A granddaughter’s tribute to a Padmashree recipient & renowned writer

Melbourne: Local talents Amitabh Singh and his wife Priya enthralled the crowd at the birth centenary celebrations of Rajinder Singh Bedi, recipient of one of the highest civilian awards of India the Padmashree.
Bedi who was an Urdu writer of progressive writers’ movement, playwright, later became a Hindi film director, screenwriter and dialogue writer. As a screenwriter and dialogue writer, he is best known for Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s films Abhimaan, Anupama and Satyakam; and Bimal Roy’s Madhumati. As a director he is known for Dastak (1970), starring Sanjeev Kumar and Rehana Sultan and Phagun (1973), starring Dharmendra, Waheeda Rehman, Jaya Bhaduri and Vijay Arora.
In Melbourne, Bedi’s granddaughter Dolly Kaher organised the celebration at Visy Cares Hub, Sunshine. “It dawned on me that none other than Amitabh can lend his golden voice to sing the songs from my grandfather’s movies. So I approached him and thus started our journey of creating the wonderful event that finally took place on September 11,” said Kaher.
Jaya Sharma – the voice of SBS Radio Hindi for 28 years – anchored the program. “She was well versed with the facts about Bauji’s life and writings as she had hosted a program on SBS Radio on his 10th death anniversary in 1994,” said Kaher.
Jaya’s husband, Arun Sharma, chairman of Celebrate India, also rendered beautiful numbers such as Ya dil ki suno duniya wallo from the award winning movie Aupama. Amitabh and Arun also sang Mai Re Main Kaise Kahoon from Bedi’s most acclaimed and another award winning movie Dastak. Other singers included Mandy Bansal, Kunal Mehta, Thilika and young classical singer Aditi Gunturu. (TIW)