A daylong musical tribute to painter Manjit Bawa was paid in New Delhi on the 1st January at a heavily attended day long memorial organised by the Sahmat (Safdar Hāshmi Memorial Trust) in the lawns next to Mavlankar Auditorium.
The occasion was Hashmi’s 20th Death Anniversary with a special tribute to Bawa. Hashmi was brutally murdered in 1989 in Delhi while performing a street play.
Amongst the outstanding artists paying musical tributes were: Madan Gopal Singh, Meeta Pandit (grand daughter of Krishnarao Pandit), Sunanda Sharma (the singer from Pathankot who has established herself as a singer of unparalleled power and intensity), Astad Deboo (his dance was sublime), Prahlad Singh Tipania (the current head of the Kabir Panth), Jasbir Jassi (in a short and impassioned tribute), Rabbi Shergill (with his new compositions), and the Mangniars from Rajasthan.
Jassi sang Bol Mitti deya Baweya and Madan Gopal Singh ended with Shah Husain’s kāfi Maen vi jaan*a jhok Ranjhan* di.
Celebrities like Mira Nair, Nandita Das, Teesta Setalvaad, Vivan Sundram, Geeta Kapoor, Ghulam Sheikh, Nilima Sheikh, Rajeev Sethi, Manmohan Bawa, Kumkum Sangari and Aruna Vasudev were among the audience.
People kept sitting till mid night under the tent in freezing cold.