BUENA PARK, CA - The Jain Center hall here was packed to capacity with about 750 people in attendance as volunteers tried to arrange extra chairs on the sides to accommodate the overflow of people trickling in as the show was about to start. The show titled “Haalone Aapda Malak Maa” translates to...
The show had stellar performances by Jayshree Bhojavia, Rinku Patel and a young Rushabh Ahir, a final year engineering student in India. The ‘laughing gas’ of the group Jitubhai Dwarkawala played Manjira and came out with one -liners like ‘a group of four women were quiet!’ The song “Haallaji Taara Pagla Vakhanu, ke Patti Tara pagla vakhanu” had the audience swooning in delight and clapping to the tabla in full vigor. Rushabh Ahir’s “Kanudo Kaado Kaado “ had the audience tapping their feet as also Rinku Patel’s popular “Hoon to kagadiya lakhi lakhi thaaki. Kanuda tara man maa nathi”
The rendition and narration of the story of the famous ‘Jesal-Toral’ duo had the audience sniffing with tears rolling down as the group sang the Bhajan “Dhuni Re Dhakhavi Beli” as was his moving story and song “Dada Ho Dikri”.
The program ended with a standing ovation to the artists on their rendition of “Kasumbi No Rang”. Daayro, originates from the Saurashtra region of Gujarat and refers to a gathering of people coming together from the same village for community welfare issues. An important part of this was entertainment. Hence, different raconteurs would narrate folk stories that could be tragic, entertaining and miraculous in content. Music was an essential component of this storytelling and so evolved the art of musical stories. An amazing aspect of this show was that about eighty percent of the crowd reconvened after the break that served dinner on a Sunday night. It reflected how much a good clean Gujarati program for the entire family seemed much awaited by L.A. audiences.