Hariharan holds Ranchi in thrall

Ranchi, Feb. 9: Adhi raat guzar gayee…

As Hariharan sang, the audience swayed to the melody, and as he introduced what he called Urdu Blues, a fusion of western music and eastern ghazals with Aiyne se apne mein guftgu…the listeners just kept asking for more.

The Telegraph Symphony, a musical evening starring Hariharan this evening at Harivansh Rai Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium in Ranchi's Hotwar, was a winner all the way.

"This is the first time I am playing er singing in a basketball stadium," Hariharan said as he took the stage, establishing an instant rapport with the audience, who burst into laughter.

Then it was a ghazal extravaganza as he sang one favourite after another. Beginning with Mareez ishque ka, he followed with Husnewalon ko khud lagta hai, the title track from Roja and the evergreen Patta patta buta buta.

Next it was the turn of Hariharan's disciple Suchismita Das, who featured in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as a singer, to take the stage with Dil cheez kya hai from the film Umrao Jaan. Her rendition of Rangi saree gulabi chunariyaan earned a huge applause from the audience.

Hariharan came back again with Sufi ghazal Pahle se mara to Tuhi re tuhi re from the film Bombay.

"Hearing him live was an altogether different experience," said member of the audience Avtar Singh.

The top brass of the state administration along with former chief minister Babulal Marandi enjoyed the close to three-hour-long show. Advisor to governor K. Vijay Kumar was the chief guest on the occasion.

Additional director general of police Rezi Dundung, inspectors-general S.N. Pradhan and M.S. Bhatia, additional chief secretary A.K. Sarkar and bureaucrats Aditya Swarup and J.B. Tubid were among the audience.

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