Published on September 04 2008 , Expresso Page 7
PROBUS Club of Chennai, a club for retired people, organised a fund raising event on Sunday at Bharati- ya Vidya Bhavan. The musical eve- ning was to raise funds for poor deserving students. The music per- formance was no ordinary one, for it was not a group of women ar- tistes singing to a live orchestra, but in fact, whistling songs to back- ground music. Women performers from the Indian Whistlers Associa- tion, who recently found a place in the Limca Book of Records, whis- tled to not just Saare Jahaan Se Achchaa that they performed when attempting for the record, but many other film songs, exceeding audi- ence expectations. Six young women, Pallavi (Pune), Neema, Shweta, Lakshmi, Pavithra and Pallavi from Bangalore, took the audience by surprise when they whistled to popular Bollywood and Kollywood numbers. The women performed for the first time with a live orchestra. “We will soon be performing in Bangalore,” said Pavithra. Songs like Poove Sen Poove, Baraso Re Megha Megha from Guru, Kuzhal Oodhoom Kan- nanukku from Mella Thiranthathu Kathavu, Chura Liya Re, Partha Nyabagam from Puthuiya Paravai, and many more, made the audience clap and even dance to the tunes. But the highlight of the evening was the duet songs the girls per- formed. Duets like Naan Pesa Ni- naipadhelaam from Paalum Pazha- mum, Unnai Onru Ketpaen from Puthiya Paravai, and the popular Hindi number Eena Meena Deeka, made even the audience whistle along. The club has planned many such fund raisers in the future.
MUSIC - Whistling for a cause