Shervanis and 'Eid Mubarak' galore would've put second thoughts in your
mind, about the venue. "Is it the right venue," you would've asked. 'Eid Milap'
- an evening dedicated to the Mohammedan's Id. There was Ghazal music, Kathak
dance and Qawwali to make up another night of eclectic entertainment. And there
was a pleasant ambience of festival, harmony and romance! Truly, romance and nostalgia
was in the air. Devi Ramana Murthy, with her husky voice, sang "Vo Jo Hamme Tumme
Karar Tha". "Those lilting and loving moments, did you forget them," asks a lover,
as delves into the fondest of romantic memories. Kathak dancer, Mangala Bhatt,
clad in soft white, dramatized the meaning of these Ghazals sung by Ramana.
Sardar's Tabla and Yakub Ali's Harmonium added the rhythm and the melodic base. "Gulshan Ki Baharon Main Rangeen" and "Kabhi Hamne Kisi Se Tere Kisse Ko" explored the subtle aspects of romantic relationships. Further, there was pure Ghazal singing by the Hyderabadi veteran. Vittal Rao, followed by a philosophical Qawwali group, led by Iqbal Qureshi, from the city.