Their ideology had taken birth on this day. And they were here to celebrate that
force. They had the perfect ambience - a cool pleasant night at the cultural Mecca
of the twin cities. They had their brethren. They needed their music to connect.
And they got it.
It looked as if the entire Punjabi population of Hyderabad was present at the Lalitha Kala Thoranam to celebrate the Baisakhi festival. And the Andhra Punjabi Sabha and Rachnotsav, the organizers, were smiling at the thought of laughing all the way to the bank.
Daler Mehendi and Harbhajan Mann, the two most prominent torchbearers of the bhangra pop genre, also did enough to inspire their siblings to follow suit. And it showed on that day. Mika Singh and Gursewak Mann, just a lap behind their big bros' success, proved that they are very much in their track, so what if their panting was a little too deafening.
The evening started with Gursewak getting the tempo going with his 'Lara Lappa'. The crowd, surprisingly, went a little berserk gyrating in Punjabi style to the tune. Déjà vu does seem to do a lot of wonders. Then came the mixes and remixes of the old Punjabi folk songs, and the gyrations now turned into the grind. 'Sona Sona' and 'Gore Naal Ishq Mita' were a hit with our paajis. And the battle of the remixes vs. the originals goes on…
For those who were not self-indulgent enough with their dances and had a chance to look around, there was Zenith, a dance troupe, which gave a rather good performance by dancing to the tunes of the singers. Joy, the anchor of the show, did his best to engage the audience with his wisecracks and 'funky' talk, but our guys were too 'connected' to listen to any of his stuff. To be fair to him, some of his digs were commendable. But when some claimed that he was the life of the show, it was taking things too far!
On to Mika Singh. Mika (k)nose his songs well. His trademark nasal style of delivering songs has endeared him to many bhangra lovers, even the hard-nosed ones. And here he was today, singing his 'Saawan Mein Lag Gayi Aag' amidst the grind that had now turned into a hysterical head-banging session, something you thought that was possible only during Led-Zeppelin's BBC sessions. Well, someone rightly said about music being a universal stimulus.
As the night wound towards an end, they paajis were all proud. Of their culture, their dance, their music and of course, their ideology. And of being part of an event that got them connected. They got what they had come for. Déjà vu was never so strong.