BELLFLOWER,CA-Ranjeet Rajwada, a young ghazal singer from Rajasthan, India swooned the audiences with his talented singing on April 12 at the William Bristol Civic Center in here.Rajwada was a favorite final contestant of all judges in the popular reality singing show “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa” in 2010.
Rajwada, now 22,started the evening with an introduction of his musicians. On the “sarangi”was Sandeep Mishra, Jiten Kumar on the keyboard, and Sameer Shukar on table.
Rajwada began with “Bekaraari si.” This was followed by a ghazal from his upcoming album called ‘Paigaam’ which releases in 2015. He shared many “shaayaris” between all his performances and interacted well with the audience. Rajwada even took requests from the audience. The audience thoroughly enjoyed “Hoshwalo ko.” Rajwada started a ‘contest’by making each row of the audience sing along to the tunes of the popular “Hoton se chu lo tum.” The audience truly enjoyed this contest and sang along with Rajwada on his cues. In the end, Rajwada diplomatically picked himself as a winner!
The evening continued with “Ye daulat bhi le lo.” He requested that lights be dimmed for Farida Khannum’s “Aaj jaane ki zidd na karo” to create a mood and sang his own beautiful version of the ghazal. It was a version that was never heard before.
Rajwada sang ‘Chup ke chupke’ the song that made him popular on the reality TV show, a ghazal then close to his heart for this reason. He ended the evening with ‘Chitti aayi hai.’
Rajwada called the organizer of the concert Showbiz Entertainment’s Rupesh Mehta who brought him to the United States for his concerts, on stage. Rajwada had performed on April 10 at the Aroma Grill and Banquet in Upland, and on April 11 at Royal Delhi Palace Banquet in Canoga Park. This was his last concert in California.
Rajwada speaking to India Journal gave his family all credit for his success. He learnt classical singing from his father Mahesh Rajwada. When asked how a ghazal is composed, he said that ghazal was poetry written by a poet, which was composed and arranged into music by him and his team. Rajwada said the young generation enjoys ghazals but there are few ghazal singers today.He said that fame had not gotten to his head and all he really cared about was to give a good performance every time.He said he maintained his balance of mind by doing yoga and meditation. Earlier,the show started with the beautiful Bhavna Chawla’s melodious voice. She sang the songs of yesteryear like “Lag ja gale,” “In aakho ki masti ke,” and “Tujhse naraz nahin hai zindagi.”