Nirantar Neeraj, Dubai 12th January, 2019
The Nirantar Neeraj show on Padma Bhushan Gopal Das Neeraj was staged in July 2014 in Delhi and in February, 2015 in Mumbai and had received huge appreciation. The highlight of these 2 shows was the surprise (for the audience) appearance on the stage of Neeraj ji himself and his fluent recital, despite his 90+age, in his own unique style, of several of his favourite poems.
As Neeraj ji left for his heavenly abode in 2018, Ibaadat, at the invitation of the Indian Consulate in Dubai, decided to stage this show in the Consulate’s auditorium on 12th January, 2019.
The show was in conversational style, in which his son, Mrigank, also participated. In this musical drama, 14 of his most poetic film songs, and several mukhdas, were rendered by 5 consummate singers; 2 accompanied by dance. There were also recitals of scores of his poetry by his other son Shashank, as a part of the script.
The event received an overwhelming appreciation.
Some messages received…
On behalf of Consul General Shri Vipul, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to Team Ibaadat for yet another great programme Nirantar Neeraj. The show was just fabulous.
Neeraj Agrawal, Head of Chancery & Consul-Press/Culture, Consulate General of India
The programme was were extremely well conceived and beautifully presented. It was a veritable treat to listen to the poetry and lyrics of the renowned poet, through their popular numbers from Hindi movies, presented by an extremely talented group of singers under your able guidance. The anecdotes on various aspects of his life further enhanced the musical experience.
Your show made Neeraj Ji come back to life. The narrative brought out his extraordinary life. His sons added so much nostalgia.
Dr. Daulat Haldea, USA
Neeraj's evening was fabulous Really admire and respect your efforts towards the arts.