The popular and genial Bipin R Pandit is set to return with his much-loved show Khumaar. Always a tribute to the great Mohammad Rafi, Khumaar is a 3-plus-jour musical fiesta that every music lover from Advertising, Marketing and Media who is in Mumbai on the day, tries to attend.
Bipin R Pandit’s Khumaar will regale Mumbai in February.
Here’s more on Khumaar in the words of the man himself. Read on:
By Bipin R Pandit
It was way back in 1998 that I decided to quit Castrol and join The Advertising Club. It had something to do with my innate abilities to be a good organizer, strong networking skills, urge to do new things, accept challenges, affinity towards language and communication and above all genuine love for people. My 22 years with The Advertising Club has been a truly enriching and fantastic journey. I have had the privilege and distinction to work with the best and most reputed professionals of the industry; be it the President or Managing Committee Members all are stalwarts in their own right.
I’m also extremely happy that by God’s grace, I continue to contribute in my own way towards the success of The Advertising Club.
My Stage Career had begun since the late 80s much ahead of joining The Advertising Club. Today, it’s very comforting and satisfying to know that I have put in 34 years on stage either as a professional compere or impersonation artist having worked with best banners all over Maharashtra and many other places.
Today with God’s blessings and good wishes of friends, I own a brand called Khumaar. Khumaar began its journey in 2006 at the WeSchool Auditorium which had a capacity of 250. Its popularity grew every year and I had a happy situation of moving from WeSchool to Savarkar Auditorium that has a capacity of 477 from there on to Manik Sabagriha which had a capacity of 800 and from there on to Ravindra Natya Mandir which has a capacity of 1100.
As Khumaar continues to enthrall a large number of audience, I started harboring a dream of making it a National Brand. Thus, Khumaar was organized in Baroda and Indore with huge success and I’m sure there will be many other cities that will be covered. Today, I take a lot of pride in stating that Khumaar is truly a National Brand as its artists are not only from Mumbai but from Baroda, Ahmedabad, Pune, Indore, etc. It is truly heartwarming when hopefuls call me from various places asking to give them a break in Khumaar. Many singers come home and give auditions.
I take a lot of delight and honour in stating that Singers like Suresh Wadkar and Ghulam Abbas Khan have sung for Khumaar in the past. Playback Singer Roop Kumar Rathod and Sonali Rathod have been guests at a show of Khumaar. My first coffee table book titled Khumaar was launched by Pyarelalji and Prasoon Joshi.
It is a matter of great pride that Khumaar has launched singers like Shrinidhi Ghatate who is a playback singer today and sings for Ehsaan Shankar & Loy. She is hailed as the Shreya Ghoshal of the future. Add to this other names like Rudraksh Goyal (Mumbai), Rajeshwar Karmakonda (Mumbai), Javed Khan Kalawant (Mumbai), Dhanashree Padhye (Baroda) & Chirag Desai (Ahmedabad).
Some of the leading brands who have associated with Khumaar are Marico Ltd., Mahindra & Mahindra, Colors, Vodafone, Adani Wilmar Ltd., Dainik Bhaskar, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Chitralekha, Adani, HP (Pioneer Next), ITC Ltd., Nett Value Media Pvt. Ltd., Tata Salt, Ultratech, Tata Chemicals, Jaya Advertising etc.
Khumaar show is graced by the most reputed professionals from Media, Marketing, Advertising, Research, and Communications fraternity. Over the years, luminaries who have graced Bipin R Pandit’s Khumaar are Pradeep Guha, Ramesh Narayan, Prasoon Joshi, Bhaskar Das, Shashi Sinha, Ajay Kakar, Ajay Chandwani, Anurag Batra, Subhash Kamath, M. G. Parameswaran, Pratap Bose, Sunil Lulla, Bharat Dabholkar, Nagesh Alai, Avinash Kaul, Pranesh Misra, Govind Shrikhande, S. Yesudas, Sanjay Tripathy, Vikas Khanchandani etc. At this show, I will be launching two talented singers from Gujarat.
The next show is in celebration of my 22 years of association with The Advertising Club and completion of 15 years of Khumaar through a Musical Nite to be held in the month of February 2020 most probably at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Prabhadevi.
I’m planning to associate with a social cause promoted by a reputed NGO. The entry to the show will be through the sale of donor passes.