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    Yesteryear stars Helen, Sharmila Tagore and Kabir Bedi promise to take us back to a golden age of music.Helen 1

    Rendezvous, an event by Bengaluru-based Maam Entertainment, is not necessarily for the young. It is, as its CEO Aloke Biswas states, an evening to take an older generation back to their youth; a generation that grew up on a staple diet of Kishore Kumar, Rafi and RD Burman, with the ubiquitous radio and Jayamala for company. But the evening is not just about music, though there’s promise of a terrific line-up. Stars from an era gone by—Helen and Sharmila Tagore—will share vignettes of their lives and times with the audience.
    Making of legends
    The event is part of a series that began in Bengaluru last year, explains Biswas, and has so far featured legendary women from Bollywood including Waheeda Rahman, Asha Parekh and Tagore. Hosting the edition in Chennai and chatting up the stars will be actor Kabir Bedi, 70, who describes it as an offer that could not be refused. “The event will touch upon what makes these legends the people they are, what shocked them and changed them,” he says, explaining, “People don’t become legends just like that. There’s something that makes them tick. This event is an exploration of that.”
    Plus, there is an interesting list of songs to be performed by stars of the TV reality show, Sa Re Ga Ma, including Madhura Datar, Sinchan Dixit and Gaurav Bangia. Aasman Se Aaya Farishta (Evening in Paris), Diwana Hua Badal (Kashmir Ki Kali), Kuch Dil Ne Kaha (Anupama), Roop Tera and Mere Sapnon Ki Rani (Aradhana) are part of the songs in Tagore’s segment, who is on board for the second time. “The previous edition was a wonderful experience and the crowd was really appreciative of the songs and seemed to be reliving those times,” recalls the National Award-winning actress.
    Looking back
    For Tagore, 69, the event in Chennai will be a nostalgic trip. “I did a couple of years of schooling in the city. I have some friends and a lot of memories from Madras—of visiting the Gymkhana Club and of being to picnics. We lived near Loyola College in Nungambakkam and it was a very nice time of my life,” she shares. As for  Helen, 77, she’d rather keep mum about the songs that will be part of her segment. “This is a city I’ve done a lot of shooting in—dancing alongside Gemini Ganesan, Nageswara Rao and NT Rama Rao. I hope to speak more about it at the event,” she says. As for the retro night, she says she may have acted in a lot of movies, worked for the small screen and done one play but this is nothing like any of that. “This is very new to me and I’m really excited,” she concludes.
    On Sunday, at Sir Mutha Hall, from 5.30 pm. Tickets from Rs 499 to Rs 2,500. Details: in.bookmyshow.com

    —Sharadha Narayanan

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