Now, here's a concert with a difference.
The Indian Whistlers Association along with Smile Foundation organised a whistling concert called Baans Bina Baansuri on January 3, showcasing a talent not seen often.
There were eight performers, who whistled old classics like Gulabi Aankhen jo teri dekhi (Train), Ajeeb dastaan hain yeh (Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai) and Piya tu ab toh aaja (Caravan) as well as new hits like the Rock On!! title track and Kabhi Kabhi Aditi from Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na.
Performers like Gayatri Rammurthy has been whistling since the age of eight. Her inspiration was her mother, a great whistling talent herself.
Maharashtra zone head Manoj Karam gave us certain whistling tips as well. "Keep the mouth moist at all times by chewing on a chocolate or applying lip balm. Pranayam helps in controlling breathing," he says.
Rigveda Deshpandey, founder, Indian Whistlers Association, adds, "By whistling, we also promote non-smoking, as smokers cannot hold their breath for long. To whistle well, one must eat on time and drink a lot of water. That's all."
The group was formed a few years back, with members enrolling through their website. With 380 members on board, the association holds shows in Chennai and New Delhi too.
Text Patcy N | Video: Reuben NV
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