Every year, Auckland hosts a few Indian performers (including SRK last year). As far as we are concerned, either we never come to know about them and even if we knew, we have always found the ticket prices excessive for us. However, when we chanced upon a poster of Amit Kumar’s (the legendary Kishore Kumar’s son) performance in Auckland, we did not hesitate to book ourselves tickets. Surprisingly, Amit Kumar’s show was not that excessively priced, which helped.
Notwithstanding the fact that Amit Kumar is Kishore Kumar’s son, I like quite a few of Amit Kumar’s songs. He was at his peak during early 80’s to mid- 90’s and lent his voice to a number of good songs composed by R.D. Burman and Laxmikanth- Pyarelal. I prefer listening to Hindi film music from the period 1950s to 1970’s and Amit Kumar for me represents the last link that is left of that era. I was very excited to have bought those tickets. As we listen to music quite often at our place even our little son is familiar with a few songs that Amit Kumar had sung. Hence, I was not the only one who was excited. Last time I heard Amit Kumar perform was back in 1995, when I was in college and I think that was the time when I last watched any live concert worth mentioning.
As we were expected, we had a great time at the show. Amit Kumar’s singing of a few timeless classics brought back the sheer joy of listening to good music. He sung a few classics which made him famous; he shared stories behind each and every song’s creation, entertained the audience by involving them in his performance and paid tribute to Kishore Kumar by singing some of his ageless classics. The crowd was generally middle-aged (and above), hence he could sing without any disturbance. We enjoyed the concert and not sure when will we watch such a concert again. It was an evening well spent for us.
While coming out, we saw a poster of a new-age music director referred as “maestro” gracing Auckland shortly. The ticket prices were 4 times that of Amit Kumar shows. Sigh! As I recently heard in a beautiful film that we watched, “he is just young”.
As far as we are concerned, we are happy to be old and Amit Kumar gave a performance which we will remember forever.