Trinity of the Turbulent Times

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K L Saigal ~ Surendra ~ Ashok Kumar 
on Monday, 23 July, 2018,
Sawarkar Hall, Shivaji Park,
7.45 pm
The 30s and the 40s were times frozen in political turmoil and turbulence! War clouds were looming large. The world economy was hit hard by the Great Depression of the late 20s…in and around the same time, the freedom movement gathered further momentum with Gandhiji’s ‘Salt Satyagraha’ and the tragic hanging of Freedom ‘Terrorists’ Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru … and then the country came in the grip of the World War II, the Quit India call of 1942, the Hindu Muslim riots and Dockyard Explosion in the mid 40s and finally, the partition woes in 1947!! The film firmament in India was experiencing a great churning! It is in this tensed scenario, films and film music took birth and was nurtured under severe stress. 

The Trinity of Saigal ~ Surendra ~ Ashok Kumar emerged and ruled the rostrum, melting the frozen turbulence and fluttering temperaments of the audience thirsting for freedom and a flight of fancy! 

The Trinity turned the turnstile with their naturally gifted vocals! The 17 years of political upheavals from 1931 to 1947 gave a profound thrust to the nationalist upsurge.

The Trinity cut through the clutter to give some soulful outpouring which stirred and urged the entire nation to wake up from the slumber and forge ahead triumphantly.

It is in this background, Keep Alive attempts to recreate the musical magic of an era as distant as a dream and as remote as a reality.

SAGAR SAWARKAR will breathe new life into the timeless tuneful treasure of the Trinity with the able support of ANUPAMA ROY in the romantic duets. 

Am reminded of Dr. Iqbal’s iconic quote:

हज़ारों साल नरगिस अपनी बेनूरी पे रोती है 
बड़ी मुश्किल से होता है चमन में दीदावर पैदा!

This programme of vintage value suffers from the same plight of the Narcissus Poeticus (a poet’s Daffodil) ethnically called as ‘Nargis’ which blooms once in a blu moon!! The pain and pathos of the ‘Nargis’ flower, inviting gaze of the connoisseur for at least a few seconds, bears an obvious testimony to this very purposeful and passionate programme.  

I, for one, would genuinely invoke the innermost chord of MI audience to come and witness this rare experience.

Join the journey to an era called VintAGE which will never AGE!!

The event has the benevolent support of well wishers like:
Shri Arvind Thakkar,
Shri Harshad Sheth,
Smt Kumkum Mehta,
Shri Nilesh Parmar,
Smt Preeti Kothi and
Ms Smita Pagnis
Manohar Iyer


Manohar Iyer

The author Manohar Iyer

Manohar Iyer breathes, eats, drinks, sleeps, walks and talks nothing but music. Through his brain-child Keep Alive and the recent offsprings thereof, he has been striving to resurrect the Golden Era of Hindi Films and Film Music and perpetuate the great cinematic and musical works of the legendary filmmakers, maestros. lyricists, singers, actors and others. For more details, kindly see 'About Us'.

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