Business and pleasure, conference and cultural programs are part of the executives’ lifestyles. But, when exposed to the rich Ghazal, Geet and Qawwali culture of Hyderabad, there were no bounds to entertainment for the Environment and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) professionals. Cultural and entertainment programs organised as part of the 13th Annual Greentech Global Conference on Environment and CSR here at Novotel Hyderabad Airport saw Environment and CSR professionals enjoying the Hyderabadi atmosphere in the cultural evening.
True to his words Singer Singer Shakeel Ahmed said that he will try to present the Hyderabadi culture and mehmaan nawazi, his rendering of songs and ghazals touched the hearts of the audience. Starting with hit number Hoton se chookar tum, mera geet amar kar do, city ghazal singer Shakeel Ahmed churned out hit numbers like Ek kirayaka ghar hai, ek na ek dinbadalna padega, mouth jab tuj ko aawaj degi, gharse bahar niklalna padega... and mesmerized his audience.
Accompanied by Ms. Afsana Jabi, a female singer; Mr. Osman, male singer they rolled out many farmaish ghazal numbers of the audience. Other accompanying artists included Nawaz Yousuf Khan on Table and Arun Kumar on Keyboard. Audiences were seen enjoying geets and ghazals belted out by the Hyderabad artists. Some of the numbers sung were Chitti aayi hai, Tum ko dekha to yeh khayal aaya, Huye mahangi bahut hi sharaab ke thodi thodi piya karo, etc. and more. The Qawwali numbers like Chadtha sooraj, dheere dheere chadtha hai… swayed the audience.
The versatile Shakeel Ahmed and his troupe sang hits of Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Mukesh and popular ghazals of Mehdi Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Pankaj Udhas, Anoop Jalota, Jagjit Singh, Talat Aziz, Chandan Das, etc and treated the audience to an aural feast.
In a typical hyderabadi style a humorous miya biwi number - jab se hui hai shaadi, aasu bahar raha hoo, aafath gale padi hai, usko nibah raha hoo and Das subah ke base hai begum ji so rahi hai, himmath nahi hai jagaane panka hila raha hoo, gaathi hai naachti hai hai, khana nahi pakhathi hai, suntha hoo gharme gaana, hoel mey khana khaa raha hoo.
Mr. Kamaleshwar Sharan, President, Greentech Foundation, the organizers of the conference said that music binds the people of India and the world and hence they thought of organizing such a program and presenting the culture of Hyderabad to the participants at the conference. Professionals from around the country and the world enjoyed music, masti and Hyderabadi mehmaan nawazi till late night on Monday, the program ended with the audience breaking into dance.