Gulzar remembered at art camp

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Tribune News Service

Amritsar, June 11

Gulzar was remembered through his art and creativity in seven genres, including poetry, lyrics, music and paintings, at a special evening dedicated to the celebrated artiste. The IAFA hosted the ‘Tu Hi Tu…Satrangi Re’ a special evening for Gulzar. The programme was scripted, directed and presented by Dr PS Grover with the help of slides, videos and live performances.

Gulzar’s film career spread over 57 years has catered to four generations, meeting the tastes and demands of the young generation of the time. While the older generation still remembers Gulzar through his melodies, the new generation relates to the more latest version of Gulzar with Jab We Met and Rangoon. As a lyricist, his first song had been ‘Mora Gora Rang’ from Bandini and ‘Ganga Aaye Kahan Se’ from Kabuliwala in 1961. Though he had been contributing to the Bollywood movies through his pen regularly but his talent was aptly recognized by the songs of Khamoshi, especially ’Pyar Ko Pyar Hi Rehne Do Koi Naam Na Do’. After that Gulzar has so far written over 1,000 songs for 125 movies. His prayer ‘Hum Ko Man Ki Shakti Dena’ is played in most of the schools in morning sessions.

“As a film director, Gulzar jumped into arena with ‘Mere Apne’ in 1971, a film on unemployment. Aandhi, Achanak, Kinara, Khushboo, Angoor, Mausam, Machis followed, films that broke away from stereotypical masala cinema of the time. As a dialogue writer, he made his debut in Aashirwad in 1968. Anand added to the charm of crisp script writing. Angoor proved that Gulzar had a knack for comedy too,” informed Grover.

Recipient of prestigious awards like Oscar and Grammy, Dada Saheb Phalke Award, Padam Bhushan, National and Filmfare, he is one of the celebrated artistes this generation has seen.

“His Ghazals had well been rendered by Jagjit Singh in Marasim. His poetry, story books are popular across the border in Pakistan too,” added AS Chamak, another artiste present at the gallery.

Summer Art Camp students under the choreography of Latika Arora danced to the tunes of Gulzar’s songs; while noted singers like Gurpreet, Lata, Khyati Mehra, Sumeet dhillon, Geetu Bala enthralled the audience with their melodious notes.

Padamshri Vijay Chopra was the chief guest while IAFA president RMS Chhina presided over the function.

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