"He's truly a multi-faceted person who excels at everything he does" - The Indian Express

"It is a rarity that a man is an accomplished vocalist and a prolific poet but both these traits are part of the persona of Vinod Bhardwaj" - The Tribune

"Set to fine rhythmic metre, the haunting notes of sarangi and the rhythmic structure of tabla, [Bhardwaj's] melodious voice mirrored myriad moods and emotions. Peppered by his crisp comments he underlined the symbolic significance of his poetic prowess." - The Hindustani Times

Jaunpuri star of show

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Poet and musician Nashad Raza Jaunpuri (Vinod Bhardwaj) performed for an appreciative crowd Saturday at Days Inn. The premier concert of a new music group called JAI Ho featured guest artist Jaunpuri in Mushaira-e Jashn (an evening of Ghazals and Nazms).

The mostly Indo-Canadian audience also listened to local artists Dr. Zafar Iqbal and Sarabjit Singh Parmar perform. But it was Jaunpuri who stole the show.

"Nashad sings his own poetry which is of a genre or style which dates back about four centuries," said key event organizer Kanak Khare. "He is also an adept musician who played several tunes on the bamboo flute (bansuri) and took the audience on an audio-musical tour of the Indian subcontinent."

The artist has performed in India, the U.S. and all across Canada but he found Prince George audiences especially discerning and able to understand and enjoy the subtle nuances of Urdu poetry, she said. Jaunpuri was accompanied on drums (tabla) by Mustafa Lalani of Vancouver.

Dr. Jamil Akhtar was emcee for the evening. The special event was organized by the JAI HO music group of Prince George headed up by Khare and Harwant Dev.


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