By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 30 Oct: The third day of the Virasat Art and Heritage Festival 2023 commenced with the eagerly awaited “Vintage and Classical Car and Bike Rally”. The event kicked off from the Ambedkar Stadium, with Chief Guest Jai Raj, former PCCF, flagging it off. This rally witnessed the participation of more than 40 vintage and classical cars and bikes. The rally proceeded along Rajpur Road and concluded back at Ambedkar Stadium, passing through Dilaram via Dehradun Cantt. Onlookers thronged in large numbers to admire these classic automobiles, motorcycles, and jeeps.
Notable vehicles in the rally included a 1926 Chevrolet and a Matchless Motorcycle from 1942, owned by Dr S Farooq. The winners of this enthralling rally were Dr S Farooq in the car category and Balbir Sembhi in the bike category. Additionally, several awards were presented, with Shreyas Verma and Hrithik Sharma winning the Volunteers’ Choice, Kunal Arora and Sagir Ahmed taking home the REAC’s Choice, and Noor Mohammed and Anupam Suden securing the Audience’s Choice awards.
The day’s cultural programme was inaugurated by Raja Randhir Singh, Interim President of the Olympic Council of Asia, and Patron of REACH Virasat. At the ceremonial lighting of the lamp, also present were RK Singh, General Secretary of REACH Virasat, and other members.
Debashish Bhattacharya, the celebrated Indian classical musician and teacher, commenced his performance by enthralling the audience with the mesmerising tunes of Shuddha Kalyan played on his guitar, followed by a captivating rendition of Raga Jaijawanti. Debashish Bhattacharya is renowned for introducing the world’s first slide guitar syllabus and has redefined Indian classical music through a fusion of traditional and contemporary styles. Notably, his latest creation, the Pushpa Veena, is possibly the world’s first slide-instrument with an animal skin top.
The programme continued with a soul-stirring performance by Kumud Jha Diwan, a PhD holder in Business Studies and a renowned semi-classical singer specialising in Thumri. Her captivating renditions included the thumri “Maine man re kiya, tune tikuli ke beech badha kahe ko diya” in Kaushik Dhvani, a Dadra known as “Sidhi ka Dadra”, and a bandiya in Raag Bhairavi. Her performance culminated with “Saawariya Pyaara Re Mori Guiyan” and “Jiya Mora Kaampe”.
The evening reached its pinnacle with a scintillating performance by Jasbir Singh Jassi of “Aayo Ni Saiyan” composed by Sufi saint Baba Bulleshah. Then he performed Chhap Tilak… Naina Milai Ke, then he also presented Mera Piya Ghar Aaya O Ram Ji and other songs. Jasbir Singh Jassi also known as Jasbir Jassi, a versatile Indian lyricist, artist, and actor. Jasbir Jassi, with a prolific music career, has released more than thirteen song albums, beginning with his pop album “Dil Le Gayi Hai” in 1998.
Shubh, the tabla player, born into a family of musicians, carries a rich lineage as the grandson of tabla player Kishan Maharaj and the son of renowned Kathak dancer Vijay Shankar.