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    Mohd Rafi meets Lata Mangeshkar in music troupe Geet Gaata Chal’s retro concert

    They are not trained singers, but when they take the stage everyone sits up and listens. Geet Gaata Chal (GGC), the nine-member music troupe that has performed over 50 shows since they picked up the mic in 2012, is quite unique: by day, they are professionals (in IT, consulting, advertising and the like) and by night, they are singers belting out songs by legends like Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. “We all have a passion for music and, I believe, if you have an eye for detail, you’ll get the nuances and be able to emulate a singer beautifully,” says G D Sharma, the founder-convener of the troupe.

    Giving back
    After performing at events in Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Pondicherry and Mumbai, GGC is readying to perform their first-ever concert in the city. “It is dedicated to the people here, who’ve encouraged us. It’s our way of saying thanks,” says the 60-year-old, adding that it’s also a chance to invite family and friends to hear them sing.

    Sing along
    The Retro Music Nite, to be held at Sir PT Hall in T Nagar, will feature songs from the 50s to the 70s. “Thanks to our singers, we have a wide repertoire. We sing songs in languages like Hindi, Tamil, Bengali and Malayalam,” says Sharma, explaining that they use high-fidelity original soundtracks for music. “Though we haven’t expanded our troupe, we do have a panel of reserve singers, who bring with them their own specialisations,” he adds.
    Sunday, at Sir P T Hall. Details: geetgaatachalchennai@gmail.com

    —Surya Praphulla Kumar


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