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Anita Lerche enchants in many languages

CIC Board members and Interfaith Ambassador KP Singh offers this report on a performance by Anita Lerche on July 27.

From Punjab News Express

Bhajans’ CD release party also FUNdraising for CIC

Billboard Top-10 Charting artist Anita Lerche from Denmark, who is now a resident of Indianapolis, enthralled the guests with her Devotional Hindu Bhajans and Punjabi songs at the release party for her first Hindi CD “Bhajans” organised by Center for Interfaith Cooperation here today.

On this occasion, Anita who is also known as Heer from Denmark, enthralled the guests with her Hindu devotional songs. Her articulate performance commenced with song “Ishwar Allah Tere Naam”. It was probably first time that a programme at the Center for Interfaith Cooperation started with a Hindu Bhajan. The guests repeatedly cheered her for singing in a foreign language, the national language (Hindi) of India.

The Danish dancer-singer-artist also sang bhajans Uth Jaag Musafir, Choti Choti Gaiyan, Sab Se Nyara Hai Ek Ram and Jeevan Ek Vriksh Hai Faani, Other Hindu bhajans contained in her CD are Ram Navami, Tere Poojan Ko Bhagwan; Uth Jaag Musafir; Tumbi Ho Mata Pita Tumhi Ho and Ram Navami.

She also sang Punjabi songs. All guests enjoyed the Punjabi songs and partcipated in the Bhangra. Danish songstress Anita Lerche, whose interpretations of the music of South Asia have garnered her fame on three continents. She fluently speaks Hindi and Punjabi besides other languages.

She said in addition to it being a CD release party, the event was a FUNdraiser for the Center for Interfaith Cooperation: a donation to support the important work in the community. Anita is an absolutely unique performer. For a donation to the interfaith work of the Center for Interfaith Cooperation the guests received an autographed copy of “Bhajans.” Anita also performed songs from her Punjabi language CD, “Sadke Punjab Ton.”

Anita Lerche is first non-Asian woman from the West to release an album in Punjabi. She won the MH1 Punjabi Music Award for Best Non-Resident Indian Female Debut. Vocally trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, She has sung in a total of sixteen different languages. Anita first visited India in 2005 and considers Punjab her second home.

Among those present on the occasion were CIC Vice Chair Jane Gehlhausen, Charlie Wiles, world renowed artist K P Singh, Raju Chinthala, Rupal Thakkar Thanawala, Parveen Kumar and Robbie Singh.

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