had the best response to the event this time over the years. The sheer number of people made the event a huge success.'' The Mandolin recital by Sugato Bhaduri set the mood rolling for the evening of the concluding days. Lending a romantic touch to the evening was rendition of old classical numbers by Fame Gurukul finalist Arpita.

Hemchandra further added to the zest through his rendition of songs like 'Nahi saamne' from 'Taal', besides the 'Kal Ho Na Ho' title track and many more Hindi numbers.

The duo of Hemchandra and Arpita then performed to 'Piyo Bole' from Parineeta and 'Chup Chup Ke' from 'Bunty aur Babli'.

Impressed by the audience response, Hemchandra said,''the Delhi crowd is always good.The people enjoy melodious songs here.'' He said he would come back to Delhi in mid October for the release of his album.

Speaking on the occasion, Arpital said,''life has been full of ups and downs after 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'.'' However, both Hemchandra and Arpital agreed that participating in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa has helped the duo in more ways than one. Both have been able to release their single albums apart from doing playback for a few music directors.

The evening concluded with Sufiana music by renowned Pakistani singer Ustad Shafqat Ali Khan (who sang the 'Mitwa' song from 'Kabhi Alvida na Kehna').

Shafqat's rendition, coupled with the melodious music, made the music as beautiful as dew drops on a leaf on a pleasant wintry morning.

Mr Kaul said this year's festival was dedicated to the youth.

''Due to so many talent hunts happening in the country , we decided to pay a tribute to the youth of our country by dedicating a section of the festival to them,''he said.

Organised by Delhi Tourism and Sahitya Kala Parishad, the Qutub Festival is part of the three festivals organised by Delhi Tourism in Purana Qila, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar every year.

''The idea is to bring life to these monuments. Delhi being the heritage city, it is very important to revive the importance of our national assets,''Mr Kaul said.

UNI

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