Sur aur Sangeet, a tribute to late Salim Panjwani, benefits Sikh Study Circle
(Photos: Krish Photography)
On January 31, 2015, Navrang group presented a music program, Sur aur Sangeet, as a tribute to the late Salim Panjwani, a well-known Atlanta sound system manager and independent entertainment professional. The proceeds of this fundraiser were donated to KSOA, Sikh Study Circle of Atlanta. Navrang group has been active in the community since 2001 and has hosted various music and charity shows for over 25 communities.
Organizer Sunny Thakker began by sharing memories about his friend Mr. Salim Panjwani. Children from the Sikh Gurudwara performed to a foot-tapping Punjabi folk dance. Mr. Dalip Singh Cheema, president of the Sikh Gurudwara, talked about the Study Circle.
A 4-hour musical extravaganza followed, with old and new Hindi movie songs performed by talented Atlanta artists. Emcees Aslam Parvez and Shahid Ali shared their memories about Salim bhai. Friends and family of Salim bhai were present for this tribute to their beloved friend. With Bollywood songs from the 1950s to the latest Hindi movie songs, Anand Mehta, Azhar Mehmood, Meenal Shrotriya, Rekha Pallath, and Sunny Thakker enthralled the audience. The first segment had solo numbers. Meenal began with classical songs like "Naam Gum Jayega" and "O Sajna" in her melodious voice. Rekha performed some of Salim bhai's favorites, "Ishq Sufiyana" and "Lag ja gale," and made the audience emotional. Sunny's songs "O Jaanewale," "Ye Nayan dare dare," and Azhar's "Ghungaroo ki tarah" and "Yu Ganga ki Mauj mein" were very soulful. Anand charmed the audience with "Hoshwalon ko khabar kya" and "Tum hi ho."
Then came romantic duets from all the singers. The grand finale, a medley of philosophical songs, was much applauded by the audience. It was clear that the audience did not want the show to end.
Salim bhai will be missed by the entire community, and people from Atlanta showed their support by attending the program in large numbers. The show must go on. "O Jaane wale ho sake tau laut ke aana." If only that could happen in real life.
Website Bonus Feature
“Tribute to (late) Salim Panjwani from Atlanta, GA, USA” by AtlantaStarZee, www.Facebook.com/DJZeeAtlanta, www.DJ-Zee.com Published on Nov 26, 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REaa2ZLT518
Thanks to Mehul Raja - President of Gujarati Samaj, Neil Patel, (Paras. Gold) Uday Singh, Gary Insurance, Karim Sayani, Ravjibhai Pankhania, Rohit Patel, and Tanweer bhai. The sound system was ably handled by Sagar Thakker.
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