A musical evening was organised by Headquarters Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force at Empress Mall Nagpur on 16 August 2015. No. 5 Air Force Band of Maintenance Command, Vayusena Nagar enthralled the audience with martial tunes, besides Indian and Western popular instrumental songs which included medleys from the yester years to instrumental songs from latest Hindi movies. Air Marshal Jagjeet Singh VSM , Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, IAF graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
The objective of this event was to spread the message of patriotism on the occasion of Independence Day and increase awareness about IAF among Nagpurians in general and the youth in particular.
The show began to a thunderous applause from Nagpurians. Warrant Officer PS Rajan’s band responded with a jazzy “Monika, Ab to Aja” which RD Burman had composed for a Hindi film. This set the tone for the evening. “Mera Naam Chin Chin Chu” had the audience tapping their feet and clapping.
On “Part time lover” the evergreen number, the gathering swayed and was a beautiful tribute to Stevie Wonder. Cpl K Singh won the hearts of all when his saxophone filled magic in the air with a solo performance of “Badal Barse”, “Tum hi ho meri Zindagi” got at loud cheer at the very first note. Mozart’s symphony composed in 1788 was received very well. This was followed by Sgt A Choudhary conducting “Gulabi Ankhen” and “Gore Gore”. Mrs Yunus and Mrs Hemlata Mishra compered the show with aplomb.
One after the other, the Air Force Band kept on belting out melodies to a roaring response. Their performance and discipline showcased the spirit of the 4th largest Air Force in the world.
The guiding words of IAF, Integrity, Mission and Excellence were clearly visible in the excellent conduct of the program. Air Vice Marshal Praveen Bhatt VSM was the inspiration behind the event.