15,000 Strong Crowd Greet Ghulam Ali in Kozhikode
The Kozhikode music lovers didn’t disappoint, they come out in the thousands – over 15,000 say media reports – and the legend from Pakistan didn’t fail them either. He gave them a ‘Chandni Raat’ to remember.
Kozhikode’s love of music is well known and the city has, over the years, nurtured many a musician of note and has hosted several musical legends. For Ghulam Ali, Pakistani ghazal maestro, it was his second visit to the city – he had performed here in 2006 – and, coming as it is after his concerts in Maharashtra were cancelled after protests from right wing political outfit Shiv Sena, certainly a momentous occasion.
“I am truly blessed to be here. In my 40 years as a performing musician, I have never seen an audience as great as this,” he said.
The singer had earlier been enthusiastically received by crowds at his concert in the Kerala capital, Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.
Ali entertained the huge gathering at Kozhikode’s Swapna Nagari ground – several had reached there hours before the concert began – singing many of his greatest hits.
Starting off with Teri baaten hi sunane aaye … and Kaisi chali hai…he followed it up with Hum tere shehar mein aaye hai musafir… which delighted the audience no end.
The crowd came alive even more when he went on to sing some of his most popular hits of all time like Chupke Chupke raat din…, Hum ko kiske gham ne maara…, and Hungama hai kyon barpa…
He was ably accompanied by his son Aamir Ali and by Pundit Viswanath who came out with some memorable ghazals of his own.
Titled ‘Chandni Raat’, the concert was organised by socio-cultural organisation ‘Swaralaya’ in association with Grand Kerala Shopping Festival.
The concert was inaugurated by noted writer M T Vasudevan Nair. Ministers M K Muneer and A P Anil Kumar, MP M K Raghavan, MLAs M A Baby, Elamarom Kareem and A Pradeep Kumar, Mayor V K C Mammed Koya, and lyricist Kaithapram Damodaran Namboothiri were among those at the venue to receive Ghulam Ali.