Kenny Yunus was delightful in his presentation of “Chala Jaata Hoon Kisi ki Dhun Mein”, and Roshni Chandra’s melodic voice added full entertainment value to both the duets she sang with Avtar, such as “Saaze dil cher ke” and her solo numbers, including old classics “Yeh Samaa, Samaa Hai Yeh Pyar Ka” and “Aaiye mehrbaan.” Appropriately for the audience, the emphasis was on golden oldies, interspersed with some Punjabi numbers and a couple of ghazals, one being “Saawan beeto jaaye,” beautifully sung by Saeed Mirza. A different chord was struck with Ramnik Chauhan’s masterful playing of a popular tune on a mouth organ.The hall resonated with Avtar’s rich and powerful voice, which had some of the audience singing along, while others took to the floor in accompaniment to the music. In all his songs, ranging from his signature song “Suhani Raat dhal chuki,” through classics like “Dil Beqarar sa Hai,” “Hum Aur Tum aur Yeh Samaa,” to more light hearted numbers like “Baar baar dekho,” “Dil mera aaj Kho Gaya Hai Kahin,” his robust voice held everybody enthralled.
The platform was utilized by Raji Rab, contender for a seat in the U.S. Congress next year. His appeal for support was accompanied by promises to be an ear for each member of the Indian-American community and a voice for them in Washington. Lunch was catered by Baljit Bhullar of Delhi Palace, and complimentary sweets were distributed courtesy of LA Sargam.