Mumbai, Oct 31 (UNI) Veteran Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali and Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota enthralled the audience with their 'Jugalbandi' on the occasion of 58th birth anniversary of former BJP General Secretary late Pramod Mahajan here yesterday at Shanmukhananda Hall.
In a programme titled ''Ek Sham Pramod Mahajan Ke Naam'' organised by the Mahajan-Munde-Rao Parivar and BJP, the two well known singers came together for the first time for a 'Jugalbandi'.
The song which started with the line ''Aao Milkar Sur Bikharaye Dono Ka Sangam Karvaye'' had many references towards strengthening friendship between India and Pakistan.
The song further said, ''Udhar hai Chhand, Idhar Tiranga, Udhar hai Zamzam, Idhar hai Ganga, Dono Milkar Prem Bhadhaye.'' This 'Bhairavi' was widely appreciated by the audience, which included many VIPs and friends of late Mr Mahajan.
All the BJP leaders including BJP General Secretary Gopinath Munde, State BJP President Nitin Gadkari, former union ministers Ram Naik, Jayawantiben Mehta along with Rahul Mahajan, Rekha Mahajan, mother of late Mr Mahajan and PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal were present on the occasion.
While compering the programme, Poonam Mahajan, daughter of late Mr Mahajan became emotional while remembering her father, who was allegedly assassinated by his younger brother Pravin Mahajan last year.
Ms Poonam referred to Ghulam Ali and Anup Jalota as close friends of late Mr Mahajan and added that Ghulam Ali is like her uncle and immediately added that ''There are good uncles as well'' in an oblique reference to Pravin Mahajan.
Anup Jalota started with his famous Bhajans including ''Rang De chunaria'', ''Aisi Lagi lagan'' and was followed by the Ghazal maestro, who has admirers all over the world.
Ghulam Ali sung his famous Ghazal ''Chupke Chupke'', which made him a household name in India. He said that he had sung the Ghazal 35 years ago and it was still popular because of its lyrics and music.
''Hungama Hai Kyun Barpa'' enthralled the audience as Ghulam Ali sang several new verses of the Ghazal, while his ''Dil Me Ek Lahar Si'' created waves of appreciation from the audience. He also recited the Ghazal ''Mahaphil Me Nazar Gayi'' which was a favourite of late Mr Mahajan and he himself had asked Ghulam Ali to sing the same at a function a few years ago.