VISHAL AILAWADHI PAYS TRIBUTE TO SUPERSTAR RAJESH KHANNA
Los Angeles, September 08, 2012
Kewal Kanda/ Dave Singh
Vishal Ailawadhi and his wife Meera Ailawadhi paid a glowing tribute to Superstar Rajesh Khanna at Rupee Room Restaurant in Orange, CA on Saturday (9/08/12) evening in front of more than 200 listeners. Vishal was accompanied by his Orchestra team of Rishi Thakar on Dholki, Hemant Ekbote on Tabla, and Oni Benjamin on Keyboard.
Vishal started the eveving with a popular song “Oh mere dil ke chain” from Rajesh Khanna’s film followed by “Roop Tera Mastana”, “Kahin door kabhi dil ghabraye”, “Yeh sham mastani”, and “Mere sapno ki rani kabh ayegi tu”. Audience loved these songs as most of the listeners grew up listening to such songs from Rajesh Khanna’s popular films.
Meera Ailawadhi stepped to the podium to sing of few solo songs such as “Bindya Chamkegi churi chhanke gi”, “Jaaiye aap kahan jaayenge”, and “Yeh Reshmi zulfon ka andhera”. Vishal and Meera paired to sing a couple of duets “Eh jane sanam, madhur chandani mein hum” and “Jai Jai shivshanker, kanta lage na kankar”.Vishal went on to sing a few more popular songs of Mohammad Rafi, Manna Dey, Kishore Kumar and Mukesh. People jumped on the dance floor and enjoyed the dance when Vishal started a medley of romantic songs such as “Rvasta vasta vaiyaa meine dil tujh ko diya, Teri ada vah vah kya baat hai, Surat aap ki subahn allah, and Yari hai iman mera yaar meri zindagi”.
After the dinner break, Vishal entertained audience with some Bhangra songs and ghazals. During many songs couples stepped on the floor to dance to the tunes of romantic songs. The dance floor was full when he began singing Bhangra songs like “Meri Makhana, meri sohniye”, “Ik Punjaban, kuri Punjaban dil chura ke le gayi”, “Munde Bhangra ponde te kuriyan Giddha pawan”.
It was obvious from the mood of the audience, their clapping, and steps on the dance floor that they were having a night full of fun and enjoyment. The musical night went on well past the midnight. Food was served by Rupee Room, cuisine of India. The program was supported by FIA-SC, UFICA, Bhushans, Sodhis, Khandpurs, Dudhekers, Dangs, and many others.
About Vishal Ailawadhi:
Vishal has earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UCLA. He and his wife, Meera, perform regularly under the Sangeet Sagar banner.
Vishal Ailawadhi has been studying the art of Indian vocal music from Shri Suresh Wadkar and performing for over fifteen years. He has earned the esteemed Sangeet Prabhakar from the PrayagSangeet Samiti.
Vishal is a versatile singer and is recognized for his ability to sing ghazals, bhajans, classical,semi-classical, pop, and Indian film music. Vishal has performed in numerous Indian Music television programs, including Sa Re Ga Ma. He has also been featured in recordings for Hollywood movies, such as the Indo-American hits "The Guru” and “Beyond Honor.”
“It’s more than simply learning how to sing,” says Vishal, “it’s about understanding every facet of what you’re singing, and how it all comes together – sur, taal, expression – everything.” Through his extensive training, Vishal is trained in over 70 raags (scales), and can play many instruments, including harmonium, tabla, and sitar. Apart from live shows, Vishal is also passing on the knowledge he has earned by teaching vocal classical and light-classical music in Southern California.