ANDOVER, MA–New England ghazal enthusiasts were treated to an evening of ghazal singing and recitals last month at the Chinmaya Auditorium in Andover, MA.
The show was emceed by Jaya Pandey and opened by honored guest Puran Dang. Harish Dang and Sadia Chaghtai recited from Kiran’s poetry collection ‘Shaayara‘ at various points during the evening.
Kiran was accompanied throughout by Mitali Wahidi on vocals, Chris Pereji on keyboards, Harshal Tole on tabla, and Ishan Capila on guitar.
Each artist performed Kiran’s writings and compositions and each proved to be a revelation in their own right.
Mitali’s rendered ‘Kuchh Bhi Nahin Badla Yahaan’. Pradeep Shukla lit up the evening with his classical-tinged rendition of ‘Phir Se Diya Jalaao’. Shameek Nath demonstrated his range and voice quality with his version of ‘Chaahat Se Badhkar Tumhe Chaahein’.
Rajiv Gangurde rendered ‘Naadaan Hum Aise Na The‘.Kunal Nath sang ‘Na Tum Aaye Na Neend Aayee‘ and ‘Deewana Karengi Tumhaari Ye Baatein’. Marking the birth centenary year of master poet Kaifi Azmi, Kunal’s of the Kaifi Azmi-Jagjit Singh classic ‘Koi Ye Kaise Bataaye Ki Woh Tanha Kyon Hai’ made all in attendance spellbound.
Singer-composer-poet Kiran Nath’s own renderings of ‘Ab Kya Kahoon Mere Meherbaan’, ‘Kaise Keh Doon Tum Kya Ho Mere’ and ‘Chhodo Kalai Mori Saiyaan’ were great. She ended the show with tributes to legendary poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz. Shakeel Badayuni, Mirza Ghalib, Faiyaz Hashmi, Hafeez Hoshiarpuri, Ahmed Faraz, and Saagar Nizaami.