Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Enthralls Los Angeles Audience
A Pakistan Link Report
Pictures by Anwar Khawaja and Faiz Ahmed


Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Yaqub Dada, et al. at the Long Beach Performance Art Theater, April 3, 2010

Thanks to the initiative and enterprise of Dada Tours and Travels Limited in arranging a highly entertaining concert, fans of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan were enthralled to see their favorite artist perform live at the Long Beach Performance Art Theater on April 3, 2010.

The spacious hall was almost overflowing with every seat occupied by music enthusiasts who clapped and applauded with rare spontaneity as Rahat sang one popular song after another. The audience sat spellbound as if entranced by the spectacular performance. The arrangements by Dada Tours and Travels too were impeccable. The South Asian complexion of the audience was all too obvious with a fairly large number of music lovers of Indian origin spiritedly applauding the great singer. 

Rahat presented qawwalis, ghazals and a selection of his hit film songs, including Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaaye (Kalyug), Bol Na Halke Halke ( Jhoom Barabar Jhoom) , O Re Piya ( Aaja   Nachle), Mann Ki Lagan (Paap), Surili Akhiyon Wale (Veer), Main Jahaan Rahoon ( Namastey London), Aaj Din Chadheya ( Love Aaj Kal), Sajda (My name is Khan), and Husne Jana Ki Tareef Mumkin Nahin.

Rahat was accompanied by a talented group of musicians who played the instruments to perfection to the great delight of the gathering.

The emcee of the evening was Farhat Shezad, a popular poet of Los Angeles, who currently resides in Bermuda. He especially flew to conduct the program. His performance and witty remarks were enjoyed by all and sundry.

The food by Red Chilli of Northridge was delicious, the dishes inviting and appetizing, and fully enjoyed by the audience.

Mr. Yaqub Dada, owner of Dada Tours and Travels Limited, addressed the gathering as the program drew to a close. He thanked the audience for their presence and promised to arrange more musical concerts in future.

Judging from the success of the Rahat Fateh Ali Khan concert, one expects Mr. Dada to demonstrate his organizational enterprise more frequently by organizing programs like the Rahat Fateh Ali Khan concert at regular intervals.

 

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