Chandra P Kothari, well known for her public performances and albums of ghazals, bhajans and other popular music, was felicitated in a unique manner as she completed 75 years on August 15. Chandra is the wife of Piyushbhai S Kothari (Jewelex).
Given the then prevailing restrictions on events, a selection of some of her popular performances from her YouTube channel was circulated on social media along with a short tribute by Piyushbhai to mark the milestone occasion.
“I have chosen to share with you something she is very fond of – music & songs,” Piyushbhai wrote, adding, “I hope you will enjoy listening to all these memorable melodies.”
Some of the links included audio clips of ‘Mahavir Vandana’ as well as Gujarati ghazals ‘Yaad aave chhe’ and ‘Laganivash Hriday’ and of one of her live performances.
Chandra, who did her musical training under the guidance of Ustad Aslam Khan saheb, gave her first Public performance with Manhar Udhas in 1981.
For the next 25 years, she gave various Solo performances to different groups. Her 'Mahavir Vandana' bhajan album was released through T-Series, by Music Director Kalyanji Anandji and the ghazal album 'Laganivash hriday’, was released by Nadeem - Shravan.
Chandra also performed for the Inauguration of Vidyamandir Trust's Kanubhai Mehta Auditorium in Palanpur. For 17 consecutive years, she performed Bhajans during the Paryushan period for 'Jain Yuvak Sangh' in Mumbai.
It is widely acknowledged that Chandra's love for music and her ability to connect with music lovers at large, is unparalleled.
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