Rafi Nite “Yaad na Jaaye”
By Nasreen Hafesjee
Ek haseen shaam ko, dil mera kho gaya !… Jee haan doston, uss haseen shaam ko hum sab ke dil kho gaye the, Rafi Sahab ki yaadon mein.
Friends, Radio Manpasand, want to say a very heartfelt Thank You for joining us last Sunday, 12th June at Cook Neighbourhood Hall for “Yaad Na Jaaye”. You came and just as we had predicted, we all took a trip together Down Memory Lane. And what a nostalgic, beautiful trip it was! One we could take again and again and never be bored. That is the magic of Rafi Sahab.
We are very grateful to all our supremely talented dancers and singers who performed on the stage for us that night. Performances make or break a show and you have to agree that every one of the performers that night did such a great job of bringing out the ‘Rafi flavour’ through their sad and happy, fast and chatpata, romantic songs – and of course the awesome classical dances. We can only say to our performers that we are honoured that you participated: Thank You Very Much. And they were: Pankaj Das, Tarun Agasti, Abhijit Deonath, Ira Patkar, Raj Subrail, Jagdish Wable, Manoj Jaychandran, Ravi Vaikyl, Vanaja Dasika, Dayeeta Sengupta, Arun Basu, Moneesha Choudhury, Dr, Rahul Samanta, Arun Basu and Vikas Randev.
Our very grateful thanks also go to our supporters for providing us their valuable support and giving away quiz and door prizes, and they are: Bharat International Belconnen; Apna Indian Bazaar, Belconnen; King of Curries, Belconnen; Chillis supermarket, Gungahlin; Monga Indian Groceries, Gungahlin; Kitchen King in Phillip; Spice World Phillip; Jabal Halal Meat & Grocery Store, Kippax; Patels Asian Grocery Store, Queanbeyan; Eros International, Sydney and Mind Blowing Films, Melbourne.
Besides them, we would also like to thank the Bengali Cultural Association; Hindu Temple & Culture Centre (HTCC), Florey; Vishnu Shiva Mandir, Mawson; ACT Office of Multicultural Affairs (DHCS); India Australia Association of Canberra (IAAC); www.Mohdrafi.com for all their generous support and Neeta’s Indian Cuisine, Gungahlin for providing a fabulous dinner and snacks, increasing everyone’s enjoyment of the show.
Nothing is more gratifying than knowing that the Community appreciated and enjoyed “Yaad Na Jaaye”. We have received encouraging feedback and we are delighted to say all of it has been positive and below are a few of them. However, if you were at the show and would like to make any suggestions, please do write and let us know. We will certainly take it on board, as our main aim is to do bring enjoyment to the local community and to do it right. Without you there would be no show.
Friends, we THANK YOU so much for being there that night, and we feel very happy that we could put up a show which brought so much enjoyment to you. We feel sad that it is over – but we do plan to come back again. As Rafi Sahab would say ….Sau baar janam lenge…”
Bahut Bahut Dhanyawaad for all your love, support and encouragement !!
Aap log lage rahiye… aur hum milte hain aapse ek chhote se break ke baad !!
This is part of the feedback we received
IT was a great and grand function with the variety in singing, background on Mohammad Rafi Sahab and the lovely songs sung by all the artists. Great memorable time.
I have to add that I was a 20 year old when Mohammad Rafi Sahab died and the whole state Govt of Maharashtra declared a holiday on the day. From college about 50 students went to see his Janaaza and I still remember not telling my parents that I was going there and coming late. By the time I returned it was past midnight and remember my parents being upset with me. But I had the fortune of seeing him at a live performance at Bombay Open Air theatre and at the funeral.
HI all, I think you all deserve a “big congratulation”.
You all have scored more than 7 out 10.
We had 200+ audience, and I think all had a good time.
Hard work was well worth it.
It was a fine performance and I am sorry I was unable to stay for the second half.
There were two qualities that stood out – beautiful and blue.
These qualities symbolised the enduring quality of the music and lyrics, the memories, some sad and still strong, and the enthusiasm of the performers.
More than this they also represent the hard work in the lead up and on the night.
Well done and thanks for the invitation.
Salaams and Greetings from your city of Joy.
Congrats for bringing off Yaad Na Jaaye, so brilliantly. I was miles and miles away but the essence of the program and the flavour of success imbibed on the evening of the 12 June was wonderful.
Look forward to some a/v clippings and other related news.
Best Wishes & Regards
Indeed this was a grand success. Congratulations to all. Hats off to you Nasreen.
I agree, it was a fantastic program!! I had phone calls from Pratibha, Lakshmi etc to give feedback about he program. Everyone gave a very positive feedback.
