By Wilson Saldanha
It was a feast to Bollywood lovers in Kuwait. After the Baadshah of Bollywood Mika Singh graced the stage less than a month ago, Creative Indians Association hosted superstar singer Sukhwinder Singh for a captivating performance at the same venue. The show was organized by Apna Bharat Society Kuwait & Eternity Int’l Travels at & Tourism at the Abbas Al-Ostad Hall located in the Al-Arabi Stadium, Mansouriya on the 10th of May, 2013 from 7:30 pm onwards and was supported By Creative Indians Association. Sukhwinder Singh is one of the most popular singers of India with admirers all over the world. His popularity reached greater heights with his song ‘Jai Ho!’ — tuned by A R Rahman for ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ which won an Academy Award for the ‘Best Original Song’ and a Grammy for the ‘Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or other Visual Media’ in 2010.
Proceeds of the show will support NGO ‘Apnalaya’ in India, which helps children living in slums towards a better life. It strives to achieve this through urban community development projects in Mumbai. Apnalaya's programs are carried out by over 60 trained and dedicated community based staff, who work with seven professional social workers and three doctors, under the guidance of the CEO, Dhun Davar.
Akash Panwar the President of Apna Bharat Society Kuwait and Shareef Rangrej of Eternity Int’l Travels and Tourism honored the sponsors and supporters with flower bouquets and mementoes. After an introduction from the compares of the evening Merwin Perreira and Nita Bhatkar, foot tapping group dances were performed by Kuwait’s well known dance troupe, ‘The Dancing Divas’.
Lucky prizes on entry ticket were given by event partners Al Mulla Exchange and Zain.
The whole crowd cheered with joy when Sukhwinder Sing made his entry with the song ‘Marjani’. He entertained the audience with his super hit songs such as ‘Banjara’, 'Chaiya Chaiya', 'Hole Hole Ho Jaata Hai Pyaar' and Beedi Jalailay. Responding to the huge applause from the audience, he got off the stage to meet with the fans. As a finale, he performed his super hit song 'Jai Ho' from the Hollywood movie 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
Born in Punjab in 1971, Sukhwinder Singh started singing professionally as a child, and then took a break during the mid-1990s to travel the world, exposing himself to various musical styles. Upon his return to the music industry, Sukhwinder Singh paired with AR Rahman to record ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya.’ He quickly became a household name in India, with hit songs for movies like ‘Taal,’ ‘Om Shanti Om,’ ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Housefull 2.’