Indian star Pankaj Udhas on stage at Emperors Palace
12 May 2011
Indian singer Pankaj Udhas is bringing his unique style of singing to the stage at Emperors Palace to thrill South African audiences of all ages. His one night only Johannesburg performance takes place on 5 June.
He is known for his velvet voice in India and performed in front of a sell-out audience seven years ago in South Africa. Udhas is steeped in a family of music and started singing at the tender age of six before mastering the tabla (percussion instrument) at 10. He made his stage debut in front of 5 000 spectators a year later. Udhas found his forte some years later as a ghazal singer of note, developing a distinctive brand by composing his own music for the lyrics of some of the most renowned poets of the Indian subcontinent.
He ensured that he adapted with changing tastes over time, without ever compromising on the essence of classical music that he popularised with his style. No surprise then that as his worldwide tours continued to him millions more fans, the Indian government bestowed one of its highest honours, the Padmashree, on Udhas in 2006 - the cherry on the top of a long list of major awards.
The Emperors Palace audience will not be enthralled only by the ghazals that have become household favourites - Udhas has a repertoire of hit film songs as well, especially from the golden age of the eighties and early nineties. The song Chittee Aayee Hai (A Letter has Arrived) from the film Naam has become almost an anthem for Indian expatriates wherever they find themselves in the world, and South Africa is no exception. He will also perform his popular ode to love Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera, which even has the younger generation applauding whenever he performs it.
Tickets for Pankaj Udhas start from R250 with VIP seats available at R1 500 each.