Dubai: The rhythmic beats of ‘Hamsa Naada’ thundered Dubai while the compilation of those meaningful melodious songs presented, really rocked the audience in the jam packed Centre Point Theatre, Ductac in the Mall of the Emirates, Dubai this Friday the 9th of December, 2016 offering a real tribute to the renowned South Indian Music Composer, Instrumentalist, Lyricist & Writer, Maestro Dr. Hamsalekha in his personal presence.
He was felicitated and crowned with ‘Desi Dorey’ in the presence of the cheering audience by the organizer Shiva Kumar. The honours were done by Chief Guest Padmashree Dr. B.R. Shetty presenting the ‘Mysore Peta’, Shawl, Flower Bouquet, Memento and felicitation letter. A precious honorable rare maharaja style self-portrait was unveiled and presented as a remembrance to the music maestro. It created a history being the first show of Dr. Hamsalekha in UAE who said “this is my first honour outside my own country and I am really blessed to have this honour by my own Kannadigas here in Dubai.”
Dr. Hamsalekha who is fondly known as ‘Naada Brahma’ (the Brahma of Music) of Kannada Filmworld ‘Sandalwood’ arrived with his able team comprising of his singer wife Latha Hamsalekha, Chinmai, Manasa Holla, Acharya Mohan Kumar, Ashwini, Harshavardhan, Karthik, Benedict Sampath, Alphons Raj & Abhi along with local singers Shiva Kumar & Deepa Santosh.
It was witha professional touch, the programme opened up introducing the musicians through the live digital display on screen while their introductory live musical beats cheered up the audience while Vidya Shiva Kumar welcomed the audience with her soulful voice and briefed the highlights of the scheduled programme. She then invited the Producer/Singer husband Shiva Kumar who as traditionally invoked a devotional song composed from Dr. Hamsalekha’s film which really gave divine protection to the event.
Beginning with well-known playback singer Chinmai who gave a good start to the musical evening all the singers including Manasa Holla rendered melodious songs penned and composed by Dr. Hamsalekha one by one and the evening was exclusively dedicated to the great maestro. He later expressed his happiness on stage with the loud applause of the audience, that this is a very special programme he never expected and that too in this beautiful golden land.
He shared some lighter moments of his recent visit to the world’s wonder Burj Khalifa Tower. He added that along with all our day today entertainment, we should also devote some time towards our native, mother tongue, parents, teachers, elders and almighty which is important. As his singer wife Latha was singing wonderful melodious song he was directing the musicians live and simultaneously encouraging her too on stage.
A jugal bandi presentation of one Hindustani raag was really one rare composition enjoyed lively by the whole audience. Jameel a real fan of Dr. Hamsalekha sang ‘Yaarivalu’ in the presence of his guru on stage and rocked the stage for whom the audience also joined as chorus. Nanjappa another guest singer also sang a beautiful number along with Manasa which was very well applauded. Athira Shiva Kumar an upcoming talent also presented a very melodious number.
Another local singer Deepa Santosh along with Shiva Kumar presented a breathless number loudly cheered by the audience. It was Chinmai’s rocking song made the audience mad and the closing song ‘Huttidare Kannada Naadalli Huttabeku’ which had few onstage changes in the lyrics by the maestro, made the whole audience dance on their heels continuously and craving for more. The whole audience were enjoying every bit of the programme, cheering, clapping and whistling in their own way.
It was ‘Show Stoppers’ Team lead by Sarah Sharlet Pinto, who really added spice to the musical evening with their professional dance presentation inspired to the maestros songs with variety of props and attractive colourful costumes giving glitter and glamour to the show. Their excellent performance throughout the show, really deserves a praise worthy mention.
The Sponsors of the programme, singers, musicians, technicians, dancers and the media representatives were all honoured with flower bouquet and mementos by Dr. Hamsalekha and Dr. B.R. Shetty. Vinay Kumar Naik as director of the programme was also honoured.
On the whole ‘Hamsa Naada’ was a good treat to the music craving ears, swingingthe whole audience into a differentdivine musical world for the first time toall those Kannadigas in UAE who were lucky enough to be part of the rare ‘Hamsa Naada’ programme arranged by Shiva Kumar & his Team.