On October 14th Bengali Cultural Association of Arizona in association with Valley Dreams and Asian Affairs magazine, organized a musical concert by well known Indian vocalist and singer Anwesha Datta Gupta. Anwesha performed in Phoenix at Scottsdale Centre for Performing Arts. Anwesha, a teen musical prodigy from Kolkata in Eastern India, has mesmerized audiences the world over with her sweet voice and melodious rendition of classical Indian songs. She made her presence felt at the tender age of thirteen in Amul Star Voice of India Chote Ustaad where she was the runners up in the talent contest. Since then, she has sung songs in many Bollywood movies, and also Bengali and Tamil songs.
Anwesha’s concert was scheduled for October 14th. On October 13th a banquet was organized in her honor at the Overpass, an open air area adjoining the Scottsdale Centre for Performing Arts. The food for the banquet was organized by India’s Oven, an Indian restaurant in Mesa. The banquet was attended by many people who had a chance of mixing with the singing star, her parents and other musicians in her entourage. The food was good and had the usual Indian delicacies like naan, vegetable korma, daal makhni, and butter chicken. This was accompanied by salad, raita and gulab jamun as part of the dessert. You can read more about India’s Oven restaurant and also check out the review at http://knotmove.com/indian-food-in-phoenix/india-oven-lunch-buffet-on-a-budget-review .
On October 14th during the concert Anwesha wowed the Phoenix audience with her sensational voice. She has good classical music training and sang all the songs effortlessly. She sang some of her own songs like “Tumi je amar” from the Bengali movie Bhulbhulaiya and also one of her recent songs from a Tamil movie. The audience was ecstatic when she sang oldies like “Jhumka gira re”, “Nanna re”, “Dola re” etc. Crowds of kids, teenagers and also Uncles and Aunties were up on their feet and dancing below the stage in tune with the songs. Anwesha was also accompanied by singer Trijoy Deb and a band of musicians who keep the tempo going. The program went on till 11PM with a small half an hour break and no one was in the mood for leaving till it got over.
India’s Oven also sold dinner during the break-time in the Concert. The food was served in boxes priced at $7 each. Each box contained a vege-roll, rice, one roti, a little veg korma and daal. A bottle of water was added to the food box. The food was a little overpriced for the amount and many people were a little disappointed. However, in the end, everyone has a good time talking to the guests, reminiscing about old times especially old and classical Indian songs in Hindi and Bengali. Check the adjoining slideshow for more photos of the banquet and the concert. Click on the video to hear Anwesha sing.
You can contact India’s Oven restaurant at:
1315 S Gilbert Rd. Ste# 102
Mesa, Arizona 85204