Indian Cultural Society (ICS) presented ‘Parda Hai Parda’ with renowned qawwal Munawwar Masoom, playback singer Poonam Bhatia & Laughter fame table player Surinder Singh, on Friday September 9th, at KMA Auditorium from 7.00 pm onwards.
The chief guest of the evening was the Indian ambassador H.E.S.C.MEHTA & Sheikha Al Arfaj accompanied by guests of honor were renowned personalities from Kuwait including ambassadors of Pakistan, Nepal, Shrilanka and other countries. The programme started with the formal welcome address, delivered by the ICS president and anchor of the eve, Ashfaque Ahmed Khan, along with singing of the National Anthems of Kuwait and India. Sheikha Al Arfaj & H.E. S.C.Mehta along with the sponsors of the event, released the souvenir, and spoke a few words. ICS also felicitated business doyen & classical music singer Knighthood of Luxembourg IQBAL QURESHI.
Audiences were excited & gave warmed welcome while Surinder Singh & Poonam Bhatia entered on stage. Poonam started with famous bollywood numbers like “Thade Raheeo” “Chitthiye Chitthiye” “Solah Baras Ki Baali Umar Ko Salam”. Audience enjoyed & applauded when the dancing divas presented qawwalli based dance performance “Wallah re wallah”, “Chal Chhaiyyan Chhaiyyan”. Poonam is quite a charmer with the live audience. When she performs in mehfils, her audience is always left asking for more!! Be it quawwalies, nostalgic bollywood hits, or the latest foot tapping bollywood numbers, Poonam never disappoints her admirers.
ICS has, in the past, hosted a number of memorable events like ‘Mahakte Lamhe” with Udit Narayan, “ Dil Ki Awaaz” with Kavita Krishnamurty, ‘Jashn-e-Bahara’n’ with Talat Aziz, & renowned poets, ‘Nazar Ke Samne’, with Kumar Sanu, ‘Taal se Taal’, with Alka Yagnik, ‘Shaam-e-Ghalib’, with Kader Khan, Shaam-e-Sangeet, Shaam-e-Shibani, Suroon- Ki-Shaam, Shaam-e-Ghazal, Geet and Ghazal Nite, Shab- e-Meraj, Jhoomte Sitare and many more.
‘Parda Hai Parda” unfolded a new vista of Indian music, Ghazal, Qawwali, and humour with evergreen songs rendered by Bollywood playback singer Poonam Bhatia, and rib-tickling comedy by Poonam & Surinder. Their punch lines and hilarious situations she created with excellent narration skills compelled everyone to laugh their hearts out. Astoundingly funny Surinder won over the hearts of the Kuwait audience with his outstanding Talba palying. He & his band become popular from TV show Moover & Shekhar, Laughter King & Comedy Circus.
Munawwar Masoom started with spiritual ghazal by Hazarat Ameer Khusro’s “than “Haq Husne Mohabbat Ka Ada Kaoun Karega” “Aasteen Ke Saamp”, ‘Dil Tute to Kaoun Jode”, His team reaches with high peack of Qawwali numbers… “Bhar De Jholi Meri Ya Mohammed”, “Chardhta Suraj Dheere Dheere”, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom Sharabi”, Munawwar & his partner Arif Khan sung “Parda Hai Parda’ a famous Qawwali by Mohammed Rafi (Film- Amar Akbar Anthony).
Ustad Masoom entertained the crowd with his versatile singing capability of Ghazal & Qawwali along with “Rubaeyan” & “Urdu Couplets”. He made the audience to join him with his great voice and poise. He succeeded in winning over the hearts of the audience with able rendering of several old and new qawwali in all three forms Aashiqana, Sufiana & Filmana. Audience was enjoying best hospitality & refreshment by ICS team. ICS has given mementos to all artists as token of love & sweet memories. Mr. Ashfaque expresses his special thanks to Aijaz Ahmed (MD-Sahara), Asad Khan (GM- KSCC) & Fahad al furaih (MD- Noor Asia) for encouraging organizing such art & cultural event.
ICS Kids wing performed with Poonam Bhatia on songs “Billo rani” “Ye eishq hai”,” Kajrare kajrare tere kare kare naina” etc. Poonam sang all time favourate & ever green numbers.
Stage arrangements, execution of programme, coordination & event banner were appreciated by all.
“Chhap tilak sab chhini re mose nain” , “Dama dam mast kalander” was last duet of Poonam & ustad masoom…gives long lasting fragrance of high value of Qawwali.
Thanks to All volunteers, dedicated executive, technical support, media, press, Kuwait authority & very special thanks to Dr. Sneh Lata Goel (Diamond sponsor), Al Yasra food Co.( Gold Sponsor), KSCC & City centre( Silver Sponsor), & Co sponsors Sahara A C co., Zahem & Malhotra, Royal Coast, Kuwait Continental & Air Arabia.
ICS committed to bring more events in future for community entertainment & joy.