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Vasundhara rocks Yuva Dasara

Staff Correspondent

Enthrals the young crowd with her numbers


Vijay Bharadwaj inaugurated the event

Police deployed a large force to control the crowd


— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Rock on: Vasundhara Das performing at Yuva Dasara in Mysore.

MYSORE: It was a rocking performance. Actor-singer Vasundhara Das of “Shakalaka Baby” fame rocked the stage at the inaugural of Yuva Dasara with her concert here on Wednesday.

For over two hours, the crowds swayed to her fast-paced and soft romantic numbers of Bollywood and Kannada hits.

Maharaja College Grounds, the venue of Yuva Dasara, was packed with music lovers. The police had deployed a large force to control the crowd, mostly students and youngsters.

After the former Indian cricketer Vijay Bharadwaj inaugurated the Yuva Dasara, the stage was left to Vasundhara Das and her team to take the audience on a musical journey.

All along the concert, Vasundhara was conversing in Kannada with the spectators to encourage them to dance to her numbers.

The singer, who shot to fame with her number Shakalaka Baby, sang many Bollywood hits.

Her song “Pappu Can’t Dance Saala” from the Hindi flick “Jaane Tu.. Ya Jaane Na” entertained the crowds to the maximum. The audience swooned with delight when she sung “Ru..Ba..Ru Roshini.

The number of “Aaj Ki Raat Hona Hai Kya” of Sharukh Khan-starrer “Don” enthralled. They shouted “once more” for the song.

Vasundhara’s numbers from the latest Kannada flicks like “Pallavi Illada Charana” and “Sajni”, receiving loud applause from the audiences.

Vasundhara was later felicitated by the Yuva Dasara Committee. The committee also honoured Mr. Bharadwaj and ace snooker Pankaj Advani on the occasion.

Meanwhile, for the first time in Yuva Dasara, students from colleges of Karnataka will be performing for two days beginning from Friday.

“This opportunity has been given to encourage the local talent from across the State at Mysore Dasara. We have purposefully scaled down Yuva Dasara this year bringing only a few of renowned artistes to give chance to the local talent and also to ensure that it (Yuva Dasara) does not overshadow other programmes of the festivities,” says Dasara Special Officer and Deputy Commissioner P Manivannan.

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