On the occasion of India's 66th Republic Day celebration, Indian Youth Society (IYS) organized a Ghazal and Qawali night featuring versatile Qawali singer Altaf Raja at the Indian Embassy Auditorium on 29 January, 2015.
The evening commenced with a speech by the IYS president Shabbir Qamar, who then invited the Indian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Sunil Jain to felicitate the occasion. The audience was thrilled to hear the few lines of Shayaris of Altaf Raja's Ghazals from the Indian Ambassador, which was a very touching gesture.
Shakier Sheikh was the host of the show and he added flavor to his compere when he took the stage with a patriotic song 'Phir bhi dil hai Hindustani'. The local Duo sisters Neelima and Poornima energized the mood with their upbeat music.
Mr. Qamar along with Mrs. and Mr. Asad Khan honored Mrs. Shameem Banu (well known as Rani Roop Lata ), mother of Altaf Raja who is an accomplished Ghazal and Qawali singer of the sixties, seventies and eighties.
Altaf Raja took charge of entertaining the crowd with his emotional style of singing, starting the evening with a devotional ghazal as a token of respect followed by many hit and famous numbers from his films and albums. His magnifying performance caused great excitement among the audience, and more so when he took requests and dedications.
He was an invigorating presence for the evening with his non-stop blend of beautiful music starting with his famous number ‘Tum to thehre pardesi saath kya nibhaoge’ and by the second half of the show, his performance laden with melodic lyrics and poetry, had the auditorium enthusiastically applauding. He also sang some of Ghazals from his unreleased album "Tum to Thehre Pardesi - 2".
IYS felicitated the sponsors with floral arrangements and mementos, and released their magazine.
IYS has become famous with their continuous support and contribution to the Indian Community; they have provided back to back block buster hit events like Kapil Sharma, Udit Narayan and Sugandha Mishra.
Indian Youth Society of Kuwait or IYS is a non-profitable organization registered with the Indian Embassy of Kuwait by the initiative of like-minded young Indians with the vision of honoring, encouraging, supporting and celebrating the Indian social and cultural values amongst the people of Kuwait.