A show of the evergreen songs of the musical legends of the early Bollywood days never runs out of an audience. A packed Dorothy Winston Centre, which has become a hub for almost all musicals and theatrical plays, witnessed another instalment of the Old is Gold show on March 25.

Organised by Md Rafi Academy of Music (MRAM) in Auckland, the show commenced at 7 p.m. with a total of 32 magical numbers delivered by 20 singers and a troupe of eight-band members.

Amit Sengupta, head of MRAM, led the show with Tu Ganga Ki Mauj Main Jamuna from the 1952 hit Baiju Bawra, followed by Rita Krishnamurthy with Dil Laga Kar Hum from Zindagi Aur Maut. The melodic journey of the show continued with Suhana Safar from Madhumati, Jaane Kya Tune Kaha from Pyaasa, Dum Dum Diga Diga from Chhaliya, Mere Mehboob Qayamat from Mr X in Bombay among others.

Old is Gold hosted its first show in 2003 and has now become one of the signature musical events in the Indian community calendar. Over the years, the show has improved its performance and has given the audience a variety of new voices every year.

“This show gives Auckland artists a chance to showcase their talents on such big platform,” Amit Sengupta, composer, singer, and the organiser of the event, said.

The band of 20 singers included 12-year old Abhaya Puthigae, who sang Ichak Dana Bichak Dana from 1955 hit Shri 420 and 9-year old Rohan Satija singing Sun Lo Sunata Hoon, originally sung by legend Md Rafi in the 1971 film Andaz.

The patriotic song Aye Watan by Amit Sengupta just before the interval touched the audience as the singer shed a tear while performing. Other songs in the playlist of the show included Pia Aise Jia Me by Sucheta Banerjee, Yaa Dil Ka Suno by Dr Hubert D’Cruze, Nile Nile Ambar by Rohitesh Prasad, Chhookar Mere Mann Ko by Makrand Karkhanish, and Mera Naam Raju by Rajesh Thakkar. The show concluded with Is Duniya me Jina by Akhila Puthigae.

“We have grown up in the Rafi-Mukesh and Naushad era, and these old yet evergreen songs just throw us back into our childhood memories,” a member of the audience said.