Legendary Indian singers Asha Bhosle, Dr. K. J. Yesudas and S.P. Balasubramaniam performed together for the first time ever at the Salaam India concert held at the Dubai Tennis Stadium, The Aviation Club, on Friday.

The concert was the last in the series of events arranged by the Indian Consulate to celebrate 60 years of the country's independence. It was organised by Oberoi Middle East and presented by ETA Star Group.

Although Yesudas and Balasubramaniam did sing some of their popular Bollywood numbers, the first two hours of the show were predominantly South Indian in flavour. The two singers performed numbers in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and even Asha Bhosle sang some Malayalam and Tamil songs.


But Bollywood music lovers and Asha Bhosle fans who stayed on were rewarded with some vintage Asha numbers ranging from Chod do anchal and Aaja Aaja to Haal kaisa hai janaab ka and Dil Cheez kya hai.

It was delightful to watch the 75 year-old Padma Vibhushan recipient dancing uninhibitedly and enjoying herself on stage. She interacted with the audience sharing interesting anecdotes from her long and eventful career and had us in splits with her hilarious imitations of other singers including her sister Lata Mangeshkar.

The concert ended with all three legends of Indian music singing a medley of some evergreen Mohammad Rafi, Kishore Kumar and Asha duets.