Hayward, Calif. — Bollywood playback vocalist and Padmashri Kavita Krishnamurthy and composer Bappi Lahiri presented “Yeh Mera India,” entertaining an Indian American audience with their greatest hits at Chabot College Performing Arts Center, Aug. 3.
The show was presented by Instant Karma and made possible by organizers Bhavini Joshi, Amitabh Bhargava, and Ritu Nischal. Sponsors for the event included DBR Entertainment, UST Global, and Realtor Dr. Sartaj Chanchal.
“Yeh Mera India” lasted just under four hours and included great performances by world famous singer Krishnamurthy and musical personality Bappi Lahiri, along with some local singers who accompanied them for duets, as well as local San Francisco Bay Area dance troupes, including singer-songwriter Shilpa Thakur, who performed alongside Lahiri for a couple of songs.
After a brief introduction, Krishnamurthy entered the stage in a dazzling pink sari and was greeted by warm applause. Her opening number was one of her most well-known songs, “Kahe Chhed Mohe” from “Devdas” (2002), which set the atmosphere for the rest of the evening.
Krishnamurthy has been awarded four Filmfare awards, two Star Screen Awards, two Zee Cine Awards and one IIFA award. She has lent her voice to many international works, and has performed in many concert halls worldwide.
She also performed a tribute to some of Bollywood’s legendary music artists, including Kishore Kumar and Manna Dey, and performed other top hits including “Bole Chudiya,” “Hawa Hawaii” and “Aaj Main Upar” before sharing anecdotes from her illustrious playback singing career and closing out her set with audience requests and a version of “Yeh Mera India” in honor of India’s upcoming August 15th Independence Day holiday.
Post-intermission, Lahiri took the stage, dressed in his trademark dark sunglasses and abundant gold jewelry. He immediately began with his hit “Yaad Aa Raha Hai Tera Pyar,” and began to dance, with his legendary voice filling the hall. The audience followed suit, and everyone started singing and clapping along.
He then told the audience, “The Bay Area is my favorite place and that is why I keep coming back here to perform,” and introduced his son, Bappa Lahiri, a talented drummer who would play for the remainder of the show.
Krishnamurthy was called back on stage to perform a duet to the song “O Lal Dupatte Wali,” and they both charmed the audience with a blast from the past.
India’s “King of Disco” went on to sing his other top numbers like “I Am a Disco Dancer’ and “Tune Mari Entriyan,” and incorporated many of the audience’s requests into the evening’s performance. The show concluded with his most requested song, “Ooh La La,” from the Bollywood film “The Dirty Picture.”