Catch Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan, the original singers of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, in Kuala Lumpur, writes Dennis Chua
TRISHNA Restaurant, Hotel Istana, brings Bollywood music to Malaysia for the first time. Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan, the original singers of the popular song, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, will be here on Sunday.
The 6.30pm showcase is themed Namaste From The Songbirds Of India.
Fans will be entertained with the duo’s famous songs such as Tere Naam, Taal Se Taal, Bole Chudiyan, Mitwa, Kaho Na Pyar Hai, Kal Ho Na Ho and Har Dil Jo Pyaar Karega.
Narayan began his career singing for Radio Nepal. His first film playback singing was for Nepali film Sindur.
After eight years in that role, the Indian Embassy offered him the chance to study classical music at a prestigious school in Mumbai, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan. In 1980, he lent his voice for the film Unees Bees, and sang with the legendary
Mohammed Rafi. He provided playback for Sannata (1981), Bade Dil Wala (1983) and Tan-Badan (1986).
Narayan has won three National Film Awards and five Filmfare Awards. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India.
Yagnik is classically trained and has been one of the leading playback singers in Bollywood since the late 1980s. She began singing bhajans (religious hymns) at the age of 6 and got her first big break in the Hindi film music industry with the song Ek Do Teen from the film Tezaab (1988).
The song turned her into a star and went on to become a pop hit, also winning her a Filmfare Best Female Playback Award. The movie, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, also took her career to new heights, as she and Narayan became domestic names in the music industry.
Yagnik has been the judge of various musical talent shows and competitions in India. She holds the record for most awards won (seven) as well as maximum nominations (35) in the Best Female Playback category at the Filmfare Awards.
Benny Bedi, owner of the event organiser, Trishna, says: “We are anticipating a crowd of 1,500. Malaysians just love Bollywood music.”
He says we can expect more Hindi hits in the near future. “Just keep watch as there will be a larger event at year end.”
The hotel marketing communications manager Patricia Sik says: “As we are a multi-cultural nation, we believe that by bringing in the Bollywood celebrities and hosting their colourful performance will help to promote our tourism industry. It is one of our cultures and it is our pride to share with the world.”
The showcase is sponsored by Ravs Studio, TicketPro, White Merpati and Retro Tas Av Productions.
Tickets: Between RM99 and RM499.
Call 012-375 0412 (Trishna) or 03-2141 9988 (Hotel Istana).