Aurangabad Police Dance with Mika: Gitikka Ganju Dhar Shares a First-Hand View of the Concert

Entertainment | March 3, 2016 | Feature

Mika Singh Gitikka Ganju Dhar

The evening of Feb 28, at Jabinda Lawns, Aurgangabd was a night Aurangabad and Aurangabad City Police will remember for a long time to come -  an evening that marked 25 years since the Aurangabad Commissionerate was established. The moment when Mika Singh walked onto stage, the audience of 40,000 lit up with thousands of flash lights from thousands of mobile phones. While I rushed off the stage after introducing Amrik Singh (aka Mika Singh), I glanced at the audience and stopped for a moment to take in the sight. It was magical, like a scene from a Disney movie. The sea of humanity sparkled like stars.

Such fan hysteria can often be seen in smaller cities, not discounting the fact that Mika’s stardom is at its peak. No effort was spared to make this an outstanding event, and every element was in place. The event was a ticketed concert, the proceeds of which will used for Police family welfare.

The Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar played official host to dignitaries from the local administration and government, his colleagues and the citizens of Aurangabad.

The evening began with Yours Truly getting the mammoth crowd to hail India with a roaring cry of ‘’Bharat Mata Ki Jai”! The Dhol Tasha Mandal brought the venue to life with the resounding, rustic beats of Marathwada Dhols. This was followed by local talent, choreographers Parag and Rachit paying obeisance to Ganapati Bappa with “Gajanana”. Next, actor and comedian Naveen Prabhakar engaged the audience with gags that had everyone in splits. Choreographers Jigneesh and Nigar’s troupe performed to the electrifying track “Malahari”, after which popular Marathi film actress Deepali Sayed performed the Lavani and danced to many more popular Marathi numbers. And soon it was Mika’s time to step up.

Mika’s band OCP warmed up the audience followed by singer Jazmine Sandlas, in a surprise appearance, who sang her super-hit track from the film Kick. And then, stepped up Mika, who to a thousand flashlights and a million claps, belted out hit after hit. Who enjoyed the concert more, he or the audience? Well, it is a happy toss-up.

Concerts are regularly organized by Police Departments of various cities in Maharashtra; this one however was the biggest till date. The Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar and his wife felicitated the artists and other persons who supported the event. Artists were paid their professional fee, while Mika was kind enough to take a cut on his fee, which was donated towards the Family Welfare Fund. The Force managed the colossal crowd and kept it sane. Every little and big thing was well taken care of. I had a great time. The capacity of my lungs was put to the test and I am glad to report that I managed a healthy score!

Gitikka Ganju Dhar is a Live Host, TV Anchor & Event Content Writer based in Mumbai. 

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Organised to celebrate 25 years of the Aurangabad Commissionerate, the ticketed concert saw around 40,000 people attend, with proceeds going to the Police family welfare.

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