The show was conducted by ‘Indian Whistlers Association – IWA’ in Chinmaya Heritage Centre on the 17th of December, 2006. Pooja Chandramohan, Abhishek Shah, Pankaj Raghavendran, Chandramouli, Nibin C.Anniyan, Charanyanath, Anusuya, Pavithra Suri, Preeti Abraham, Jagat Tarkas from Chennai, Dr. Lakshmi Rajashekhar from Bangalore and B. Venkataraman from Coimbatore were the 12 whistlers from all walks of life who performed 30 cinema songs. Solos, duets and chorus songs were presented from Hindi as well as Tamil films, selected from the last fifty years of cinema. The show had a mixture of everything, from ‘Kuhu Kuhu Bole Koyalia’ to ‘Chand Sifarish’ from Fanna. The interesting part of the performance was the participants were spread over the age group 8 - 58. The group lit up the evening with their wonderful group performance on 'Kajra Re Re'.
Rigveda Deshpandey of Pune founded this ‘Indian Whistlers Association – IWA’ two years back. He had 4 people with him. Jagat Tarkas one of the performers from Chennai being a whistler traced this association through the internet and convinced them to perform on stage. The first ever whistling show of India was organized in Chennai on the 18th of June, 2006, It was welcomed and appreciated by the public. As a result the number of members grew and today there are 90 whistlers from India who belong to this association. In Chennai alone there are 30 whistlers. The members meet one Sunday every month and they have also come up with a souvenir on whistling, ‘Whistlearth’, the first of its kind in the world and has useful articles on whistling.
The association dreams of taking all the Indian melody, light music, classical carnatic and hindustani music to other parts of the world through whistling and also invite whistlers from other parts of the world to our country.
Contact details - Chennai Chapter Jagat Tarkas 98403 99936
Website http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Indian-Whistlers Event Reported by Nitesh Shah
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