Rang De Basanti at Gayatri Vihar, 260109

Pankaj Kothari is a well-known Bangalore caterer, and once a year, he brings Kaushik Kothari and his orchestra, the Golden Greats, to Bangalore to stage Rang De Basanti, which stages several evenings of old Hindi film hits, with sumptous dinner being included in the ticket price as well.

We went to the show on Monday night and were treated to a medley of rousing songs, patriotic numbers, and mellifluous duets, and several haunting old immortal songs.

The dinner that precedes the show is always amazing; there are varieties of pasta, pizza, chaat, and salads as well as the regular food items such as roti, subzi and biryani; and a delectable variety of sweets are also provided.

Here are the beautifully carved pieces that were the centre-stage of the dinner area:

carved vegetables dinner rang de basanti 260109

There is a full-strength orchestra, with singers who each reproduce the voice of a well-known playback singer, such as Mukesh, Shamshad Begum, Hemant Kumar, and so on.

We enjoyed hearing several golden oldies, some rousing patriotic numbers, and swam teary-eyed through some sad songs as well….

Here are the singers at the begnning of the show:

singers rang de basanti 260109 gayatri vihar

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening!

Rang De Basanti is giving another show on the 28th (tomorrow) at the same venue, and this time, it will be exclusively the songs of Mohammed Rafi.

So Hindi film music buffs..if you are interested, head to Gayatri Vihar, Palace Grounds, on Wednesday evening.

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  1. When is the 2013 Rang de basanti occasion in 2013? And where can I register for participating?


  2. Do you know when the 2012 show is and where I can ge tickets? I ma be coming to India from Canada in January 2012.


  3. Hi Deepa,

    I had just seen the rang de basanti 2008 and i have become fan of the group. Can you please let me know when the next show of the group so that i can relish the live music.

    letmeknow if I can get the CDs of their previous show

    Desperately waiting for your response


  4. It’s advertised beforehand, though not very widely, Vaishnavi. Ticket are available, and generally, easily so. Next time, just email me, and I will buy you a ticket as well! 🙂

  5. Do we have to register for this event before hand? What about entry? And for how long is the event? What time does it start and finish?

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