A rich mix of old and new voices mesmerised listeners at the Old is Gold music show earlier last weekend at the Dorothy Winstone Centre.

A brainchild of renowned musician-singer Amit Sengupta, ‘Old is Gold 10’ was the fourteenth show since its inception in 2002, and it did not fail to give the audience yet another good musical evening.

The show featured songs from as old as 1950s Bollywood films in the voices of some really talented Kiwi-Indian singers. What was special about this event was the surprising entry of some lesser-known names in the community who lead the audience to wonder, ‘where have they been all this while?’

Sandhya Rao

One of the highlights was Sandhya Rao who sang her solo on the stage ‘Maine Shayad Tumhein’ and then her duet with Amit Sengupta ‘Dil Todne Wale’. The voices complemented each other, and it was as if legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar had dawned herself singing the song in the face of singer Sandhya Rao.

Although most of the amazing songs were not so popular and dated back to the black and white Bollywood films era, it did mesmerise the lovers of the golden era of music.

Swati Sharma

Another such face was The Indian Weekender’s Swati Sharma, who was also the emcee of the show and made her singing debut in New Zealand stage with ‘Saawan Ka Mahina’ duet along with Moneesh from the 1967 hit film Milan, originally sung in the voices o

Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar. Ms Sharma and Moneesh’s performance received a thunder of applause from the audience.

Shibashish Dutta

Other talents who wowed the spectators were Shibashish Dutta singing ‘Ye kya hua’ from the film Amar Prem, ‘Awaz De Kahan’ Ho by Sucheta, ‘Naja Kahin Ab’ by Rachit, ‘Sajan re Jhoot mat Bolo’ by Ismail, ‘Milan hai kisi ka Jhumka’ by Anwesha and a few more.

Other renowned singers voices that echoed in the auditorium were Md Arif, Joseph, Vidya, Srisha Hubert- making the show a sure 180 minutes of entertainment.

Singer Amit Sengupta dedicated the song ‘Dekhi Zamane Ki Yaar’ from the film ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ to the pioneer of Hindi radio stations in New Zealand Rajesh Maharaj who passed away earlier in October.

An important part of this show besides a pool of new talent, who bowled the audience over with their voices and music, was the timeliness maintained throughout the show. The event started at 7 p.m. sharp, featured 16 singers in 3 hours with a 20 minutes break and concluded the event with some really amazing nostalgic numbers.

The proceeds from the Old is Gold 10 show will be going toward the Starship Foundation.