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Singer wows local crowd

Tevita Vuibau
Thursday, May 24, 2012

RENOWNED Indian folk singer Malini Awasthi wowed local crowds with a stirring performance at the Civic Centre Auditorium in Suva last night.

Awasthi, who is critically acclaimed for her singing, arrived in the country yesterday and will perform eight concerts for the duration of her stay.

She is famous for her gaayiki (singing) and powerful performances on the Indian music reality show Junoon.

Awasthi is also famous for her latest song Dil Mera Muftka from the Bollywood film Agent Vinod that achieved acclaim in reviews.

She is being accompanied by an eight-member group that also joined her to entertain students of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School yesterday.

While entertaining the students of MGM School yesterday, Awasthi said she had not hesitated when presented with the opportunity to perform for them.

"It took me only a second to say yes when the Indian Cultural Centre asked if I would consider performing for you students," she said.

Awasthi said she was so happy to be with the young students to share her background and the Indian culture and music.

The group's tabla player, Ratnesh Mishra said they were all very excited to be in Fiji for the first time.

He said the group was honoured to be able to take part in cultural exchanges with Fiji adding it was quite an experience to be in a new place like Fiji.

"We are enjoying the very good scenery, the people here are very welcoming, and you have beautiful produce at your markets," he said.

"We are just very thankful to god for bringing us here to Fiji."