All roads led to Crossblade,a Punjabi music festival, held in Jaipur last weekend. On both days, there was a long queue of cars and people at the entrance of Jaipur Exhibition and Convention Centre, Sitapura, who wanted to catch a glimpse of the performers. On the concluding day of the fest, particularly during the performance of Guru Randhawa, the police had to resort to mild lathi charge at the entrance to control the unruly crowd.
‘TWADA PYAAR DEKHKE SAARE GAANE BHUL GAYE MENU AAJ’
Day one of the festival saw performances by the likes of Stanley Live, Akhil Sachdeva, Amit Gupta, B Praak and Jasmine Sandlas. Mankirat Aulakh, who is a singer, actor and music producer added true Punjabi flavours to the festival. The performance by headliner, DJ Nucleya, made the crowd sway and dance like crazy. Jet-lagged Jasmine, who hit the stage directly in her gym wear, was overwhelmed with the love that she got from Jaipur janta. Before breaking into her famous song, Punjabi Mutiyaran, she told the audience, “This is my first concert in Jaipur. Twada pyaar dekhke saare gaane bhul gaye mainu aaj.”
Nucleya entertained the audience not just with his music but the supporting visuals, too, that he played on the big screen in the background,which included Baba Ramdev doing yoga with Nita Ambani, Pakistani woman whose ranting against the ‘gormint’ aka government took the internet by storm, PM Narendra Modi playing drums along with Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli and several others. “Make some noise for yourself. Agar aap log nahi aaoge to hum log bhi koi kaam ke nahi hai yaar. Ab mere paas jyada time nahi hai par mai soch raha hu ek gaana baja hi du tum logon ke liye,” Nucleya said to the audience as he was about to finish his act. His last song had the supporting visuals of Salman Khan grooving to O O Jaane Jaana. To which Nucleya urged the audience to tag Salman Khan if they are clicking pictures of his act. “ Ab screen ka photo leke Salman bhai ko tag karna tum log sab Facebook par jaake,” he said.
‘JAIPUR WALE CHHED DE REHNDE NE, SAB PUCHHDE NE TERE BAARE’
Day two belonged to singer Guru Randhawa, who performed for more than an hour at the festival. The singer made an entry on the stage by singing High Rated Gabru. Before singing his popular track, Tenu Suit Suit Karda, he shared his story with the audience. He said, “ Log kehnde si ki tere gaane chalde ni. Par mera rabb mainu kehnda si ki tere gaane chalenge. Menu pata si ki audience mujhse judegi ho mai saaf suthra gaana gaawanga. Ab sab bounce karna, dance karna, pagal ho jaana iss gaane pe.”
Guru even had something special for Jaipurites. While singing Patola, he sang, “ Ishaare karde, ishaare karde ne Jaipur wale di jaan te bane.” Another one was when he again crooned High Rated Gabru and sang, “Jaipur wale chhed de rehnde ne, sab puchhde ne tere baare.”
Prior to Guru, singers like Roop Sidhu, Dolly Sidhu, Yuvraj Hans, Shirley Sethia, Manj Musik of RDB fame also performed.Shirley throughout her performance wore a bandhni printed bandana. The festival ended with singer Parmish Verma’s performance.He sang his popular numbers, including Gaal Ni Kadni and Le Chakk Mai Aa Gaya much to the delight of his fans.
News Courtesy: TOI
Picture Courtesy: TOI, Pankaj Sharma/BCCL