This ‘once in a lifetime’ UK concert tour will pay tribute to some of the greatest singers from the Indian sub continent as we celebrate 100 years of Bollywood cinema. To this end, modern yet classically trained singing sensations Roop Kumar Rathod and Sunali Rathod (the voices behind many contemporary hits, from Bollywood blockbusters to Ghazals and Sufi songs) will showcase the incredible vocal talents of legends Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Talat Mahmood and Noor Jehan in what promises to be a musical masterpiece.
The husband and wife duo will travel to Birmingham, Leicester and London, taking UK audiences on a trip down memory lane in an evening of timeless classics from a bygone era, in addition to Roop’s own hits from Bollywood such as ‘Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai’ (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi), ‘Tere Liye’ (Veer Zara), ‘Maula Mere Maula’ (Anwar), the award winning ‘Sandesein Aate Hai’ and ‘To Chaloon’ (Border) to name a few.
Accompanied by eight of the finest handpicked musicians flown over from India, they will cover some of the best loved songs from yesteryear, including Rafi classics like ‘Chaudhvin Ka Chaand’ (Chaudhvin Ka Chaand), ‘O Duniya Ke Rakhwale'(Baiju Bawra), ‘Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki’ (Dulari); Lata classics like ‘Aapki Nazron Ne Samjha’ (Anpadh), ‘Lag Ja Gale’ (Woh Kaun Thi), ‘Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh’ (Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai); Talat classics like ‘Tasveer Banata Hoon’ (Baradari), ‘Itna Na Mujhse Tu Pyaar Badha’ (Chhaya) and favourites from Noor Jehan like ‘Chaandni Raatein’ (Dupatta) and ‘Aawaz De Kahan Hai’ (Anmol Ghadi). Also on the programme and back by popular demand will be the couple’s rendition of ‘Madhuban Mein Radhika’ (Kohinoor), which brought the house down during Saregama’s 2010 sell out ‘An Evening with Roop Kumar and Sunali Rathod’ tour.
According to Roop and Sunali, “The exhilarating response that we got on our UK tour in 2010 has encouraged us to come back to be with our favorite audience one more time. We are thrilled that Saregama Events are doing this. We are completing 100 years of Indian cinema next year, but if we try to count the names and pay homage to all those responsible it will take another 100 years. So in our own innovative style, we will sing not only our own popular numbers but also gems from the Golden era of cinema.”
With a fan following of millions around the globe, the likes of Rafi, Lata, Talat and Noor need little introduction. Nevertheless, Saregama recognizes the importance of showcasing India’s classic singers and songs.
“Celebrating the Legends is our grandest project to date and we don’t mind being loud and proud about it. We will be honoring some of the sub continent’s finest singers and their landmark songs. Roop and Sunali are classically trained musicians and yet commercially successful therefore are the most appropriate choice to pay tribute to these great artists, made especially poignant in the lead up to the 100th anniversary. Roop’s silken voice is perfect to do justice to greats like Rafi and Talat,
but with a new spin to it, while Sunali’s versatile vocals will evoke memories of Lata and Noor at their peak.” – Amarpal Singh Gaind (Saregama Head of Operations- Europe)