Amid a stunning spectrum of classical music spread over 3 days, this concert looks like an incongruity. Ah, pop must rule.
The Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation Limited is organising a grand Music & Dance Festival, from 8th to 10th December, at the Taramati Baradari Culture Complex on Gandipet Road, Ibrahimbagh, where some highly talented and established musicians of India will be performing. The 3-day fest includes performances by Dr L Subramaniam & Kavita Subramaniam, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Deepika Reddy, Devayani, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Purbayan Chatterjee, Mohd Vakil and others.
Today, the 2nd day, Abhijeet Bhattacharya will be presenting a live musical nite with a grand orchestra. Abhijeet was born in a middle-class Bengali family in Kanpur, the youngest of four brothers. Even though his parents were against his singing, Abhijeet went against their wishes to become a singer.
He came to Mumbai in 1981 to study Chartered Accountancy, but owing to his fascination for singing and music, he decided to pursue a career in playback singing. Despite being gifted with a melodious voice, he had to struggle for a very long time. During this period, he had to reside in tiny rooms and dingy guesthouses. He returned to Kanpur, but each time was drawn to the magnetism of Mumbai with a dream to be fulfilled.
After a long struggle in Bombay, as he was finally packing his bags to go back, he received a call from R D Burman to sing for Dev Anand’s Anand Aur Anand. But the film flopped and he was struggling to find work again. For quite a few years, he resorted to singing cover versions of Kishore Kumar hits.
In the 1990s, he got his due rewards when his songs in Baaghi of Anand-Milind, Ek Chanchal Shokh Hasina, Chandni Raat Hai and Har Kasam Se Badi Hai became superhits. And there was no looking back since.
Today Abhijeet is one of the top names when it comes to male playback singers. He has his foot firmly in the music world, with several other hits in films like Yeh Dillagi, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge, Fareb, Rakshak, Krishna, Sadak, Khiladi, Raja Babu, Yes Boss, Baadshah, Josh, and Dhadkan, to name a few. Recently he has launched a pop album, Tere Bina, whose songs and video are chartbusters. He won the Filmfare award for the best singer for his song Chand Taare in Yes Boss.
The entry to this festival is through daily tickets of Rs. 200 per head, or season passes of Rs. 500 per head for 3 days of the festival. For tickets and other details, please contact APTDC Ltd at 2329-8456/57 or 2345-3036/0165, or the venue at 2352-0172/1884.