Hum Ne Dekhi Hai In Aankhon
Ki Mehakti Khushboo
Haath Se Chhuke Ise
Rishton Ka Ilzaam Na Do

Tere bina zindagi se koi, shikwa, to nahi
Tere bina zindagi bhi lekin, zindagi, to nahi

Voh yaar hai jo khushboo ki tarah
Voh jiski zubaan urdu ki tarah
Meri shaam raat, meri kaayanat
Voh yaar mera saiyya saiyya

Bay Area audiences are in for a magic evening of poetry, ghazal and music with legendary lyricist Sampooran Singh Kalra aka Gulzar. His films, poetry and songs continue to cut across generations, holding universal appeal and enthralling audiences with his timeless and meaningful songs.

Especially appealing to those who thrive in the golden era of Indian cinema, his appeal to the new generation also remains firm with Bollywood item numbers like Kajrare and Beedi jalai le. This multi-faceted genius sets benchmarks of excellence in his wake–winner of several prestigious film awards, including India’s highest film honor the Dada Saheb Phalke Award, five-time winner of the National Award and the Oscar for the Best Original Score for Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire (with AR Rahman and Sukhwinder Singh.)

Gulzar’s familiarity with Bengali literature helped him draw heavily from that source, and his films stood out for their meticulously sketched characters, powerful scripts and dialogues. Legendary films come to mind: Aandhi, Koshish, Namkeen, Parichay, Angoor and Mausam, where his love for literature and poetry and the cinematic medium were on raw display.

His greatest gift lies in poetry, and by extension, lyrics, and to an entire generation of cine-goers, Gulzar spells life, romance, poetry, love. In this, his first North American tour, the legendary lyricist will be in conversation with author and poet Dr. Rakshanda Jalil and accompanied by singers and musicians from Mumbai.

Saturday, September 14

8 p.m.-11 p.m.

San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose

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