Naushad needs no introduction. Keep Alive, however, does. It's getting a grand one tonite.
Keep Alive, Mumbai, is organising a musical nite titled Naushad – The Last Music Moghul on 24th November at Ravindra Bharathi. The program will feature popular and immortal songs composed by the legendary music director Late Naushad Ali. These numbers will be sung by the immensely talented and well-known singers like Gaurav Bangia, Srikant Narayan, Sarita Rajesh, Vrushali Patil, Priya Joshi and Anand Bahal. All the singers are popular, and in great demand for shows all over India and abroad.
The show will be presented by renowned Mumbai-based music troupe Keep Alive, headed by musicologist and vintage music expert Manohar Iyer, who will enlighten the audience with rare insights and little known facts about the veteran composer. A complete orchestra, with eco-sound system and colorful lighting, will give a real feeling of cine-studio music.
Naushad Ali needs no introduction, as he is regarded as one of the greatest music directors of Indian cinema. He studied under Ustad Ghurbat Ali, Ustad Yusuf Ali and Ustad Babban Saheb. Before making it big in the film industry, he struggled to make a living and had to spend nights on the footpath. Prem Nagar (1940) was his first independent break, but he got noticed earlier with Sharda (1942).
It was Rattan (1944) that took Naushad right to the top and enabled him to charge Rs. 25,000 a film then. He churned out hit after hit in the 1940s, mainly in the films Shahjehan (1946), Dard (1947), Dillagi (1949), Dulari (1949), Anmol Ghadi (1946), Elaan (1947), Anoki Ada (1948) and Andaaz (1949). Naushad was among the early composers to give Lata Mangeshkar an opportunity, with Andaaz and Dulari instrumental in her rise to the top.
A winner of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his contribution to Indian cinema, Naushad last composed music for Akbar Khan's Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story (2005). He passed away in Mumbai on May 5, 2006, due to cardiac arrest.
Keep Alive was founded by Manohar Iyer in 1997 in Mumbai, to bring together lovers of old Hindi film songs, and has succeeded to a great extent. Iyer and Keep Alive have, so far, honored music directors like Roshan, Vasant Desai, Ghulam Mohammad, Husanlal Bhagatram, Khemchand Prakash, C Ramchandra, Shankar Jaikishan, Madan Mohan and Anil Biswas; lyricists like Kavi Pradeep, Shakeel Badayuni and Majrooh Sultanpuri; singers like Manna Dey and Geeta Dutt; and actors like Dilip Kumar, Madhubala, Raj Kapoor and Nargis.
Iyer was addicted to Hindi film music from an early age, and tuned in to Radio Ceylon for old film songs. His passion continued to grow during his 15-year stint with IDBI as a finance manager. Disillusioned by the encroachment of meaningless fast songs and the extinction of the sweet meaningful lyrics of film music, he decided to do his bit to keep the golden age of music alive, and together with a small group of friends, launched Keep Alive.
All the shows of the group draw houseful attendance for shows in Mumbai. During the shows, Iyer narrates, in Urdu, interesting anecdotes and little-known info about the giants of the film industry.
The entry to this musical nite is by donor passes of Rs. 100, Rs. 200, Rs. 300 and Rs. 500 per head. For further details, please contact 94412-20979 or 99853-43532.