Masti Amasti – A feather in Art Circle cap

L-R Dush Shukla, Tabla player Richard Christian, Artist trio Saumil Munshi, Arati Munshi, Shyamal Munshi and Udghoshak Tushar Shukla

CHICAGO: Chicago Art Circle, a front ranking organization promoting Gujarati art and literature, did it again successfully by organizing at a very short notice an entertainment program of Gujarati songs – Masti Amasti – at Manav Seva Mandir in Bensenville, a north side suburb of Chicago.
The near three hour rendering Gujarati songs interspersed with lively commentary from Tushar Shukla enthralled and entertained 350 plus art lovers to the fullest.
One of the most notable things was the introductory remarks from Ms Dushben Shukla.
She spoke in chaste Gujarati which of late has become a rarity. She introduced the artists to the audience and also talked about the excellent work being done by Chicago Art Circle in this part of the world in the field of art and literature. The artist trio from Gujarat – Arati Munshi, Shyamal Munshi and Saumil Munshi – rendered one after another songs and poems with their own music compositions to the delight of all those present. Gunvanti Gujarat especially drew prolonged applause.
Tushar Shukla was in his elements and endeared himself with the audience through his lively and light hearted commentaries.
The program lacked elaborate orchestra accompaniment and that in a way, turned out to be a plus point as harmonium and tabla played by Richard Christian did a marvelous job. Volunteers Mukudrai Desai, Vinesh Champaneri, Nisha Kapasi, Shabirbhai Kapasi, Vinesh and Nisha Virani acquitted themselves exceedingly well by successfully organizing the show.

– Ramesh Soparawala
India Post News Service


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