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    The Residency’s Hindi karaoke night celebrates a milestone

    A little over three years ago, when The Residency hotel started their retro Hindi karaoke night, there weren’t too many footfalls. But today, in its 150th week, Jaya Ho has a loyal fan following—both in the city and outside. “Guests who heard us by chance when they were in the city on business now make it a point to travel down to hear us sing whenever they can,” begins Jaya Rajagopalan, who takes centrestage every Friday night, with fellow singer J S Shekhar—a businessman and aficionado of Kishore Kumar and Mukesh’s songs.

    Making music
    Clarifying that they call their show ‘karaoke’ because they sing to minus one tracks, the playback singer—who has sung in over 50 Tamil films, including Vallamai Tharayo and Naan Avan Illai—reminisces how the show came into being. “Charles Fabian, the general manager of The Residency, had attended one of my public shows. He then approached me to help him set up a musical night with a difference, as there were no dedicated retro nights back then.”

    The selection
    Rajagopalan believes their USP is their song selection. While most singers would do a Chura liya, they would choose a slightly rarer Dil ki nazar se. “We perform around 35-40 songs—from the 50s to the 90s and the noughties. We’ve also done several themed nights around composers like Laxmikant–Pyarelal and SD Burman, singers like Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle, and actors like Rajesh Khanna and Dev Anand,” she informs. For their 150th performance, they expect over 150 people to attend and plan to take up a lot of requests.
    Today, 8 pm to 11 pm, at the Black & White resto bar, The Residency. Details: 28253434


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