Nasreen you have done a fantabulous, superb, excellent job, so much hard work and running around all paid off on the night. It was amazing to see so much crowd Canberra. Good thing, many people stayed back till the end, so it was good sign.
I must say Ira Pathak, Vanaja and Duitha’s (not sure if spelled it right?) dance performances were excellent. Loved each and every song sung by our talented bunch.
Mani Bhai aap ne to kamal he kar diya and Manish you did a wonderful job on the control, slides etc. Ajit da and Abhijeet we need to come together to do more successful programs like this in the future.
Fantastic Team Effort………..
Well done Guys and Gals
Kalpana K Lakshman
An excellent and unique show put together by you all. Great effort!
I and my family really enjoyed every moment of it and hope everyone else too…I could see lots of really enthusiastic people around – young, old (but young at heart)
Hoping to see many more of these kind in the future too…
Congratulations on a job well done!
Hi Nasreen, Indeed it was a great program!!
I enjoyed the program thoroughly while singing and watching and listing other performers. You Mani and Manish did a wonderful job and so did Ajit Da at the back trying to accommodate more people
than I guess expected since we had to open up the partition to put more chairs. I would say a job well done and congratulations to everybody involved with this event.
Thanks for your nice comments and for organising such a wonderful programme. I don’t know, how much time you guys have spent in organising this function.
Hats off to you guys!!
Mani and your MC was good too. You guys have really done a great job.
I hope, you will organise such a wonderful events in future as well.
Did you sleep well on that night?
See you soon. Manish is also planning to organise a get – together soon.
I really enjoyed performing and I felt it a great honor performing for a song sung by such a great singer,and I dont think that you have to thank a person(me) who has been a part of the team.Please keep in touch.
Thanks Nasreen you don’t have to apologise as you guys had put a lot of effort organising a fantabulous show that Canberrans will remember for years to come.
I had seen Md Rafi at the Wills sponsored Filimstan night in Sept of 1979 at Cooperage Colaba. It was a great performance and a memorable one. Those days we did not have cameras, otherwise would have carried the memories on Black and White canvas.
Congrats on the successful Rafi nite show on Saturday. It went really good and you seemed to have a good crowd too. I was there for a while but had to leave early
Hi Manish, Rafi night, kya baat hai, mazza aagya (woh bhi free main). It was beyond my expectation as I headed few time karaoke songs programs before in Canberra but this time it was very interesting and entertaining. The presentation was excellent with added visuals and commentary by Mani and Nasreen.
It reminded my teen and youth time in India, I have grown up listening Rafi songs. The selection of songs by singers was also admirable it kept the mood all evening. Dance sequences’ on Rafi songs was added another colour to the program..Really beautiful dances.
Kalpana’s quiz kept audience engaged. Manish your effort on controls was the back bone of the programs though we haven’t heard your voice as RJ in the hall. Hope to see more programs like this one in the future from Radio – Tarhka maar ke!. Neeta’s food was good too.
Bravo to you all organisers and thanks for making an enjoyable night. Purane gaano main dam hai, old is gold, long live Rafi’s voice.
Hi Manish, Can you please convey our thanks to all the organisers and congratulate them on a very well conducted program. We know how much effort it takes to produce the smooth final result as the one on Sunday.
You do not have to hope that we enjoyed the program – we most certainly did. The format – of interspersing live performances with memories down the lane – was lovely, and provided the right mix of entertainment.
Deva and Lakshmi
Rafi has always inspired me throughout my life. I really cried when I heard his songs and saw his life-history on the slideshow. It brought back lots of my memories!
Dear Manishji, Yaad na jaaye program was a memorable program indeed.
Most of the associations in Canberra have been avoiding long weekends for big events fearing thin attendance. But Yaad Na Jayee program proved to be a myth-buster and witnessed unprecedented and probably unexpected attendance. It was evident from the realignments in seating arrangements. More chairs were added to accommodate the audience.
From every measure, I think and many will agree that this event was a grand success, wonderful commentary and show of local talents.
Please keep it up. I am waiting for your next program. Namaste!
“Zindagi bhar nahi bhoolegi woh Rafi kii Nite.. Radio Manpasand kii haseenayon se mulaqat kii raat” !!..
I haven’t seen in Canberra any musical nights for years. You all should bring such musical nights more often.
Dear Manish ji, Please accept our congratulations for wonderful performance of full team of Manpasand on THE NIGHT.
Sequence of programme and journey with Rafi Saheb’s life was just amazing and we as audience could feel the hard work put in by your team to bring that on stage.
Choice of songs was wonderful and were sung well by performers.
We are eagerly waiting for your next show of Kishore Night.
All the very best and warm regards
Bhupinder, Sanjay and Sahiba (Malhans)