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Bollywood folk singer thrills crowd

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, June 03, 2012

BOLLYWOOD folk singer, Malini Awasthi was a hit among community members in Lautoka on Friday night with her classical songs.

About a hundred people from Lautoka came out to see Ms Awasthi and her seven-member band perform at Kashatriya Hall.

The crowd were kept entertained during the two-hour show and were mesmirised by the beautiful harmonies that were composed by the group.

The group which has been touring Fiji for the past few days proved to be a hit among locals as they performed for a number of communities in Suva, Tailevu, Labasa and Lautoka.

Ms Awasthi was pleased with the reception she received by the crowd in Lautoka while she delivered her beautiful folk songs many of which have featured in Bollywood movies.

Indian High Commission Cultural Centre director Dr Kamal Kishore said for some, folk songs were a way of life.

They describe so many aspects of life and can be very soothing and peaceful. Those who listen to folk songs find it very peaceful and that is something that we love about it, said Dr Mishra.

The Indian High Commission had been working closely with the Lautoka City Council to organise the groups performances in the Sugar City.

Their performance is not only very inspiring, it is also educational, and that is something that everyone needs to be exposed to, said LCC special administrator Praveen Bala.

Mr Bala said they were pleased to partner with the Indian High Commission in making it possible for the group to come to Lautoka.

This has certainly been very successful and we will always ensure that we work with the high commission to bring more similar groups to Lautoka, he said.

Ms Awasthi sings folks songs in different Hindi dialects including Awadhi, Bundelkhandi and Bhojpuri and she also presents in Thumri and Kajri.

She has a postgraduate degree in Hundustani classical music from the Bhatkhande University from Indias Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.


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