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Alka Yagnik And Udit Narayan Mesmerize Boston

Anil Saigal

What a show! Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan mesmerized Boston with their show on Sunday April 27, 2014 at the Collins Center for Performing Arts, Andover, MA. Alka came on stage around 8:15 pm and the duo did not get done until 12:15 am. They entertained the crowd and sang most of the songs that the crowd requested them to sing. Udit Narayan entered the stage singing "Papa Kehte Hain" and kept going from there.

Yagnik, 48, began her singing career at the tender age of 14 with the hit “Mere Angne Mein” from 1981 Amitabh Bachchan-starrer “Laawaris,” followed by her first solo number in the 1982 film coincidentally titled “Hamari Bahu Alka.” In 1988 came the smash-hit “Ek Do Teen,” which catapulted her Bollywood career. Yagnik has to her name seven Filmfare Awards among a record 35 nominations.

The classically trained Yagnik also treated listeners to a seamless fusion of two of hers songs — “Ringa Ringa” from “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Choli Ke Peeche” from “Khalnayak”. “Ek Do Teen” from Madhuri Dixit-starrer “Tezaab” was a crowd pleaser.

Udit Narayan, 58, was a dynamite on stage and did not sit still for a moment. He bounced onstage in an all-white ensemble amid thunderous applause as he sang the hugely popular “Papa Kehte Hai” from the 1996 film of the same name.

Udit Narayan got his first break in 1980, when noted music director (composer) Rajesh Roshan asked him to playback for the Hindi film Unees Bees and was given the opportunity to sing with the veteran Mohammed Rafi. He provided playback for a number of films, the most notable being Sannata (1981), Bade Dil Wala (1983) and Tan-Badan (1986). The success story of his career began in 1988 when Anand-Milind gave him the opportunity to sing all the songs for the successful Bollywood movie Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, earning him a Filmfare Award.

More than 21 films which Udit Narayan has sung for were featured in BBC's "Top 40 Bollywood Soundtracks of all time".

With his unwavering smile, Narayan entertained with numbers like “Jaadu Teri Nazar” from Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Darr,” “Pehla Nasha” and “Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast” from “Mohra.” The entire show was a high energy one.

After the show was postponed last year,  Boston was thrilled to have them perform live in concert. With nearly 1,000 people in attendance, the duo kept everyone singing, dancing and enjoying throughout the evening. The last time either one performed in Boston was nearly a decade ago. Congratulation to Neha for coordinating this successful show from India! 

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