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Thursday, March 08, 2007

Singing doctors enthral cine buffs

A houseful audience in Kalamandira here last evening experienced city doctors' healing touch without the rigours of painful tests and costly drugs — the doctors cast a magic spell on their listeners even as they sang soulfully in the exclusive annual programme Geeth Gaatha Chal.

The singers of the medical fraternity of Mysore, among whom the names of Dr. A.L. Hemalatha, Dr. M.S. Natashekar and Dr. P.A. Kushalappa have been known to be star performers, rendered lilting lyrics from old movies keeping the audience, largely made up of doctors and their families, spell bound for more than three-and-half-hours of the evening.

The listeners went into raptures on being treated to the rendering of that highly enduring lyric Amara Madhura Prema, nee baa bega chandamama... from the movie Ratnagiri Rahasya by Dr. Hemalatha.

Dr. M.S. Natashekar, the ENT specialist, took his listeners to the period of nearly fifty years ago when he sang the Hindi lyric Suh-aana safar aur mousam haseen... from the movie Madhumathi.

Dermatologist at JSS Hospital, Dr. P.A. Kushalappa sang the lyric Pal pal.. dil ke paas drawing thunderous applause from the audience. The doctors rendered the old film lyrics of famed music directors that have not diminished in their appeal to the listeners even after decades, enriched by their melodious voice creating a lasting impact.

No less impressive than the seasoned doctor-singers was Sparsha Shenoy, daughter of Dr. U.G. Shenoy, with her rendering of the lyric Kitanaa pyaara vaada hai himmatwali ankhoka.

Dr. Hemalatha cast a magical spell on her listeners even as she rendered the lyric Hum pyar mein jal newalonko, sung for the movie by the famed playBack singer Lata Mangeshkar with the legendary music director Madan Mohan.

The audience reached dizzy heights of happiness on listening to the lyrics Jawani jaane man Haseena dil jawan and Tere mere Milan, Geeth Gaatha Chal.

Dr. M.S. Natashekhar rendered the lyric Olavina... Priyalathe Avalade Chinte... Avale Maathe... Madhura Geethe... Avale Nanna Devathe originally sung by Dr. P.B. Srinivas with melody that triggered highly appreciative applause from the audience.

Young talents Apoorva Natashekhar, Preethi Prabhu, Sparsha Shenoy, Radhika Vishweshwara and Puja Prabhu too earned the approbation from the audience by their rendering of songs.

Doctors of the city and their families made the evening a great change from their hospital routine. The event was sponsored by industrialist M. Jagannath Shenoy. Police Commissioner Praveen Sood was the chief guest. Dr. C. Umesh Kamath, Medical Superintendent, Kamakshi Hospital and Dr. M.S. Vishweswara, who were in charge of organising the event, also took active part in the Geeth Gaatha Chal event and welcomed the audience.

Deputy Superintendent of Police J.B. Rangaswamy of Karnataka Police Academy and Syed Aftab Ahmed compered.

Dr. C.G. Narasimhan, surgeon and Dr. Gururaja Rao, were felicitated on the occasion in recognition of their yeoman services in the medical profession. Among the audience were Dr. S. Bhaskar, Dr. Raghotham Rao, Dr. K.R. Kamath, Dr. C.D. Sreenivasamurthy, Dr. S.B. Vikram, Dr. D. Venkatesh and others.

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