Staff Reporter

Bhajan recital by Anup Jalota keeps audience spellbound

NEW DELHI: On the occasion of 85th birthday of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a bhajan recital by famous singer Anup Jalota was organised at Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry auditorium here on Friday.

Former Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari, Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi, former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh and other leaders listened to the mellifluous bhajans of Mr. Jalota, who prayed for Mr. Vajpayee becoming a centenarian.

Even though the octogenarian leader was not present, his commanding presence in the Indian political scene, his oratorical skills and flawless poetry were acknowledged by former Union Minister Vijay Goel, who presided over the programme. “Even though Atalji is not present at the function he is in the hearts of everyone present here. Whichever part of the country you visit, locals have only one request to make that they want to hear Atalji speak. He is such a tall leader that he is in the minds and hearts of every Indian. People irrespective of caste, creed, religion or occupation have a special fondness for Atalji,” said Mr. Goel.

The BJP leader said a small boy came all the way from Chhattisgarh to wish Mr. Vajpayee on Friday. “He recited Atalji’s poetry in exactly the former Prime Minister’s voice. Naturally, Atalji was overcome with emotions.”

Addressing the leaders present, Mr. Goel said Mr. Chautala never misses any function associated with Mr. Vajpayee. “Amar Singhji has come all the way from Dubai…. Nitin Gadkari was busy with the problems in Jharkhand so he came late.”

Mr. Advani presented a book to Ranjan Bhattacharya, foster son-in-law of Mr. Vajpayee. He also lit the traditional lamp along with Manohar Joshi and Amar Singh and presented a shawl to Mr. Jalota.

Mr. Jalota and his troupe kept the audience spellbound with bhajans of Ram, Sita, Krishna and also his famous one on Meera.