Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Jul 2018 11:38:22


GHAZAL maestro Pankaj Udhas has said he never expected that Khazana - A Festival of Ghazals will be so successful among audience. Launching the 17th edition of Khazana...that also features Rekha Bharadwaj, Richa Sharma, Sudeep Banerjee, aspecialactby Mame Khan, the Ghazal singer said this recently in Mumbai.

Anup Jalota and Talat Aziz were also present. Talking about the growing popularity of Khazana..., Udhas said, “It’s really joyous moment as we enter the 17th year.” Started in 2000, “the collection was never expected to continue for this long or be so successful.

I am feeling really happy,”said the singer who enthralled the audience with hits like Chandi jaisa rang hai tera, Chitthi aayi hai for years. Khazana... supports cancer and thalassemia patients through its earnings.“Anup Jaota,Talat Aziz and I thought about hosting ghazal festival in India.

“Throughit,wethought of supporting needy people and popularise ghazal across the world,” Udhas said. “New talents are now associating themselves with this festival.In this edition, we have sixnewsingers.

It will bebeneficial to promote ghazal for the future generation,” he said. Asked whether the popularity of ghazal has declined in the last few years, he said: “No... admirers of ghazalare still the same all over the world,Idon’tthink there is a decline M in the popularity.”