Yawar HussainSrinagar Oct 7:
Bollywood singer Adnan Sami left the audience spell- bound as he played out the hit numbers at the musical concert at SKICC.
The Pakistan-born singer said he was mesmerized by the natural beauty of Kashmir. Sami, who performed before a select audience at the SKICC lawns, started off with his famous number "Mai Sirf Tera Mehboob". "Today I have come to realize that there is hell; because today I have seen heaven (Kashmir)," the singer said to thunderous applause from the crowd.
Sharing anecdotes from his life, Sami said he has a very deep connection with Jammu and Kashmir. "Not only because my mother is from Jammu but I learned Hindustani classical from santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, who hails from Jammu as well. It was because of him that I could show the world that Hindustani classical can be played on piano as well," he added.
The concert was organised by the tourism department to a boost to tourist footfall in the state.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju,
several state ministers and senior civil administration and police officials attended the concert.
Renowned conductor Zubin Mehta had performed at the
Shalimar Mughal gardens in September 2013,the last major musical event in the valley.
Bollywood songs including “Barde Joli Meri Ya Mohammad” and “Thodi si toh lift karade” left the audience enthralled.
The tourism event was organized to boost the footfall of tourists to the valley, which after the unrest of 2016 had seen a dip in the number of local as well as foreign tourists.
At the concert, Sami also performed on the Piano and the Tabla delighting the audience, who joined in to sing with him. Sami described his “Salam-e-Ishq” song as “Salam of love” for Kashmiris
“We have made history today and let's all say that it is a new beginning and many more such events will follow,” said Sami.
The event was however marred by restrictions around the high-security venue due to which vehicular movement was barred after a traffic police advisory asking people from Shalimar or Dalgate side to take alternate routes avoiding the road passing along the SKICC.