Just as I had performed on my Pratham Tarang in aid of Pratham USA in the year 2022, it was a deja vu moment for me, as I ventured out to perform again this September, in front of an august audience comprising some of the biggest names in the Indian diaspora. Folks, the biggest doesn’t just mean their social standing but the biggest hearts in the Los Angeles megapolis. I was simply blown away by their generosity and of course by their humming along the nostalgic Hindi film songs as I played in the gentle breeze sweeping across the lawns of the venue in Yorba Linda, LA.
Here are a few snippets:
Watch the audience singing along ‘Jaaiye aap kahaan jaayenge’ from the movie Mere Sanam
‘Ehesaan tera hoga mujh par’ from the movie ‘Junglee’ – my gratitude to the generous friends
And, finally, I turned my head to a couple who gently motioned me to play a slow-paced song while they danced in absolute serenity. Watch them dance, arm in arm, to my music – I reckon it was the ultimate endorsement of my music – ‘Mohe Panaghat pe Nandlala chhed gayo re…’- from the iconic movie, ‘Mugal-e-Azam’ wafting across the lawns of the magnanimous host .
My friends – the Pratham Supporters-, thank you, for your generous contribution to the Pratham cause.