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Oye Oye

Oye Oye is an event that took place on 14-Apr-2001 in Hyderabad.
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  • Venue
    Country Club (5.5 km)
    Road under Begumpet flyover, near Lifestyle shopping centre, Begumpet, Hyderabad • Telephone: 6677-0079
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  • Price
    Couples Rs 200 and Children below 14 years Rs 50
  • Tickets At
    Softy World, Food World Stores, Qwiky's Coffee Pub, Alleygator Bowling Alley, Cinderella Bakery (Sikh Village), 5th Avenue Bakery (Sainikpuri), And Gulf Bakery (Sec’bad)
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They were prosperous. They were the 'developed' people, a cozy microcosm of our Republic. Then, on a day when the Republic was celebrating its birth, their gods failed them. In a few seconds, symbols of prosperity became rubble. The earthquake that hit the state of Gujarat acted as a very crude leveler, leaving thousands, the prince and the pauper alike, homeless. And with colossal loss to property, annihilation of families and a lot more to the tragedy, reconstructing Gujarat and bringing normalcy to the state requires funds to the tune of millions of rupees.

The good old art of music has come to the aid of the victims over these months in the form of charity concerts featuring the wannabe stars on the pop horizon. Back home, the buck was taken up by the Country Club International, Medchal, who have always been the frontrunners in raising funds for such crises.

So, cashing in on the spirit of the summer among the youth of the city and giving them a chance to cool down (or get heated up, whatever the case maybe) by shaking a leg to some pulsating music, the club organized a musical extravaganza at its venue. A battery of seven wannabes from the Indipop world had gathered to enthrall the teeming audience.

One of the problems with getting wannabes for an intended grand show and then trying to project the show as grand is that the wannabes need to be depicted as superstars. And then your normal music lover lands up expecting the world, doesn't get it since if these ones were capable of delivering it then they wouldn't be here, and then post-decisional dissonance lingers on. And when your reviewer happens to be one of these in the crowd, this is what the review would read like.

The crowd, which started as a trickle, soon crescendoed (we are talking music, man) to one of nearly uncontrollable size jiving to 100,000 watts of music. And the cash registers were ringing, too.

The event began with DJ Avi at his console setting the mood with his fast numbers. For a wannabe, he did his mixing well and never got mixed up. Most importantly, he was successful in drawing the crowd to the dance floor. Smitha, the only pop sensation from our Telugu talli, maintained the tempo with her numbers, Hai Rabba and Shakalaka.

Rithika (a lady seen a few months ago on the music channels harping about her thesis on Rabindra Sangeet) then made her try at keeping the crowd grooving to her popular numbers (as in her popular numbers). Shail, another new kid on the block and one who has become more for famous for his video rather than for his album, crooned his song 'Kaha Hai Tu'. The general opinion seemed to suggest that the video was better.

But the 'stars' of the evening (we are living in a relative world, and that is a relative word) were Piyush Soni and Anaida. Piyush (of the incomprehensible 'Chokra' fame, which was shot at some monastery in Sikkim amidst perplexed monks) summoned some children from the crowd on stage, much to their fright and to their parents' thrill, and started crooning 'Chokra'. Fortunately for him, the folks were not in a bad mood.

It was finally the turn of a performer who the audience actually and unanimously knew. So, by default, she was the star of the show. Anaida, 'the princess of pop', 'the oova oova girl', 'the gal-who-received-a death-threat-from-Mehnaz' girl (add some more sobriquets if you like), did not disappoint the crowd, and belted her 'Oova Oova' and 'Oonchi Oonchi' without much ado.

As the crowd began turning in to a trickle again, Anaida and Mohini Singh (we share the ??, but she seemed a very talented singer) had a few numbers that were the finale to the show. The songs were complemented by some dance sequences by Toby and his troupe from Mumbai, who did a rather good job of it.

Calling the show star-studded would be taking your imagination a bit too far and doing the actual stars' (yes, we have them) egos some real harm. But if the purpose of the event and the turnout are the benchmarks for its success, the show deserves its stars all right.

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